We love to fish and adventure as much as the next person but we also love enjoying a wide range of food, microbreweries, festivals, and more. We’ve put together a list of helpful links of local resources and some of our most favorite watering holes when it’s time to relax.
If you’re staying with us at the Kenai River Resort you can plan on some pretty fantastic local caught food fare. But, if you’re looking to get out and sample some of the local cuisine we have lots of recommendations on our favorite places.
The Kenai Peninsula may not be the most populous but it certainly has it share of great restaurants. You can find a restaurant for almost any palette or culinary mood.
Check out the selections below for some of our favorite local cuisine.
St. Elias offers some of the best pizza and salad fare around. Their huge salads are always fresh and the pizza comes out of a massive brick oven. St. Elias also makes their own microbrews. If you’re looking for pizza this is it (consider Pizza Boys for Delivery)
434 Sharkathmi Ave, Soldotna, AK
This is a craft brewery with full restaurant and taproom. Consider the burgers, wings, and the rueben sandwich is one of the best anywhere. It’s also just about the only place we know to get poutine around the peninsula so consider getting those fresh out of the fryer fries with your meal.
308 Homestead Lane, Soldotna, AK 99669
Mykel’s is one of the higher end food fares in Soldotna. With a lounge that has live music most Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights you’ll also find a very good menu featuring Alaska King Crab, Halibut, and premium steaks
35041 Kenai Spur Hwy, Soldotna, AK 99669
The bridge lounge may not be an actual restaurant but with a full service bar and a deck that sits directly above the Kenai River it definitely deserves a mention. And, because they keep all the local restaurant menus handy you can order delivery from any restaurant in town and have delivered right to your table!
393 Riverside Dr, Soldotna, AK
The Duck Inn
The Duck Inn might not be the fanciest restaurant in town but the burgers, sandwiches and fries are very good. It may be one of the best burgers in town. Often you’ll find live music on the weekends and it’s sort of the go-to karaoke spot for locals on Thursday nights.
43187 Kalifornsky Beach Rd, Soldotna, AK 99669
It took a while to accept Addie Camp and what they were doing. On top of a hill built out old railroad cars – but consider us convinced. The food is exceptional quality fare, the setting in the railway car is not as cheesy as you might think, and truth be told, it’s probably the classiest wine bar setting on the Peninsula
43550 Whistle Hill Loop, Soldotna, AK 99669
Wonderful Mexican traditional food. Chimichangas, burritos, tacos, tostidos, and our favorite fajitas around
43543 Sterling Hwy, Soldotna, AK 99669
Traditional pub fare in a sports bar theme. Halibut burgers, bison burgers, fries, fish & chips and wings are all great. Keep this place on your list as it’s one of the few places serving food past 10:00PM
43960 Sterling Highway Soldotna, AK 99669
Great BBQ and a really unique BBQ Sundae – layered Pulled Pork, Coleslaw, Brisket, & Potato Salad. The loaded baked potatos are loaded with BBQ Brisket like and fixings like you’ve never seen before. Definitely worth checking out.
45015 Kalifornsky Beach Rd, Soldotna, AK 99669
Homemade salads, sandwiches and soups, we also have desserts and espresso coffees. Nice little sit in cafe, can also do pick up and delivery orders!
115 S Willow St, Kenai, AK 99611
Froso’s has one of the biggest menus of any restaurant in the area. We’re not exactly sure how they do it but they do a great job of it. Everything from pastas and pizza to sushi and comfort food. It also has the best (and only!) fully stocked salad bar.
35433 Kenai Spur Hwy,
Soldotna, AK 99669
Enjoy grand views of the Kenai River Flats as you sup on fresh Alaska seafood, house-made pasta or local greens. The dining is both comfortable and elegant, and it’s Kenai’s best place to dine
39847 Kalifornsky Beach Rd
Kenai, AK 99611
A large property, lodge and restaurant underneath a beautiful landscape. Large patio seating underneath the Chugach National Parks is a beautiful setting for a meal and libation
17245 Frontier Circle,
Cooper Landing, AK 99572
Phone: (907) 595-1425
Gwin’s Summer Lodge
Gwin’s summer lodge is a rustic cabin environment with family style picnic table seating, an outdoor patio, and guest cabins located right next to the Kenai River. Sandwiches and burgers are a must but the entire menu is great.
14865 Sterling Hwy, Cooper Landing, AK 99572
King Fisher Roadhouse
Located on the shores of beautiful Kenai Lake in Cooper Landing featuring Alaskan fish, outstanding appetizers, salads, pasta, meats and homemade desserts. The beer and wine selection never disappoints either.
Milepost 47.4, Sterling Highway
Cooper Landing, AK 99572
(907) 595 – 2861
A locals favorite specializing in generous proportions of pulled pork, nachos, brisket salads, pizza, ribs and more. All displayed on a handwritten ornate chalkboard.
16021 Sterling Hwy, Cooper Landing, AK 99572
Phone: (907) 595-1827
Fat Olives is definitely one of the most popular food venues in Homer. Lively spot set in a former garage serving wood-fired pizza, steaks & sandwiches, plus beer & wine.
276 Ohlson Lane Homer, Alaska
AJ’s Steakhouse & Saloon
Featuring great Steak, Seafood, Spirits & Entertainment, along with the same friendly old town hospitality that has been a tradition for over 70 years.
Local ingredients, fresh seafood and a simple but creative menu make this little joint a locals’ favorite. If it’s carbs you’re after, its hand-tossed pizzas are the best. Don’t skip dessert.
4246 Homer Spit Rd
The Salty Dawg Saloon is where tourists and locals drink, sing, and get silly. For a quiet beer and good pizza, try Finn’s
Best Pizza in Homer, hands down
393 Riverside Dr, Soldotna, AK
Duncan House Diner
One of the best choices you could make when it comes to breakfast.
Traditional bacon, eggs, omelettes, biscuits and gravy along with a hot cup of coffee
Located right in the heart of the Homer spit and over-looking the water and Kachemak Bay. Casual eatery with a nautical motif & water views serving locally sourced seafood fare, wine & beer.
4241 Homer Spit Rd, Homer, AK
Part of the Lands-End Hotel at the very end of the Homer spit. A bit on the dated side, a bit on the pricey side, but the views are spectacular and the food and drinks are good
4786 Homer Spit Rd, Homer AK
Harbor Bar & Grill
Right in the heart of the Homer spit the Harbor Grill is hard to miss because it’s probably the biggest place around.
Large bar, big menu, steaks & seafood.
4262 Homer Spit Road, Homer, AK
This restaurant sits a beautiful one-hour ride across Kachemak Bay from Homer, Alaska. Once the boat arrives in tiny Halibut Cove, you get three hours to dine, explore, and visit the two art galleries in town. The Saltry serves up a stunningly high-end meal. The seafood-heavy menu depends on mostly local ingredients. (Tip – get the local oysters)
Halibut Cove, AK
Linwood Bar and Grill
Take the 45 water taxi from Homer across Kachemak Bay to Seldovia. A quaint little town full of artists, wood carvings, and a beautiful area to stroll amongst both trees and beaches.
Linwood features great pub fare and live music regularly happens here
Seldovia Boardwalk Hotel Pub & Grill
Dine al fresco along the patio overlooking the stunning Seldovia Harbor and Kachemak Bay. Specializing in seafood and a variety of options including sandwiches, house made chowders, and baked goods.