Food and Beverage

Fox Island Day Lodge
Season: May 28 to Sep 4
$74+ // 3.5 to 8.5 hrs
Even though it’s only 12 miles from Seward, Fox Island in Resurrection Bay feels blissfully remote. You can only get here by boat—on trips offered by Kenai Fjords Tours—but this lush, secluded locale make a rich excursion for foodies, kayakers and wildlife lovers.

Resurrection Roadhouse
The Resurrection Roadhouse is a rarity: an Alaskan-lodge restaurant with a loyal local following. This eatery that’s part of the Seward Windsong Lodge has won over the area residents with great food all day long, gorgeous scenery, and sunlight until late at night. Sit inside the Roadhouse or out on the deck, with a view of the Resurrection River and surrounding mountains.

Bakery at the Harbor
This is a great spot to grab breakfast or lunch before a day on the water. Or, if you aren’t heading out, enjoy a bite overlooking the harbor. There’s limited seating, but it’s easy enough to get a table except at the lunch rush. It’s a standard deli, order, grab a number and take a seat. The cinnamon rolls are big and good, and the breakfast burritos are good More.

Homestead Restaurant
Locals come to this fine-dining spot, eight miles outside of town, to celebrate special occasions. It’s easy to see why: there’s an amazing view of the bay and mountains—the perfect accompaniment to an excellent meal. Order up huge portions of Alaskan seafood, delicious meat dishes, and carefully crafted sides. Want a deal? Come between 5 and 6pm for the $19 prime rib More.

Fat Olive’s Restaurant
This fun, cool restaurant serves up good pizza and sandwiches, including a meatball sub that’s known throughout the Kenai Peninsula. Get a filling, affordable deal with the soup and sandwich combos, order up a steak, and don’t miss the big, delicious desserts. Fat Olive’s is super popular (make reservations) and can get loud, but the atmosphere is great—funky, modern More…

St. Elias Brewing Company
Serving up locally brewed beers in a fun, family-friendly pub atmosphere, St. Elias is a favorite with locals and travelers. It draws a crowd and can get loud and a little wild if they have live music. But without a band, it’s a fun, happening place. They have a great deck for nice afternoons, serve sampler flights of their beer and have great pizza and big salads.

Salty Dawg Saloon and Lighthouse
The Salty Dawg Saloon was originally one of the first cabins built here in 1897, just after the town was established. Today, a visit to the historic Salty Dawg Saloon on the spit will enhance your visit and put you in touch with many locals. Much more than a saloon, the Dawg has regular music performances and also serves light food.

Eagle’s Crest Restaurant
A wood-burning fireplace and spectacular views of the Kenai River and Mount Cecil Rhodes create an inviting atmosphere in the Eagle’s Crest Restaurant. While this is a fine-dining restaurant, it’s not formal—you won’t find table linens or pretentious waiters. Come with the kids or just drop in for any meal. This is a popular place with locals, who know More…

The Mermaid
A small, comfortable restaurant in a turreted, cedar-sided home, the Mermaid serves lunch and dinner with a focus on local, organic ingredients. The creative tapas menu may include Sable fish, oysters, or pork and include things like local mushrooms or wild-harvested fiddleheads. You’ll also find a delicious hand-tossed pizza made with organic flour. Enhance the flavors by sitting More…

Buckets Sports Grill
Big-screen televisions for the game. It’s fun and loud when it’s busy and serves up standard pub food. If you’re looking for a sports bar, this is the only one. If you’re looking for food alongside the game, get a burger. The menu is average and can be hit or miss, but the burgers are consistently big and juicy, and can be ordered with buffalo, elk or caribou.

