The many wonderful things about Alaska include our wide-open spaces and plenty of fresh air. As Anchorage restaurants evolve in creative ways to offer more outdoor seating, locals and visitors benefit by having more opportunities to enjoy taking in city views and viewing local artwork while dining on mountain view decks, rooftop patios and urban igloos for the adventurous.

  1. 49th State Brewing Co.

    View an amazing sunset from this downtown brew company’s two panoramic decks, just one of the best spots for viewing Mount Susitna, "The Sleeping Lady,” and Denali, "The Great One.” Lounge in the sun while listening to live music and sipping an award-winning craft beer. The brew company uses freshly sourced foods, such as Alaska-raised yak, Alaska wild king salmon, and locally grown produce. On chilly days, warm your hands around one of the beautiful copper fire pits in the indoor bar. Don't forget a stop in the gift shop before heading out.

  2. The Deck at Lake Hood (The Lakefront Anchorage Hotel)

    Local Anchorage favorite, The Deck at Lake Hood, offers lakeside dining while overlooking the busiest seaplane base in the world. Watch aircraft taxi and takeoff while absorbing photo worthy sunsets or take in a special summertime event like the Annual Beer & Bacon Festival. Try one of the restaurant’s award-winning Alaska seafood dishes or gourmet burgers washed down with a large selection of local brews and featured cocktails. Sit back, relax, and watch the floatplanes come and go. For chilly evenings, step inside to the Fancy Moose, the Lakefront's inside bar, offering pub-style fare, craft beers, and cocktails. The bar features several televisions and music nightly. 

  3. Tent City Taphouse

    This modern gastropub was inspired by the hard-working men and women who helped build the Alaska Railroad and the community of Anchorage, once a tent city on the banks of Ship Creek. During summer months, this popular taphouse expands its cozy indoor seating to offer outdoor café-style seating on the south side of the 5th Avenue Mall. Family owned and operated, Tent City's award-winning executive chef brings culinary flair to hyper-sourced local seafood, meats, and produce from sustainable farmers and fishermen. Over two dozen rotating taps showcase the best of Alaska's homegrown micro-brewing talents.

  4. South Restaurant + Coffeehouse

    Sit back and enjoy some tapas and a signature gin and tonic on South's stylish, industrial patio, where patrons can find casual, highbrow dining and a firepit to toast your own s’mores. View passing Alaska Railroad trains returning from a day's adventures along Turnagain Arm and beyond. The menu consists of a sophisticated selection of breakfast, lunch, and dinner created with locally grown ingredients. Don't have time for the full dining experience or need to get on the road for an Alaska adventure? Stop by the coffeehouse and bakery for a tasty panini, smoothie, or grab-and-go item.

  5. Matanuska Brewing Company

    Matanuska Brewing Company’s midtown brewpub has the largest selection of craft beer in Alaska, plus local seafood, steaks, weekend brunch and more. Choose from tons of entertainment including live music, big television screens, and golf simulators to practice your game or just for fun. Enjoy your meal on the patio or in an igloo decked out with everything you need to be comfy (reserve one ahead of time). Matanuska Brewing Company is a Palmer-based brewery with brewpubs in midtown Anchorage and Eagle River.

  6. The New Peanut Farm Sports Bar & Grill

    The Peanut Farm's large creekside deck offers a lot of Alaska right in town. In summertime, watch people raft by on Campbell Creek or see the ducks up close. Wintertime, keep an eye out for local moose while keeping cozy from the inside bar or heated solarium. With large-screen televisions in every corner, Peanut Farm is one of Alaska’s largest sports bars. Catch your favorite team or the latest fight or boxing match. Enjoy some wings, pizza, or a juicy flame-broiled burger and one of 30 beers to choose from.

  7. Inlet Pubhouse

    A local landmark and best-kept secret, Inlet PubHouse is a westside gastropub located in Anchorage's Inlet Tower Hotel & Suites.  Enjoy appetizers and masterfully brewed microbrews and barley wine as you relax under an umbrella on the front lawn to the sounds of live music every Thursday in the summer. Fire pits warm the breezy nights. Gourmet dishes are made with local produce, house-made pasta, and great fresh ingredients with international, vegetarian, and vegan options.
    Looking for a unique dining experience, the PubHouse igloos come complete with fans, pillows, and attentive staff to accommodate your every need. For chilly or snow-capped nights, fire pits warm guests until their heated igloo is ready. It’s an experience you're sure not to forget. Available year-round; reservation required. 

  8. The Bear Paw Bar & Grill

    This Alaska-themed restaurant is a perfect spot for guests from the nearby midtown hotels to grab some hearty Alaska fare, enjoy drinks from the bar, watch sports, or enjoy some dancing on country nights. During summer months, you'll find patrons' on the patio with a view of the Chugach Mountains in the background.