The Garden Café

Star_8_Created with Sketch.Star_8_Created with Sketch.Star_8_Created with Sketch.Star_8_Created with Sketch.star-quarterCreated with Sketch.
4.3
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
322 Reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
American
The Garden Café is a casual, yet elegant restaurant located at the Portland Regency Hotel at Spa. A hidden gem in the heart of the Old Port.
The menu offers a wide variety of choices, steaks, seafood, vegetarian and much more, all at very reasonable prices. Sit by the fireplace, overlooking the courtyard and enjoy a well prepared meal with top notch, friendly, professional service. Open for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, 365 days a year. FREE valet parking to all our guests, no driving around looking for a parking spot, just pull up in front of the hotel and we'll take it from there. Join us for a memorable dining experience that will bring you back for more.
What 322 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.7
service
4.4
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Quiet
80% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Filters
TW
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, wonderful service. John was outstanding and made our visit very enjoyable! Thank you, John!

Report
Helpful
KP
New England
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Eaten in Portland often and this was our first disappointment. Notably the food was just shy of terrible. Scallop appetizer with pork belly was two overcooked scallops that were OK but served on a plate with deep fried chunks (1cm x 3 cm) of pork belly that needed a knife to liberate slices of burnt tasting salty bacon. Pork chop dish was similarly poorly cooked: dry and tasteless meat, sauce was just OK. One member of party ordered steamed lobster - it was grilled. A medium rare steak came out cut in Cabernet-colored medallions, which I would call aggressively rare. It wasn't like the kitchen was getting slammed, there was hardly anyone else in the place making me wonder if the chef just peaced-out and left the dishwasher in charge of firing the orders. Quiet enough and nice decor - hopefully just an off night as others have seemed to really enjoy

Report
Helpful
CW
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely incredible. The service was very professional. I would definitely recommend this restraunt to my friends.

Report
Helpful
AD
New England
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for mother’s day and we had the best service. They had a special brunch menu that was to die for. They even had about 10 different takes on a mimosa. The service was great, the atmosphere was great.

Report
Helpful
CK
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Love that there is somewhere to have dinner that isn't about the "buzz". This is an elegant, peaceful and quiet place where you can carry on a conversation without having to yell. AND all 3 of us had an excellent dinner.

Report
Helpful
SA
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

The reason for 3 stars on the overall category was the email we received from OpenTable stating that we did not show for our reservation. Not only did we show; we were the only party there until shortly before we departed! Twenty Milk Street was not so busy that we may have been overlooked for actually being there!

Report
Helpful
TR
New England
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Sean was very attentive - food was delicious especially the bread & homemade salad dressing

Report
Helpful
OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Delicious bread, baked in house each morning. Highly recommend the gnocchi as well!!!

Report
Helpful
a
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

John is the best hands down!!!!

Report
Helpful
DD
New England
43 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A fine dinner in a posh, Old World elegant setting. Enjoyed the soft piano music and lovely service from the wait staff. But the ribeye special was requested medium rare and came out medium, almost medium well. On top of that, for some reason I'm not getting points for this dine so that's a real bummer. That said, if they'll make your steak the way you want it and give you points for your dine, you'll probably like it a lot.

Report
Helpful
DD
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We chose this restaurant as it has goood food and the atmosphere is quieter than a lot of the restaurants in Portland. it is a comfortable dining room with live piano music. The staff are friendly and welcoming. We had a relaxing dinner with friends.

Report
Helpful
PG
New England
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The Maine Restaurant Week menu was strong. Very tasty. However one in our party ordered the ribeye medium. It came bloody and he didn’t get a replacement until the rest of us were done. There was no compensation.
The decor/ambiance could use a bit of color. Service was fine but we were rushed at the end - probably because one of us had to finish dinner delivered late. Waiter forgot coffee for 2 of us.

Report
Helpful
OT
New England
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect! Loved the scallops

Report
Helpful
MC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

We chose 20 Milk Street for Restaurant Week. While the food was good, for $35, we didn't get much. A tiny salad, 2 scallops, and a small lava cake with a small scoop of ice cream was the complete dinner. The waitress was superb and the pace of food delivery was good. We did not have drinks, as $12 for a glass of wine is ridiculous. We may visit again for lunch or breakfast, which seems to be more reasonably priced, but certainly not for dinner.

Report
Helpful
E
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Food quality was disappointing. Went restaurant week thinking they would really want to make a good impression. I hadn't been for years and wanted to give it another try. Staff was good, setting was fine, dessert was good, but neither the steak nor the salad warrant a return visit.

Report
Helpful
JN
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Four of my friends and I went for restaurant week and had a blast! They food was amazing and the service was top notch.

Report
Helpful
CW
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delicious 3-course meal as part of Maine Restaurant Week. This restaurant is hidden gem in Portland.

Report
Helpful
GW
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We visited Twenty Milk Street during restaurant week. The choices on the menu were enticing and well presented and delicious. Staff was attentive and valet parking was an extra treat, given it was a Saturday night in downtown Portland. I expect normally the restaurant noise level is quieter than when we were visited as there was a large party celebrating a birthday. I would venture here again-

Report
Helpful
S
New England
19 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Trip up to Portland to stay over and picked 20 Milk for dinner. Restaurant was great - very cozy and warm. The service was good. The food was even better! Definitely will recommend.

