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.
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 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.
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.
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 More...
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...
Summer: lunch & dinner. Winter: dinner
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.
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.
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 More...
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.
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.
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
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 More...
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.
Memorial Day - September 30
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
Beer steins, hats, hub caps, and license plates all hang from the rafters and walls of this fun restaurant. Sure, its chaotic, crowded, cramped, and loud. But you'll find one of the best steaks in Alaska, if not the entire country, as well as great seafood and appetizers, often made with Cajun/creole seasoning.
The Food Network featured this place in its "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" show, mostly for being a bit of a dive—it's dark with a big bar and pool table. But it's always upbeat and happening, and you can count on having a good time. The food gets mixed reviews: they serve good pizza, but the steak and seafood can be hit or miss. And skip the salad bar.
Serving up locally brewed beers in a fun, family-friendly pub atmosphere, St. Elias is a favorite with locals and travelers. It draws a crowd and can get loud and a little wild if they have live music. But without a band, it's a fun, happening place. They have a great deck for nice afternoons, serve sampler flights of their beer and have great pizza and big salads.More...
With Alaskan beers on tap, 50 bottles of wine, and a full bar (including spirits from the Alaska Distillery), the Base Camp Bar, is a great place to grab a drink before having dinner in the adjacent North Fork Restaurant. Try a margarita made with wild Alaska blueberry vodka, a perfect drink for a sunny afternoon on the big deck, which features great views of the Alaska Range. You can order appetizers, or select from the lunch and dinner menus with their pub-style food and lots of fresh seafood.
With amazing burgers in a casual, rustic setting. They grill up large, juicy, fresh patties and serve them with a heap of curly or traditional fries. You'll also find great fish and chips, as well as salmon and halibut burgers. Linger over your meal or just grab it to go.
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...
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...
Originally the Fox Roadhouse, this old-style building has been renovated to house a brewery and brew pub. Ten miles from Fairbanks, the brewery has at least a dozen house-made beers on tap, and a huge selection of bottled brews, many of which can't be found anywhere else in town. There's a large, open beer garden out back, ideal for summer nights. And the food's great.
Arkose Brewery is named after Arkose Ridge and Arkose Peak in the Talkeetna Mountain Range of Palmer, Alaska. You can enjoy a pint of artisan ales, take a brewery tour (every Tuesday at 6 p.m.) or attend one of our fun events such as Beer Meets Canvas and Beer Meets Chocolate. Find Arkose beer at many locations throughout the state. See our website and facebook page for more information. Cheers!
Bobby Wilken, Owner and Brewmaster, walks visitors behind the counter and through the process from raw grains (stacked in the back corner) to finished beer, which takes three weeks from start to completion. Visitors get a close-up view of the mill, production vessels, and stainless steel storage and fermentation tanks through which the beer must pass. Bobby, an approachable and passionate businessman, breaks down the significance of each step along the way.
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 More...
Big-screen televisions for the game. It's fun and loud when it's busy and serves up standard pub food. If you're looking for a sports bar, this is the only one. If you're looking for food alongside the game, get a burger. The menu is average and can be hit or miss, but the burgers are consistently big and juicy, and can be ordered with buffalo, elk or caribou.
This fun, cool restaurant serves up good pizza and sandwiches, including a meatball sub that's known throughout the Kenai Peninsula. Get a filling, affordable deal with the soup and sandwich combos, order up a steak, and don't miss the big, delicious desserts. Fat Olive's is super popular (make reservations) and can get loud, but the atmosphere is great—funky, modern More...
Overlooking the harbor, ocean and mountains, Ray's is a local institution for seafood dinners. It's popular with both fishermen and tourists, who want a good meal with a great view. And since the fishing boats unload right there on the dock, the seafood couldn't be fresher. They serve halibut cheeks, red snapper, cod and salmon. It's good seafood, cooked well, but the More...
Casual, fun and happening, this bar and restaurant inside the Fairbanks Princess Lodge is a great spot to grab a late-afternoon drink and appetizer or to settle in for a full meal. With a huge deck overlooking the Chena River and a trail down to the water’s edge, locals arrive for happy hour via boats—canoes, kayaks, or skiffs. A full bar, featuring Alaska Distillery More...
The Anchorage Museum has a wonderful restaurant off the lobby with a little something for everyone – whether you are looking for a quick workday lunch or enjoying the finely crafted cuisine in a more leisurely manner. When the sun is shining, you can even enjoy being served on the outdoor patio adjacent to the park-like museum grounds.