Ebenezer's Restaurant & Pub

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

141 Ratings
Ratings: 141
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: n/a
Taps: 35
Bottles: 1,000
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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(Place added by: DarkStar2222 on 08-16-2005)
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of diverite
4.63/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of beyah
4.85/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Went there last night with my daughter, (early Fathers day gift) this place is in the middle of nowhere. Enjoyed a nice salad and a couple of dark Belgian beers. The draft list was amazing. If you have the chance go there, it's said to be the best beer pub in the world....only way to judge it is go there.

Photo of mbedard
4.48/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Managed to sneak out to Ebenezer's with my Brother-In-Law and my wife's Stepdad (our DD) last summer while we were vacationing in the area with our families. Once we found the place (no small task, man is it in the middle of nowhere!) we basically had the place to ourselves other than maybe one table having lunch on the deck. The bartender (Maryanne maybe?) was very friendly and helpful and was able to answer most of our questions. She said we really knew our stuff, and its a shame the owner wasn't there, or we could have talked shop and gotten "the tour".

We sampled a bunch of sours and tripels over the afternoon, and also enjoyed several orders of Frites, which were awesome. I really enjoyed the Petrus Aged Pale Ale and was happy to find a stash of it at the local beer store back home (go New England Wine and Spirits, Newburyport, MA!), and have been enjoying it regularly since.

We had a great afternoon, and even though we dropped a good chunk, we knew what we were in for going in -- quality beers that are hard to find anywhere and great pub food -- not to mention the fact that we all got T-Shirts to commemorate our visit.

I hope I can get back up there soon, but its a bit of a hike from here. If only Eb's was closer to the MA/NH/ME border, or opened a sister spot in Portsmouth we'd be all set. Cheers!

Photo of rjp217
4.5/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Went here on Memorial Day weekend as I am fortunate enough to have a camp only about an hour from Ebenezer's. This place is pretty awesome. It's off the beaten bath, hanging on the side of a municipal golf course, so random. You could easily drive by the place and never even know it existed. You walk in and there's a screened in porch area with plenty of seating with heaters and cool beer signs and pictures. It was a little cool out so we grabbed a table inside. We ended up making reservations because we went on Saturday night so I would recommend doing the same. The selection is the reason to come here. Amazing. Obviously catered more to the belgium fans but they have a pretty good variety of imports and domestics. The menu had about 25 drafts and then maybe 15 bottle selections, varying in age and size. I also noticed that the coolers behind the bar had a bunch of stuff not on the menu with prices attached. I am not sure how that works but I would assume you could get mostly anything if you asked nicely. The 40 or so available was more than enough for me and things I wanted to try. The service was really good. We had a new waitress but she was really going out of her way to be attentive. The food was the big surprise here. I had one of the better fish and chips that i've ever had. Huge portions. We racked up quite a tab for 4 people but for the quality of beers we were having, I can't complain. The owner, Chris, was circulating amongst the crowd and it just seems like a really cool overall atmosphere. Being less than an hour from here, I really need to take advantage of a midweek visit and sit at the bar, maybe get lucky enough for a cellar tour. Super enjoyable and just awesome that someone appreciates beer as much as I do in this area. Will go back repeatedly.

