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River City Cafe & Espresso

535 2nd Ave, Fairbanks, AK 99701-4728
+1 907-456-6242
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  • Excellent34%
  • Very good53%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
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“lunch” (21 reviews)
“sandwiches” (16 reviews)
“panini” (4 reviews)
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American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
535 2nd Ave, Fairbanks, AK 99701-4728
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The coffee is really good and the staff is friendly. It is sandwich type food and is good for what it is. As a coffee it is excellent.

Thank HossHall
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Charming cafe on 2nd Ave. friendly staff, wonderful white chicken chili!!! Great coffee. Strawberry chocolate scones and coffee Yum!

Thank HBDIVE c
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a local coffe house/cafe. Coffee is good. My husband enjoyed his BLT, but my grilled cheese had sliced cheese that wasn't quite melted. People are friendly.

Thank MMR912
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Seems like everything in Alaska is over priced and maybe it should be. Coffee (mocha and a caramel machiato) were okay. Place seemed to be fairly busy when we visited early one day. They do offer a fair menu of food. They also use and...More

Thank Terry S
Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

Took a nice midmorning break here while wandering around downtown Fairbanks....(there is not much to see in downtown !). The coffee is very good and had a yummy scone which they warmed up for us. Good food and good service in a nice place! Reasonable...More

Thank littlegoldenone
Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

My husband and I happened upon this gem as we were wandering around Fairbanks jet lagged and hungry. What a gem this is. I had the most awesome chocolate strawberry scone and big bowl of hearty Mulligatawny soup. My husband chose a corn beef sandwich...More

Thank lourdesrunners
Reviewed 5 August 2017

River City Cafe and Espresso is a cute little hole in the wall centrally located to downtown Fairbanks with shopping, hotels, banks, tourist attractions, and the courthouse near by. If you're anywhere near downtown, it is well worth your while to find this gem. The...More

Thank BanjoBaba
Reviewed 5 August 2017

Tucked away in the old building set back from the street, he place is not as funky and modern as the Venue right across the street, however their espresso is at least as good, or better, and service is faster. Have not tried the food...More

Thank nbdoc
Reviewed 2 August 2017

We stopped at River City Cafe for lunch as it was recommended by a local taxi van driver. We had sandwiches - chicken/bacon/ranch and turkey/pesto - that each came with a bag of chips and a pickle. The sandwiches were made quickly and were around...More

Thank travelnman2000
Reviewed 2 August 2017

local joint that serves greta coffee and food. on a nice day you can sit outside and enjoy the weather, we sat there for hours just chatting and having fun and of course drinking coffee

Thank srcesq
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 535 2nd Ave, Fairbanks, AK 99701-4728
  • Location: United States  >  Alaska (AK)  >  Fairbanks
  • Phone Number: +1 907-456-6242
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