Where to Eat in Saco: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Moriah Teneyck

Saco /ˈsɑːkoʊ/ is a city in York County, Maine, United States. The population was 18,482 at the 2010 census. It is home to Ferry Beach State Park, Funtown Splashtown USA, Thornton Academy, as well as General Dynamics Armament Systems (also known by its former name, Saco Defense), a subsidiary of the defense contractor General Dynamics. Saco sees much tourism during summer months, due to its amusement parks, Ferry Beach State Park, and proximity to Old Orchard Beach.
Things to do in Saco

1. Palace Diner

18 Franklin St, Biddeford, ME 04005-2502 Takeout, Waitstaff American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 207-284-0015
Excellent
69%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 186 reviews

Palace Diner

Reviewed By Natalie G - New York

We visited on a Monday morning (just after Labor Day) with our three year old.

I read about the palace diner on a blog I follow and was expecting a line. To our surprise we only had to wait ten minutes.

No kids menu but the staff happily made a half portion of pancakes (with chocolate chips!) for our son. My husband and I ordered a sandwich, omelet and a side of French toast. Everything was fresh, not greasy, delicious and good sized portions (but not grotesquely big).

Most importantly our service was just lovely. So friendly and cheerful and keen to please. What a wonderful breakfast!

Note: there are no booths just seats at the counter and couldn't see restrooms. Also check their hours as not open all day.

If you're in the area this is a must do.

2. Huot's Seafood Restaurant INC

29 Eastern Ave, Saco, ME 04072-3054 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Seafood, Soups Lunch, Dinner +1 207-282-1642
Excellent
58%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 291 reviews

Huot's Seafood Restaurant INC

Reviewed By MontyBuck - Ohio

This restaurant is located about 30 minutes south of Portland Maine. A little out of the way, but well worth it. Not too pricey. It's a family owned restaurant that's right on the water. Good was exceptional.

3. Martel's Ice Cream

757 Portland Rd, Saco, ME 04072-9005 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American Lunch +1 207-283-1775
Excellent
76%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 86 reviews

Martel's Ice Cream

Reviewed By madlady22 - Gorham, Maine

We have been visiting Martel's for years because their homemade ice cream is so good. I love orange pineapple and mocha chip. My husband is partial to chocolate and ginger. Also, you can purchase half-gallons to take home for $7.00. More recently, we decided to try their Italian sandwiches. You can choose your meat...ham or bacon or even chicken salad...to go w/regular Italian veggies. They may not be as great as Amato's Italians but they are full of fresh ingredients & made with care. Half a sandwich w/chips is enough for a filling lunch.

4. FernLeaf Bakery and Coffee House

20 Free St, Saco, ME 04072-3384 Takeout, Seating American, Cafe Breakfast, Lunch +1 207-286-3376
Excellent
73%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 35 reviews

FernLeaf Bakery and Coffee House

Reviewed By SoxWin09 - Maine

This is a hidden gem in Saco, if you know where to look. The food is fresh every day...the pastries are tremendous, and during the warm months they even have outside seating.

I've always enjoyed my meals here, and look forward to enlisting their services one day when I need a cake, etc.

5. Elements Books Coffee Beer

265 Main St, Biddeford, ME 04005-2412 Wheelchair Accessible, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Outdoor Seating Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch +1 207-710-2011
Excellent
71%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 46 reviews

Elements Books Coffee Beer

Elements: Books Coffee Beer serves locally roasted pour-over coffee and espresso drinks, wine and local craft beer, housemade baked goods and tapas plates in a comfortable cafe setting with free wifi. Elements offers a wide variety of high quality used and remainder books for sale and hosts live music every weekend.

Reviewed By BorisMurchant - Greenville, South Carolina

Stopped by for coffee and found a nice open air style coffee shop, OK coffee but staff barely conversed. As a visiting stranger it would be nice if I entered and maybe a "Hello!, Welcome" instead of no greeting and then a "Yes, what can I get you". At least maybe pretend you are glad I stopped in. Needs customer service training for all staff. No one spoke. Weird. Nice building and layout but I don;t think I would bother again. I sort of like my business appreciated just a wee bit. Seemed stuffy and pretentious.

