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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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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (45)
Special Occasion (45)
Good for Anniversaries (41)
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Pre/post Theatre (38)
Romantic (30)
Good for Birthdays (27)
Creative Cuisine (26)
Business Meals (25)
Fit for Foodies (22)
Casual (21)
Good for Groups (21)
Quiet Conversation (20)
Cozy (20)
Notable Wine List (19)
Worth the Drive (17)
Fun (16)
Healthy (16)
Bar Seating (15)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Local Ingredients (14)
Authentic (13)
Comfort Food (13)
Great Beer (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Happy Hour (10)
Gluten Free Options (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
Hot Spot (9)
People Watching (7)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Seasonal (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Organic (3)
Vegan (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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 (Anchorage)·Dined 2 days ago

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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vip
 (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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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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·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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 (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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·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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 (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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 (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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·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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