A chefs’ kitchen is adjacent to a dining room that overlooks the Naknek River. The kitchen is open to guests and you are welcome to watch our Chef de Cuisine & kitchen staff and converse with them as they prepare your meals and serve the table. Our kitchen provides some of the very best dining available in Alaska.

Dining at Crystal Creek Lodge

Our food philosophy emphasizes fresh, and whenever possible, local, ingredients.  We gather the highest quality ingredients available, then prepare and serve delicious meals. Our chefs have complete freedom to create and they use whatever inspiration hits them for the day along with the ingredients immediately fresh and available from purveyors and our greenhouse.

King Crab with Melon Gazpacho AppetizerFoods from the land and of the seas surrounding Alaska are featured whenever possible. We buy fresh garden vegetables, herbs and potatoes from Alaska farms as well as fresh Alaskan salmon, halibut, King Crab, Kachemak Bay oysters, Spot Shrimp and scallops. We also love land meats and feature beef, chicken, duck, pork and lamb from Alaska growers prepared in a variety of fashions and served alongside the seafood. Being at the apex of the Pacific Rim, we will feature Asian and West Coast culinary styles along with some twists on classics of continental Europe.

Our salmon is fresh yet if you would like dine on salmon you caught or wild duck or ptarmigan you harvested, our kitchen staff will create a memorable meal or hors d’oeuvres on request.

Beer, Wine and Liquor

Crystal Creek Lodge has a licensed bar stocked with a wide variety of domestic and imported beers and spirits. We have two delicious varieties of Alaskan microbrew beers on tap.

Relaxing and having fun at Crystal Creek Lodge

We also appreciate wine and have a wine cellar. Featured is an extensive list of fine wines from around the world to complement the dinner menu.  While our actual wine list is substantially longer and varied, and averages about 50 selections in a given year, here is a sampling of the selections;

Wine for Crystal Creek Lodge

Chardonnay: Miner Wild Yeast, Napa, California

Sauvignon Blanc: Cloudy Bay, Marlborough, New Zealand

Pinot Gris: Cloudline, Oregon

Viognier: Miner Simpson Vineyard, Napa, California

Champagne: Roederer Estate Brut Premier, Anderson Valley, California

Pinot Noir: Kosta Browne  Russian River and Sonoma Coast, California

Malbec: Achaval Ferrer, Mendoza, Argentina

Cabernet Sauvignon: Caymus, Napa Valley, California

Merlot: Twomey, Napa, California

Red Zinfanel: Ridge Geyserville, Sonoma, California

Genache: Chateau de Beaucastel, France

Bordeaux: Chateau St. Pierre Pomeral, France

Guests are welcome to bring their own bottles of wine to share with friends at our table.

Enjoy our variety.  You are at an above-average quality vacation destination so accordingly, all beer, wine and spirit selections are of above average quality.