About Historic Gwin's Lodge
Established in 1952 by Pat and Helen Gwin. The historic Gwin's Lodge is located in the middle of Alaska's Kenai Peninsula, known as Alaska's Playground. We have lodging, a full service bar and restaurant, a tackle and souvenir shop, and an on-site liquor store.
Gwin's Lodge is the closest restaurant and lodging to the confluence of two world-class salmon streams; the Kenai River and the Russian River. We are a favorite among fishers that frequent these waters.
We are nestled at the base of the majestic Kenai Mountains. Our location is just across the street from the Kenai River in the Chugach National Forest, bordering the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Our central location on the Kenai Peninsula makes all recreational activities in nearby towns easily accessible.
Established by pioneers Pat and Helen Gwin, Gwin's Lodge first opened in January 1952, before Alaska was even a state. They began harvesting logs from the surrounding Chugach National Forest in 1946. Gwin's Lodge is the oldest surviving roadside lodge on the Kenai Peninsula.
Stay at Gwin's Lodge
STAY - Gwin's Lodge has 14 CABINS that can each accommodate 2 to 6 guests, and also 2 COTTAGE HOUSES that can accommodate 6 to 10 guests. Most cabins have Sealy Presidential pillow top mattresses. Please go to the "Stay" link above for more information on the cabins and cottage houses. Cabins do book up during the season, so secure your lodging now. Online reservation is available by clicking on the "CHECK AVAILABILITY" button. Off Season automatic discount applies to multi-night booking directly on this website. Direct bookings via this website includes a $20/day/cabin Gwin’s credit which can be used to pay for any meal at our restaurant (excluding alcohol). The credit must be used daily during your stay. Use it or lose it. Cabin reservations made via 3rd party websites and agencies are excluded from this offer, as are the DRY cabins.
The Pavilion at Gwin's Lodge is the ideal backdrop for your events. We can host your wedding, reception, corporate retreat, conference, and family reunion in our spacious pavilions situated among spruce trees. It can easily accommodate 200 people (depending on how seating is arranged) and there is a fenced outdoor beer garden area for a reunion BBQ, fire and games. Click on the Events tab above for more information. You can also make inquiries by calling 907.595.1266 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Primitive camping is now available on-site (no facilities but a porta-john... bring water also). These are suitable for tents or smaller RVs.
"We stayed around 11 days because we came to Coopers Landing to fish. All the staff were very friendly and helpful. A peaceful and beautiful setting. Everything we needed was right there. The accommodations were perfect. Can't wait to come back next year." - Saytedon
Eat and Drink at The Roadhouse
Gwin's Lodge has a world-renowned restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week during the season. The Roadhouse also has a full bar with beer, wine, and liquor selections.
We are best known for our 100% Angus burgers, carrot cake, and famous salmon chowder, which was recognized on Food in the Last Frontier: What To Eat in Alaska by Food Network. We strive to provide delicious meals and exceptional service. This year do to Covid-19 we have a select menu ask your server about availability.
"A log house with log tables and chairs. And truly great smoked salmon chowder. Hot tea on a chilly fall day. No wonder this place is famous. Lots of reports from fishermen that this was their place to eat on their fishing trips." - Becky H
Smoked Salmon Chowder
Food Network: "Manhattan and New England can keep their clam-based chowders. In Alaska, chowder is studded with smoked salmon. After a hard day of fishing or hiking on the Kenai Peninsula, Gwin’s Lodge in Cooper Landing offers just the bowl. A full bar, plus hearty fare like burgers, sandwiches, chili, and pies, will have you back out playing in no time. But those in the know order the smoked salmon chowder; the rich, creamy bowl satisfies a hungry belly with utterly Alaskan flavor."
Shop at Gwin's Lodge
Gwin's Lodge also has a tackle & gift shop where you can buy: fishing licenses, fishing tackle, snacks, drinks, sunglasses, hats, and Alaska souvenirs and gifts.
For those over 21, the liquor store sells domestic, imports, and local options in beer, wine, and spirits.
Our friendly and knowledgeable staff can help you book chartered trips such as; guided fishing trips, bear viewing, whitewater rafting, Kenai Fjords Cruises, Alaska Railroad trips, and many other excursions at no additional charge. We only work with well-qualified and reputable guides and excursion companies.
