After exploring glaciers, visiting historic sites and enjoying the spectacular scenery around Juneau, we bet you’re hungry. In this installment of our series on traditional and modern food in Alaska, we’ve put together a few of our picks of the best restaurants in Juneau.
1. Twisted Fish Company
Located at 550 S. Franklin St., Twisted Fish features a vast menu of tasty Alaska entrees, appetizers, pizzas and sandwiches. Try one of their specials from the Ocean of Burgers section of the menu, which includes offerings like wild berry halibut or barbeque king salmon. Be sure to try the king crab platter, one pound of crab legs from the Bering Sea, and enjoy views of the scenic Gastineau Channel while you savor your Alaska cuisine.
2. The Rookery Cafe
For innovative Alaska cuisine, try the Rookery at 111 Seward St. The menu changes several times a week to take full advantage of seasonal offerings and locally sourced foods. Chefs at this casual bistro cafe develop many dishes that incorporate the Great Land’s famous seafood, such as Alaska scallop ceviche with coconut couscous and squid ink adobo, crispy Brussels sprouts with salmon chorizo, and Dungeness Crab salad with toasted peanuts.
3. Tracy’s King Crab Shack
To experience a local casual outdoor legend, walk up to Tracy’s King Crab Shack at 406 S. Franklin St. and order “the best legs in town.” This restaurant started along the Juneau docks in 2006 by Tracy LaBarge, a Colorado transplant who got the idea for a food stand after crabbing with friends. The shack has garnered awards and mentions in Food & Wine, Maxim and Condé Nast Traveler magazines. You might fall in love with these crab legs, or maybe with whoever’s along when you visit the shack: The restaurant has been the site of a marriage proposal.
4. Capital Cafe
You won’t have to travel far to enjoy this restaurant: It’s in the lobby of the Westmark Baranof Hotel in Juneau. Catch a meal early before heading out on your excursion for the day, or take a break at lunch and enjoy Alaska cuisine such as the elk hash, smoked salmon and goat cheese omelet or an Alaska reindeer sausage scramble.
5. The Bubble Room Restaurant & Lounge
Also located in the Westmark Baranof Hotel, the Bubble Room Restaurant & Lounge provides a relaxing environment to recount the day’s activities with friends. Start with snacks like smoked salmon deviled eggs and then try classics like Alaska IPA beer-battered cod & chips or Dungeness crab cakes.
6. Timberline Atop Mount Roberts
For a dinner excursion like no other, take the Mount Roberts Tramway to the top and dine at this restaurant – you can’t beat the view, and you’ll have your choice of Alaska seafood and microbrew specialties. Start with appetizers like halibut hummus, smoked salmon dip, Mount Roberts fry bread or Timberline steamer clams before you dive into an all-you-can-eat Dungeness crab feed. The menu includes the Russian-inspired Pel-Meni, dumplings stuffed with beef and pork.
For the sommeliers, Salt, at 200 Seward St., features the largest wine list in Juneau as well as craft cocktails and gourmet seafood plates like Gulf prawn skewers and Alaska scallop crudo. It also offers a special after-dinner menu of cordials, desserts or a cheese plate with port flight.
8. The Hangar on the Wharf
Hang out on the docks at this restaurant located in a historic seaplane aviation landmark at 2 Marine Way, Suite 106, and enjoy a full menu of classic salads, burgers, Alaska seafood cuisine, as well as other dishes such as rice bowls, pasta and jambalaya. The Hangar holds special events such as fundraisers with live music and is a local favorite with a spectacular view of the water.
9. Red Dog Saloon
This historic saloon, which relocated (building and all) to 278 S. Franklin St. in 1988, is a mining-era treasure filled with antiques and relics and gives visitors the feel of Alaska in its wilder days. Where else are you going to find a Reindeer Sausage Corndog?
Looking for more? Be sure to ask the staff at the Westmark Baranof Hotel for their local Alaska dining favorites in Juneau!