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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Tried 3 times to book by phone for 5 people 10 days in advance, left messages in answering machine, got no reply, left one email. In the meantime, booked a table for 4 through Opentable (yes, it was a very special occasion, and the place...had been recommended to me), and left an email explaining that we would be 4 adults and one kid. Finally, got an email 4 days later: there was room for 4 people but not 4 people with a 9-year old kid, although when looking at Opentable two days earlier, there was at least 2 tables of 4 left. Maybe there is an unsaid policy of no kids?… in many other places, even the most fancy ones, the manager would have tried to accommodate the guests. So disappointing…More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Meals we enjoyed at the Marx Bros. Café 35 years ago, as residents of Alaska, have left indelible memories all these years since moving to the Lower 48. A priority for our first visit back as tourists with adult children and their significant others,was a...dinner here. An absolute favorite, Van’s Caesar’s salad has been the gold standard to which we have compared all others eaten since and none has compared. We tried new dishes such as the halibut cheeks and oyster appetizers which were truly oustanding and we found the rockfish en papillote to be amazing! The cheesecake with raspberry coulis, berry crisp and carrot cake were a nice way to end this lovely meal. In addition, service was outstanding and as my Alaska-born son said about the experience, “it lived up to its hype!” The only regret is that by 8:30, they had run out of the neopolitan seafood mousse. More reason to return to Alaska, sooner than later!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Whoever rated this restaurant 4 stars must have been somewhere else!!! We went on our anniversary, a Friday evening in July, before going on a cruise. Old, and dilapidated are two very different things. Building needs complete renovation . There were 6 of us, 4...adults and two children. Nothing on the menu was appropriate For kids. But 5hey ordered a filet each. We were seated in a room with three tables. When I saw a woman at the next table Push her meal away, we should have left. The waiter was sweating profusely , why I have no idea, And never introduced himself. The man who made the “tableside Caesar salad “ Was wearing the dirtiest clothes and a filthy tie. It just kept getting worse! We ordered our entrees and 60 minutes later we were still waiting . No one came to tell us about the delay. Waiter was nowhere to be found ! When the meals finally arrived, the duck was over cooked, the steaks were awful And the scallop meal consisted of 3 small scallops. We received a bill for $600. Very little wine was drunk, kids had two sodas We do not mind paying for a quality meal with ambiance We all felt we just threw $600 away on awful dinner experience How this restaurant gets stellar reviews is beyond me. I very very rarely write Negative reviews, but the Marx Brothers cafe should stay in another era!!!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is my birthday and I came to Anchorage with one specific restaurant in mind for my birthday dinner—Marx Bros Café, a small world renowned restaurant located in one of the oldest homes in Anchorage specializes in innovative contemporary cuisine featuring fresh Alaskan seafood and...only the finest quality meats. So imagine how disappointed I was when they called at 4pm to cancel a 7:30pm reservation! I am elated that they did so! Kudos to this establishment for exercising the tremendous responsibility to close their establishment because two employees tested positive for COVID-19 this morning. I’ll make another trip to Anchorage especially to eat there and this time I’ll have my family!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed June 2, 2022

Staying post-cruise in Anchorage we sought a suitable place to celebrate our last night. A number of choices, but Marx Cafe had a table, so we booked it. Great decision, friendly welcome, amazing old 1916 house tastefully converted. Busy but efficient. Fab service, Marx Caesar...salad made at the table, local salmon special outstanding and chocolate mousse to die for. Not cheap but you got what you paid for. Cannot recommend highly enoughMore

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed April 23, 2022 via mobile

The meals was excellent, service was attentive and a grand experience. Wonderful food and great service. If you want an excellent meal and a great memory, this is the place to go.

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed February 16, 2022 via mobile

I had the pleasure of dining with a close friend at this restaurant upon a recommendation and hands down this was the finest dining experience in Alaska. The attention to detail, quality of food and professionalism as well as friendliness of the staff made this...a terrific experience. From the amazing Caesar salad that is made right at your table to the quality of the fresh fish to the deserts. We were happy with all of the options and left very satisfied with the choices. I hope I get to come back as I live in NYC. Bravo on creating a super dining experience and wishing you many years of success.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed December 9, 2021 via mobile

Thank you, The Marx Bros. Cafe for such a wonderful meal last night. I also appreciated the recommendation to try Kincaid Grill…I’m there now! House Made Gnocchi Potato dumplings with Alaskan red king crab, crispy capicola and sweet gorgonzola mornay Halibut Olympia Fresh Alaskan halibut...stuffed with king crab, lemon caper sauce and asparagus Marx Bro's Cheesecake Our own special recipe, rich and creamyMore

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed September 10, 2021 via mobile

This adorable covered dwelling has a fantastic vibe and interesting decor. The menu is not overly expansive but has something for everyone. The food is divine, portions are generous, and the waitstaff is excellent. Highly recommend.

