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The Pond

3.9
66 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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Pond Steakhouse
Pull up a seat at the Pond Steakhouse and build your own perfect meal! Menu options include Filet Mignon, New York Strip or Prime Rib paired with the sauce & side of your choice. Our salad bar and selection of appetizers are sure to please the whole family! Complete your dining experience with a bottle from our affordable wine list

Holiday Buffets
Alyeska Resort features four seasonal holiday buffets your whole family will enjoy. Offered on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, Easter and Mother's Day.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Steakhouse
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Hours of operation
Upcoming Holiday Buffets:

Christmas Dinner Buffet Sunday, December 25, 2016
Seatings at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm, and 6pm
Adults~$46.00, Children 6 to 12~$23.00, Children 5 & Under~Free; plus 20% gratuity.
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(907) 754-2237
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jason Porter, Alyeska Resort Executive Chef
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Alyeska Highway
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Parking details
Valet parking is available at the main entrance to The Hotel Alyeska. Self parking is also available.
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Public transit
Glacier Valley Transit (GVT) operates a year-round transportation busing system with fixed route service in Girdwood, Alaska. GVT is owned and operated by Girdwood Transportation, LLC and leases employees from Alyeska Resort. GVT is made possible by a grant from the Federal Transit Authority and The Alaska Department of Transportation.
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Beer, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 66 People Are Saying
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3.9based on all time ratings
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3.9
service
3.7
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3.1
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64% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on December 25, 2017

Had special Christmas buffet with my husband. Very good food, great selection, tons of desserts. They did run out of a lot of dishes and we had to wait to have them refilled - a few dishes we just gave up on. But would definitely do again - worth what we spent.

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4.0Dined on December 25, 2017

Not having to cook on Christmas was a gift in itself....enjoying good food and family was priceless.

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1.0Dined on November 24, 2017

The Thanksgiving dinner was nice but very expensive (for our family of 10 it was $600 with $111 of it toward a tip--and 7 of those 10 were under 10 years of age) it really just felt like a buffet. In the morning we returned to Ponds for the breakfast buffet. We were asked to wait 45 minutes then when we were finally seated the buffet line was empty (no food). The omelet was very nice. The staff did not apologies and did not offer a discount. Again for 7 people they charge us the full price. Very disappointed in the food availability at the resort.

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4.0Dined on November 23, 2017

We attended the Thanksgiving Buffet for the second consecutive year. Same menu, but last year's experience seemed better. I tried the prime rib, and the first trip through the line yielded about 75% fat and gristle. The sweet potato casserole offering was very watery. I tried the turkey breast without gravy and it wasn't the least bit moist. The attendant seemed almost apologetic when we witnessed the meat crumble as he attempted to slice it. While I understand there are pitfalls to eating buffet style, I feel, at $54 a person, the offerings should rate higher than Golden Corral. I must say the appetizer selections were superior and the wait staff very attentive.

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2.0Dined on November 10, 2017

Adding the word steakhouse at the end of a restaurant name does not make it so.
I had to return a fillet that the waitress said I should get well done so it was not bloody. It was so raw I had to send it back to get even more well done.
The hostess had to leave her station to actually fill water and and put out silverware.
The line to get in was ridiculously long due to this.
I will never eat there again.

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5.0Dined on November 10, 2017

The filet mignon was the bet steak I've had so far in Alaska, I'll be coming back just for that steak with the bernaise sauce

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1.0Dined on November 10, 2017

Poor service and food. The overall expiernce was terrible

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3.0Dined on November 10, 2017

The food was good, but I asked for no onions on my pizza and it came with onions. The waitress was back twice at our table and saw me picking the. Off the pizza, but never said a word. She also never asked if we wanted dessert. Just put the bill down and left. Way overpriced.

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3.0Dined on October 20, 2017

We got there, seated quick, quick service, almost felt like, hurry up and get out. When i reserved, the menu had one set of prices, when i saw the menu when i was there, it was alot higher in price. Got the food, tasted like frozen food from the grocery store. Got the bill and she made a mistake on the prices, she refused to fix the bill. Just paid it and left unhappy with the whole pond experience.

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2.0Dined on October 6, 2017

They bragged about the salad bar, but it was nothing special and was an additional $12. There were few choices for all the hype. We each ordered a different entree. All were delicious. The pork chop and crab legs and halibut were excellent. Considering the prices, the meals lacked accompanying sides and presentation.

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3.0Dined on May 14, 2017

On Open Table and on their menu it clearly says an automatic gratuity will be added to your bill if you have a party of 6 or more. No problem. However, they added a $48 gratuity to our bill and we only had 4 adults and 1 child and argued about it. After they finally stopped argueing with us, they brought the receipt back so it could be signed and was quite snippy with us. For us having to pay $54 per adult & $25 for a child for a buffett that really wasnt that fantastic, I would NOT recommend them. I could've gotten a better buffet from Golden Corral and it would've been WAY cheaper.