6. Fielder's Choice Ice Cream

156 Saco Ave, Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064-1621 Outdoor Seating, Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible American +1 207-934-4402
Excellent
78%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 150 reviews

Fielder's Choice Ice Cream

Reviewed By TheWiseOwl-AZ - Maricopa, Arizona

Five stars for their ice cream, or what is now called ice cream? The people who are rating this ice cream five stars, apparently have no conception of REAL ice cream. Real ice cream consists of cream, milk, sugar, natural flavor and egg yolk if making French vanilla. What they are selling here should be called frozen dessert. There are a multitude of additives including an over abundance of gum, that’s right, guar gum, carob bean gum, carrageenan and the list goes on. Take a spoon of this and pull it away from the scoop and watch how it stretches like rubber. The, so called, ice cream is not icy cold as real ice cream is. It’s almost a room temperature coolness to its substance. Bryers Ice Cream used to be a natural ice cream with only four ingredients, now they’ve gone the route of the stock holders and its now called frozen dessert, not ice cream. To the best of my knowledge the only real,ice cream left and that’s been cheapened by over airation, is Haagen-Dazs. I am truly put out by Fielders Choice claim that they’re selling “home made” ice cream. Sorry folks, but facts are facts. We will NEVER recommend this place nor stop again. Deception seems to be a way of life today.

7. Reilly's Bakery

232 Main St, Biddeford, ME 04005-2400 Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible Breakfast +1 207-283-3731
Excellent
70%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 42 reviews

Reilly's Bakery

Reviewed By AlliecatOOB - Old Orchard Beach, Maine

This is an old-fashioned bakery with sweets in all their rich, gooey excellence. The birthday cakes are great too.

8. Skippers Seafood & Rotisserie

27 Elm St, Route 1, Saco, ME 04072-2706 Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards American, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 207-282-7300
Excellent
59%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 187 reviews

Skippers Seafood & Rotisserie

Reviewed By bethh533 - Saco, Maine

Had a nice breakfast with a good sized group of co workers. Service was friendly and quick. Good was good, typical breakfast fare, executed well.

9. Biscuits & Company

25 Alfred St, Biddeford, ME 04005-2512 Takeout, Seating, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 4 - SGD 20 +1 207-710-2333
Excellent
77%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 101 reviews

Biscuits & Company

Biscuits & Company serves breakfast, lunch & Sunday Brunch, including outrageous biscuit breakfast sandwiches piled high with fresh local ingredients. Plus Biscuits & Gravy, Moxie BBQ Pulled Pork, seasonal salads and sandwiches on house-made artisan breads. Rustic baked goods include sweet & savory scones muffins, shortcakes and cookies. Our baked goods feature Maine Grains, and we stock locally handcrafted jam, butter, coffee, tea and more. Vegan & Gluten Free options always available. Ask about Picnic Boxes, gift certificates or gift baskets, custom cakes and catering. Free parking in municipal lot next door.

Reviewed By cootmom - Massachusetts

A very comfortable and funky cafe in downtown Biddeford, which can use everyone's patronage to keep it lively! The staff is so friendly, there's plenty of room to stretch out and relax, and the biscuit sandwiches are so large that it could not fit into my mouth. Try the homemade sausage and smoked cheddar on one. Coffee's good too.

10. Run of the Mill

100 Main St, Saco, ME 04072-3500 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Pub, Brew Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 13 - SGD 20 +1 207-571-9648
Excellent
44%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 576 reviews

Run of the Mill

The Run of the Mill is an English Style Brew Pub. We offer 7 beers at a time and rotate those between the 25 different varieties that we offer. Our menu includes traditional meals such as Fish and Chips, Pot Roast and Bangers and Mashed Potatoes. We offer daily specials and non-traditional fare, including many steak, fish and even vegetarian options. The Run of the Mill is family and local oriented and we strive to use local farmers, bakers and fishermen. In addition to great food, great beer and a full bar, we have live music Thursdays, Saturdays and Sunday afternoons at 4pm, as well as an open mic night on Tuesdays. Music starts at 8pm and goes till 11pm. We offer a large deck over looking the beautiful Saco River, a separate outside menu including incredible Fish Tacos and some great Grilled Pizzas.

Reviewed By RCS3rd - Wellesley, Massachusetts

We craved the excellent veggie quesadilla from Run of the Mill and they did not fail us this time either. The few times we have tasted one of their dinner specials, we have never been disappointed.

Veggie quesadilla: Grilled Sun-dried Tomato tortilla stuffed with Pepper-jack cheese, Corn, Roasted Red Peppers, Garlic, Cilantro, Red onion & Tomatoes topped with cilantro-lime sour cream & remoulade on the side. Score 5*
Smoked bbq ribs served on top of a bed of sauteed spinach with saffron rice. Score 4*

(* We rate the dishes we try on a scale from 1-5, 5 being outstanding.)

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