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Pump House Restaurant & Saloon

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796 Chena Pump Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99709 (Chena Small Tracts)
Public Bus System route stop.
(907) 479-8452
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4:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 12:00 am
Mon - Sat 4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Families with children, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Scenic view
Description: The Pump House Restaurant offers Fine Dining in a Historice Atmosphere...
The Pump House Restaurant offers Fine Dining in a Historice Atmosphere overlooking the Chena river. We are listed on the National Registry of Historic Sites and are the recipient of the DiRONA Award. Seasonal closure - January 1st through February 2nd. Reopening February 3rd.
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  • 246
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  • 201
    Very good
  • 79
    Average
  • 35
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  • 35
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Atmospher

Great atmosphere of a late outpost. Service was better than average but the food came very quickly. This is not always a complaint, but sometimes it's nice to sit, talk, enjoy your drink. Seafood chowder was fantastic. Elk meatloaf was too. Halibut was ok but not recommend by me.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
hlahccrp
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Camden, Delaware
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Lexington, Missouri
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45 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It's a beautiful restaurant but the food only ok. My husband had halibut which was mildly fishy tasting and it should have been great for $28. The rice with the dinner was inedible, dry and tasteless. I had a chewy, fatty, stringy rib eye for $31. It was horrible. Seasoned poorly but my husband ate as his dinner was worse.... More 

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Thank lafolet3
Camden, Delaware
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great atmosphere of a late outpost. Service was better than average but the food came very quickly. This is not always a complaint, but sometimes it's nice to sit, talk, enjoy your drink. Seafood chowder was fantastic. Elk meatloaf was too. Halibut was ok but not recommend by me.

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Thank hlahccrp
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Family outing I went in to check for seating- upon arrival no one greeted me. First time ever going here and felt very awkward, I was unsure of what to do- wait or get my own seat, so I walked around. I saw waitresses who paid no attention nor cared to get someone to assist me. I was upset and... More 

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Bill B, Owner at Pump House Restaurant & Saloon, responded to this review

Dear World Food Critic, I am so sorry to hear of your unfortunate reception at our restaurant. Would like to know when this was, your review said you were here this January. We close every January for maintenance and cleaning. I will of course print this and share it with the staff, hopefully no one else will have to feel... More 

Fairbanks, Alaska
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The atmosphere is always great, especially in the summer when you can sit on the deck and watch the people playing in the river. The food is ok and the customer service is so so. But, I always have great company which makes the experience wonderful!

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Thank Shasta S
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a pleasant experience in the bar. We had oysters which were good and Moscow Mules. However, in the restaurant, I ordered a Dungeness Crab Cake meal. It came half burned. It looked beautiful on top, but I couldn't cut through it. The waiter gave me a little bit of a hard time telling me that's the way it... More 

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Thank Linda C
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Food just subpar. Environment is nice but the service is terrible and extremely slow. If service is slow the food at least should be good and that's not the case. There are other nice restaurants in town.

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Thank Hilaryheart455
Nebraska
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20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were in Alaska for a mission trip and couldn't pass up a meal at the Pump House. We were a large group so we called ahead for reservations and ate on the enclosed part of the deck overlooking the Chena River. This helped to keep the bugs away but allowed beautiful views. One thing I immediately noticed was the... More 

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Thank Kyotlaw
San Jose, Costa Rica
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Best food in all of Fairbanks. Service very courteous as well! Taxi rise from downtown about $23 so a little expensive. Good local beer

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Thank luigivis
Saint Clair Shores, Michigan
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

The place it's a historical landmark. And it has a killer view of the chena river. The food taste good I just think it's a little overpriced. Great place to host a gathering

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Thank magokoro51
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

If you're looking to eat in a historic building, this place is it. Although a bit expensive, the Pump House was a really nice place to both get some good food and enjoy your surroundings. They even had game meat on the menu! The staff was really nice as well. I'd definitely recommend the crème brulee as a dessert. Delicious.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 796 Chena Pump Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99709
    (Chena Small Tracts)
  • Public Transportation: Public Bus System route stop.
  • Location: United States  >  Alaska (AK)  >  Fairbanks
  • Phone Number: (907) 479-8452

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Families with children, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Scenic view

Description

The Pump House Restaurant offers Fine Dining in a Historice Atmosphere overlooking the Chena river. We are listed on the National Registry of Historic Sites and are the recipient of the DiRONA Award. Seasonal closure - January 1st through February 2nd. Reopening February 3rd.
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
4:00 pm - 12:00 am

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