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Downtown//Within walking distance to most downtown Anchorage hotels
This classic steakhouse in downtown Anchorage has a lot of stories to tell: While the restaurant started in the 1950s, its home building dates back to the 1920s. Cut and aged on the premises, the steaks—some four inches thick—have been voted the best in Anchorage for 12 years running. No surprise, though, there is surf as well as turf: the menu features halibut, scallops, prawns and the much-sought-after red king crab.
Featuring the fine steaks and lively atmosphere that have made Sullivan’s Steakhouse a nationwide hit, this outlet adds a northern twist: fresh-caught Alaskan seafood and locally distilled spirits. You’ll find Alaskan salmon, king crab, and fresh, seasonal specials, along with house-made cocktails like the “Knockout”: Alaska-made vodka and hand-squeezed More...
Featuring the fine steaks and lively atmosphere that have made Sullivan’s Steakhouse a nationwide hit, this outlet adds a northern twist: fresh-caught Alaskan seafood and locally distilled spirits. You’ll find Alaskan salmon, king crab, and fresh, seasonal specials, along with house-made cocktails like the “Knockout”: Alaska-made vodka and hand-squeezed pineapple More...
Phone: (907) 258-2882
Giving fresh Alaskan dishes a unique touch, Orso serves dinner in a warm, inviting atmosphere. Classics like grilled wild Alaskan salmon are served with an olive and tomato salsa, while Bering sea scallops come with a walnut-gorgonzola risotto. And you don’t want to miss the desserts.
The Glacier Brewhouse is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Meals are served in a large rustic dining area, complete with a fireplace in the middle, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere that’s always abuzz with conversation. Here you can enjoy fresh seafood and meats while sampling a spectrum of homemade beers. Before or after you meal, be sure to check out the brewing equipment on display through the glass wall.
Rock out with the rest of Anchorage at the lively and energetic Hard Rock Cafe in downtown Anchorage. Known for its support of live music and hip service, lunch or dinner at the Hard Rock promises more than just tasty food. Hang at the bar or enjoy a full meal, surrounded by a treasure-trove of rock’n’roll memorabilia adorning the walls.
It’s hard to believe that one of Anchorage’s best wine bars used to be a sandwich shop. Completely revamped in the fall of 2011, this new hot spot in the Hotel Captain Cook has Alaska’s only on-tap wine machine. Choose from 32 wines, selected by the hotel’s sommelier, for a 2-ounce sampler or a 4-ounce pour. The bar also has a limited menu, including More...
Phone: (907) 276-6000
Mobile: (800) 843-1950
This restaurant on the main floor of downtown Anchorage's Hotel Captain Cook offers gourmet pizza, fresh pasta dishes and seafood specialties in an English pub-style setting. Named for Fletcher Christian, the man behind the historic mutiny on the Bounty, the pub also offers local, micro-brewed beers, wines by the glass or cognac.Hours Daily: 11:30am-midnight
Phone: (907) 276-6000
Mobile: (800) 843-1950
At first blush, this traditional downtown restaurant may seem like just a special occasion place: steaks, lobster, oysters Rockefeller and impeccable service. But, its also an Anchorage mainstay for business power lunches, date nights and even upscale prom nights. They also have one of the best Happy Hours in town with drink specials and discounted appetizers.
Hankering for a stout and fresh-cooked corned beef, or looking for a fun happy hour? You'll find both at McGinley's Pub, the only Irish pub in downtown Anchorage and the only place in Alaska to get a pint of Murphy's Irish Stout. It's a favorite lunch spot for downtown professionals and a popular watering hole for locals (Mayor Dan Sullivan is a co-owner) who come for More...
Phone: (907) 279-1782
Located atop Tower 3 of downtown Anchorage's Hotel Captain Cook, this AAA-four-diamond fine dining restaurant—the only one in Anchorage—offers a blend of French and New American cuisines, a 10,000-bottle wine cellar and stunning views of Downtown, Chugach Mountains, and Cook Inlet. Dishes reflect local resources, such as venison loin and Bering Sea king crab legs.More...
Phone: (907) 276-6000
Mobile: (800) 843-1950
This downtown shop and café is a little glimpse into old Anchorage—a city that wasn't completely about logging, fishing and tough guys. Built in 1915, the Kimball building, on Town Square Park at the corner of 5th and E, is a stop on the historic walking tour and still has antique fixtures and flooring. It’s eclectic, “quaint-meets-cool” gift and More...
This downtown shop and café is a little glimpse into old Anchorage—a city that wasn't completely about logging, fishing and tough guys. Built in 1915, the Kimball building, on Town Square Park at the corner of 5th and E, is a stop on the historic walking tour and still has antique fixtures and flooring. It’s eclectic, “quaint-meets-cool” gift and tea More...
Phone: (907) 272-3626
Benihana is famous for tender steaks, juicy chicken and succulent seafood prepared to order by a showman chef. There are 16 hibachi tables around which guests are seated, and a large teppan grill in the center where the performance takes place.
In addition to the traditional offerings, Benihana’s menu includes some interesting entrees such as Hibachi Tuna steak – More...
Phone: (907) 222-5212
Nothing beats a good breakfast to kick off a day of adventure in Alaska, and according to locals, nothing beats this popular downtown café for egg scrambles, omelets, biscuits and gravy and more.
Snow City Café been voted "Best Breakfast" by Anchorage Press readers for last four years, thanks to it from-scratch bakery items and it creative combos, such as eggs More...
Phone: (907) 272-2489
Festive, colorful and plenty of both tamales and tequila: Is this really that far north of the border? Downtown Anchorage’s La Cabana offers a friendly atmosphere and a classic (and extensive) Mexican lunch and dinner menu, as well as a Sunday brunch buffet. There’s a large patio for warmer weather, while inside you might find live Mariachi music, dancing, or beer and More...
