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ORSO Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.orsoalaska.com
  • Email: reserve@orsoalaska.com
  • Phone: (907) 222-3232
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:00pm, Saturday - Sunday 11:00am - 5:00pm, Saturday - Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm Try Us For Brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00AM - 3:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Jolene Moellers
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The ORSO Side room is located towards the back of ORSO on the first floor of the dining room. It can seat a maximum of 25 people all at one long table. It is a private space with a door at one end, and a red velvet curtain at the other separating it from the dining room. The space may be divided in half to create a private space that can seat up to 14 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Michael Hurst (907) 792-3792
  • Special Events & Promotions: Enjoy Our Happy Hour - Daily from 3 to 6 PM and 9 PM to Close . Half priced appetizers. Beer, Wine and Cocktail Specials. Try one of our Speciality Cocktails. - The Appetizer Tower is amazing, plenty to share.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: G
  • Public Transit: We are one block from the 6th avenue transit center.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking is available on the street and in several nearby public parking lots. NEW Easy, Convenient Parking is now just steps away! The Alaska State Legislature Parking lot (just behind the BrewHouse back door) is now open to the public for Parking weekdays after 5:30PM and ALL DAY Saturday and Sunday. Street level parking only. $1.00 an hour is the charge at this lot.
A word from ORSO
Alaskan, warm, inviting, innovative, a menu full of surprises, unbelievable wine list, great cocktails, are common phrases used by our guests to describe Orso. We feature the freshest ingredients available, Alaskan whenever possible- fresh Alaskan seafood, fresh local pasta, and local produce when in season. We prepare them with the simple, rustic flavors and techniques of the great culinary regions of the Mediterranean. Orso’s outstanding service, bold menu, classic cocktails combined with a wine list that has received the “award of excellence” from the Wine Spectator for five years is why ORSO is the “Place to be” for Anchorage dinning.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGood for Groups
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "The homemade cinnamon rolls are to die for! My eggs were delicious. My friend had the flatbread and it was awesome. Plus my daughter loved getting an Easter egg from the Easter bunny! "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Good dinining experience. Server 'Liz' was a gem. Very attentive and concerned for our well being. Only draw back is location and the various 'colorful' homeless people that seem to be present during walk to and from the restaurant from our parking spot. Parking seems to be a problem. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "I ordered the Filet off the menu to be cooked medium rare. The price was $36.99 What I received was a small (about 3 inched round by less than an inch thick) steak that was cooked medium well done. I thought the waitress had brought me the flat iron steak by accident but she told me it was the filet! Most other restaurants a filet is 1 1/2 inch to 2 inches thick. My wife had crab stuffed rock fish. The rock fish was good but there was only one very small bite of crab in it. Seems the prices have gone way up and the portions way down."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Both the wife and i truly enjoy dining at Orso the food is great, the waiter staff is excellent and overall we just enjoy the location and people."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "I had some friends visiting Anchorage for work, and we decided on rather short notice to get together on Saturday. Orso was the best choice. We had a private table in the back, superb service, and excellent food and libations. We had plenty of room (there were six of us), it was quiet enough that we could hear each other speak, and there was such a relaxed feeling we spent close to two hours dining and chatting. It was just so pleasant all the way around, I don't know why I'd go anywhere else!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "My first trip to Alaska was filled with notable experiences and memories, including dining with my friend at ORSO. The food and wine were amazing, our waitress was delightful, and we weren't rushed. We ate upstairs and it was nice and quiet and allowed us to visit and enjoy our meal and time together. The food was delicious. Presentation was beautiful. The wine was very nice. Compared to everything else in Alaska, I think the prices were very good for the quality of the meal and dining experience. My only regret, I had no room left to try the desserts."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We were welcomed immediately and the hostess knew of the birthday and wished our daughter a happy birthday. Our waiter was friendly, informative and attentive. The food was delicious! Thank you"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "A bit drafty and noisy but we've always enjoyed the good food."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Found a new go to place to dine! All of the food was fantastic, from the main dishes to the sides. My husband ordered the crab legs, I got the baked crab Mac n cheese, and our guest picked the steak. All were fabulous, as well as the spinach artichoke crab dip appetizer and calamari. Our server Devan was patient beyond belief (we took twenty minutes to order because we were chatting and couldn't decide what to order because it all looked so good), and very friendly and attentive throughout. Great experience!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Orso has slipped a bit in my opinion. The Orso way Chicken Parmesan had gelatin like red sauce. Olive Garden is much better."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "ORSO has all the right ingredients - great food, terrific service, warm atmosphere. It is always a first choice for downtown dining."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Entree not so good The wine great and service excellent. Salad Good as well."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Had the filet, very nicely prepared with a great blend of favors. Calamari was some of the most tender I have ever had. Will be back for more."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "My husband and I moved out of Alaska for a few years. We recently moved back and decided to go to Orso's for my birthday dinner. Last time we dined at Orso's we ate the fried ravioli as an appetizer and it was absolutely delicious. This time, however, it was not good at all. It was fried but, so puffy and full of nothing but air and a little bit of melted cheese. Additionally, the entree menu was sorely lacking and the prices were outrageous! I ordered a 9 ounce glass of wine and the extra carafe brought with my glass was barely half-full. We will not be going back to Orso's and we will not recommend it to friends. PS: We ended up at Olive Garden to finish off our evening."