Ebenezer's Restaurant & Pub

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Ebenezer's Restaurant & PubEbenezer's Restaurant & Pub
BA SCORE
100
world-class

125 Reviews
Reviews: 125
Visits: 152
rAvg: 4.72
pDev: n/a
Taps: 35
Bottles: 1,000
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

44 Allen Rd
Lovell, Maine, 04051-3919
United States
phone: (207) 925-3200

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Reviews: 125 | Visits: 152
Reviews by RunawayJim:
Photo of RunawayJim
4.9/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (2,544 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of mklisz
4.11/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Took a long overdue trip to Ebenzer's this past Saturday. Arrived around 12:30pm and sat at the bar. The place wasn't too crowded, several parties sitting out in the screened-in entrance area and two others at the bar. Things picked up around 1:30 then died back down about an hour later.

Selection was good, lots of Lively drafts with a good mix of European brews. Cooler was impressively stocked with trappists, 3F, Fantome, Italian and German selections. Shared a 750mL of 3F Oude Geuze with my buddy, served in a lambic basket.

Food was decent. I ordered the fried cod sandwich which was a bit mushy. My friend was raving about his sous-vide chicken, however. Frites were average.

My major issue was the amount of horse flies buzzing around the place. You'd expect to see maybe a few in the hot summer months, but they were EVERYWHERE. (845 characters)

Photo of Stoutmeister
4.98/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of dmmichaud
4.29/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.73/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Nothing to say except, WOW. The best selection in the USA. Easily some of the rarest and most amazing Belgian beers I have ever laid eyes on. Go for the beer, stay for the food, it also does not disappoint.
And some day I will attend Night of the Great Thirst, then my life will be complete.... (294 characters)

Photo of abridgedatx
4.95/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of tigg924
4.66/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

A lot has been said about Ebenezers and I will echo it. This is a world class bar. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming. We sat in what appeared to be a screened in porch with an excellent view of a golf course. The sounds of birds and the fresh air provided a pleasant atmosphere. The food was amazing. I had a Philly cheese steak with frites. Despite having this dish hundreds of times, Ebenezers put a twist on it and it felt as though I had not had it before. Excellent food. My wife had a farm fresh chicken sandwich that was also excellent. We had two waitresses during our visit with the second one being a lot more helpful and knowledgeable. Outside of that our experience was fantastic. Beer variety and tap list was amazing. This place deserves its reputation as being one of the best beer bars in America. Certainly will go back if I am in the area again. (880 characters)

Photo of rocksteady726
2.25/5  rDev -52.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 2 | food: 3

Visited here over the summer. It may have been a busy day, but the service was terrible. The staff was unwilling to serve us bottles from the cellar and continued to insist we order tap beers or bottles from the cooler. We had a reservation and still had to wait 30 minutes to sit down, even though our table was empty and clean. The food was slow to come out, and the staff was openly being disciplined by management in the dining room. This certainly did not live up to the hype for me. All that beer down in the cellar doesn't do anyone any good if you can't order any of it. (583 characters)

Photo of slasich
4.56/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

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4.89/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

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4.85/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of DQuilliams
5/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Simply amazing. We had 5 small children with us and we were so very well taken care of given our crew. The beer selection, knowledgeable and friendly staff ( Sir Chris et al), and the location in picturesque Western Maine (on the fringes of the Saco River and the White Mountains) made it surpassingly enjoyable. (312 characters)

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5/5  rDev +5.9%

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Ebenezer's Restaurant & Pub in Lovell, ME
100 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.