Charlou

4.4
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30 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
We specialize in coastal-cuisine, with an emphasis on seafood, gluten-free, and vegan. We feature locally sourced menu items whenever possible, including meat, pasta, and produce. Our inclusive venue has something for everyone (including kids), plus our killer beverage list is curated by La Bodega.
What 30 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.7
service
4.4
ambience
4.1
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great staff

JO
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Enjoyed the atmosphere, extensive tap menu (including non-alcoholic drinks) and beautiful food presentation. Service was quick & friendly. Food was tasty too, just a bit spendy for what you get. Awesome vegan & vegetarian option! They were attentive to my food allergy too!

OT
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and entertainment NYE was wonderful. The menu was excellent and very well prepared.

KA
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was great - interesting, well prepared. Great service.

TM
Anchorage
30 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The staff was very good, helpful. While not the first time we ate here, we do not frequent the restaurant. The The food was good. The desserts were very good. Wine list was exceptional for a small place.

p
Anchorage
33 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food3service2ambience4

Some food good, some so-so. Service was not very attentive.

L
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant. Great menu variety and friendly, knowledgeable, attentive staff.

j
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great local venue which has something for everyone, especially those on the veg/vegan end with the new menu. I love the location and the staff. Would love to see a few more affordablly, moderately priced wines, ciders and beers. My kids really like Charlou food and the artistic, friendly, open space. It's also a good place for an adult date. They are very supportive of the community and are becoming leaders in the Spenard revolution. There is a new lunch menu I'm looking forward to trying. Also, watch for music in the evenings, I hear.

L
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the unique menu items, the servers' knowledge, and the atmosphere.

LA
Anchorage
9 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date night, excellent service.

R
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Jackson greeted us and provided friendly, knowledgeable service. Food was creative,fun, fresh and I personally loved their spin on familiar dishes. Halibut sandwich was delicious, the ceviche was prepared fresh and I loved the chicken “nuggets” with beet ketchup. Beer and wine list was excellent and the live music was fantastic. I will definitely return to visit Jackson and eat some good food.

B
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience3

Although we had an excellent and very patient server, I was not impressed with the food I ordered. I chose the pasta with shrimp. It was supposed to be in a "light lemon sauce" but it tasted like straight lemon juice to me. Also, it was mostly just pasta. We did have a good appetizer, but I can't remember what it was.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & drink, as always, and lovely to have live music for our evening.

L
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drink and service were perfect. The music was a tad too loud for conversation.

h
Anchorage
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Tasty food, excellent service and a wide variety of options. A great reason to return!

G
Anchorage
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

With a couple of days' notice this party turned into a surprise party with 10 guests instead of the original couple. Charlou's took the changes in stride and all guests, ranging in age from 12 to 80 were made welcome. The menu included something for everyone, I was especially pleased with the appetizer plates. We were there at an hour when the house was not crowded and the noise level was workable for all. Cheers to the waitstaff, who took such good care of us all.

T
Cleveland
32 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it. The platter with manchango and olives was soo good. The pasta and veggie dish, added chic and seemed like a warm pasta salad. Beer and wine selection was good and we will come again soon. Was not busy on a week night, but I would think on the weekend might be happy with a reservation. Had a cupcake to top it off. Blueberry compote was spectacular

TB
Anchorage
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was fast, knowledgeable, and attentive.
Nice weeknight or weekend dining.
Five stars!!

Charlou
Responded on September 14, 2019

Thank you so much for dining with us! We are honored that you chose us for your date night, as we know how important they are. We can't wait to see you again!

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G
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place—the food, service, atmosphere were all wonderful! My second time here. I’ll be back!

Charlou
Responded on September 14, 2019

Thank you for your feedback, and visiting Charlou! We hope to see you again soon!

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MK
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love that they use as much locally sourced food as possible. it is a small menu but has great variety.

Charlou
Responded on September 14, 2019

Thank you for your feedback, and visiting Charlou! We hope to see you again soon!

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a
Anchorage
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

The halibut ceviche was not very good, and the portion was tiny. The soup tastes like Campbell's. The fried zucchini was good, but it was literally 5 razor thin slices. Not a good value. Very friendly service.

Charlou
Responded on September 14, 2019

Thank you for your feedback, and visiting Charlou! We hope to see you again soon!

