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Soapy Smith's Pioneer Restaurant

543 2nd Ave, Fairbanks, AK 99701-4728
+1 907-451-8383
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  • Excellent31%
  • Very good34%
  • Average20%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible8%
Travellers talk about
“crab burger” (24 reviews)
“burgers” (12 reviews)
“french dip” (4 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
American, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
543 2nd Ave, Fairbanks, AK 99701-4728
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Reviewed 3 September 2017

We were on the Fairbanks City tour and came across this restaurant. It seemed to be the choice of most the people on our tour. The food was good and the legend of Soapy Smith was very interesting....Loved the decorations as well. Totally recommend this...More

Thank Sue P
Reviewed 3 September 2017

Our waitress was very friendly and attentive. While explaining the appetizers she mentioned they have clam chowder, white like New England clam chowder but contains no mikl/cream or bacon. Being from New England, I questioned her as to how it could be "like" NE clam...More

Thank John L
Reviewed 29 August 2017

Stopped here because of the recommendation of a bus driver. We'd heard the legend of Soapy Smith and thought it might be a nostalgic, Alaskan place. We were a bit disappointed as its simply a little diner style restaurant with really nothing special to speak...More

Thank Sonworshipper
Reviewed 28 August 2017

We had a funny waiter, was very good, he even took us outside to show us the difference between the light in summer and winter. the food was excellent also.

Thank William H
Reviewed 12 August 2017

They were busy the day we stopped in, we took a table by the front window. The owner "Soapy Smith" was busy going through his well rehearsed speech I'm sure he give multiple times a day. They seemed to be a little short on waitstaff....More

Thank Jeff L
Reviewed 10 August 2017

The historical interest of the restaurant was great to read about but did not match the less then normal food we ate there. The waiter was fun but the food was disappointing. The place says the food is made from scratch but that could not...More

Thank Brinkely47
Reviewed 9 August 2017

Soapy Smith's reputation is interesting so it's no surprise that the restaurant with his name on it is, as well. We had lunch there and I enjoyed my shrimpburger. The guys were impressed with the local beer. The decor is unique and appropriate.

Thank Irene L
Reviewed 8 August 2017

Soupy Smith Restaurant was conveniently located in downtown Fairbanks. We stopped in for an early dinner. The menu had adequate choices and the prices seemed a little high. There was no wait to be seated as we arrived for an early dinner. The service was...More

Thank 062843
Reviewed 30 July 2017

We dashed in to Soapy Smiths to quench our thirst on the first visit. Seated immediately and were soon served icy brews and drinks. The proprietor charmed patrons with the stories of his political father and mother of thirteen children. The following day we stopped...More

Thank Orlandaytripper
Reviewed 28 July 2017 via mobile

This is a dive in downtown Fairbanks. The restaurant has a friendly but slow staff and the menu prices were very high. The average dish is $18-$20. We were not offered a children's menu although they do have a few offerings. We did not end...More

Thank shm74zoom
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Tamara P
30 May 2017|
Response from Pat S | Reviewed this property |
Go to their website and check. It appears their hours vary according to the season. We were there last week (5/26) and the hours were 11-5:30. When I just looked online, the hours today are 11:00-10:00.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 543 2nd Ave, Fairbanks, AK 99701-4728
  • Location: United States  >  Alaska (AK)  >  Fairbanks
  • Phone Number: +1 907-451-8383
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