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Soapy Smith's Pioneer Restaurant

) #12 of 198 Restaurants in Fairbanks €€ - €€€ American, Soups
543 2nd Ave, Fairbanks, AK 99701-4728
+1 907-451-8383
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  • Excellent35%
  • Very good32%
  • Average20%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible7%
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American, Soups
€€ - €€€
543 2nd Ave, Fairbanks, AK 99701-4728
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11 - 20 of 285 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Food was good and waiter was fantastic! Ribs fell off the bone, prime rib was delicious and salmon was great!

1  Thank Betsy S
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

First it is a convenient location downtown with an upstairs patio overlooking the street. Inside is okay, a little dark but appropriate for this type of place. Second, the beer was cold & served with chilled (not frozen) glasses to pour the bottles or cans...More

1  Thank Dianne P
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Very entertaining waiter who made a good beer selection for me after asking just a couple of questions. When you enter (for lunch, at least), they ask if you are in a hurry, as they have a regular menu and a rush menu (they must...More

1  Thank fflbrgst
Reviewed 16 June 2017

It's just an old restaurant. Not really nostalgic, just touristy. Overpriced, mediocre food. I wanted to get a salad, but they were all $20. Friendly staff. Do not waste your money here. There are much better places to eat in Fairbanks.

Thank Lisa H
Reviewed 14 June 2017

We walked around the downtown area and then came here for lunch. We had burgers and they were delicious. The ambiance is old time with old photos and license plates hung on the walls.

Thank Lonny53
Reviewed 14 June 2017

Our waiter Bill was probably the most memorable take-away from this saloonish diner like place. He was pretty flamboyant and floated from table to table with a very quirky personality. He nailed the beer selections down after a few questions - the silver gulch was...More

Thank 828jamespb
Reviewed 11 June 2017 via mobile

Had a good meal here while visiting Fairbanks. Staff was great. My husband had the steak sandwich which was an actual steak on a roll. The strawberry rhubarb pie was amazing. Only complaint was about the fries which were listed as the best in town....More

Thank Pattpro
Reviewed 10 June 2017 via mobile

Kind of a touristy place. A bit more expensive than it should be and the food is on par with your average Denny's. Won't be back and can't really recommend.

Thank CyberTrucker
Reviewed 9 June 2017 via mobile

We went for dinner while in Fairbanks after visiting Denali. The waiter was very friendly and entertaining. He did an excellent job of suggesting beers for both our table and the other tables. The drink prices were quite reasonable (bottles/cans of craft beer for $4.95),...More

Thank Boscaverde86
Reviewed 2 June 2017

While at our hotel we checked out the various restaurants in Fairbanks. This one sounded interesting. The place has lots of old photos on the walls and historical artifacts on display. The waiter was a lot of fun and said that he had worked there...More

Thank nkimperial
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Tamara P
31 May 2017|
Response from Pat S | Reviewed this property |
Go to their website and check. It appears their hours vary according to the season. We were there last week (5/26) and the hours were 11-5:30. When I just looked online, the hours today are 11:00-10:00.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Reservations, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Kids, Local cuisine
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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