Great place to eat. Good food,
Great place to eat. Good food, excellent service. Real friendly atmosphere. Options to either dine in or dine outside with a river view.
8/2/2012 4:00:00 PM
An Alaskan Must!
It really is a "taste" of Fairbanks. Food was quite good, had reindeer, sweet & lean. Husband had 18.00 hamburger which he said was good also.
The ambience was old time and charming. Service excellent. Made sure you have a reservation, local & tourist popular spot.
We recommend Pump House as part of your Alaska experience!
3/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Didn't like returning home
Didn't like returning home smelling of cigarette smoke, I guess it was from the bar. One steak dinner was under cooked. Service was a little slow but good.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
A truly Alaska Landmark, and
A truly Alaska Landmark, and place not to be missed in Fairbanks. The food and service is always very a good.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
One of Fairbanks' finest dining.
The Pump House is a great restaurant for nearly any occasion. A rustic dining area and great view enhance the excellent food and courteous staff. I recommend the bacon-wrapped scallops to anyone. By far and away the best I've ever had. Steaks are made to order and you won't be dissapointed with the portions. I hope you're hungry, because you definitely won't be when you leave. Parking is ample and if you're eager to get in early, the Pump House offers reservations. Truly a place for a wonderful dinner!
4/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Food and exceptional service
The food and service were again exceptional and we can't wait to go back.
4/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
I was pleased with the quality
I was pleased with the quality and taste of the food. My only complaint would be that the service was very slow and my dining experience would have taken half as long had the service been better/faster.
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
While we always enjoy a nice
While we always enjoy a nice meal out at the Pump House, Sunday's staff was CLEARLY understaffed and overworked. The restaurant was teeming with patrons, who well outnumbered the serving staff. I almost felt bad for our server, who, I believe, enjoyed ignoring our table.
I love Sunday brunch, and I love the Pump House, but they simply MUST increase staff to go along with the summer dining season.
5/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Better late than never
Everything was great except for the fact that although brunch started at 10am, it took until 1030 before all of the food was brought out and ready for service. As it was, customers who were seated early did not have access to the full menu.
6/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food in Fairbanks
The Pump House is a rare find in the generally uninspiring food scene found in Fairbanks.
Creative menu, good food and fun atmosphere.
6/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great place, highly recommend
I got the pleasure of going to this place the first time I came to Fairbanks and immediately thought it was going to be a place to bring family to dine. I really liked the game options. My sons and partner loved the reindeer meatloaf especially. I especially liked the Tarumisu dessert.
6/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
My guests from Arizona were
My guests from Arizona were impressed with the service and food. They ocmpared it to many of the better resturants in the lower 48. I always bring guest to the Pump House for a good dining expereince.
6/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
The pump house in Fairbanks, AK was recommended by friends before we went to Alaska on vacation June 29th thru July 8th.
We ate at the Pump House on 07/06/13 and really enjoyed our dinner. All in our party had the grilled Halibut and the meal was excellent. Also enjoyed several microbrews that are served at the restaurant.
7/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food combined with the setting were as we expected very good.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food and service was great!! It is expensive though. Good for a special occasion.
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time in Alaska. Through Pump House was recommend by several prior visitors. I commended our group visit. Read the reviews exisiting on internet. There were several negative ones. This made me sceptical to visit, but decided to give it a go. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.The food as well as the atmosphere was great. We made plans to go again during our stay.
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
I usually avoid in the summer tourist season because they are so busy. Last minute reservation worked perfect. Great wait staff provided excellent service. Excellent proportions, good seasoning, served hot. Never been disappointed here.
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went to the Pump House
We went to the Pump House for our last night of vacation in Alaska. The service was great and the food was wonderful.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for a taste of Alaska
This place came highly recommended by a long-time Fairbanks resident. had to try it during our brief visit. Wonderful experience and food. Very popular, so make reservations. Nice outdoor eating area on the rivers edge.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Spendy, but good food
Great for just hanging out, or a special night out, either way, a perfect fit.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
The atmosphere was wonderful. Very interesting pieces of history. The food was amazing! The crab cake was the best I have ever had. The elk meatloaf was very tasty. My husband had the seafood chowder. It was the best he had ever tasted in all our travels.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Farewell to friends
The pump house offered a wonderful place to say goodbye to a longtime friend.
It allowed us a chance to create a memory that will last.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had outstanding service by Serge - had a rather noisy group next to us - Serge handled them very well - and at the same time kept us happy. Food was good. It was Friday night so expected younger crowd. Overall we would come back again.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
expensive by lower 48 standards
We come here at least every couple of months. Food is consistently outstanding as is the service. Know the owners and they are dedicated to keeping it a true Alaskan experience. $150 for dinner for 4 with a glass of wine is not unreasonable for the interior. Highly recommended for tourists and locals alike that haven't been there yet.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Have to eat there
I had the reindeer meat and it was better than kobe beef. It was fork tender - I ordered mine medium rare. And you have to have their blueberry ice cream. Service was attentive and excellent
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
The service was outstanding.
The service was outstanding. The atmosphere is casual and very Alaska. The perfect night for both locals and especially for tourists. The views and gardens are beautiful without being stuffy. And for warmer nights the outside tables are great for before dinner drinks as well as for dining. I would highly recommend this restaurant.
9/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant was recommended by our taxi driver. Thankfully. The food was excellent. Loved the atmosphere and history behind the building. If we ever go back this is the place we would eat at every night.
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Relaxing on the River
I love this place. We dined inside the rustic main dining room, but they also have a large covered patio room that opens up to an even larger outdoor deck. This place is SPECIAL! The Pump House does everything well, and their friendly, relaxing manner is most pleasant. My wife and I agreed that after kissing a lot of frogs, we had finally found a prince; a GREAT restaurant in Alaska. When you go, make sure to walk out on the deck to see the Chena River and then stroll through the gardens with their whimsical sculptures. Not sure when we will be back in Alaska, but The Pump House will definitely be on the itinerary. Oh yeah- the seafood chowder and the pan seared halibut are simply amazing.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was great!
We had the special, very good and the wine pairing was spot on.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, but a bit overpriced
Really enjoyed the food...I had the bison ribs. My only complaint is that it came with some kind of mushroom gravy, which I had to scrape off, as I dislike mushrooms (and didn't see this listed in the menu.)
Expected a bit larger piece of meat for the price, but was very tasty!
10/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
Wonderful Thanksgiving Buffet
The Thanksgiving buffet at the Pump House is becoming a family tradition. The food is traditional with an Alaskan twist; it is plentiful, frequently replenished, and well prepared. The reservation system works to keep the lines moving smoothly, and the servers are attentive without being annoying. Singles to largish family/friend groups are smoothly accommodated. This year, the two "new" items that we thoroughly enjoyed were the seafood salad (looked like cold slaw, but was chock full of a wonderful variety of fresh seafood) and the apricot/chocolate cheesecake. We were delighted to note that there's going to be a Christmas Day dinner buffet this year, too!
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
...melts in your mouth
Incredible reindeer tenderloin... a real winner! Awesome wait service as well
12/10/2013 4:00:00 PM