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "We know we can count on Orso anytime. Consistency with great food and service. We love it there. Delicious and cozy."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "We went to Orso before a show at the PAC. We had reservations at 6 and the show was at 730. We had plenty of time but also didn't feel rushed through our meal. They also helped my boyfriend leave flowers on the table which were a complete surprise to me. Wonderful food, wonderful service."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Went to dinner with my husband for my birthday. The waiter was great, the food was great! It was pretty spendy. Two appetizers, three drinks, salads, and entrees were $150."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We had a great dinner. I had the steak it was done the way I like it, tender and flavorful! My husband had the Salmon, he enjoyed it. The service as always was excellent! She was friendly, tentative, but did not make us feel rushed. Over all they made our anniversary dinner very special! Thank you."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We were given a gift card from a friend. We'd never dined at Orsos before. We went a little festive and I ordered the salmon and seafood risotto. The risotto was so delicious!! I will definitely be back to have it again. We didn't get a chance to try any wines but the selection was very big. I had a nonalcoholic sangria and it was also yummy."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We had a great time at ORSO for our first visit there. The food was arranged in a very colorful and tasteful way. The interior of the restaurant was very pleasant and had a nice romantic fireplace ambiance. I highly recommend it!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Earlier in the day, I married my wife and we chose Orzo to have dinner. I had been in contact with the manager a week prior and he scheduled us in a quiet table to celebrate. The wait staff was very friendly and the trip was well worth it. Both the wife and I feel we could make Orzo our anniversary destination."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "The quality of the food and seasoning leaves much to be desired. One of the worst dining out experience ever. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone. Olive Garden would have been 10 times better."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "My friend was up from California and I took there and it was perfect. My waitress was amazingly helpful and funny and the dessert was to die for!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "I had not eaten at Orso in a long time. I am a vegetarian. I only eat fish if I "have to" - no other choice. At our recent dinner there was nothing vegetarian on the menu, so I got fish, and was disappointed. Be advised, apparently there is a vegetarian menu but for some reason they keep it separate! So ask for it!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The service, the food, the drinks, were all amazing! I would recommend this restaurant to anyone that loves Mediterranean food and wonderful service!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I love the service which compensates how my entree coz i wasn't happy how my rockfish turned out..too dry!!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I was prepared to completely blow my diet at Orso, expecting to find huge portions of high fat, starchy, smothered food. Instead, we found fresh fish, delicious steaks, and even a gluten free menu. Although I don't worry about gluten, the options on the GF menu were wonderfully tempting. Although the meal was pricey ($53 each for split appetizer, beer, entrée, dessert), it was so full of flavor and satisfying that I had leftovers for the next day's lunch, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Service was perfect, atmosphere quiet, but not too quiet. Overall, dinner at Orso was a relaxing and filling experience, perfect for a special occasion."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "A friend from Maine visited me and I wanted to take her to the best place in town. She absolutely loved it! It is the best restraint she has been too, highly recommends it and will be back the next time she is in Alaska!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "As we have done many times before, we started our evening dining at Orso before attending a show at the PAC. We were very pleased with our food and drinks as well as the excellent service by the Orso staff."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Great food and wine list. You are able to get great wines by the glass. Expect to pay the premium, but worth it. In all a great experience before a show."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Our waiter was fantastic at getting us out the door in time for our show. Food and drinks were great!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We enjoyed the wonderful service and food at Orsos. We were seated upstairs and I had to put my coat on as it was pretty drafty. Other than that, we really enjoyed ourselves."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Lots to choose from their Gluten-free menu. Great service. Fantastic food. Had the rib eye...cooked spot on with a tasty balsamic glaze. We'll be going back to try the other culinary delights they have to offer."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "The baked crab Mac-n-cheese is incredible!!! Amazing taste"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Although we did make a reservation, Orso is almost always really quiet for lunch so it was unnecessary. The service is always at least acceptable and the food is yummy. We had a large group that had crab cake appetizers (that were great) and big selection from the menu. Always a hit: the Orso burger, the fettucini, the Nicoise salad and the grilled romaine salad."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "It was amazing! Our reservation was ready and in the perfect spot. I can't wait to go again."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We had a very pleasant night out. The staff was very friendly and our orders came out pretty fast. The food was exactly the meal we were looking for."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I had read reviews that compared Orso's to the Glacier Brewhouse. the reviews has stated the two were basically the same. not true at all. Orso's was great...food was above average, the wait staff were excellent"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Had the crab cakes and blue cheese salad, both very good. Portion sizes on the light side, but that suited me fine."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Each time I go to Orsos the food is excellent. It is our favorite place to go!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014