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Karstens Public House - McKinley Chalet Resort, Denali National Park, AK

Karstens Public House - McKinley Chalet Resort

4.1
4.1
341 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Karstens Public House is named after Henry Karsten, the man who helped lead the first expedition of Denali and it is located one mile north of the Denali National Park Entrance at the McKinley Chalet Resort. Karstens is part of Denali Square, which is the heartbeat of the McKinley Chalet Resort. Outdoor dining showcases sweeping views of the surrounding mountains along with indoor dining that provides an inviting and lively atmosphere. Guests will enjoy local craft brews, signature cocktails and authentic Alaska comfort foods like Jalapeno Cornbread, King Crab Fettuccine, Alaska King Crab Roll and the ever popular Caribou burger. Karstens also serves a scrumptious breakfast menu with sweet and savory options that are sure to start your day off right.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Seafood, Breakfast
  • Hours of operation
    Karstens Marketplace - Barista Stand Daily 6:00 am–8:00 pm Breakfast Daily 6:00 am–11:00 am Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm Bar Daily 11:00 am–11:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (800) 544-0970
  • Payment options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Neighborhood
    Fairbanks
  • Parking details
    Hotel Parking
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 341 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.1
4.1 based on all time ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

341 Reviews
  1. JillL

    Anchorage

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It was end of season..,, you definitely could tell

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  2. PatriciaS

    E. Tennessee

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food selections, reasonable prices, good service, convenient.

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  3. Alberta

    Anchorage

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food. Nice atmopshere. Had to wait even with a reservation time but not long.

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  4. TerrenceD

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Our server, Jessica, was the best part of our dinner time! She is very good at her job, knowledgeable, friendly and efficient. The food was better than average. Unfortunately, some other staff members had obvious communications and kitchen problems; i.e. entrees served before starters.

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  5. NeilG

    Tulsa

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Bartenders were friendly and made good drinks. Was able to order from full menu one afternoon for lunch. I really enjoyed the pasta dish I had that had smoked salmon pieces in it (cachio y pepe) and the fish & chips another night. My dining companion had the Rockfish entree and the taste I had was also quite good. They need more salad and vegetable offerings, but otherwise the menu was fine. Carrot cake for dessert was the bomb!

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  6. Mark

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Tomato soup was very good, sliders were tasty but the chocolate pie was not very good. Texture and taste were not good.

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  7. s8p2b5

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Four of us got the breakfast buffet for $20/person and they ran out of both coffee & juice.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Anchorage

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Need more staff that works If you have buffet then make the drinks buffet too

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  9. Rluap

    Anchorage

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Steak Medium ordered; delivered brown, chewy and cut into small pieces. No Steak!!

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  10. TerriK

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Reservations are imperative! Many hours to wait without one!

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  11. StevenC

    Dallas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Limited wines available by the glass. Out of stock on several.

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  12. Splank

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Buffett ran out of almost everything, no sausage gravy, just biscuits without butter or jam, no mixed fruit or oatmeal. Bacon was basically just crumbs and sausage links were dried out. We asked three times and waited about 15 minutes to get utensils. Our food was then cold. My husband waited but, never got a refill on coffee.

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  13. GarryP

    Anchorage

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The person who served us was great and did everything in her power to help us. It was 45 minutes between first and second course , even though other customers were receiving the same meal and came in after us. The place was busy but seemed a little chaotic. We wanted to order a particular salad and you had run out because it was late in the season! Overall our experience wasn’t too bad but we were disappointed that it took. So long to get our food. It seemed the restaurant was under staffed.

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  14. Chica

    Toronto

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Servers run off their feet (insufficient staff). Food was not hot. The “special” (a sirloin steak) was SO fat it was completely inedible. Chocolate chip cookie was good for dessert. Breakfast the next day (only option) was a hot mess! Disorganized, buffet food not hot, plastic utensils. No coffee service. Staff was curt (again likely because of a severe staff shortage.. the restaurant KNOW how many people they have…there is no excuse for this mess

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  15. Sheila

    Portland

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Karsten’s was just overwhelmed and understaffed. Service was stressed.

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  16. LynnW

    E. Tennessee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a reservation and was seated as soon as we walked in the door. The customer service was great. The food was hot and delicious.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Music was good too. Enjoyed our evening. Very rainy here

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    There aren’t many places to eat at the Denali hotels run by Holland America and Princess, and lots of people arrive in the middle of the wilderness at the same time. Thankfully, we made reservations at Princess’ Karsten’s the day before we arrived for our Denali National Park tour and were happy we did. No waiting after a long day on the bus from Whittier. The food was good even if a bit pricey. Make reservations. You’ll be glad you did!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was not warm. The waiter spent at least 15 min talking to another table. Meanwhile, we had no silverware, even though our food was delivered, and our glasses were empty. The food was good but it was not warm

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Hamburg

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Das Restaurant war völlig überfüllt. Die Servicekräfte waren überfordert. Insgesamt machte das einen sehr schlechten Eindruck. 

