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The Pump House

4.5
488 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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 488 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Our waiter Patrick was excellent. Very professional. Anticipated our needs. A +++

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

The Pump House was one of the highlights of our trip to Alaska. We were a part of 6. The food was excellent, the servers were great, attentive, with a sense of humor. We had a very good evening!

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

We decided to have a nice romantic dinner after the Riverboat Cruise at the Pump House. We expected a lot, and we were not disappointed!!! It gets very good reviews in TripAdvisor, and also rates very highly with locals. It was our last night in Fairbanks, and we wanted it to be memorable. You would do yourself a disservice for not learning more about the history of this fantastic Pump House, it's beautiful bar, pool table, and tribute to a couple of their Cooks who have passed away.
This place has class, and is located right on the side of the Fairbanks River. The service was great, and the waiter was quite knowledgeable. We decided to start with a spinach and artichoke dip, which is probably one of the very best we've ever had (and we have had many great ones). We ordered the fresh halibut breaded and pan-fried with potatoes, and asparagus. Our meal was Michelin multi-star quality!!
We finished with a fresh rhubarb crumble, and walked away, having our high expectations exceeded !! Do not leave Fairbanks without experiencing this gem of a restaurant, it ranks right up with the best in America........ yep, in Fairbanks folks!!

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Great as always!! Best place in town. We are never disappointed.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Great food and service, we eat here frequently for dinner out, special occasions and our company Christmas party.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Mother’s Day Dinner was made memorable in the antique ambiance of this Restaurant. There was everything from a big horned sheep head to three generations of Edison cylinder Victrolas to an upside down rendering of a Musher & sled & dogs hanging from the ceiling.
I had a mixed drink and my wife had white wine. We enjoyed small plates of clams and reindeer sausage and one of halibut cheeks, and a cup of chowder and their mixed greens.
Peter was our waiter and he took good care of us.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Great staff, wide variety, reasonable (high) prices. Veggies merely warm, chowder fantastic.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

We celebrated a birthday there on the 6th with friends. The evening was very enjoyable as always with this establishment. We appreciate the service, the service and the menu variety. Very good food and wine.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Thank you, Pump House! It was wonderful!

We used Open Table because my birthday coincided with UAF’s commencement so we wanted to make sure we could make a reservation during a very, very busy night.

The service was fantastic!
The food was delicious, the best I’ve had in a long time.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Great food and excellent service. We went for a post college graduation dinner celebration and everyone enjoyed their meal. The wait staff was very attentive and checked in on us frequently to make sure we had beverage refills and that everything was prepared correctly. Everyone enjoyed their meals and the desserts were great too.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Quite possibly the best steak I’ve ever eaten. The filet migion was so tender, it could have been cut with a butter knife.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Food is wonderful as always. Service not so good, either they have to few wait staff or the wait staff makes it a point to leave you alone with empty glass of water, or all empty plates waiting for the check. Still will be going for the amazing food.

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

Wonderful experience! Visiting family in Wasilla went for a drive and stopped in.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Overall good experience. Steak was cooked perfectly, it just had a weird Burned taste to it.

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Had the zucchini and crab cakes for appetizers and the seafood risotto and grilled salmon for dinner. All were very good and reasonably priced. Great bar service courtesy of our server! Cozy atmosphere. Noise level would have been great but there was a group of women at the table next to us that were very boisterous, thought that everything someone at the table said was hilarious and had to laugh extremely loudly. Not the restaurant’s fault.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Attentive staff and excellent food. Recommend for family and friend get together.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

The seafood platter was awesome. It was way too much for 2, in fact 4 of us shared it and there was still some left! All the meals were great, elk meatloaf, veggie platter, reindeer steak, halibut fish n chips! Great recommendation by our tour driver!

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Kinda spendy. Food was good. Service was good. Everything was “good”, just overpriced. We’re locals, and its not even tourist season yet.

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2018

I made a reservation and even though it wasn’t too busy, my we were seated in a terrible spot. There shouldn’t be a table there. I was in a chair sticking out in a walkway right next to the kitchen. I felt like I was in the way of staff going in and out of the kitchen. I was complaining to my husband about it and a random waiter overheard me and took us to another table next to the window. After that upset, the rest of the dining experience was pleasant thanks to Patrick.
I highly recommend the Bloody Larry! Also, this place has one of the best Sunday brunches in the area.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

I went to the Pump House for Easter brunch and I was disappointed. I have been over the last few years to the Easter brunch and this was the first year that the food was not to the Pump House quality I am used too. For the price that was charged the food was not worth it. The eggs were watery and the food was just overall not that great. I did attend the Pulp House for dinner the Friday before and the food was amazing! I will def go again for dinner, but we will not attend for brunch again.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Great dining experience in Fairbanks! Loved the blackened halibut and red deer.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

My favorite restaurant in the area. The food is worth the price and I’ve never had a bad dish. Love that the desserts are made fresh, in house!!!

