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A1 Diner

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3 Bridge St, Gardiner, ME 04345-2101
+1 207-582-4804
08:00 - 13:30
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Sun 08:00 - 13:30
Mon - Thu 07:00 - 20:00
Fri - Sat 07:00 - 20:30
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Searsmont, Maine
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great atmosphere and service! The food is usually great as well but has been a bit of a let down the last three visits, it's missing seasonings, salt and love.

Thank vinalhaven
Mid Coast Maine, Maine
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This restaurant is literally in an old diner. But the food is very new and interesting. The offerings are unique and are styled from cultures around the world. Don't worry, they have old stand by's too.

1 Thank Susan T
Skowhegan, Maine, United States
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93 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

We had never eaten here before and wanted to try some place new, so went there for lunch today. It's nice that it's and old railway car, but very small for dining. There are only 6 small tables and about 14 small round seats at the counter that a very uncomfortable. They offer can beverages for $1.99 each! 8 oz... More 

Thank Dale L
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 22 February 2017 via mobile

Really great hip new take on diner food ! Mike & his partner Neil have transformed the place with great new food choices while retaining the ambiance which still attracts its loyal older guests. Nicely done !! Chom Chom !

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Boothbay, Maine
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67 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

Spouse and I were in Augusta for high School Basketball. Time for supper. I suggested IHOP quickly voted down. (I like there spouse not so much) So I suggested the A1 in Gardner. Spouse said DINER! I had been there on several occasions and there more than a Diner. So Spouse had her favorite Diner item Liver and Onions, came... More 

1 Thank Fran M
Weston, Florida
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37 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2017

My husband and I had just come from the VA Hospital in Togus. He was famished because he had fasted for a day and a half for a colonoscopy. We had heard that the diner had a good breakfast menu, so he had been thinking of it all morning. When we walked in at 10:55, we were told that they... More 

Thank SuzieQ2008
Pittston, Maine
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

A-1 can't seat too many people at a time but the food is fresh and delicious. Although some of their food isn't typical diner food they have good options.

Thank Twinkle04345
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2017

The specials are well worth a look and provide some very eclectic choices that would fit well in a larger Portland or Boston restaurant. The other menu choices are very well done, good coffee and above average portions. You may need to sit at the counter as there are not many booths but it's well worth the visit.

1 Thank DavidPodraig
Bangor, Maine
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84 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

I had heard that this diner had been on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. I love the show. I did not see anything on the menu or come out of the kitchen that was outstanding. The food was good, just not anything special. I had a Reuben sandwich on marble rye with chips and a pickle. My friend had a bacon... More 

Thank MaggieDogME
West Greenwich, Rhode Island
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27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

What a gem, this restored diner has been in place since 1946 (70 years). Fresh warm home-made rolls from the steamer drawer, a little window with a bell that announces your food is ready, awesome details! I went for the comfort food (pea soup with ham and a meatloaf sandwich). But, there's plenty of new and modern things to try... More 

1 Thank Susan M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Diner, Soups, International, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 13:30
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:30
07:00 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3 Bridge St, Gardiner, ME 04345-2101
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Gardiner
  • Phone Number: +1 207-582-4804

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?