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American, Bar, Seafood, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed September 8, 2020

We loved this place! It was the perfect fried halibut pieces (bucket of butts) They were lightly fried and served with homemade tartar sauce. The mixed drinks were very reasonable and old fashioned like white russians and apple martinis. The throwback decorations from 1970s were...wonderful!More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed August 24, 2020

The place doesn't look like much from the outside, but dont let that deter you! We ate here twice, but got our food to go (thanks COVID). The place was really cool on the inside though, and would be a great place to hang out....Back to the food... the halibut (or butt as they call it) is delicious! We also had fries and my boyfriend loved them, said they were sone of the best he had. Super yummy!More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed August 11, 2020

Good mix of locals and tourist visit Thorn's. The halibut is the best I have had and I have had a lot. Served in one-ounce chunks, it is mildly seasoned, and though fried it is not a thick batter fried version. The chowder is also...an excellent choice. The waitstaff, the bar tender, even the kitchen staff are welcoming and friendly. The prices were a little bit cheaper than other places in Seward. And as others have said, the decor is unchanged since 1962, so it has gone from cool to retro without having to change a thing. Kind of surprised they did not have karaoke or some other entertainment option, the place seems to be a natural fit for it.More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed July 18, 2020

My son and I stopped here after a long day of fishing. We're from Chicago and it was like we walked into a Wisconsin supper club! From the white lights throughout the bar, the red leather seats and the collection of Jim Beam decanters throughout...the place, I'd swear we were in Wisconsin... We started with soup and my clam chowder was excellent. We each had the halibut chunks and steak and were not disappointed. The steak was ok, but the halibut chunks were simply incredible. They were cubes of halibut lightly dusted and fried to perfection! This place was recommended to us by a local and it didn't disappoint!More

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed June 28, 2020

Our family of two adults and one teen really enjoyed our meal at Thorn's. Two got the famous Bucket of Butts and one got a burger. The burger was fine but the Bucket of Buts was loved by both people. For a lounge, the beer...selections on draft were really basic and not anything local. But the decor! The decor is straight from the past -- probably the 70s. Very fun. But even better, was the collection of Jim Beam bottles displayed throughout the restaurant. These are collector bottles that were given to distributors in years past. They are every shape, animal, person, etc. you can imagine. That display alone made the restaurant a great stop. The food was an extra good bonus!More

Date of visit: June 2020
Reviewed June 28, 2020

The bucket of halibut bites (very ligh breading if any and done perfectly) was one of the best seafood items we had for 2 weeks in Alaska. It was enjoyed by seafood fans and even by me - the one person who doesn't really like...seafood. Great dipping sauce too. Just get it!More

Date of visit: June 2020
Reviewed March 7, 2020

We chose this place for lunch mainly because it is one of the only places open in town in Winter. We were happily surprised. The decor is tufted vinyl everywhere, I wondered where the Dude was. The food was very good, from Seafood to Burgers....When in Seward, you must visit Thorn's.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed October 25, 2019 via mobile

The staff was very friendly. The food was fast and delicious. We were glad to be able to visit a local favorite.

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed October 15, 2019

Loved stopping by this place. Tim the bartender was awesome and so much fun to talk to. I had a cup of the seafood chowder and it was delicious! I would highly recommend stopping by this place if you're in Seward and enjoy a good...dive.More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed October 10, 2019

Thorn's is my go-to spot in Seward. Awesome, funky vibe. Red velour everything and the best fried halibut chunks in town.

Date of visit: April 2019
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May 27, 2017|
Response from Grayson907 | Reviewed this property |
I found a menu online on the zomato website(I can't post the URL here) but I have no idea how current it is. I can't remember the prices I and my group paid back in February but I think we paid a few dollars more for some... More
July 25, 2016|
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Response from deew4 | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure about the recipe for the butts. If you like lobster, I have a poor man's lobster recipe. 4 c. Water 1/4 c sugar 1/8 c salt Boil, drop 1 inch size chunks of halibut in water. Remove as soon as it floats, not long... More
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