Lunch

Going out to eat isn't always about cravings. Often enough, mealtimes dictate our choices, limiting restaurant possibilities. When circumstances narrow the options, let 10Best help. We'll direct you to the best Lunch restaurants in Anchorage and save you the hassle of calling around for business hours. 10Best readers find much to enjoy at Glacier Brewhouse thanks to its all-around good offerings. It's also hard to beat Snow City Cafe, which serves just what you're looking for when you're in the market for a great Lunch.

10 Campobello Bistro
Don't let the mall location fool you—this cozy Northern Italian bistro serves innovative, tasty dishes. Modern Art Decorates the walls and candles on every table lend a romantic atmosphere to the dining room. The seafood crepes are a house specialty as is the veal saltimbocca and the homemade four-cheese raviolis. The extensive wine list is sure to have a vintage perfect for complementing your meal. For dessert, sample the legendary crème brulee. (907-563-2040)

9 Jens' Restaurant
The elegant, Danish-Scandinavian décor tips you off that this is one of Anchorage's finest dining venues. The dining room walls are cool cream stucco, accented with paintings by local artists. More than 40 wines are available by the glass, and the wine bar itself is a destination for many. But don't deny yourself! Jens' food is too good to miss. Jens' has a large selection of vegan and raw meals available. During their preparation they are never heated above 115 degrees, and they are served cold or room temperature. Fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds are combined in innovative ways to create a healthy, satisfying meal. (907-561-5367)

8 Orso
Orso resembles a giant woodland lodge, complete with wood posts, fireplaces, and low lighting. Contrary to expectations, the food is pure Old World Italian. Start with marinated olives or mussels in lemon sauce. Pastas, freshly made every day, are served family style - dig into wild mushroom ravioli or spaghetti with oven roasted garlic, lemon herb butter, and giant meatballs. There are plenty of seafood and meat options, as well, such as osso bucco made with lamb rather than the traditional veal and served with onions, tomatoes, and kalamata olives on polenta. Voted Anchorage's favorite dessert, the molten chocolate cake is too good to pass up. (907-222-3232)

7 Kumagoro
This traditional Japanese restaurant is especially popular with Anchorage's professionals who come here for business lunches of ramen noodle soups and bento boxes, but if it's sushi you are craving, plan to come for dinner since the sushi bar is only open in the evenings. If sushi isn't your thing, order the shabu-shabu dinner: diners cook their own meat and vegetables in hot broth. Teriyaki beef or salmon are the house specials and come with miso soup and a salad. (907-272-9905)

6 Club Paris
Alaska's oldest steakhouse is still one of the best places to dine in Anchorage. Parisian-style street lamps and a mural of the City of Light give the establishment its name. Start your evening with a martini at the atmospheric bar, and then dine on the house special filet mignon, a four-inch-thick slice of beef broiled to order. Prime rib and a New York strip smothered in Cajun mushrooms are other favorites. For dessert, macadamia-nut pie and Key lime tart are delicious and large enough to share. (907-277-6332)

5 Glacier Brewhouse
This brewpub became an immediate sensation when it debuted in 1997. Its menu features dishes like spicy fried calamari, amber ale-battered halibut, spit-roasted prime rib, and applewood-grilled salmon with garlic mashed potatoes. Also making excellent accompaniments to the craft brews on tap are the restaurant's brick-oven pizzas. Oven-roasted bread pudding is the special house dessert, and the always-crowded brewhouse is invariably lively. (907-274-2739)

4 Simon and Seafort's Saloon and Grill
Reserve well ahead if you want to enjoy a summer dinner at this Anchorage hot spot. Start your evening in the bar, with a glass of single-malt scotch or an import beer and savor the sunset over scenic Cook Inlet. Meals at "Simon's" (as the locals call it) are a delight whether you favor land or sea entrees. The aged prime rib is world-class, and the thick steaks are hand-cut to order. Nightly specials usually emphasize fresh seafood — the blackened Alaska salmon and the macadamia nut-stuffed halibut are two standouts. (907-274-3502)

3 Moose's Tooth Pub and Pizzeria
The Moose's Tooth is a pub that brews and serves more than beer. In addition to their alcoholic offerings - lagers, ales, stouts, porters, and ambers - they brew their own cream soda, root beer, and ginger ale. Homemade brick oven pizzas accompany your beverage. You can choose from over 40 toppings or select one of the house pizzas such as smoked salmon with cream cheese or a white pizza with artichoke hearts, feta cheese, and mushrooms. If you are just looking for a snack with your brew be sure to try the fried bread. It comes with spreads of roasted garlic and gorgonzola cheese. (907-258-2537)

2 Dianne's Restaurant
This lunch spot is most popular with Anchorage's young professionals, thanks in part to its location in a downtown high-rise. Quiches, soups, and salads are made fresh each day, but the hearty sandwiches are the real temptation. Try the veggie pita with cucumber dressing or the roast beef with creamy horseradish dressing. Another favorite is the turkey sandwich topped with cranberry sauce. (907-279-7243)

1 Sacks Cafe
Light, inventive international cuisine is the order of the day at this cozy bistro with flower-bedecked tables. Butternut squash ravioli is served in a creamy shallot-saffron sauce, and free-range chicken breasts are stuffed with spinach, proscuitto, onions, and zesty romano cheese. Specials include such Thai-inspired delights as fresh scallops and chicken with shitake mushrooms and snow peas over Udon noodles drizzled with ginger cream sauce. A tapas bar is a popular spot for singles to congregate and snack. (907-274-4022)


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Campobello Bistro 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly
Cuisine: European, Italian
Neighborhood: MIDTOWN
COST: $$
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Jens' Restaurant 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Continental, European, Scandinavian
Neighborhood: MIDTOWN
COST: $$
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Orso 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, Italian
Dining Options: Family Friendly
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
COST: $$
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Kumagoro 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Sushi
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
COST: $$
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Club Paris 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Continental
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
COST: $$
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Glacier Brewhouse 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
COST: $$
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Simon and Seafort's Saloon and Grill 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
COST: $$
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Moose's Tooth Pub and Pizzeria 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, European, Italian, Pizza
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly
Neighborhood: MIDTOWN
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Dianne's Restaurant 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Family Friendly
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
COST: $
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Sacks Cafe 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Continental, Fusion, Thai, Vegetarian
Dining Options: Catering
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
COST: $$
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