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About The Pump House

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.

796 Chena Pump Rd
Fairbanks, AK 99709
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
American, Seafood, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

Cross Street:
Chena Small Tracts

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(907) 479-8452

Website:
http://www.pumphouse.com/

Entertainment:
Karaoke every Wednesday night starting at 9:00 pm.

Catering:
Customized menus for groups of all sizes.

Parking Details:
Large lot with free parking.

Public Transit:
Public Bus System route stop.

Executive Chef:
Richard Blanke

Private Party Facilities:
Our Banquet Room can seat up to 18.

Private Party Contact:
Vivian Bubbel: (907) 479-8452

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

The Pump House Ratings and Reviews

5
4
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (27)
Waterfront (26)
Good for a Date (24)
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Casual (23)
Worth the Drive (23)
Special Occasion (23)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Authentic (18)
Great for Outdoor Dining (18)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
Business Meals (15)
Good for Groups (15)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Great for Brunch (14)
Cozy (13)
Fun (13)
Comfort Food (13)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Local Ingredients (11)
Romantic (11)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Great Beer (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Healthy (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Fit for Foodies (6)
People Watching (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Seasonal (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Notable Wine List (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Live Sports (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Anchorage)·Dined 2 days ago

It's my Go To place. Birthdays, Holidays, Friends passing through town.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Authentic
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 7 days ago

Love the bread. Everything was great from start to finish. Props to the chef on the amazing flavors.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

My little family & I LOVE The Pump House!!! That being said, on Sunday, we had a really nice and polite server but we ended up asking other server's to refill this or that. And we got really cold. But we still really love The Pump House and will continue to make this our go to when we can.

Tags: Good for Groups, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Hot Spot
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Fantastic service and the food was delicious! We reserved the back room for a sunday morning champagne brunch. We were all very pleased with the food and service!

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Excellent service...wonderful food and reasonably priced compared to similar establishments. Great beer and wine selection. Will definitely be going again. Looking forward to trying the Pump House in the summer.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Live Sports, Great Beer, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Cozy, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Took my steak home and recooked it myself. The vegetables had more flavor than the steak. I ordered a medium steak and it came to the table rare and chewy.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food was fantastic and so was the service! We went to the Pumphouse for our anniversary. We were seated at a cozy, romantic table and were even treated to a complimentary dessert. Highly recommend for special occasions.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Date night with the wife. Pleasant dinner with no kids.

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

We went for Sunday brunch. We enjoyed it immensely. The best meal in Fairbanks by far.

Tags: Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Casual, Bar Seating, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Sunday brunch is definately not worth the money, nothing special on the dessert or main dish tables. Have been on the deck with friends, had dessert and drinks-that was enjoyable and desserts were very good.

Tags: Casual, People Watching
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on October 15, 2017

My reservation went well! Seated quickly and the service was excellent. The food was delivered quickly and everyone enjoyed it. Great place to throw a dinner party

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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Lovely first time experience! A must go- to on my next trip to Alaska!!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Paleo Friendly, Scenic View, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Wonderful food. The best brunch In fairbanks Alaska. My collegues and I always go for occasions

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (Boise)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Great food, awesome portions. Atmosphere is incredible.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Open air type of seating with a vibrant bar scene. The restaurant is on the water, and even though the weather wasn't quite right for an outside seating, the inside seating was nice. The whole place had a lot of historical pieces all over the restaurant. I liked the decor, and it was quite big as well.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Great food, excellent service, hard wooden chairs and tables need an update, mud for a parking lot, expensive.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Food was very good. For a appetizer we had fried raindeer meat balls and seafood bisque. For our dinner we had blackened halibut and elk meatloaf wrap in bacon. For dessert we had a peanut butter pie. It was very rich for me. But, the wife loved it.

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Good for Groups
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·Dined on September 18, 2017

very nice and Alaskan. Great view. Will recomend to friends. Srevice is so friendly!

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Great restaurant in a historic building in a historic region. We were at the Pump House for Sunday brunch with our older son his younger son. The setting was superb to chat with our son and grandson and enjoy a very good meal. Server was very attentive.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Crab cakes were cold. Fish tasted off and all they did was give us a dessert.

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 (Miami)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Food was good but the service was extremely slow. Pricey so I would reserve for special occasions.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Place was recommended as a spot for local history. Used to be a Pump station. Location right on Chena Eiver. Very pretty. Staff was attentive. My favorite part was all the antiques decorating the building. You have to take a walk around restaurant to see. Food was very good. Was well prepared. Do recommend.

Tags: Scenic View, Cozy, Waterfront, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Casual, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on September 12, 2017

The food was fantastic, as usual - great filet and perfectly cooked. Seating was good and timely. We like the web-based reservation system. Service was great and we appreciate the jobs being provided to school students. Great wine list. We go to talk and enjoy a quiet meal; a quiet seating is important as in your setting - thanks. Plenty of room for seating. The historic atmosphere is incredible. Much appreciated.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Scenic View, People Watching, Casual, Waterfront
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Seafood selection was AWESOME!!! Food was outstanding and the service OUTSTANDING!!! Highly recommend making reservations. It was a great way to end our vacation to Alaska. Easy to find, you will need to have transportation or take a taxi but it is truly worth it.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Great Beer
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 (Tucson)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Always excellent and has continued to be over many years. Delightful for locals or a place to take guests.

