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Located in one of the oldest homes in Anchorage, The Marx Bros. Cafe specializes in innovative contemporary cuisine featuring fresh Alaskan seafood and only the finest quality meats. Our chef revises the menu each night to reflect unique ingredients and imaginative preparations. Our cuisine is expertly paired with an extensive selection of wines housed in one of Alaska's largest cellars. Welcomed at the door by partner Van Hale, guests are at once immersed in a quaintly elegant atmosphere provided by our original town-site house and tasteful table settings. The evening is guided with unrivaled service by our subtle, accomplished staff. With only 14 tables in our house, we serve an average of
PRICE RANGE
$31 - $45
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner
CUISINES
American, International, Contemporary
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Table Service
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Reviewed February 26, 2021 via mobile

Had a very nice dinner at the Marx brothers cafe. The service was personable and friendly. The house in which it is located intimate with a cozy and authentic ambiance. The owner walks around and talks to you to make you feel at the home....The ingredients were fresh and delicately flavored. The shrimp and andouille sausage was divine. The oysters fresh. Would recommend.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed May 18, 2020

You won't find this restaurant on any of the advertisements they give to cruise ship passengers, and it's better that way. This quaint little setting was the perfect way to end our Alaskan journey. Van's table-side Caesar salad is exceptional (and he was kind enough...to share the recipe so now I can make it at home). Solid wine list to go with excellent food and service. We had a filet and the extremely difficult to source Yukon River salmon special, and were not disappointed. Seating is limited, so reservations are a must. This would be my top priority if I ever return to Anchorage.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed February 28, 2020

Caesar salad made table-side was perfect! Steak was amazing! The atmosphere is cozy and warm -- great for a cold January evening.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed February 3, 2020 via mobile

Hands down the best food I have ever eaten. There was not a crum left at the end of the meal. We even polished off desert and a bottle of wine. I highly recommend Marx Bros. To anyone wanting to have a special occasion or...just hungry for excellence food. The staff is great!’ You won’t be disappointed!More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed October 20, 2019

For some reason, this little place is not widely known about but it should be in everyone's top 5 list for best in Alaska. Everything was wonderful from start to finish.

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed October 9, 2019

From the moment I walked into the cozy restaurant to the moment i left, I was treated with perfect courtesy and felt welcomed. The warm bread, accompanied by some olives (which i thought was a nice touch), appeared almost immediately upon seating and I never...felt rushed. All of the servers were gracious and kind and the service was, in all honesty, impeccable! I had the arugula salad and filet mignon and after having gone without for too long, it all tasted like a little bit of heaven. And, even though I don't think I could say anything more about their service, the wine that the waiter chose to accompany my steak was brilliant! I'll be sure to tell others I know that come this way to eat at this place. Absolutely loved it!More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed September 17, 2019

We remember this place from 40 years ago when we used to live in Alaska. It's an intimate setting in a restored 100 year old home that was owned by a founder of the Alaska Railroad. We returned on our recent trip and found the...attentiveness and comfort to be be excellent. This is one of the best fine dining experiences available in Alaska, but some of the dishes we ordered came up short. The house Caesar Salad was made at table-side and is one of the best we've ever had - plenty of fresh garlic and lemon with just the right proportion of anchovy. Our entries were the salmon special, rack of lamb, scallops, and prawns. While flavorful and well presented, the prawns were overcooked and the scallops lacked the caramelized sear that is typical for such dishes. On a positive note, the tiramisu dessert was exceptional. The staff was quite attentive and overall it was a pleasant experience.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed September 6, 2019

What an experience!! Found on Trip Advisor and confirmed with Vicki at Westmark Anchorage if the food was good. Very delicious; must have the Cesar Salad made tableside by the owners. Our server was Stephanie who did a great job recommending the which dish to...order. My husband had the salmon and I had the Halibut; both were great! The deserts of berry crumb and carrot cake was equally great. The restaurant is in an old house that was renovated into a restaurant and has been in the same place for 40 years. I would highly recommend this experience!!More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed August 27, 2019

We had a wonderful dinner here on our last night of vacation. It was just superb! The food was delicious, the service perfect, and the wine list very good. Our Caesar salad made at our table was the best we've ever eaten. I had shrimp...and my husband had scallops and they were cooked perfectly. I would love to return.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed August 8, 2019

Wonderful setting, polished service, fine cuisine and extensive wine list (some 435 selections, inventory of 6,200, strong in California wines; we had a fine Paul Hobbs 2016 Russian River Valley Chardonnay, $85). The original house was built in 1916 by the Alaska Railroad for management...personnel. The founders had an active catering business doing festivals events when they decided to create a permanent home in 1979. They turned it into an intimate restaurant with just 46 seats, with 14 tables in two rooms, with almost a New England feel, naming it for the klutzy Marx Brothers comedy team they resembled when moving into the new space, according to their website. We had a table by window at the back of the house and watched the Chef and staff running back and forth from prep room at the back of the build (and also wine storage, given the small size of the house). We enjoyed the pan-seared Kodiak scallops ($45), in a roasted vegetable and tomato sauce, with fried polenta and sautéed morel mushrooms, a combination that worked well with the different flavors and textures. Our other entrée was fresh salmon with couscous, another winner. They touted their Caesar salad ($14.50 per person), made table side with fresh garlic, anchovies and raw egg, but it lacked parmesan cheese and the dressing was bland. We almost opted for two interesting appetizers (sautéed halibut cheeks, $18; and the Neapolitan seafood mousse, $17.50, layers of Maine lobster, smoked salmon and smoked halibut served with toast points, red onion gremolata and American caviar), based on recommendations by our server. And will should we have the opportunity to visit again.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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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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