Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
Active Beers: 14
Beer Ratings: 853
Beer Avg: 3.21
Taps: / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 41 | Reviews: 35 | Display Reviews Only:
3.73/5 rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
This place was sort of a nice surprise.
A bit off the beaten path, but worth finding.
I had a few Blue Fin Stouts, an order of steamed mussels and a nice bowl of lobster bisque. Nothing diappointed.
There is nice deck with a great view of the Kennebunk and very laid back and relaxing atmosphere. There is also a pool and game room in the back. the restraurant area is the more focal part of the inside, with the bar sort of out of the way. The outside probably sees the majority of the action during the summer months.
Parking was a bit of a pain, but besides that it was right on.
08-08-2008 14:18:46 | More by gixxerman
2.73/5 rDev -28.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
Federal Jack's is a place to stop for a reasonable meal in southern Maine. The restaurant is open and airy. There are various pictures of boats along the walls, but the star of the show is the wide views of Kennebunkport harbor. When I went a few days ago, there were eight home brews being served and I cannot remember a time when there was much more than that. The beers are all fairly standard (brown ale, lager, IPA) and nothing really jumps out. That pretty much sums up the food as well. I enjoyed my shrimp and my friends all liked their meals. The service, especially on busy days is not all that great. Every time I have been there they have seemed understaffed and it showed in the service. Go for the atmosphere and have a beer to sip, but don't expect a 'Wow' experience.
09-07-2009 13:10:11 | More by tigg924
3.53/5 rDev -7.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
bar upstairs. gift shoppe downstairs (ground level).
pub like surroundings. bar. tables. pool room in back. but the bartender is wearing a tie. oddly unsettling.
shipyard quality ales. some casks even.
service was good when they could be found.
i had brunch when i went and it was some good stuff. banana french toast which turned out to be french toast made with banana bread. tasty but didn't go too well with my cask longfellow.
(1/5/04) re-reviewing so this rates where i think it should against other brewpubs. have a nice day.
07-25-2003 02:26:14 | More by bennybrew
4/5 rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
I visited Federal Jack's Brewpub in Kennebunk, Maine in the summer which was a great time to visit because we were able to take advantage of the outdoor seating and sit outside overlooking the water of the harbor. The atmosphere was very relaxing and we had a beautiful view from our table. The inside provided a good atmosphere with extensive seating, a decent-sized bar, and lots of paraphenalia to look at while you wait for a beer.
The food was typical brewpub fare with seafood options as well. The food was moderately priced and was pretty good. The service was good despite the place being busy.
The beer selection was decent with a few shipyard beers on tap and some of the KBC's original brews as well. We split a sampler and were able to try 10 or so beer samples.
It was a nice spot to stop for lunch and enjoy beer on a summer day in Maine.
11-18-2010 12:24:28 | More by Chincino
3.93/5 rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Came in here today after doing a road trip with my girlfriend. Decided to go up and down the coast in Southern Maine. I knew Federal Jack's was in the Bunk, but never knew where exactly since I never go there. Found it easily enough with plenty of parking. We decided to stop by for a quick drink.
The location is very nice, right near the water where plenty of small vessels dock, on a sunny day you can't beat just looking out. Inside is very clean and organized, nice large windows for you to look out and there's a deck along the building to sit as well. Decent gift shop where you can buy Shipyard stuff and other assorted things, you can also see the brewing equipment through the windows.
The waiter was kind and quick, but for drinks on a non-busy Tuesday afternoon, I can't imagine it was too difficult.
Tap list is Shipyard centric (of course), a couple of them I wasn't aware of since they're not widely distributed in bottles or kegs.
While we didn't order any food, we did notice it was rather expensive (the beer on the other hand is fairly priced).
06-17-2009 02:07:56 | More by deltatauhobbit
4/5 rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
It's summer in Kennebunkport and you want a good beer, where do you go? Well, you go to you're only choice, Federal Jack's. This place is located just before the bridge into town and it's location is awesome. Great waterviews of the Kennebunk River from the terrace. 2 bars in here, a big square shaped main and a smaller bar on the other side, mostly for use with the balcony/terrace. Gift shop downstairs, where you can pick up a whole mess of tourist stuff, a lot of Shipyard apparell, glassware, beer, etc. The beer selection is a range of the most popular Shipyard brews as well as some only found here. There's also a cask, but it's almost never good. This is the only place where I had cask beer that was flat and had zero head. Recently had Export ale on cask and it looked like iced tea. Enough people must've complained about the casks being too cold because they got that part right now. Anyway, if you like Shipyard brews at all you'll find something here. The Blue Fin Stout is always good. Food is ok, I think its just too busy here for the chefs to put a lot of attention into the food. I didn't think this place was that expensive like a lot of people say. You are in a tourist town here afterall. Bottom line is if you're in Kennebunkport this is a must stop and a younger crowd shows up later on weekends when all the families are done eating.
12-04-2006 19:17:23 | More by lehows
3.73/5 rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
I visited Federal Jack's twice this summer on two different camping trips. The location is great. It is tucked away in a little cove right on the water. My girlfriend likes it for the atmosphere but I go for the beer. The seasonal selection was been great both times. From their standards, I prefer the stout. It looked like they had a mug club that used beautiful ceramic mugs.
The food was above average but not amazing. This is a place that I will go out of my way to visit.
11-07-2002 03:34:59 | More by CharlesRiver
3.4/5 rDev -10.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 2.75 | food: 3.5 | $$$
We stopped for lunch while touring the Maine coast. Loved the location and view. The atmosphere is beachtown nice. Comfortable with a great view of the harbor. Quality was good but not great. Service was friendly but reserved and reasonably fast. Selection wasn't very good but the beer my husband tried he liked. It was Shipyard's Fuggles IPA. The flavor was very good but he doesn't find the piney or citrus flavors in the eastern IPA's. I had the pulled pork which was tasty but tough so I wouldn't recommend it. Hubby had the chowder which he said was great. Price on beer was reasonable but I thought the food was a little pricy for what we got. Probably wouldn't go back.
05-14-2014 21:05:29 | More by Jodi215
Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub in Kennebunk, ME
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