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

the game combos are very interesting,if you have black pepper sauce,I think its will very wonderful!

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4.0Dined on March 22, 2018

We wanted some Alaskan seafood and took a taxi from Pikes to get here. We had King Crab that was very good but my wife noticed some big sections of the leg were missing the crab meat.

You don’t send the food back that taste very good and how do you complain about an issue like this. What would I say? Please stick some extra crab in this big hollow leg hole,, think not?

Maybe it fell out while being put on the plate or being served. Maybe the diner actually ate it and is trying to get extra free crab. We don’t like to complain but at a great place like this you just want your full order, nothing more but nothing less either.

Our waitress was Elizabeth and while she did her job okay. She looked like she might be having a bad night and not very approachable.

The male manager was very pleasant and helped us get a cab back to Pikes after the meal.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

The food is always good! I enjoy the brunch every time I come. My granddaughters totally loved it as well.

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3.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Food options were varied, with a great breakfast selection. Lunch options were slightly bland, and desserts were hit or miss. Great value with included drinks though!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Absolutely loved the vintage decor and warm atmosphere. The food was amazing!!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We were visiting Fairbanks, we had such a great experience that we came back for

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3.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Ordered the crab legs & seafood chowder. The chowder was excellent! Very good comfort food. The crab legs were either over cooked or re-cooked. Just awful. They were kind enough to take it off our bill once they saw the spongy, shriveled crab meat. I called for reservations & they said they were booked till 8pm! What? Got on opentable & was able to secure a reservation for exactly the time we wanted. Restaurant was empty. Hmmm. Cool, local gem as far as ambiance goes. But, too pricey for the quality of food.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Great service, delicious food. The blackened halibut & elk meatloaf were delicious.

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

We had the pan seared salmon (slightly over cooked but still very good), the ribs (not bad at all and came with a very nice portion of steamed broccoli), a burger (I didn’t try it but it looked excellent!), the salmon salad (huge and good!) and the seafood with rice pasta (that’s not the exact name of the dish; good but I don’t think it was quite what my son expected). All in all, great service, good food and fun atmosphere, I recommend it for special occasions!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Loved mixed grill! Tooo much seafood risotto, great deserts

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2018

I went to the Pump House twice during my visit to Fairbanks. The first time I would have given it 5 stars. The strip steak and everything that came with it was outstanding. The waiter was impeccable. The timing between the courses was perfect. The second time I went it was worthy of only 3 stars. The waiter barely even checked on me. If I needed more beverage, i had to flag him down. The salmon was nothing special and the potatoes/veggies were bland.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Two thumbs up. Always a great place to dine. The seafood chowder is the best I've had. The wine and beer selection is world class. And the humidor......WOW!!!

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2.0Dined on February 24, 2018

I feel terrible leaving a less than excellent review of this place as my family and I frequently dine here and, up until this visit, the experience has always been fabulous! However, a few reasons for my less than stellar review: 1) The waiter left before we were done ordering and rarely came back to check on us. A different waiter saved the day and picked up the slack (thank you to whoever you were). 2) With the exception of our twin toddlers, everyone ordered steak this visit. My husband and I both had the ribeye and found the majority of both of our steaks to be nothing but charred fat. 3) My favorite dish here, the seafood risotto, came out cold.
I hope this visit was just a fluke because I do highly recommend this place otherwise.

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4.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Always have loved the pump house. The Seafood risotto was amazing. Our server was friendly and bubbly and made for a great experience. Love the atmosphere of the old building. Noise level was a little high but die down after the dinner rush. We will definitely be back and I recommend this to anyone visiting. Especially in the summer.

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Great place for dinner. Enjoyed the ambiance, service was excellent.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Great place to eat while in Fairbanks

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

My wife and I went to the Pump House for a rare date night on 2/18/18. Ambience was nice, our server was absolutely great. Ordered a spinach and Artichoke dip appetizer that was great. We both ordered steaks from the menu, she ordered a New York and I ordered a rib eye. We both ordered our steaks medium. When the steaks arrived, both steaks were extremely rare. We were hesitant to send them back, but after overhearing a lady from a nearby table send hers back for the same reason, we opted to send ours back as well. Again, our server was great and apologetic for the undercooked (for our taste) meal. When she brought the steaks back, the rib eye I had ordered was in fact cooked to medium and tasted delicious. My wife’s steak however was still severely undercooked. We didn’t send hers back for a 2nd time, but for $35-$40 for a steak we expected a steak cooked to our liking. The flavor was great, the sides were perfect, however I would be hesitant to order another steak from their menu.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Food is spectacular and the service is top notch. Historic building in a beautiful setting in both summer and winter.

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