Photo of BeTheBall
4.83/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Went there this past weekend from souht of Boston for my birthday. Got there first for lunch on Saturday. The place is filled with great beer paraphenalia, and loved that! Small but cozy bar with maybe 10 seats, a few tables in the bar area, and a larger room with more tables for larger parties, looking out on a Donald Ross course!
It was kind of slow, so my wife and I sat at the bar. Had very helpful and attentive service from the waitress/bartender upon arrival; she made us feel right at home. Chris, the owner was also around, and I had told him a week before I was coming, so he guessed correctly and we talked lots about his place, beer, and life. I drank a couple of Belgian ales and ate the Killer Chicken sandwich for lunch. Great sandwich, and great beer. I was extremely fortunate to also get a tour of Chri's cellar, which was a humbling and incredible experience. I can't imagine that there is anywhere in the world quite like it. All I can say is WOW!
Took a few hour break and returned for dinner, and more drinks. Drank a couple of bottles of Schneider Aventinus from 2007 and 2008 that were amazing, along with a couple of Belgians that were very good. I had the Sausage Fest for dinner and was very pleased. It was tasty and huge, a perfect coimbination. Later in the evening as the place thinned out a little and it was just the two waitresses/bartenders running the whole place, frankly it wasn't easy to get their attention at the bar seats, but I would go back in a heartbeat.
We drove 3.5 hours each way basically to go to a pub, and I am very, very happy that I did it. I honestly can't wait to do it again. I loved everything about the place; well the service toward the end could have been better, but it didn't spoil the experience.
I highly suggest getting to Ebenezer's, a must, must journey for any serious beer lover. We also stayed the night at the Old Saco Inn, which was lovely and also very pleasant. Thanks Chris!

Photo of klc17111
4.98/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

My Husband and I, after years of discussing going to Lovell to experience Ebenezer's, finally went in February 2013. We frequented this Pub 3 out of 4 nights...What can I say but we felt like we were visiting family every time we walked in! The last night we walked in the door and the waitress even said -"YEAY! they are here!" How many places make you feel like that? Beer Selection was amazing- I found the owners, Chris and Jen, to be friendly and helpful. We even were invited to the "basement" for a tour of the rare beers- which was in itself amazing. Chris is the most knowledgable beer head i ever met! Food was excellent... never disappointed. We even had "our seats" at the end of the bar. We will definitely be back .. make sure you visit this Pub in the most beautiful setting...Backwoods Maine .. the way Life should be!

Photo of handpullme
4.98/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

My wife Karen and I made the pilgrimage from Pennsylvania to Lovell, Maine last week, with the main reason being to visit Ebenezer's obviously. There's not a lot else in Lovell really, other than the typical gorgeous scenery you expect to find in Maine. It was well worth the trip. We went to Ebenezer's 3 of the 4 nights we were there, with one much needed dry night that involved no alcohol. The beer selection is amazing, and even if you're an experienced Belgian drinker, you're likely to find at least a few on tap you've never had. As for the bottles, basically if there's something you'd like to try, just ask Chris or Jen and there's a good chance they'll have it. I was thrilled to finally be able to try Portsmouth's Kate the Great the first night we were there. Chris also gave us a tour of the beer cellar, which was worth the trip by itself. The owner of the #1 beer bar in the world giving us a personal tour...definitely cool. I had an incredible beer on tap called "My Blueberry Nightmare", an Italian blueberry sour stout (more sour than stout) that went down way too easily for something that was 11% and $10/glass. In addition to the beer, the food is absolutely top-notch. The first night, I had by far the best coconut shrimp dish I've ever had, and Karen had an excellent pizza that was obviously hand-tossed. Our second night, she had a cheesesteak she says is the best she's ever had, which is impressive considering we usually make several trips to Philadelphia per year. Overall, just an amazing experience that I hope to repeat someday.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
5/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I visited Ebenezer's pub in the middle of the week during winter (...yeah it's closed week days during winter months). However, Chris, who just happened to be there for a quick photo shoot, shakes my hand and starts pouring free beers for myself and the photographer. After an hour drinking/conversing about beer, Chris's ridiculous draught list, and the bar's incredibly rare bottles (2004 Damon or a Geuze van't kasteel anybody?), I get an invite into his private cellar for the purpose of mule-ing some bottles to VT for Shaun Hill (my next stop - and yes, they were successfully delivered). Even though I only spent an hour at this bar, I got the most fulfilling bar experience I could ever expect. The fridge is packed with insane choices and the draught list is both experimental and well curated. I would have loved to try the food, but that can wait until I return this summer.
Make the trip out to Lovell, it's a different world of beer and I'm certain you'll be a customer for life.

