Ebenezer's Restaurant & Pub

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100
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Ebenezer's Restaurant & PubEbenezer's Restaurant & Pub
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

44 Allen Rd
Lovell, Maine, 04051-3919
United States

(207) 925-3200 | map
ebenezerspub.net

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PLACE STATS
Score:
100
Reviews:
125
Ratings:
160
Avg:
4.75
pDev:
8.42%
 
 
Taps:
35
Bottles/Cans:
1,000
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 125 | Ratings: 160
Reviews by Slatetank:
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4.95/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I always imagined a time when I might be able to visit Ebenezer's and I was fortunate that this place was on the itinerary when fellow Ba's FooFaa and his wife Kristen and ffejherb invited me along on a roadtrip to Kate the great day. We decided to make this the first 'big' destination on the first day of the trip and were able to make the journey from PA even in inclement weather (we saw another vehicle that slid onto the edge of the road hanging with tires not in contact with the road). We found the place after first heading a little bit past the driveway.

We were eagerly anticipating the awesomeness that is Ebenezer's and strolled in to a fairly empty place wondering. We sat down and looked over the truly great tap list and perused the cooler checking out the interesting choices within. When we were seated and had ordered our first beers Foofaa mentioned that he wanted to meet Chris who came to our table in a matter of minutes and shortly after that offered to take him into the cellar. When he returned we were stunned by the fact that a gueuze from 1984 blended by Eylenbosch was going to be opened for us by Chris.

Chris was very much the host of the event that was tasting a beer that was over 25 years old - he explained the tradition of serving lambic in Belgium and carried out their wishes by carrying on the tradition which included 'washing' the glass and explained how you knew what type of bottle you were being treated too. I was captivated by the experience of sampling something put in the bottle and corked while I was only 11 years old - only the second time I have tasted anything with that type of age on it.

That alone was enough to give a 5 for service but later in the evening others gathered and the pub started to become more crowded. Chris explained in Belgium there is a tradtion that if you can't finish a bottle that you open at your table you are expected to share with the rest of the bar. We enjoyed some Cochonne Vapeur as a result and later bottles seemed to be appearing that I did not expect to have the experience of tasting. We were treated to an aged bottle of Three Philosophers, Mirror Mirror, The Dissident, Behemoth and this was in addition to the Brooklyn Sorachi Ace and Brother Adam's Braggot I already enjoyed.

I found the place to have the best possible atmospher for enjoying craft beer - like being invited into a bar in someone's house and less like a formal beer bar situation. The quality is high and I was hoping the experience would not have to end. I enjoyed the Burger with Chimay cheese and the other food looked equally delicious. I did not a lot since I was saving room for ...beer.

The value is great- -I could not have asked for a more enjoyable experience. The tastes, the sites and sharing with other craft beer lovers was a real treat, not to mention the hard to come by in PA beers we tried. I can only echo the sentiments of the others before me when I say that you will not be dissapointed at Ebenezer's Pub - it is obvious that craft beer is the passion of this establishment!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of NateF90
5/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of tmac
4.73/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of ScaryEd
4.53/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of abrodsky
4.89/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of popo901
4.83/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of psweendogg
4.92/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Peter1977
5/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of blisscent
4.57/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of mklisz
4.11/5  rDev -13.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Took a long overdue trip to Ebenzer's this past Saturday. Arrived around 12:30pm and sat at the bar. The place wasn't too crowded, several parties sitting out in the screened-in entrance area and two others at the bar. Things picked up around 1:30 then died back down about an hour later.

Selection was good, lots of Lively drafts with a good mix of European brews. Cooler was impressively stocked with trappists, 3F, Fantome, Italian and German selections. Shared a 750mL of 3F Oude Geuze with my buddy, served in a lambic basket.

Food was decent. I ordered the fried cod sandwich which was a bit mushy. My friend was raving about his sous-vide chicken, however. Frites were average.

My major issue was the amount of horse flies buzzing around the place. You'd expect to see maybe a few in the hot summer months, but they were EVERYWHERE.

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Photo of Stoutmeister
4.98/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of dmmichaud
4.29/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.73/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Nothing to say except, WOW. The best selection in the USA. Easily some of the rarest and most amazing Belgian beers I have ever laid eyes on. Go for the beer, stay for the food, it also does not disappoint.
And some day I will attend Night of the Great Thirst, then my life will be complete....

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Photo of abridgedatx
4.95/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of tigg924
4.66/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

A lot has been said about Ebenezers and I will echo it. This is a world class bar. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming. We sat in what appeared to be a screened in porch with an excellent view of a golf course. The sounds of birds and the fresh air provided a pleasant atmosphere. The food was amazing. I had a Philly cheese steak with frites. Despite having this dish hundreds of times, Ebenezers put a twist on it and it felt as though I had not had it before. Excellent food. My wife had a farm fresh chicken sandwich that was also excellent. We had two waitresses during our visit with the second one being a lot more helpful and knowledgeable. Outside of that our experience was fantastic. Beer variety and tap list was amazing. This place deserves its reputation as being one of the best beer bars in America. Certainly will go back if I am in the area again.

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Photo of rocksteady726
2.25/5  rDev -52.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 2 | food: 3

Visited here over the summer. It may have been a busy day, but the service was terrible. The staff was unwilling to serve us bottles from the cellar and continued to insist we order tap beers or bottles from the cooler. We had a reservation and still had to wait 30 minutes to sit down, even though our table was empty and clean. The food was slow to come out, and the staff was openly being disciplined by management in the dining room. This certainly did not live up to the hype for me. All that beer down in the cellar doesn't do anyone any good if you can't order any of it.

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Photo of slasich
4.56/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of johnbion22
4.89/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of benzalman
4.85/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of DQuilliams
5/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Simply amazing. We had 5 small children with us and we were so very well taken care of given our crew. The beer selection, knowledgeable and friendly staff ( Sir Chris et al), and the location in picturesque Western Maine (on the fringes of the Saco River and the White Mountains) made it surpassingly enjoyable.

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Photo of mattycasey
5/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -36.8%

Photo of parris
5/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of WesFoxlove
5/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of anthony23cippy
4.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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Ebenezer's Restaurant & Pub in Lovell, ME
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