About ORSO

737 W. 5th Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501
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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.

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Seafood, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner
Sunday-Thursday: 5:00pm-9:30pm
Friday and Saturday; 5:00pm-11:00pm


Bar Happy Hour 3 -6 and 9 – Close Daily
Bar open 1 hour past Dining Room

Cross Street:
G

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(907) 222-3232

Website:
http://www.orsoalaska.com/

Parking Details:
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.

Public Transit:
We are one block from the 6th avenue transit center.

Executive Chef:
Jolene Moellers

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

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), 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.

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4.1

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4.5

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4.2

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Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

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food5
ambience4
service5
value4

great food!

Dined 4 days ago

Close to the PAC for nightly entertainment. Great food!

Tags: hot spot
food2
ambience5
service5
value2

We came in for pre-PAC performance appet ...

Dined 5 days ago

We came in for pre-PAC performance appetizers and drinks. As always, the service was attentive and the ambiance special. We had the the chowder, of course, because it is so thick, rich and delicious. I was disappointed in my appetizer. The seafood corn dogs left much to be desired. They were predominantly mushy fill with little seafood. I know I was taking a change with "corn dog", but I expected so much more from ORSO. Because of the price of the entrées, we tend to get appetizers. It would be nice for a larger variety of them.

Tags: romantic, special occasion
food3
ambience3
service5
value3

I won't be back. Gift certificate.

Dined on April 23, 2016

I was disappointed in the meal. Salad very good, steak okay but the sides were not that good! Service excellent. I took a guest from Juneau for dinner.

food5
ambience5
service5

Excellent, excellent, excellent. Great s ...

Dined on April 23, 2016

Excellent, excellent, excellent. Great service. Very good food. Their calamari appetizer was the best I have ever had.

food1
ambience4
service3
value3

Orso is my go-to restaurant. I like the ...

vip
Dined on April 17, 2016

Orso is my go-to restaurant. I like the ambiance and food is always dependable --up until this time. The rib-eye was almost inedible--extremely fatty, and grisly. How they could serve a piece of meat this poor, I do not know. The scampi was also lacking--very little sauce, and lacking all the flavor that it usually has. I don't know what's going on in the kitchen, but it needs to be fixed. Disappointing. I may need to find another restaurant to go to prior to events at the PAC after this.

food3
ambience3
service4
value2

Disappointing

Dined on April 17, 2016

Over priced for the amount of food. Seemed as if they were cutting corners. No bread, crackers, or crotons with salad. Small amount of under cooked vegetables. Skimpy piece of fish and steak. Disappointing for the price. However, Server did help with food allergy limitations which was appreciated.

food5
ambience4
service5
value3

Good service and food, a bit pricy.

Dined on April 15, 2016

Great experience overall, with our two $50.00 gift certificates from our daughter. Great waitress. But when we got home, a question: We had the two specials (rock fish stuffed with crab) this Thursday night listed for $30 each, a bottle of Pinot from Oregon ($41.45 ?) and one Orso Amber and was billed $124.45? I tally that up to $110.40. I didn't look at the details, paid the $124.45 and left a $25.00 tip. Got curious at home. I blame it on the wine.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
food5
ambience4
service5

Outstanding food.

Dined on April 14, 2016

Outstanding food.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Exceptional restaurant in Alaska

Dined on April 10, 2016

I highly recommend this restaurant as the food, service, ambiance and drinks were superior in all aspects. We actually came back a few nights later with more friends who had the same experience we did. This is by far one of the best restaurants that we have eaten at all over the U.S.

Tags: good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5

The filet was delicious and the crème br ...

Dined on April 8, 2016

The filet was delicious and the crème brûlée was a nice finish.

food3
ambience3
service4

Good food and good service

Dined on April 2, 2016

Good food and good service

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Good food and a good night out

Dined on March 26, 2016

The food was very good and we enjoyed our date night out. They did a really great job working around my food allergies, thank you!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Amazing food! So glad that we decided to ...

