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McKinley Creekside Cafe

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Mile 224 George Parks Hwy, (at McKinley Creekside Cabins), Denali National Park and Preserve, AK 99755
907-683-2277
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 17
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great food at reasonable prices!

We tried this restaurant for dinner after disappointing meals closer to the Denali entrance, and were so impressed we stopped for lunch on our drive back to Anchorage. The food here is excellent, particularly given the limitations imposed by its remote location. The desserts are homemade, and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 27, 2015
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Santa Cruz, California
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Santa Cruz, California
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127 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

We tried this restaurant for dinner after disappointing meals closer to the Denali entrance, and were so impressed we stopped for lunch on our drive back to Anchorage. The food here is excellent, particularly given the limitations imposed by its remote location. The desserts are homemade, and delicious, but everything we ate was very good. I particularly enjoyed the fresh... More 

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New Brunswick, New Jersey
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177 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

The McKinley Creekside Café is located conveniently just down the road from the Denali Cabins. The atmosphere is warm and cozy and the service was friendly and efficient. All four of us enjoyed our dinners there. My wife and daughter-in-law had soup and my daughter and I had the salmon dinner which was fresh and delicious. We also had local... More 

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St. Lous
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

We ate 2 dinners, one breakfast at the cafe and they also packed a lunch into Denali for our group. Everything was wonderful!

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Thank nanceray
Anchorage, Alaska
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18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

We really enjoyed this restaurant. We sat on the patio, right next to the creek. The food was very good. We will go back again for sure!

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Thank AndreaPPP
Chicago, Illinois
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015 via mobile

Loved it so much we came back twice! We were staying nearby at the Grand Denali Lodge and the breakfast options were abysmal, so we decided to try it here. It's a wonderfully quaint cafe and we loved it. The highlight of our meal(s) was the freshly baked pastries. There were scones and coffee cake that were served warm and... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Our two adult children, my husband and I arrived for a late breakfast a little after 10. When she seated us, the only waitress in the restaurant, informed us that their 'grill is broken so you can't have anything with pancakes or french toast. Since there are very few things on the breakfast menu, my husband settled on Biscuits and... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

We loved the convenience of having a top cafe on the property where we stayed! They packed fantastic fresh lunches for us for our shuttle bus tours, and have great coffee and home baked goodies for morning tea. Each night we had different dinners, sometimes their specials run out, so get in early. We could have eaten elsewhere, but always... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015 via mobile

Food is okay and it came fast. Staff was less than friendly but they were quite busy. It is a limited menu but the location is convenient. The food is good enough for the locale and the convenience.

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Kingsport, TN
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 via mobile

We stayed at the cabins and ate breakfast and dinner a couple times. Good food in a cute Cafe. I recommend eating here when visiting the park. It is about 10 miles from the entrance.

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Wolcott, Connecticut
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30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Enjoyed a great early breakfast & coffee here. We ordered lunches to go while we where eating. I don't if it was the long hike and the scenery but it was the best bagged lunch Ive had since my mom made me one!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Mile 224 George Parks Hwy, (at McKinley Creekside Cabins), Denali National Park and Preserve, AK 99755
  • Location: United States  >  Alaska (AK)  >  Denali National Park and Preserve
  • Phone Number: 907-683-2277

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 21
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?