Chartroom Restaurant
Longtime favorite among locals and visitors alike, the Chartroom Restaurant occupies one of the most spectacular waterfront locations in Alaska. They feature local seafood and individually prepared meals in a full-service, fine dining yet family oriented atmosphere.
The Chartroom operates 7 days a week, year round. Hours adjust seasonally, but run from early breakfast More…

Cosmic Kitchen
This breakfast and lunch place has a great deck that’s tailor made for a sunny day. Hang out at the espresso bar, or dig into everything

Attached to the Soldotna Inn, Mykel’s has the reputation for the best prime rib dinners on the Kenai Peninsula. They also do high quality salmon, halibut and seafood dinners. It’s a fine dining experience, Alaskan style, with white linens on the table, but it also has booths and feels cozy and casual. Locals celebrate anniversaries and other special nights here because of the fine food More…

Portage Glacier Day Lodge
Originally built in 1956 as a bar at the end of a 5 mile gravel road which served Glacier Ice Margaritas. In 1964 a restaurant and lodging was added, but the lodging portion was eliminated in 1980. The only place to eat in the valley, this family-run day lodge has a gift shop and serves cafeteria-style food.

Homer Brewing Company
Homer Brewing Company opened its doors in 1996 and has been a local fixture ever since. The brewery is open 7 days a week, until about 6pm (hours vary slightly, so it doesn’t hurt to call ahead). While there isn’t an official tour, you’re welcome to look around while you enjoy your brew.

Sal’s Klondike Diner
A classic, greasy-spoon diner, they’re known for their breakfast (served all day) and their Yukon Burger—grilled onions and melted swiss cheese on a homemade bun. There’s a train track around the ceiling, high-backed booths and bottomless cups of diner coffee It’s popular with travelers and locals looking for a feed. Some will split the burger between two, it’s that big.

Chinooks Waterfront Restaurant
Quality seafood dinners with great views of the water (sit on the second floor if you can). It’s a toss-up between Ray’s and here, but there’s

Gwin’s Lodge & Restaurant
This historic log roadhouse, restaurant and bar was build in 1952 by cutting, hauling and peeling spruce logs in true pioneer fashion. The lodge was restored to its original condition in 1995 and 2003, so today it looks much like it did in the 1950s. Stop in for a fantastic Alaska-sized meal or for information about area activities.

Smoke Shack
In an old railcar, this barbecue joint has personality and serves good “Q”. They do breakfast in addition to lunch. The servings are big, the quality is great—but the seating is limited (it’s in a railcar after all). On a nice day you can sit at tables outside, but if it’s rainy, you might want to get it to go. Their pulled pork is excellent, but it’s all quality. Try the eggs More…

Sushi is the focus here, and you’ll find an extensive sushi menu as well as specialty rolls. But that’s not all. Wasabi’s also does great seafood, steak, and duck entrees, all with fresh, local ingredients. There are also creative drinks (and drink specials), often made with

Fresh Sourdough Express Bakery/Cafe
Don’t let the “express” fool you—this intimate café uses lots of organic ingredients to create excellent house-made meals. Come for breakfast, lunch, or dinner; you’ll find excellent seafood dinners, seasonal specialties, homemade sauces, and plenty of surprising touches, like hash browns filled with veggies.

Captain Pattie’s Fish House
Set on the bustling Strip, this seafood restaurant serves excellent Alaskan seafood and fresh sides in an amazing location, with waterfront and mountain views out the windows. If you’ve just been fishing, they’ll even cook up your catch any way you like—deep-fried, sautéed, or grilled. It’s personal touches like this that bring a casual feel to this fine-dining More…

The Saltry
Across the water from Homer and accessed by boat only, the Saltry serves up fresh seafood and salads in the fairy-tale setting of Halibut Cove. In a town that is connected by boardwalks, of course you’ll be eating waterfront. And of course, the halibut and salmon is fresh.

Rafter’s Lounge
Looking for a great place to recount the day’s fish tales? This is the spot—a fly fishing-themed bar with a deck overlooking the Kenai River. Settle into a rocking chair on the deck with an Alaska-brewed beer or a cocktail. The bar has four Alaskan beers on tap, a selection of 52 wines, and a full bar. And although most people show up just for an afternoon drink, lunch and More…

Happy Face Restaurant
This family diner serves up decent burgers and other diner fare. It may not be the best food in town, its proximity to the docks makes it an interesting place to sit and watch all the activity. The location also makes it a popular spot for fishermen and deckhands to grab a quick bite.