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  21. JKPH

    Dallas

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    This is essentially just a restaurant in a tourist hotel. Nothing special about it.

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  22. GregC

    Detroit

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Overpriced food. Poor quality. The fish and chips was very greasy.

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  23. AmyD

    Anchorage

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Awful .. had reservation got sat right away and it took 45 minutes to get a glass of wine . We watched ppl getting seated and ate dinner and were out prior to us getting our order taken . Went to subway the next night

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  24. SandraM

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a lovely dinner 2 nights in a row. Our server Pavel was excellent and he even remembered us from the previous evening and knew what we liked to drink. Very nice and service was excellent.

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  25. RichardG

    Portland

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was great but my brisket was dry and my wife’s hamburger was overdone. Did not have time to send them back.

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  26. MStanley

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter was excellent. The appetizer was tasty. Our group of four chose four different entrees and all were great. The carrot cake was superb! Lovely evening of dining after a long train ride.

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  27. TheCube

    Milwaukee

    23 reviews

    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    We really didn't care for Karstens all that much. The first night when we arrived we ended up getting stuck in a corner, and no waiter came by for over 15 minutes. After that we got served by either a manager or a wine steward, and the waiter did come by once or twice - but he wasn't very good (maybe they should fire him.) We also didn't have silverware, and it took four requests (including one by the nice Germans at the table next to us to the host) before we finally got some. The breakfast buffet was decent, however - and because it doesn't require much server attention, worked out better.

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  28. FoodieGal

    Cincinnati

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Very convenient is you’re staying at McKinley Chalet. Salmon was just okay but drinks were good. The server was not very attentive or helpful describing menu items.

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  29. Mike

    Boise

    11 reviews

    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The service was slow, waitress should pay more attention to service and less to gabbing with patrons. I had the brisket, which wasn't bad, somewhat dry, but the corn and mushrooms with it were terrible. I was served half a corn cob with no utensils to eat it with. My wife had pasta which she says was very good, but it wasn't served with a pasta spoon. When I got up to request a spoon I was given a little plastic spoon. My wife finally asked the right person and was given one with which to finish her pasta. The restaurant is now cashless, so I was surprised when the waitress disappeared with my credit card and took a long time to return. Why isn't the staff furnished with equipment to scan the cards at the table? I consider that an obligation, especially since the restaurant is cashless.

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  30. Blade

    Indiana

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, great service. Ate dinner and breakfast the next morning.

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  31. JimH

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Buffet breakfast not that special. Would say it was overpriced.

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  32. DanA

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 16, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was great, ambiance was fine, the server was abrupt and the music was way too loud. His base was turned up to the point no conversation was possible.

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  33. MMMM

    Tahoe

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Relatively good food. Smoked flavoring in Brussel sprouts salad good. Noisy especially by the bathroom where our table was.

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  34. ReginaSF

    San Francisco

    94 reviews

    4.0

    94 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was fine, the service was very good, the outdoor music was really loud, making conversation impossible.

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  35. Gustav

    London

    59 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Modern steakhouse at Denali Square. Very large space with loads of seating, and additional seating outside on the deck which has a lovely view and you can enjoy the singing entertainment too. There’s seating on two sides of the restaurant, with a large coffee bar/ cafe area in the centre (take away coffee / beverages, and breakfast / sandwiches. Service was good and fast. Food was great and prices are reasonable too. You can book online- worth it if you’re planning on going during peak times.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We had dinner here as part of a tour package and were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food and the friendliness of the staff The menu is limited, but they do it well, and the kitchen is efficient. We ate here for breakfast two days later and had another good meal as a buffet This restaurant is worth a try.

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  37. JimK

    Toronto

    12 reviews

    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Waiter splattered ketchup all over my wife. No discount.

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  38. JeanG

    Oklahoma City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The entree was delicious but the cookie for dessert was overdone. Service was great! Brunch was also overpriced.

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  39. ChuckC

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good sandwiches and beer, friendly service, music outside. Price fair for a resort.

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  40. LeslieK

    Anchorage

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    We made reservations ahead of time. When we arrived the only place they would seat us was in the full, blinding sun (it was unseasonably hot). There several empty tables that weren’t in the sun but told they were reserved for someone else. I wasn’t sure why those scattered tables were for someone else when we had reservations too. They finally gave us a shady table by the kitchen. The parm fries were deli but the sliders we got were just ok. We ordered sodas but the syrup was out so they tasted terrible. I understand that it happens. They took our sodas to fix it but never brought them back so we did without. I would not go back.

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Karstens Public House - McKinley Chalet Resort is rated 4.1 stars by 341 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today
Google Map for Karstens Public House - McKinley Chalet Resort

240 George Parks Hwy, Denali National Park, AK 99755

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Fairbanks
  • Hours of operation
    Karstens Marketplace - Barista Stand Daily 6:00 am–8:00 pm Breakfast Daily 6:00 am–11:00 am Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm Bar Daily 11:00 am–11:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Seafood, Breakfast
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Hotel Parking
  • Payment options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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