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$15 - $45
CUISINES
American, Seafood
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Sponsored by: Chena's Alaskan Grill

Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here

1. Amazing Ambiance
1. Amazing Ambiance
"We sat on the outdoor deck looking over the Chena River."
Lowcountry7
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2. Great Alaskan Seafood
2. Great Alaskan Seafood
"This restaurant came highly recommended and it did not fail us."
debh286
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3. Outstanding Service!
3. Outstanding Service!
"Chena's is first class wonderful."
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Reviewed August 30, 2020

We dined here while visiting Fairbanks. The food was okay. The service was slow, but this seemed to be the case everywhere in Alaska. By far, the highlight of this restaurant was the large outdoor dining area. The restaurant has an expansive deck which overlooks...the Chena River. It's a very scenic spot. We watched the sunset and saw the northern lights appear while we were eating dinner.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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StuartN346, Marketing at Chena's Alaskan Grill, responded to this reviewResponded September 11, 2020

Dear Teardrop Trailer Traveler, Thank you for your recent review of Chena's Alaskan Grill. We assume you dined with us in 2019 as unfortunately we were not open this current season 2020. Pleased that overall you enjoyed your experience last year and in particular the...More

Reviewed January 21, 2020

Read very good reviews on this restaurant but found it to be good but nothing exceptional. Very nice location on the river. Wait staff very attentive.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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StuartN346, Marketing at Chena's Alaskan Grill, responded to this reviewResponded August 18, 2020

Thank you for your review of Chena's Alaskan Grille. Unfortunately due to the pandemic, we did not open this season 2020, however look forward to welcoming all of our terrific patrons back to Chena's Alaskan Grill next season (May 15 - Sept. 15) in 2021....More

Reviewed December 29, 2019 via mobile

Typical American eatery but over priced and greasy food. Do not recommend spending time at Chena or the restaurant and it’s a tourist trap!More

Date of visit: December 2019
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StuartN346, Owner at Chena's Alaskan Grill, responded to this reviewResponded December 30, 2019

Dear Wendy D, Quite candidly was surprised to receive a recent review on TripAdvisor, since Chena's Alaskan Grill is a seasonal operation and was closed for the season on September 15, 2019. Wondering when you dined with us? In any event we regret receiving such...More

Reviewed December 1, 2019

Great food (we enjoyed the local salmon), great beverages, and a very attentive and friendly server in a restaurant with a great view. A wonderful experience.More

Date of visit: June 2019
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StuartN346, Owner at Chena's Alaskan Grill, responded to this reviewResponded December 30, 2019

Dear kenmac1, Thank you for your "Five Bubble" review on TripAdvisor. So pleased that you enjoyed your dining experience at Chena's Alaskan Grill, which we assume was during this past summer season. We will reopen in Mid-May 2020 and look forward to welcoming you back...More

Reviewed October 27, 2019

We arrived too late for a meal but had a drink and dessert on teh deck outside overlooking the river. A delightful spot and I wish we had been able to have dinner, too.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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StuartN346, Public Relations Manager at Chena's Alaskan Grill, responded to this reviewResponded October 29, 2019

Dear Landon C, Thanks for your recent review. I assume you dined with us during the summer season, since we are presently closed for the winter approaching. We appreciate your business and hope to see you again starting in mid-May 2020, when Chena's Alaskan Grill...More

Reviewed September 16, 2019

This restaurant is on the Chena River with both inside and outside seating. It is walking distance from Pike's Waterfront Lodge and the Princes Hotel. The Halibut was good but the Alaskan Seafood Chowder had mostly potatoes but little seafood. I thought the prices were...high but this is Alaska Tourist pricesMore

Date of visit: August 2019
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StuartN346, Public Relations Manager at Chena's Alaskan Grill, responded to this reviewResponded September 16, 2019

Dear 2skidivers, Thank you for your review/comments following your dining experience at Chena's Alaskan Grill. Pleased that you enjoyed the Halibut, however regret that you did not overly enjoy the seafood chowder. Normally there is an abundance of seafood incorporated into the recipe. For sure...More

Reviewed September 15, 2019

We had a very memorable meal here, with excellent service. Although all of the food was terrific, but the crab cakes were especially good. The service was warm and professional; William was an extraordinarily charming and attentive waiter. We would certainly go back here.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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StuartN346, Public Relations Manager at Chena's Alaskan Grill, responded to this reviewResponded September 16, 2019

