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For 2
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12:00 AM

The Chef & The Gardener

3.9
230 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Local Ingredients
  • Special Occasion
  • Cozy
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Vegetarian / Vegan
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sun 9:00 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–8:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(207) 282-9035
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
David Glidden
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Catering
Full service, from back yard BBQ"s to Dream Tent Weddings.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Lund road
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Parking details
Roughly 80 spaces available.
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Special events & promotions
wine dinners offered throughout the winter months

cooking classes also available, small hands-on, paired with wines.
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Gluten-free Menu, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 230 People Are Saying
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3.9  based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.2
service
3.7
ambience
4.1
value
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StephenB (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Food very good. Service impeccable. Quiet, maybe influenced by time of year or the night. Definitely a repeat!

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Maude (New England)
3.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

Server was very personable. Open dining area leads to overhearing other diners conversations. Anadama bread was very good. Meal was nicely presented. Would have enjoyed more mashed potatoes-yummy. We would go back.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 13, 2017

Great food
Quiet space
Relaxing environment
Friendly staff
Casual and not hurried

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Imamainer (New England)
4.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

We dined at the Chef and Gardener before the show at City Theater. All four of us had great dinners. The atmosphere was charming and great for conversation. The service was fine, not over the top, but not bad either. Go for the food! Overall a great experience.

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OpenTable Diner (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined on November 18, 2017

I have been to the restaurant several times and I have recommended it to others. Menu is very interesting. I had a hard time in choosing my appetizer and entree. Choose grilled shrimp served over cream kielbasa grits-very tasty. The entree was Osso Bucco. It was quite simply the best Osso Bucco that I have ever had. My only regret was that I could not finish the large portion.
Service was excellent. I appreciated my server's knowledge of the items on the menu.
I'm looking forward to future meals at the Chef and the Gardener.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
2.0  Dined on November 8, 2017

We were very excited to try this dining experience, made our reservations and when we got there we felt rushed. We were offered no water, the bread came out and immediately after the food. As soon as are plates were to the side the waitress brought our bill with out even offering dessert, which we like to share on date nights. Just felt really rushed, the food was ok.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on October 14, 2017

Recently had a birthday dinner here and the food was excellent. I had the Pork Osso Bucco and it was an impressive looking dish. It's a nice quiet spot in Saco, limited seating so reservations are a good idea.

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vipskipinma (New England)
3.0  Dined on October 14, 2017

Saw the good ratings and thought we would try it. Food was fine but both dishes were not prepared for what we expected. Chicken Saltimbocca was prepared with a like what I would describe is an alfredo sauce which was good but not expected. The Pork Loin special tasted more like a trimmed pork chop and was a bit over seasoned.

I think the kitchen needs to stop overreaching and keep it simpler.

Food was good but my date and I switched plates to make it work. Server disappeared and we were hungry.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on October 7, 2017

The lobster bisque last night was excellent as was the duck. The portobello stew could have been more flavorful, but was good.

This is our second time eating at the Chef & The Gardener and we've enjoyed both evenings. We will be back. The food is creative and the setting conducive to talking and enjoying dinner.

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Zafah7 (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on September 20, 2017

the food was absolutely delicious. we have to go back when we're not on a diet!

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DocPatty (New England)
2.0  Dined on September 2, 2017

Terrible reservation system and rude owner. This was not our first visit to the Chef and the Gardener-we had been there several times previously and enjoyed the local food. On one prior occasion there was a mess-up with our reservations, but I thought that could be a one time event. I booked through Open Table and when we arrived with our party of 4, including a very elderly woman the owner told us we did not have a reservation. She seemed agitated and told me I must have made a mistake in the day. I looked up the reservation on my phone and showed her, which made her more angry. We had driven some distance with my 89 year old mother so I did not want to have to go to another restaurant, otherwise I would have left at that point. They cleared a table for our party four, I had to sit in the doorway to the kitchen. Following that, at one of the other empty tables with much more space for a party of four a couple was seated. I suppose they had a reservation too, but I am not sure why our larger party had to sit at a table that would have been much more comfortable for two people. The owner's rudeness and the seating ruined what was supposed to be a very special evening.

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Becky (New England)
4.0  Dined on September 2, 2017

Great as always. Ask for Michael as your server.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on August 26, 2017

The friendliness from the staff is outstanding and the food was as equally as good! Prices were very reasonable. My wife and I both enjoyed our meals with a very low noise level. I would highly recommend this place.

