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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. 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.
Anchorage, AK 99501
American, Seafood, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Sunday- Thursday 5:00pm-9:30pm
Friday- Saturday 5:00pm-10:00pm
Bar Happy Hour 3 -6 and 9 – Close Daily
Bar open 1 hour past Dining Room
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
We are one block from the 6th avenue transit center.
Chef Ricky Griffin
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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.
The ORSO Private 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.
ORSO Ratings and Reviews
I love this place when I'm feeling like a special treat. The service is always super friendly, and the food is beyond delicious. Parking is always a concern, but if you give yourself a little time and find a spot, you can window shop a lot of neat stores in the vicinity. This is my favorite restaurant in Anchorage, and has been for a long time.
The service was great, ambience was warm, inviting and pleasant. The lamb shank was great, or so says my date who loved it. For the gluten free pasta, I know there are better brands of pasta out there, and I would suggest a change in the brand from what is currently served, pretty please?!. It was pasty.
We were regular customers of Orso from when they first opened, but then the food and service started going downhill. We finally gave it anther chance and we really liked the change and have gone 3-4 times over the last 6 months. This time was not a good experience. I always liked the pace of the serving of the meal, but this time had me wondering if you wanted us in and out. We ordered drinks and before the drinks even came we had our salads delivered. Thought that was not cool. Then before we finished our salads they were trying to serve the entrée. We said we are not finished with our salads, which should have been obvious. The wait person said he would put them under the heat lamp. And I'll be danged if it didn't happen again before my wife finished her salad. We sent it back to be put on hold. I will say when they finally delivered the entrée (after we finished our salads) he said it was freshly made. However, I had the chicken parmesan and while it was tasty the chicken was sort of rubbery. We will probably give it some time before we try it again.
Waiter was excellent and having our own carafe of water was great. Ordered from the special menu of select items where you get an appetizer, entree, and desert for $30 which was a less expensive way to try multiple items which is what we wanted for our first visit. All items were just OK, nothing amazing, but wife ended up sick at the end of the night which is why this rating is poor.
We went there for New Years Eve dinner and it did not disappoint! From the fun drinks of the Maple Old Fashion that had smoke flavored ice cubes to the appetizer tour of all of our favorites; steak tips, fried ravioli and calamari. Then move on to the entrees! The filet was a perfect medium for my picky self, my husband had the crab legs, so tender and juicy! Our friend’s had the ribeye and flat iron, all delicious! Then the cheesecake! OMG!!! Blueberries, ice cream and whipped cream! To. Die. For!! We sat in the side room with a great view of the whole restaurant. I’m nosy and like to people watch so it was great! Server was knowledgeable and not overbearing! A fun experience for all!
Had reservations for 5pm and we were seated upstairs with one other couple. Noise level was very low which is a plus as one of us is a bit hard of hearing. The server Jeremy I believe, was training with Frank. Both very nice and friendly, not overwhelming . Orders were taken and food came out quickly and was just as ordered. I love their flat iron with grilled romaine and my husband loves the black cod.
I had crab stuffed rockfish and found it a bit too rich and salty. It wasn't the healthy meal I was anticipating. The fish was breaded which I wasn't expecting. The carrots with the entree were great and the harvest salad was wonderful and the chocolate creme desert was wonderful.
Food was great. Service was friendly, efficient, unobtrusive. One of the best martinis in Anchorage. The pre-performance menu is a great deal. The rockfish entree was a generous portion and still delicious the next day from my doggie bag. The crispy cauliflower appetizer was so tasty and unique. Could have been my whole meal with the romanescu sauce
Salmon Chowder and bread exceptional as it has been in the past. The creme brule' may have been made by an amateur this time. There was a layer of crystallize sugar between the custard and the top. The top surface was like a sheet of glass it had been broiled a little long.
Also, the the chocolate dessert was pretty hard, stiff, and may not have been fresh.
We realize that changing the help changes everything. Our family may try ORso again sometime, but right now, we're just a little disappointed.
Started the experience with getting seated right away! the hostess greeted my wife and me with a smile and many recommendations. Ordered the best old fashion cocktail I've ever had! Dinner was amazing and our waitress was on point. highly recommend and will be going back!!
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