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Best Restaurants Across Alaska

You won’t be surprised to hear that Alaska’s specialty is fresh fish. Salmon, halibut, and crab—plucked right from some of the world’s most pristine waters—may well be one of the main reasons you visit Alaska.

But here’s the rub: it’s hard to find a restaurant that serves memorable meals. And it’s expensive: even a basic dinner entrée can run you up to $30.

Don’t fret—we’re here to steer you to some of Alaska’s best restaurants. We’ve broken down the dining scene into two categories: local favorites and visitor hot spots. After all, locals know some of the best places, including seafood, steak, pizza, Asian fusion, breakfast, and more. Plus, eating like (and with) the locals can give you insights into local culture. With visitor favorites, you can count on a fun Alaskan experience, like dinner theater, a salmon bake, or an Alaskan buffet served up on an island accessible only by boat.

Of course, after a long day of traveling, sometimes it’s just easiest to dine at your hotel. Fortunately, Alaska boasts some excellent hotel restaurants, and we’ve included them on our visitor favorites list.

Another glimpse into Alaska's food culture is available with Big Swig Brewery Tours and Alaska Farm Tours.

And if you unearth a hidden gem that we haven’t listed, tell us! Email us your favorite.

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Local Favorites

Favorite local spots for steak, fresh seafood, pizza, and more

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.

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.

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 the good food, the casu­al atmos­phere, and the large selec­tion of alcohol.…  ...more

Cre­at­ed by the folks behind Anchorage’s award-win­ning Snow City Café, Spe­nard Road­house and Sack’s Café, 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  ...more

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 sock­eye salmon cakes, or hot oat­meal topped with home­made gra­nola and blue­ber­ries. At…  ...more

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.

Upscale casu­al restau­rant in Homer — part of Ocean Shores Resort — is a deli­cious des­ti­na­tion for lunch and din­ner and fea­tures amaz­ing views of shim­mer­ing Kachemak Bay and the moun­tains beyond.

A cre­ative menu, gor­geous views, and just enough indul­gence. Under the ban­ner of Fat & Lean World Cui­sine”, this resort-town favorite offers proof that healthy cui­sine need not be seri­ous — or feel like a sacrifice.

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. 

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 whim­si­cal flair: Bacon Jam Burg­er, Rein­deer and Chevre Piz­za, and S’mores for…  ...more

All-nat­ur­al Angus beef burg­ers and hand-cut made to order fries are the high­lights of this nation­al chain with two Anchor­age loca­tions. There are options for veg­ans too! And don’t for­get the frozen cus­tard for dessert.

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.

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  ...more

Gin­ger is locat­ed in his­toric down­town Anchor­age, Alas­ka. Open since March of 2007, we spe­cial­ize in Pacif­ic Rim cui­sine and clas­sic Asian spe­cial­ties. Our meals are hand-craft­ed from fresh ingre­di­ents by a devot­ed crew of local restau­rant veterans.

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.

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Visitor Favorites

Salmon bakes, dinner theatres & best hotel restaurants
Season: May 01 to Sep 30 $61 2 hrs

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  ...more

With its warm atmos­phere, lush set­ting and ele­gant­ly ren­dered Alaskan cui­sine, it’s not hard to see why this hotel-based restau­rant attracts locals and trav­el­ers alike.

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. Reser­va­tions are encouraged.

Season: May 01 to Sep 30 $56 1.5-2 hrs

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.

$69.95

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.

Rock out with the rest of Anchor­age at the live­ly and ener­getic Hard Rock Café 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.

Season: May 12 to Sep 20 $75

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.

Set at the top of the Gold­belt Mount Roberts Tramway, the Tim­ber­line Bar & Grill 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 Bar & Grill.

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