Juneau, the Inside Passage, and Southeast Alaska Restaurants

From scallops to king salmon, fresh seafood dominates menus in Southeast. Juneau, Sitka, Skagway, and Ketchikan have all variety of ethnic eateries, along with some notable restaurants serving more sophisticated, contemporary fare. Many towns also have good greasy spoons or roadhouses where you can get a serving of local gossip along with your breakfast or slice of pie.

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  • 1. Deckhand Dave's

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    A former park in the middle of downtown Juneau has been transformed into a vibrant outdoor food court thanks to Deckhand Dave, a commercial fisherman who has acquired a loyal local following for his foodtruck-prepared rockfish and halibut tacos. The backyard patio atmosphere includes tents, heat lamps, firepits, and a ship-shaped bar. If fish tacos aren't your thing, visit Dave's neighbor, the Crepe Escape.

    139 South Franklin St., Juneau, Alaska, USA

    Known For

    • Fresh fish tacos
    • Local hot spot
    • Outdoor seating
  • 2. Ludvig's Bistro

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    Food lovers pack into Ludvig's to sample chef-owner Colette Nelson's remarkably creative cuisine, which means there's often a wait, but rest assured that your meal will be worth it. Seafood (particularly king salmon and scallops) is the specialty, and organic ingredients are used whenever possible. The interior evokes an Italian bistro, with rich yellow walls and copper-topped tables. Ludwig's also operates a soup cart near the Sitka Sound Science Center—a good option for those who can't commit to dinner or score a reservation.

    256 Katlian St., Sitka, Alaska, 99835, USA
    907-966–3663

    Known For

    • King salmon and scallops
    • Great reputation throughout the region
    • Excellent wine list

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Sun. mid-Sept.–Apr., Reservations essential
  • 3. Starfire

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    A popular spot with the locals, and known to attract repeat customers from as far away as Juneau, this Thai restaurant fills up very quickly in the summer around dinner hour; it's best to call ahead. One reason for the crowds is the authenticity of the traditional Thai cuisine; Starfire's American chef learned his recipes during visits to Thailand, where he watched local friends and their grandmothers at work in their kitchens.

    4th Ave. and Spring St., Skagway, Alaska, 99840, USA
    907-983–3663

    Known For

    • Gang dang red curry
    • Fresh herbs grown on-site
    • Outdoor dining

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed winter
  • 4. Tracy's King Crab Shack

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    Alaskan king crab—a not-to-be-missed Alaskan delicacy—is the specialty of popular Tracy's. There's often a line to place your order, but the wait is entirely worth it. The owners also operate an event space on the waterfront for large group rentals (for up to 100 people, it's $330 per hour not including food) and a Crabby Store where you can arrange to have a box of crabs shipped back home. 

    432 S. Franklin St., Juneau, Alaska, 99801, USA
    907-790–2722

    Known For

    • Perhaps Alaska's best crab bisque
    • Bristol Bay king crab legs with butter
    • Casual, fun vibe

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Oct.–Apr., Reservations not accepted
  • 5. Annabelle's Famous Keg and Chowder House

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    An unpretentious Victorian-style restaurant on the Gilmore Hotel's ground floor, Annabelle's serves pastas, steamer clams and other seafood dishes, and several kinds of chowder. Prime rib on Friday and Saturday evenings is a favorite, and the lounge, which has a jukebox, has a friendly vibe.

    326 Front St., Ketchikan, Alaska, 99901, USA
    907-225–6009

    Known For

    • Wide selection of seafood chowder
    • Excellent Alaskan crab
    • Relaxed atmosphere
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  • 6. Bamboo Room

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    Pop culture meets greasy spoon in this unassuming coffee shop with red-vinyl booths that has been in the same family for more than 50 years. The menu doesn't cater to light appetites—it includes sandwiches, burgers, fried chicken, chili, and halibut fish-and-chips—but the place really is at its best for an all-American breakfast (available until 2 pm).

    11 2nd Ave., Haines, Alaska, 99827, USA
    907-766–2800

    Known For

    • Diner-style breakfast
    • Great burgers
    • Retro, relaxed atmosphere
  • 7. Beak Restaurant

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    On a clear day, the deck at this popular eatery is likely to be overflowing with a lively local crowd devoted to chef Renée Trafton's creative dishes and sustainable practices—that includes a living wage for staff and no tipping (if you do leave a tip, it will be donated to local charities). It's located near the bridge in a historic building that also houses the local radio station, KCAW.

    2 Lincoln St., Sitka, Alaska, USA
    907-966–2326

    Known For

    • Cedar-plank salmon
    • Homemade doughnuts
    • Fresh, local ingredients

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Mon.
  • 8. Bites on Broadway

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    A 10-minute walk from the cruise-ship docks, this friendly eatery is a good stop for a cheese biscuit and coffee in the morning or soup and a sandwich in the afternoon. You'll also find sweet treats such as muffins, tortes, and cakes.

    648 Broadway Ave., Skagway, Alaska, 99840, USA
    907-983–2166

    Known For

    • Breakfast sandwiches
    • Cheese biscuits
    • Good espresso
  • 9. Bonanza Bar & Grill

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    Expect a lively crowd at the Bonanza, and possibly live music or bingo if you're here in the evening. The pub serves well-prepared American food with no surprises; if you're a sports fan, this is a good place to watch a game.

    320 W. Broadway, Skagway, Alaska, 99840, USA
    907-983–6214

    Known For

    • Halibut and chips
    • Seafood chowder
    • Upbeat atmosphere
  • 10. Chipper Fish

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    This little roadside restaurant in Hoonah doesn't look like much from the outside, but it comes highly recommended by the locals. The salmon tacos garner particularly high praise. Hours can be variable, especially in the off-season.

