Spring is here and outdoor dining is on everyone’s mind in Anchorage. When the weather gets nice, Anchorage folks flock outside, whether it’s for hiking or for snacking and sampling some local brews.
Outdoor decks and patios are a quintessential part of the Alaska summer experience. Alaska restaurants and watering holes all fill up with locals refueling on Vitamin D after a long winter.
As part of our constant search to find the best Anchorage outdoor dining experience, Spawn held an informal survey to determine our favorite places to eat, drink and enjoy the view. Here are our top choices:
Best Place to Drink Outdoors: 49th State Brewing Co Anchorage* (Formerly The Snow Goose)
Best Outdoor Dining View: 49th State Brewing Co Anchorage
Best Value for Outdoor Dining: TIE: Bernie’s’ Bungalow Lounge and Rustic Goat.
Just like any public vote, some of the write-in candidates turned out to be the best, including:
- Jack Sprat in Girdwood
- The Flying Machine Restaurant at the The Lakefront Hotel on Lake Spenard
- Mt. McKinley Princess Lodge near Talkeetna
- The Saltry in Halibut Cove
- “Your Mom’s House,” and our personal favorite…
- ANY campsite in Alaska!
So pull out your sunglasses and shorts and get ready to dine-out! There is no better way to work up an appetite than with a little bit of fresh air and sunshine.
* Special recognition to 49th State Brewery for taking 2 categories before they’ve even officially opened. The 49th State Brewery has been an Alaska establishment since 2010, but they are just moving into new digs in downtown Anchorage. The space was formerly occupied by The Snow Goose, and is now under construction while 49th State Brewery moves in. They continue to serve beer, food and entertainment while they get settled. Keep an eye on their website for updates on construction and patio openings.