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The Best Cheap Eats in Anchorage

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by The OpenTable Team
Updated October 01, 2021

A gateway to the Alaskan wilderness, Anchorage represents a city unlike any other in America. It sits as far west as Honolulu and as far north as Helsinki, as though on the edge of the earth! On a clear day, you can see six different mountain ranges from the city. In addition to the Alaska Native Heritage Center, Chugach State Park, and Alaska Zoo, you’ll find world-class restaurants with local favorites like smoked salmon, chowder, crab, and halibut without breaking the bank. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to the Tastemaker Lists. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. If you want to sample regional foods without making a big dent in your wallet, check out our Tastemaker List of where to find the best cheap eats in Anchorage.

A photo of Fat Ptarmigan restaurant
4.2
4.2 (274)
$30 and under
Pizzeria
Anchorage
About the restaurant
Fat Ptarmigan, located in the heart of historic downtown, is one of the best cheap eats spots Anchorage has to offer. Locals and visitors rave about their wood-fired pizzas and great prices. They use only high-quality seasonal ingredients and all their pizzas have a thin, crispy crust. The restaurant features a large open kitchen where you can chat it up with the cooks and see the pizza making in progress. The menu changes seasonally to reflect fresh ingredients but you can always count on a delicious pizza at a great price.
Top review
TGM6
Dined on Mar 1, 2020
We had made reservations, through Open Table for Saturday evening prior to a show at the PAC and when we arrived we were advised that Fat Ptarmigan had no record of our or anyone else's reservation made through Open Table. I had a copy of our reservation and showed the desk staff and they were great, finding us a perfect table for 2 near the windows. Our meal & drinks were enjoyable and our evening went smoothly from there. Whatever the problem transmitting reservations to the individual dining establishment should be examined and repaired since our good experience could have been ruined.
A photo of Tequila 61° restaurant
4.6
4.6 (475)
$31 to $50
Contemporary Latin
Anchorage
About the restaurant
Tequila 61 offers a super unique blend of traditional Mexican flavors and classic Alaskan ingredients. The result is an innovative cuisine that redefines the modern Alaskan dining experience! The delicious mashup extends to the design as well. The restaurant features an inviting ambiance with handmade wooden tables from the Port of Anchorage and Mexican-inspired artwork throughout the dining room. They have great specials to enjoy, like their $8 Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 4-6 pm. And on Tuesday you can indulge in half-price tacos!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Love the appetizers! My husband and I shared the fajitas and we agreed they were probably the best in town! 
A photo of Rustic Goat restaurant
4.7
4.7 (539)
$31 to $50
European
Anchorage
About the restaurant
The Rustic Goat is a casual dining American Pub located in an industrial-chic setting in West Anchorage. The interior has a light, airy feel with floor-to-ceiling windows, open design and a modern, rustic feel. The menu covers pretty much everything, from Pizza to Burgers to hearty entrees to desserts and even brunch! To keep costs down, try some of the items from their shareable menu, like the pan-seared calamari, baked mac and cheese, and Rustic Goat nachos.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 31, 2024
Mmmmmm nachos. Unique and worth the calories every time.
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4.4
4.4 (1105)
$30 and under
Brewery
Anchorage
About the restaurant
Alaska is the 49th State to become part of the U.S. and this brewery and beer garden pays homage to the culture of Alaska and the city of Anchorage. The casual dining spot features many craft beers brewed right on the premises and a menu filled with freshly sourced Alaskan products at prices that won’t break the bank. The eatery occupies a terrific location in the heart of downtown Anchorage and you can hang out on the rooftop patio overlooking the Cook Inlet and Alaska Range. It’s a favorite of locals and tourists alike and you can nosh on super cheap starter plates like the Award-Winning Smoked Wings and Brewpub Nachos for a steal.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 12, 2024
Enjoyed the overall experience. Miscommunication with order, made my food less desirable than expected for me. Loved the pretzel and cheese sauce appetizer.
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4.7
4.7 (1450)
$30 and under
Pacific Rim
Anchorage
About the restaurant
Located on West 5th Avenue in historic downtown, Ginger’s is a local favorite for cheap eats all day long. Open since March of 2007, they specialize in Pacific Rim cuisine and classic Asian specialties. They hand-craft all their meals from the freshest ingredients and the staff is a team of local restaurant veterans. It’s a great place to go for Weekend Brunch, Dinner or to dine at the bar any day of the week. The bar has its own menu, which is full of affordable small plates to enjoy in the warm, convivial atmosphere. Try some of the regular favorites, like the Kahlua Pork Sliders on a Hawaiian Sweet Roll, Mu Shu Tacos, Duck Confit Tacos and more.
Top review
ftsmjs
Dined on Jun 2, 2024
Service was excellent. Food much better than average.
A photo of Kinley's Restaurant and Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1737)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Anchorage
About the restaurant
Looking for some of the tastiest cheap eats Anchorage has to offer and drinks that taste good too? Head to Kinley’s Restaurant and Bar on Seward Highway in Anchorage! They serve super fresh Alaskan seafood, 30 wines by the glass, 300 wines by the bottle, locally brewed beers on tap and a wide selection of cocktails. The restaurant has a rustic-contemporary Alaskan feel and they lean toward an upscale vibe but you can find great deals on the Happy Hour and Bar Menu. Try the Burger and Brew Pairing or the Braised and Seared Thai Pork Belly.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
