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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” (24 reviews)
“burgers” (12 reviews)
“french dip” (4 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
American, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
543 2nd Ave, Fairbanks, AK 99701-4728
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Reviewed 16 September 2017 via mobile

After waking around downtown I spotted quirky restaurant named Soapy Smith, using huckster name is unusual so decided to try. Owner explained menu and took our orders. I ordered Rubin sandwich using pastrami instead of corned beef and wife ordered fish and chip. Wife said...More

Thank Newandold
Reviewed 14 September 2017

All I can really say is don't go to Soapy Smith's EVER! Besides only 2 people waiting on people, the lady if you can call her that was very nasty - mainly because so many people actually came there to eat. She blamed it on...More

Thank Terry S
Reviewed 14 September 2017

The restaurant is located on 2nd street. The area becomes a little,uncomfortable at night, Next door to patrons were screaming and cursing at each other. Once we got passed that situation we entered the restaurant. We were met by a highly effective waiter. He made...More

Thank Oct_Exit
Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

Place was hopping. They were so busy and there were only two serves but they got all tables served with a smile. Food was very good! French dip was tasty, hot and enough to satisfy a bears hunger! The second visit was the usual burger....More

Thank zwizz94
Reviewed 7 September 2017

We chose this place simply because of the name. What couldn't be more unique? Lol. They had a well rounded menu, but we chose sandwiches and soup for supper. I had a local beer, he had a good selection, and it was very good. I...More

Thank Chuck M
Reviewed 4 September 2017

We were on the Fairbanks City tour and came across this restaurant. It seemed to be the choice of most the people on our tour. The food was good and the legend of Soapy Smith was very interesting....Loved the decorations as well. Totally recommend this...More

Thank Sue P
Reviewed 4 September 2017

Our waitress was very friendly and attentive. While explaining the appetizers she mentioned they have clam chowder, white like New England clam chowder but contains no mikl/cream or bacon. Being from New England, I questioned her as to how it could be "like" NE clam...More

Thank John L
Reviewed 30 August 2017

Stopped here because of the recommendation of a bus driver. We'd heard the legend of Soapy Smith and thought it might be a nostalgic, Alaskan place. We were a bit disappointed as its simply a little diner style restaurant with really nothing special to speak...More

Thank Sonworshipper
Reviewed 29 August 2017

We had a funny waiter, was very good, he even took us outside to show us the difference between the light in summer and winter. the food was excellent also.

Thank William H
Reviewed 13 August 2017

They were busy the day we stopped in, we took a table by the front window. The owner "Soapy Smith" was busy going through his well rehearsed speech I'm sure he give multiple times a day. They seemed to be a little short on waitstaff....More

Thank Jeff L
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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
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, 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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