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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

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (54)
Special Occasion (54)
Good for a Date (45)
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Pre/post Theatre (40)
Romantic (40)
Creative Cuisine (32)
Good for Birthdays (28)
Cozy (25)
Casual (24)
Quiet Conversation (23)
Business Meals (20)
Good for Groups (20)
Fit for Foodies (19)
Notable Wine List (19)
Fun (17)
Worth the Drive (17)
Bar Seating (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Local Ingredients (13)
Authentic (12)
Great Beer (12)
Healthy (12)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Comfort Food (10)
Happy Hour (10)
People Watching (9)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Hot Spot (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Seasonal (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Quick Bite (3)
Tapas (3)
Vegan (3)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

We had a wonderful date night here. I definitely would return to try more dishes.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Anchorage)·Dined 3 days ago

We chose the Valentine's Day special, and it was superb. The harvest salad was sublime, and while the small pieces of fish were very nice on the main course, the steak was melt-in-your-mouth tender and delicious. For my wife, the served it with a gluten-free au jus, while mine had a very pleasant sauce.

Dessert was very nice, their creme brûlée a treat and the dipped strawberries delightful. We also enjoyed coffee and an excellent red wine.

Service was excellent, and Orso's did a great job with gluten-free options in their menu.

Despite the restaurant being full all night and we arrived at 9 pm, everything was working well and our waiter was efficient, friendly and knowledgable, as well as doing an excellent job.

Overall, a most enjoyable meal out, in line with Orso's high standards.

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 (Anchorage)·Dined 3 days ago

Valentines Day

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 (Anchorage)·Dined 3 days ago

The service was great and made sure we were 100% satisfied. Amazing food with so much flavor.

Tags: Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Anchorage)·Dined 3 days ago

We madeour reservation for Valentine’s Day a few weeks ago. We were seated by the door which was undesirable. Can’t. Say we’d go back... always enjoyed it as it was a regular. Disappointed in our latest experience.

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 (Anchorage)·Dined 3 days ago

Our service was outstanding! Loved the appetizers, drinks, and the steaks were two of the best my Wife and I have had!

Tags: People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Fun, Gluten Free Options
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 (Anchorage)·Dined 3 days ago

Awesome food (especially the Crab stuffed rock fish and the Ribeye steak)!
Equally awesome server who answered all of our questions about food and wine choices; Much appreciated!
Our favorite restaurant for anniversary and Valentine's day!!

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 (Anchorage)·Dined 4 days ago

ORSO is always a great experience

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·Dined on February 11, 2018

Great place for a date or special occasion. We sat upstairs so it was very quiet. My husband ordered the fresh catch which was mahi mahi and it was outstanding. I would definitely recommend trying the polenta ragu and king crab corn dogs on the small plate menu.

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·Dined on February 11, 2018

Went to ORSOs because Glacier Brewhouse didn't have any reservations available. What a great find!!! It was quiet, great atmosphere and wonderful food.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on February 11, 2018

We had an excellent time!!!!!! It was wonderful wine and wonderful food!

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Paleo Friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Tapas, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Casual, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on February 7, 2018

Was my husband’s and my first time going to Orso. I would recommend it to any other couples for dinner dates. Not much of a kids menu but that was okay seems we had someone watching our little ones. Any special occasions or just a dinner date with your love/spouse, then this is the place to eat.

Tags: Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Disabled Access, Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on February 4, 2018

We have always enjoyed the food here and we choose to come to this restaurant for special occasions.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on February 3, 2018

I have nothing to add to what I've checked above. This space limit is ridiculous.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find, Special Occasion
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on February 1, 2018

The food, the waitstaff, all were great. We’ve dined here a few times and it’s consistently delicious. Our waiter was very personable, our flat irons were brought to us quickly and cooked perfectly. The manager always takes time to visit every table to make sure everyone is happy.

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 (Anchorage)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We chose Orsos for our date night. The service and food were both excellent. We enjoy the ambience that allows for quiet conversation.

Tags: Casual, Great Beer, Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Nice idea to have the concert menu but food was not great. Would not use that menu again.

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 (Anchorage)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Orso is a terrific fine-dining venue in Anchorage offering a varied and interesting menu featuring elegant dishes. We were well served by a friendly and highly competent staff and we can’t wait for a repeat performance.

Tags: Fun, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Always have fun trying new things. Their wine selection is always worth mentioning and had a fun flight wine option that made picking wine more interesting. Great date night/ anniversary place.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Best Salmon I have ever eaten...and I have eaten a lot of Salmon. Very attentive service. Appreciated being able to make a fairly last minute reservation. Menu was a little pricey and servings were not overly generous.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The waiter was excellent new a lot about the food and the wines. All the food was excellent nice fresh salmon. Anchorage restaurants are the best.

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 (Anchorage)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Orso has been our "go to" restaurant for a delicious dinner & impeccable service. They certainly did not disappoint for this birthday celebration. Always have a variety of entrées & interestingly enough crazy appetizers that top the wildest imagination.

Tags: Good for a Date, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 23, 2018

The waiter lost our order but that was ok. However, the rock fish was bad. Since it was a somewhat special occassion with people she hadn't met before my wife was reluctant to send back to the kitchen the rock fish dinner. It was just bad.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on January 20, 2018

For having had reservations, seating was not great. Placed near door which allowed cold to overwhelm whenever customers arrived or left though other tables were readily available. Fish was undercooked while vegetables overcooked. At the prices, it was a less than enjoyable experience though the staff were, except the cooks, on point.

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 (Anchorage)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The food and service were quite nice. The table for 2 upstairs however was so close to the group table next to us that it felt like we were tag alongside to a very vocal group that spoiled the atmosphere for us.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We stopped for dinner before a performance at the PAC. There was a nice show night menu which had several selections and options from which to choose. John was a terrific waiter...conscious of our time frame to make the show.

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 (Anchorage)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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.

Tags: Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Casual, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Business Meals, Fun, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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.
Thanks!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Love how the person took care of us thank u so much

Tags: Casual
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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 on January 13, 2018

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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 (Anchorage)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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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 (Anchorage)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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 on January 12, 2018

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

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 (Anchorage)·Dined on January 12, 2018

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

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 (Anchorage)·Dined on January 2, 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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 (Anchorage)·Dined on January 2, 2018

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

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 (Anchorage)·Dined on January 2, 2018

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

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 (Anchorage)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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

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 (Anchorage)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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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