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Ebenezer's Restaurant & Pub
Taps: 35 / Bottles: 1000
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
44 Allen Rd
phone: (207) 925-3200
(Place added by: DarkStar2222 on 08-16-2005)
Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by almalkin:
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
First of all this place is truly exceptional, in every sense of the word. I'm not sure why it has taken me so long to review it (laziness!). Ebenezer's is located in a great spot, right near Kezar Lake in Lovell, ME. Yes, it is off the beaten path but I believe that is one of the aspects about the place that makes it so enticing. When you finally arrive for the first time it's like you have found some sort of secret club that is too good to be true.
There is a screened in porch area that is available for dining in the summer, however the bar is the main attraction. The taps always feature great Belgian options like Val-Dieu, Delirium, St. Bernardus, etc. One of the only places I have seen a green lambic! Only the best from domestic brewers as well, Ommegang, Dogfish Head, Allagash and others in rotation. There seems to always be some vintage of Bigfoot on draft as well.
The cooler behind the bar is just overflowing with goodies. This has to be one of the finest bottle selections in the country. Not only great beers, but different vintages, rarities, and sizes ranging from small to enormous. 9 L St. Feuillien anyone? The menu really only scratches the surface of what is available, so definitely ask what is available.
All this being said, I believe what really sets Ebenezer's apart is the service. Chris and co. are just great hosts with a great passion for what they do. If you want to learn more about beer and sample some of the great examples of various styles, this would be a great place to spend some time. It's worth seeking out!
02-05-2007 22:05:00 |
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vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$
Great selection of draft Belgium's you won't find too many places, except maybe in Bruges. Lots to choose from, with the true sour Lambics, IPA's, Dubbels, Tripel’s, Strongs and Saisons, you get the picture. The staff is somewhat knowledgeable, well, much better in past visits. The owners were not on site the day we visited and I think they were short staffed. I went with several friends to have some appetizers and some special beer and take in the Patriots game. It turned out to be a complete sh*t show!
Took at least a half hour to get a drink, by that point everyone was annoyed. The last time at Ebenezer’s we experience very slow service, but chalked it up as being in Maine, “can’t get there from here”. This was the straw that broke the camel’s preverbal back, I will not go back to this establishment unless the owner calls me to tell me he has just tapped a new keg of Black Albert and are not serving it until I arrive. Truly the owners need to hire Jon Taffer from Bar Rescue to straighten this place out. The bathroom looked like an old frat house bathroom I may have visited a few times, doesn’t say much for cleanliness. I always check the bathroom in a bar/restaurant, good indicator of what the kitchen will look like, never ordered food in fear it would arrive the day after.
We received a first beer, slugged it down as if we were playing a good game of quarters and paid the bill and left. As I see it, we would have spent all afternoon there enjoying the fine selection of beers and some food. They lost out on a lot of money, but maybe they don’t really care. Sorry Ebenezer’s, I won’t be back and neither will 12 of my friends. This visit took place on Octover 13th 2013.
10-15-2013 16:18:47 |
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10-11-2013 01:46:26 |
More by garrisonp
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 1.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25 | $$$
I have been here several times now. The selection here is top tier, but a tad pricey. Not a big deal considering where it is located. A lot of one off Belgians on tap where you will only find at a few other places around the country at best. Always some great local beer on tap too. A decent bottle selection for purchase in the cooler. The real gems of this place are in the cellar, but are available at the owners discretion. There is a really nice atmosphere here as well. Lots of beer swag decorate this place, and basically anyone who goes here enjoys good beer. The food here is great
My only complaint here is the service. Each time I have been it has been terrible. Waitresses disappearing for long periods of time. Waiting almost 20 minutes to get the beer I order can get annoying. I was at this years Belgian Beer Festival for Great Thirst event, and my party was served our dinner without utensils, and napkins. We had to ask twice, and wait over 15 minutes to get some. I know they can busy, but really? I have been at busier bars and seen better service.
I'll definitely be back when I am in the area, which is a few time a year but I find that the service can be really frustrating.
10-08-2013 21:07:04 |
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10-08-2013 14:06:33 |
More by mcintire78
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.
09-15-2013 12:46:58 |
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