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535 2nd Ave, Fairbanks, AK 99701-4728
+1 907-456-6242
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07:00 - 19:00
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Mon - Fri 07:00 - 19:00
Sat 09:00 - 19:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Really tasty food and comfy place to eat. Specials are always delicious and love the coffee selection! Friendly staff too!

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Thank Valerie S
White Springs, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great service, killer hot cocoa and breve on a chilly day. We had the peanut butter cookies which rate as probably the best I've ever had! Artistic displays in the dining area. Highly recommend.

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Thank msrbhall
Fairbanks
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This cafe is tucked into a nook off of 2nd avenue. The building and the location of the cafe doesn't do it justice. Serves Kaladi Brother coffee and has an ok menu choice for quick bites. One big plus is they offer different types of bread for sandwiches including gluten free. The Gluten free bread was dry and a tad... More 

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Thank AVILL907
south yorkshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

We visited the river city cafe several times during our visit to Fairbanks . On each occasion the service was courteous and helpful. Snacks - toasted sandwiches utterly delicious. A good find .

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Thank Andrea B
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

We ordered sandwiches for our work and they were just ok. Nothing special but nothing wrong with it either. All of our choices could have used more sauce. The Reuben, Italian, and buffalo chicken all were lacking their respective sauces.

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Thank Palmgirl33
Chesham, Bucks, England
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

We popped over here while waiting for the Ice Museum Tour to open. Nice lattes and the menu choice goes far beyond a muffin. Nice vibe.

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Thank Charleygirl76
Tauranga, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

Coffee is the only thing we have bought here, but we are pretty fussy (none of the brewed stuff for us) and both times it was up to standard. Very quick service.

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Thank Kewtypie
Barnegat, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

Sure, there are plenty of places to choose to eat in Fairbanks, all of which would be fine, I'm sure. We chose this small, but wonderful cafe for lunch and were not disappointed. The service was excellent; seating allowed for indoor or outdoor; the food was fine and filling, and it's located right in the center of the city, so... More 

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Thank Jack K
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

This was recommended by our bus driver and it was well worth it. Great sandwiches, with fresh ingredients. Staff is friendly and they have both indoor and outdoor seating areas.

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Thank Bee J
Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

Small diner set back in from the street but we had an excellent lunch. The staff was helpful and other customers (probably locals) were friendly and pleasant. A good down-home place.

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Thank Mike M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Cafe, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Monday
07:00 - 19:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 19:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 19:00
Thursday
07:00 - 19:00
Friday
07:00 - 19:00
Saturday
09:00 - 19:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 535 2nd Ave, Fairbanks, AK 99701-4728
  • Location: United States  >  Alaska (AK)  >  Fairbanks
  • Phone Number: +1 907-456-6242

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?