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Marx Bros Cafe
Marx Bros Cafe

Marx Bros Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://marxcafe.com
  • Phone: (907) 278-2133
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday: 6:00pm - 9:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Jack Amon
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Fireplace, Non-Smoking Restaurant, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer a private dining room for parties of 10-12. The restaurant can be booked for private parties up to 40 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Van Hale (907) 278-2133

Getting there

  • Cross Street: F Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Marx Bros Cafe
Located in one of the oldest homes in Anchorage, The Marx Bros. Café specializes in innovative contemporary cuisine featuring fresh Alaskan seafood and only the finest quality meats. Our chef revises the menu each night to reflect unique ingredients and imaginative preparations. Our cuisine is expertly paired with an extensive selection of wines housed in one of Alaska's largest cellars. Welcomed at the door by partner Van Hale, guests are at once immersed in a quaintly elegant atmosphere provided by our original town-site house and tasteful table settings. The evening is guided with unrivaled service by our subtle, accomplished staff. With only 14 tables in our house, we serve an average of 60 guests each night. Reservations are highly recommended. Please contact the restaurant directly if you are unable to get the time or party size requested online.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "Marx Brothers has been for several decades, and still is, the best fine dining restaurant in Anchorage. It is in a league with the top fine dining restaurants around the world, but has access to fresh seafood that is second to none. Everything on the menu is terrific. The table-side caesar salad is the best I have ever had -- anywhere, ever. If you are fortunate enough to have Van, one of the owners, making your salad the night you are there you are in for a treat since he is a fun charismatic guy. If you have room left, try the creme brûlée. To their great credit, they don't monkey with the basic creme brûlée recipe. Why tinker with perfection?"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Literally words cannot express my surprise and delight in finding this restaurant. Travel to New Orleans, New York or San Francisco and you will not be able to find a more delightful restaurant."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "This is a fabulous restaurant and great find in Anchorage. Onlyy 60 seats so you need to make reservations. Order the caeser salad...a must. Van makes the salad tableside and it is absolutely the best caeser salad you have ever eaten. Wine selections are fabulous and the meals are delicious. We didn't stay for dessert...but convinced it would have been fabulous. Again, do not miss the caeser salad."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "This was our first time dining at Marx Brothers and we could't be more pleased with our meal...FANTASTIC FOOD & when an appetizer we ordered wasn't available, they brought us a replacement free-of-charge & apologized 2-3 times for not having our requested order (even though we completely understood selling out of great food)!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "The menu is diverse enough for a variety of tastes. The dishes were well-prepared from quality ingredients and appetizingly presented. The ambiance was average, but this has a lot to do with the location and the building housing the restaurant - there is no way the view could match Seven Glaciers and it would be very difficult to equal the dark, quiet romance of the now defunct Corsair. The service was very good, with nothing to complain about, but it was not as attentive as I have experienced in the best restaurants in this price range (If you have the chance, go to Las Islas Cies in Mexico City - in addition to world class food and preparation, the service anticipates anything you might be thinking to want, but without being intrusive."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "I had dinner here with my mom while I was just visiting town, and we had a terrific time. Cheryl was our server and she was fabulous--took such great care of us! I have a gluten intolerance and she was super helpful to accommodate my dietary needs. Our food was delicious and perfectly cooked and the wine was great as well. I love that they have half bottles! Great for two :). I would definitely go back!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The caesar salad prepared table side was a real treat, and the dining options were all expertly prepared and delicately seasoned. Definitely one of the best restaurants in Anchorage for a special occasion."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "The food was excellently prepared, the server helped us choose our wine which was not something we would have usually gone for, but was amazing. We were celebrating our anniversary, and they brought our desserts out with candles. It was a nice, thoughtful touch."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "The halibut macademia crust with curry was very good. We also liked the reindeer."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Fantastic wine list, great menu and excellent service! My wife and I were enjoyed ourselves very much while visiting Anchorage. Excellent!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "I went hoping to have baby back ribs but that is no longer on there menu this may not be the restaurant's fault but was disappointed however very good service just not the meal I was expecting"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Met some friends for a farewell dinner. The Caesar salad was the best I've ever had. I had the checkerboard salmon which was fantastic and my wife had the scallops which were also fantastic. Service was attentive but not intrusive. Cheesecake for dessert was also excellent. I've lived here for 25 years and this is the first time I've ever dined here. I wish I would have come sooner. Great meal and experience."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "The location is very cute, and we were greeted by the owners as soon as we arrived! The food was outstanding, very complete wine list and engaging service! The table side Cesar a must! Highly recommend this place!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We had the most amazing experience at Marx Bros Cafe beginning with the welcoming by the owner. The food was incredible and the wine was excellent. This was one of our favorite restaurants of all time and we have eaten out a lot. Marx Bros cafe should not be missed!!!!!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The food was wonderful, the presentation great and the ambiance fitting for a romantic dinner."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The owners of the Marx Brothers cafe truly love amazing food and love to serve. This post-marathon special occasion dinner couldn't have been better! If you are looking for a truly delicious dining experience and to be well cared for throughout, this is the place in Anchorage."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I booked Marx Bros and changed our reservation a few times with no issues. Everyone there was friendly and accommodating. It was definitely our favorite meal of the trip so far and we will definitely be back."