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SuesQ (New England)
5.0  Dined on August 19, 2017

Incredible food, service and all around an a+++... Thank you!!!

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BellaDoo (New England)
5.0  Dined on August 19, 2017

It was our first time eating here and it was terrific. Everyone loved their meals and the table side Caesar salad was so special! Desserts were amazing. Great selection of cocktails and beer and wine. Everything was fresh and well prepared. Servers were so nice and explained everything. Highly recommend and we will be back!

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vipScoreboard (London)
5.0  Dined on August 12, 2017

There are a selection of specials to complement the already good menu. Food was tasty, good value and served in good time. The service is attentive and friendly. We will go again. If I was to criticise it would be that the décor/furniture/ambiance is a bit underwhelming. Overall I would say that The Chef & Gardener is well worth a visit.

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SuesQ (New England)
5.0  Dined on August 11, 2017

Great food and service... We were pleasantly surprised... Will be returning soon!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on August 11, 2017

Even though the seating is "in a basement" and a bit sparse, the ambience is ok. The food on the other hand was very good across the board. We had 3 of us and we tried 6 different items, and all were excellent. Was also impressed with the specialty cocktail list and the wide variety of beers and wines by the glass. An out of the way gem where you're not likely to run into people you know. A good thing?!?

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on August 9, 2017

Excellent. Great time. Great food

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Lama (New England)
5.0  Dined on August 5, 2017

Pleasantly surprised by the variety of gluten free items.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on July 30, 2017

The food was amazing! Our server was knowledgeable and on point.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on July 28, 2017

The food was great. Price affordable. Atmosphere nice. We will be back and will recommend to friends and family!!!

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on July 28, 2017

This was our first time there. Loved the variety of meals. I had a tough time choosing what to order. Pricier than I expected, but very tasty.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on July 16, 2017

Food was amazing! Lots of yummy gluten free options. Hidden gem!

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on July 15, 2017

My mom took me here for my birthday since they have a ton of vegan and vegetarian options as well as gluten free options. We had to drive about an hour to get there but it was well worth it! I had the portabella steak with avocado chimichurri, it was incredible. We will definitely be returning to this restaurant in the future!

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vipSBfoodie71 (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on July 8, 2017

The restaurant is off the tourist trail. Your GPS will get you to the right location--but it is hard to find the entrance (toward the back of buildings.)
The patio is a funky little area --quiet and no mosquitos at 6pm.
Now the food. Frankly so much better than I expected from location. The soup of day--home made and tasty-- panko crusted haddock was fresh and delicious.
The staff was efficient and attentive. Owner was there and could not have been nicer.
While we did not eat in the dining room-it was attractively set and we could imagine a fall dinner there.

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vipVeghead1 (New England)
3.0  Dined on July 7, 2017

We like the vegetarian options, but each time we go the food we eat is a bit less good than the time before.
They seem to have just missed the boat on balance and flavor each time.
Case in point, spaghetti squash dish has an unreal number of olives, I love olives, but not as the main ingredient in a meal.
Hopefully they will improve in this area because I've recommended them often.

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vipFinnsNana (New England)
5.0  Dined on June 18, 2017

Our anniversary fell on father's day and we hadn't visited this wonderful restaurant in a while. The food was AMAZING from the cocktails and deconstructed scallops with bacon through the Caesar salad, entrees (we went with a lobster topped haddock special and salmon), and a lemon cheesecake dessert. The service was very good, the cocktails and wine perfect, the meal memorable. We would happily have paid 50% more than we did for this exquisite meal. We will not stay away anywhere near as long before our next visit.

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OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
4.0  Dined on June 17, 2017

Nicely decorated space. Servers were very kind and accommodating to our needs. The ambiance was much more formal than I expected; this wasn't bad, just surprising (we were bringing a little one and probably wouldn't have if we'd known). Meals were good but did not feel particularly innovative or inspired by what was local or in season, which I think I expected, given the name. Most mains came "rounded out" with steamed broccoli and mashed potatoes. Both were good, just nothing particularly exciting. Overall we enjoyed our experience and would be happy to eat there again, but probably would not go out of our way to return.

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vipmostfoodlover (New England)
3.0  Dined on June 3, 2017

Disappointed by our expectations - set by reviews here and other places. The caesar was excellent, crab & lobster cake special appetizer nothing special, fish entrees were extremely overcooked. The service was attentive. If you've not been fair warning, inside feels like you are in the basement of someones home that has been kind of made to look like a restaurant. We will try it again at some point because of the reviews.

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