Ebenezer's Restaurant & Pub

BA SCORE
100
world-class

160 Ratings
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

Notes:
No notes at this time.

Added by DarkStar2222 on 08-16-2005

PLACE STATS
Score:
100
Ratings:
160
Reviews:
125
Avg:
4.75
pDev:
8.42%
 
 
Taps:
35
Bottles/Cans:
1,000
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
View: Place Reviews | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 160 |  Reviews: 125
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%

Photo of MacQ32
4.5/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of NHbeerguy
5/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of jelpernw
5/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of MattGrimley
5/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of mbonugli
4.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of CATVDK
4.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of ladyivory
4.43/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.25

Photo of smccann
4.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of BierBliss
4.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of dwoolley1
4.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of ajcormier
5/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of TheRealPour
4.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of ScotNH
4/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of BeerBellyBrew
3.05/5  rDev -35.8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Great selection of draft Belgium's you won't find too many places, except maybe in Bruges. Lots to choose from, with the true sour Lambics, IPA's, Dubbels, Tripel’s, Strongs and Saisons, you get the picture. The staff is somewhat knowledgeable, well, much better in past visits. The owners were not on site the day we visited and I think they were short staffed. I went with several friends to have some appetizers and some special beer and take in the Patriots game. It turned out to be a complete sh*t show!

Took at least a half hour to get a drink, by that point everyone was annoyed. The last time at Ebenezer’s we experience very slow service, but chalked it up as being in Maine, “can’t get there from here”. This was the straw that broke the camel’s preverbal back, I will not go back to this establishment unless the owner calls me to tell me he has just tapped a new keg of Black Albert and are not serving it until I arrive. Truly the owners need to hire Jon Taffer from Bar Rescue to straighten this place out. The bathroom looked like an old frat house bathroom I may have visited a few times, doesn’t say much for cleanliness. I always check the bathroom in a bar/restaurant, good indicator of what the kitchen will look like, never ordered food in fear it would arrive the day after.

We received a first beer, slugged it down as if we were playing a good game of quarters and paid the bill and left. As I see it, we would have spent all afternoon there enjoying the fine selection of beers and some food. They lost out on a lot of money, but maybe they don’t really care. Sorry Ebenezer’s, I won’t be back and neither will 12 of my friends. This visit took place on Octover 13th 2013.

 1,722 characters

Photo of pjs234
4.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of garrisonp
5/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of mcintire78
4.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of diverite
4.63/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

 1,557 characters

Photo of beyah
4.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

 306 characters

Photo of mbedard
4.48/5  rDev -5.7%
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!

 1,329 characters

Photo of rjp217
4.5/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

 1,794 characters

Ebenezer's Restaurant & Pub in Lovell, ME
4.75 out of 5 based on 160 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe