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Dirty Skillet

4.9
24 Reviews
$30 and under
Comfort Food
Located at Mile 15.9 in historic Hope, Alaska, Dirty Skillet is the on-site restaurant for Hope Alaska Bear Creek Lodge. Our unique restaurant is a small return to the early 1900 mining days when prospectors found gold in the Resurrection and Six Mile creeks.

Dirty Skillet has a wood burning cook stove in the small lounge and a full glass wall that looks out over Bear Creek Pond. Guests can eat in the bar or lounge area, or enjoy their meal on the deck or by the pond.

We serve hearty, heaping, home-cooked style foods in an authentic old Alaskan mining venue.

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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 24 people are saying
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NancyC
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful evening with our kids and grandkids enjoying Jarod Woods music, epic food, and the new table fireplace was great:)

Our server was very attentive and brought our food and drinks in a timely fashion.

All and all a delightful experience wine we will be back:)

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SheriB
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!!! Wonderful open atmosphere! Highly recommend.

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CynthiaH
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is so fresh and plated well. Make sure you have room for dessert because you would not want to miss out.

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RandyB
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We had a wonderful time, and cannot wait to go again next summer!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun birthday

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KikiAK
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great variety on the menu and everything was fantastic!

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JessicaB
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and atmosphere. A must for foodies.

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OpenTable Diner
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place with servers who care your your needs and food thats delivered fast.

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WMitchell
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We rode down from Anchorage to try this place. We had the Summer Rock Salad with braised chicken and the Kettle Bottom Steak. Both were excellent and the service was fantastic. We will certainly be making the trip again soon.

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WendyL
Anchorage
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dirty Skillet raises the bar for good food in Hope, AK, and may even be worth the detour for any trip on the Kenai Peninsula! Our favorites are Grandpa’s Roast Veggie Red Lentil Soup that is loaded with veggies and enjoyed by even the folks that feel like a meal needs to include some form of meat, the Miner's Pie for a hearty meal and the Banh Mi Burger that is flavorful and accompanied by a mountain of rosemary seasoned shoe-string fries that are amazing. We have had the Key Lime Pie and several flavors of their homemade ice cream, would order any of those or the night's flavors again! Look forward to returning.

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JimK
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food at a great place... is there anything better than dining out in Alaska - God’s country? Was surprised by the excellent comfort food menu and even a good selection on tap!! Definitely will return!!

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AllenA
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friendly and attentive staff. Timely service. Food was great and my steak was cooked perfectly. Live music made it a wonderful evening. We will be back.

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KerryR
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very fun atmosphere and great food choices- Nice wine & local beer selections & save room for homemade pie & homemade ice cream!

Dirty Skillet
Responded on August 9, 2019

Thank you so much for the review!!! We hope to have you back soon (we'll save you some pie and ice cream).

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Fireweed
Pittsburgh
28 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We tried the burgers on a return visit to experience what others are raving about. Pretzel bun was very firm and chewy and the burger looks like a processed frozen patty. The cooked burger was sort of gray in color and any juiciness was from the unusual toppings and not from the meat. It was difficult to bite into because the bun was too thick to get into your mouth and the toppings squished out. The burgers must appeal to many diners according to the reviews, but not to us. The owners told us that they are expanding the kitchen in order to offer an expanded menu next season. We are excited to return next year and try something new.

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OpenTable Diner
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! Staff was friendly, food was a delight. We will return again and again!

Dirty Skillet
Responded on July 26, 2019

Thank you so much for your review! Cheers!

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Fireweed
Pittsburgh
28 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Before our visit we heard the lodge and restaurant were under new management and didn't know what to expect because the former ownership had outstanding food. The grounds around the lodge are beautiful and tranquil. The dining area was renovated with a larger bar and a covered outdoor dining patio. It retained its rustic mining-town ambiance and is very casual. The wine list is also rustic: white, pink, red written on a small chalkboard. You will get a flower in your wine served in a stemless wine glass. A few wines by the bottle are also available. The service is prompt, attentive and friendly. The short menu is interesting, but the only fish listed was the crab cakes which they were out of and a scallop appetizer. The quinoa stuffed portobello mushroom was delicious but I wouldn't order it again. The bone in ribeye was huge but not very good. It was grayish in color and over cooked for medium, chewy and without flavor that ribeye is known for. It didn't appear to be grilled or broiled, barely pan seared. Shoestring fries are very good though. Food is not as good as I hoped and expensive, but Alaska is expensive. It is open daily except for Monday which is great for Hope. Restaurants tend to have irregular hours in this little town. The owner is dedicated to their new venture and we wish them well. As a regular visitor to Alaska, and to Hope, I would dine there again.

Dirty Skillet
Responded on July 26, 2019

Thanks for visiting our neck of the woods. As we talked about in person, come 2020, our kitchen will almost triple in size, and hopefully we can have more seafood options (we are only 8 weeks old to-date!). I'm so sorry to hear that you didn't like our steak! We definitely grill and broil each steak carefully, and we've never had anything but rave reviews. I believe you ordered yours "medium, closer to medium-well." That would certainly contribute to the lack of ribeye flavor. Happy travels!

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ChristopherP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place is pretty small but very nicely set up. The staff is very friendly and the food was excellent.

Dirty Skillet
Responded on July 26, 2019

THANK YOU so much for your review. Cheers!

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ChristopherH
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve already told all my friends about this special place. Great food. Great owners. Family friendly. The food was amazing, the portions were perfect, the experience was unforgettable. I can’t wait to go back and bring my loved ones with me!!!

Dirty Skillet
Responded on July 8, 2019

Thank you so much for this beautiful review! It made our day to read about your experience. Cheers, and see you soon!

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barb
Anchorage
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Rice balls with the creole sauce was amazing! Wine was delicious - 1 new age white, and 1 US chardonnay! And the burger was great - with fries that were so good we took a bunch home, still enjoying them! The mushroom and quinoa was too much quinoa, so I didn't like as well as the burger of Mike's I was snitching from. And the pies were amazing - tried the chocolate cream, and the BEST was the key lime!
We loved the cozy ambiance, and service by Shaun, also helped by Nisha who of course we loved seeing. This is a very welcoming place - for sure we'll be back!

Dirty Skillet
Responded on July 8, 2019

Thank you for the review, Barb.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, amazing atmosphere, excellent service and huge servings! This place is under new ownership and the owners have done a ton of renovations and upgrades.

Dirty Skillet
Responded on June 5, 2019

Thank you for the stellar review! We are super glad you enjoyed your visit here in Hope, Alaska. See you again soon!

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JOYW
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

SUCH a fun time! We liked lunch so much that we came back for dinner, which was even better! Delicious food in a beautiful setting, and the family staff was so above and beyond. Will definitely be making a stop here every time we are nearby. Also loved the live music!

Dirty Skillet
Responded on June 5, 2019

We stoked to hear that you enjoyed your recent visit! We can't wait to have you out again soon (for weekend brunch next time?). Cheers!

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vipMissboo
Anchorage
29 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We were greeted by Angie. She is awesome.. so is her sister, the new owner! AMAZING bone-in steak and to-die-for strawberry-rhubarb pie! =) There was live music the night we were there. It was perfect. =) I hesitate leaving reviews for these little gems.. seems they get too popular, then we can never get in! haha

Dirty Skillet
Responded on June 5, 2019

Super glad you had a great time here at Dirty Skillet! Looking forward to your next visit out to Hope, Alaska. Cheers!

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SusanL
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Perfect in every way for casual but excellent food. Local owners and patrons welcome all.

Dirty Skillet
Responded on June 5, 2019

Thank you so much for coming out to Dirty Skillet! We can't wait to have you out here again soon. Cheers!

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MaryR
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The hospitality was great as we enjoyed a friendly staff and a relaxed atmosphere. For breakfast we had the best scone I have ever eaten. ( I give that scone a 10) along with a banana for breakfast It could not be beat. I am eager to go back and get another. Rustic Alaskan experience.

Dirty Skillet
Responded on June 5, 2019

So glad you had a great time here at Dirty Skillet! We can't wait to have you back out. Maybe next time for lunch and dinner! Cheers.

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Dirty Skillet is rated 4.9 stars by 24 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.