Ebenezer's Restaurant & Pub
Taps: 35 / Bottles: 1000
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 138 | Reviews: 129 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by RunawayJim:
4.9/5 rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
What can I say that hasn't already been said (though I didn't get a cellar tour like the previous reviewer)? Upon entering, we were met with a ton of people, mostly snowmobilers, many of which were not drinking any of the craft beer found on tap or in bottles. That didn't bother us. It seemed like a friendly place and we waited for a table. There were all sorts of signs and posters from Belgian breweries and other bars. We were handed a beer list, which had 4 or 5 pages, the first being the tap list, which is what we wanted. On it we found a handful of Cantillons, a bunch of other Belgians, just a couple of American beers, and Stella Artois (kind of surprised to see that listed). We all ordered a beer while we waited. I had a Forti, which was listed as a hoppy Belgian beer, though it wasn't really that hoppy (Houblon Chouffe would be hoppier). I ordered the combo to try the sausage and the steak tips. The steak tips were out of this world. The sausage was really good, but a bit dry. Our regular waitress didn't seem to know what was going on, but the other one, I think her name was Hannah, was very attentive and once she found out we were into beer brought us a bunch of samples, including Black Albert and a couple Cantillons.
The selection was fantastic, though I would have preferred to see some more American beers listed. They had a 2004 Old Guardian on tap, which was awesome, and a Samichlaus Helles, also awesome. One of the people in our party wasn't overly impressed by her food (there's the hit, along with the dry sausage). Everything tasted very fresh. I was disappointed they had no Earthmonk, but the Black Albert and St. Lamvinus on tap were amazing.
The score hit for atmosphere was because it was extremely cold in the place as they kept the heat down so the snowmobilers wouldn't get too hot in all their gear. IMO, they should let them take off some of their layers and keep everyone else warm. If you go in the winter, dress for the cold.
We stayed at the Olde Saco Inn at the recommendation of Chris, the owner. It was a very nice hotel and pretty reasonable, as it included breakfast. We learned from the innkeeper that if we drank too much, we could get a ride back from Ebenezer's from one of the staff and he'd give us a ride in the morning to get our car. Good to know. We plan on going back up in the summer when there isn't 3 feet of snow on the ground (we were skiing for the week, so it was good for that) and returning to the Olde Saco Inn and will likely take them up on the shuttle service.
02-08-2009 21:08:47 | More by RunawayJim
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3.05/5 rDev -35.8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$
Great selection of draft Belgium's you won't find too many places, except maybe in Bruges. Lots to choose from, with the true sour Lambics, IPA's, Dubbels, Tripel’s, Strongs and Saisons, you get the picture. The staff is somewhat knowledgeable, well, much better in past visits. The owners were not on site the day we visited and I think they were short staffed. I went with several friends to have some appetizers and some special beer and take in the Patriots game. It turned out to be a complete sh*t show!
Took at least a half hour to get a drink, by that point everyone was annoyed. The last time at Ebenezer’s we experience very slow service, but chalked it up as being in Maine, “can’t get there from here”. This was the straw that broke the camel’s preverbal back, I will not go back to this establishment unless the owner calls me to tell me he has just tapped a new keg of Black Albert and are not serving it until I arrive. Truly the owners need to hire Jon Taffer from Bar Rescue to straighten this place out. The bathroom looked like an old frat house bathroom I may have visited a few times, doesn’t say much for cleanliness. I always check the bathroom in a bar/restaurant, good indicator of what the kitchen will look like, never ordered food in fear it would arrive the day after.
We received a first beer, slugged it down as if we were playing a good game of quarters and paid the bill and left. As I see it, we would have spent all afternoon there enjoying the fine selection of beers and some food. They lost out on a lot of money, but maybe they don’t really care. Sorry Ebenezer’s, I won’t be back and neither will 12 of my friends. This visit took place on Octover 13th 2013.
10-15-2013 16:18:47 | More by BeerBellyBrew
Ebenezer's Restaurant & Pub in Lovell, ME
100 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.