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Best Seafood in Anchorage

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A display of delectable desserts greets you as you step into this classy south Anchorage restaurant, established in 1996. Frequent diners include Alaska's governor and Anchorage's mayor. It became an instant success with locals because of a consistently superb fresh seafood menu and innovative preparations of pork loin, venison and peppered steak. Wine is available by the glass or bottle, and microbrewed beer rounds out the meal.

This pub is classy and casual, drawing as many locals as it does guests staying within the hotel. The deep mahogany theme of the hotel continues throughout with dark leather booths and bar stools providing comfortable seating. Best known are the gourmet, two person pizzas with toppings of garlic and feta or chicken fajita. Start with baked garlic and bread or steamer clams, and then proceed to enjoy the Gorgonzola topped spinach salad. The full bar offers all mixed drinks, beer and some wine.

One of the best views of the sunset over Cook Inlet and Mt. Susitna is found behind an outstanding piece of Simon's Key Lime Pie. This restaurant offers a full view of the Alaska Range. As incredible as the food, view and service are, do not look for an especially intimate dinner here, as this is a lively spot filled with locals and visitors alike. With the freshest seafood available, your entree is made to order. Prime rib, steaks and plenty of pasta specials are part of the ever-changing menu.

Referred to as the "last great American roadhouse" by Esquire magazine, its first life was as an "after-ski bar." It developed into a restaurant worthy of the most discriminating tastes, according to CNN. From appetizers like scallop stuffed Mushrooms Rockefeller and coconut salmon, to the 16-20 ounce French pepper steak, the garlic seafood pasta, and the crab stuffed halibut, every taste bud will cheer. Nearly any label of wine or beer and any type of cocktail is available.

Adjacent to the Glacier Brewhouse, this establishment offers two stories, charmingly decorated in an elegant lodge-like theme. This 6,000-square-foot restaurant and bar holds broad wooden tables, gilded mirrors, dim lighting and an upstairs fireplace. Dishes might include wild mushroom ravioli, herb crusted halibut, or a variety of salmon specials. A nice selection of Italian, French and American wines are available along with a full complement of desserts and dessert drinks.

This restaurant produces award-winning and noteworthy culinary successes each year. Selections change weekly, though some standbys can always be found. Two of these choices are Van's Caesar salad with tableside preparation for two and Caspian Sea caviar, available by the ounce. Typical entrees may include pepper crusted King Salmon and roast rack of lamb in pecan crust. With 11,000 bottles of wine in the cellar, you are sure to find something you like. Formal dress is recommended.

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