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About 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. 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.

737 W. 5th Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Seafood, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner
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

Cross Street:
G

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(907) 222-3232

Website:
http://www.orsoalaska.com/

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.

Public Transit:
We are one block from the 6th avenue transit center.

Executive Chef:
Chef Ricky Griffin

Private Party Facilities:
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. The space may be divided in half to create a private space that can seat up to 14 people. ORSO can also accommodate parties of up to 50 in our private mezzanine.

Private Party Contact:
Rebecca Sherwood: (907) 792-3792

Additional:
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.

ORSO Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (57)
Special Occasion (53)
Good for Anniversaries (47)
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Good for Groups (34)
Pre/post Theatre (34)
Good for Birthdays (33)
Romantic (32)
Casual (31)
Creative Cuisine (29)
Fit for Foodies (29)
Business Meals (27)
Quiet Conversation (26)
Local Ingredients (26)
Worth the Drive (23)
Fun (22)
Cozy (21)
Authentic (20)
Healthy (19)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
Notable Wine List (19)
Bar Seating (18)
Great Beer (17)
Comfort Food (16)
Happy Hour (15)
Hot Spot (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Tasting Menu (11)
Gluten Free Options (10)
People Watching (8)
Seasonal (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Great for Lunch (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Great for Brunch (5)
Disabled Access (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Vegan (4)
Organic (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Tapas (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Scenic View (1)
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined a day ago

We usually love orso. We’ve been there many times. Today we celebrated my birthday and planned crab dinner. Unfortunately the crab was dry and cold. Not the most memorable meal we’ve had ! In fact it was disappointing.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Friendly staff
Food was uninspired
Smallest portion of black cod ever for an entre
Mediocre at best

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Enjoyed the Halibut very much. Interesting wine flight accompanied the meal.
Note to Management: Please clean the ceiling tiles above the kitchen....gross.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Happy Hour
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Always a good meal and a nice menu variety to appeal to all tastes.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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food5
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

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!!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Cozy
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food5
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

A very nice place. No complaints. Good food. Comfortable. Relaxing.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great fun with friends. Thank you.

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 (Anchorage)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Usually good, the main dish was very disappointing. Meals sent back. Left paying appetizer and salad.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Had reservations for 5:30. Arrived 5 min late. There were 3 other tables occupied. The hostess proceeded to seat us next to the kitchen in the noisiest, busiest part of the restaurant next to a server station. I thought a moment and asked to move to another area that wasn’t so busy and was quieter considering the restaurant was virtually empty. The hostess didn’t look happy and made the move seem like a hassle for her. We did get moved. The waiter we had was just fine. We both enjoyed our meals. The beer was good. My non-alcoholic drinks I wouldn’t order again, but that was just my taste. Desert was good. Food arrived in a timely manner. Restaurant was quiet and seating was comfortable.

Tags: Fun, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Great Beer
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 10, 2017

As always the meal was excellent. our wait staff was great. had a very enjoyable meal with friends.

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 (Anchorage)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Very nice!

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 (Anchorage)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Our waiter was amazing...we always have a great time at your restaurant

Tags: Hot Spot, Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Casual, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Wonderful except part of the lamb shank was cold. Otherwise exceptional.

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 (Anchorage)·Dined on October 30, 2017

The service was excellentandso was the food, Great place to dine.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for a Date, Late-night Find
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·Dined on October 30, 2017

Service was very good, we didn’t have any long waits.

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 (Anchorage)·Dined on October 30, 2017

A longtime favorite, always exceptional! Love the fresh fish specials.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

The ambiance is lovely and the food delicious. Our server was friendly, attentive and competent. We were seated right at the time of our reservation which I made online.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Anchorage)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Husband’s birthday and per usual it was amazing!!

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 (Anchorage)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We were going to a show at the PAC and started our evening with dinner at ORSO. The "show special" menu is a fantastic idea, assuring excellent food in a very timely manner at an attractive price. The prawn and flat steak entrees were delicious, as was our appetizers and desserts. A perfect way to start our evening.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great food and really great service. We were there for the Cinderella play and had two guests that arrived late. I was very surprised that all of our meals arrived at the same time and early so we had time to talk before we left for the theater.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

As always, ORSO didn't disappoint! A delicious meal, at a great price when using the Showtime menu. My dad hadn't been before, and he was very pleased with the meal (and for a guy who is uncomfortable in any restaurant more fancy than a sports bar, this was a big deal!) I will definitely return to ORSO again and again!

Tags: Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating
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food5
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Each of our four different seafood meals was wonderful! Black cod, rockfish, Ono and seafood pasta were each perfectly prepared. We were all very well pleased. Service was friendly and attentive.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

I appreciate the vegetarian/vegan options. Also love the heated toilets.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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food4
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on October 27, 2017

The black cod was amazing as was the flat iron steak. Our waitress was very attentive and the manager checked with us to see if we were satisfied. Nice job Oros!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups
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food5
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Special meal for theatre goers. Good value. Good meal.
Service was very good. Always enjoy our time here.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Business Meals
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 24, 2017

An all-around excellent experience! Quiet, excellent service, and extensive choices on the menu..... all the items the six of us ordered were delicious!

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals
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food5
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

First time visitors on monthly date, impressed by ambience and menu, server was struggling to keep up with her tables, food (that arrived) was AMAZING.

Tags: Cozy, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Food terrific. Staff and service terrific. Kevin matre'd welcomed every diner at the door. Seemed like most diners were regulars .

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Good food, very accommodating, excellent customer service, priced too high=low value.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Amazing service and food

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 (Anchorage)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Bread is delicious but it used to be complementary. Otherwise, Orso is as good as ever. Which is very good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Seasonal, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Our team enjoyed the meal! We had a rep from out of town and this is the first time we took them to Orso's. Everyone had a lovely time.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 9, 2017

Good food, service was friendly but not intrusive, food arrived quickly, beautiful restaurant. My only complaint was a bit of a high noise level. A very enjoyable night out.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Reservations easy to make, table ready, show food options, good food, nice setting, fun waiter ...

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Great food and service. Well worth a visit for a fun meal and great options for wine, beer, and other spirits. Very much would recommend for a date or just fun night out on the town.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Healthy, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Fun, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Lovely meet up with friends. Seated upstairs. Travis was a very good server...fun, efficient and knowledgeable. Lamb shank is to die for. Smoking Gin is excellent. Miss the wild mushroom ravioli and the dipping oils...but we keep returning.

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 (Anchorage)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Disappointed a little. They did a great job on table set and special request. The server in the bar was condescending to my Fiancé and the server in the restaurant was just ok. needs polishing and familiarity with the menu and how to open a bottle of Champaign. The food was excellent.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Pinehurst)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Warm and friendly service, wonderful local seafood choices, and a creative wine list make a meal at Orso a delightful experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on September 24, 2017

One of our favorite local spots! Always choices with fresh seafood, and the combinations are memorable! My wife's personal favorite is the lamb shank, try it at least once. Staff is very professional and attentive - always our first choice on Date Night.

Tags: Romantic, Organic, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Outstanding dinner, entire staff was very pleasant attentive and friendly. Food was excellent, first visit since menu change.

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