Photo of jderosia603
4.7/5  rDev -0.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Had lunch and a few beers here on vacation a few weeks ago. The drive there was definitely worth it. The draft list was incredible and I had the opportunity to try some unbelievable beers you'd never find anywhere else. Our food was really good as well. Overall, a great experience that definitely lived up to the "best beer bar in America" accolades.

Photo of bgfresh
4/5  rDev -15.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

A friend at work showed me an article in Beer Connoisseur Magazine. My wife is from Portland, ME and returns every year. So, I talked her in to making the trip from OOB to Lovell. The place had a very good feel. However, I think our waitress was a manager. She ripped into 3 employees 10 feet from our table for several minutes. I was not impressed as it was inappropriate to treat the girls like that. At the very least, take them in the back where customers cannot see that. Also, their website advertised Black Albert and Chimay Doree. I really wanted to try them as I'm a huge fan of Chimay and Black Albert was brewed specifically for Ebenezer's. I was disappointed that my first two orders were unavailable. In fact, the wait staff manager stated that she had never heard of Chimay Doree. She did suggest the sister beer of Black Albert, Out Black. It was very good and a great recommendation. Next year we are going to the sister pub, Lion's Pride. Overall, I would definitely go back and recommend to anyone. I ate the Chimay Burger and it was incredible.

Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.73/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

There are plenty of great reasons Ebenezer’s is the number 1 beer bar in the world. First is the owners Chris and Jen run the place like a Swiss watch. I was there from a Wednesday to a Sunday during the 8th Annual Belgium Beerfest. Chris is a great guy, full of life, with a passion for great craft beer. Jen is as nice as they come and runs the service staff to perfection. Kudos to Maryanne and the entire staff. The location is part of the allure. A huge seating area and an outdoors that is located right on a golf course makes for the perfect place to have a few beers. Another great reason for Ebenezer’s success is the food. Chris is a world class chef and every dish, meal after meal was solid and top notch. I was made to feel at home and it was obvious I was appreciated and welcomed. Those attributes are important to me and Ebenezer’s does it right. I will be back as it is only short 20 hour drive from Atlanta. Rock on Eb’s!

Photo of jbertsch
4.05/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Drove the 35 minutes from North Conway, NH to go here. Worth the trip, for sure.

The place looks unassuming, located on a golf course. Wasn't even sure if I walked in the correct door. Anyway, my wife and I made our way to the bar area which is very small. I like beer bars to have a significantly sized bar area....it should be the focal point. No big deal though. We were able to get one of the 2 high-top tables in the bar area.

Selection is probably about 40 or so taps...big focus on Belgians and other imports. There were only a few domestics on tap. I had fun trying some of the hard-to-find imports. There was no Black Albert available. But I had Wild Pannepot, Omnipollo Mazarin, and Cuvee Angelique. All were enjoyable. Even though the Wild Pannepot was not what I expected, it was still tasty in it's own way.

Food was good. We had sausages (blood sausage was damn good), chicken that was tender as hell (they sous vide'd it), tasty steak tips, and french onion soup. All good stuff.

We peppered our waitress about some of the beers we were curious about and she was knowledgeable enough to help us. We understand it's hard to keep up and know absolutely everything about every beer on tap.

Didn't dabble in the bottle list but they had plenty of Cantillon for $40+, and lots of other treats.

Definitely recommend going here if you're within relative-easy driving distance. It's just a tad pricey, but for once in a while - it's passable.

Photo of Sammy
4.13/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Out of the way drive from Portland, I wouldn't want to do this in bad weather. Amazing tap list, good bottle list. The cellar, I hear its legendary but did not want to chance owner not being there if I returned late afternoon. Services very young and knew something about the beer, this lunchtime shift were not major league however. The place has a small feeling however there are many available tables and a large tentlike area outside. Very rare taps on, and I did what I could to have several higher alcohol ones. Hard to find on GPS. Small bar.

