ORSO
ORSO

ORSO

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.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: Seafood, American, Contemporary American
  • 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, 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 9077923792x
  • Special Events: 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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
ORSO reviews from OpenTable diners
181 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (101)fit for foodies (74)romantic (72)notable wine list (64)good for groups (61)great for lunch (33)neighborhood gem (28)vibrant bar scene (25)hot spot (23)late-night find (17)kid-friendly (14)great for brunch (11)Show More
  • Their best used to be better.
    Booflawkr
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    This restaurant has been better and occasionally not good at all. Food was the only flaw but . ... The food presentation and the preparation not as good as in the past. Still good but not great. Hope it will be better next time like before.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but pricey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Orso checks all of the boxes. My dinner for 3, with two drinks each, and tip was $210. There is a lot of competition at that price point. Definitely worth a try, and the crab cakes are as good as it gets.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MsEstilo
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Nice restaurant. Food was excellent. Glad we took the reference to go to this restaurant. Great service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Songbird
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We arrived early for our dinner and we were seated at our favorite table. The music speaker was just above us and was too loud so we asked the server if she could turn it down. She turned it down and we were able to enjoy conversation and the ambience with out the base sound drowning us out. Thank you for a great dining experience. We will return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent black cod
    lavflyVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Homey restaurant, next to it's sister brewery, with some awesome shops in between. A little expensive, but no more so than many of the restaurants in Anchorage. Good go-to place when visiting that city.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Ryan was AWESOME! We had a very nice time, and the food was pretty good, too.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh Halibut in November
    samk
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The fresh Halibut option was a surprise this late in the year and it was superb. Also the Lamb Shank was beautifully done and presented.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyable
    StevereviewVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    We had not been to ORSO for quite a long time, but enjoyed ourselves very much.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner - as usual
    luv2eat
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We took advantage of the Orso 3 course meal, great value with a give back to the community bonus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Friendly staff, great food, amazing service- who could ask for anything else? It's rare we are able to get out by ourselves, but when we do we cherish every quiet moment and appreciate it when everything else falls into place too. They even hand wrote a birthday card for my husband! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Ive been to Orso many times, and the menu is now dominated by many heavy food items, saturated with oils, breaded crusts, and thick cheesy sauces. Even the seafood items are heavy. There isn't much in the way of flavorful light, subtle, dishes. I was hoping for better this time, but was disappointed to realize that the menu for this popular restaurant really isn't that great or creative any more. There are better choices in Anchorage.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Boring Food
    fatptarmiganVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I know it was some time ago that Orso changed it's menu from pasta, but it is very limited. No good vegetarian options & they now charge for bread.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always good food Always great service
    alaskak8VIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We routinely dine at Orso and we are never disappointed. We started by sharing the Caeser salad. It is almost as good as my husband's. I thoroughly enjoyed the appetizer order of the crispy ravioli (which is enough for a meal for me) and my husband was delighted by the seared Alaskan black cod. The ravioli were just hot enough to ooze cheese without being too hot. They were crisp, not greasy. The cod was just the right portion size and accompanied by flavors that elevated rather than competed with the fish. Our waitress (her first night back since an injury several months earlier) noted we were attending the theatre and made sure we had enough time to enjoy our meal, not be rushed AND had time to share a tiramisu. As always, a delightful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love love love
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Orso has great calamari and great Martinis when husband and I have a night out together we go to Orso no question
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Warm Atmosphere
    grrmay
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    The atmosphere and service are what set the mark for this eatery. Too bad the food does not equal the mark. I found the food to be good, but not worth the price. The crab stuffed rockfish tasted "fishy" and had little to no flavor. I requested salt, hoping this would liven things up, but alas, it tasted like salted cod. Even lemon did not help. The server graciously offered to bring something else when she saw I barely ate my entree. I opted to enjoy my delicious dessert instead.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as expected
    Ashy4jc
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    I am aware that with having food allergies, it is more difficult for restaurants to accommodate. However, I notifed the restaurant when making the reservation ahead of time. They also boast themselves as being food allergy friendly. When I received the gluten-free menu, every dish had cheese in it, which I am also allergic to. I ordered an appetizer which had to be re-done 3 times and took almost an hour to get it. Then my main entree had to also be sent back because it still came with cheese. Our server was very nice and apologetic, but it still took a long time to get the food. My husband ordered the lamb (doesn't have allergies) and it was very bland and overcooked. We won't be eating here again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • On the decline
    foodandwine
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Unpleasant, rushed and expensive. Crab cake appetizer consisted of 2 small (tasty) crab cakes for $15. All menu items were like that, good, but not great, and overpriced. But the worse thing about Orso's is the service. It has never been professional, but now it is just plain rude and unpleasant. It started from the moment we walked in. Hostess was rude and acted like she didn't want us there. As soon as we were shown to our table, as we were taking off our coats, our waitress came over and dropped the menus on our table, told us about the halibut special and asked us what we wanted to drink. The food came out quickly and all together. They tried to get us out of there in 45 minutes! Too many better choices in downtown Anchorage.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Where to sit at Orso
    PJdiningclub
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We have dined at your restaurant several times. Each time as been a pleasant experience. Last Sunday was the second time we have been seated upstairs. I noticed a big difference during the busy moments of the restaurant with the noise level. Upstairs was calm and quiet. Downstairs, with the open kitchen, the bar, and people coming and going was much noisier. If you want or need a quieter dining experience in a very nice restaurant request the upstairs.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Service
    humanwoman
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Really great service and the food was delicious! Really enjoyed the cheese plate starter!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Favorite
    finediner
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Orso's quiet environment is welcoming, as well as their delicious food choices and wine list! It is a lovely spot for a special evening with your significant other or group of friends. We have never been disappointed!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Mac and Cheese
    MorimotoVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Best Mac and chees and the seafood corn dogs were fantastic!!! Bloody Mary with infused salmon vodka delicious. A must !!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Director Of Everything Special
    Inspirational
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    The wine flight was excellent and the dinner menu offered a tasty variety.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Definitely a great place for a family gathering. Food was delicious service was great. Would definitely recommend to my friends..
