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Pioneer Cafe

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American, Cafe, Diner
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619 Mission St, Ketchikan, AK 99901-6533
+1 907-225-3337
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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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112 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

We had a day in Ketchikan while on a cruise and needed somewhere to have lunch before going on a floatplane trip. We decided to give the Pioneer a try and were pleasantly surprised to find that we could have anything from the menu, even the breakfast items. We selected the blueberry pancakes and they were awesome. Really tasty and... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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483 reviews
319 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

Pioneer Cafe is a stereotypical American Diner. It's a bit odd to have a 'Route 66' kind of place in Alaska, but it works. I visited outside the tourist season. Despite being located in the touristy downtown area, Pioneer is open early year-round for locals. (Many restaurants close during fall and winter.) My potatoes and bacon were good, but fairly... More 

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Thank Quintin K
Welches, Oregon
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

We had blueberry pancakes, they were good and the portion was large. Popular with locals, food typical diner type, burgers, chick, meatloaf, etc. Service was excellent. Stopped for pie and coffee one night. Only place in town that we found pie. Would go back and would recommend.

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Thank Bob D
Los Angeles
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71 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Definitely a locals place and recommended to us by a local since all the other restaurants had closed for the night. Tourist friendly. Can't go wrong with burger and fries or grilled ham and cheese. Another morning we went back for breakfast. Pancakes are plate-sized. Good comfort food. Place could use some repairs and upgrades.

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Eugene, Oregon
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74 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

The food was good enough to eat with large portions and fairly quick preparations. Price was reasonable, especially for Alaska and Ketchikan with all the cruise ship hostages. Close to Creek Street and in the downtown area... appeared to be a quick walk from the harbor. I had breakfast... nothing fancy... just an omelet with hash browns and toast.

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Thank cptrph
Wenatchee, Washington
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61 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

We loved eating here. The food was really good. We had breakfast for dinner and it was great. The atmosphere is fun and the helping were huge. Must eat here

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Thank Dave H
Juneau,AK, United States
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

So it's my last day here and finally made it to get here. Lucked out and missed the lunch rush. Got the Taco Omelette!!! Why don't more restaurants offer this!!!!!!'

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Thank Daniel K
Houghton
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Huge taco salads...thick hamburgers...old fashioned malted milks all at very reasonable prices, served by good waiters. Where a lot of the locals eat and you'll see why ilf you visit, just a block from berth 1 and 2.

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Thank tacobill
Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
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208 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

There aren't many restaurants in Ketchikan, Alaska but the Pioneer Cafe was very busy during a cool day in Alaska. It was lunch time but we were able to order breakfast. We enjoyed our visit and met some nice people who were cruising on another ship. We enjoyed our visit to Ketchikan, Alaska and the Pioneer Cafe.

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Thank Alan4949
Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
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31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

In the midst of a totally cruise ship passenger oriented town lies this little reliable gem.I had to give them 5 stars just for their friendliness & accommodating service.While my husband & son did their bonding excursions these lovely waitresses brewed a pot of decaf coffee just for me as I hung out on one of their retro diner barstools... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Cafe, Diner
Meals
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 619 Mission St, Ketchikan, AK 99901-6533
  • Location: United States  >  Alaska (AK)  >  Ketchikan
  • Phone Number: +1 907-225-3337

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?