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Seven Glaciers, Girdwood

Alaska, United States, North America: via the Alyeska Ski Resort's tram, Seven Glaciers restaurant overlooks glaciers and the silver waters
Alyeska Ski Resort
Girdwood , Alaska
Tel: 907 754 2237's insider take:

It's easy to get jaded about the views in Alaska—it's going to be gorgeous pretty much anywhere you look—but Seven Glaciers is something special. The experience starts with treetop views of eagles' nests, bears, and the silver waters of Turnagain Arm as the Alyeska Ski Resort's tram takes you up the mountain to this intimate dining room. Seven Glaciers, which serves modern Alaskan cuisine prepared with local ingredients, is the place to go for a fancy night out. (It's a pretty, 40-mile drive from Anchorage along Turnagain Arm and past Beluga Point.) Start with king crab cakes or blueberry halibut, a dish that marries the best of Alaska's land and sea harvest, then do as most Alaskans do and opt for wild game—we like the mesquite-grilled elk chop. If you haven't had elk before, it's like sweet, tender beef that's been perfectly marinated. Or order the chef's tasting menu and gaze at a different glacier during each of the six courses—saving the seventh glacier for the ride back down.—Edward Readicker-Henderson

Open daily 5 to 10 pm, June through August; usually noon to 10 pm, September through May, but with many seasonal closings (call in advance).

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