Dear semipicky, Thank you so very much for the Five Star review on TripAdvisor, following your recent dining experience at Chena's Alaskan Grill. We are all so pleased that you thoroughly enjoyed your menu selections and service provided by our awesome team members. Thank you...More

Reviewed September 10, 2019

Chena’s was recommended to us by our hotel shuttle driver (Bridgewater Hotel), who also gave us a 15% coupon for our meal. We told him that we were looking for a really great meal of Alaskan salmon and/or halibut. This was, by far, the best...meal we ate on our vacation in Alaska, and well worth the price. It’s obvious that they employ a chef and not just a cook. For starters, the waiter brought us some whole wheat bread with an olive oil dip/spread that was some sort of pesto/parmesan combination. I don’t like to eat a lot of bread but thought I’d try a bite. I ended up eating two slices drenched in the olive oil combo because it was that good (both the bread and the oil)! I ate the salmon dinner which included salmon, mashed potatoes, veggies (broccoli, carrots, green beans), along with an added salad. It was one of the best meals I’ve ever eaten! Whatever the sauce was on the salmon was heavenly! My husband had halibut, rice, veggies, and chowder. I’ve never cared for halibut, but when I tried it this time I thought it was excellent. My husband felt the same about his entire meal. For dessert, I had the blueberry cobbler with ice cream. It was really good, but not one of my favorites. I wish I’d gone with my first thought, the chocolate mousse. My husband had a slice of decadent chocolate cake, which he really liked. Our server was extremely friendly, funny, and really had a way with customers. He was waiting several tables, including one large party of 8-10, and he was staying on top of it all, answering lots of questions about the food, offering suggestions, smiling, and keeping everyone informed and amused. I’m not 100% sure of his name, but he had reddish hair and I think it was Greg?? You have the option of eating inside or outside at this restaurant. The restaurant is right beside The River’s Edge hotel, an easy walk. The prices are on the high end. Expect to pay $30 for a meal, with salads and desserts charged separately. However, we had already traveled in other parts of Alaska where prices were much higher for lesser quality food, so these prices seemed reasonable to us. I highly recommend Chena’s Alaskan Grill!More

Date of visit: September 2019
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StuartN346, Public Relations Manager at Chena's Alaskan Grill, responded to this reviewResponded September 15, 2019

Dear LilypadNC, Thank you for posting such a fabulous review following your recent dining experience at Chena's Alaskan Grill in Fairbanks, AK. We are so pleased that you were referred to our fine restaurant from one of our area hotels and that the recommendation paid...More

Reviewed September 8, 2019 via mobile

With last minute restaurant change, the hostess, Ryin was able to have an inside table made up & ready for our arrival in no time at all. Our waitress Peg was not only welcoming, but efficient in service and giving us a fun experience. The...food was very good & brought to table in a timely manner, letting us enjoy our cocktails & appetizers in a relaxed way. My entree was the filet mignon cooked perfectly to my liking. The plus, our business advisor visiting was able to make his flight relaxed & satisfied. Thank you Peg & all who work at Chena GrillMore

Date of visit: September 2019
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StuartN346, Public Relations Manager at Chena's Alaskan Grill, responded to this reviewResponded September 15, 2019

Dear Judy H, Thank you for joining us at Chena's Alaskan Grill recently and many thanks for the excellent review on TripAdvisor. So pleased that you all enjoyed a relaxing dining experience and received terrific service from Peg. Look forward to welcoming you back in...More

Reviewed September 7, 2019

My husband and I are here recently. We both had seafood, salads and calamari. Everything was excellent: tasty, different and memorable. The homemade bread was very tasty too. Wish we had saved room for dessert! Our service was wonderful. Our waitress was very helpful and...friendly. (Sorry cant remember her name) The river views are beautiful!! Thanks!!!More

Date of visit: September 2019
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StuartN346, Public Relations Manager at Chena's Alaskan Grill, responded to this reviewResponded September 15, 2019

Dear Hikingpianoteacher, Thank you for the terrific review on TripAdvisor. So pleased that you enjoyed your meals and that you found everything to be excellent. That is what we all strive for and comments such as yours reinforce our commitment to being the best. We...More

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Response from 423TPag | Reviewed this property |
Two good places to eat - I think I rated them in Tripadvisor--both good. Both definitely local fares but good! Sam's Sourdough and The Bakery.
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Yes for large parties. Thank you and hope to see you soon.
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Response from annalea52 | Reviewed this property |
The restaurant is open during the winter according to their website although with reduced hours so give them a call!
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