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3.0Dined on May 14, 2017

The staff are wonderful, second year we didnthe Mother's Day brunch and It was pretty pricey for what was offered

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3.0Dined on April 22, 2017

The Pond Steakhouse pops up in the evening in the facility that serves as the Pond Cafe during the day. Consequently, its furnishings and decor are standard hotel coffee shop. However, its view of the pond and towering Mount Alyeska is stunning. The filet was flavorful and cooked perfectly. The crab stuffed mushrooms seemed to have been prepared without crab, but they were tasty. The Baked Alyeska desert was an almost flavorless mess topped in toasted marshmellow. The service was attentive.

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2017

Service was outstanding and the main course, prime rib, was spectacular. The add-on side of crab seemed not worth the price. The salad bar, which looked good, did not add much to the overall meal. We would have preferred a couple of specialty salads to choose as opposed the salad bar. Overall, it was an excellent dining experience and I would recommend this for any special occasion or fine dining evening.

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5.0Dined on December 25, 2016

Overall it wasn't too bad but as far as drink concerned it was very poor. Didn't have fountain machine for the soda and cup for the beer was warm.

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4.0Dined on December 25, 2016

Came with 3 friends for Christmas dinner. The food options were few and food was cold or tasteless. We were ate the 4pm seating and they ran out of some food half way through our meal. Will not be back.

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3.0Dined on December 25, 2016

Very disappointed in the main course at the Christmas Buffet. The duck and prime rib were not fit to be eaten. Duck could not be cut, it was so tough. Prime rib was not done to a good texture. I expect they would know how to cook a good piece of meat to perfection. The king crab was not totally thawed out so the large knuckles couldn't be eaten. What a waste.. I would think at one of the most prestigious places in AK that the food would be a bit more edible. The dessert and salad tables were more of what I would expect to see at Alyeska hotel. But to pay 46$ plus a 20% tip for a buffet and not have an edible main course, is very very sad. Wouldn't recommend the buffet to anyone. Very disappointed....

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4.0Dined on December 25, 2016

overall atmosphere was good; however. felt like the food was over priced it was good but the amount of food and the quality of food was not all that

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3.0Dined on November 24, 2016

We dined here on Thanksgiving and have done so a couple of times in the past. They served a variety of items for their Thanksgiving buffet. We found it to be disappointing in that the side dishes were not hot. They had a medley of roasted cauliflower and carrots that were particularly disappointing but shouldn't have been. They were not hot and had the appearance of having been prepared a day earlier and left out. They were so dried up and shriveled I was embarrassed for Alyeska Resort, even though they didn't appear to be. The carrots looked like dried twigs. We found the roast turkey to be dry and the prime rib to be far less than prime and tuff enough to cut through that we requested steak knives. The staff was also extremely slow in replenishing items that had run low or out.
The desserts looked very nice although being a diabetic, I was unable to partake and there were no sugar free items offered.
All in all, disappointing. We find that there are a great number of individuals who will eat anything placed before them. We, however, expect far more given the price and locale.

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4.0Dined on November 24, 2016

The buffet had a great selection of foods from the salads to the deserts which were delicious! Everyone at our table raved about the prime rib as well as the deserts. Our hostess was very friendly and attentive throughout the meal. I would recommend that when people make a reservation that they are asked how old their children are that they will be reserving for as I was surprised that my 14 year old was considered an adult. All in all. I would highly recommend the Pond Café for any occasion.

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4.0Dined on November 24, 2016

Thanksgiving buffet was lovely.....vegetables were undercooked. Turkey, roast and seafood were delicious. Overall the food was very good, and worth the price. Service was very slow and inattentive.....especially considering there was an automatic 20% gratuity added to our party of 3.

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5.0Dined on November 24, 2016

EXCELLENT THANKSGIVING MEAL!
We were stunned by the delicious food and presentation.
YUM! We recommend Thanksgiving here to anyone! BEST mashed potatoes!

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5.0Dined on October 29, 2016

The staff was exordinarily friendly and in a festive mood in their Ghoulish Costumes. Food was perfectly cooked and we especially grateful for the corking fee. We enjoyed a special vintage bottle of vino with our great dinner.

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4.0Dined on October 22, 2016

They had very good waiters always checking on us to see if we needed anything and filling our waters, the food took a while to come out I ordered the steak and it looked so good, once I cut into it it was to rare for my taste their was blood when I cut I usually like my steaks medium this was pretty rare for my taste I never got asked what temperature I wanted my steak and I completely forgot to advise them, Other than that it was very good. It is a little pricey I was expecting a little more towards the food for that price.

