Ebenezer’s Pub & Restaurant

44 Allen Rd
Lovell, 04051
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My family has been coming to Lovell since 1970 and we have seen restaurants and stores come and go in this small, rural town. This one has been our "go to" restaurant for at least five years, as the food is good, the beer menu fascinating, and service consistent and warm. My only gripe is that prices seem to have jumped significantly in the last two years, while portion sizes have in some cases decreased. Examples: lobster rolls, steak tips, sundaes--all delicious but surprisingly expensive for what you get. Nonetheless, the best option in Lovell.
As a craft beer enthusiast, I was really looking forward to visiting Ebenezer's. My girlfriend and I traveled from PA, anticipating a transcendent experience. Sadly, it was not worth the trip. First and foremost, their website completely misrepresents how much beer is actually available. I would say at best, 1/10 of the bottles listed are actually available for sale. When we asked why this was, we were told the website was just for reference, to which I would respond, "who cares what beers you 'might have at some point'?" I only care about what beers are actually there! Also, when we asked about the cellar beers, our waitress said they were not available, and she did not know why. Long story short, everything I was hoping to drink - Cantillon, Hanssens, etc. - were nowhere to be had. With that said, we soldiered on. The draft list was great. Lots of unique sours, saisons and so on. The problem... actually getting anything. Our service was incredibly slow. It took 20 minutes plus to get our first beer - a $14 pour of a Mikkeller blueberry sour. It was about 7 ounces at best. A good beer for sure, but way overpriced for such a scant serving. The restaurant clearly needs more staff. Over the next 2-3 hours, we were constantly sitting with empty glasses as we waited to order our next beer. Our waitress was the only one working, and she could barely keep up with a 1/2 full restaurant. We also got very little in the way of suggestions or checking in to see how we were doing or if we liked our beer. I'm not normally worried about such things, but when you drop over $100 just on beer, you should get more attention and interaction from your server. The owner did stop and chat for a bit about what special pours they could offer outside of the cellar, but she disappeared later and we couldn't have followed up even if we wanted to. Add to all of this that the food is average at best. The frites are not frites and have zero crisp. The Pliny burger was just good. Our "reserved" table was so dark we could barely see. The decor is cliche and a bit dingy. We also had to listen to the staff vacuum the floors as we sat and drank - it was only 9 or 10 PM, and killed any vibe there was. This place seems to succeed more on reputation than actual experience. They may have one of the best sour festivals in the country, but a restaurant's true rating should be based on what an average person experiences on any random night. We left feeling mostly as if we had waited too long, spent too much, and were just another number. In my book, "Best Beer Bar in America" should require a lot more... great customer service, a notable setting, and truly rare beers. On this night, Ebenezer's had none of these things. It's a place to go for some really good beers, and that's about it.
After reading some of these reviews I was excited to make this my final meal of vacation. This was probably one of the worst places I have been to in a while. Ambiance: It was dark and crowded. The plastic chairs were difficult to move and bendy. The music was overly loud. People were using their phones to read the menu. The waitstaff was miserable! The hostess was pleasant and seated us. The next person deposited waters to the table without introduction of any sort. A drop and run situation. The waitress turned up eventually and we placed a drink order. I am not a beer fan (shhhh I know) so I ordered wine and the Husband ordered a Belgian IPA. The bar drinks took forever and the wine was undrinkable. I asked for a Allegash White instead of the wine. This was delivered just about the end of the meal. The kids finished there sodas before the meal. The waitress said she was getting refills but never brought them. The second beer for the hubby literally came with the check. Food: Kids got pizza and gave it an "ok". However if would have been better with drinks to wash it down with. I got Lobster Scampi and it was a major disappointment. I expected a delicious buttery/garlicky pasta and lobster dish. What I got was a bland bowl of past with a fair amount of overlooked lobster and a sauce that was more lemon than anything else. I asked for a salt shaker to help it out and the waitress disappeared for 20 minutes presumably looking for one. Husband reported fish and chips were really good. Overall the service was the killer. I could overlook mediocre food if it's served with a modicum of skill. But crappy wine+blah food+poor service=restaurant doom. I can only imagine the good reviews come from locals that would have to drive 40 minutes to get any other decent beer. Bleck! Blah! Nah!

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