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“Cook walked out in middle of busy lunch hour”

Soapy Smith's Pioneer Restaurant
Ranked #18 of 256 Restaurants in Fairbanks
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed June 25, 2012

We were advised by a "local" that Soapy Smith's had the best lunch in the area. He was right! Although he couldn't have known that the cook walked out soon after our order was placed. Our server, Bill, said "not to worry" he'd take care of serving and cooking for us. All the staff seemed to take over and pitch in to satisfy the full lunch room. Although it took a little longer than usual, our meal was served exactly as we ordered and was delicious! Our compliments to Bill and his exemplary service! Place is a casual, bar atmosphere cafe with great sandwiches and wait staff.

1  Thank SCHHLady
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Reviewed June 23, 2012

A unique owner and experience! However food, service and ambience great.

Thank Kate5656
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Reviewed June 13, 2012

Previous reviews have mentioned the outlandish waiter, and his humour.
Within minutes of being seated, our party of 4 were insulted by the "clever show-off" who seemed to think that the world revolved around him.
The service was very poor, the food un-memorable, barely edible vegetables which had been in water all day it seemed, and fish that appeared to be bought in frozen, and tasteless. I have to admit that in all our travels around USA, this is the first time I couldn't leave a tip on the bill. The girl who took the payment was very apologetic that we were sorely disappointed, but did little more than smile and hope we would go away.
My warning is to stay away from Soapy Smith, he had a reputation in Juneau for his cheating ways during his lifetime, it seems his spirit still lives on.

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5  Thank Colin-Catherine
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Reviewed February 9, 2012

Soapy's gets a lot of foot traffic because of the name, location and decor, but it isn't the best restaurant downtown Fairbanks.

I have never had a bad meal there, but never a particularly memorable one, either. They are particularly proud of their crab cakes, but after having them once, I will probably not order them again.

1  Thank TerminationDust
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Reviewed January 5, 2012

Wonderful restaurant for both locals and tourists. Prices are reasonable and always friendly service. The memorabilia on the walls is reason enough to visit. We especially like taking our grandaughter with us as there is a basket of toys for her to play with while we wait to eat.

Thank AJ J
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