Sebago Brewing Company
Ratings: 61 | Reviews: 47 | Display Reviews Only:
4.05/5 rDev +7.7%
Sebago Brewing Company sits on a busy corner in the heart of Portland. Large windows in the bar allow you to watch all the people walk by. Inside on the top floor the area is mainly filled with tall round tables, a couple of corner booths and plenty of seats at the long bar. Several TV's have various sports showing and a convenient co-ed bathroom is nearby. I didn't go to the downstairs restaurant so I have no idea what it's like down there.
The food selection was pretty standard for a brew pub. Burgers, salads, nacho's, a few specials, etc. There were 6 (? maybe 5) beers on tap, all of them Sebago beers. I ordered their seasonal double IPA and was quite pleased. Very tasty. My friends got the pilsner and amber ale, which were also quite delicious.
Prices were fair and reasonable. They have several specials each day, such as $6 burgers after 10:00 pm.
Service was terrific! Empty plates were promptly carried away and when a waitress heard us talking about my wife's upcoming birthday she brought over a slice of cake without us asking.
Overall I had a pleasant experience at Sebago and actually went there twice on a recent weekend trip to Portland. I'd definitely go back the next time I'm in the area.
02-27-2011 23:49:09 | More by WanderingFool
3.78/5 rDev +0.5%
Stopped here for lunch on Saturday while in Portland for the day. It was pleasant weather, so we opted to sit outside. There are a few tables that ring the outside walkway. While the view of the street is nothing great, at least you can enjoy the nice breeze. Ordered some beers and lunch. My wife had a pint of the Hefe and and I had a tulip glass of the Milestone Ale. Both were great. I liked my burger, while my wife was not overly impressed with her chicken sandwich. Our waitress was friendly and the food & drink arrived in decent time. Prices were average, with pints at $4 and specialty beers at $6. This is our second visit to this Sebago location over the years, and we have enjoyed both meals here.
05-24-2010 18:25:17 | More by morebeergood
3.95/5 rDev +5.1%
Hit here for some dinner and beers with the wife while making a quick trip to Portland during our KTG adventure. This place reminds me more of a chain than small brewpub. Not a bad atmosphere, but not what I really expected. Decent size bar, a couple of booths, and some high top tables upstairs, with a more intimate feeling section downstairs. I didn't quite understand the need for the big TV downstairs, but it's not my place. Our server was friendly and fast. They had the standard offerings available plus two casks. I enjoyed the cask brews with my dinner. Speaking of food...their potato nachos and banging! Very tasty and extremely filling. I barely got half of my Vermonter panini down after having those nachos. My sandwich was very good, but I didn't care for the fries much, but that is a personal thing. My wife ordered the fish and chips which was huge. Overall, not a bad place. I think it would be a good place to hang and watch a game...
03-09-2010 13:49:21 | More by Imstillthegman
4.13/5 rDev +9.8%
I stopped in this past Saturday evening to take part in a the Full Moon cask event. I don't come here all that often, but I should, as it is a very enjoyable brew pub. It has a classy atmosphere with plenty of tables upstairs and some comfy booths in the downstairs dining room. I didn't order any food this time around, but the other meals I've had there have always been enjoyable. There are pint glasses full of pretzel sticks on the bar, which I like a lot. It;s a good way to help temper the effects of the tasty beers.
My wife and I got to the bar at 5, when the event was supposed to start, but the casks wouldn't be tapped for another 10 or 15 minutes. There was no pressure from the bartender to order anything though, she just brought us waters and gave us copies of the special beer list once they were printed up. Kai, the owner, came over to say hi to me and thanked me for coming out. He even remembered my name, which I found very impressive, as I think I've spoken to him more on this site than in real life. He also made a point to say goodbye before I left. It's little things like that that make me want to keep coming back.
02-01-2010 13:36:53 | More by ToasterChef
New Brunswick (Canada)
3.75/5 rDev -0.3%
Been here a few times, once in the afternoon and two late-night visits. All three times happened to coincide with happy hour, so the prices were awesome. Beers were only 3$... of course, they have their Sebago beers on tap to offer. I've always liked the Runabout Red in particular. I've also had appetizers during happy hour, which are also quite cheap - the potato nachos (which are excellent, by the way), were only 5 or 6 bucks for a huge plate.