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Food was excellent. Very small place that was a little too warm."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Nice place with very good cuisine. The foie gras is excellent. Excellent if not too long of a wine list. On a added note, should you venture to Seward after Anchorage check out "Thorn's Showcase Lounge". The halibut is to die for."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "If you have to choose one place to go to have a great meal on a short visit to anchorage go here. The rock fish was excellent."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Our first visit to Marx Bros and it was very memorable. The best salmon and halibut cheeks ever. Superb service and awesome staff. Our only regret is that we waited so long to dine there. Definitely a repeat visit in our future!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "All of the positive reviews are on target. If you are visiting Anchorage, this is THE place to have dinner. We had the signature dish, almond crusted halibut, and it was outstanding. To avoid gluten for my wife, they prepared a special dinner of halibut cheeks, which are a delicacy for those who don't know. We had glasses of Pinot Noir and Merlot, and were in Heaven. Try it! You will like it!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Great wine list and inventive menu. If you're lucky, the owners will tell you the tale of how they came by their name. "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "We went to Marx Brothers based upon the reviews and were definitely NOT disappointed. Dinner was wonderful! Highly recommend this place."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "A friend suggested the Marx Bros Cafe for a 60th birthday celebration. Would not change a thing! Meal was great, service was friendly, Cozy surroundings. Well done Van! the Caesar salad alone was worth the price of the evening. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Stunningly good restaurant with excellent wine selection. Best salmon and halibut we had in Alaska. The Caesar salad is classic...prepared at table with all the ingredients of an original Caesar. Coast to coast in our top tier dining experiences. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "I've enjoyed every meal I've had at Marx Brothers. Their table side Caesar is definitely worth ordering. They always do well with fish. The fish mousse appetizer was amazing. They have a wonderful chocolate mousse, made with really good chocolate. It's a true mousse, not a chocolate pudding. The wine list is good, and the dessert wine list is impressive. You really can't go wrong."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "My favorite restaurant in Anchorage. Sadly, don't live here anymore, but had to go to Marx Bros while visiting. Excellent, as always!"
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Marx Bro's has always been a destination for my wife and I when we are celabrating a special occasion. I you are wanting a romantic and intimate place to take that special some I recommend Marx Bro's 100%. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "As soon as I entered this quaint setting I was warmly greeted by Van. Once sitting down the staff working this evening all stopped by at various points throughout my dining experience. As part of their model Marx Bros cafe has all staff interact with their patrons versus having only one waiter. The effect is not overbearing in the least. Instead it is quite a delight to see an authentic focus on customer service. If you enjoy Caesar salad Van freshly makes the salad right in front of you - a must. My food was delicious! I will definitely go back to this charming, relaxed, well thought out atmosphere to enjoy some wonderful seafood next time I'm in town. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "I enjoyed a return to the place which was a legend thirty years ago, and Van Hale has held up the mark. Not disappointed !"
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "I had walked past this joint several time not realizing it was a restaurant but after seeing the high reviews on OT I had to give it a try and well worth it. Nice old house as the setting, excellent food preparation and quality. Staff was very friendly and had a personal feel to it that was a welcome experience over the typical high end restaurant vibe. Will be back for sure."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "We found this quaint little restaurant so fun and inviting. The wait staff was so friendly and attentive. The food was Excellent! Our appetizer was the Eggplant Mousse and it was amazing. Great texture and just a little zip. I had a halibut dish that was wonderful. My husband had the lamb. Dessert was the chocolate mousse which was divine. The presentation was excellent and it tasted wonderful. I wanted to lick the plate! I would recommend this restaurant to anyone. The historical background of the restaurant was fascinating. A great time, great service and great food!!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Marx Bros was a wonderful dinner find in downtown Anchorage. It was delicious, relaxing, and felt comfortable yet decadent. The staff were attentive but not overbearing and the food was wonderful. Do not miss the ceasar salad! It's made table side and was fantastic! I will be back!"
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "I hate to write these reviews because Marx Brother's is a small restaurant and I want to be able to get a reservation ! But, is is outstanding in every way."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "As part of our first night out on our first trip to Anchorage, my wife and I had a fantastic dining experience at Marx Brothers Cafe. The inside of this small house if adorable and quaint and the food was as good as any we have been to in our travels across the country -- special recommendation for the Halibut; the mixture of flavors with the parmesan crust was exceptional. And the wine selection to pair any element of your meal is one of the best I've seen. If you are a foodie, this is a must try restaurant in Anchorage"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Been going to this resturant for years and love this. Menu always superb! You gotta try the Ceaser Salad! Enjoy!"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "The food and the service were both outstanding. You never felt rushed through a course, or as if someone was hovering either. There is a great sense of a well-established routine amongst the wait staff with everyone always busy but paying attention to the guests’ needs with refills of water, wine, bread, etc. I would highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "This is one of our special occasion restaurants and I still love it, but sometimes it gets a bit loud. Even though it was full on the Wednesday night we were there, we had to raise our voices to hear each other. Maybe we were just unlucky with the two tables around us talking excessively loud, but it ruined the romance a bit. The food and wine was great as usual."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "A small house converted into a restaurant with all walls still standing creating small, intimate spaces including a fireplace. Farm to table feel, excellent presentation. prepared to perfection. Fish not overcooked. Staff friendly and conscious of reservation delay gifted us an aperitif. Easy walking distance from downtown Anchorage hotels. Varied menu and extensive wine list. Restroom requires walking one flight of stairs."
    Dined on 3/8/2014