Photo of WanderingFool
4.23/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I can't believe it's taken me this long to get to Ebenezer's. While staying in Maine with some friends we decided to visit the pub on a cloudy Saturday afternoon. None of us realized reservations are accepted and almost the entire restaurant was reserved tables. Luckily we got 2 separate tables in the back. The restaurant itself isn't anything special. There's lots of Belgian beer paraphernalia on the wall and the glass tap handles were pretty cool. Other than that, it's a typical restaurant setting. I think I was expecting something a little more 'coffee shop' like. A place where you can go and hang out with your friends over some beers.

The service was very slow when we arrived. It was almost a half hour before the waitress came by to take our drink/food order. At the time a lot of tables were clearing out (early dinner crowd) and the late eaters have not arrived yet. So it wasn't really that busy. Overall though, our server was fine once we got into her rotation.

Everything was top notch. We wanted to save room for beer so we only ordered some appetizers. The Frites and quesadilla's were awesome and the Brie ragoons (If I remember correctly) were fantastic. I've had their burgers at Lion's Pride, and must say they are fantastic. Every beer on the menu is world class and most not something you'll typically find at a bar. All six of us ordered something different and passed it around so everyone could enjoy a sip.

The beer prices are on the high side ($8-14 for a draft glass of beer), but the food prices seemed reasonable.

Overall, I enjoyed the food and beer at Ebenezer's and will definitely return again. However, the next time I'm going to be sure to make a reservation.

Photo of bceagles39
3.45/5  rDev -27.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Ebenezer’s is a good beer bar. The beer list is first class (assuming the brews are in stock). However, I do not believe this is even the best beer bar in Maine, and certainly isn’t the best in New England, let alone with world!

We stopped in for lunch recently and were pleased (though admittedly a little underwhelmed, based on our expectation) with the atmosphere. It was comfortable, inviting and felt like any decent pub you might find. Not world class beer bar atmosphere by any means, it kind of felt like somebody made a pub-themed room in their house. There is an incredible array of Belgian-centric beer memorabilia throughout the place which was awesome to check out.

Service was fine but the woman tending bar was either not particularly knowledgeable in beer or assumed we weren’t – so she really took no interest in discussing any of our selections. After ordering a lambic, I was warned that it was going to be sour. Although I found this to be condescending, I tried to look past it and engage in a discussion about the beer - but apparently that it was “sour” was all she was able or willing to express.

Next I ordered a 't Smisje BBBourgondier (bottle) which was served ICE COLD. I don’t think I’ve ever been served a colder beverage in my life. I don’t expect my beers to generally be kept and served at proper temperatures… but when they are, you win my respect. If Ebenezer's is truly great international beer destination, I would think that some more thought would be given to a detail like this. I realize this brew isn’t from the show-off cellar but still, I did expect more.

They were notably out of several of the beers I attempted to order, including the Black Albert (funny how that brew is kept in stock at Novare Res just an hour away). Maybe if I was the type of beer drinker who knew that lambics can be sour they would have found one for me!

The food was standard pub fare. The frites were, at least, frites, but certainly nothing special.

Ebenezer's is a good beer bar and I am glad I went. I might even go back one day if I am in that area (now that my expectations in the right place). There is no doubt that it is possible to have a world-class experience here, especially if the owners are in and you avail yourself of their cellar selections. But you can have that at any number of places in the world and I disagree with the general notion that this is an elite beer establishment.

EDIT: Selection is rated 4 due to the unavailability of several beers ordered during our visit.

Photo of sespourteille
4.94/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

If your looking for a place that is guaranteed to have something you have never tried, look no further. With over 30 beers on tap, Ebenezer's offers a beer to fit anyone's taste. A little on the small side, it nonetheless makes up for this in decor and service. Easy to find, located in slightly remote area of Maine that makes the visit more than about beer. Great place, will definitely be returning here.

