Varsity Sports Grill

4.2
185 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Great for Lunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Scenic View

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About

Featuring fresh food, craft beers and wine, this exciting and spirited lunch spot overlooks the new arena of Alaska Airlines Center. In the summer, our open-air and heated patio is also available to take in the expansive views of the Chugach Mountains and restaurant are available for private events. Whether inside for the games, live or on our wide-screen TVs or out enjoying Alaska's beauty --Varsity Sports Grill has what you're looking for. Open for most UAA and Alaska Airlines Center events, use OpenTable to determine opening hours.


Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Pizzeria, Seafood
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Hours of operation


Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Sunday & Monday: Closed
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Phone number
(907) 786-7835
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Matt Little Dog
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Providence Drive and Wellness Street
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Parking details
90 minutes free parking in the Main lot. See parking meter for details. Use Free parking code: 655601
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Entertainment
The Varsity Sports Grill is located in the Alaska Airlines Center which offers a variety of entertainment options from UAA athletics to concerts. Go to alaskaairlinescenter.com for a list of current events.
Additional
Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
185 reviews
4.2 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
48%
Very Good
34%
Good
12%
Fair
4%
Poor
1%
4.2
food
4.2
service
4.3
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on April 28, 2017

Great Mac and Cheese burger ... excellent grilled salmon.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2017

Solid option if you are doing anything at the AK airlines center

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2017

One visit our server's attitude was not great. A bit abrupt in his interaction. Not very customer oriented. Another visit our server was very friendly and helpful. She even smiled when she addressed us. I recommend Themis place. Just hope you don't get the abrupt server.

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2017

Nice to be able to drop in to eat while attending the State basketball tournament...

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2017

Not only is the food and view of the court outstanding, the service is some of the best in the city. I come here as often as possible and bring along business associates so as to introduce more people to this great restaurant.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2017

every thing good expect for ice cold tomatoes on a hot BLT. tomatoes should be served room temperature..

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4.0Dined on March 13, 2017

It was good to be able to have a meal and go right downstairs to the game. However they should be to scan our tickets in restaurant so we would not have to go find some to do so.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2017

Great place to have a meal before a UAA basketball game. Great fast service.

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3.0Dined on March 10, 2017

We like coming here before a University of Alaska sporting event but it seems that they are never sufficiently staffed with waiters. So don't be in a hurry

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2017

The staff did a wonderful job in seating the hungry basketball fans! As always the food is great. Only complaint is UAA didn't win and it was too cold it sit outside, and I'm from Anchorage!

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2017

Great place. But they have a consistent habit of giving away the table that you reserve calling it a mix up.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2017

Fun atmosphere and great staff. Always feel welcome and personalized service.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2017

Great food, Great service as always. Best restaurant in UMed district. Wish they were open for dinner also

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2017

Excellent best kept secret for Anchorage. We enjoy the atmosphere before a UAA game or just a quiet dinner. Chase is usually our server ....Hoping to get there for a dinner on their deck when the weather gets nicer.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2017

This place always has consistently great food and service. The atmosphere is pleasant and the food comes out well prepared and delicious. The menu is small, but what they do they do very well. The servers are always outstanding.

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4.0Dined on February 23, 2017

My second time there....really great on game nights!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2017

I'm sorry they are only open for lunch and before events! We had a delicious dinner and local Double Shovel Hard Cider to drink. Service was excellent and very friendly. Appreciated the window table onto Senior Night for UAA Women's Basketball. Go Seawolves!

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2017

The Sports Grill is a perfect place to eat and catch a game. Good food, reasonable price and great service. The Grill is located high above the court in the Alaska Airlines Center. If you haven't visited the Center, it is well worth checking it out- an awesome facility.

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4.0Dined on February 7, 2017

Love this place! Go Seawolves!!!! One of my favorite go-to places for lunch. Love watching the Seawolves practice while having lunch. Food is inventive and tasty.