Atmosphere is nice... no problems with the crowd being too noisy or rambunctious when I've been there, and the upstairs bar part is quite nice and generally laid back. Service is fine.
I'd continue to head back there on further trips, at least to get those potato nachos again, and one or two of their beers.
11-28-2009 19:32:19 | More by berley31
3.44/5 rDev -8.5%
A chain-feeling brewpub, with a seeming focus on the cocktail crowd, based on the atmosphere and bar layout. The crowd was a more upscale one, lots of cougars and 40 somethings sipping cocktails at the bar and at talltop tables. We had already eaten, so just swung by on our way to Gritty's down the street, which I would recommend to any BA over Sebago. Wife and I shared a sampler here, which consisted of mediocre and forgettable brews. The food menu didn't look all that great, nothing unique. They also had a dessert list filled with frozen boxed cheesecakes and torts. Bleh. Swing by here for a sampler. If you come in here with high expectations, you'll be dissapointed.
11-04-2009 02:58:51 | More by SurlyDuff
4.08/5 rDev +8.5%
Right near the heart of the Old Port in Portland, this is a must stop. Most of the time I come here, it's late at night and all the other places are packed beyond comfort and way too loud. This Sebago location though is usually just right if you're looking for something more low-key, classy and quiet. Nice looking bar with a fairly open first floor with table, large windows adorn the building so you can always watch what's going outside. Some outside seating is also a plus for the warm summer nights. I haven't been seated downstairs dining area though, so no idea what it's like.
The beers are always good and the waitstaff is usually attentive and kind.
Like I said, if you're looking for a place to chill, have a good beer and be able to talk at a norm voice level in the Old Port, this is it.
Edit: I've eaten at this Sebago many times since my first review of it and it's a rare time when I'm disappointed by it.
05-30-2009 17:27:42 | More by deltatauhobbit
4/5 rDev +6.4%
I've been to this location a couple of times before but not since last Fall now. Sitting at the bar and having only had a snack or two to judge from, overall I'd have to say this place is perfectly fine. Nothing off the charts, but a fair pub atmosphere with the usual cast of decent Sebago brews and pretty friendly service. You can sit at the bar or at various tables including some outdoor/sidewalk spots. The bar definitely seems most inviting where you can watch a bit of what goes on out on the street behind the bar window. Actually, the rest of the bar, including the outside spots, don't seem all that great, sort of dreary, but the bar area is just fine, perhaps a little cramped. It's convenient to the happenin' part of town and is worth the walk to include in your pub crawl as long as you don't miss Novare Res on account of time spent here at the Sebago Brewpub. I would say that I now prefer the new site in Scarborough near the highway (the former South Portland location).
04-09-2009 05:06:52 | More by Durge
3.55/5 rDev -5.6%
This place is really two places in one...if you go and sit in the bar area or outside its one place but if you go for dinner and sit downstairs this is another place altogether. Two very different atmospheres, I like the bar area more!
Food is traditional pub fare, nothing overly crazy...burgers, chicken and some dinner entrees that are decent.
Beer are ALL Sebago and all pretty standard. I recommend whatever the seasonal is or the small batch beer is at the time. I do like the Frye's Leap if nothing else is appealing.
Very convenient and decently priced. Hit this place (or Gritty's) after you go to Novare Res if you need to fill up.
03-21-2009 02:32:58 | More by indiapaleale
3.83/5 rDev +1.9%
A nice little stop on my trip over the the mainland from Peaks Island. The place is somewhat big, but not overwhelming and I sat near the bar so the feeling was still cozy and comfortable. All the Sebago regulars were on tap as well as their Double IPA. I had that along with a stout. My parents had Frye's Leap and a Brown Ale. All of the beers were tasty and certainly above average. Out waitress was super nice and helpful. Also had some of the pretzels with the house mustard. Good stuff to go with beer. Overall I thought the place was a nice stop and they do good beers. Nothing over the top, but that is exactly what I was looking for.
03-18-2009 21:17:21 | More by GreatPondBrewer
Sebago Brewing Company in Portland, ME
86 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.