At the Solstice Bar and Grill you’ll find slow-cooked prime rib, scratch-made desserts, and fresh soups, plus plenty of fresh seafood and fine meats. Breakfast and lunch menus include continental and hot buffets, as well as burgers and salads. And for being in such a large hotel (the Westmark), the restaurant is surprisingly small and intimate.
The Solstice Bar and Grill is busiest during breakfast, particularly in the summer, when hotel guests grab a bite to eat before heading off for a tour. With seating for just 55, a pretty quick turnaround is required; the restaurant pulls it off by offering continental and hot breakfast buffets. And they’re good. The pastries are baked fresh in-house, and there’s always fresh fruit on the buffet. You can order from the menu as well. There’s also an espresso bar offering Starbucks Coffee. Breakfast runs from 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the summer and 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in winter (when it’s decidedly quieter). There’s Wi-Fi throughout the restaurant.
The lunch hour is pretty mellow anytime of year. It’s popular with downtown workers, who know they can get their food fast, and the central location and good food are starting to attract travelers at midday. The cobb salad is nice and light, while the ½-pound burgers, made with Angus sirloin, are a favorite. You’ll also find soups that are made fresh daily.
Dinner starts at 5 p.m., and draws a crowd when there’s an event at the Performing Arts Center. Just looking for a snack before hitting the town? The restaurant has a great appetizer menu, too.
With some of the city’s hottest restaurants nearby, the Solstice Bar and Grill often gets overlooked, but word is out about the new menu items, particularly the bacon-wrapped scallops.. And the prime rib is slow cooked for 6 hours! The espresso bar’s open all day, making this a great spot for dessert and coffee as well. Pop in for the whiskey bread pudding—the perfect ending to a great day in Alaska.