Juneau boasts the best flavors in Southeast Alaska.
Juneau’s flavors go beyond the daily fresh catch. Here are a few favorite places to eat and drink in and around Juneau, with something for every palate.
Succulent SeafoodYou might have heard, Juneau seafood is to die for — salmon, halibut and crab make up the Alaskan seafood trifecta. Touted for its juicy seafood and shoreline locale, Tracy’s King Crab Shack is a casual seafood joint famous for larger-than-life buckets of King and Dungeness crab, hearty bisque and savory cakes. 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.
Downtown DiningIf 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). Just down the block on Franklin is Saffron, offering authentic Indian comfort food. Or head over to Salt for upscale modern Alaskan 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.
Want a side of history with your meal? Downtown Juneau restaurants are some of the oldest in Alaska. A fine-dining favorite since the 1930s, the Westmark Baranof Hotel’s historic Gold Room features Art Deco ambiance, contemporary Northwest cuisine and, of course, gargantuan king crab legs.
Breakfast SpotsA breakfast must-have, stop into Alaska’s oldest bakery, Silverbow Bakery, and sample their boiled-then-baked bagels — an original recipe dating back to the 1890s. On weekends, head to Rookery Café for a fresh cup o’ joe and their exquisite Saturday brunch menu.
Gourmet CoffeeWhat’s more satisfying than a warm, fresh-brewed coffee on a damp Juneau day? Heritage Coffee, an award-winning roaster with locations in downtown Juneau, Mendenhall Valley and Lemon Creek, is best known for their signature espresso blends and homemade scones.
Local Craft BeerBilled as one of America’s most decorated breweries, Alaskan Brewing Company is a Juneau institution and a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Between two locations, round-trip shuttle service and a bevy of craft beer to choose from — Alaskan Amber, Alaskan White, Alaskan Oatmeal Stout (and the list goes on) — they make it easier than ever to sample their suds. Expand your beer palate and check out the largest selection of microbrews in Southeast Alaska at Hangar on the Wharf. Once a floatplane hangar, this cool waterfront restaurnt features 24 beers on tap, satiating halibut tacos and unspoiled waterfront views. For a pint with some 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.
Nearby RestaurantsYou don’t have to be downtown to find great grub. 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 their Halibut & Chips — it’s rumored to be the best in town. 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.
More Juneau DiningFor a complete selection of Juneau restaurants, check out our dining guide or browse our online listings.