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Soapy Smith's Pioneer Restaurant

543 2nd Ave, Fairbanks, AK 99701-4728
+1 907-451-8383
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  • Excellent34%
  • Very good32%
  • Average20%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible8%
Travellers talk about
“crab burger” (24 reviews)
“chowder” (11 reviews)
“burgers” (13 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
American, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
543 2nd Ave, Fairbanks, AK 99701-4728
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Best prime rib sandwich and crab burger ever! Also, the Nolan's salad is great! Homemade honey mustard, fresh lettuce, sliced cheeses, bacon, and big croutons!

Thank Nolan W
Reviewed 3 days ago

We loved the atmosphere, our waiter, the food and the friendly customers we met. The walls are pure history. Ate here twice.

Thank GloryB777
Reviewed 1 week ago

Good old fashioned American Diner. Our server was entertaining and attentive. The food was classic in style and warmed our bellies.

Thank Bacchustrip
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stoped in for a quick lunch a grabbed a soup and sandwich deal. Clam chowder was really good and the turkey sandwich with bacon and avocado was tasty too.

Thank rogerfromco
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were told to go this place and "check it out". We did and so glad we did. I ordered the Clam Chowder and it was out of this world good. Never had one like this before. food was excellent.

Thank Barbara P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place was our favourite while we were in Fairbanks. Being winter, the place was normally empty (we went twice). The food is very basic, but tastes good and we didn’t feel it was too badly priced. The server was a great laugh, had good...More

Thank Dave W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came in for lunch and were very impressed. The place is stuffed full of pictures and memorabilia from Alaska. We had the dish that "carries the house" crab cake sandwich. What was most notable was the waiter. I dont know that I have ever...More

Thank Ken l
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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 6 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
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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, Local cuisine, Kids, 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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