First time trying Kinley’s and it was a great dining experience. Servers were charismatic and friendly, food was fresh and flavorful and drinks were well balanced! Dishes were familiar classics with some flare like their take on a hangar steak or hominy chowder. All around a great dinner! Highly recommend!
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4.6
4.6 (6059)
$30 and under
Seafood
Anchorage
About the restaurant
Simon and Seafort’s is a popular Steak and Seafood place located near Elderberry Park on L Street. The setting is classic and beautiful, offering diners panoramic views of Mt. Susitna and the Alaska range. They also serve some of the best wild Alaskan seafood in town! They offer great cheap eats all through the week but their Sunday Brunch is an especially good bargain. Come in to sample entrees like the Alaskan Seafood Scramble, Reindeer sausage, and Bourbon Pecan Praline French Toast to see what all the fuss is about. It’s a great spot to real-deal Alaskan food without a hefty price tag.
Top review
Bighouseapevip
Dined 1 day ago
Excellent Food, Claire was our waitress. She was very friendly and attentive. We will ask for her on our next visit.
A photo of Southside Bistro restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1679)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Anchorage
About the restaurant
Southside Bistro, located on Huffman Park Drive on the south end of town, is one of Anchorage’s best-kept secrets. They offer a variety of fresh, fun food at affordable prices that appeal to both locals and visitors. They have a casual Bistro setting and a more formal Restaurant side where you can order from the full menu. They focus on fresh Alaskan seafood and produce as well as appetizers, flatbreads, and daily specials. The Bistro Menu features items at reduced prices, which is a great deal because the plates are super filling! Try the Bistro Burger, the Calamari or the Shaved Brussels Sprouts.
Top review
RachaelHvip
Dined 6 days ago
As always, friendly welcome; comfortable booth seating in the bistro, prompt and superb service. We celebrated our 32nd wedding anniversary and appreciated the hospitality and congratulatory reception from the entire team. Excellent experience!
A photo of Jens' Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1578)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Anchorage
About the restaurant
Jen’s Restaurant is a longtime favorite of Anchorage residents and is the place to go for fine food and wine at reasonable prices. The menu features a wide range of fresh Alaskan seafood, steaks, Danish specialties, and delectable house-made desserts. They also offer lamb, deer and pasta dishes and over 40 wines by the glass. You can find lots of cheap eats on the menu, especially the appetizers and lunch items. Try the Chicken Liver Pate with stewed red cabbage or the pan-fried veal and pork meatballs with red cabbage.
Top review
Thomas
Dined today
Excellent food and service . . . Lonnie was our waiter!!!
A photo of Cattle Company Steakhouse - Anchorage restaurant
4.0
4 (601)
$30 and under
Steakhouse
Anchorage
About the restaurant
For a proper Alaskan Steak at a modest cost, come on down to the Cattle Company Steakhouse. Located on Tudor Road in Anchorage, this restaurant provides a Genuine American Steakhouse experience to all who enter. They serve only Black Angus steaks that are carefully aged, fresh-cut daily and grilled over an open flame. You can expect fast, friendly service and superior quality every time. To save big on your meal, enjoy items like the Steakhouse Bacon Cheeseburger or BBQ Baby Back Rib Sandwich from the bar menu.
Top review
WilliamR
Dined on Feb 15, 2020
Good value, good food, good service, nice atmosphere.
A photo of Sullivan's Steakhouse - Anchorage restaurant
4.4
4.4 (2267)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Anchorage
About the restaurant
Sullivan’s Steakhouse, located right in the heart of downtown Anchorage, is a vibrant American Steakhouse featuring fine steaks and seafood. The dining room has an elegant vibe and a welcoming atmosphere. They pride themselves on serving only the finest Midwestern hand-selected steaks, aged a minimum of 28 days and then seasoned and broiled to perfection. It’s a great place to rub elbows with local musicians and artists while sampling some of the best cheap eats Anchorage has to offer. Try specialty items like the Filet Mignon and specialty BLT.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined today
Everything is wonderful and delicious 😋. Staff professional and friendly. Atmosphere is welcome and warm 😀
A photo of Campobello Bistro restaurant
4.6
4.6 (481)
$30 and under
Italian
Anchorage
About the restaurant
For delicious and affordable food in an elegant dining space, check out CampoBello Bistro on 36th Street. They feature a charming dining room, excellent local fare, and Mediterranean cuisine. Stop in for lunch or dinner and you’ll be swept away by the majestic atmosphere. Highlights of the menu include their Wild Alaskan seafood, the Italian Sausage sandwich or the Chicken Gyro with a side dish. Dinner can get a little pricey here but their lunch menu features low prices on salads, sandwiches and their classic Bistro Plates.
Top review
Stevevip
Dined on Mar 12, 2020
Campobello ‘s is consistently excellent. I love the seafood crepes.
A photo of Benihana - Anchorage, AK restaurant
4.1
4.1 (1600)
$30 and under
Japanese
Anchorage
About the restaurant
Benihana is a famous spot for delectable steaks, juicy chicken and succulent seafood. And it’s all prepared to order by a talented showman chef! The restaurant, just a short walk from downtown, features 16 hibachi tables where guests sit around a large teppan grill in the center. They feature traditional offerings as well as unique entrees like Hibachi Tuna steak, sesame encrusted and seared just how you like it. A great cost-cutting option is to check out their Lunch Boat and Happy Hour Menus! They each feature great specials on sushi, beverages and much more.
Top review
Dollmage
Dined 2 days ago
The chef Danny was as wonderful as ever. The food was delicious
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