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Review of Gwin's Lodge

Gwin's Lodge
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $35
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast
Description: The historic Gwin's Lodge is located in Cooper Landing in the Kenai Peninsula in south central Alaska, which is known as "Alaska's playground." We are the closest lodging near the confluence of two world-class salmon streams - the Kenai River and the Russian River. Gwin's Lodge is open seven days a week serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and has 17 cabins that can each accommodate 4 to to 6 guests with two cottage houses that can each accommodate up to 12 guests.
Reviewed September 15, 2016

IT's the 'real Alaska' experience... to come off the river and go have a great bowl of homemade chili or salmon chowder, in an authentic lodge that has been there for years, is the best! This place has been there and been great for years, before any others cam along, its always had a cozy family feel and a place where you can just really relax.

Date of visit: September 2016
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Keith M, General Manager at Gwin's Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded July 9, 2017

Thank you for your 5 STAR review!!!! Come back when you are this way!

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Reviewed September 12, 2016

Coopers Landing does not have a lot of places that open early so I decided to try Gwin's Lodge. The restaurant is a very cool log building that has been serving guests for decades. I have breakfast twice, and both times it was very good. Nothing too unusual, but all well prepared. Very nice waitress, Amelia was very pleasant.

Date of visit: September 2016
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Keith M, General Manager at Gwin's Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded July 9, 2017

Thank you for your 5 STAR review!!! That is great! Come by again and see our cabin availability live online. Payment online also!

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Reviewed September 10, 2016

This roadhouse has been here as long as I can remember. It is a true atomphere of the early Alaska. The food for the most part is very hearty and good. It is just a fun place to eat.

Date of visit: June 2016
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Keith M, General Manager at Gwin's Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded July 9, 2017

Thank you! We are the oldest surviving log Alaskan Roadhouse.

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Reviewed September 9, 2016 via mobile

Gwin's is a disaster. The food is overpriced, previously frozen junk. The service is horrible, mainly because of the kitchen taking so long. This place used to be okay, but multiple new owners can't seem to make it work.

Date of visit: September 2016
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Keith M, General Manager at Gwin's Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded September 13, 2016

Satisfaction is guaranteed. Of course Angus beef in Alaska is frozen. It is $5/lb. so it costs about 2/3 more than normal beef. There have not been "multiple new owners." I am the owner for 5 years. The prior owner had been here since the mid-1990s. Helen Gwin before that. After Helen there was one lessor operating it but Helen was the owner. Most everyone I have talked to say the food is better than prior. Being a local, you clearly have an agenda promoting competitors that cost more yet complain about price. A half pound Angus burger with homemade fries is $12.95. It can be $15.95 in Anchorage where they operate all year and have much lower insurance rates than my now lowered $40,000 year.

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Reviewed September 7, 2016

It's been years since my wife and I had eaten there, but we decided to try it again. We actually celebrated our 30th anniversary there a couple of weeks ago. New ownership (as of 5 years ago) has brought about some nice changes. While the menu did not include steaks, what we did order was very good. I had the chicken fried steak, and the gravy was excellent. Many places use a water based gravy, which I'm not fond of, but Gwin's uses a dairy based gravy. Very tasty! My wife had the cod fish and chips, and was very pleased. The atmosphere is still the same as it was years ago, still the same old slanted floor, but that's part of what makes it Gwin's. The service was excellent. They still have a very nice bar selection of beer, wine, and spirits. The dessert menu was very enticing, but after finishing the main course, neither of us had room for dessert. They will also be open on a limited basis through the winter, so we are looking forward to stopping in on our trips to and from Anchorage during the "off season".

Date of visit: August 2016
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Keith M, General Manager at Gwin's Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded July 9, 2017

Thank you and drop by this year. We are improving every year.

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