Tags: Waterfront, Good for a Date, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on September 4, 2017

The Pump House is just really good, really enjoyable, and very dependably excellent restaurant.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Healthy, Afternoon Tea, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Wedding anniversary

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 2, 2017

The food was great. I was debating on seafood vs. steak and the waitress said the smoked ribeye was a favorite. I tried it and it was terrific. It's a historic building and is a must if you're in Fairbanks.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on August 31, 2017

My first time having deer and it was excellent.

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·Dined on August 27, 2017

It's hard to explain... it's a feeling, that you're in the right place at the right time, everyone is working as a team, but not rushed, yet not slow. It felt just right, very comfortable and 'at home.' I had come to Fairbanks for two nights with a friend and drove to the Arctic Circle thinking the estimated time of the drive was meant for shoppers or photo journalists.. yet our reservation was past, we still wanted to have something that said 'Alaska' and I had taken some time to decide what felt the most authentic without feeling like it may be too authentically geared to the visitor. This was Saturday night in Fairbanks, and I was sure we lost our spot and had requested river view. The parking area seemed full. We weren't dressed as well as I had thought might be required. The welcome was calming and friendly and we were shown to the best seat in the restaurant! I saw next table over the attendant who was at the nearby car wash the day before, and she smiled and came to say hello. I had the Alaska salmon and it was just such a wonderfully relaxed end of a phenomenal day. Then my friend went to the wash room and not until we'd returned to the hotel realized he had left his ring. We went back the 15 minutes and it was not there, and he left his number. The ring was found 2 days later, and Vivian had all the details still available to call and arrange for the mailing of the ring. Not only did she have the details, but because a week had passed and it had not shown up, I called thinking I'll never be able to coherently describe the situation, she knew right away and explained the post office returned her mailing for an added stamp. Now this visit is a permanent part of a memory of a wonderful trip. I would say they work as a team in delivering a caring and welcoming location on the river! We are both so glad we were there! Thank you.

Tags: Good for a Date, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Waterfront, Healthy, Casual, Cozy, People Watching, Quiet Conversation
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 (Mobile)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Vacation tied into our anniversary

First time to eat at The Pump House. Great overall experience The decor was awesome along w the food

Another great open table option. We love open table and use it whenever we can.

We are from Tn and used OT while in Alaska.

Thanks.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 23, 2017

We went to the Pump House based on a number of reviews. The restaurant was a bit out of the way. The food was good as was the service. It was, however, surprisingly expensive for a casual restaurant in Fairbanks, Alaska. Would only recommend if you are willing to spring for an excessive tab.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 23, 2017

We arrived with a reservation and was able to be seated early! Food was very good. Our waitress was good, but she was handling a LOT of tables. The restaurant was quite busy.

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·Dined on August 18, 2017

Great place to eat. The food is good and so are the drinks. The deck is awesome to eat on during a warm Fairbanks day. The oysters were fantastic. I would recommend the pump house to locals and visitors.

Tags: Bar Seating, Scenic View, Fun, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Western NC)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Right on the Chena River if you want to eat outside on the deck. We went in the rain so sat inside
LOUD restaurant with every surface wood and loud music.
Fish house decor lots of big groups.
Decor is too casual for prices.
Husband had sautéd halibut in a great sauce. I had trio of salmon so i could compare King, Silver and Sockeye. Sockeye was cooked in a hot, heavy blackened rub so couldn't compare.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Tasting Menu, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Regret dining at the Pump House, a real tourist location with tour busses full of people. Our salmon was overcooked and the halibut cheeks were ruined with a very heavy batter. The waitstaff were polite however we had to wait a long time for our check. Prices were high given the quality of the dishes we selected. It was disappointing as it was recommended to us by folks who previously dined here.

Tags: Scenic View
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·Dined on August 11, 2017

We were looking for a restaurant that was a little upmarket that some off the ones in town. Very pleasant surroundings and staff was pleasant too. Food was good and lots of it. Would definitely go again when visiting Fairbanks.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Romantic
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Had dinner outdoors on the river deck. Our waiter ( from Moldova) was great - attentive, unobtrusive and most of all he had a great sense of humor.

We had Salmon, steaks, and halibut cheek as appetizers. All were great.

This was our 4th time there (previous three visits were 3 years ago). Will definitely go back next time we are in Fairbanks.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun
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·Dined on August 11, 2017

Everything was so good! Even the price! I would love to be able to go out to dinner at the pump house every night!

Tags: Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Afternoon Coffee, Scenic View, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Vegan, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, Fun, Casual, Romantic, Good for Groups, Authentic, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Great food and beautiful place. Enjoyed our food and staff.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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