    316 Front St., Hoonah, Alaska, 99829, USA
    907-945–3434

    Known For

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Mon.
  • 11. Coastal Cold Storage

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    This busy little seafood deli in the heart of Petersburg is a great place for a quick bite en route to your next adventure. Live or cooked crab is available for takeout, and the shop can process your sport-caught fish.

    306 N. Nordic Dr., Petersburg, Alaska, 99833, USA
    907-772–4177

    Known For

    • Beer-battered halibut bits
    • Outdoor seating
    • Full-service fish processing
  • 12. Diaz Café

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    Take a break from salmon saturation at this Old Town Ketchikan spot on historic Stedman Street. The café serves hearty Filipino cuisine beloved both of locals and cruise-ship staffers hungry for a taste of home, and the linoleum-and-tile 1950s interior is a wonderful time warp.

    335 Stedman St., Ketchikan, Alaska, 99901, USA
    907-225–2257

    Known For

    • Filipino classics like lumpia and chicken adobo
    • Local vibe
    • Retro decor

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon.
  • 13. Douglas Café

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    In the heart of quiet Douglas, across the bridge and a couple of miles from downtown Juneau, this family diner has Formica tables and a menu that includes omelets, sandwiches, kids' favorites, and burgers that are often cited as the best in the city. This is a good choice for those seeking an alternative to downtown Juneau's midsummer crowds.

    916 3rd St., Douglas, Alaska, 99824, USA
    907-364–3307

    Known For

    • Burgers and fries
    • Hearty breakfasts
    • Local crowd

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Mon.
  • 14. Fairweather Dining Room

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    The menu at the restaurant in Glacier Bay Lodge, which serves three meals a day and is open to both nonguests and guests, has a decent selection of sandwiches, salads, burgers, and other American fare as well as pasta, steak, and seafood entrees. Sometimes, the indoor dining room requires reservations, but there's almost always room on the sheltered outdoor deck, which has better views of Bartlett Cove and the Fairweather Mountains. With a day's notice, lodge guests can purchase packed lunches to take with them on excursions.

    179 Bartlett Cove Rd., Gustavus, Alaska, USA
    907-697–4000

    Known For

    • The only restaurant in the park
    • Fresh Alaskan seafood
    • Both buffet and à la carte breakfasts

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed post–Labor Day weekend until Memorial Day weekend
  • 15. Fireweed Gallery Coffee and Tea House

    $ | Coffee

    Inside a gallery that features work by local and regional artists, this café at Four Corners offers light fare such as crepes, pastries, and cookies, as well as milkshakes and specialty espresso drinks and teas. The café's drive-up window is groundbreaking for Gustavus (but if you're a visitor, you'll want to go in to see the art and crafts).

    1250 Gustavus Rd., Gustavus, Alaska, 99826, USA
    907-697–3013

    Known For

    • Espresso and sweet treats
    • Local art
    • Drive-through option
  • 16. Fireweed Restaurant

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    A local favorite, the Fireweed serves unusual pizza, pasta, and fish dishes you can wash down with beer on tap from the Haines Brewing Company. The casual restaurant is so popular that you may have to wait a bit for your food—a perfect opportunity to try the Spruce Tip Ale and gaze out at the water.

    Bldg. No. 37, Blacksmith Rd., Haines, Alaska, 99827, USA
    907-766–3838

    Known For

    • Historic Ft. Seward building
    • Seafood specials
    • Local beer on tap

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon. Oct.–Mar., Reservations not accepted
  • 17. Glacial Coffeehouse

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    A local hang-out, this coffeehouse offers a wide range of breakfast options to accompany your morning joe, and nearly everything on the menu is made on-site. Customers can cool down with a Mango Madness or Blueberry Blues smoothie year round and with soft-serve ice cream in summer.

    336 3rd Ave., Skagway, Alaska, 99840, USA
    907-983–3223

    Known For

    • Fresh fruit smoothies
    • Locally sourced ingredients
    • Soup and sandwich combo

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: No dinner
  • 18. Gold Creek Salmon Bake

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    Trees, mountains, and the rushing water of Salmon Creek surround the comfortable, canopy-covered benches and tables at this authentic, all-you-can-eat salmon bake operated through Alaska Travel Adventures. After dinner you can pan for gold in the stream, wander up a hill to explore the remains of a gold mine, or roast marshmallows over a fire.

    1061 Salmon Lane Rd., Juneau, Alaska, 99801, USA
    907-789–0052

    Known For

    • Fresh-caught salmon cooked over fire
    • Forest experience
    • Picnic-style eating

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Oct.–Apr.
  • 19. Helse Restaurant

    $ | Coffee

    Locals flock to this cheery spot for lunch; it's the closest thing to home cooking Petersburg has to offer, and most days it's open from 8:30 to 4, even in winter. Helse also doubles as an ice cream and espresso stand.

    13 Sing Lee Alley, Petersburg, Alaska, 99833, USA
    907-772–3444

    Known For

    • Perfect halibut chowder
    • Mom-and-pop atmosphere
    • Tasty ice cream

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Sun.
  • 20. Heritage Coffee Company

    $ | Coffee

    Established in 1974, Heritage Coffee serves locally roasted coffees, along with gelato, fresh pastries, and a variety of sandwiches. The flagship store sits on the corner of Front and Seward Streets, while other locations include smaller cafés at 230 South Franklin and 124 South Franklin (inside the Baranof Hotel), a branch inside Foodland IGA market, the Glacier Cafe in the Mendenhall Valley, and a kiosk at the University of Alaska Southeast.

    130 Front St., Juneau, Alaska, 99801, USA
    907-586–1088

    Known For

    • Good espresso
    • Lively atmosphere
    • Delicious baked goods

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