A TASTE OF ALASKA: BEST RESTAURANTS IN AND AROUND JUNEAU
Juneau boasts the best flavors in Southeast Alaska.
Juneau’s seafood is like none other—the salmon, halibut, and crab are the freshest you’ll find anywhere. But its culinary delights aren’t limited to seafood. Here are a few favorite places to eat and drink in and around Juneau, with something for every palate.
Located in the heart of Juneau, the ever-popular Tracy’s King Crab Shack is a casual seafood joint famous for outstanding crab bisque, crab cakes, and fresh king crab legs. Grab an outdoor seat with a group of friends and enjoy their larger-than-life three-pound bucket of king crab. For a seafood meal with an outstanding view, try Twisted Fish Co. Alaskan Grill. Conveniently located near the cruise ships, this popular eatery overlooks the Gastineau Channel and serves cedar plank salmon, gingered ahi, sautéed rock fish, and fresh halibut. Next door, Taku Smokeries sells some of the best smoked salmon in Juneau — a perfect gift to take back home.
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If you’re looking for more than seafood, Juneau offers a variety of delicious options. Enjoy handcrafted hamburgers and satisfying pub food at Front Street Cafe (inside the Imperial Bar). For a fine dining experience, try the beautiful art deco Gold Room in the historic Westmark Baranof Hotel. Just down the block on Franklin is Saffron, offering authentic Indian comfort food. Or head over to Salt for upscale American and Mediterranean cuisine. If you’re looking for a quick grab-and-go meal, visit Papa Rod’s (May-September only) for delicious Alaska seafood and chowder or try a slice of tasty pizza at Pizzeria Roma.
A must-see food stop is Alaska's oldest bakery, Silverbow Bakery, famous for their boiled-then-baked bagels — an original recipe dating back to the 1890s. For a big, delicious breakfast, try Sandpiper Cafe, the locals’ best-kept secret. Known for their French toast stuffed with mascarpone cheese and gourmet omelets with elk sausage, you don’t want to miss this meal.
On a drizzly day, there’s nothing like a warm, fresh-brewed coffee from Juneau’s own Heritage Coffee. This award-winning roaster has locations in downtown Juneau, Mendenhall Valley, and Lemon Creek and serves over 30 types of coffee — all roasted here in Juneau. Try one of their signature espresso blends with a homemade scone. Or head to Rookery Café. on Saturday mornings for a fresh cup o' joe and a stack of their famous buttermilk corncakes.
Alaska is home to some of America's top breweries. One of its most decorated, Alaskan Brewing Company, is a Juneau institution and a favorite among locals and visitors alike. A brewery tour includes tastings of their delicious brews — Alaskan Amber, Alaskan White, Alaskan Stout, and more. For stunning waterfront views, head over to Hangar on the Wharf and check out the largest selection of microbrews in Southeast Alaska — that’s 24 beers on tap. This renovated floatplane hangar also features some pretty scrumptious grub including halibut tacos and salmon chowder. For a pint with a side of history, head over to the Red Dog Saloon for a raucous walk back in time to the Gold Rush-era, complete with sawdust on the floor and a gun that belonged to Wyatt Earp mounted on the wall.
Just outside Juneau you’ll find your meals come with a view. Head to Douglas Island and grab a seat at The Island Pub for a slice of cheesy, thin-crust pizza, fresh salads, and outstanding views of the Gastineau Channel. Try Douglas Cafe for what might be the best burger in the city. If your stomach is grumbling after a visit to the Mendenhall Glacier, stop into Sandbar and Grill and order the halibut fish-n-chips, rumored to be the area’s finest. For an all-you-can-eat salmon-bake feast, don't miss Gold Creek Salmon Bake in nearby Lemon Creek. Alongside cascading waterfalls and burgeoning streams, this two-hour food tour features fresh Alaskan alder wood grilled salmon, satisfying sides, fireside treats, local music, and round-trip transportation. If you would like to combine a day adventure with a fantastic meal, take a scenic floatplane to the Taku Glacier Lodge. Enjoy the beautiful scenery from the air and then touch down at the historic 1923 lodge for a salmon meal you won’t forget.