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“Whole lot og food and fun”

Pump House Restaurant & Saloon
Ranked #2 of 241 Restaurants in Fairbanks
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood, Soups
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Romantic, Scenic view, Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Brunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Chena Small Tracts
Transit: Public Bus System route stop.
Description: The Pump House Restaurant offers Fine Dining in a Historice Atmosphere overlooking the Chena river. We are listed on the National Registry of Historic Sites and are the recipient of the DiRONA Award. Seasonal closure - January 1st through February 2nd. Reopening February 3rd.
Milton Freewater, Oregon
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157 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Whole lot og food and fun”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2013

I have been to Fairbanks several times and always had good time and good food at the pump house. Nice place to eat with friends or just have. My brother called me last summer to ask where his fire fighting crew could get a meal in Fairbanks. The Pump House of course!

  • Visited July 2012
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Nor Cal
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great dinner, Average brunch”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2013

I really wanted to try reindeer on my trip to Alaska, and saw that The Pump House had Rudolph on the menu-OK, sustainably farmed reindeer, not Rudolph. We made a reservation for what turned out to be a crazy busy Saturday night. The hostess was somewhat frazzled and seemed unhappy when we asked for a different table when seated next to a busy busing area, but after cordial prodding, she put us at a table in a quiet corner. Not a great start, but our server, Margaret, quickly put us back in a mellow mood by providing excellent, cordial service. I had a great house featured raspberry martini that was yum while my partner enjoyed an excellent draft beer from the local brewery. Our shared salad arrived quickly and Margaret brought an extra plate without being asked. Our entrees arrived shortly after we finished the salad, and both were wonderful- the reindeer perfectly cooked, and my partner's salmon likewise. The accompanying veg and mashed sweet potatoes were also spot on. We both agreed the meal lived up to advanced billing, and although it wasn't cheap, it was comparable to any fine dining in the lower 48.
We liked it so much, we went back for Sunday brunch the next day. The brunch was more traditional, without the local featured items on the dinner menu, and although it was good, it was nothing super special. Service was not as top notch as the night before, but we still enjoyed the local atmosphere at the Pump House, and would recommend it for dinner.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank Marcia S
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from the Rockies
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6 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“NO RESERVATIONS”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2013

we arrived as a group of 13 on time for our pre-arranged reservation at the Pump House Restaurant (where I have eaten good meals in the past) -- they not only did not have our reservation but made NO effort to accommodate the group even in smaller parties and insisted they could do nothing
sorry to say- that for a tour operator who has used their restaurant for many years, they could not bother to get this reservation right ---we enjoyed a delicious meal at WOLF RUN instead!

  • Visited March 2013
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1 Thank wolf-whale
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austin, tx
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83 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Overprice, average food quality”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2013

Went there after Ice Park at the evening. When we got there, the restaurant was about to cut off to serve dining room customers. The menu items were not cheap, it ranged from $7-12 for appetizers, $25 above for entree. Overall our bill was $75 when including 2 appetizers, 1 tea, 1 main entree and desert. You got the idea. Personally I will not go back to the restaurant because the food quality was not matched up with their high prices.

  • Visited March 2013
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Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Excellent food, interesting decor.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2013

We had dinner here and enjoyed it very much. I had the bbq ribs (the smaller serving is plenty) and my wife had salmon that was accommodatingly prepared for her special dietary needs. Service was good.

Visited February 2013
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Thank DanJanHamilton
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