Ketchikan Dining & Nightlife

Indulge your taste buds by exploring Ketchikan’s diverse dining scene.

From fresh seafood to international cuisines, the city’s restaurants and eateries cater to every palate.

After a satisfying meal, immerse yourself in the city’s vibrant nightlife by enjoying live music at hopping bars, or unwind with a craft cocktail in a more relaxed venue.

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Dining and Nightlife

Season: May–September $149+ 1+ nights

Set on the water, this rus­tic, icon­ic Ketchikan hotel was recent­ly remod­eled and is ide­al for inde­pen­dent trav­el­ers who want to be close enough to town to enjoy it. The bright, cheery rooms fea­ture two twin beds or one dou­ble, and views of the ocean or gar­den. The inn’s restau­rant com­bines a fun Alas­ka dive bar expe­ri­ence with great bar bites, local beers on tap, and ocean­front views of the Ton­gass Narrows.

Locat­ed in a charm­ing, lit­tle his­toric home, this is one of the few fine-din­ing options in Ketchikan. The restau­rant is owned and oper­at­ed by a cou­ple, and Mar­tin, the chef, is cor­don bleu trained. They have excel­lent spe­cials, with inter­est­ing arrange­ments of ingre­di­ents. And the hal­ibut tacos and steak on the reg­u­lar menu are excel­lent stand-bys. Reser­va­tions are a must.

Tucked against the entry to Ward Cove, the Green Cof­fee Bean Com­pa­ny may seem off the beat­en track. Yet peo­ple from all over Ketchikan make the trek to this local cof­fee shop and roast­ery. Whether you order an espres­so drink or whole beans to go, the cof­fee is roast­ed to perfection.

A sol­id restau­rant with a long his­to­ry on Main Street, Annabelle’s serves top-qual­i­ty fish and chips, clam chow­ders, and oth­er Alas­ka seafood favorites. This spot in the Gilmore Hotel has a clas­sic look, with pressed tin ceil­ings and a hard­wood bar, as well as com­fort­able, deep seats — per­fect for enjoy­ing their good seafood and selec­tion of tap beers.

A pop­corn stand offer­ing ket­tle corn and salt­ed pop­corn, it’s close to the docks and run by a friend­ly, gre­gar­i­ous local woman. The pop­corn is real­ly good, but it’s expen­sive — like $4 a bag. The frost­ed North­ern Lights” is even more, but it’s a huge hit with kids.

It’s the best fast food in Ketchikan, and pos­si­bly in all of South­east Alas­ka. The crews of cruise ships line up for an off-ship burg­er, locals call their orders in ahead of time and trav­el­ers wait in the line. A 30 minute wait in line isn’t unheard of. They only have 3 or 4 tables, so most get it to go. Their burg­ers are good, and they are famous for the Fish and Chips, which are fresh, hand-cut. And they have real­ly good sal­ads. You’ll pay…  ...more

Locat­ed in the heart of down­town next to the His­toric Thomas Basin, the Alas­ka Fish House offers a unique set­ting for you to enjoy the fresh­est fish & chips in town or the sig­na­ture smoked salmon chowder!

It’s a par­ty bar that serves food. It’s pop­u­lar with the young crowd, but fam­i­lies fre­quent the place as well for the chips and sal­sa and the diverse food menu. It’s almost always loud and busy, but the food is only decent. The serve Mex­i­can, Ital­ian, Greek and Amer­i­can fare. And, be fore­warned, only a few tables over­look the water.

A local’s din­er, it serves up fresh hash browns and eggs and oth­er break­fast stan­dards. Plus burg­ers and rein­deer dogs for lunch and din­ner. You can eat at the counter, or get a table or booth. The ser­vice is fast and friend­ly, the food is good din­er food, and your cof­fee will always be topped. It’s pop­u­lar with trav­el­ers and locals alike. And it just went non-smoking!

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