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Soapy Smith's Pioneer Restaurant

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543 2nd Ave, Fairbanks, AK 99701-4728
+1 907-451-8383
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New Hampshire
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

The service and decor are fascinating - the real history of Alaska is all over the walls. The waiter was so funny and attentive - it is worth it just to meet him! The food - meh. Like most of Alaska - pricey, but in this case, just average food. We suspect most of it was right out of the... More 

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Gig Harbor, Washington
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11 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

Fairbanks is remote, thus a person should not expect the same level of goods and services, as found in the lower 48, at a competitive price. Soapy Smith's is a casual dining establishment with a lot of historical photos, news clippings, etc on the walls. This made for fun browsing. Pricing was not out of line, for this area of... More 

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Thank 1980Smitty
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5 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

This place was recommended by our bus driver from the airport to our hotel. We went there for dinner on our first night in fairbanks. The server BILL was extremely inappropriate and had peculiar behavior. We ordered chowder and it tasted like beef stew. We told Bill that we weren't really satisfied with the chowder and he basically ignored us... More 

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Thank Ray B
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49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

Old looking, and service could be slow, at times, but Bill our waiter was such a hoot! He was busy taking care of all of the tables, and was spinning around everyone, ( he could have used more help), but he was fun! He always paid attention to each table and made sure we had refills on drinks immediately. Food... More 

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Thank Bee J
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

Rustic, comfortable restaurant with lots of history decorating the walls. Seems like a quirky, local favorite. Food was tasty (everyone cleaned their plate) and the service was prompt yet entertaining.

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Thank Dena M
Everett, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

We ate lunch here snd had crab burger which was delicious, pioneer burger, French dip , and chowder and sandwich. All was great, Fred made to order. Love the history on the walls.

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Thank GraceofGod
Sydney, Australia
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24 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

Restaurant had loads of character as well as the entertaining service staff. Food was excellent and well priced.

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Thank Jackie S
Ocoee, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

We found this place when we were looking for another one. I had soup and sandwich and my friend had a hamburger. They both were tasty and just enough food. I enjoyed looking at all the old photos and ads.

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Weston, Connecticut
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13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

Not only is the food great and the service attentive, but this restaurant is filled with amazing artifacts from the past. The waitress told my kids to wander around and look in all the nook and crannies. They found some many interesting item from the pioneer day. We also wandered around and looked at old pictures and read old newspaper... More 

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Apache Junction, Arizona, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

We found Soapy Smith's as we were walking around Fairbanks. The food was good & the waitress was friendly (talking with everyone) & attentive. The salmon was delicious, my veggie burger was yummy. But even better was the coconut cake! Price was a little high but on average for Alaska.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Soups
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?