Cuisine: American, Fish & Seafood, Steak & Barbecue
Contact:+1 907 243 2090
Open Hours: M-Sa 6a-10p; Su 8a-9p
A real Alaskan experience, this restaurant has scads of memorabilia on its walls and in displays. President Carter and the First Lady once ate here ... More
Gwennie's Old Alaskan Restaurant
A real Alaskan experience, this restaurant has scads of memorabilia on its walls and in displays. President Carter and the First Lady once ate here while passing through Anchorage. Down-to-earth, friendly Alaskans who are happy to share what they know of Alaska, operate this restaurant. Serving all day, you may expect large portions with an Alaskan influence. Have your omelet with reindeer sausage ($7.95) or a Grilled Halibut Sandwich for lunch ($8.95). Dinner options include Barbecued Salmon ($12.95) and wine and beer is available.
We'd been to Gwennies before and had a decent breakfast, so we decided to try their dinner menu on August 16, 2007. Big mistake. We'll never go back to Gwennies again, and we don't recommend that anyone eat there.
My husband and I both ordered the baked halibut dinner special. Before eating at Gwennies, I had no idea that an Alaskan restaurant wouldn't know how to cook halibut, but the cook at Gwennies that night didn't have a clue. We both were served a huge slab of halibut, but the fish was cold and mushy. It looked and tasted as if it had been reheated after being frozen, and it hadn't been completely reheated. How can an Alaskan restaurant serve cold, mushy halibut as a dinner special?
We've had perfectly cooked, light and flaky halibut at numerous restaurants all over Alaska, so it was quite a shock that Gwennies was so bad. We spent $50 on that dinner. What a ripoff.
Their breakfast portions are huge and taste great. I especially enjoy the pancakes and order them no matter what time of day we get there. My husband has had the sandwiches and dinner items, we have never been dissapointed. The only drawback is the popularity, expect to wait to be seated.
every time we visit anchorage we always eat there.The breakfast biscuits & gravy are the best, with side of ham and a bloody mary.Visit before 10am for breakfast. Sit up stairs when children with you. Anyone whose a first time visitor to anchorage will enjoy the restaurant.
Good try for experience, but overpriced for quality level
By A Yahoo Contributor, 3/30/07
My husband and I are gradually trying many of the restaurants here in Anchorage and decided to give this place a try, since it was authentic Alaskan. It's not the cleanest environment, but not the worst either. The decor is cozy, stone walls and hanging plants, complete with bear and water feature in the center, but the food selection is minimal and mostly fried. My husband ordered fish and chips, which was extremely overpriced--the fish seemed more like something popped out of a fried fish package we could have bought from a grocery store for five dollars. My salad was large, iceberg lettuce, tomato, egg, grilled chicken and asparagus, but the chicken, again did not seem fresh and was a bit fatty (I didn't eat most of it). The salad price was decent, at under $10, but I wouldn't go back again; no fat free dressings were available. For the traveler through Anchorage, I would recommend other places for good food (unless you love fried food or breakfast) or for an "Alaskan" experience, try Sourdough Mining Co.
I went back to Anchorage after 48 away. I was very impressed with the staffs' friendliness. The breakfast was very good with very large portions. When I return I will be sure and visit this place again. Thanks, from Texas.
As an Anchorage resident, let me say Gwennies is for tourists where the decor may be interesting. It is dirty - napkins etc cluttering the floor, tables left covered with used food far too long - just not good. There are far better restaurants here.
food used to be ok, but in the last few years i have been completely disappointed in gwennie's. First of all, some of those girls who seat you are such snots!! Then you get to your table and (like another reviewer said) the cups and silverware are dirty.....order what used to be your favorite or you think they can't mess up... But no...the fries are softy, potatos inconsistent and bland, scrambled eggs not cooked thru, lukewarm soup, this once very good place has turned into a shameful kitchen! What happened? Get some new cooks and dishwashers and maybe we will be back and rave like we used to.
What is not to like? It's old time Spenard. The food is wonderful, the service is good. This is the Real Alaska.
Addressing a previous critic ... If the sanitation isn't always 100%, and this bothers your sensibilities, don't go there. You can always find a plastic chain restaurant somewhere that is very clean, superficially, anyhow, and very boring.
Great food, great ambiance, and best value for fresh seafood in the state! It was easy to find, and the staff was very helpful in reccomending what to have. I had a complete fresh Salmon dinner for under $20.
We had been hearing raves about Gwennies and were excited to try it. Bottom line it is DIRTY!!! Not one of our glasses at our table was clean. Lipstick and food on every single one. We asked for to-go cups and then noticed the black MOLD in the pitcher of water. Atomosphere is okay. A lot of fur on the walls and the kids loved the stuffed bear. Service was okay, not great but not bad. Nothing to get excited about for the food. We won't go back. We'll stick to the Birchtree. We have always had excellent service and very good food. Prices are great and include whole meals, not ala carte like many other Alaskan "diners". Most importantly after this trip to Gwennies, it's CLEAN!!!
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