Report
Helpful
OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food (Brussel sprouts, Ricotta Gnocchi, Duck & Chocolate Cherry Cake) and service. Pleasant piano music and environment.

Report
Helpful
CN
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delightful Valentine's Day dinner here tonight. The room was warm and cozy, the lighting was perfect, the food was prepared to our taste and the service was first class. All members of the staff were attentive, friendly and aware of all guests at all times. Thanks for a great night.

Report
Helpful
MF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was great, slightly limited selection. Ambiance was a little dated. But if you're looking for a quiet dinner as a very small group or couple, you can't go wrong.

Report
Helpful
S
New England
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was good but service was not. Long wait for food, server never came by to ask if we wanted anything else. Both the server and hostess were unfriendly

Report
Helpful
W
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We had a lovely lunch celebrating a co-worker's birthday. However, we were on our lunch break and had to wait for our meals which caused us to be late returning. If we did not have time constraints, I would not have any complaints.

Report
Helpful
OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

The menu is very 1980’s style with no interesting options beyond the boring old usuals if you compare to most of the other restaurants in Portland. The server was polite but awkward - maybe he was new.

Report
Helpful
SH
New England
22 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We got married at the Regency on New Year's Eve five years ago, and so we came back from dinner at Twenty Milk Street. The staff was wonderful and welcoming, and it was a joy to celebrate our anniversary there.

Report
Helpful
CC
New England
11 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Always a pleasant meal to be had at 20 Milk Street. Located inside the Historic Portland Regency Hotel, the seasonal decorations were beautiful and added to the overall ambiance of the restaurant.

Report
Helpful
BC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

Horribly long wait in an empty restaurant. 2.5 hour wait for food, 30 minutes wait for first drink round. Just horrible. The problem was, when it eventually came the food was very tasty.

Report
Helpful
D
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely experience!

Report
Helpful
J
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent bunch service. John makes fantastic bloody Mary’s!

Report
Helpful
OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and John is great. Brunch is part of our annual trip to Portland and it’s always a delight!!!

Report
Helpful
T
New England
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

We have had excellent food and service at Twenty Milk Street in the past, when seated indoors. Service this night was only outdoors, by less experienced staff. We had to ask for water and their cranberry bread, as neither was offered to us. Food was not hot, with filet mignon overcooked, and the plate of gnocchi was a tiny portion compared to past visits. Salads were also on the small side. The pork chops were juicy and tasty, albeit not hot in temperature. Dessert was adequate, but pricey for adequate. Overall, meh for the money. We do not plan to return anytime soon. The Grill Room nearby will likely get our business instead.

Report
Helpful
LY
Tampa
23 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A lovely quiet hotel dining room. We enjoyed the piano player during dinner and had a lovely alcove table. The menu while not extensive had some nice offerings. Our server was attentive and cocktails and food were presented in a timely manner. Valet parking at no charge was a nice bonus since parking in this area is limited.

Report
Helpful
d
New England
13 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Gotta be honest that Twenty Milk Street was our consolation prize after the wait elsewhere was way too long. Got a quick reservation at 20MS. Lovely outdoor cafe though not easy to recognize as we didn't see any signage. Service was ok though felt like servers-in-training without someone training them. Had to ask twice for soup spoons after soup was served. Food was decent but not too exciting. Interesting to watch the servers schlep dishes from across the street. All in all, it was good. But average at best.

Report
Helpful
p
New England
12 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

This restaurant dampened a long-planned law school graduation party for out of state guests. The patio was lovely, but was terribly understaffed. I, personally, had to take drink orders at least 3 times. There were 15 of us, and the restaurant knew 6 weeks prior. My personal dinner was reportedly "dropped" on it's way out. No apology, or offer of a compted meal or beverage, just another 45 minute wait. My guests were embarrassed for me. You can search my name and will not find any other negative reviews. But, I am a small business owner, and as such, I know that the proper thing would be to minimize the client/patron stress. This fell very short of the mark.

Addendum: The manager later contacted me and offered a gift certificate. This was the right thing to do, and the offer is appreciated.

Report
Helpful
OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

I wasn’t aware I was traveling back to 1950 to eat dinner at twenty milk street. The service was terrible, the food was subpar, and the restaurant decor/ambiance was straight out of a black and white photo. Would not recommend this place, 0/10.

Report
Helpful
PC
New England
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Mother’s Day brunch menu was terrific with the majority of the party commenting on how difficult it was to decide on their order. Only minor distraction was one of the orders came out five minutes after the others. It turned out to a very pleasant place for a Mother’s Day gettogether.

Report
Helpful
JS
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Mussels with bacon bits and blue cheese sauce appetizer was excellent. Refreshingly different presentation of mussels that hit the spot. My wife and I both had the Arctic char entree and were very pleased. Very good preparation and size of portion. Finally, the flourless almond raspberry cake dessert was excellent. A great melding of flavors and greatly enjoyed by both of us. 20 Milk Street does a very good job of presenting creative dishes with reasonable portions that make the dining experience well worth the money. To us, too many restaurants today try to emphasize the "creativity" of their chefs while presenting their food in small plates to be shared with those plates being too small and expensive and not worth the money. Keeping it simpler works well for 20 Milk Street and we will surely return.

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

We’re in our 50’s and we were a bit surprised that we were, by far, the youngest people in the restaurant. Food, however, was great.

Report
Helpful
DD
New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We especially enjoyed the quiet ambiance and friendly staff. Food was tasty, better than average.

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
9
null