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed September 6, 2021

There is so much to love about this place. It is historical, the food is excellent, and the wine selection is incredible. Unfortunately, the layout, the table arrangement, and (lack of) response to our concerns overshadowed our entire experience. We felt lucky to have secured...a reservation as we were only visiting Anchorage for a few days. Upon arrival, we were seated at unquestionably the worst table in the house. It was seemingly more of an afterthought. It was effectively in the server galley, shared a wall with the very loud kitchen, next to an open door overlooking the port, and was uncomfortably close to the table next to us. My chair was effectively a conference chair, compared with the more comfortable (and planned) decor of the rest of the restaurant. We endured the entire meal having to wear our coats inside, and feeling uncomfortable speaking too loudly as the couple next to us was so close. As the meal wound on, we enjoyed the food and wine, but as tables were vacated, we inquired about moving to a better (and warmer) spot. Our requests were met with arguments and questioning indifference. At some point we were clearly labeled as a "problem" table and the staff all but abandoned us, coming by only to provide the bill as we sat in silence, not wanting to disturb the guests next to us. We left without so much as a word uttered from the staff. It was a big disappointment, and the service level did not match the expectation of the meal and restaurant. It ruined our whole experience. Sadly, I would not return to this restaurant, and would caution others to ensure they did not get that very same table and/or incur the (literal) cold indifference of the staff.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed August 26, 2021

My husband and I went for the experience of a nice, couples meal. We were initially seated at what I believe was the next to worse table in the restaurant. The photos show the cozy room with a fireplace but there is a room off...the entrance with four tables. Ours was in that room, where my husband's back was just off the door and entrance. My initial assumption was there were no tables in the other room, but after we complained and were moved, I noted there were several tables in that room. We were the only Black couple--or people of color--in the restaurant. We were then moved to an ideal table. There were olives and some butter on the table when we were moved and an open bottle of, presumptively, water. They were never moved and we did not eat from them. We ordered the Caesar salad, and we waited until the owner prepared the salads at three other tables--including for a couple who came in after we arrived. The salad was good. My husband loved his salmon. I had the shrimp pasta. The shrimp were well prepared but there were only 5 and they were small--not a size I would cook with personally. There was no sauce on the pasta and I did not eat it, so I essentially paid $45 for five small shrimp. The server was attentive. I did not complain loudly because we were out for a nice meal, but upon reflection, I would not return to this restaurant and would not recommend it to anyone.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed August 21, 2021 via mobile

We were able to get same day reservations at 5:30. Attire was all over the place - with jeans and hoodies to cocktail dresses, to sport coats. Service was great. Our food was delicious, we had the salads, gnocchi and lamb. The blue cheese salad...was better than the caesar - it was pretty fishy. The fresh bread was nice. For the amount of food we found it to be rather priceyMore

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed July 26, 2021

Our dinner at this restaurant was special. The atmosphere in this tiny gem located in one the oldest houses in Anchorage was charming, intimate, and relaxed. Everyone seemed to be having a good time. Our waitress was attentive and personable. But the food, ah, that...was perfection. My husband and I had the oyster appetizer, halibut and rockfish entrees, cheesecake and a bottle of wine. Each bite was wonderful. The chef is quite innovative. Don’t miss this lovely restaurant if you make it to Anchorage.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed July 6, 2021

Richard "Van" Hale one of the owners gave us the BEST personal service I have ever received at a restaurant. We ordered everything that he recommended and he did not disappoint. He taught us about wine pairing. It was amazing food but the service is...why I would return. It truly made our trip to AK memorable.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed July 1, 2021

Upscale restaurant in an older building which lends itself to an intimate dining experience. Food is excellent and the service very professional. Cesar salad prepared tableside was a big hit.

Date of visit: June 2021
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I think so. We just parked on the street outside the cafe and I'm pretty sure we didn't pay. But regardless it was very easy.
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5