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Snow City Cafe

Diners 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

On summer days, Snow City attracts some serious crowds—and for good reason. — Fodor's

Gourmet breakfasts and lunches make this a busy place. Eggs Benedict to fresh soups and sandwiches; mimosas and local brews available. — Where

Finally, a place where breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. — Gayot

As you may have guessed from the title, this happening little cafe only operates when the sun is shining (ie for breakfast and lunch). — Frommer's

Consistently voted best breakfast by Anchorage Press readers. — Lonely Planet

Marx Brothers Cafe

Seafood 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Well-known for creating remarkable table-side Caesar salads, this location is in a historic home. — Where

The cuisine is, broadly, an Alaskan-Asian-Italian fusion. Dinner here is a slow, leisurely, expensive affair, and definitely a worthy splurge.  — Frommer's

You’ll feel like an invited guest in this intimate restaurant with warm service. — Gayot

The market-based menu can change dramatically from day to day, but count on straight-off-the-boat fish and interesting pairings, such as halibut in a coconut curry sauce or ostrich in a risotto. — Concierge

Some of Anchorage’s most innovative cooking and a 500-bottle wine list are the reasons this 14-table restaurant is so popular. — Lonely Planet

Sacks Cafe

Seafood 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Sacks is the place where Anchorage residents come to see and be seen, but more importantly, it’s a place where everyone looks at what everyone else is having. — Frommer's

When Anchorage weather turns gray, the colorful interior and art provide respite. — Fodor's

Eclectic New American cuisine, fresh Alaskan seafood and unique dishes in a contemporary setting. — Where

An upscale, chic restaurant serving elegant fare that is consistently creative. It is always bustling (reservations recommended) and has the best weekend brunch in town. — Lonely Planet

Enjoy a warm Southwest atmosphere and an ever-evolving menu. — Gayot

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Glacier Brewhouse

Pizza 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This pub is the “it” spot in downtown Anchorage. — Gayot

The cavernous, lodge-like Glacier Brewhouse is a bar-and-restaurant with the gleaming stainless steel vats of the brewery behind a wall of glass — Frommer's

There’s a wood-fired brick oven for pizzas, a grill and rotisserie for burgers, seafood, steak and lots of gluten-free options and pasta and salads. — Afar Magazine

Microbrews and a scrumptious menu of wood fired pizzas, pastas, seafood and grilled items. This is a local favorite and visitors’ “find.” — Where

But be prepared to wait for that table, as this place is unbelievably (and deservedly) popular. — Lonely Planet

The Crow's Nest

86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Crow’s Nest restaurant, one of Alaska’s premier dining destinations, is located at The Hotel Captain Cook, in downtown Anchorage — Forbes Travel Guide

Award-winning dining, extensive wine list and a fantastic view of Anchorage and Cook Inlet in a nautically themed restaurant on the 20th floor of the Hotel Captain Cook. — Where

A sophisticated menu and professional service are enhanced by panoramic Alaskan views. — Gayot

An absolute must for epicures and adventurous eaters, Crow's Nest uses inspired combinations to highlight, but never overpower, the freshest ingredients Alaska has to offer. — Fodor's

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Simon & Seafort's Saloon & Grill

French 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A downtown hangout for locals as well as tourists, this spot is renowned for its fresh seafood and striking view. — Gayot

Windows overlooking Cook Inlet vistas, along with the high ceilings and a classic brass-and-wood interior, have long made this an Anchorage favorite. — Fodor's

Panoramic views of Cook Inlet with the finest of Alaskan seafood and steaks with online reservations available at website. — Where

Simon & Seaforts, located at the edge of downtown Anchorage, may bill itself as a saloon and grill, but that undersells the locals' favorite date-night restaurant. — Concierge

The amazing views of Cook Inlet and mountains in the distance is worth the visit, but so is the food. — Frommer's

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Kincaid Grill and Wine Bar

Barbecue 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Looking for a date night place? The Kincaid Grill is it. — Frommer's

Gourmet food lovers looking for artfully plated food will especially appreciate the selection here, from poached pear salad and beef medallions to Kodiak scallops and wild game. — Afar Magazine

Consistently good food and professional service make Kincaid Grill a go-to spot for visitors and locals. — Gayot

Pairing wines with a rotating menu of seafood and meats, as well exquisite salads and desserts — Where

This out-of-the-way restaurant provides a respite after a summertime hike or wintertime ski in nearby Kincaid Park. — Fodor's

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Spenard Roadhouse

Delis 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Casually gourmet. A relaxing atmosphere with innovative flavors that include roasted vegetable salad, reindeer sausage pizza and uniquely flavored creme brulee. — Where

"Bacon of the Month" specials, "TV dinners"  served on a metal tray, and a decor that puts a glitzy spin on the 1970's diner are all part of the kitschy fun at this uber-popular eatery. — Frommer's

A spot with appeal for everyone with its casual, yet varied, menu offered in a comfortable setting. — Gayot

Though it pays homage to the roadhouses that dot Alaska, Spenard Roadhouse is by no means just a place to grab a quick meal while traveling. — Fodor's

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Bear Tooth Theatrepub & Grill

Pizza 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Bahn mi burger, anyone? That's just one of the creative concoctions at this fun, noisy, casual pub that serves up surprisingly sophisticated food alongside the craft beers. — Frommer's

Anchorage’s only dining/movie theater combo — Where

Wrap up a date night or a family fun evening into an affordable, tasty package. — Gayot