Visited with three mates from New Zealand while on our way from Anchorage to Homer. We all agreed that Gwin's chowder was up there with some of the best we'd ever had! Great service. Friendly, welcoming staff. Amazing all round. Highly recommended. -- fushfingers
LOVED these cabins. They are beautiful and compliment the surrounding areas. Highly recommend for a weekend vacation, or any-day vacation, for that matter. -- Matthew D
Love Gwins! Just stopped in and had a perfectly made burger and tasty IPA. Awesome staff. As far as servers goes I'd say it's a toss up between Connor and Amelia...I'll buy either one of you a beer at the Seaview if you ever make it out to Hope! Peace out, -- Derrick
The restaurant is excellent. Great food and unbelievable table service. Three thumbs up to Sarah, Amelia and Erica. They treat you like family. Always smiling. They made our salmon trip that much more fantastic! --Thomas
Husband, son and I stopped here for lunch on our way to Homer. It was our first full day in Alaska and we were headed from Anchorage to Homer. For us Floridians it was wonderful to step into the rustic look and feel of the place. Our waitress said the claim to fame was the salmon chowder and the carrot cake. I had the chowder. It was very good. My son and I split a hamburger (excellent) and we all shared the carrot cake. It was as billed. -- Trevan
What a cute little authentic log cabin and great place to enjoy breakfast... fantastic service..Ryan was the best... super personable and so on top of it ... he made a good breakfast a great experience! Would definitely recommend stopping in. -- karrievalenti
This place is amazing! it is very close to the Russian River for the avid fisherman. The peak Salmon Fishing time is in the Summer (July). Gwin's has a great collection of cabins tucked into the Mountains through the Kenai Peninsula. It is beautiful. If you catch them on a weekend they have great Venue for concerts behind the cabin area. The Bands are local and they do a great job as far as lighting and sound quality. There are even areas for primitive camping and bathrooms that are cleaned with showers. There is even a spot to Eat and buy fishing gear, snacks, and Alcohol. Bring your dogs, kids and friends!! -- OneMonArmy
We have been driving passed Gwin's for sometime, wanting to stop in and today we decided that this was our destination! We were greeted with a bubbly waitress and sat by a window. Promptly brought water and our drinks. She took our order and continued serving others there. She was very personable with everyone. Our food came and was more than what we expected! Hands down the best chicken fried steak (sausage gravy was the best I've had at a restaurant) and the mashed potatoes were made of real potatoes with chunks of potatoes with skin. Now, as we finished our meal, we decided before we even got there that we were gonna have dessert (heard about the cinnamon rolls)! There was a lit sign that said they had carrot cake...which is my husbands favorite, but our waitress said with a face of disappointment we are all out. Just as fast as she blinked her eye she said hang on a minute, ran to the kitchen and ran back to US and asked "if you're willing to wait until Jack (the chef) is done with this next order, he made a carrot cake but needs to frost it". We smiled, and she said "they'll wait". We shared the cinnamon roll and watched as our server delightfully waited on others. She came around the corner and my husbands eyes lit up! Oh the CARROT CAKE!!! Hands down was the best he had ever had, even better than his grandma's homemade, sorry granny! We shook Jacks hand on the job very well done! My lesson had been learned! So if there is ever this restaurant or shop that you ever drive by and never stop in...take the chance, you may be missing out on the best carrot cake ever! -- Crystal D
A fantastic place. Had our meals there for 10 days. Great food. The friendliness place in Alaska. I can't say enough for the table servers. They come from all over the United States. My hats off to Sarah, Amelia and Erica. -- Thomas George W.
