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The Chef & The Gardener

230 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Top Tags:
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Local Ingredients
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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Contemporary American, Vegetarian / Vegan
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Hours of operation
Sun 9:00 am–2:00 pm
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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Full service, from back yard BBQ"s to Dream Tent Weddings.
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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.
Beer, Cocktails, Gluten-free Menu, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 230 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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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!

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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

Great as always. Ask for Michael as your server.

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.

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

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

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!