Ray’s Waterfront
Overlooking the harbor, ocean and mountains, Ray’s is a local institution for seafood dinners. It’s popular with both fishermen and tourists, who want a good meal with a great view. And since the fishing boats unload right there on the dock, the seafood couldn’t be fresher. They serve halibut cheeks, red snapper, cod and salmon. It’s good seafood, cooked well, but the More…

Paradisos Restaurant
A family-run place that’s been around for 40 years, Paradiso’s serves up Italian and Greek food, plus seafood and even some Mexican. They’re best known for their pizza and Greek food, but you can score a good seafood dinner here on the right night. Ask the staff. The locals come for the Greek food, which is scarce on the Kenai.

Duncan House Diner
This family-friendly restaurant is a Homer institution and the place to come for breakfast, served all day long. While it’s standard diner fare, don’t miss the excellent biscuits and gravy, the heaping portion of oatmeal, or the great soups.



The Bagel Shop
Hand-crafted New York-style bagels, fresh made spreads and soups.

Don Jose’s Mexican Restaurant
This is good Mexican food, made with fresh ingredients. It’s not fast food, but it’ll come out hot and quick. They make their own salsa, serve hot chips and put great twists on standards, like chile rellenos stuffed with Alaska seafood. The service is friendly, the portions are big and the place is clean and bright. They also do some American and Italian, but you’re best bet is to More…

Liberty Theatre
Turn left on 3rd and proceed downhill to Adams. Diagonally across the street is the Taroka Inn, which was the USO during WWII. Turn left onto Adams. The Liberty Theater, built in 1944 by Don Carlos Brownell, a silent film actor, has been in continuous operation since then and boasts the most comfortable movie seats you’ll ever sit in.

Bear Creek Winery & Lodging
Alaska may not be known for its wines, but it is famous for its great berries—full flavors that make for wonderful wines. At this small winery and B&B in Homer, you can taste and purchase a compelling mix of award-winning fruit wines and fruit grape wine blends.

Mad Fish Restaurant
Your dining options are limited in Seldovia, but if you want to go out, this is a good place to get seafood done well with a nice view of the boat harbor. They do daily soups and chowders, seafood special and have a nice dessert menu. It’s nothing extraordinary, but it’s fresh fish cooked by Alaskans, who know how to prep salmon and halibut. They also have burgers and sandwiches, if More…

Kenai River Brewing
Enjoy a glass in the tasting room, or pick your favorite to go. Beers are available in 6-packs, 64 oz. growlers, and kegs for larger gatherings. Favorites include Skilak Scottish and Sunken Island IPA.

Regal Kambe Theatre
3 Screens
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Don Jose’s Mexican Restaurant
This is good Mexican food, made with fresh ingredients. It’s not fast food, but it’ll come out hot and quick. They make their own salsa, serve hot chips and put great twists on standards, like chile rellenos stuffed with Alaska seafood. The service is friendly, the portions are big and the place is clean and bright. They also do some American and Italian, but you’re best bet is to More…

K Bay Caffe
K Bay was born out of the intention to improve the quality of all life on the planet through the exceptional medium of Organic Specialty Coffee. This local roaster is serious about providing top notch coffee and espresso through the partnership of organic, fair trade coffee. Owner Michael (Mike) McGuire is an award-winning Barista and aims to make you the best cup of coffee in More…

Kassik’s Kenai Brew Stop
You can stop into this local Kenai brewery for a taste, or a tour. Tours are offered every other Friday at 6pm. Be sure to call in advance.

Don Jose’s Mexican Restaurant
Don Jose’s serves up good Mexican food in a bright, upbeat atmosphere. There are no surprises on the menu: burritos, tacos and enchiladas, with beans and rice on the side, along with seafood. But the chips and salsa are fresh and bottomless, and the fish tacos are excellent.

Resurrection Art Coffee House
Located in a beautiful old church, this is a place to find great coffee, friendly service, and unique arts and crafts made by locals from Seward.

Orca Theatre
2 Screens

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Two Sisters Bed & Bakery

The Two Sisters Bed & Bakery

Is an institution in Homer. At about 2,400 square feet, it includes three upstairs bedrooms rented out as a bed and breakfast. Guests are treated to coffee and fresh-baked bread, and views of Bishop’s Beach and the glaciers and mountains across Kachemak Bay. If you just want to pop in for fresh coffee and warm baked goods, the friendly staff will More.


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