Alaskan, warm, inviting, innovative, a menu full of surprises, unbelievable wine list, great cocktails, are common phrases used by our guests to describe Orso. We feature the freshest ingredients available, Alaskan whenever possible- fresh Alaskan seafood, fresh local pasta, and local produce when in season. We prepare them with the simple, rustic flavors and techniques of the great culinary regions of the Mediterranean. Orso’s outstanding service, bold menu, classic cocktails combined with a wine list that has received the “award of excellence” from the Wine Spectator for five years is why ORSO is the “Place to be” for Anchorage dinning.
American, Seafood, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Friday and Saturday; 5:00pm-11:00pm
Bar Happy Hour 3 -6 and 9 – Close Daily
Bar open 1 hour past Dining Room
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Parking is available on the street and in several nearby public parking lots.
NEW Easy, Convenient Parking is now just steps away! The Alaska State Legislature Parking lot (just behind the BrewHouse back door) is now open to the public for Parking weekdays after 5:30PM and ALL DAY Saturday and Sunday. Street level parking only. $1.00 an hour is the charge at this lot.
We are one block from the 6th avenue transit center.
Private Party Facilities:
The ORSO Side room is located towards the back of ORSO on the first floor of the dining room. It can seat a maximum of 25 people all at one long table. It is a private space with a door at one end, and a red velvet curtain at the other separating it from the dining room. The space may be divided in half to create a private space that can seat up to 14 people.
Private Party Contact:
Rebecca Sherwood: 9077923792x
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Enjoy Our Happy Hour - Daily from 3 to 6 PM and 9 PM to Close . Half priced appetizers. Beer, Wine and Cocktail Specials. Try one of our Speciality Cocktails. - The Appetizer Tower is amazing, plenty to share.
ORSO Ratings and Reviews
I have been going to Orso for years. It ...
I have been going to Orso for years. It has been my go-to place for dinner pre-PAC events , and special celebrations, but I am questioning whether I will go back due to my latest experience. Our waiter asked me if I was done with my salad while I had half left on the plate and a mouthful that I was chewing on...I thought this odd and told him no. Seconds later, he brought our entrees which is a real no-no in my book. Don't know if he was trying to rush us out or what , but all waiters in a fairly expensive restaurant should know not to serve an entree while the diner is halfway through her salad. Really bad.
The fish and steak were delicious. Over ...
The fish and steak were delicious. Overall the King crab was good, but not as good as we expected it to be coming from Alaska. We were there visiting from Southern California and were really looking forward to some excellent King crab legs. For the cost, it wasn't worth it.
The rosemary bread came out so crunchy w ...
The rosemary bread came out so crunchy we could only eat parts of it. The fried ravioli was so overdone we could not even eat it at all. The chicken Parmesan was also overdone. The waiter was condescending and not friendly.
To be fair they reimbursed us for the fried ravioli. I hate complaining so did not mention the other issues but will not return. It was a disappointment for what we had to spend!
Last experience was very good, but my mo ...
Last experience was very good, but my most recent visit was a major letdown. Went to celebrate an anniversary. Waitress was nearly nonexistent, even though the section wasn't anywhere near busy. The Ribeye I ordered was very bland, and was a very bad quality cut of meat. It just reconfirmed my stance on never buying steak at a restaurant. Poor marbling, grisly, and flavorless. Tasted worse than a steak from Denny's. Hopefully that visit was just a fluke... Worst higher end dining experience I've had as of yet. Steer clear of anything there besides the seafood, and keep your expectations low.
thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. server was ...
thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. server was very courteous and knowledgeable. he also demonstrated a nice sense of humor. food was excellent. steak was exactly as I ordered. my wife's stuffed rockfish was even better.
Dined here while traveling through Ancho ...
Dined here while traveling through Anchorage.
I had three appetizers. Cesar salad very good. Chowder very good. Crab Cakes very blah and cold. Too much breading, and served cold. Don't order these.
My partner had the salmon, which was very good.
Very nice waiter served us.
Was a very busy Friday night. Service w ...
Was a very busy Friday night. Service was good but food was slow getting to table. Table location was poor as right near the door & tight spaces for waiters & patrons to get by table. Food was good but had better there before. Will be back though.
When we got to the restaurant, we were o ...
When we got to the restaurant, we were offered warm bread with chutney, butter and hummus. No one told us the bread was $4.95 per order; otherwise, we would never have ordered the second batch. What a surprise when we got the bill! Also, two glasses of wine cost $19.90!! Another surprise on the bill....Unless I get a gift card, I will not be visiting ORSO again.
One of our favorite places to eat. Unfor ...
One of our favorite places to eat. Unfortunately we were seated by a person blowing his nose. It was terrible ever time one of us took a bite he would blow his nose. Loudly. Just didn't sit well. We moved to bar to have desert . :(
My Mother and I visited Alaska for two w ...
My Mother and I visited Alaska for two weeks late Aug/early Sept 16. We ate at ORSO on the last evening before flying home to the UK.
We were recommended ORSO by a fellow guest at the hotel we were staying in. The food was delicious and unusual, presentation and service excellent, which made it very memorable indeed.
Without a shadow of doubt this was the best meal we had during our visit and a fitting end to a fantastic holiday.
Thank you, hope to come back to Anchorage some time soon(ish)!
Four of us on vacation in Anchorage and ...
Four of us on vacation in Anchorage and dined here our last night. Best meal in 12 days! Downstairs is open and rather loud, but we dined upstairs where it was more quiet and thoroughly enjoyed the meal. Even better, the waiter was excellent, including caring about my allergy, and paced the courses as they should be.
SO overpriced for what we got. The salad ...
SO overpriced for what we got. The salad was the best tasting part of our meal. It was the one with pistachios, grapes, dried cherries, gorgonzola crumbles and spring greens. The crab legs appetizer was not fresh tasting and the legs were like pipe cleaners. Maybe 3 ounces of crab for almost $25. Not worth it. Neither was my crab stuffed rockfish (fishy tasting - yuck) or my husband's rib eye. Appetizer took forever to get, then our entrees showed up well before we were half done with our salad. Oh, and the ginger ale I had was undrinkable. Even the desserts were no hum meh. The tab was so bloated I was shocked. Never going back.
Great place to eat in Anchorage which wa ...
Great place to eat in Anchorage which was very convenient to the City Centre and our hotel. Service was excellent from our server, Travis. Good choice of food, beer and wine at reasonable prices plus a nice ambiance made this a great dining experience.
Greatly enjoyed dinner at Orso - it was ...
Greatly enjoyed dinner at Orso - it was my first time there. Had various appetizers (deviled eggs, polenta and one other) the only thing I wasn't thrilled with were the King crab legs - they were dry. All other food was excellent prawn scampi for dinner entree. Service was okay - waiter, Brian (I think), never came back to check to see how our food was. Also never asked if we wanted another glass of wine.
But I will definitely return!
We went out for a birthday and anniversa ...
We went out for a birthday and anniversary. Our meal was simply delightful! Beautifully cooked and presented, full of flavor and texture. We had a most attentive and relaxed server who did a tremendous job, and not just at our table. We did make the comment among ourselves that every time we visited Orso, it seemed to be that little bit better. It is now an outstanding restaurant without being stiff and formal. It is a real pleasure to dine there.
Everything about our visit was terrific! ...
Everything about our visit was terrific! Our waiter took care of all our needs superbly'. My shrimp scampi was flavorable ... It could have had more veggies in it for my tastes! My husband had chicken Parmesan .... He wished his portion was a larger quantity. The chocolate dessert was decadent!
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