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Soapy Smith's Pioneer Restaurant

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543 2nd Ave, Fairbanks, AK 99701-4728
+1 907-451-8383
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south yorkshire
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

We visited this typical Alaskan restaurant on a grey evening. Our waiter instantly brightened our mood. Rushed off his feet and alone he coped with his very own style and humour. Food was delicious - crab cakes of course ! Well worth a visit .

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Thank Andrea B
Osoyoos, Canada
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

From the time we entered the restaurant which we had waited for them to open we were entertained by our very efficient waiter. The food was average but worth the visit to see the decor.

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Thank Darlene L
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

The best thing about Soapy's is the server. He is hilarious, very personable, and entertaining. He knows the regulars and they love him. The food was not great. I had a hamburger and it was rubbery, not hand-pattied for sure. Husband had the famous crab burger. Also not very good.

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Thank Joy S
Louisiana
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431 reviews
245 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

This restaurant is downtown and behind the Springhill Suites Hotel.....(2nd Street, I think). I was intrigued by the menu that features the "crab burger" and decided that is what I would order. So glad I did as it was delicious. This was not a typical "crab cake".....this was the real thing....fresh and delicious. The service was friendly and quick and... More 

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Fairmont, West Virginia
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32 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

The food was good, and the prices were fair. The best part was the commentary by the owner, as he told you some local history.

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Thank Martina C
Sykesville, Maryland
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

The service was ok, but the food was horrible. If you are interested in Alaskan decor and pictures - the real history of Alaska is all over the walls. The waiter was attentive but the food was not that good. Like most of Alaska - pricey, but in this case, just average food. We were very disappointed. I had a... More 

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Orlando
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14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

I am a people watcher and this place did not disappoint. Reading some of the other reviews, it is obvious that the personalities at Soapy Smith's aren't for everyone. However, if you need to grab lunch and want some interesting background noise, check this place out. The food, like everywhere in Alaska, is way over priced but at least here... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

While the exterior looks a bit tired and the interior isn’t brand new there is a feeling of authenticity about Soapy Smith’s. Run by the son of Alaska's last territorial governor, the walls of the restaurant are adorned with historical memorabilia. It was apparent that many locals were amongst the diners during our visit. This would appear to indicate a... More 

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Thank sinclaired
Sun City West, Arizona
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26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

We were on an inland/cruise vaca with Holland American, and were recommended to a restaurant for dinner. The prices were outrageous, so we decided to explore. We were greeted with a typical NY greeting of, "Wha da ya want here?" Being from NY, I immediately got the idea. We were entertained, served, and giving it back all during our dinner.... More 

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New Hampshire
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

The service and decor are fascinating - the real history of Alaska is all over the walls. The waiter was so funny and attentive - it is worth it just to meet him! The food - meh. Like most of Alaska - pricey, but in this case, just average food. We suspect most of it was right out of the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Soups
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 543 2nd Ave, Fairbanks, AK 99701-4728
  • Location: United States  >  Alaska (AK)  >  Fairbanks
  • Phone Number: +1 907-451-8383

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?