P.S No take out license so try what looks the best to you while you can because you never know if it will be there next time around.

Photo of MsRif
4.88/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

What can be said about Ebenezer's that hasn't been said before? Unlike many places that are overrated, this little establishment is worth the hype! My husband and I planned our entire wedding trip/honeymoon around traveling through New England for a "beercation", and Ebenezer's was a major motivating factor in heading up to Maine (where we got married). Unfortunately we hadn't checked in advance to make sure they were open, and it was the off-season so they were making their own hours at the time. Luckily, they opened the bar just for us. Yes...you heard right. We were the only two people there because they were good enough to open up the place so we could experience what we had traveled so far for. Not only that, but Chris gave us a tour of his AMAZING cellar and gave us some very rare Ebenezer's glassware as a souvenir.

If I could give 10/10 for service, I would. Not only was the service amazing, but the selection was out of this world. I have seen some more expansive selections in terms of number of tap handles/bottles, but in terms of quality Ebenezer's is really unparalleled. As an extra treat, Chris was giving us some free samples of beers that were not supposed to be available for sampling. Really wonderful experience...I only wish we could have stayed longer but we had to run off to make it to get our marriage license. Darn! Food was great...I had some brats and my husband had the buffalo chicken soup which was apparently "the best ever." I look forward to going back to Ebenezer's soon, and trying out The Lion's Pride next time as well!

Photo of mkabull
4.83/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

One of the best if not the best places I have ever been. Their tap selection ranges from new local beers to hard to find Belgian selections to special one offs from breweries around the world. The bottle selection is awe inspiring and in glass front coolers having to spend that much time looking at those beers was bordering on torture. All jokes aside Chris and his wife run a fine establishment , what it lacks in decorative flare it more than makes up for in food and beer.
Bottom line , if you can go you won't be sorry.

Photo of rfgetz
4.03/5  rDev -14.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

We ventured over from the mountains of New Hampshire. First time we attempted to visit we were 20 minutes away in Conway, NH on a Wednesday art dinner time and checked the website and saw it was "open year round", although when we pulled up, it was closed and only opened Thursday-Sunday. Conveniently back in Conway the next day after a trip to Mount Washington, we called and checked and visited after confirming they were open.

Small bar and dinning area attached to a house off of a golf course on a small gravel road. Tons of spent bottles of really good brews and brewery logo adorned gear on the walls. great views of the golf course from most angles. Tiny 8 seat bar and maybe room for 30 more inside. Outside deck and its picnic tables seats as much as the inside does. Quite cozy.

The owner wasn't there, so 2 of the rarer bottles advertised on the bottle list were unobtainable at that time. Solid draft list of 25+ options allowed us to order beers rarely seen on this side of the ocean, save for maybe Monks and the newer Farmers Cabinet. The 4 door cooler had bottles, most of which were easily obtainable in these parts, for even slightly better prices. Quite pricey.

Food was adventurous and the main plates were solid to spectacular while the small bites were rather hit or miss. Service was quite friendly and did try to help me out with obtaining some of the rare bottles i sought, even going so far as to call the owner. Its a shame the employees couldn't just access some of the bottles themselves.

Overall, a bit of disappointment in the way the bottle list is managed, but still a good visit to this landmark. Being in Philadelphia, i may be spoiled with the options we have here and may have erred in making the rare bottle selection one of the major points of my visit. When attempting to visit, make sure you check the hours and see if Chris the owner is on the premises.

Photo of SevaTse
4.3/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Reviewed on: 08-15-2011 14:54:20
Finally made it out there- booked a camp site nearby, so everything finally fell into place for me to cross this place off my list(and to come back again and again!)

