Ebenezer's Restaurant & Pub
Taps: 35 / Bottles: 1000
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 137 | Reviews: 130 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by ToasterChef:
4.88/5 rDev +2.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
I'm reviewing Ebenezer's after my second visit. It is a little difficult to find this place (don't trust Google Maps' directions), but it is worth searching for. The sign over the door proclaims you are entering the #1 Beer Destination in the World, and it is most likely correct.
There is a large screened in porch for outdoor seating protected from the mosquitoes, as well as a few tables outside right on the end of neighboring golf course. Inside, there is a dining room with many windows looking out onto the golf course, as well as a smaller taproom with a pair of tables, the bar seating a television. On all of the walls there are signs, flags, mirrors, beer trays and advertisements for beers from around the world. It doesn't look tacky, it is more of a shrine to the great beverages the customers are seeking.
About the service, the only area that I docked half a point. Almost everyone there is exceptional, remembering us from the previous visit and asking us questions about what we talked about previously. Jim, the bartender the night we were there, is extremely knowledgeable about the beers he serves, and we spent a while discussing the various beers we were trying. The only people who weren't perfect were the ones who you could tell had just started working there for the summer season. I imagine that when we go back in another month or so, they will be just as perfect as their coworkers.
The food here is almost as great as the beer. They use locally raised beef, and it tastes exceptional! I've had two different dinners and two different appetizers at Ebenezer's and both we completely delicious. I imagine everything on the menu is tasty. Also, the menu is diverse enough that you should find something you like (and if you can't, they'll probably tell you that the kitchen will make anything you'd like, which we overheard a waitress tell another table).
Now onto the beers. The top of the tap list welcomes you to Belgium and introduces you to the greatest tap list on Earth. This is a rather large claim, but one that is backed up as you look at the 20 or selections. Beers that you would have a hard time tracking down in bottles are here in kegs. There is also an extensive bottle list full of stuff you can't believe that Chris, the owner, is selling. You'll find yourself wishing you had brought more money--not because the prices are too high, but because there is so much you want to try. Your wallet will always run out before you've had everything you want to try.
I feel that I could spent every afternoon here, and even though I've only been twice, I'm treated as though I am a regular. Every beer fan who has the opportunity should make the trip to Ebenezer's, you won't be disappointed.
05-26-2009 12:39:54 | More by ToasterChef
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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
4.63/5 rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
If you like Belgian Beer, this place is one of the best in the North East, it is definitely the best spot in Maine and New Hampshire. The volume and rarity of what is offered on tap is amazing. In some cases, I would be surprised if another place had a keg of the same stuff. Their bottle selection is also amazing. They will amost surely have something you have not seen before.
The staff is knowledgeable and helpful. They can recommend something on draft tailored to what you are looking for.
The food is good and portions are generous. Since the beer selectionis is outstanding, the one thing you will notice is that the food is not quite as up to par as compared to the beer. It is the one thing that could be improved upon to get to the next highest level. But again, the food is good.
Another thing that would help the bar out is to have a list of bottled beers offered when the draft list is offered. A lot of the beer is so obscure, you may not recognize the bottle even though the bottles are clearly visible behind the bar.
Atmosphere is good and the custom tap handles are a really cool feature. It appears the draft system is not well balanced for certain styles as many brews seem to be over carbonated during the pour...requiring a pause in the delivery of libations. This a nitpick on my part.
Overall, an outstanding place with good food and excellent beer. When you get this close to perfection, its easy to nitpick, which is what I probably have done in this review, but trust me when I say nitpick, because this place is a rare gem.
09-15-2013 12:46:58 | More by diverite
Ebenezer's Restaurant & Pub in Lovell, ME
100 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.