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Soapy Smith's Pioneer Restaurant

543 2nd Ave, Fairbanks, AK 99701-4728
+1 907-451-8383
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  • Excellent31%
  • Very good35%
  • Average20%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible8%
Travellers talk about
“crab burger” (26 reviews)
“chowder” (11 reviews)
“salad” (17 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
American, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
543 2nd Ave, Fairbanks, AK 99701-4728
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11 - 20 of 326 reviews

Reviewed 22 February 2018

Both the owner and the waiter made us feel very welcome, offering suggestions and chatting. The chowder and the crab sandwich were both delicious. Unfortunately this restaurant will not be open for dinner until spring. But definitely go for lunch. Nice,old-time atmosphere.

Thank D.w. W
Reviewed 12 February 2018 via mobile

Was a little worried to order anything as I was there at 11:45 and was the only customer. Waiter was overly friendly but extremely odd. Ordered the grilled cheese and chicken noodle soup hoping they would be decent as I was still worried as to...More

Thank Pizzachick1
Reviewed 5 February 2018

Interesting restaurant with Alaska memorabilia and lots of books for you to peruse as you wait for your food. The food was decent and the waiter was very fun and very engaging! It's just a couple of blocks off the river and a fun place...More

Thank diverram
Reviewed 21 January 2018 via mobile

We stopped in here for a quick bite to eat and what can I say? The food came quickly, it was good and our waiter was a hoot! It’s not super fancy, but it’s a historic restaurant that deserves a place in Fairbanks’ archives..

Thank Jenny C
Reviewed 17 January 2018 via mobile

I didn't find this place as an amazing place to eat at all. The original place we wanted to eat at was closed so we found this place. The food was ok but kind of experience.

Thank Sara L
Reviewed 17 January 2018

So-a bit of a dated or rustic restaurant downtown Fairbanks. Good solid hospitality-friendly staff. I think it's more of a summer boom restaurant-off season during the winter and you'll still be welcomed and get great service. Burgers, Fish, sandwiches are the main menu items. Great...More

Thank 400ugh
Reviewed 3 January 2018 via mobile

Very crowded for 1 server to be working. When we went in there were 11 full tables to only 1 server. The 1 server had a fantastic attitude and was amazing trying to keep it together. Beef barley soup was out of a can, obviously....More

Thank Linda G
Reviewed 28 December 2017

Casual, local, restaurant. Great items of interest all over the place. Friendly, including the owner, people. Food was good. Wine was expensive.Menu is very creative! I'd recommend it!

Thank Kccke
Reviewed 21 November 2017

The owner will greet you and tell you his family history, his dad was once governor. Place is full of artifacts and the waiter is a crack up

Thank bill w
Reviewed 15 November 2017

Quiet time of afternoon, Bill was the only person I saw working. Ordered clam chowder, it was very good and warm. Interesting decoration concerning Alaska everywhere. Free peanuts!! The atmosphere, food and service were spot on and I visited twice during my stay. I would...More

Thank Kathleen S
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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, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, 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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