Excellent service! Super friendly people :) The pulled pork quesadilla was amazing, and we finished it off with a delicious slice of warm apple-huckleberry pie with ice cream. -- David C
Gwin's smoked seafood chowder is the best on Kenai. If you are driving between Anchorage and Homer, it is worth planning your trip to have lunch here. Cozy atmosphere, pleasant service and reasonable prices. Note that menu prices are cash prices; there is a small up-charge for using a credit card. -- RDM
I stop there quite a bit during fishing season. It has been there since the 50's and have new owners in the last few years. I love that the floor is uneven. Has the old time charm. Staff is great! We got there around 11:15 and they let us order breakfast. All the staff had smiles on their faces. Love stopping there. -- Jeanne H
Burgers and daily dessert creations are the best food on the peninsula. Great service, too. -- Jeff G
We Love Your Place! Stop In There Everytime we go to Soldotna or Homer! I Get The Cheese burger and fries and Shake. Yummmmmm -- Dee Dee
We stayed around 11 days because we came to Coopers Landing to fish. All the staff were very friendly and helpful. A peaceful and beautiful setting. Everything we needed was right there. The accommodations were perfect. Can't wait to come back next year. -- Saytedon
A log house with log tables and chairs. And truly great smoked salmon chowder. Hot tea on a chilly fall day. No wonder this place is famous. Lots of reports from fishermen that this was their place to eat on their fishing trips. -- Becky H
Stopped here for a late lunch on our way back from Homer. Order their Smoked Salmon Chowder and it was simply amazing! This place is small but a traditional style cabin setting with many different local sandwich and entree offerings. There are not many places to eat north of Kenai but would stop here again. -- Jason A
Friendly, quick service. Very large delicious breakfasts. Thanks, Erica it was get meeting you. This place is what Alaska is all about. --ToadHollow
Everything was great but the service was phenomenal, after seeing everything from nature to fishing we didn't think it could get any better until we got to Gwin's and had the greatest server of all time, Ryan he was great! -- traddporter
The staff are extremely friendly. The food was awesome. I had the rib eye steak and the boys had the Halibut. All of it tasted amazing. I would really recommend this place. -- Legsi1970
The food is great (try the reindeer sausage); the portions are large (better be hungry); the prices are reasonable! -- Michael K
It was Fourth of July and many of the other restaurants were closed by the evening time. We stumbled upon Gwin's and it was wonderful! We all enjoyed our food...good portions and reasonable prices! Very casual but comfortable.....highly recommend! -- Donna142
Stopped here on a rainy Sunday on our way from Anchorage to Homer. Had read about their salmon chowder, and planned this stop as our lunch break. Glad we did - service was friendly (thanks, Amelia), and the chowder was the perfect tonic to a damp, chilly day. This was the weekend before Memorial Day, and we were disappointed to find that it wasn't open when we left Homer for Seward a couple of days later. Probably open every day in season. We would highly recommend stopping -- Randy M
Really friendly staff and super cute lodged to stay in. Excellent breakfast food also! I went here in July & attended a party/band in the back yard. Really fun time! The Russian River is just across the road, with a beautiful view! -- Casey H
This is a true Alaskan eating experience. The rustic setting is authentic and the food comes not only in Paul Bunyan portions but is something you'll wish you had room for more. The guy on the grill named Ken was cheerful and went out of his way (even digging out a map) to suggest areas we should explore before moving on. The burgers are humongous, the fries plentiful and the smoked salmon chowder is just outstanding. -- Will3642
This is the beginning of our third week in Alaska. We've been in Seward, Homer and points in between. Yes, Alaska is expensive but some places are a lot more expensive than others. Gwin's gets high marks for atmosphere with beams in the ceiling and log bar stool and furniture. Everything you think of when you think Alaska. If you want character, this is it. We bellied up to the bar by the food area so we could watch the kitchen action while we waited for our food and ate. Ken, who was cooking that afternoon, asked if we had ever had salmon chowder. Of course we had not. He went over and brought us a sample to taste. Talk about "POS" (positively outrageous service). We had to order the salmon chowder after tasting it. It was excellent. We watched other meals going out and they were MASSIVE portions of food. Again, lots of food for a fair price. Our experience was great customer service and we hope to be able to stop in again. We did not get the feeling it was the "end of their season" and that they were burned out from the summer. Since I own a lodge and have been in lodging for over 30 years, I think I know customer service and an atmosphere with lots of character. If you want something different, this is it. -- KarenK1210
This roadhouse has been here as long as I can remember. It is a true atmosphere of the early Alaska. The food for the most part is very hearty and good. It is just a fun place to eat. -- AlaskanBorn
