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“Great food, friendly service, casual atmosphere”
Review of The Golden Saloon

The Golden Saloon
Ranked #2 of 4 Restaurants in McCarthy
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$8 - US$20
Cuisines: American
Description: The Golden Saloon is open for Lunch and Dinner only. No reservations required. Casual menu. Open Mid May to Mid September. Full service bar, entertainment, and the late night local community gathering place.
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Description: The Golden Saloon is open for Lunch and Dinner only. No reservations required. Casual menu. Open Mid May to Mid September. Full service bar, entertainment, and the late night local community gathering place.
Reviewed 29 July 2014

We ate here both nights we were in McCarthy as it was pretty much the only place open. I have a very restricted diet due to breast-feeding baby allergies, and they were very nice to check and find me a meal to eat. We had the Creole shrimp dish, along with burgers and salad. The burger was satisfying after a long day on the trail and the shrimp dish was tasty and actually spicy, which can be tough to find in Alaska! Lots of beers were available. The atmosphere is very casual so we were comfortable bringing our baby and in fresh off the trail (aka not very fresh!). Prices were very cheap considering it is a) Alaska and b) close to nothing so everything needs to be grown there or brought in. My one complaint was the service was a bit slow and we had to track her down to get water refills. I would have thought since everyone in the place had been outside hiking, etc all day, water would have been top priority there to keep everyone happy! Other than the slower service, food was very good and we would definitely recommend it for dinner.

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Thank Fran B
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Reviewed 28 July 2014

This place hit the spot during a long week of camping, no showers, 4wheeling, photography, etc. Great place to chill and feel like a normal human again. We will be going back.

Thank PROPAGANDI
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Reviewed 12 June 2014

Food was great, service was wonderful, staff was very friendly. The atmosphere was what gave the saloon it's name..golden.

Thank PaigeMoffitt
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Reviewed 14 October 2013

Just had drinks, cool bar, friendly atmosphere. Being from Texas was happy to see Shiner Bock on tap.

Thank DarM_11
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Reviewed 20 August 2013

You all need to put this place in perspective. McCarthy is a fairly remote place and very, very small. Don't go there if you are expecting everything to be the same as the big cities.

There are two sides to the Golden Saloon. One side has the bar and cafe; the other side the white table cloth restaurant. Same kitchen. We ate at both. Stay in the saloon side if you want to meet some of the most interesting people you'll ever meet: travelers from around the world, local workers and guides, adventurers all gathered in one spot. If it's a nice day out, start on the porch around five o'clock when it opens. Good draft beer and drinks. All of the people we met there were amazing. And the waitresses/bar tenders were excellent.

Thank Sage85
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