Dined on March 24, 2016

Amazing food! So glad that we decided to try it out for dinner. I got the Chicken Parm Orso Style which was super juicy and delicious- everything you want in a Chicken Parmesan. Our waitress was attentive and spot on with her recommendations but not overbearing or pushy! Highly recommended!

food4
ambience5
service5
value4

A nice night out!

Dined on March 13, 2016

Nice decor, good food, great service! First time here and already a fan. Thanks for the great service.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
food2
ambience3
service2
value2

Could have been much better

Dined on March 13, 2016

Was not very pleased with food, service or much of anything with this 200.00 dinner for 4.

food2
ambience2
service3
value2

Orso used to be a good restaurant

Dined on March 13, 2016

; now I think its menu is old and tired. I would not of gone there but had a gift card. Location to the PAC is the only reason I will go there again.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Anniversary dinner.

Dined on March 13, 2016

We were celebrating our 33rd anniversary with dinner at ORSO and a show at the PAC. Our meals were two extremely well prepared seafood dishes, stuffed rockfish and a red salmon fillet. Our drinks, the white wine flight and Brewhouse IPA, complimented our meal which was topped off with a chocolate cream dessert.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

On a scale from 1-10 it was a 15!! The ...

Dined on March 12, 2016

On a scale from 1-10 it was a 15!! The food and our server were well beyond our exceptions. The only thing that was offputting was the older, larger, blond hostess that had perfume on so heavy it could stop a truck. We dreaded everytime she walked by because it was so distracting for a very aromatic meal. You might let her know to lighten up on the perfume bottle. Thanks!!

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion
food2
ambience4
service5
value4

Service was on point but food lacked exc ...

Dined on March 6, 2016

Service was on point but food lacked excitement. I have ate at orsos a few times and know they have a new chef but no changes have been made. Food is just ok.

Tags: special occasion
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

Good place to eat

Dined on March 6, 2016

Orso is a good restaurant for downtown dining in the evening. We eat there before events at the PAC and have always enjoyed it. The food is good and the service is friendly. The menu changes periodically and some old favorites of mine have been replaced, but overall, it is a good place to eat.

Tags: good for groups, late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
food4
ambience5
service5
value5

Always a hit!

Dined on March 6, 2016

The food at ORSO is always terrific. My baked halibut was a touch dry, but tasty nonetheless. Our server (forgot her name) was attentive, personable, and efficient.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
food1
ambience3
service3
value1

Over priced

Dined on March 2, 2016

We went on a Monday at 6:00. It was quiet and the service was attentive. Bread is an add on charge of $4.95 which comes with butter, hummus and a sweet tomato chutney. What happened to free bread with my $40/person dinner??? Filet was small and swimming in sauce which was very salty. Way too much going on in my personal opinion. The seafood Mac and cheese was very rich which I knew it would be. It could have used a lot more pasta to soak up the extra cheesy sauce. We had smoked salmon chowder and a black bean soup which were very good Pet peeve : the waiter picked up the signed check from the table before we made any indication we were leaving. There was no need to rush us. No one was waiting for the table.

food5
ambience5
service5

My husband and I had a wonderful time. W ...

Dined on February 29, 2016

My husband and I had a wonderful time. We highly recommend this location for a quiet dinner for 2.

food1
ambience3
service3

Terrible entrees Greasy burned hamburge ...

Dined on February 28, 2016

Terrible entrees Greasy burned hamburger meat in hamburger Scampi way too spicy and dry

food2
ambience4
service4

It's been a few years since we've eaten ...

Dined on February 28, 2016

It's been a few years since we've eaten at Orso. Still has great service, but the food was surprisingly marginal. Flank steak tasted like charred wood, even though served medium rare as requested. Seafood Mac and cheese was a mixed bag. The Mac and cheese part was quite tasty, but the seafood (baked into to Mac n cheese) was severely over cooked. Pale tasteless tomatoes served on the caprese flatbread. Overall, a disappointing culinary experience.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Very good food!

