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Soapy Smith's Pioneer Restaurant

) #14 of 193 Restaurants in Fairbanks €€ - €€€ American, Soups
543 2nd Ave, Fairbanks, AK 99701-4728
+1 907-451-8383
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  • Excellent32%
  • Very good32%
  • Average19%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible8%
Travellers talk about
“crab burger” (22 reviews)
“coconut cake” (3 reviews)
“our waiter” (25 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
American, Soups
€€ - €€€
543 2nd Ave, Fairbanks, AK 99701-4728
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

We had lunch, it is conveniently located right across the street from the hotel, Springhill Suites, where we stayed. We were greeted by the owner and the waiter, Bill; both were very friendly and we enjoyed talking with them. The décor is interesting with lots...More

Thank Stargazer702
Reviewed 4 April 2017 via mobile

While shopping downtown we decided to grab a bite. I had a grilled chicken sandwich and friend had the "crab burger". My sandwich was very good. The chicken was cooked perfect. My friend said the crab was a little un-crabby but he ate it all....More

Thank Steven f
Reviewed 4 April 2017

Each time I come here the same waiter (who s amazeballs) is always fabulous. The food isn't anything over the top, but exactly what you expect for a diner/burger/nostalgia place. The decor is kitschy and random....the company is always great. Soapy Smith's s almost always...More

Thank Annie C
Reviewed 23 March 2017

This was the best place we dined in Fairbanks. The food was delicious! and Bill was very friendly, informative, helpful, and made us feel so welcome. Crab Sandwich and Pastrami Sandwich - both excellent! Great pictures and other things on the wall; walk around and...More

Thank wonder93
Reviewed 7 March 2017

We had lunch there and enjoyed the food. We both had the breaded cod basket which was excellent. The waiter there is a hoot - he helped make our visit there fun!

Thank Supermom1000
Reviewed 5 March 2017

Like others, I think you have to go just for the experience...from the entertaining waiter Bill, to the very friendly owner, and even his very friendly young daughter! It was so interesting hearing about living in Alaska from people and their family who have really...More

Thank pvmomx2
Reviewed 3 March 2017

Stopped in here the first day after spending 12 plus hours on the trip. Eclectic place, full of pictures, stories etc. The owner (who was in a few days later) is the son of a former AK governor and g'son of a gold rush miner...More

Thank Tasmandevil
Reviewed 19 February 2017

Great food, great service... possibly the hardest working server I've ever met... amazing piece of history. Really enjoyed visiting here,

Thank Squarepegparent
Reviewed 10 February 2017

My family and I were shopping downtown Fairbanks and decided to stop and for a quick bite to eat. We decided to swing by Soapy Smith's - and we're totally glad we did. Mr. Bill took great care of us and really went the extra...More

Thank LKHS08
Reviewed 9 December 2016

We ate lunch at Soapy's on a very cold afternoon. It was not crowded. Our waiter was friendly, knowledgeable and funny. We appreciated his suggestions on foods and drinks. In particular their special crab cake burger was excellent!

Thank Pat S
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 543 2nd Ave, Fairbanks, AK 99701-4728
  • Location: United States  >  Alaska (AK)  >  Fairbanks
  • Phone Number: +1 907-451-8383
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