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The Alaska Boathouse Restaurant

4.0
14 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Romantic

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The Alaska Boathouse Restaurant can be found in beautiful Big Lake, Alaska. This restaurant offers a dining destination that offers seasonal rotations of seafood, vegetables, meat and more. The Alaska Boathouse looks out over Big Lake and proudly uses ingredients from the Alaska area.

The Alaska Boathouse Restaurant offers appetizers, steaks, desserts and more. This restaurant is family friendly and offers a children's menu with items like baked mac and cheese and PB&J sandwiches. Some of the most popular entrées include the Alaskan halibut fish and chips, seafood Creole, chicken Neptune and halibut tacos. For dessert, indulge with a six and a half inch skillet baked cookie brought to you warm.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Seafood, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
SPRING/SUMMER HOURS;
Thursday/Friday/Saturday: 5pm-9pm
Sunday: 11am-9pm
Sunday Brunch served till 2:00pm



WINTER HOURS:
Thursday/Friday/Saturday: 5pm-9pm
Sunday: 12am-9pm
Sunday Brunch served until 2pm.
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Phone number
(907) 892-8595
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
Host your Christmas party, Bridal Shower, Birthday Party, Baby Shower or Anniversary at the Boathouse!
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Private party contact
Kathy Glines: (907) 892-8595
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Catering
We provide event catering for weddings, corporate functions, and retreats of up to 250 persons. We work closely with planners to customize a menu specific to our guests' needs. Our cuisine is American Bistro meets Alaskan comfort food. We offer catering for both our Sunset View Resort guests, our Creekside Lodge guests, and off-site clients as well.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
5322 S BIG LAKE RD
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Parking details
We have a large private parking lot adjacent to the restaurant. We also have three floating docks to accommodate boats and float-planes during the Summer. When frozen solid, planes and helicopters can land on Big Lake, during the Winter season. Winter sports enthusiasts may park sleds as well. There are other parking areas on our property as well for over-flow or event parking.
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Entertainment
LIVE Music Friday evenings.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.0  based on all time ratings
4.1
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4.0
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4.4
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OpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
3.0  Dined on September 6, 2015

The view is very beautiful. The restaurant is sort of cozy. Don't go for good food near closing. I didnt enjoy my steak or potatoes 😖

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viptravelers (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on August 28, 2015

Had view of Mt McKinley on a clear early evening and for a hungry group found portions to be extra large (almost too large). From salmon fettucini to special halibut the flavors were fresh and sauces distinctive. I had the flatbread which came with warning that it was spicy, but I was surprised to find a jalapeno in every bite.. so much to the point that I had to pull them off.. you don't need that many J's to make something spicy and it was a bit much.. other than tha very flavorful.

Really enjoyed, definitely still talking about the evening!

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AkTwin (Anchorage)
5.0  Dined on August 1, 2015

What a fun place! Really enjoyed sitting outside and watching the boats; the appetizer selection was great!

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HappyHungryLocal (Anchorage)
5.0  Dined on June 21, 2015

We were impressed with the quality of food and decent quantity. It was a perfect day to sit on the deck and watch the activity on the lake. We were amazed how quiet the boats were and were pleased with the service. Our waitress was pleasant and never left us waiting. Our meal was delicious and obviously made from fresh ingredients by a talented chef. The halibut batter was crispy, the fries were delightful. The special of chicken parmesan was cooked perfectly and the homemade marinara sauce was chunky and fresh. The fettucini alfredo was creamy with just the right amount of garlic. Mmmmm excellent! We will be back and we will be telling all of our friends about this place!

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AKDawn (Anchorage)
4.0  Dined on May 29, 2015

We began with the calamari, served on a bed of fried spinach with aioli sauce. It was excellent, though perhaps just a bit skimpy given the price. We then shared a HUGE blue-cheese salad with nuts and cranberries -- also excellent and very generous in proportion -- it begs to be shared! Lastly, we had the halibut fish and chips -- once again, food quality excellent, though for the price there might have been one additional fish (there were five small --two-bite -- servings). Chips (fries) were very good.

The restaurant has indoor and outdoor seating -- we sat indoors, at a comfortable table overlooking the the lake. Some nice soft jazz was playing. Restaurant is very clean, light and airy -- a very nice atmosphere.

Our server was absolutely fantastic -- very welcoming in a genuine way, attentive and friendly. We really liked her.