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JB
Los Angeles
78 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Go go to this restaurant!! If you are out of town, don’t be discouraged because of the location. This will be the best meal you have in Alaska, hands down!!! Service is impeccable and passionate about the food. The food is 5 stars and holds its own against the top restaurants in LA/NYC!! Wine compliments all the food as well. I could go on and on about this place and you can try everything on the menu as it’s that good. The manager is the best as is everyone who works there

Charlou
Responded on September 14, 2019

Thank you for your feedback, and visiting Charlou! We hope to see you again soon, even if you have to fly all the way to Alaska! :)

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OT
Anchorage
10 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Incredibly disappointing. We were excited to try Charlou, and when we arrived we waited and waited to be greeted - and there was only one table at the time. Servers and others were gathered at the bar, and kept staring at us until finally saying we could choose a seat. (I'd made reservations on Open Table, and we were never asked if we'd done so.) Once seated, I asked the server about corkage, as I'd brought wine. I got a bizarrely vague song and dance about how it hadn't yet been figured out, being a new place and all. Seriously? You own 2 wine retail shops. It shouldn't be tough to navigate. Even with that, when you're fairly empty on a Friday night I think there might be a little incentive to figure it out. All in all, we felt as if we were intruding. On a place of business. That apparently needs the revenue. We'll be in no hurry to return.

Charlou
Responded on August 17, 2019

Hi, this is Pamela, owner of La Bodega and Charlou. Thank you for your feedback. We've read your review as a staff. We apologize for your wait. We've implemented a corkage fee of $20. We're working on a plan to have a waived corkage if the bottle was purchased from one of our three La Bodega stores and will be sure to send you a note when we have that implemented. We really appreciate that you came to Charlou and look forward to serving you. Thank you, Pamela

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SJ
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Mostly a great experience with a few opportunities to improve. Loved the atmosphere and everyone working there. EXCELLENT wine list and beer selection. We had sparkling Rose and grapefruit sour beer, all excellent. Loved the lemon rice soup - very filling. Loved both halibut sandwiches. Could improve kids menu and the pasta. Kids menu: portions were very very small. I know kids are also small but ours can each eat a whole steak so we had to order two orders of pasta. Also, the burger is a slider with a crusty bun that is so big a kid can't eat it. I tried scooping out the bread but by that point the kiddo was too upset. The pasta says it's in a light lemon cream sauce - the emphasis should be on lemon! Had the lemon been halved I could have eaten it but it was just too overwhelming. I would have liked to taste the garlic! Looks like they might have live bands and they have outside seating. Overall, we really liked it.

Charlou
Responded on September 14, 2019

Thank you for your feedback, and visiting Charlou! We made sure to upgrade our kid's menu based on your experience! :)

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JB
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is some of the best I have ever had in Anchorage. They offer some really different types of meals, great appetizers with some very good Beers and Wine.

Charlou
Responded on September 14, 2019

Thank you for your feedback, and visiting Charlou! We hope to see you again soon!

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LJ
Anchorage
13 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very cute space, looks much nicer than the old Tap Root venue. Service was great, and the ambience was nice. We started with the Charlou salad with green goddess dressing. Salad was fresh and pretty. Unfortunately the dressing missed the mark. It tasted like it had a tahini base which is NOT in green goddess dressing. I’d suggest either re-naming the dressing to something more fitting (not a fan of tahini) or make a more authentic green goddess dressing. I got the hot halibut sandwich and my husband got the dockside halibut sandwich. Both sandwiches were excellent and the fish was cooking perfectly. The homemade chips were a nice surprise too, they were very good! Restaurant has some great potential and is a good addition to the Spenard restaurant scene.

Charlou
Responded on September 14, 2019

Thank you for your feedback, and visiting Charlou! We hope to see you again soon! We now make sure to mention to everyone that the dressing is tahini based, because you're right! Guests should know!

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OT
Anchorage
9 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was one of the best meals we’ve had.

Charlou
Responded on September 14, 2019

Thank you for your feedback, and visiting Charlou! We hope to see you again soon!

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Homey place; good food; lovely service; nice change from touristy venues in Anchorage

Charlou
Responded on September 14, 2019

Thank you for your feedback, and visiting Charlou! We hope to see you again soon!

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F
Anchorage
28 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Service was great. Beer and wine options terrific. Unfortunately the meal was only mediocre.

Charlou
Responded on September 14, 2019

Thank you for your feedback, and visiting Charlou! We hope to see you again soon!

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LA
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They've done an excellent job with this place! You expect a little roughness from a new restaurant, but I was extremely pleasantly surprised. The menu is DELICIOUS and really allergy friendly! Service was lovely and it was just overall an amazing place to go for a birthday dinner. I will definitely be back!

Charlou
Responded on June 13, 2019

Thank you for coming to Charlou for your birthday! We are honored to have hosted. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit, and we can't wait to see you again!

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