Dined on February 27, 2016

The staff was wonderful very attentive and very knowledgable on the menu items! Cocktails are very good! No complains here!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Carol

Dined on February 27, 2016

Every one enjoyed their meal and my rib eye was done to perfection. Brian was gracious in keeping our coffee cups filled. Our friends were as pleased as well. Thank you for an excellent experience.

Tags: good for groups, special occasion
food1
ambience2
service2
value1

Not worth the money

vip
Dined on February 21, 2016

My wife and I were out to dinner for our anniversary. Ordered a steak med rare and it was so charred on the outside I had to send it back. It was clearly burnt and should have never even been brought to the table. All the veggies on the plate were ice cold. Like they had just gotten them out of the refrigerator. My wife ordered a bowl of soup that was never brought out. Just an all over bad experience. We left hungry and a bit upset. We won't be back.

food5
ambience4
service4
value3

A great time!

Dined on February 21, 2016

This was an outstanding evening! Great service and terrific food!

Tags: romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Our group of 6 had a great time!

Dined on February 21, 2016

There were 6 in our group and we were impressed with the prompt, friendly service and the varied menu. The appetizer tower was a big hit; everyone loved the steak tips, crispy raviolis, and calamari. All 6 entrees we ordered were delicious and the portions were large enough that 3 of us had extra to take home. It was great to find a place that could accommodate our group at one table in an atmosphere conducive to conversation. Thanks! We'll definitely be back!

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

ORSO's is muey bueno.

Dined on February 20, 2016

I have dined at Orso's many times and each time it is a great experience. I have spent my anniversary, birthday, and just having dinner. Thanks for providing such a unique atmosphere for us sourdoughs!!

Tags: romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience3
service5
value4

I like ORSO!

Dined on February 15, 2016

It was Valentine's Day and we had a late evening reservation. The reason I chose ORSO was because I thought they might not rush us in the same way other restaurants might on a special occasion day and they didn't. Our server was very good, the food was great - as usual- and the wines were nice. It was cold in the restaurant (we had to move tables because a vent was blowing way cold air on us and even then, after moving it was still cold) and the restaurant was too brightly lit, but other than that, the experience was great in every way.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Valentines day and service was excellent.

Dined on February 15, 2016

Got to Orso a little before our reservation and sat in the bar. Service was really good and our table was ready long before our actual reservation. Had a great dinner and the staff was excellent.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Great Ambiance

Dined on February 15, 2016

Orso's is one of the few four star + restaurant in Anchorage. It's warm and indirect lighting create an intimate atmosphere perfect for a romantic dinner.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

The dinner was fantastic. The appetizer ...

Dined on February 15, 2016

The dinner was fantastic. The appetizer, the filet was cooked to perfection, desert was great. The service was great, the timing of food was spot on. Also, get yourself a Kentucky Mule. Great drink.

food4
ambience5
service5
value4

Great all around but after our steaks we ...

Dined on February 15, 2016

Great all around but after our steaks were half eaten, we noticed that we should have switched them. Hers was done as he ordered and his was done as she ordered. Other than that, it was great.

food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Valentine's Day review

Dined on February 15, 2016

ORSO was a great place for my girlfriend and I to be spending our very first Valentine's Day together. ORSO itself had a nice set up with rose petals on the tables and even a special menu for the day, at a reasonable price. I had secretly reserved a singing quartet as a special surprise, and in calling to confirm, ORSO's employee's were very polite in accomidatting to that. When they did show up, the quartet, our waitress was asking if she could record it for us, but my girlfriend had motioned to decline. Overall very great time. Great atmosphere. Service was good. And ORSOs is the place to be for a special night.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Awesome experience

Dined on February 14, 2016

Service was great and food outstanding !excelent choice for a menu ! The ambiencie was great

Tags: late-night find
food5
ambience4
service5

I always get the beef tenderloin tips as ...

Dined on February 14, 2016

I always get the beef tenderloin tips as an appetizer and as a meal!!!! LOVE THEM!!

food4
ambience5
service5
value3

Good for that special night out

Dined on February 14, 2016

Quite expensive by my tastes, but it is definitely a nice spot for a once/year type event (anniversary, valentine's, etc).

Tags: romantic, special occasion

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