6501 Wayzata Blvd, Minneapolis, MN | Directions 5542644.970346 -93.363300
Alaska Eatery has not been in business for quite some time... There is a new and fabulous restaurant in the same location.. St. Louis Park Woodfire Grill.
Great food and happy hour in the bar area !!
My rating is for St. Louis Park Woodfire Grill
Best kept secret in St. Louis Park – Unfortunately we had a much different experience than the first two reviews. Obviously they spent too much time in the bar before they had dinner and don't appreciate excellent food. They need to stick to Applebee's. Our waitress was excellent and the food specials were awesome! In the restaurant business, you get what you pay for. In my business I ate at many 4 and 5 star restaurants throughout the US. This gets 5 stars. Wine list was excellent as well. Make reservations, as the restaurant really rocks on the weekend.
Alaska Eatery – You have got to be careful if you eat here. If you enjoy slick salesmen, go right ahead. It was extremely overpriced and all the flavor was cooked out of the seafood. We got lots of individual attention while they gave us the sales pitch about how great the food would be, very sly con job to get us to order salads and soups at extra cost (at $35 a plate you would think the salad would be included!). Shock at the final total over $55 per person with only 1 beer each and shared desserts. We left feeling like we had been scammed.
Deplorable Ownership – If you enjoyed the food before know that none of the original management or the head chef are employed there anymore. They all quit (5 in 9 months) because of the treatment they received from the owners who not only overworked and underpaid them but are known for treating their female employees in a derogatory manner. I was very friendly with the head chef and some of the other members of the management team but they have all left because of how they were treated. So basically all the things that made the place great (food, friendliness, atmosphere, accommodation) have all disappeared. Save your money and eat somewhere where you are appreciated for your business. Those owners don't deserve your business!
Fabulous seafood – Today was my first visit to the Alaska eatery, but certainly not my last. The decor was certainly appropriate for the Alaska theme. Service was excellent. The menu has many choices, including non seafood items.
I had the halibut, which was probably the best I've ever had. It was served with wood roasted asperagus and a red pepper coulis. My lunch partner had the scallops, which he shared with me. The scallops were
The menu is a bit pricey, but the food is excellent.
Parking lot is in the back of the building.
Novrmber 27, 2009. This is now a Timber Lodge restaurant.
Nice place, not quite as nice as the last reviewer suggested – We decided to check out the Alaska Eatery and Glacier Bar, which moved into the old Shelly?s Wood Roast space on 394 near Louisiana. I was impressed but skeptical of the one previous review on City Search. For those that had been to Shelly?s, the space hasn?t been changed, it retains that cozy, hunting lodge feel. We didn?t try any of the appetizers, though the scallops looked excellent. The Caesar Salad was crisp and flavorful with just the right amount of anchovy and fresh shaved parmesan. I had the Ahi Tuna which was very good and prepared to my order (rare). My dining companion had the Walleye sandwich which was pretty standard but served with a flavorful caper/mayo on a toasted bun. The Tuna came with grilled broccoli which was well done and the Walleye came with fries which were seasoned with fresh garlic and very good. The wine list was short but they had some good options at different price points. If there was a scotch list it must only be in the bar because there was no mention of a great scotch selection anywhere in the dining area or on the drinks menu. They have several draft beer selections including local favorites like Summit and Schell?s. Overall, I would not be quite as enthusiastic as the previous reviewer. I would rate Alaska Eatery as a few notches below Oceanaire or McCormick?s and several notches above your typical suburban chain seafood restaurant. If your only seafood experience in Minnesota has been Red Lobster, this is a definite step up in quality and class without a huge increase in price (two entrees, a salad and a couple of drinks was under $70 with tip). If you are comparing it to the Eat Street Titans of Minnesota seafood, the experience isn?t there yet, but it?s a good option without having to go downtown.
Greatest meal, start to finish!!! – The AK eatery was fabulous from start to finish! We walked in the door to find a full ice display of fresh Alaskan seafood, including a unfilleted alaskan king salmon and an alaskan King Crab, they were bigger than I imagined! At the display are two wood-fired grills, both were covered in different types of seafood and meats. We spoke with the chefs at the grill, who cut us lamb samples and served it with a mint shishimi dressing. The dining room and bar were full, I failed to make a reservation before hand, but after the lamb sample, we had to see the rest (you can book reservations on Open Table online) We were seated shortly in a dining room, completely redone and decorated with original artwork of different alaskan wild-life. For appitizers, we had the calamari served with a citrus aioli and the buffalo carpacio. The calamari unofficailly raised the bar for the twin cities, it was generously portion with a light crunchy batter including both tubes and tentacles. The Carpacio was served with a tarragon salad and a palmegranet dressing. For dinner we shared a 32oz porterhouse with a lobster tail added. It was the best surf n turf meal i have ever had. It was Mannys steakhouse & the ocean air cafe all in one place. The executive chef came to our table and told us how they prepared the food and the concept followed, it was an experience i'd never seen before. We ordered dessert, which turned out to be an unforgettable experience in itself. A strawberry macoron which our server paired with a nice dessert wine, the flavors complimented each other so well that i recommend anyone to ask their server to pair wines with food items. We went to the bar for an after dinner drink where we found the largest scotch list in town. Over 30 scotch labels and a 275 label wine list! The manager was a encyclopedia for scotch. He told us everything there was to know about the scotch list. I plan on going back on a regular basis, both for business lunch ins and dinner dates. Enjoy!
Escape to the great north while staying inside the 494/694 loop, and enjoy fine seafood specialties served up in a casual atmosphere. – In Short
Lovers of great seafood rejoice! The new Alaska Eatery is an affordable and casual place to enjoy seafood the way nature intended; fresh and plentiful. With fresh product coming in daily, aficionados of salmon, crab and other sea-born delicacies can be sure that they will get some of the best and most authentic tastes of our country's last frontier.
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