Large portions of everything. Taste is great! The only bad thing is you want to eat it all!! Sweet potato fries are sooo good! Burgers big and moist. Breakfast burrito is huge and full of so many things. Chicken fried steaks tasty and the best mashed potatoes! -- Patcr0
While on our way to Homer from Anchorage, we stopped here for lunch with a local friend. It was rainy and miserable outside, but this place was warm and welcoming with immediate service from Amelia W! The special was French Dip and it was excellent, and a bowl of homemade chili and a toasted BLT were ordered by my wife and the friend who brought us here. Lots of character in the building and some of the clientele who just came off the river in waders and knee-high boots! -- Dan F
We just popped in for a quick lunch while we waited for our river rafting trip and were absolutely shocked by the food. The chowder was the best we've tasted and the service was terrific. We were so impressed we made a return trip for breakfast and were equally impressed. Gwin sure knows how to keep people coming back. This is a "must try" -- TravelerBoulder
Had the smoked salmon chowder and it was delicious. One of the best chowder I've ever had. We also had the blackened halibut which was also very yummy. We ate breakfast the next morning before we headed out. My husband had the chicken fried steak and says it was the most tender he's ever had. I had the eggs with reindeer sausage which was also very good. -- HuskerWendy
The food is great for a wilderness lodge, great ambiance and service. Lots of things to do, Russian River fishing, kenai river fishing, quartz creek too. -- Lori T
Good food, great laid back atmosphere and prices are right on for the area. Staff was courteous and helpful. -- SKB6021
Rustic Roadhouse that provides excellent food. The breakfast portion was large and was extremely filling. Service was great and the old log cabin's rustic charm was an added bonus. -- karjer21
We ate breakfast here several mornings and the food is wonderful. Service was off and on but expected in these remote areas. We did not stay here but drove a good distance each morning just to eat here because the breakfast was so good. Their breakfast potatoes were wonderful and my kid loved their pancakes. -- Denise T
Rustic accommodations!!!!! Traveling with a group of 7 beach campers from New York, we stayed at Gwin's Lodge for one night. We had a wonderful experience there, the cottages were very comfortable, especially the beds and the entire staff were very friendly and helpful. We stopped in the restaurant for a drink before dinner, the waitress Cassidy couldn't have been more delightful, even brought us baskets of pretzels. We again stopped there for lunch a few days later, very happy we did! The food was delicious and served quickly, again by Cassidy. If you're passing through Cooper Landing, don't pass up for breakfast, lunch or dinner!! Great experience!!! -- WhiteRabbit13
We were on Cooper landing for two days and ate dinner at gwin's both days! The service was very friendly and considerate, and the food was pretty darn tasty for something fast. Not many healthy options, but I don't think that's gwins' intention. Stop here for some great burgers, some really yummy salmon chowder, or a hearty sandwich and you'll be glad you did :) -- Alby B
This is a great place for lunch between Anchorage & Seward. We had an order of onion rings – very large & excellent. We shared a bowl of very good smoked salmon chowder – our waitress recommend a bowl instead of 2 cups because we wound up with more. We also had the very good pulled pork sandwiches with fries. All the food was very good and reasonably priced. Our waitress was delightful and fun to talk to. -- tonkabayguy
We ate breakfast here when we were staying at the Kenai Princess Lodge close-by and were heading for a day trip to Homer. This is a nice cozy family diner which serves affordable breakfast dishes. I tried fried eggs and toast with coffee and hash brown. It was done really well and I enjoyed the taste. The eggs were done just like I ordered and the potatoes were freshly made and it was perfect. The prices are low given that we are in Alaska. The waitress was friendly and the service was great. Highly recommended given there are not too many places close-by to eat. -- teletubbie95
A no-brainer stop halfway to/from Anchorage. The food is INCREDIBLE! Stopped here on the way to Kenai. PLENTY of parking in July. Service with a smile! Extensive menu for anyone's tastes. Kids' menu as well. Coke products for drinking, plus beer, etc. Good coffee. Salmon sliders are #1 tasty, burgers a close 2nd (piled high with goodies!), onion rings are REAL, crunchy, HOT (careful!) and prices are reasonable for Alaska! Atmosphere is very authentic Alaskan! WE LOVE THIS PLACE! --ShesGotATicketToRide
"...I've spent a lot more money at other more 'upscale' establishments on the Kenai, but never got as good a value for my dollar as I have gotten at Gwin's. The accommodations are clean and some replacements and upgrades have been made to some of the older facilities. The bar and restaurant are both worth a stop after a hard day of fishing on the Russian River or driving down the Sterling Hgwy on the way to Homer. It's truly a throwback to the days of the original roadhouses; everything you need is available at Gwin's. Lose that last coho fly on a snag? Restock at Gwin's. Mantle for your lantern? Yep, got 'em. Line? Rod? Advice? Lodging? A cold drink? A hot meal? (Best biscuits and gravy on the peninsula!) One stop shopping in the Heart of the Kenai and it's all provided with a smile. They want you to enjoy your stay on the Kenai wherever you might roam and they will work hard to make Gwin's Lodge a pleasant memory of your time spent on 'The Last Frontier.' Room Tip: Even if you don't stay at Gwin's, stop, have a drink, and eat at Gwin's!" -- KNIKatNITE
