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A1 Diner

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3 Bridge St, Gardiner, ME 04345-2101
+1 207-582-4804
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08:00 - 13:30
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Hours:
Sun 08:00 - 13:30
Mon - Thu 07:00 - 20:00
Fri - Sat 07:00 - 20:30
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Skowhegan, Maine, United States
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91 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

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Thank Dale L
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 !

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Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Boothbay, Maine
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62 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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1 Thank Fran M
Weston, Florida
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30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Thank SuzieQ2008
Pittston, Maine
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Thank Twinkle04345
Maine
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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1 Thank DavidPodraig
Bangor, Maine
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80 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 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 

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Thank MaggieDogME
West Greenwich, Rhode Island
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26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 

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1 Thank Susan M
Bangor, Maine
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134 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

This place is a GEM! We were hoping to eat in Wiscasset on our way home to Bangor after an excellent visit to Boothbay Harbor for the Gardens Aglow and the Tugboat Inn (more on that elsewhere!!) Sarah's was closed in Wiscasset- (my friend was NOT disappointed as her last crab cakes there were mostly stuffing) I plowed North through... More 

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3 Thank freddapick
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Food here is very good! Its not like what you would imagine your typical diner to be. On the other side it is very small space and space is limited.

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1 Thank Anna B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Diner, Soups, International, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
08:00 - 13:30
Monday
07:00 - 20:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 20:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 20:00
Thursday
07:00 - 20:00
Friday
07:00 - 20:30
Saturday
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?