Glacier Brewhouse, Anchorage

4 out of 5 stars 13 Reviews

737 W 5th Ave (907)274-BREW
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    Glacier Brewhouse: Great Food Downtown

    by RickinDutch Updated Jun 5, 2012

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    Glacier Brewhouse has been a huge success from the day they opened 10 years ago. A very large restaurant, it is always packed, especially on weekends. A large selection to choose from the menu - from burgers to steaks to fine dining. They brew their own beer right on the premises. Call ahead for reservations and be prepared to wait a bit at the bar.

    High lofty ceilings and a large fireplace in the center of the room.

    A local tip - if there is a long wait for a table just eat over at the bar - usually no waiting.

    Favorite Dish: Baby back ribs with all the trimmings.

    A recent trip (June-2012) had a burger. Devine. Home brewed root beer - excellent.

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    Glacier Brewhouse: Where Alaskans Meet Alaskans

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Feb 10, 2005

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    Glacier Brew House has been named by Travelocity as one of the ten best restaurants in Alaska, and with just one visit there you will see why. I was fortunate to meet Anchorage VT member "Extremist, " whose downtown office is just across the street from the Anchorage International Hostel, and she was kind enough to take her lunch break to show me around. The restaurant was a short walk from the hostel. The Glacier Brewhouse is large, modern, very nicely appointed, and we found it bustling with the local downtown lunch crowd.

    A special bonus is that we got our lunch for free. I was enjoying my conversation with Extremist/Patty so much that I didn't even notice the server took a long time to bring our meal. The manager of the restaurant stopped by our table, apologized for the delay, and said our lunch was on the house. Honestly, I don't think it was all that late, but these folks sure aim to please. They will definitely get my business again the next time I am in Anchorage.

    Favorite Dish: I had the Salmon BLT: Alderwood grilled Alaskan salmon, pepper bacon, beefsteak tomato, romaine hearts, basil aioli on homemade focaccia bread. It was a choice that would have been hard to beat.

    Patty, VT name extremist, at the Glacier Brewhouse

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    Glacier Brewhouse: Trendy and spendy

    by kaloz Written Oct 31, 2002

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    This place is too trendy for my tastes, with big prices for pretty good food. But if you are into that kind of thing, . . Yuppies, dive right in.

    Favorite Dish: Horseradish and mustard Salmon. $22.50. The salmon are Copper River Reds, a very good eating fish.

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    Glacier Brewhouse: Go for the beer and stay for the food

    by platypusak Written May 9, 2005

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    This place is huge in every sense of the word, and jam-packed virtually every night so reservations are a must. The fireplace looks great, but the tables near it can get a little warmish for Alaskans...people from elswhere with thinner blood may not be bothered. The kitchen is open to view and mouth-watering dishes appear like magic.
    The high wooden-quonset like ceiling bounces noise, so this is not a place for a quiet dinner.

    Favorite Dish: It's hard to choose a favorite-the Halibut is always terrific and the Caesar with salmon is to die for. The single pizzas are delicious and you can't go wrong with their beef dishes.
    Be sure to try the Amber ale...some of the best. And for dessert there's a rum soaked breead pudding big enough for 4.....

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    Glacier Brewhouse: Decent Restaurant with good beer

    by vichatherly Written Aug 30, 2006

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    This is a really busy place so expect to wait for a while before you get a table. We took a buzzer and grabbed a drink at the bar. You could get tables more easily in the bar section but we preferred to wait for a decent table in the restaurant.

    The menu itself whilst looking good seemed a bit varied, but I suppose this was looking at try to please all the cruise line passengers. You could get a decent steak, fish, pasta or pizza.

    The beer selection was also very good, I went for the Brewhouse Blonde which was a decent lager and then onto the Indian Pale Ale, which was a nice pint. Nic went for the Raspberry Wheat, a fruity little number.

    Definitely worth a visit!

    Favorite Dish: Had the Calamari to start followed by the huge Rib eye steak and Crab legs.

    Bread and butter pudding to share for desert.

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    Glacier Brewhouse: This is the first place I eat when visiting.

    by Oatlad Written Feb 20, 2007

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    Glacier Brewhouse is one of my favorite places to eat ANYWHERE. The food is excellent, and they brew the best beer in Alaska. It is right down town, and boasts a very comfortable restaurant/lounge. Expect it to be busy, it always is, but you'll be glad you went.

    Favorite Dish: The menu is in constant evolution. Their pizza is wonderful, they have fantastic salads, but all in all the one thing that I always have when I go to the the Glacier Brewhouse is their hefeweisen beer.

    Fine Dining Here is the brewhouse.

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    Glacier Brewhouse: A little cookie cutter, but worth the visit

    by masonbryant Written Jan 13, 2006

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    Though this seemed to remind me of an average brewpub we have in Dallas called Two Rows, I found it quite enjoyable. After getting over the initial comparisons, the food was pretty good, but a bit too expensive. The best that the Glacier Brewhouse has to offer are their beers. Don't bother with the pricey food, but down a few pints at the bar.

