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About 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.

345 North St.
Saco, ME 04072
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Vegetarian / Vegan

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

Cross Street:
Lund road

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(207) 282-9035

Website:
http://www.chefandgardener.com/

Catering:
Full service, from back yard BBQ"s to Dream Tent Weddings.

Parking Details:
Roughly 80 spaces available.

Executive Chef:
David Glidden

Additional:
Beer, Cocktails, Gluten-free Menu, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
wine dinners offered throughout the winter months

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

The Chef & The Gardener Ratings and Reviews

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4.0

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

3.8

value

3.9

Noise

Quiet

92% would recommend it to a friend

Local Ingredients (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Casual (4)
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Good for Anniversaries (3)
Cozy (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Good for a Date (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Romantic (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Healthy (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Seasonal (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Romantic, Cozy, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (Cleveland)·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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on November 9, 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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 (New England)·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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 20, 2017

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

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Cozy, Vegan
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 (New England)·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.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Great as always. Ask for Michael as your server.

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 (New England)·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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on August 20, 2017

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

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 (New England)·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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 (London)·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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Seasonal
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 (New England)·Dined on August 12, 2017

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

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 (New York Area)·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?!?

Tags: Organic, Local Ingredients
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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Excellent. Great time. Great food

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 (New England)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Pleasantly surprised by the variety of gluten free items.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Organic, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 30, 2017

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

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Cozy, Seasonal, Organic, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Business Meals, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on July 28, 2017

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (New England)·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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 (New England)·Dined on July 16, 2017

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

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·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!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Quick Bite, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Authentic, Paleo Friendly, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Afternoon Tea, Vegan, Seasonal, Organic, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List, Disabled Access, Hot Spot, Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, People Watching, Late-night Find, Casual, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Romantic, Afternoon Coffee, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Organic, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Vegan
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 (New England)·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.

Tags: Healthy, Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Organic, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Seasonal
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 (Phoenix)·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.

Tags: Great Beer, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·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.

Tags: Disabled Access
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 (New England)·Dined on May 16, 2017

Great Dinner as always. I felt the food was a little cold for how few people were in the restaurant.

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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 (New England)·Dined on April 29, 2017

We selected Chef & Gardener based on the recommendation of someone at Saco River Theater.
It was indeed a good choice for pre-theater dinner, with delicious food, prompt and friendly service, and quick and easy travel to the theater (15 minutes). The menu is varied with more than expected vegetarian and even vegan options, thoughtfully created (not just vegetable "sides"). We'll definitely go again.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Healthy, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Wonderful service and food. Have returned year after year. Never disappointed.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Disabled Access, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal
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 (New England)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Our party of 4 was pleasantly surprised. The server was professional and knowledgeable. 3 out of 4 meals were great! The osso bucco was tougher than expected. I like the true fall off the bone. Flavor was good and the mushroom risotto was very good. The table side cesar salad was good also. Would have liked the actual anchovie on top! Finally a resaturant that we could hear ourselves talk!

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 18, 2017

During our first time busting the Kennebunkport area, we chose the Chef and the Gardener based on the reviews we read and their vegan options. The food was excellent, not the usual vegan "substitution" fare. The service was superb and we never felt rushed. We highly recommend this restaurant and will be sure to visit again the next time we are in the area.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on February 17, 2017

Great food. Good service. Odd space. Would recommend it.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on February 10, 2017

Service was amazing! Very accommodating to different "diets"/ways of eating. Will definitely be back!

Tags: Vegan, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Paleo Friendly, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on February 4, 2017

Excellent service! Colleen our server was friendly, attentive, and recommended great entrees that were beautifully presented and prepared! Just delicious! Priced right and are meals came quickly. Their desserts looked wonderful. We were pleasantly surprised and you will be too😊

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Vegan
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 (New England)·Dined on February 4, 2017

While C&G has been around for 6 or so years we didn't discover the restaurant until this year. The menu selection is quite fine with each dish having its own styling and appetizing presentation. The space is small but it works as a pleasant atmosphere unless some individual projects their conversation loudly. Couples or a small party would enjoy a very fine meal. Wine selections are given. The menu most likely would not enthrall children unless they had a discerning palette and would be comfortable sitting for a leisurely paced meal.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Outstanding Value, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Organic, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Healthy, Worth the Drive
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 26, 2017

This was our third trip to Chef and Gardener and then never fail to please. We went for our wedding anniversary and I had roses delivered via Open Tables' service and they had unboxed them and had them presented nicely on our table prior to our arrival. We were greeted, seated immediately and wished "Happy Anniversary" by the waitress.
I am Gluten Free and they have a lot of GF items on the menu. They also have delicious desserts including cake and pies that are all GF. The food is locally sourced and professionally prepared. After our dinner we both ordered the cheese cake (which was delicious) and the chef himself brought them to our table, wished us a "Happy Anniversary" and said "The dessert is on me".
Great food, excellent service.. We have been very impressed.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vegan, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Paleo Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on January 19, 2017

As always the food here was fabulous. The Pork Osso Bucco is my favorite. I was able to try my daughter's Skirt Steak and it was perfect! My wife had the Duck and it was great as well. Can't wait to go back.

Tags: Comfort Food, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on January 14, 2017

This was our fourth time here. Food is always very good. Service was excellent. It is small and a little noisy. Find it better in the off season. The first time we went was during the summer. There were a lot of out of town people with small children.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Another very good meal! A bit crazy given New Year's Eve but staff for still on their game despite full house. Looking forward to our next meal.

Tags: Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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