5 Best Restaurants in Valdez, The Kenai Peninsula and Southcentral Alaska

A Rogue's Garden


For a quarter century, this downtown natural foods store has been serving Valdez and its visitors espresso and organic coffees, delicious fresh-baked goods, and fruit smoothies. There's also a sandwich bar for paninis and soups made from scratch.

354 Fairbanks St., Valdez, Alaska, 99686, USA
Known For
  • best lunch destination in town
  • fresh rustic bread
  • great selection of natural foods and kitchen items
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun.

Fat Mermaid


This funky waterfront eatery delivers tasty breakfast, lunch, and dinner dining year-round indoors as well as outside on a smoke-free patio on warm summer days. The menu includes gourmet pizzas, Alaskan seafood, burgers, and plenty of vegetarian and healthy options. Be sure to try the halibut tacos or the clam chowder. Reservations are recommended in summer.

MacMurray's Alaska Halibut House


At this very casual family-owned establishment you order at the counter, sit at the Formica-covered tables, and check out the photos of local fishing boats. The battered halibut is excellent—light and not greasy. Other menu items include homemade clam chowder, but if you're eating at the Halibut House, why try anything else?

208 Meals Ave., Valdez, Alaska, 99686, USA
Known For
  • old-school fish-and-chips
  • relaxed atmosphere
  • amazing fried halibut
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon. No dinner

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Old Town Burgers


Not every burger is created equal, and the cooks at Old Town are dead set to prove it with its collection of Hawaiian burgers, mushroom burgers, and cheeseburgers. This restaurant favored by locals also serves up food for those seeking Alaska-specific fare such as halibut sandwiches, halibut and chips, and fried salmon (perhaps the only place in the state where you can find that). Old Town opens at 5 am for breakfast but stops serving at 10 pm.

139 E. Pioneer Dr., Valdez, Alaska, 99686, USA
Known For
  • <PRO>enormous portions of breakfast plates</PRO>
  • <PRO>best burgers in town</PRO>
  • <PRO>delicious curly fries</PRO>

Roadside Potatohead Valdez

This cozy little converted house overlooks the harbor and is the go-to place for locals in the summer. Whether it's for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, they're all about the potato—be sure to try the potatohead burrito or the spuds with gravy.