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“Big city food and drinks for the foodie, in small town Alaska.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Grape Tap

The Grape Tap
322 N Boundary St, Wasilla, AK 99654-7128
907-376-8466
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Ranked #1 of 118 Restaurants in Wasilla
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Palmer, Alaska
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Big city food and drinks for the foodie, in small town Alaska.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012 via mobile

I travel year round all over the US, and am a certified food geek.
The Grape Tap is a favorite of mine- and living in the valley, I appreciate the location of this fabulous restaurant even more. The food and atmosphere in this little wine bar are unmatched in Wasilla or Palmer, and set the bar high even for a few high end nosh spots in anchorage as well.
The Grape Tap was designed to be a "Tapas" bar- the idea is to order a bottle or 2 of wine, and a table full of appetizers to share with your friends. To meet demand, they have also added full dinner entrees to the menu.
My husband ordered the Peppercorn Tenderloin, medium rare, and I chose the chèvre stuffed dates wrapped in bacon and a plate of melted Brie. We finished with apple pie and creme brûlée.
The tenderloin was just that- tender! It could be cut with the blunt side of the knife. And it was the most consistently cooked steak we'd ever seen- warm pink center throughout, no inconsistencies. The bacon wrapped dates were AMAZING. The bacon was crispy, not overlooked, and not greasy. The Brie was buttery and creamy, served with a warm baguette and slices of green apples. Dessert really was the icing on the cake, the apples were still slightly firm and tart, the crust nice and flaky- creme brûlée was a little warm and smooth.
And my wine? I chose a mystery wine, and made sure to write down what it was to pick it up for my home collection ASAP.
Bottom line? Worth the visit. Make a reservation. It's high end, and it's worth the extra $$$ spent if you "get" really good food. And we left so full we had to go for a walk after. If you want a burger and fries at value prices, then no this is not the place for you. If you want a food experience? Call and make a reservation early. <3

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
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64 reviews 64 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Meh...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012 via mobile

Cute atmosphere and 5 star food, but i sure hope you arent hungry! The food is good, plates are TINY... Both times that ive bddn the i ended up going somewhere else to eat after. Great for a light snack and some wine.. but i also hope you arent ying to stick to any kind of budget either because YIKES.

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Willow, Alaska
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Try the "Not So Cheap Dates"”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

You won't regret it don't be scared! This is my favorite "grown up" spot. Make a reservation. When we go it's red wine and multiple rounds of appetizers. The meals are great and of good proportion but we enjoy the appetizers and never leave hungry. The Grape Tap is in a converted house and has a great cozy atmosphere great service and in the summer outside seating.

Visited May 2012
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Nice change of pace for Wasilla”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

Kelsey and her staff are great, the food is a welcome change from the usual local options, and the atmosphere is a great date setting, or for several couples to really have a fun time. The prices are a little high, but it is not easy to find a comparable in this area, so that may not be a fair assessment. Overall, highly recommend.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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mariainak
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37 reviews 37 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Surprised!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

Wow! This place is nice! This would be a wonderful place for a very romantic date - or a fun girls' night, as I had. The food is fancy and delicious. It is a little expensive. I think this would be a great place to go for a first date!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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