The beer selection was outstanding. I prefer to see all the breweries and pour sizes listed, but the descriptions and quality made up for the fact that not all beers listed the maker and no pour sizes were provided. To other bar owners- if you are gonna be vague about what and how much of it you're serving, you better have a tap list comparable to these guys!
We sat at a table overlooking the golf course, and than moved to the bar, to get a real feel of the place after were done with our meal. I ordered a burger and my wife ordered a turkey reuben- both were outstanding and not ordinary. The waitress did not automatically offer home-made mayo for the frites, but was happy to bring it over once we asked(good thing we remembered to ask- it was goood).
Once we ventured over to the bar, which was tended by the owner and his wife, we got more good recommendations from them and got the world famous tour of the cellar. Overall a great experience.

Photo of s1ckboy
4.8/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Made the trip up to Ebenezer's last February and it did not disappoint. The bottle selection is far beyond any other pub, it's borderline ridiculous. There is no printed list of what they have so you just have to ask, and more likely than not they will have it in their cellar. If it's rare expect to pay for it, understandably so. I had a Dark Lord and Westy 12. Crazy! The tap list is was pretty impressive as well. Food was better than average for a pub. Atmosphere is good. Some brewery swag hung about the walls. For any lover of beer this is a place you must visit.

Photo of ChrisPro
3.83/5  rDev -19%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

EDIT 10/11/11: The owner has reached out to directly to address the issues presented below (text below un-edited from original review). This simple act of trying to correct the wrongs says quite about about how much they care about serving the beer geek crowd and is enough to convince me to raise the service from a 2.0 to 3.5. I will reiterate from below: make sure you visit Ebenezer's when one of the owners is around. I'm fully confident that it will be well worth your trip, regardless of how far you have to travel.

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Summary: you must visit Ebenzer's, BUT make sure one of the owners is there on the day you go.

Spent a nice Thursday afternoon sitting in the screened in porch and really enjoyed ourselves. Had a couple fantastic brews on tap (Cantillon St gilloise and wild pannepot) and a third that was undrinkable. Beyond that, the draft list was very very good, and they had some impressive vintage taps. However, as a geek, you go there for the bottle cellar.

In general I don't like to "bash" places in reviews, so the example below is simply that, an example. Just something to be aware of so that you ensure that an owner is there for your visit.

<start rant> Before I went, I sent a couple emails to try to set up a time when Chris would be around for a cellar tour and some recommendations, since we had a flexible schedule and I wanted to make sure he was there. Unfortunately, I got no responses so we went anyway. Since the owners weren't there, the servers couldn't get into the cellar. Even if they could, the bottle list is very vague with a number of things, including vintages. We had planned on spending all afternoon there and dropping some $$$ on bottles, but instead, my wife and I split a sandwich and had only one beer each before leaving (after leaving the 3rd beer on the table which was oxidized beyond drinkability). This was a huge disappointment after the ridiculous drive out there and having such high hopes. In addition, the servers were bitching about the other customers behind their backs, right in front of us. Makes me wonder what they said about us when we couldn't hear. <end rant>

All that said, Ebenezer's is still a world class bar. The tap list was easily one of the best I've ever seen. Seemed like correct glassware for our beers and the food was decent. I can only imagine that events like the Belgian dinner are unreal.given how hard this is to get to from the Midwest, it'll be tough for me to ever go back, though I would like to got back again, but only if I can make sure that one of the owners is around.

Photo of muttyd
4.9/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Been here a few times. Time to review.

The wife and I arrived around 3pm on a Saturday. Pretty quiet. The owner (Chris) and his wife (Jen) were talking to patrons, and allowing them to taste the various beers on tap.

We ordered some food (burger and the lobster roll) and it was pretty outstanding. Quick service, good portions, and fairly priced.

The beer selection is by far the best I have ever seen. About 24 taps, endless bottles, and beers from all over the globe. Tried some stuff I have never heard of, as well as some vintage Cantillon and other gueuze.

Chris, his wife and his staff truly know how to be excellent hosts. Had a great time and I am looking forward to going back in the future.

Ebenezer's Restaurant & Pub in Lovell, ME
100 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.