Phone: (907) 272-0135
Midtown//5 - 10 Minutes from Downtown Anchorage
In an Anchorage neighborhood between the airport and Kincaid Park, Tastee Freez is a place travelers used to find only if they got lost. Those lucky folks got to visit an Anchorage institution that’s been open since 1958. Today, you don’t have to get lost to find some of the city’s best soft-serve ice cream and affordable fast food. Of course, Anchorage families know all More...
Phone: (907) 248-3068
Not only will you get the best falafel this side of Tel Aviv, but you’ll be treated like long lost family at this bustling, little Mediterranean restaurant. Immigrants from Israel, Sima and Avi Avraham opened the restaurant because they couldn’t find good falafel in Anchorage. Sima, who studied cooking in Israel, now whips up succulent shawarma and schnitzels, heaping pitas of More...
Phone: (907) 258-4328
Enjoy great views of Lake Spenard in an atmosphere that celebrates the Alaska’s rich aviation history. Dine on contemporary Alaskan cuisine with new American influences and sustainable seafood offerings. Sip creative cocktails while you take in the picturesque lake views. Brunch featured on Thanksgiving, Easter and Mother's Day in the hotel lobby.Hours
Phone: (907) 266-2249
Dinner and a $4 movie. Bear Tooth brings together inexpensive, late-run movies, food, and draft beer and wine. Order yummy pizza and burritos from full-service kitchen, delivered to your theater table. Adults sit on the main floor, while anyone can sit in the balcony. Not in the mood to catch a show? There's a separate restaurant. Part of Moose's Tooth family.
Phone: (907) 276-4200
Not only does Tap Root host great musicians, but it boasts a unique dinner menu. Show up before 8PM for a meal and stay late for drinks and live music. On the weekends, you'll catch local artists performing in a variety of genres from blues to rock.Hours:
Phone: (907) 345-0282
Who can't be tempted by a place that offers a Bacon of the Month? This Anchorage restaurant—opened in 2009 by the same folks who run the renowned Sack's—serves contemporary comfort food in a casual, eclectic setting.
Voted by local newspaper readers as the most Original Roadhouse and Best Restaurant for Local Ingredients, Spenard Roadhouse uses seasonal More...
Phone: (907) 770-7623
If you shop at REI (right next door), you'll like this place. The menu is created for the health-conscious, active, foodie type. There are lots of vegetarian/vegan options and they specialize in healthy wraps, homemade soups and chili, and fruit-packed smoothies and fresh juices. Of course they have a large selection of teas and some coffee. They have a nice patio with views of the More...
Phone: (907) 272-6433
South Anchorage//15 minutes from Downtown Anchorage
Don't let the strip-mall locale fool you: This is one of the best restaurants to open in Anchorage in years. No matter which side of the open kitchen you sit on (either the "restaurant" side or the casual "bistro") side, you can enjoy the 200-plus wine list, excellent salads and wide selection of entrees, such as Kodiak scallops, fresh troll caught King salmon, and Scandinavian duck. Save room for the creative, beautifully plated desserts, such as the chocolate terrine with pistachios and sea salt.
A few miles from Anchorage’s Kincaid, this seemingly out-of-the-way restaurant has a menu that lives up to its sophisticated atmosphere—even if its motto is “Fine Dining Without Attitude.” The sumptuous menu features duck lollipops, wild troll caught salmon, grilled duck with mango glace and Alaskan king crab with saffron risotto. Lack of attitude aside, More...
Phone: (907) 243-0507
Created by the folks behind Anchorage’s award-winning Snow City Café, Spenard Roadhouse and Sack’s Cafe, South Restaurant + Coffeehouse was launched to take the best qualities of those popular eateries to the South side of town. Located in a new development near the famed Alaska Sand and Gravel— and off Old Seward Highway—South Restaurant + Coffee House channels a bit of the area’s industrial past, with a clean, modern space, featuring a distinct personality throughout unique, intimate dining spaces.
Girdwood//45 minutes South of Anchorage
A night at the Seven Glaciers restaurant, perched 2,300 feet above sea level on Mount Alyeska, is a dining journey that begins with a tram ride high above the treetops, followed by an elevator lift, then a stroll along a golden carpet, past a glimmering, glass-and-steel, wine-tower wall and into a dining room radiating the colors of alpenglow and glacial ice. Seven Glaciers is one of only three AAA Four Diamond restaurants in Alaska. You can show up in furs and heels or blue jeans and work boots and no one will blink an eye in this dress-code-free state.
Eagle River//20 minutes North of Anchorage
Great care has gone into the food and the atmosphere at the Chinese restaurant. You'll find Chinese stone sculptures bordering the entrance, frosted glass separating the booths, and red and yellow flowing silk. And the tasty food extends to the buffet, which offers great value, especially if you're hungry.
Phone: (907) 694-8080
Don't let the strip-mall exterior throw you—inside, you'll find very good Greek and Italian food, including pizzas, salads, dolmas, and lasagnas. Coming here with little ones? They'll love the kids' pizza, and you'll love the price.
Phone: (907) 622-5266
This small-town coffee shop features couches, comfortable tables, and a fireplace, along with top-quality coffee, tea, and baked goods. It's definitely a local hangout: friends chat, teens do their homework, and the baristas know most everyone.
Phone: (907) 694-5487
Skip the pastas and salads: pizza's the specialty here, and Pizza Man does it well (and they better, since it's expensive, even by Alaska standards). The sauce is a nice combination of sweet and spicy, and they'll make the dough with whole wheat, if you ask. They also serve "schooners" of beer.
Phone: (907) 694-3777