A popular hangout with an adjacent theater. It serves excellent burgers and seafood as well as Mexican and Asian fusion dishes. — Lonely Planet

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Moose's Tooth Pub and Pizzeria

Pizza 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Always the top pick when local newspapers rate Anchorage pizzerias, Moose's Tooth is packed all week, despite the ample seating (on the order of 300 guests). — Fodor's

This pub and pizzeria, located in midtown along Spenard, the main drag leading to the airport, has great beer from the Moose’s Tooth Brewing Company and not nearly enough room at the bar. — Frommer's

An Anchorage institution serving a dozen custom-brewed beers including monthly specials, and 40 gourmet pizzas including 10 veggie options. — Lonely Planet

Enjoy soups, sandwiches, salads and imaginative specialty pizzas. First Tap party series first Thursday of the month. — Where

This pizza-and-beer joint is a favorite after a long day of hiking. — Afar Magazine

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City Diner

Barbecue 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Midtown location is a ‘50s-style diner with red-topped bar stools and black and white checkerboard floor, milkshakes and gourmet sandwiches. Open daily 6 am–11 pm. — Where

A 50s-era starlet would feel right at home at the counter of this upscale diner. — Gayot

It’s American Graffiti inside with all-day breakfast and huge sandwiches like the Lenny’s Reuben. — Lonely Planet

Chrome, neon, and vinyl create an atmosphere like a movie set, a theme fully realized through the friendly service and the milk shakes presented in metal mixing cups. — Frommer's

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Crush Wine Bistro And Cellar

81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The menu is both inventive and budget-friendly, ranging from $3 plates of feta-stuffed Medjool dates to $9 servings of sherried portobello-and-spinach polenta, and beyond. — Fodor's

At the edge of the 5th Ave. entrance to the mall, exquisite creations are paired with more than 40 different wines by the glass. Also a sales location for wine and beer. — Where

This is a wine bar first, but the food here is far from an afterthought. — Frommer's

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Jens' Restaurant

Seafood 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This fine restaurant in midtown has dazzled the critics with innovative, Scandinavian-accented cuisine emphasizing fresh ingredients and elaborate presentation. — Lonely Planet

Don't let the Midtown strip mall that houses Jens' put you off: this is a fine-dining establishment. — Fodor's

Great food only 10 minutes from downtown. Menu changes daily. Specialties include alder-planked salmon and pepper steak. — Where

A true original, his food is always beautiful to look at, and surprising to taste, as the dish always hides in it a bit more flavor, or an unusual texture, that the diner wasn't expecting. — Frommer's

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Southside Bistro

French 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Established in South Anchorage, the Southside quickly became a local favorite for its artful treatments of Alaska seafood. — Fodor's

Lively south Anchorage bistro serves innovative cuisine such as fresh Kodiak scallops and risotto cake with truffled shellfish cream and tomato-basil salsa — Where

On the south side of town, this trendy bistro is beloved by all those living in the hills above it. — Lonely Planet

This cozy nook provides charm and charisma, plus consistently good food and attentive service. — Gayot

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Club Paris

French 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This longtime restaurant – it survived the 1964 earthquake – is old-school fine dining and serves the best steaks in Anchorage. — Lonely Planet

The restaurant, with dark wood and an old-fashioned feel, serves tender, flavorful steaks of all kinds, including a 4-inch-thick filet mignon. — Fodor's

The charbroiled steaks here are as good as steaks can be (they're all aged on site). There’s seafood too, which isn’t nearly as good as the meat, and at lunch, hamburgers, which are quite delicious. — Frommer's

Old-time Alaskan atmosphere and long-time reputation for great steaks — Where

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Orso

Italian 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

There’s modern art all around and soft jazz floating into both dining levels and the bar. Mains are Mediterranean grill with an Alaskan twist. — Lonely Planet

Mediterranean grill with an Alaska twist. Seafood, grilled meats or fresh pasta. Classic cocktails and an award-winning wine list. — Where

Upon entering Orso ("bear" in Italian), you'll feel, to a certain degree, as though you've stepped out of Anchorage and into a Tuscan villa. — Fodor's

The glittering atmosphere will inspire romance for a dinner date, or a festive girl’s night out. — Gayot

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Double Musky Inn

77 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Anchorage residents say eating at this beloved spot is well worth the one-hour drive south to Girdwood and the inevitable wait for dinner. — Fodor's

The main event (ie the entrees) usually consists of the restaurant's rightly famous French pepper steak, a toothsome slab of beef in a succulent sauce. — Frommer's

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Seven Glaciers

77 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The dining room's floor-to-ceiling windows overlook seven glaciers nestled in an unforgettable panoramic mountain view. The forward-thinking menu capitalizes on local produce and seafood. — Fodor's

There are multi-starred dining establishments throughout the world, but Hotel Alyeska’s Seven Glaciers Restaurant in Girdwood, Alaska, is singular when it comes to stars of the celestial kind — Forbes Travel Guide

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Arctic Roadrunner

Burgers 76 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Since 1964 this place has been turning out beefy burgers and great onion pieces and rings. — Lonely Planet

This Anchorage institution serves big, juicy burgers with a wide variety of toppings from peppers to ham or fried onion rings. — Frommer's

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Lucky Wishbone

Burgers 76 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A 1950's timewarp of a classic diner, this is comfort food central. — Frommer's

Down home, pan-fried chicken is the main draw at this busy diner. No frills, just deep-fried goodness, cheap and delicious burgers, and massive milkshakes. — Lonely Planet

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