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4.0Dined on October 15, 2016

Service was fantastic. I'm not sure the filet mignon was actually that. There was a bernaise sauce on it that I think was to cover the fact the steak did not have much flavor. And it looked like the steak was maybe a lesser cut that was shaped and folded in half to resemble the cut of a filet. Just not the quality one would expect for the price.

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3.0Dined on October 8, 2016

I had posted on my opentable reservation that it was for a special occasion (wife's birthday) and would be nice to have a special desert or something. The hostess and waitress asked if there was a special event and we disclosed it was my wife's birthday. We were a little disappointed that they didn't bring out a special desert or anything. Overall the meal was OK, steak was a little over seasoned with the peppercorn, but overall everything was OK. Kind of underwhelming.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2016

Commendable after 2014 very unfortunate experience with your hostess. That is why we skip 2015 Mother's Day brunch. But this year's experience to summarize it all in all great from the hostess to the waiters and waitresses.

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1.0Dined on March 17, 2016

Skip it. This place was so overpriced and the food was not very good for what you are paying. I would recommend that you search for another fine dining option if you are in the area as this place does not even come close to hitting the mark. The staff was friendly but they were not very good at their jobs.

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5.0Dined on December 25, 2015

I ate at the pond and it's sister restaurant, both at the ski resort, twice in the past week. Christmas dinner was phenomenal.there was prime rib, crab, turkey, duck and all the trimmings. The pastry chef did an amazing job on the desserts as each one looked like handcrafted artwork. Last night we stopped in for a pizza. The crust was amazing and the toppings were plentiful. I honestly have to say it was one of the best pizzas I've ever had. They have an excellent wine and beer list and at least four pages of cocktails. I have to say that the best part where the servers. They knew exactly when I needed something and brought the check within 60 seconds of my napkin hitting the plate. Definitely 20% tip

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3.0Dined on December 25, 2015

I had been wanting to try out the Christmas Buffet for a couple of years now. The menu looked great and when we got there we were seated promptly even though there was a line. The crab bisque was AWESOME, however the other food on the buffet was just average. They advertised shrimp and crab claws on the buffet and I never saw the claws, just the shrimp. I guess I just expected a little bit more of a "WOW" considering this was Alyeska.

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5.0Dined on November 26, 2015

I would eat there again and would recommend the Pond to friends.

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2.0Dined on November 14, 2015

Our food took over 45 mins. Our waitress said it was because we ordered the pork chop and they take awhile to cook. However about 3 couples who got there plenty of time after us revived their food. I'm pretty sure she forgot to put our order in like how we had to ask her several times for another drink. They also ran out of food on the small menu. Not impressed

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5.0Dined on November 7, 2015

We first arrived without a reservation, and we're turned away in an extremely rude fashion. We returned to our room and made a reservation online for 15 minutes later! Upon returning to the restaurant, the same hostess again asked if we had a reservation, but NEVER checked. After being seated, we ordered as soon as the waitress came to the table. We never got our beverages until after our meal arrived, which was WRONG. We ordered prime rib and got NY strip. When they did finally bring our prime rib, it had been GRILLED! Who grills prime rib? Nothing positive to say about the entire experience!

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4.0Dined on October 24, 2015

Overall, it was a great visit. I was expecting a more extensive salad bar, since a bottomless option was offered. It was only $10, though. Would definitely return.

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2.0Dined on October 9, 2015

go to the bar, the menu is better. The pond food was minimal, felt like I should have explored the other menus a little better.

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4.0Dined on May 10, 2015

With how much they charged for the Mother's Day brunch, it would've been more worth it if mimosas were part of the brunch.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2015

The food at the Alyeska Hotel is typically always good but this brunch was really nice...lots of tasty foods to choose from - great for adults and kids!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2015

We've been doing this brunch for the past five years as a family Easter event following the sunrise service at the top of Alyeska and have never been disappointed.
It's a very special brunch with exceptional food in varity, preparation and presentation. There was everything from the traditional prime rib to eggs Benedict with salmon and custom made omelets. There were also plenty of fresh fruits, berries and salads, as well as decadent desserts and everything in between.
The trays were constantly being replenished so everyone had a chance to sample everything.
In short there was something for everyone in our party from the 12 year old (her 5th Easter brunch here) to grandma and grandpa.
Side note: watching the little ones hunting Easter eggs in the snow while we waited in the lounge for our seating was a special treat in itself.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2015

We had a fabulous Easter Brunch! Great selection of food items, service was efficient and friendly. We had a wonderful time!

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2.0Dined on December 25, 2014

This was my second Christmas dining at Alyeska for Christmas. Last Christmas we dined at the seven glaciers, food, atmosphere and service was great. The buffet at the resort was very disappointing and overpriced!. food and service not great and I felt like we were eating in a church hall. Very overpriced!!

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