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“Overpriced, touristy... but okay.”

The Alaska Salmon Bake
Ranked #35 of 243 Restaurants in Fairbanks
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
South Jersey
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69 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
“Overpriced, touristy... but okay.”
Reviewed September 9, 2013

What can I say? This is a finely tuned operation, geared towards feeding massives busloads of cruise ship tourists in an efficient and profitable manner. The salmon is okay without being fantastic, the salad bar is large without being staggering. The cost is "tourist-high", although coupons are available at the visitor's center in Fairbanks. I would normally never spend $30 a head for what is only marginally better than casino-buffet food, but did it anyway for the "Alaska experience." It is what it is.

Visited September 2013
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Denver
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Fun buffet dinner”
Reviewed August 27, 2013

A bus picked us up from our hotel and drove us to the restaurant. Upon entering you go through a replica of a gold mine. Then one pays a fixed price for an all you can eat meal of either prime rib, crab legs, cod, and salmon. Soft drinks are included. The food wasn't bad and when finished a bus returns you to your hotel.

  • Visited August 2013
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“Crab legs and prime rib, all you can eat”
Reviewed August 25, 2013

This is an all you can eat mega food experience. On Thurs thru Sat they have giant crab legs, prime rib, salmon cooked on an outdoor grill, and deep fried cod, just for the meat coarse! The salmon was the best we had ever had. They also have a desert "shack" w/cakes and a wonderful pound cake w/fresh blueberry syrupy topping, Yummy!! The price includes salad bar and potatoes and veggies and a drink bar w/coffee, and soda included in the price.
Upon entering the hillside entrance you are in a low ceiling tunnel w/huge beams and a mini mine set up of mining cars on tracks. Very original. When you come out of the tunnel you are in a birch tree grove w/square picnic tables. You can get your meal and eat outdoors or take it into one of the two large dining halls. Staff is attentive to your needs. They also have a gift shop on site with the most reasonably priced souvenirs and t shirts/jackets that I have seen. They have old memorabilia from past mine shafts and equipment and a giant wood carved salmon that you can hop on for photo opportunities. Dinner is not inexpensive, but what a good deal if you like crab legs and prime rib and salmon.

  • Visited August 2013
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Kenosha, Wisconsin
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“Great food and it was all you can eat!”
Reviewed August 14, 2013

We went on a Saturday and this salmon bake also included prime rib and all you can eat crab legs! Excellent food! This was in the middle of a park. There were picnic tables outside and also indoor dining.

  • Visited June 2013
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Fairbanks, AK
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“More than just salmon”
Reviewed August 12, 2013

The Alaska Salmon Bake has long been a popular spot for tourists in Fairbanks. It offers a collection of old mining equipment and a gift shop focused on souvenirs. The central feature is an all you want buffet offering snow crab halves, fried cod fish pieces, grilled salmon, and roast beef. Side dishes include lettuce salad with a choice of toppings like peas, croutons, pine nuts, etc. and a choice of dressings. There are also pasta salads. Note that there are two ice tables for salads: one for lettuce based salad and the other for pasta based. Dinner rolls and a pot of baked beans are available from the pasta salad side. Separate counters offer deserts, a drinks bar for water, beer, and sodas, of course, the entrees.

Everything is presented outside as self service. I've noted in other reviews that some people are concerned about health safety issues. The Salmon Bake is a licensed commercial restaurant and as such, must meet food safety standards. Seating is either outside on sunny days or inside if it is rainy.

If you go with the understanding that this is more of a showplace and a picnic than a "traditional" restaurant, you should have an interesting experience. If you go expecting top of the line food, you are less likely to enjoy your visit. Please don't misunderstand me. The food is not bad. You will find better in some of Fairbanks' good restaurants, but the rustic, outdoor setting adds some spice to the experience. I enjoy the fried cod and the baked beans in particular. Eating at the outdoor tables in the company of friends takes me back to the Salmon Bake occasionally. We enjoy it for what it is.

  • Visited August 2013
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