Quality Suites Historic Downtown
325 W. 8th Ave
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 274-1000
Fax: (907) 274-3016
Hiding in the Anchorage Museum, Muse is a welcome change from it's museum restaurant peers. The ambiance has a modern feel to it with a splash of the color red. The sunlight falls through the glass windows and transforms the mood of the place. Muse is a cafe as well as a restaurant with some refreshing and cheap coffees accompanied by trademark American food to go with. The bar is also stocked up with various varieties of beers and drinks.
From the main floor of a 21-story office building, this cafe has many professional clients. Best loved for its homemade pita pocket sandwiches filled with vegetables and a cucumber dressing, or turkey with a dab of cranberry sauce or roast beef with a creamy horseradish dressing, these sandwiches tempt the staunchest of salad seekers. Its skillful chef also provides a variety of daily soups, quiches and salads. No alcohol is served.
Massive bottles of Veuve Clicquot (gold label) grace the long wooden tables placed as dividers within this large, one-room dining room. Hand-cut steaks and an extensive wine list draw a crowd every night. Appetizers of Baked Clams Casino, oysters on the half shell, and Sullivan's crab cakes are excellent starts to a terrific meal. Nine optional side dishes complement the entrees, which include salmon steaks and grilled tuna, lamb rib chops and filet mignon. Live bands play in the bar on weekends.
Established in the 60s, the same family still operates this local steakhouse. The signature four-inch thick 14-ounce filet mignon, established the "fine steakhouse" reputation. Other entree options include the 16-ounce New York steak, 16-ounce Prime Rib; as well as appetizers like steamer clams and Cajun mushrooms. Desserts like the macadamia nut pie will likely have to be taken home because portions are so large. The best advice, resign yourself and keep ordering. It is worth every penny and bite.
Ginger is a restaurant with an adventurous soul. Located in Downtown Anchorage, Ginger dishes up some mouth watering Pacific Rim cuisine with lots of Asian influences.Ginger is also popular among vegetarians and vegans. The bar is notorious for mixing and inventing original cocktails with surprising twists and can also boast of housing an extensive wine and whiskey list. The ambiance is as trendy and hip as the eclectic mood of the place.
Humpy's Great Alaskan Alehouse or Humpy's as it is lovingly called, has plenty of beer, live music and merrymaking. Over forty specialty and micro draught beers can be coupled with some seafood grill, pastas, oysters and burgers. There's a range of events happening all the time from the Pub Quiz to the Oktoberfest tasting.
This restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor seating in the downtown district. Tourists and residents can smell the salmon from blocks away and it draws them through the doors. Daily specials of fresh fish and soups are listed for a discounted price, while burgers and lunch salads are available, too. Dinners include Wild Alaskan Salmon, Alaskan King Crab Legs, Halibut, or Prime Rib and Baby Back Ribs. Microbrew beer from nearby Glacier Brewhouse, and some domestic labels along with wine are also available.
On the corner of F Street and Fourth Avenue, brass tables and chairs, hanging table lamps and a tremendous array of menu items greet the predominantly business clientele. Choose between dumpling entrees, Salmon Teriyaki, King Crab legs (price varies), Ginger Steaks and tempura prepared vegetables and seafood. Other selections include an outstanding fresh salmon Sashimi, Sukiyaki (lean beef sliced and sauteed with noodles), Oden (boiled eggs, radish and potatoes in broth) and a variety of Sushi. Beer and wine 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. Appetizers served at lunch and dinner include: calamari, smoked salmon, and portabellas on toast points. Entrees 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.
The bright, tile-lined, diner-like kitchen detracts from an intimate feel, but it serves as a nice business dinner location. Appetizers of Steamed Mussels or Salmon Mousse Portobello give way to a variety of entrees like the Roast Pork Tenderloin with a lingonberry glaze, or the Grilled Alaska Salmon accompanied by Portobello strips. Desserts range from Walnut Crust Cheesecake to the Cinnamon Crumble Apple Crisp. Wine and fine spirits are available.
Plush carpeting and white linens highlight the elegant ambiance that caters to business travelers. Full breakfast and lunch menus list an expected variety of well-prepared American style dishes and give way to an increasingly pleasing dinner menu in late afternoon. Appetizers of Fried Calamari, Seared ahi tuna, sliced sirloin and others are available. Try entrees of garlic shrimp or large Alaskan scallops with fettuccini. A fine variety of wine is also available.
Opened in 1997, this pub took Anchorage by storm. The menu holds a full selection of appetizers from Brewhouse Amber Ale-Battered Halibut (USD10) and calamari (USD9.50) to desserts such as Wood-Oven-Roasted Bread Pudding (USD6.50) or outstanding crème brulee (USD5.25). Entrees vary also, from an Applewood Grilled King Salmon Pinot (USD20), to a Three Peppercorn Spit-Roasted Prime Rib (USD25) accompanied by garlic-mashed potatoes. Drinks are from USD4-7 per glass; wine (by the bottle) from USD21.