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The Chef & The Gardener

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American, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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345 North St, Saco, ME 04072-1842 (Lund road)
+1 207-282-9035
17:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 14:00
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Sun 09:00 - 14:00
Tue - Thu 17:00 - 20:00
Tue - Fri 11:00 - 14:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 21:00
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Saco, Maine
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20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Used this service 3 times now and have been very pleased every time.food is great, prices reasonable and service exceptional. Highly recommend for catering your party or family gathering.

Thank rageo
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82 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

We recently ate here for breakfast. The restaurant was less than half full. The wait service was very slow and our order was messed up. When they staff took the meal back to the kitchen to fix, it was "slided" back in front of me as the server kept on running by. They left stuff off the plates of the... More 

Thank RoamWorld
Suffield, Connecticut
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

The restaurant was warm cozy and the staff helpful and cheerful. The food could have been better. They had recently changed the menu and I was looking forward to something on the online menu. The food was good just not what I was craving. The dessert was great and plenty to share. Profiteroles with homemade ice cream with amaretto hot... More 

Thank joana249
Leverett, Massachusetts
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164 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 388 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2016

We were attending a Veteran's Day Weekend Retreat in the area and a large group of us chose to meet and eat at the C&G. The staff did just an outstanding job of serving so many of us and they were attentive and sharp and a pleasure all around. To be clear however, this is less "fine dining" and more... More 

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Hingham, Massachusetts
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90 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 2016

Very small and reservations are a must. Good wine list. Four of us had the Cesar salad which is prepared table slide. A little heavy on the garlic but very good. We would ask for less garlic the next time. Others had the shrimp quesadilla app and we're pleased. All of the meals were cooked to perfection. The boneless short... More 

Thank Sebastian22013
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 October 2016

We have lived in Saco but never visited this restaurant until last Friday evening . That was definitely our loss. From the duck to the schnitzel to the cream caramel ........outstanding. Our waitress was attentive and personable. We will be back.

Thank Lynne H
Cleveland, Ohio
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Started with table side Caesar which was phenomenal, scallops with jasmine rice were incredible. My family members had the Haddock with a lemon Beurre sauce, the short ribs and the Shepherds Pie. We all absolutely loved it. Even the fresh brewed iced tea was amazing. Service was great. We highly recommend this spot for a delicious meal.

Thank Jen L
Chicago, Illinois
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422 reviews
281 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2016

This is the type of place that you really want to like. It is a small operation (the restaurant only seats about 30 people), is very homey on the inside, everything appears to be homemade, and they have relatively high aspirations for their food. Unfortunately, only some of those aspirations are realized. I had what was clearly a homemade soup... More 

Thank KingofThreePutts
Portland, Maine
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39 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2016

Hello to all! Yes, I am writing about this gem of a place located in Saco. Take out your GPS, punch in the location and go! Fresh food (with vegetarian specials) a great staff and a pleasant atmosphere. Looking for something "off the beaten path", The Chef & The Gardner is for you!

Thank Donald-from-Maine
Chicago, Illinois
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98 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2016

Bottom line first: Tasty appetizers, good bread, friendly service but meh entrees. So, it's hard to know how exactly to rate Chef & the Gardner on star rating system -- if + and - were allowed, it would get a 3+ or 4- rating from me. Now to back up: We were staying overnight in Biddeford on our way Down... More 

Thank MBA60302

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$14 - US$26
American, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Open Hours
09:00 - 14:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 345 North St, Saco, ME 04072-1842
    (Lund road)
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Saco
  • Phone Number: +1 207-282-9035

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?