Friendly and Accommodating Staff
I was very impressed that the housekeeper took the time to come introduce herself and chat. Despite minor hiccups with the reservation, the staff promptly corrected the situation and was very accommodating from start to finish. Absolutely beautiful surrounding and a very short drive from nearby trailheads. -- Emily B
We had several good meals on our Alaska trip, and this was one. The chili was very good, and the pie even better. My friend had halibut and loved it—she also really liked the fries. Nothing fancy but hearty and good, and the atmosphere is fun—relaxed, warm, cheery. It was exactly what we needed after a long rain-drenched drive to reach Cooper Landing. -- BerkeleyLIN
Shared a piece of carrot cake with my wife after a great meal. Had to go back the next night for a second piece. This time we each got our own so we didn't have to share one. -- MJFoor
IT's the 'real Alaska' experience... to come off the river and go have a great bowl of homemade chili or salmon chowder, in an authentic lodge that has been there for years, is the best! This place has been there and been great for years, before any others came along, it's always had a cozy family feel and a place where you can just really relax. --kyle0nthem0ve
My husband and I spent 2 nights in one of Gwins cabins. We had breakfast at the restaurant both mornings. Best breakfast around and very generous portions! Delightful, attentive waitresses and a real Alaskan feel to the place make this the best in cooper landing :) Thanks Gwins! We live in Homer and will most definitely make this a regular stop :) -- - Homerite12
I stopped in early to get coffee for my friends and while waiting saw some scrambled eggs go to a table, I knew we'd come over for breakfast! We three arrived in time to take the last table in the room. The staff is very friendly and happy. I like that! Because of the full house she apologized for any delays. We ordered eggs, home fries and toast, and all were good...The atmosphere of the lodge is historic and rustic, we loved it and asked for the history. We're glad it hasn't changed much over the years! Good job, Gwin's! You make Alaskans proud. -- Becky H
We stayed in Cooper Landing area in late August. Prospector John recommended Gwin's Restaurant. We had the hamburger special. It was great with generous portions! We went back a few days later for another delicious meal. Great service by the friendly wait staff. Keith, the owner, came by with a friendly greet and chat. The kitchen is open, we could see the "chefs" as they happily went about their work---even doing a little dance to the 60s music in the background. Don't miss this place. (Keith--thanks for the cross!) -- Fred Sylvia S
Some people along the road told us to stop at Gwin's Roadhouse and get the salmon chowder. We did and it was great. The service couldn't have been better. Everything we ordered was wonderful. We talked to the owner - what a nice man! -- BAWRDW
My buddy and I spent 10 days fishing the Kenai and Russian this past summer and were delighted each time we ate at Gwins. ..breakfasts were hot and plentiful, best reindeer sausage on the planet....dinners were delicious with great variety and the beer....ahh that beer....the dinner and bar staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful, the young lady from Florida....my only suggestion would be to ship the chowder to the lower 48 as I'm craving it NOW!!!! :) --Tom M
We stopped in to Gwin lodge for a bit to eat. We asked our server if the chef would cook fresh fish that we had not froze yet and what we got was one of the best meals on the trip. -- 62Scott62
Best breakfast on the road to and from Soldotna! Love the breakfast burrito with sausage gravy on top! Redneck heaven. -- Patti Jo
Their breakfast was amazing. The burrito and Spanish 3 egg scramble were delicious! We live local. We will definitely be back again. We're looking into staying at the cabins in the future. Very beautiful area. -- April B
It's a down home road house kind of vibe. Friendly staff. Best veggie burger trimmings we had in the state. And real homemade fries that were top notch. Yum. We were worried that it was the only place open in town but it was one of the best meals in a bar we had. -- nathan_h
It may not be the newest but is still the best. I have stayed at Gwin's in the past and again in June of this year. Food is great, beer is cold, they will cook the sockeye you catch. It is close to the Russian River and Kenai River. It is what a fishing lodge should be. -- KBurke2006
Can't beat floating the Kenai, pulling your raft up onshore and knowing that a good burger and a cold beer await you at Gwin's. Can't be on the Upper Kenai without stopping here. -- Sean Forrester
Fantastic table service. Three thumbs up to Sarah, Amelia and Erica. They served us like family always smiling. They made our salmon fishing that much more enjoyable. WOW -- Thomas W
We have been in Cooper Landing 9 days, and we have eaten here 5 times already! Great place!! -- Ashley Hardin W.