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5.0Dined on February 7, 2017

Varsity Grill is the best french dip in town. Salad was great. Halibut was light and tender and we did not notice any grease.

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5.0Dined on January 24, 2017

Always personable staff. Chance to see and talk with other UAA fans and watch games and events.

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5.0Dined on December 6, 2016

My husband and I had dinner here on 12/06/16, I had the Chicken Club w/ Brie & my husband had the Basil Chicken Curry w/rice, the food was very good & the service was great, we only wish this restaurant was open 7 days a week! We would recommend this place to a friend & we will be coming back for more, that is, if your open for business! Please consider keeping this restaurant open for more than games & special events.

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2016

We always enjoy a night out with dinner at the Varsity Grill and then a UAA Athletic event! Always run into friends and we really enjoy the atmosphere (prior to a game)!

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2016

The food was delicious! I was disappointed we could not watch the game below because of alcohol policy during the game but it was convenient to go to the game after dinner. I would do it again, next time to give yourself time before the game :)

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4.0Dined on November 26, 2016

Food was OK. I had the BLT with olive Mayo. I would recommend no olive mayo on it and the bread was a little soggy.

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4.0Dined on November 25, 2016

Great table during the Shootout. Great service and good burgers.

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5.0Dined on November 25, 2016

This is still a secret except to college sports fans. We eat here during sport events and now anytime we want to share a special, intimate place with friends for lunch or dinner. Food is always tasty and well presented. Staff is friendly, professional, and accommodating! Summer provides an open balcony with an expansive view of the Chugach. Inside, a glassed-in area opens to the court below for viewing while eating during, basketball, volleyball, or whatever events is featured. I almost don't want to share this place because I enjoy it so much, but that's the same reason to share it. It will become one of your special places too!

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3.0Dined on November 23, 2016

If we happened to be there we might go again, but definitely wouldn't make a special trip.

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5.0Dined on November 22, 2016

We have been customer of Varsity since day 1. They change the meal by season, so you are never bored, you get to now the staff by name and everyone has always been great.
Now i can set up a table through your app. Thanks to everyone,

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4.0Dined on November 22, 2016

I did not like the "coleslaw", it should have been labeled as spicy. I could not eat it. I will never order it again. Please give an option of regular mayo or your olive mayo. I did not like the
olive mayo. Overall we enjoyed the grill and will return.

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4.0Dined on November 18, 2016

Great place to have some food while catching a UAA game.

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2016

I've already told you varsity sports grill in the House of Champions is the best there is, just like our three Seawolf National Champions. Start listening and quit asking me the same questions over and over and over.

The only thing I can't figure out is why they don't have Alaskan Bear Creek Winery wine. Everyone that uses Open Table should have Alaskan Bear Creek winery wine.

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4.0Dined on November 17, 2016

Another nice visit to the Varsity Sports Grill. Good was good, Sockeye Red on tap is always a plus, and our server was excellent.

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5.0Dined on November 15, 2016

Another great meal and service was outstanding. Never disappoints

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4.0Dined on November 12, 2016

We had dinner there between athletic events - we got seated quickly and served almost immediately. The food was good and the service was excellent and we were able to make it to the second event right on time. If you are planning to eat at the Varsity Sports Grill between UAA athletic events - and probably on any night that there is a scheduled event - do MAKE RESERVATIONS!!

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3.0Dined on November 10, 2016

My only concern is that we were not seated in a timely fashion even though we had a reservation and were at the arena for a sporting event.

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5.0Dined on November 10, 2016

The Seawolf burger is incredible - the only thing I don't care for is the Pepsi products- the beer is good tho!

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5.0Dined on November 10, 2016

Great place to get a bite to eat before the UAA volleyball game. A side note: no alcohol is served if a high school sport is going on which was a disappointment. I wanted a glass of wine to go with my meal.

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5.0Dined on November 8, 2016

Fantastic space! Great food and service and lovely atmosphere

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5.0Dined on October 27, 2016

Great meal and service

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