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About 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.
Anchorage, AK 99501
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday: 6:00pm - 9:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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
Banquet, Beer, Fireplace, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Marx Bros Cafe Ratings and Reviews
We had a wonderful anniversary dinner. We enjoyed the duck and the lamb, but started with the famous Caesar salad. Bread was also served before everything else. Each dish was intentionally made and placed on the dish itself and on the table. Service was exceptional and respectful. The ambience made me feel at home, like I was at a dinner party of sorts. Then we got dessert, deciding to get both the tiramisu and the chocolate mousse. They were each flavorful and light, with berries that accented them well. Overall it was a wonderful dining experience, and we will be returning for another anniversary when we can enjoy the wine list in a year or so.
The food was mostly excellent, but the whole experience is not worth the exorbitant prices. The tea smoked duck and the warm berry cobbler were both delicious. The steaks, however, were overseasoned. While the service was good for the most part, it definitely grew inattentive as the night progressed. The ambience is nice, though not as elegant as you might expect given their prices. This restaurant is located inside a very small house with a very small dining room. The extremely close together tables make the restaurant feel claustrophobic and overcrowded. We felt like the entire restaurant could hear our (relatively quiet) conversation. As diners paying a great deal of money to be there, we felt undervalued. I definitely recommend this place for a rare, special occasion, but don't expect the sky-high prices to equate to a perfect dining experience.
Always a treat at the Marx Brothers Cafe. A Get-away weekend in Anchorage means reservations at this local charmer. Waitstaff is attentive and helpful. Food is beautifully prepared and presented. Menu is varied and food is always very good. Look forward to our next visit.
Food was prepared just as we ordered. Cesar Salad was excellent and the entrees were delicious. Staff was friendly and made us feel like we were welcome. They listened to our questions and were able to understand what we wanted. RARE these days. I enjoyed my food, the atmosphere and the staff. Thanks everyone.
We go here on special occasions because they are known for giving a free dessert with an entrée purchase. The famous Van's Cesar Salad is not to be missed! Van even prepared it himself tableside for us. We also liked the halibut cheeks and the gnocchi appetizer. Next will be taking the classes on how to prepare the Cesar Salad!
We had a lovely dinner to celebrate a milestone birthday. The service was awesome, all the food was really really good, and the wine that was recommended was perfect! We knew going in that the price point is at the very top end of our scale, but the restaurant did everything right on their side to make the experience well worth it! The only downside was That a group was seated in the History Room and they were really loud, especially given the size of that room. We were almost done anyhow so it wasn't too bad but we were happy they weren't there the whole time we were there. Overall, a great experience!
This place is absolutely fabulous. Just remember to book your reservation early (we're talking at least a month in advance), and communicate with the restaurant owners about which table you'd like to be seated at. This makes a huge difference, as those who don't will typically get undesirable seating arrangements! Also, make sure to arrive early, as this restaurant has an ambiance which can best be appreciated when your party is the first to arrive.
We had the lobster bisque special as our appetizer and it was excellent. It also had a center of crab and lobster meat. My wife had the rockfish cooked in parchment with shrimp and king crab as her entree - I had the same two weeks earlier but with salmon. She said it was excellent even though she is particular with fish. I had the beef filet as it had been quite some time since I had it as I alway try the unusual proteins on the menu. It was cooked to medium rare as I asked for. A good entree. We shared the berry crisp for dessert - that was good. Thanks to all the staff at Marx Brothers.
Marx Bros has been our go to restaurant for years. We enjoy the friendliness of the staff and they treat us generously. My wife has had the halibut cheeks three times in a row. I had the gnocchi special appetizer-very tasty. I had the salmon baked in parchment which included shrimp and king crab - man, that was excellent tasty. Thanks Melissa.
My wife and I dined with our son, daughter-in-law and 1 year old granddaughter. The staff was very friendly and accommodating., they made it a very enjoyable dinner for us. The food and wine was excellent. Would recommend Marx Bros to anyone visiting (or living in) Anchorage. It's a special place.
My boyfriend and I have lived in Anchorage for years and have never been here! I would definitely suggest this place for special occasions as the food is exceptional but expensive. It's in an old house in Downtown Anchorage and it's a place you want to dress up for. My only complaint is there was a large party there was extremely loud and my boyfriend and I could barely hear each other talk. I wish there was a separate room for large parties because it ruined the ambience.
Have heard great things about this place from so many sources. We are definitely coming back! They food, service, and atmosphere was perfect for our anniversary dinner. Definitely worth the extra dough and effort to book ahead. Every bite (ate too much) was a delicious as the last. The hospitality of the hosts was more than most! We really enjoyed ourselves.
Have gone here many times in past 25 years. We were disappointed this time. Two of the three dishes we ordered (spot prawns over pork belly, fillet, and rack of lamb) were good, but not spectacular. My husband says the fillet itself was excellent, but glaze made it a bit sweet for his taste. Serving of rack of lamb was surprisingly tiny, considering it cost $45. Was a bit noisier than we remembered. The Cabernet we ordered (least expensive---$54/bottle) was a "meh". Even their signature dish, the tableside prepared Caesar salad seemed a bit more watery, with less flavor than we remembered. One would think that a dinner for 4 that cost $400 (entrees, salads, 2 desserts, bottle of wine) would be better.
Frequent travelers to Alaska and always looking for great dining expreriences, this was our first time at Marx Brothers. It is definitely the best restaurant that we've tried in Anchorage. Service was top-notch with expert advice, timely, and friendly. Food was superb - had local Alaska oysters for starters which were fresh and flavorful. Scallops as entree were cooked perfectly with great presentation and accompaniments. Returning to Marx Brothers will be a must on our next trip to Alaska.
Unassuming setting in a historic house. Caesar salad made at the table looked wonderful and was clearly enjoyed by other guests (we did not choose it). Extensive wine list. Crab cakes were not the best, but salmon entree was indeed delicious as was chocolate mousse dessert.
We were quite pleased that the owner was present and that he personally prepared the outstanding table-side Caesar Salad. The filet was one of the most tender that I have ever had. We already made our next reservations for my birthday and our wedding anniversary. We rate this as our favorite restaurant in Anchorage.
I have dined here for several decades and my mouth waters at the thought of Van's Caesar Salad, which never disappoints. Best in World. Jack's spicy Halibut Cheeks scored again. Always a challenge to select just one tasty appetizer: the gnocchi special made from Yukon Gold potatoes with king crab on top was absolutely melt-in-your-mouth first class. Keep setting the standard, guys -- you best the pack!
The food here was wonderful. We had to wait for our (reserved) table, but the staff were very accommodating and offered us drinks. The quality of the food more than made up for the wait. Our meal definitely lived up to our special occasion.
Everything we ate was phenomenal. Service was amazing! This was our first visit and we will be back. It was the perfect place to celebrate our anniversary. Do try the Caesar salad made by Van at the table. But remember to bring mints for afterwards, you will need them. Best steak I've ever had, don't skip the dessert.
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