How unique is the 49th State? For starters, it’s the only brewpub restaurant here that serves Alaskan yak, in the form of a yak burger. Or tuck into the buffalo meatloaf, a specialty. Don’t miss the housemade Bavarian pretzel. And Fridays bring a special treat—a pig roast, with a pig from a local farm, roasted in ale and smoked over alder wood
Step inside and the first thing you’ll notice is the historic photos and animal pelts covering the walls, giving the place a real Alaskan feel. But this is no museum—you come here for great pizza and beer, and this place delivers. First off, they take pizza seriously: the dough is aged for 24 hours, then goes into a traditional oven for wood-stone hand-baking.
The Cabin Nite Dinner Theater, performed out of the Denali Park Village, offers a true-to-life Gold Rush tale of Alaskan adventures in the early 1900s. Enjoy songs, dance, humor, and a large family-style meal topped off with berry cobbler.
May - September
The open-concept public house offers classic food with a shot of Alaska flair. The public house’s specialty is slow-smoked brisket, but the locally sourced menu also offers bacon-wrapped bison meatloaf, caribou burgers and fresh, local sheefish. Wash down your dinner with one of 12 local brews on tap and cocktails such as the American Trilogy (including Alaska made spirits) and a Smoked Salmon Bloody Mary.
The farm-to-table menu features fresh seafood, including weathervane scallops and Alaskan oysters. And Chef Thomas Chapman knows what to do with them. Classically French trained, he has served as chef for Team Europe at the 2012 Ryder Cup and been a teaching chef for Sur La Table. His ethos is quality over quantity, only purchasing the finest quality seafood from small fishing operations.
May - September
This show at the McKinley Chalet Resort tells the story of the first ascent of Mt. McKinley. Laugh, eat, and be merry while the actors and actresses do double-duty as your servers for an all-you-can-eat meal of salmon and ribs.
The only pizza option at the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge—and arguably the best pizza in the area—this log-cabin restaurant serves pizzas piled with toppings and a tangy marinara sauce on a crisp, medium-thick crust. It’s always made fresh and cooked in the specialty pizza oven, so you might have to wait a bit for your pie. But the deck and bar are great spots More...
In a strip of restaurants pumping out good meals, 229 Parks stands alone as creating fine dining-quality meals using the freshest, highest quality ingredients. They are committed to quality, and the menu changes often to reflect what is fresh or in season. That could be berries, mushrooms, fish or greens. Their salads are excellent, as are the entrees. If you order small plates, you'll get to sample more of the menu! They also do pastries and coffee for breakfast.
For Alaska seafood or fresh-caught fish, try the upscale King Salmon Restaurant, which offers fresh seafood brought up from the coast three times a week. This is the nicest venue at the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge, and you’ll find fine food as well as great views overlooking the Healy Mountains, Denali National Park, and the Nenana River. Yet the vibe is Alaskan casual; More...
May - September
Overlooking the Nenana River and Nenana Canyon, this restaurant offers a menu with dry-aged steaks, chops and Alaska seafood: feast on your favorite cooked-to-perfection steak or try some of the locally-sourced Alaska seafood, including sustainable jig-caught Alaska rockfish. Pair your dinner with a local craft beer, something from the extensive wine list, or one of the handcrafted signature martinis.
This high-energy restaurant at the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge offers some pretty laid-back pursuits. Sit out on the deck and watch rafters float down the Nenana River while sipping Denali Red, a beer brewed specifically for Princess by Alaska Brewing Company. Or dig into a gourmet burger while soaking up late-afternoon sunshine and views of the National Park and Healy More...