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575 1st Ave, Fairbanks, AK 99701-4724
907-450-0555
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4:30 pm - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Mon 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:30 pm - 1:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Located on the ground floor of Mariott Springhill Suites, Lavelle’s is a...
Located on the ground floor of Mariott Springhill Suites, Lavelle’s is a unique fine dining restaurant in Fairbanks serving delicious food and an astounding selection of fine wine in a warm, refined atmosphere. In a place where casual restaurants dominate the culinary landscape, Lavelle’s offers a much-needed touch of elegance. Perfect for a romantic date or a fun night out with friends, Lavelle’s provides a sophisticated backdrop for any occasion.
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Good for:
Romance
Bar scene
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night
Dessert

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    Very good
  • 38
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  • 13
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  • 7
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
We'll be back....

This restaurant is VERY popular, especially on weekends; make a reservation or be prepared to wait. Ambience is nice and service is great. Our waitress was a delight and she knew the wines. After sharing my preferences for flavor, she picked the perfect Pinot for me – five stars for that. The... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2015
AuroraAlaska
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Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

This restaurant is VERY popular, especially on weekends; make a reservation or be prepared to wait. Ambience is nice and service is great. Our waitress was a delight and she knew the wines. After sharing my preferences for flavor, she picked the perfect Pinot for me – five stars for that. The Bourbon Street Shrimp - blackened Louisiana style shrimp... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

I recently visited Lavelle's as it was quite convenient since we were staying in the Springhill Suites. My son and I split two appetizers - Ahi and Curry Shrimp. Both were well prepared and seasoned. We then split a great brownie dessert. Those alone, while good, would likely warrant 3 stars. The reason for the extra star was our waiter... More 

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Frank E, Manager at Lavelle's Bistro, responded to this review

I'm so glad Serge impressed you! Although we always want our food to shine, we care about the entire experience you have here. Hopefully next time, our food will live up to the same standards that our service did! See you soon, Kathy, Owner More 

Portland, Oregon
Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

We were in Fairbanks during the Yukon Quest dog sled racing. This place happens to be right across the street from the race headquarters. However, we asked a lot of people where is the best "fine dining" in Fairbanks. More than one recommended this place. We tried it. They correctly call themselves a Bistro. It is not fine dining. But... More 

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Frank E, Manager at Lavelle's Bistro, responded to this review

Jim, I'm glad you decided to wait, too, but I'm happier to hear that our food was well worth it! Hope you enjoyed the Yukon Quest! All the best, Kathy, Owner More 

Sunnyvale, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

Lavelle's serves really, really good food. Staff is friendly. Both time I went in with 3 friends without a reservation. Even though they were booked, they gave us a seat at the bar, which was great! Try the bananabreadpudding. It's to die for. Best 'fish & chips' ever!!!!!!

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Frank E, Manager at Lavelle's Bistro, responded to this review

Chantal, your words have really brightened my day, and I am just thrilled that you and your friends had such a good time with us. I hope the rest of your stay here in Fairbanks was truly amazing, and I look forward to seeing you again if you're ever back in town. All the best, Kathy, Owner More 

Anchorage, Alaska
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

I heard it was good, but my expectations were not high. It was a 40 minute wait on a Thursday night at 6:00. We sat at the bar and chose from the great wine list, and had a flat bread app to tide the 3 of us over. The flat bread was perfect to share and the 40 minutes went... More 

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Frank E, Manager at Lavelle's Bistro, responded to this review

Nicki, it sounds like you and your friends had a wonderful evening with us, and I couldn't be more pleased! We do our best to make sure that any time you spend waiting is enjoyable, so I'm happy those 40 minutes flew right by. Next time you're here, you'll have to try the banana wantons -- they're one of my... More 

North Pole, Alaska
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

I took my girlfriend there for dinner after making reservations. The restaurant often times is very busy, so making a reservation is always a good idea. We were sat down in uncomfortable chairs (my back isn't the greatest) but I didn't complain. The menu is a wide spread, ranging from seafood, to burgers, and to other great dishes. The wine... More 