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yes! Above the Best!
    1WorldTraveler
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Great menu, great personable service without intrusion, the perfect dining experience! On this trip we had outstanding meals in Bucharest, Delhi and Shanghai. But Orso was the best of the best, bar none!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • NandVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    The restaurant manager is a big plus here. He is actively aware of every employee and makes certain that diners are being served in proper and timely manner.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but slow
    Lucky
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Good food, pricey with having to special bread with the meal. Service was slow and very busy and loud.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience
    GLCdinning
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Service was above the norm. Even though the waiter said that it was his first day you couldn't tell he was excellent and was always right there when you needed something.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Impeccable Service
    ReturningPatronVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    The service was amazing. Our waiter was polite, efficient, and knowledgeable. An empty plate or bowl did not sit longer than 15 seconds before it was taken away and our wine nor water glasses were ever empty.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highlight of the Trip
    Jean
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    I had 2 different people recommend Orso's and it completely wowed me. Fabulous food. The server was friendly, but not fake, and gave the best recommendations. I will definitely eat here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a delight...
    FoodJagVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    We eat here whenever we are in Anchorage. God food, excellent staff, nice menu selections.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I took my wife to Orso for her birthday and following a performance at the PAC. It was amazing! The food was excellent and our service was by far the best we have had in a long time. Mila was awesome!!! Thank you for a fabulous evening! We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful Place to dine
    anchortowndiner
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Very nice setting but slightly crowded, might go with the "old time" feel they seem to be going for. Service was pretty good. Specialized menu so not many options but food was great.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Emily
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The food was of course amazing! The staff was great to make recommendations and work with our rather tight schedule. After the experience we all agreed we would like to go again. Very good experience for our party!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thanks 4 being a community partner!
    alaskaboatgirl
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Besides excellent food & service, I want to say a big "thank you" for being a community partner. I chair the Anchorage Concert Association board of directors. I was delighted to see Orso's Facebook post "It's not spring, it's not fall, it's not winter-It's showtime!" with ACA's presentation of Les Miserables featured! To top it off, you even had a link for buying tickets! I sincerely appreciate the "win-win" attitude you have. Theatre goers want a "whole evening" experience -and you obviously recognize that. THANK YOU for looking beyond just getting people in your door by helping the ACA get people into our seats at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts! I celebrate your collaborative spirit! The Orso staff & management team rocks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    bad front of house, poor service, mediocre food. a disappointment
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Group meeting
    Brian
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I had requested a table for seven for a Friday evening meeting. We were placed in the quietest location - we were able to eat wonderful food and have a productive meeting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding help staff
    Cathy
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    The food was excellent but even more importantly, we had outstanding service--personable and efficient. Great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but Pricey
    FoodEater
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The food was very good at ORSO. My wife and I really enjoyed our time at the restaurant. It was a special occasion for us but the food was quite expensive. The entrees had good value and were priced accordingly, but the soups and salads are quite expensive for the value of the food. Overall the experience was good, just expect to pay more than you thought initially when visiting ORSO.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner before the show
    Gear
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We had a fabulous dinner before the show. Parked close Enough to walk from dinner to the denaina center. Tasty and convenient.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    Notthebesttonight
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Usually we experience great service at Orso's but unfortunately not so on this visit. Our waiter left after he took our drink order. Then their was another waiter taking orders from people who arrived after us...we were still waiting for our waiter...who apparently got off work. They brought one correct drink and one that was nothing like we ordered. The waitress who delivered the drinks said we could go ahead and have the drink and they would bring the correct one. Unfortunately, they ended up charging us for it anyways. But we didn't have time to say anything because we were trying to get to a concert on time.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate