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Snow City Cafe

Diners 93 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

This popular brunch spot is known for their eggs Benedict dishes, such as the Deadliest Catch, which includes smoked salmon and Alaskan king crab cakes. — Afar Magazine

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

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

Marx Brothers Cafe

Seafood 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

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

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

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

Sacks Cafe

Seafood 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

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

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

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

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Glacier Brewhouse

Pizza 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This brewpub is known for its killer peanut butter pie and the motto, “Where Alaskans Meet Alaskans.” There’s a wood-fired brick oven for pizzas, a grill and rotisserie for burgers,... — Afar Magazine

The scent of hops permeates the cavernous, wood-beam BrewHouse, where at least a dozen ales, stouts, lagers, and pilsners are brewed on the premises. — Fodor's

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

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

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. An amber, a blonde, an IPA, and an... — Frommer's

The Crow's Nest

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

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

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

Crow’s Nest restaurant, one of Alaska’s premier dining destinations, is located at The Hotel Captain Cook, in downtown Anchorage. The hotel, built after the devastating earthquake of... — Forbes Travel Guide

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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 →

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

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

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

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

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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 →

Pairing wines with a rotating menu of seafood and meats, as well exquisite salads and desserts. This location is near the airport and has a fine-dining, intimate dining atmosphere. — Where

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

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

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Spenard Roadhouse

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

"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

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

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

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

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Bear Tooth Theatrepub & Grill

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

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

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

Anchorage’s only dining/movie theater combo. The theatrepub side serves wine and microwbrews along with gourmet burritos and pizza while the grill portion offers innovative salads,... — Where

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

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Moose's Tooth Pub and Pizzeria

Pizza 83 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

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 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

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

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Crush Wine Bistro And Cellar

82 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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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

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

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

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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Club Paris

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

Dinner rushes at Club Paris come like the 6-foot bore tide that rushes up Turnagain Arm, only less predictably. The ebb and flow of meat eaters at this dark, narrow arm of a steakhouse is... — Frommer's

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

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

Old-time Alaskan atmosphere and long-time reputation for great steaks. Try the four-inch thick filet mignon, Australian lobster tail and slow-roasted prime rib. Lunch and dinner daily. — Where

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Jens' Restaurant

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

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

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

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 →

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

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

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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Orso

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

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

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

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

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

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Double Musky Inn

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

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

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

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Seven Glaciers

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

This refined yet relaxing mountaintop Girdwood restaurant is perched at the 2,300-foot level on Mt. Alyeska. The dining room's floor-to-ceiling windows overlook seven glaciers nestled in... — 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... — Forbes Travel Guide

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New Peanut Farm

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

Voted best wings, sports bar, and deck in Anchorage by the Anchorage Press! 70 HD TVs, 10 giant BIG screens. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night food. If we can’t get your game no one... — Where

What was once a small, funky drinking hole is now a shockingly large sports bar complex with TVs at every booth. — Lonely Planet

At 25,000 square feet, the mega sports bar has room for athletic fans of every stripe, from hockey (of course) to mushing and beyond. — Fodor's

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Arctic Roadrunner

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

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

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

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