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Frank E, Manager at Lavelle's Bistro, responded to this review

Ruston, while I'm thrilled you left your stamp of approval on our Bourbon Street Shrimp, I wish you would've let us know about your steak not quite tasting as good as it should have. Although we stand behind our recipes, we also know that your happiness needs to be our utmost priority. For this reason, I wish you would've let... More 

Fairbanks, Alaska
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

This place is very expensive for the quality and taste of food. 30 bucks for a very mediocre (and dry) pork chop with frozen California mixed vegetables, lol. I am only in Fairbanks for work and am not from here. I am continually shocked at the lack of customer service and the TERRIBLE food in this town. But they sure... More 

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Frank E, Manager at Lavelle's Bistro, responded to this review

Bunny, I'm both shocked and disappointed to read this. For almost 15 years, we've been making dishes that we're incredibly proud of. We're committed to using fresh (never frozen), top quality ingredients. If a dish ever lets you down, we want to know immediately because we'll happily make things right. I so wish you would've let us know sooner --... More 

Chincoteague Island, Virginia
Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Inside the Springhill Suites hotel with exterior access. Has an extensive wine selection and very pleasant atmosphere. Service was excellent. Prices are reasonable. They offer interesting items. I tried the Grilled Scallops which may be OK but a little to grilled for my tastes. The (soyish) sauce provided with them complimented the rice better than the scallops.

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Frank E, Manager at Lavelle's Bistro, responded to this review

Robert, thanks for joining us! It sounds like you had a pretty good time while here, so I'm pretty disappointed to see that you felt the experience was only worth 3 stars. That said, I truly look forward to giving you an even better experience if you ever make it back to Fairbanks! All the best, Kathy, Owner More 

Melbourne, Australia
Top Contributor
90 reviews 90 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

rating given in context of where we were and when we were there. If we were in a major city or tourist hub I would rate 3. Given lack of easy options we ate here twice. Once on Friday night which saw the room truly full and as a result a bit noisy. On both evenings the staff were helpful... More 

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Frank E, Manager at Lavelle's Bistro, responded to this review

Anne, portion sizes certainly do increase in the US, but I'm glad you were still able to enjoy your meal with us (including that Australian bottle of wine -- it must've been fate!). Your compliments mean a lot to us, but more importantly, I appreciate the feedback you left because I know our kitchen staff can apply your words to... More 

Spokane, Washington
Top Contributor
189 reviews 189 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015 via mobile

Having stayed at the Marriott and eaten at Lavelle's many times, I felt its time to update my previous glowing reviews. Something has gone seriously wrong at this restaurant, it used to be the pride of Fairbanks. But recent visits have been consistently poor. My Scallop dinner the other night was the last straw, it was overcooked to the point... More 

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Frank E, Manager at Lavelle's Bistro, responded to this review

I'm really disappointed to see that we've begun to let you down. As you said, we've long been considered one of the top restaurants in Fairbanks, and we certainly don't want to lose that status. After so many experiences here, you must know that this simply isn't the standard for us, so I hope you'll consider returning to see us... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 575 1st Ave, Fairbanks, AK 99701-4724
  • Location: United States  >  Alaska (AK)  >  Fairbanks
  • Phone Number: 907-450-0555

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

Located on the ground floor of Mariott Springhill Suites, Lavelle’s is a unique fine dining restaurant in Fairbanks serving delicious food and an astounding selection of fine wine in a warm, refined atmosphere. In a place where casual restaurants dominate the culinary landscape, Lavelle’s offers a much-needed touch of elegance. Perfect for a romantic date or a fun night out with friends, Lavelle’s provides a sophisticated backdrop for any occasion.
Open Hours
Sunday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
4:30 pm - 1:00 am
Saturday
4:30 pm - 1:00 am

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