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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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Good for:
Families with children
Large groups
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Dining on a budget

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  • 107
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  • 68
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 4
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  • 2
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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
Most recent review
Food is great!

We ate here a few times in July of 2014. DO NOT expect super-fast service. The food is worth the wait, though. However, it is a bit pricey, if you aren't used to the cost in Denali. For breakfast we had one order of pancakes, an order of French toast, and a 2 egg breakfast w/side (no... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 18, 2015
LoveNewPlaces321
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Seminole, Florida
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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191 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Seminole, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We ate here a few times in July of 2014. DO NOT expect super-fast service. The food is worth the wait, though. However, it is a bit pricey, if you aren't used to the cost in Denali. For breakfast we had one order of pancakes, an order of French toast, and a 2 egg breakfast w/side (no beverages--just water) and... More 

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Amsterdam
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This small cafe, located 13 miles south of the entrance to Denali National Park was a wonderful place to have breakfast. The coffee was good, but go for the cinnamon buns. They were large and delicious. A great way to start your day.

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Michigan
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54 reviews 54 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

This restaurant had very good food. It is small but there bake goods were yummy. My first taste of fish tacos, they were tasty. We did have to wait for a table when we went back for dinner. We had breakfast, lunch, dinners and dessert there over two days. I would suggest this place to anyone looking for good food... More 

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Kidderminster, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

9 of us stayed in 2 cabins they were located about 1/2 a mile from each other so that was a bit of a pain but we just used the larger cabin in the evenings to socialise. The cabins were clean and had everything we needed. We used the cafe on the 1st evening as it was a fair distance... More 

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Edmond, Oklahoma
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

It opened early so that we were able to go to the National park for a full day each day of our visit. The food was outstanding with delicious homemade bakery items. You could get a box lunch to take with you for the day and they also serve dinner. It is a small place, but the food is exceptional!... More 

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Byron Center, Michigan
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34 reviews 34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

We stayed north of Denali National Park so didn't have a chance to visit this restaurant until the morning we left. We made a point of stopping here for breakfast due to a referral from a friend who had stayed there a year before us. The breakfast was great and the service fast. Prices were as expected for the area.... More 

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Bethesda, Maryland
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172 reviews 172 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Friendly efficient waiters. Good Alaskan fish prepared simply Only crowded when tour buses arriving and leaving

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Sherman, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Was in the Denali area for the land portion of the cruise. I'm a T A believer so I always check out our options. We visited here on two nights. We enjoyed both nights but first night was much better. We had the evening special pasta dish with various seafoods with a slight Cajun flair, fabulous salad with apples, cranberries,... More 

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Savannah, Georgia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Had a good variety on menu. Very good. They were close to shutting down for season so were had everything left in kitchen and all good. We cooked some Salmon we had caught on Kenai River on gas grill and they shared some spices and aluminum foil.

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Michigan
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Breakfast-ham & cheesy biscuits, cinnamon rolls Lunch-box lunch to-go with filling sandwich, fruit, & treats Dinner-crab leg night (Tues) omg-good All great with great service, even when you come in right when they open or right before they close (sorry); always cheerful!

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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: Steakhouse, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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