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Soapy Smith's Pioneer Restaurant

543 2nd Ave, Fairbanks, AK 99701-4728
+1 907-451-8383
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  • Excellent35%
  • Very good32%
  • Average19%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible7%
Travellers talk about
“crab burger” (22 reviews)
“coconut cake” (3 reviews)
“french dip” (3 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
American, Soups
$$ - $$$
543 2nd Ave, Fairbanks, AK 99701-4728
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Reviewed 4 days 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

Thank Dianne P
Reviewed 4 days 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

Thank fflbrgst
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago 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 1 week ago 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 2 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My hubby and me and our two friends who are traveling with us in Alaska found this place while walking around in downtown Fairbanks today. We had a delicious lunch including fried cod and French fries; patty melt and clam chowder; New York strip steak...More

Thank Ann M
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Tamara P
what are your hours?
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
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
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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