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Pump House Restaurant & Saloon

796 Chena Pump Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99709
(907) 479-8452
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Ranked #14 of 193 restaurants in Fairbanks
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Doing business, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Chena Small Tracts
Transit: Public Bus System route stop.
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.
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Texas
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40 reviews 40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW

This place is a bit on the pricey side & it's best to have reservations. We arrived early for our reservation but was able to sit outside & enjoy the beautiful weather. Once our table was ready we went inside for a very enjoyable meal. I had the Maple-Glazed Bacon-Wrapped Alaskan Scallops. This was so good. Hubby had the Filet... More

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Bozeman, Montana
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83 reviews 83 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

Eleven of us had dinner out on deck at the Pump House, on a beautiful Alaska summer evening. The ambience was perfect and the food and service were equal to it. If you eat there, we would strongly recommend the seafood risotto! Wow!

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Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

Great location and the service was excellent. I had the clams, seafood chowder and key lime pie. All excellent . Don't miss out on this place. And the history of this place is grand.

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Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

It was just ok. The atmosphere was great but unfortunately we weren't able to sit outside next to the river. The food was fine. The ahi tuna martini was delicious as were the oyster shooters but the hallibut was just ok for the price. The service took a while for the entrees to the point that we thought our orders... More

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White Hall, Maryland
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Excellent service Great food. A bit pricey but amazing view. Worth the experience when visiting the 49th state!

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Baltimore, Maryland
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I thought the food was overpriced. I ordered the caribou meat with a berry sauce. The meat was cooked properly but teaming with that sauce made a terrible combination. The rest of our food was way over priced. Had I known I would not have gone there. My wife's dish (fish), was not very impressive. If this is fine dining... More

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

Sorry that the meal was a dissapointment . Did you mention the dissatisfaction to the manager on duty? We have a sign over the exit that states "IF YOU HAD A PROBLEM WITH YOUR MEAL PLEASE TELL US. IF YOU DID NOT, PLEASE TELL YOUR FRIENDS" The manager or the server have the duty to insure no guest leaves dissatisfied.... More

Box Elder, South Dakota
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

The food was great and matched the prices. Probably the most expensive restaurant in Fairbanks. This historic area is enhanced by this restaurant. Be sure to ask for their brochure explaining all the details that are included on the back of the menu. The service was friendly and prompt. The only low rating was for the excessive white pepper in... More

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

Thank you for your kind words about your overall experience at the Pumphouse. I'm glad the server solved the situation of too much pepper on your potatoes. We wished all guests would speak up when there is a concern because most everything can be corrected on the spot. There is no reason for leaving dissatisfied. I thank you for speaking... More

Los Angeles, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

went to celebrate a friends birthday. picked this restaurant because of their ad in both the Fairbanks guide and the AAA book. the restaurant is on the historical registry of historical buildings. they are known for their oyster bar--that's the reason we chose it. they were OUT OF OYSTERS by 7:pm!!!! the rest of the food was very good. the... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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192 reviews 192 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

We ate in the bar side of the Pump House where there is a dinner menu and a saloon menu. Besides regular tables there are a few sofas and coffee tables that you can eat from and an outdoor eating area. There is a lovely view of the Chena River and some benches near the parking lot. The fare includes... More

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Fort Yukon, Alaska
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

My husband and I treat ourselves to the Pump House every Christmas Eve and once in August, so we get to enjoy a couple of seasons while enjoying some mighty delicious meals. We've never been disappointed in the eating experience, wait service, or ambiance, which is delightful. I noticed from a previous review that that customer heard yelling from the... More

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