Our family tent camped for 2 weeks near Cooper Landing and tried out a lot of the restaurants in the area and Gwins topped our list. It just made us feel at home but in what an exciting place. The food was outstanding!!!.. from the salmon chowder to the huge hamburgers and home fries to the Spanish dishes...all excellent and a real hit after a day out hiking or fishing. The girls and guys that work there are super friendly and even have other talents that they showed off when the lodge hosted a 4th of July music performance and a pig roast party for anyone in the area. Those waiters and workers are great musicians too! Wow, we weren't expecting that..professional rock and folk music all night with great views outside the screened Pavillion behind the lodge. What a great venue for big gatherings and good fun. Everything felt like you were at a really cool family reunion away from home. Nice, friendly, helpful people. We are going back. Our favorite place! --Henry H
Gwin's Lodge kept the light on for us as we arrived after a long day of fishing and dinner in Seward. Our cabins were awaiting us of which we got to drive right up to and park (easy to unpack) We had an early start the next morning ( a float/sock eye fishing trip that Gwin's Lodge helped my sister-in-law set up) So at 4:30 AM we were all remarking that our beds were comfortable and we were well rested. This was our start to a great day on the river. Our guide (Mike) had a special spot that he wanted so our 5AM start was an hour or so earlier than some of the other guides. All equipment supplied. Oh and Keith, the owner of Gwin's arranged for box lunches for our fishing trip. We enjoyed using the fish processing shop next door as it was so convenient and made our time there stress free. We enjoyed the Restaurant at Gwin's Lodge, dinners great and breakfast great. One night they prepared our salmon for us and oh my. Delicious! They also helped arrange a day cruise to the Glaciers and whale watching out of Seward and another float/fishing sock eye trip on another part of the river, this time a different guide, Mike picked us up (we surmised that to be a guide you must be named Mike). We were staying a week and on Thursday night several bands were performing at Gwin's Pavilion. You could come and go back to your cabin, just no stress here. Just think summer camp campus for adults. Charmingly Rustic and Enjoyable. The summer staff are students from the lower 48 so the atmosphere is welcoming and laid back. Ask for help or enjoy just doing your own thing. Beautiful Country and we loved the location.-- fromtex
Help me Rhonda...I had the best burger of my life! Yes, I was hungry after a long day of fishing on the Russian River, but it was seriously an exceptional burger. I thought I ordered a burger with some sort of apple bacon which sounded interesting...but oh no no… what I got was more than a pleasant surprise. The meat was made to order; medium rare and cooked perfectly, it was piled with blue cheese, bacon and topped with freshly sliced green apples! Oh my. On the side was a crisp bit of lettuce, tomato, onions and pickles to doll it up as I saw fit. For my side I chose the fries that were fresh cut, crisp and not at all heavy… a perfect accompaniment with my Mack Daddy Burger. My boyfriend and I sat on bar stools in front of the kitchen and watched Gwin's chef create our delicious dinner. Super friendly bunch of folks at Gwin’s Lodge, from the wait staff, our Chef- even the owner had a nice chat with me. Loved the setting…very rustic, quaint and tucked in some amazing scenery in the Chugach National Forest and right off the Kenai and Russian Rivers. Heaven –Thanks Gwin’s! -- PollyannaPeach from Mukitteo, WA
We are traveling with 38 Airstream Travel Trailers on a caravan thru Alaska and have stopped at many small lodges for breakfast or lunch but this is the best!!! Most of our stops have been so-so food at ridiculous prices but not so at Gwin's. I had a salmon omelet that was to die for! Lots of fish in it and cooked perfectly. The property is beautiful with pretty little cabins and a really cool log lodge. It is located half way between Seward and Homer, a great spot to take a break. Many of us stopped to eat and the other Airstreamers also loved it. -- 5-Streams
... never mind the pies...we want those marvelous hamburgers. Best on the Peninsula! -- Marcia K.
