Ebenezer's Restaurant & Pub
Taps: 35 / Bottles: 1,000
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 136 | Reviews: 120 | Display Reviews Only:
4.3/5 rDev -9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Reviewed on: 08-15-2011 14:54:20
Finally made it out there- booked a camp site nearby, so everything finally fell into place for me to cross this place off my list(and to come back again and again!)
The beer selection was outstanding. I prefer to see all the breweries and pour sizes listed, but the descriptions and quality made up for the fact that not all beers listed the maker and no pour sizes were provided. To other bar owners- if you are gonna be vague about what and how much of it you're serving, you better have a tap list comparable to these guys!
We sat at a table overlooking the golf course, and than moved to the bar, to get a real feel of the place after were done with our meal. I ordered a burger and my wife ordered a turkey reuben- both were outstanding and not ordinary. The waitress did not automatically offer home-made mayo for the frites, but was happy to bring it over once we asked(good thing we remembered to ask- it was goood).
Once we ventured over to the bar, which was tended by the owner and his wife, we got more good recommendations from them and got the world famous tour of the cellar. Overall a great experience.
08-15-2011 14:54:20 | More by SevaTse
4.23/5 rDev -10.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
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.
08-13-2012 23:11:37 | More by WanderingFool
4.13/5 rDev -12.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$$
Out of the way drive from Portland, I wouldn't want to do this in bad weather. Amazing tap list, good bottle list. The cellar, I hear its legendary but did not want to chance owner not being there if I returned late afternoon. Services very young and knew something about the beer, this lunchtime shift were not major league however. The place has a small feeling however there are many available tables and a large tentlike area outside. Very rare taps on, and I did what I could to have several higher alcohol ones. Hard to find on GPS. Small bar.
08-16-2012 23:26:13 | More by Sammy
4.05/5 rDev -14.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
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.
09-04-2012 15:53:49 | More by jbertsch
4.03/5 rDev -15%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Was really excited to stop here during Memorial Weekend. On the edge of a golf course which is kind of weird. Small and clean, nothing too special. A little crowded, and there was only a couple people in the place.
Service was good, and very helpful.
The selection was nice but a bit overpriced. Granted, there were some gems on tap but not wowing. There were some high end bottles that were "ask your server".
Had a lobster roll, and I want to say it was $15 or so.
Got the tour from the owner, the guy seemed a little bothered by us. I could understand it if we had asked him to take us to the beer basement.
Overall the place is over hyped. Probably a one time thing for me. Glad I went though.
06-28-2011 03:20:27 | More by davey
4.03/5 rDev -15%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
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.
10-09-2011 22:29:54 | More by rfgetz
4/5 rDev -15.6%
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.
11-10-2012 03:01:28 | More by bgfresh
Ebenezer's Restaurant & Pub in Lovell, ME
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