The Pump House

4.6
572 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
The Pump House Restaurant offers Fine Dining in a Historice Atmosphere overlooking the Chena river. We are listed on the National Registry of Historic Sites and are the recipient of the DiRONA Award. Seasonal closure - January 1st through February 2nd. Reopening February 3rd.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
American, Seafood, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Phone number
(907) 479-8452
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Marcos Barreto
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Private party facilities
Our Banquet Room can seat up to 18.
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Private party contact
Vivian Bubbel: (907) 479-8452
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Catering
Customized menus for groups of all sizes.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Chena Small Tracts
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Parking details
Large lot with free parking.
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Public transit
Public Bus System route stop.
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Entertainment
Karaoke every Wednesday night starting at 9:00 pm.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cigar Room, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Smoking Area, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 572 People Are Saying
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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu mix and solid attentive service. Scallops are a winner

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SR
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good wait staff and solid food in a historic setting on the Chena river

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KP
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday brunch at the Pump House is a MUST. They have such a large selection of foods. I have yet to try something that doesn't taste amazing. I would highly recommend this restaurant to a friend!

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AF
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The first time we came, we were just "walk-ins" without reservations. We were told it would be an hour wait unless we wanted the bar. We managed to find spots in the bar and the service was great, food was wonderful and the atmosphere really nice. This time, we made reservations thinking it would be even better. The waitress took well over ten to fifteen minutes just to come to our table, service was far and few between with both of us waiting long periods of time without drinks. Interestingly, it seemed much more busy, rushed and loud, yet it seemed much less busy than our first visit. The food was good and the ambience was okay, but the service/noise/ambience in the bar area was way superior. Plus it seemed more relaxed and less rushing/running around from staff. I think we won't do reservations again but rather stick with the bar side.

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JR
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Our table was ready when we got there (had reservations). Great brunch selection for the whole family.

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SC
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday brunch is one of our favourite treats! Definitely the best one in town!

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JM
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

We were visiting Alaska for our 10 year wedding anniversary. Booked the Pump House for dinner. It looked amazing and welcoming however, the waiter was very rude and had no people skills. He told us what we should order and we would not be able to eat.
He scolded us saying he hates when people waste food when we didn't want to finish the overcooked and under-seasoned smoked salmon. He wouldn't make any adjustments to our appetizer (we wanted cooked oysters instead of raw).
We ordered the mix grill to share and received some kind of steak with broccoli and sweet potato. All of which were bland. All together we had 2 drinks, the seafood sample, and the "mix grill" for over $100. We will not be returning to the Pump House and we've shared the sad experience with our friends and family.

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Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service & excellent food !

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AT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All our salmon dishes were very tasty and cooked perfectly. I also love the steamed garlic clam and deer sausage.

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LS
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had been to the Pump House 24 years earlier and enjoyed the best Halibut ever. I returned yesterday and enjoyed an excellent halibut again. It has remained one of the best restaurants in Fairbanks. Go. You will not be disappointed. Larry

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fresh and flavorful. We had 4 in our party and we all ordered something different. We all said it was the best meal we have had on the land portion of our vacation in Alaska. The Crab Mac and Cheese appetizer is a must get!

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A
Houston
60 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Nice place. Huge portions, so split an entree. Rustic feel, busy place, make a reservation. Our server wasn’t having a good day, but good place nonetheless.

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AN
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Milan was our waiter and he was amazing. The food was top notch as always and I always recommend this restaurant to others.

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EH
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the first time I have been to the Pump House. It was more than I expected. The atmosphere was great. The wait staff was attentive and friendly but not intrusive. This is the best service I have had in my overall experience in Fairbanks dining. Our meals were outstanding, beautifully presented and more tasty than I expected. My overall experience was 10 out of 10!! Best restaurant in Fairbanks.

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WL
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve visited Fairbanks several times. And we’ll eat here everyday. Great food, cold beer and amazing desserts. Jenna is an wonderful server and made our visit a fun experience

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WH
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch is the best deal of the week! There’s a great variety of breakfast, lunch, fruit and desserts! Definitely save room for dessert!

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Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing menu, excellent service, presentation and environment.

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MS
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Tired of making reservations at this restaurant and getting shoved in a crappy table that doesn’t comfortably fit my party. I could understand if I made last minute plans and reservations but I made them 3 days ago. Not asking for special treatment just some proper planning from the staff.

