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Local Favorites//Favorite local spots for steak, fresh seafood, pizza, and more
Located atop Tower 3 of downtown Anchorage's Hotel Captain Cook, this AAA-four-diamond fine dining restaurant—the only one in Anchorage—offers a blend of French and New American cuisines, a 10,000-bottle wine cellar and stunning views of Downtown, Chugach Mountains, and Cook Inlet. Dishes reflect local resources, such as venison loin and Bering Sea king crab More...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
This is a local favorite that serves what could be the best pizza in Alaska. It's also a microbrewery. That said, its crowded and loud. They don't accept reservations and a wait isn't unheard of. But there is plenty of space inside and outside to wait for your table. And, you can even enjoy a brew (or a homemade cream soda or root beer) while you wait.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
This is one of Fairbank's nicest restaurants, in the heart of downtown. With its open kitchen, modern art on the walls, great food and 4,000 bottle wine list, locals say they forget they're in Alaska. It's an expensive restaurant, but if you want to splurge for a night of fine dining, this is the best fine dining in Fairbanks. Locals often order appetizers and drinks to make a night More...
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...
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...
Visitor Favorites//Salmon bakes, dinner theatres & best hotel restaurants
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.
Set at the top of the Goldbelt Mount Roberts Tramway, The Timberline Restaurant offers great views, fresh Alaska seafood, and a variety of lunch and dinner options. After you hike, shop, and enjoy the wildlife on Mount Roberts, dine with a view in The Timberline Restaurant.
Get a serving of history along with a classic Alaskan feast. The Gold Creek Salmon Bake, a two-hour experience out of Juneau, has been running for more than 30 years. It’s a great meal and an Alaskan tradition. You’re dispatched from your hotel and brought to a corner of the Southeast Alaska rainforest, which saw lots of activity during Alaska’s Gold Rush.
This restaurant on the main floor of downtown Anchorage's Hotel Captain Cook offers gourmet pizza, fresh pasta dishes and seafood specialties in an English pub-style setting. Named for Fletcher Christian, the man behind the historic mutiny on the Bounty, the pub also offers local, micro-brewed beers, wines by the glass or cognac.Hours Daily: 11:30am-1am
Tucked away in one of the historic buildings of Fort Seward, Fireweed Restaurant is easy to miss. But the restaurant is a favorite with locals and a great discovery for travelers. Fireweed serves up the best pizza in town, plus tasty buffalo burgers, steak salads, pastas, calzones, and fresh baked cookies. With local Haines Brewery beers on tap and a large deck looking out to the More...
Located on the river, this is where Fairbanks goes to enjoy sunny afternoons and good food. The atmosphere is fun and festive, with people arriving by boat or canoe or snowmachine in winter. Their big deck is packed on nice afternoons. Chef Gabrielle Brooks is a local celebrity and produces consistently good food, specializing in fresh Alaska seafood: cedar plank salmon, fish and More...
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.
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.
Walk the fine line between folklore and gold fever. The Liarsville Camp, near Skagway, was originally named after journalists who came here during the Klondike Gold Rush and cooked up all manner of tall tales. The event begins with an all-you-can-eat feast in the forest. Then explore the old trail camp and finish off your day with a visit the Fancy Goods store. You can also have your picture taken with one of the dance hall girls or the camp’s lovable mascot, an Alaskan malamute named Denali.
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.
At the Chilkoot Dining Room you'll sample a piece of Alaskan Gold Rush history. While enjoying Skagway's finest steak and seafood, you're able to take in E.A. Hegg's historic Gold Rush photos. The friendly staff provides great service and flavorful food that make the historic atmosphere one to remember. The menu varies with daily specials and market fresh offerings. More...