The Chef & The Gardener
The Chef & The Gardener

The Chef & The Gardener

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.chefandgardener.com/
  • Phone: 2072829035x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Brunch: Sunday: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM.

    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM.

    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Dinner: Friday,Saturday: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian / Vegan, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: David Glidden
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Full service, from back yard BBQ"s to Dream Tent Weddings.
  • Special Events: wine dinners offered throughout the winter, four courses, four wines.

    cooking classes also available, small hands-on, paired with wines.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lund road
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Roughly 80 spaces available.
A word from The Chef & The Gardener
The Chef & the Gardener is a restaurant that believes dining out should be an enjoyable & exciting experience for everyone…no matter how they choose to eat. We make all of our menu items from scratch. In so doing we can assure those with allergies or dietary restrictions that they are not consuming any problem foods. Through our restaurant and our " healthy cuisine to go" We can even work with you to develop dishes that are specific to your needs.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
The Chef & The Gardener reviews from OpenTable diners
23 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (16)fit for foodies (13)special occasion (11)romantic (6)great for lunch (6)notable wine list (6)great for brunch (3)great for outdoor dining (2)kid-friendly (2)good for groups (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Excellent service
    saisabok
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The service was excellent and the food was OK. I was honestly a little disappointed with the food, one of the specials of the evening sounded very good but my friend's didn't feel like it was homemade or very special. It was pasta in a white sauce with chicken and they reported that the chicken seemed to have only been boiled and was flavorless. I will go back and try again rather than make a judgement on just one meal. The wine and beer selections were excellent and the service was superior.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Drosophila
    Drosophila
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    A friend and I had dinner here a few nights ago; my friend had heard of The Chef & Gardener through the grapevine. While the restaurant is tucked away in a building set back from the street and shares a doorway with a neighboring nail salon, don't let this confuse or deter you! The food, waitstaff, and ambiance are fantastic. The staff is very warm and friendly, the food is delicious, and the space itself is both classy and cozy. The Chef & Gardener is truly a hidden gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great local restaurant
    bpendle
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Great comfy restaurant with excellent food always prepared the way you like it. They always make accommodations for any special requests or dietary needs!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • zaxoma
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Lovely place to enjoy great food, well prepared. Very good service.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    Luvsfood
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    The food is always very good. Portions seem small but I always leave satisfied!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a gem!
    zaxoma
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    My husband and I were in the neighborhood when I remembered this lovely restaurant. We had stumbled upon it last year and had enjoyed a great late lunch and hoped we could replicate our experience - we did! We both had the soup of the day: roasted sweet potato with a garnish of curried apples. The taste was outstanding and the apples added a wonderful dimension to the soup. I chose their Pork Osso Buco served with a wild mushroom risotto and my husband had the sautéed Chicken Sausage and Penne. We thoroughly enjoyed both entrees. Dessert of Butternut Squash Mousse in chocolate cups was fabulous and the Profiterole was truly heaven on a plate! The service was very good - attentive without being fawning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hidden Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Talk about a "hidden gem"! I think most people would miss this place, but don't, its AMAZING! There is nothing better than a farm to table menu done well, & here, they were masters. Creative menu with something for the carnivore, vegan or those in between, as well as many gluten free options. They try to use local or Maine based products as much as possible & strive to be earth friendly. The service is respectfully friendly, pleasant, and very informative. They know their menu and their wine list. The servers are professional and make the dining experience all the more wonderful. Make sure you dine at The Chef and the Gardner, you will be thrilled you did. They offer lunch, dinner and brunch so you have no excuse. Now go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delightful Friday Night Dinner
    Whoknew
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My friend and I had trouble deciding what to have because several things on the menu looked so tempting. We chose to share a pear and brie grilled appetizer. Outstanding! My friend had grilled scallops on spinach and mushrooms and I had Osso Bucco on risotto. Both entrees were really good. We indulged in profiteroles for dessert and were well pleased with our expenditure of calories! Service was good. Our waiter went to extra lengths to write down some Maine IPA beers for my friend to look for and take back to her adult son as a gift. I personally love the spare yet friendly small size of the dining area. This is definitely a "return to" restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
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  • Great restaurant just outside OOB
    DoChar
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    My husband and I were staying in OOB and we wanted to go out for diner one night without the kids. We were looking for something healthy and far from all the fried food there is in OOB and the surroundings. This little place was really great and the food was delicious. The service was great and nothing was fried. I had the profiterole dessert and they were really good, not too sweet. Overall I would recommand this place to anyone looking for a really good meal without any fried stuff.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not our cup of tea
    EaterVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The air conditioning was inadequate. The food was uninspired. The place had a tired look. It was almost like eating in someone's basement. The service was excellent, though.
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  • Three course pairing wine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I enjoyed the appetizer and featured wine the most, both main entree and dessert where bland and dried up.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • food worth the trip
    frequentdiner
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    A bit out of the way but definitely worth finding. Don't miss the "grilled cheese" starter which is excellent. Save room for a profiterole for dessert.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • innovative and creative
    Bobe
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Spectacular entrees, interesting appetizers, unusual taste combinations, gluten-free friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 10 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 112 reviews are from the The Chef & The Gardener reviews archive.
  • Hidden Gem
    johnsonra2VIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    This is a hole in the wall. The looks are very deceiving on the outside. Walk in the door and down the hall and you will be delighted. The outside seating is nice too. The food was delicious and reasonably priced. Our whole experience was great from the service and appetizer to dessert. Very nice wait staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch, reasonable prices
    ilenererVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The food is really excellent. We went to brunch and were all extremely happy with our choices. There was a large selection of reasonably priced and unique brunch and lunch items. Desserts were also out of this world. The Creme brûlée French toast, Paninis and mushroom crepes were all wonderful . With a nicer atmosphere, this would be fine dining, but the drab furniture, 1980's style dark green walls, drinks in plastic bottles, and the like preclude that. Also, tip to staff - if a tattood fat guy wearing a sleeveless shirt shows up with his underwear showing, seat him in a pleasant, but inconspicuous spot, not right by the door so he's the 1st thing people see when they enter your establishment. I'll be back for the excellent food.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    gjpl
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Didn't even know this restaurant existed! Tucked away, and what seems like a surprising location, until you walk in. Intimate restaurant with white tablecloths, great service and good food. The wine I picked was different and wonderful. Prices are reasonable, but can add up if you order appertizer, salad and dessert, along with your entree. Would definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Food was very average; portions on the small side. The place is tiny and they sat parons right next to each other instead of spreading them out. I would not return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fresh and delicious food
    Brownie
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    The food was fresh and delicious, we loved it! The staff was very friendly and happy to accommodate any dietary restrictions. We will definitely go back again. M&M
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and nutritious
    Emmy
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    I am always pleased to see the delicious food at Chef and Gardner prepared with consideration for nutrition. There are always good vegetarian options and the veggies with the meal are fresh and well prepared. Their bread is homemade and yummy and the chef will do everything possible to accommodate requests. Service is friendly with good attention to detail (like an always filled water glass) but never rushed or hovering. A hopping place where reservations are recommended and needed-always a good sign!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Truly a Gem
    SandwichDiner
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Absolutely wonderful experience. Surpassed meals at twice to three times the price. Delightful in every way. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great local spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    Saco isnt filled with great places but this places always tends to be a go to for us. great food, great service- the bread pudding is amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Great gluten free choices
    Bosigirl
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    There were several gluten free choices on the menu. The dishes my group ordered were all delicious. The service was excellent. I'll plan to go again.
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  • I love it, but.....
    Lovefood
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    This is actually my favorite restaurant in the area. The service is always great, wonderful ambiance, and delicious food! However...we went in valentines day and it was completely mediocre. Caesar salad was gross, steak was burned. Our waiter, rylie, was very nice! And took good care of us. Just disappointed in the food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well Worth Discovering
    HealthyFoodie
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    A friend and I met at The Chef & The Gardner for our yearly catch-up dinner. This place was perfect: small, quiet, delicious food, and attentive staff. A small menu but with nice variety and creativity.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Food
    goodeats
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    This is a favorite local restaurant, small, intimate and a very attentive staff and delicious food!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always excellent!
    DaveVIP
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    We are NEVER disappointed by this hidden gem in Saco, Maine. The food is excellent, reasonable, and the service superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dining
    Kbmb
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    We had a great first time experience. Both my husband and I feel like we have found a new place for great food and a relaxed environment.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved the menu diversity including
    Suzsbirthday
    Dined on 11/26/2013
    Loved the menu diversity including the vegan and gluten free options, (the vegan and gluten free dishes were not simply substitutions/exclusions but were creative with fine ingredients). Cozy and ideal for a date night or a quiet dinner with friends. It was difficult to choose a meal, we will need to return. The Server/Hostess (quiet rainy and snowy weekday night) was knowledgable about the cuisine and the wines, and a delightful person.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Worth the search
    Flower
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    We yelped for a place that was new to us on a drive from Boston to Portland. This place is a surprise! If you go, don't be put off by the bright lights you see from the parking lot. They are from the salon next door. We almost turned around and left. But when you find your way down a hall to the Girl and the Gardener you will find a pleasant, country-style dining room, and you will be warmly welcomed. Have the table-side Caesar. Who does that anymore? But it was really excellent. My husband enjoyed his Pork Osso Buco, and my scallops and risotto were very good. They are big local/organic folks and make everything possible on site. They've been open three years and seem to love what they are doing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • birthday dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    My husband and I found this spot online...since it was close to my mother's (who was watching our son), we tried it. Eating organically and locally is important to us. Since we don't get out much, it's worth the splurge. We thoroughly enjoyed it!! Great spot, delicious food, good energy. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Saco surprise
    John
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    Having seen the very good web reviews we were still not sure what to expect. A small place but friendly and attentive staff and excellent food. We would return without hesitation, and hope to.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great great great
    jmn1618
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    Awesome dinner, great service & expert salad prep from Emilie. Looking forward to trying brunch & returnng for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Experience
    drill49
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    My wife and I visited the Chef and the Gardener for the first time. It was a fabulous experience. The waitress was very friendly and cordially, as were the other waitresses. The food was excellently prepared, and tasted awesome. The restaurant is a little small, but makes for a quiet experience. I definately will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this neighborhood gem!
    bpendle
    Dined on 9/26/2013
    The staff is flexible and always caters to the needs of the customer! They are wonderful at adapting the food and service to your needs, and the food is excellent!! So much fun to go there!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Table side caesar salad was
    Beth
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    Table side caesar salad was unique and delicious. Will be going here again.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Gem
    Galeberta
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    What a surprise! Fantastic food: fresh from the farm, organic, unique combinations of ingredients. Will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh and delicious. Emily,our
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/28/2013
    Fresh and delicious. Emily,our server, was amazing! The ambience, however, leaves a lot to be desired.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • our meals
    deign2dine
    Dined on 8/27/2013
    I would recommend this restaurant as a good place to visit, featuring local, wholesome, organic food with excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding!
    Jen23
    Dined on 8/22/2013
    My friends and I had a lovely dining experience and hope to visit again in the near future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place!
    Jeff
    Dined on 8/21/2013
    Super food and super accommodating of gluten free diets. Waitress was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.