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AA
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great place to start our search for authentic Alaskan food. Food was good and wine list was very reasonable. Must get the Salmon or Halibut.....local greats!
Atmosphere was great....we felt as if we had stepped on to the set of 'Northern Exposure'.
Would recommend!

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BC
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Returned to Alaska after being gone for 10 years and the food and service was still as great as I remembered. I also had 2 new personnel in my party that had never been to Alaska and they loved the food!!

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LM
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved this place so much we went 2 days in a row for our 2-night stay in Fairbanks! Easily the best seafood chowder I’ve ever eaten, the crab cakes special was to die for. We had the same lovely server (Sarah) both nights, she was friendly and attentive. I would happily recommend the Pump House to anyone wNting a great dinner in Fairbanks.

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Z
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very nice restaurant with patio seating. Food was plentiful and tasty. We had the seafood platter for 2 in addition to our cup of soup as a starter. It was too much for both of us. If we were to know how large is the platter, we probably would skip the soup and bread. In general, excellent choice for casual dinner but pricy. Quite noisy and minimal privacy, would not recommend for a date or romantic evening.

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DS
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On vacation with son and father. Our Alaskan trip was amazing and finding this gem of a restaurant made our trip that much more memorable. Was lucky enough to find time to eat at this establishment two nights. Great meals and service as expected. Thank you to management and both waiters who served us those nights. Very professional and on point with whatever we needed.

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OT
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lazar was an excellent waiter. Great food. What a way to start a vacation.

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KO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Worth the drive, waitress was friendly and gave great service. Fish was exceptional as were the ribs abd dessert.
Loved the decor!!

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our first visit to this restaurant. Found this via google search and it was highly recommended. We asked a few locals about this establishment and they all recommended this restaurant as well. The food and service were excellent and the prices were reasonable.

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G
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a phenomenal dinner here to celebrate the last night of our honeymoon. Our waiter was helpful, attentive, and very accommodating for any requests or questions we had. It gives a strong nod to the rich history of the Fairbanks area in the building and decor, but tastefully. Not a cheap dinner, but pretty much worth every penny.

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Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

When reality fails to live up to the promise disappointment ensues. Beautiful locations, wonderful atmosphere, delightful staff but some of the food was disastrous. Specifically the crab salad was awful. The crab was so old that the taste was foul, the eggs were overcooked and dry, the lettuce was wilted. Overall it was inedible. The imbalance between everything else this beautiful restaurant has to offer and the actual dining was a total bummer. Maybe just don't order the crab?

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WG
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were visiting Fairbanks from a Reno, NV. The Pump House was recommended. We found the food and the entire experience outstanding. We would recommend the Pump House to anyone.

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MA
San Antonio
8 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. Food was excellent, reasonably priced, and Service great!

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S
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had King Crab legs, and it was great, also had the meatloaf with mashie and gravy, very tasty!

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TC
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the food; Ther device was great! The dessert tray was excellent

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WL
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Our B and B hostess recommended the pump house. We enjoyed it so much we came back the next night. Steak and red deer were both excellent. The crab salad and spinach salad also were good. The creme brûlée and strawberry crisp were a great ending to a great meal. Staff are friendly, efficient and not over bearing. Prices are what we expected for fine dining in Fairbanks

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PM
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Pump house was a great find. Rich history to the area and now a great restaurant. Great seafood, we enjoyed the Halibut. Definite place to go in Fairbanks!

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C
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely the best food in the Fairbanks area. The service is great, cocktails are good, and the food can’t be beat!

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RG
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The mesl was great, but the desert was outstanding! Our server be took great care of our party of 8. We will visit sgsin on our next visit to Fairbanks.

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CA
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The meals and desserts were wonderful. The fried oysters I wouldn't get again, too much batter and you couldn't taste them. The oysters on the half shell were amazing!

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Miami
4 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent. They brought the children's food out first, which was very good to keep them busy. The adults food took quite a bit longer, but was excellent and worth the wait.

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CT
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice restaurant with a great view of the Chena River. When making reservations request outside seating.

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KW
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

The Pumphouse was a very nice place with a great view of the river. We had to wait 1 hour even though we had an open table reservation. Had a nice appetizer. Didn't get to have dinner as they had a power failure.

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