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    Glacier Brewhouse: Don't miss this one!

    by worldtrekker Updated Oct 15, 2002

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    This was my favorite place in Anchorage to have a farewell dinner and drink with my tour groups. It's not too expensive and there's a good atmosphere, good food, and good beer! :-) This photo is of the Dragoman group I traveled with in June 2001 - Rob, Ian, Sally, Tove, Sylvi, Me, and Annie. I picked up this group in Arizona and spent 6 weeks traveling with them to Alaska. Some, including Rob, Tove, and Annie traveled with Dragoman for over 6 months coming from Patagonia through South and Central America!
    This place has a good selection of handcrafted brews and delicious food!

    Favorite Dish: Everything I tried here was excellent.

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    Glacier Brewhouse: Crowded but Worth It

    by FatesWarn Written Aug 17, 2014

    I was lucky to be staying at the Hotel Captain Cook for the evening and our bellman strongly suggested making reservations if we wanted to go to the Brewhouse; he called down to the concierge and arranged the reservations for us.
    When we arrived, the place was PACKED; I could barely move around the hostess desk - we were given a pager and found a less crowded spot to wait. When our pager went off, the hostess desk was even more crowded, it was hard to get up there without getting pushed, bumped, or stepped on, so when we were finally seated, I was in a bit of a mood, but our upbeat waitress, Christin, arrived quickly and helped us make our beer choices and reset the tone for the evening.
    I was thinking about ordering a pizza, but I noticed that they were nearly as big as the table - fortunately, Husband agreed to share one with me instead of ordering something else.
    We went for the Reindeer Pizza (reindeer sausage and gorgonzola cheese) and it was delicious. The beer was excellent (we had the hefeweizen), so we decided to have another for dessert and went with the Imperial Blonde (I had a 1/2 glass) - this is a very strong (9% ABV) beer and was a perfect finish to a great meal.

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    Glacier Brewhouse: Very good

    by Dymphna1 Written Oct 27, 2013

    I was here twice, once for lunch and once for dinner, everything we tried was really good. Service was really good.

    The beers are great here, but do not ignore the wines. The wines are made around the corner at their sister restaurant.

    Simply the best calamari $11.95 Spinach Ricotta Ensalata - $11.95 - it was great
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    Glacier Brewhouse: Don't miss the fresh seafood, indeed!

    by chanoc2003 Written Jan 20, 2007

    Well I used to work here, so my opinion may be biased; I ate here, sometimes, 6 days a week and never tired of it. However, thousands agree the food is delicious.

    The Glacier BrewHouse is proud to have the only Alderwood fired rotisserie in the state of Alaska.

    Glacier BrewHouse serves the freshest Alaskan seafood, harvested from the icy waters of the North Pacific. We believe that Alaskan seafood is the finest in the world!

    BrewHouse desserts are handcrafted by our pastry Chef Jeff Lakomski and his talented crew.

    Favorite Dish: SEARED AHI TUNA 21.95

    Pepper crusted tuna filet, with beansprout kimchee slaw, wasabi aioli, red curry oil, sticky rice and sesame lavosh. Served rare.

    SALMON BLT 10.95
    Alderwood grilled Alaskan salmon, pepper bacon, beeef steak tomato, romaine hearts, basil aioli on house-made focaccia bread.

    Classic apple and currant bread pudding, wood oven roasted. Topped with caramelized pecans and Yukon Jack sauce.

    Fresh Alaskan seafood, roasted corn, shaved fennel, bell peppers, slowly simmered in a rich crab broth. Finished with cream and dry sherry.

    Pan seared chicken, andoullie sausage, warm water shrimp, tossed with a spicy mamou sauce.

    Strip loin steak marinated in garlic infused peanut oil, stone ground mustard crust, oatmeal stout demi glace, and blue cheese mash potatoes.

    Fresh Dangerous Cape Halibut, BrewHouse ale battered.

    Fresh ground chuck steak, smoked bacon, Tillamook cheddar cheese, wood grilled onions, beef steak tomatoes, and shaved lettuce.

    CALAMARI 9.50
    Tender calamari strips seasoned with garlic and black pepper, fried and served with jalapeno aioli.

    Chocolate cookie crust, creamy peanut butter center, chocolate genache, topped with homemade peanut brittle.

    Traditional vanilla custard, candied sugar top and fresh strawberries.

    To add: check out the fine selection of homemade beer. I used to get drink, but not anymore. Use caution with the XXX beers.

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    Glacier Brewhouse: Good food and atmosphere, a bit pricey.

    by yoyosh Written Jul 6, 2006

    We hit the Glacier Brewhouse on our first night in Alaska, and it was above average. I had salmon and she had a steak. We were both happy, but the prices were a bit high. My girlfriend had some of the Brewhouse's beers, and she was very pleased with those. Overall the service was good (the place was absolutely packed, as it was Saturday night), the food was good, and the atmosphere was above average, as were the prices. The crowd was mostly middle aged or older people, and many couples.

    Favorite Dish: All I had was the salmon, which was of course very fresh, but was definately not the best salmon I had during our trip to Alaska.

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    Glacier Brewhouse

    by frankcanfly Written Jul 3, 2005

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    My Dad brought me here during my latest visit, and I'm pretty sure that it wasn't here in 2003.

    Favorite Dish: I'm quite impressed with the WeisenBeer ! I didn't eat here, but the beer was great!

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