Overall, this is a very good place to eat if you are in Big Lake. We drove up in our boat and had a very nice floating dock to attach to. We will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Anchorage)
3.0  Dined on May 10, 2015

Food was good & staff was pleasant and accommodating, but I think we caught them on a bad day (Mother's Day) because we waited an entire hour for our appetizer and another hour for our entrees. Will we return? Unlikely. Had they offered free dessert to make up for the excessively slow service, sure! But they didn't, so we'll stick with our favorites. Sorry Boathouse...you have good potential and we typically won't think twice about leaving a 20% tip when it's warranted, but for a $200 bill, you fell below our expectations.

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OpenTable Diner (Anchorage)
4.0  Dined on May 7, 2015

Although the food is a bit pricey, if you are looking for a really fine dinner with no compromises on the food, The Boat House delivers. The Caesar was delicious, the Halibut was cooked to perfection, and the Rib Eye had the right amount of marbling. One criticism though, the veggies with the entrees was carrots, just carrots. It seems there could have been a bit more variety there and was a bit of a disappointment.

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dinnerdates (Anchorage)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2015

We have been to the Boathouse before for Sunday brunch. We booked Valentine's evening as a special night out, as we don't go out alone much since we have a 7 year old, and wanted a romantic Dinner. Our table was ready when we got there. The hostess was absolutely great! the owner brought us bread, as they were pretty busy. The tables around us were ALL complaining on the 45 minute food wait. We were expecting that, so we weren't alarmed. the waiter brought us a wine menu...then didn't come back for 20 minutes. He delivered food to 2 tables around us and then looked at us very startled. He had forgotten We were there. He took our full order (yes he wrote it down) and brought us our bottle of wine. We ordered the wine and calamari, and 2 of their Valentine specials. Pretty simple. We could see the entire downstairs dining area and our waiter at random tables. So we have been there 45 minutes now. We are half way through our bottle of wine. No more bread. No salads yet. And the tables around us are leaving after eating. He hasn't been back and they are going down for their bill and to pay! Another 20 minutes goes by and we watch him serve wine AND salads to a table that had been there 15 minutes. The poor hostess comes up to bus tables because the bus boy hadn't come upstairs at all. I catch the poor hostess who apologized profusely. I know he forgot to put our order in. Our reservation was at 7. We have drank all of our wine, and have had nothing and it is now 8:15. She went downstairs and I watched her tell him. He came back up After serving 2 more tables. Did not apologize. Brought our salads finally at 8:30. Our calamari at 8:45 and then dinner at 9 and dessert at 9:15. We called for the owner and he failed to apologize as well. He made the excuse that it was normal and happens due to the holiday. No, it shouldn't, and nobody else waited like that. We watched. we were forgotten. It was a great dinner. Kudos to the chef! And thank you to the super special hostess!

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OpenTable Diner (Anchorage)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2015

Limited availability in menu long wait to order and be seated even with reservation - don't be in a rush and must be flexible. Great food and ambiance

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antihater (Anchorage)
1.0  Dined on August 10, 2014

We arrived to the restaurant and there was only one couple there eating. We sat down and ordered drinks and a tourist bus showed up. A few people came in and got to eat and leave before we even got to order food. When the food did arrive it was not the correct order and so it went to a different table. They then tried to take our order again but at that time we were too upset so we paid for our two drinks and left. We went to Red Robin and had a great meal there.

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kdladie (Anchorage)
3.0  Dined on August 9, 2014

The Boat House was a wonderful place for our date night out with friends. We were seated right away and brought drinks. we did have to wait quite awhile for our appetizer to arrive and then even longer for the entrees to come. We ordered scallops, they were rubbery and not cooked properly. but another person in our party ordered some and they were cooked to perfection, so I suppose its a hit and miss.
the prices are very high and there are not many options available.
example"mac and cheese came with one cup of pasta and no sides for $14

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john (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on August 9, 2014

menu is limited, but everything i have tried is fantastic. talented chef. a jewel of a find

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john (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on July 31, 2014

outstanding food. i have had chile, fish and chips, and steak at the Boathouse. The fish and chips is the best I have ever had - anywhere, ever! Very talented chef. Hope he comes back next season!

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Srose (Anchorage)
5.0  Dined on June 21, 2014

I had a friend out from Anchorage, we were very pleased with the service and food we received. The portions were nice, we were able to share a sweet and a savory with no problem. The mimosa was a full glass of champagne with a splash of fresh squeezed orange juice. I had eggs benedict and the eggs were poached to perfection and the hollandaise sauce was made with a quality butter and the right amount of sauce was used so that it complimented the eggs and English muffin not over powered it.

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