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It may be America’s least densely populated state, but Alaska is packed with restaurants — over 12,000 to be exact. That means you’ll be overwhelmed with choices when trying to select the best place to have a tasty meal after a long day of adventuring. Alaska’s combination of inviting diners, award-winning breweries, and the best seafood anywhere makes just about every meal one that you will remember for a long time to come. Let us help you find the spots that truly exemplify this unique state.

1. Glacier Brewhouse, Anchorage

Billing itself as “where Alaskans meet Alaskans,” Anchorage’s Glacier Brewhouse could just as easily be called the place where Alaskans and tourists alike eat mouth-watering beer-braised cod or raise their glasses in a toast to its award-winning stout. Revered since 1996, Glacier Brewhouse prides itself on a full roster of craft beers and a menu that includes all the best Alaskan seafood with a twist – like Bering Sea King Crab Cakes and smoked salmon Caesar salad. On top of that, its inviting atmosphere brings a charming warmth to chilly evenings. At the Glacier Brewhouse, coming in from the cold just got a lot more inviting.

2. Silver Gulch, Fox

The blink-and-you’ll miss it town of Fox, Alaska is located about 20 minutes outside of Fairbanks, but go ahead and don’t blink if you want to catch some of the best food in the state. Like many of Alaska’s finest eateries, Silver Gulch began life as an (excellent) brewery and then diversified into fine foods. From its locally sourced halibut tacos to the sparkling 12,000 square foot brewery where the Pickaxe Porter is crafted with care, Silver Gulch treats patrons to a robust and relaxing dining experience. It’s warm and spacious interior is a place you’ll be happy to linger for a pint…or three.

3. Seven Glaciers, Alyeska Resort at Girdwood

Dine amid the peaks at the AAA Four Diamond rated Seven Glaciers restaurant. The out-of-this-world experience begins with a tram ride to the top of a mountain with panoramic views of the ocean and Chugach Mountain Range. Diners enjoy the same superlative views as well as a unique menu of seafood and game, including top-notch Alaskan salmon and premium steak. The extensive wine list is a marvel as well. Sip, taste, and enjoy life among the clouds.

4. Hangar on the Wharf, Juneau

Enjoy the deckside sea breeze at Juneau’s favorite pub, the Hangar on the Wharf. This laid back gem is perched right on Juneau’s scenic channel and has over 100 beers on tap. Known for its uber-friendly service and tasty morsel such as Coconut Prawns, Salmon Burgers, and steak with prawns, the Hangar strikes a delicious balance between classic pub grub and Alaskan seafood delights.

5. The Bamboo Room & Pioneer Bar, Haines

This funky dive and local hot spot in Haines has an unassuming exterior, but boy does the food deliver. The Bamboo Room is a family-friendly watering hole that is renowned throughout the state for its halibut and chips. For those seeking some comfort food after a day of exploring or meetings, there’s also a breakfast menu that stretches all the way until 3 p.m. To round out the perfect meal, a selection of beers from the Alaskan and Haines Brewing Company are always on tap.

6. Talkeetna Roadhouse, Talkeetna

As the base town for climbers making the technical and demanding climb of Denali, pulling up a chair at the Talkeetna Roadhouse means that you just might be rubbing elbows with a famous mountaineer who’s carbo-loading for the trek. The enormous portions here are definitely mountaineer-sized, such as the 1902 Sourdough Flapjacks – a nod to the days when the Roadhoase helped cart goods by horse. Try their famous Granny’s Chocolate Potato Cake, a gigantic cinnamon roll, or one of their seafood and veggie chowders. You won’t leave hungry!

7. The Pump House, Fairbanks

For Sunday brunch or the opportunity to recreate the “Rip Roaring” Victorian era, Fairbanks’ Pump House is a must. Located on the Chena River, the restaurant features outdoor deck seating for sunny days and a rustic atmosphere with animal mounts on the walls and antique furniture. The Pump House is actually a National Historic Site, but rather than feeling like a museum, it’s relaxed and comfortable. The salmon is flown in fresh every day by floatplane, the beef is expertly aged, and if you’ve ever wanted to have an oyster shooter in the Far North, now’s your chance. The Senators’ Saloon features “The World’s Most Northern Oyster Bar.” Now, how about that?

8. Skagway Brewing Company, Skagway

One look at the bright windows of Skagway Brewing Company will convince you to lay down your hat for a couple of hours. Established in 1897, the Company specializes in unfiltered ales using water power and the freshest, coldest Alaskan springwater. Their Spruce Tip Blonde or Boom Town Brown will convince you that you’ve struck liquid gold, and the food will keep you coming back for more, from hearty hamburgers and Brew Master’s Chili to perfectly fried fish and chips. A happening spot for locals and visitors, the Skagway Brewing Company is the perfect spot for the perfect pint.

9. McKinley Creekside Café

If you find yourself near Denali National Park’s Carlo Creek entrance and in need of a delectable meal, look no further than the McKinley Creekside Café. With deckside views of the Alaska Range and a full menu of classics made from scratch, the Creekside Café continually ranks as a highlight for visitors in the area. The menu includes fluffy baked goods that are sized to share, picnic lunches to-go, and a house special of baked halibut that always garners rave reviews. The Mt. Denali Chili and Creekside Bagels Benedict are something to write home about, too.

10. Moose’s Tooth, Anchorage

Pizza may not be the first thing that springs to mind as an Alaskan food, but after a visit to the Moose’s Tooth, it will. Many diners rank the pizza here as some of the best they’ve ever had – the unique flavor combinations in the Blackened Rockfish and Greek Gyro Pizzas will have you singing praises in no time. The Moose’s Tooth is also the home of Broken Tooth Brewing, so you can sip their signature Hard Apple Ale while you chow down on the fresh Smoked Salmon Spread. The large, friendly dining room is a great place to kick back, and sometimes live music is even featured on-site.

11. Westmark Hotels, Alaska and the Yukon

The restaurants and lounges of all 6 Westmark hotels finish the list, from the Red Lantern Steak & Spirits in Fairbanks to the Solstice Bar & Grill in Anchorage, our hotels offer top notch cuisine, craft brews and an extensive wine list. Feel like venturing outside the hotel for a meal? You’ll find that all 6 hotels and inns are centrally located in the downtown area of their respective city, within walking distance of many of the restaurants and breweries listed above. Bon appetit!