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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

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.

Private Dining

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

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Quiet

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (49)
Special Occasion (49)
Good for a Date (47)
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Pre/post Theatre (43)
Romantic (35)
Creative Cuisine (32)
Good for Birthdays (30)
Casual (25)
Cozy (23)
Business Meals (22)
Fit for Foodies (22)
Quiet Conversation (21)
Good for Groups (20)
Notable Wine List (19)
Fun (18)
Healthy (15)
Worth the Drive (15)
Bar Seating (14)
Great Beer (14)
Local Ingredients (14)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Authentic (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Comfort Food (12)
Happy Hour (11)
Hot Spot (8)
People Watching (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Seasonal (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Tapas (3)
Vegan (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Organic (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
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 (Anchorage)·Dined 5 days ago

The overall experience was fantastic. We went there for our anniversary dinner. The food was delicious, the drink were smooth, and the service was prompt and accurate

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Anchorage)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

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·Dined 5 days ago

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.

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·Dined 5 days ago

Our waiter was wonderful. We were celebrating my birthday, and he took very good care of us. He knew the menu very well. I will definitely be going back.

Tags: Cozy, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Anchorage)·Dined 6 days ago

The server seemed New or at least very unsure of the menu

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 (Anchorage)·Dined 6 days ago

Great place to get together with friends. We got a nice table for our group upstairs.

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·Dined on January 3, 2018

This was the best restaurant I been too in anchorage!! The seafood corndogs are amazing!!! And the appetizer tower I could eat all day!!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot
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·Dined on January 3, 2018

The steak was excellent, but the chicken parmesan orso style was less than expected.

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 (Anchorage)·Dined on January 3, 2018

We sat in the back room which was lovely because it was quiet n romantic!

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 (Anchorage)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Great server.. great king crab corn dogs... yes I said corn dogs.. a great date night!

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

They marked us as a no-show and we were there. Front desk staff was initially rude and not very accommodating. Ultimately, the manager had to fix the situation.

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 (Anchorage)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (Baja California)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Muy buena comida y un excelente servicio!

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 (Anchorage)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Just simplify a great night. The food was excellent and the server was outstanding (friendly, kind and vey helpful).

Will be back for sure.

Tags: Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Great for Lunch, Healthy
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Our waiter wasn’t very kind. Half of us loved our meals, the other half found it very bland.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun
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·Dined on December 22, 2017

Frank our server did an outstanding job with providing us with our meals, thank you. The food was very delicious, the atmosphere was wonderful and all staff contacted were very professional and polite, thank you.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Accommodating to last minute party size change, great waiter with appropriate attention. All dishes were tasty and prepared nicely as ordered.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on December 16, 2017

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Celebrated our anniversary at ORSO this year and may make it a tradition. The food was excellent as was the service, attentive but not intrusive. Very relaxed atmosphere, clean, quiet and pleasent surroundings.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Great service from our waiter, Dalton. He knew that we were heading to a show at the Performing Arts Center, so he kept us moving through apps, dinner, desert, and drinks. Food was very good.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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·Dined on December 4, 2017

Staff provide excellent service. Our group felt that portions were small. There was no bread offered with the meal without ordering a full loaf as an appetizer.

Tags: Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great food choices and quick service. The decor is outdated...

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on December 3, 2017

I had the crab stuffed rockfish and was disappointed. The sauce was like sludge and the fish was dry. Hope this was an isolated plating event.

Tags: Tapas
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 (West Sussex)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We really enjoyed our meal. Two of us ordered fish dishes which did not come with any vegetables or extras, so we have to remember to order those separately next time. Great dinner overall. Excellent wine.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Great food, good service, nice atmosphere. Prefer the upstairs as it is more quiet .

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Casual, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on November 25, 2017

It was amazing to spend our first dinner as a married couple at Orso!

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

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.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Beet purée that is served with the halibut is honestly gross. Nearly ruined my entire experience

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 21, 2017

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 on November 17, 2017

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

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 (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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·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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·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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