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Anchorage Dining & Nightlife

Halibut tacos? Absolutely—here in Alaska, fresh fish is the name of the game. And not just any fish—the salmon, halibut, snow crab, mussels, and shrimp come from some of the cleanest, most pristine waters in the world. There's more to be found than just seafood. Enjoy steak slathered in peppercorn sauce or freshly-prepared Japanese yakisoba noodles. Choose between elegant or down-to-earth restaurants: Some boast 10,000 – bottle wine cellars, while others feature stuffed grizzly bears standing over indoor creeks. Those with simpler tastes can enjoy one of many brewery/eateries, offering award-winning beers and great food at affordable prices.

Listed below you'll find our favorite choices for dining out in Anchorage. All the restaurants reviewed are either long-standing classics or newer standouts that are beginning to leave their mark on the Anchorage dining scene. Expect a very enjoyable and memorable experience at any of the fine-dining options.

Another glimpse into Alaska's food culture is available with Big Swig Brewery Tours and Alaska Farm Tours.

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Downtown

Within walking distance to most Downtown Anchorage hotels

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. 

Tequi­la 61, a unique gas­trop­ub in down­town Anchor­age, fus­es authen­tic, hand­made Mex­i­can dish­es and clas­sic Alaskan ingre­di­ents to cre­ate an entire­ly new take on con­tem­po­rary cui­sine. This mod­ern approach extends to the cre­ative, hand­craft­ed cock­tails and the rus­tic, indus­tri­al inte­ri­or, where every table is hand­made. The result is a mem­o­rable din­ing expe­ri­ence you won’t find any­where else.

Rock out with the rest of Anchor­age at the live­ly and ener­getic Hard Rock Café 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.

At this hip, invit­ing wine bistro, you can choose from 40 wines by the glass with your lunch or din­ner. Sit and enjoy a glass, or share a bot­tle among friends. 

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 shop is an exten­sion of a famed dry goods and sewing notions store that has been in business…  ...more

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.

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.

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, sal­ads and more. Snow City Café been vot­ed Best Break­fast” by Anchor­age Press read­ers for years, thanks to their from-scratch bak­ery items and cre­ative com­bos, such as eggs bene­dict with sock­eye salmon cakes, or hot oat­meal topped with home­made gra­nola and blue­ber­ries. At…  ...more

Gin­ger is locat­ed in his­toric down­town Anchor­age, Alas­ka. Open since March of 2007, we spe­cial­ize in Pacif­ic Rim cui­sine and clas­sic Asian spe­cial­ties. Our meals are hand-craft­ed from fresh ingre­di­ents by a devot­ed crew of local restau­rant veterans.

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 the good food, the casu­al atmos­phere, and the large selec­tion of alcohol.…  ...more

Craft beer, local­ly sourced food, and a ter­rif­ic loca­tion in the heart of down­town Anchor­age all add up to a can’t‑miss expe­ri­ence. Dine inside the two-sto­ry restau­rant, or step upstairs to the rooftop deck for mag­nif­i­cent views of the Alas­ka Range and Cook Inlet.

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.

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Midtown

5 minutes from Downtown Anchorage

All-nat­ur­al Angus beef burg­ers and hand-cut made to order fries are the high­lights of this nation­al chain with two Anchor­age loca­tions. There are options for veg­ans too! And don’t for­get the frozen cus­tard for dessert.

Who can’t be tempt­ed by a place that offers a Bacon of the Month? This Anchor­age restau­rant in the heart of the Spe­nard neigh­bor­hood serves con­tem­po­rary com­fort food in a casu­al, eclec­tic set­ting. Local news­pa­per read­ers have vot­ed Spe­nard Road­house Best Restau­rant, Best Bar­tender, and Best Wait­staff for a rea­son. Year round, its menu shows a local and some­times whim­si­cal flair: Bacon Jam Burg­er, Rein­deer and Chevre Piz­za, and S’mores for…  ...more

Adorned with rich woods and pol­ished brass, the Fan­cy Moose Lounge offers a col­or­ful envi­ron­ment where you can mix good times and bev­er­ages with a spec­tac­u­lar view of the lake. Casu­al din­ing fea­tures fresh seafood, burg­ers, sand­wich­es, sal­ads, soups and fin­ger foods, and an assort­ment of spe­cial­ty drinks. Sum­mer draws locals and vis­i­tors to the out­door patio with the promise of bril­liant Alaskan sun­sets. Oper­at­ing Hours 11:00 AM — 12:00 AM  ...more

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South Anchorage

10 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  ...more

Cre­at­ed by the folks behind Anchorage’s award-win­ning Snow City Café, Spe­nard Road­house and Sack’s Café, 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  ...more

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Girdwood

45 minutes from Downtown 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  ...more

A cre­ative menu, gor­geous views, and just enough indul­gence. Under the ban­ner of Fat & Lean World Cui­sine”, this resort-town favorite offers proof that healthy cui­sine need not be seri­ous — or feel like a sacrifice.

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North of Anchorage

25 - 45 minutes North of Anchorage

Just a 45-minute dri­ve from Anchor­age, Raven’s Perch lies with­in the main lodge at the cozy Knik Riv­er Lodge, with big win­dows and an out­door deck look­ing out to a spec­tac­u­lar view. The focus here is on local, sus­tain­able ingre­di­ents and prod­ucts. The staff talks with local farm­ers and plans ahead to see what veg­eta­bles are com­ing into sea­son to cre­ate their menus.

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