We made this our home for two nights on our honeymoon, it was perfect! The bonus was the chili at Gwin's restaurant. I had chili here three times on my trip, it's the best I've ever eaten! -- Lori Ann M.
I will "never" forget all the good food we had there, but the Cheeseburgers....just kept calling me back !!!!! -- Denny C.
The salmon chowder is delicious! As is the salmon, mashed potatoes, and grilled ham and cheese. The chef went out of his way to make sure we were completely satisfied. The service was wonderful. We highly recommend this restaurant. -- CLTyger
Loved the food. Perfect stop after a long day of fishing on the Russian. The Calamari, halibut and homemade burgers are the best. Small beer and wine bar where we watched The Stanley Cup. I think hands down, best breakfast in Alaska. We live here and have traveled all over our state...it's these old charming places we love best. Always find friendly staff, great food and lodging too! -- Brenda741
A former Alaskan resident suggested Gwin's and we were not disappointed. The cabin we stayed in for 3 nights (#6) was a cabin on the outside and a very nice room on the inside. We had a small but full kitchen, nice living area with lots of windows plus room to sleep at least 4 if not more. We also had a nice porch on the front where mountain views could be enjoyed. The staff was extremely helpful and very accommodating. When we couldn't find a guide to take my wife and i fishing they made a call and got me a better deal than anywhere else i had looked. We ate there our first day and food and service was great. My wife had been a little skeptical about staying in a cabin, but this ended up being her favorite place we stayed for our whole Alaska trip. -- kokonut33 from Houston, TX
As I was planning a trip for my girlfriends "girl trip"and myself I looked at some old reviews and they weren’t so good, so, I was reluctant to book at Gwin’s but with more research I was made aware that they had new owners and they replaced all of the old beds YAY! And they made other improvements so we decided to try it.
We arrived at Gwin's Lodge a rustic road house from back in the day with an Authentic Alaskan ambiance about it, we were just in time for dinner and we were not disappointed the food was fabulous they have an exceptional wine list and the service was outstanding, a friendly and helpful staff, our cabin was clean and comfortable. I recommend Gwin's Lodge, we loved it; Cooper Landing is a very beautiful area, near the Russian river, the fall colors and the color of the river just took our breath away, a sight to behold.
We drove up the road a bit and followed a trail that a sourdough had mentioned to us the night before he had mentioned that there was a grizzly bear sighting, yep we saw him. The trails cater to the fishermen nice stair way down to a nice ground trial along the Kenai River WOW What a treat! But we were prepared with our bear spray luckily the bear was across the river…it was exciting! I can’t wait until my next visit. -- Riverwolf from Threerivers
Under new management - January 2012. Stopped here in August, 2012 for a wonderful breakfast. The bar and dining area are in an old log cabin with slanted plank floors. Breakfast and service was great. I had pancakes (light & fluffy), with eggs and great bacon. My wife had a delicious salmon omelet and our friends had eggs and reindeer sausage. Good coffee and friendly and helpful service. They also had cute log cabins for rent but we were headed to Homer. Just around the corner is access to Chugach National Forest where you can see the salmon spawning on the Russian River. Fantastic walk along river. --850David_C from Annadale, NJ
While traveling in Alaska and enjoying a day of fishing on the Russian River and the Kenai we were on our way back to Anchorage. We stopped at Gwin's Lodge and Restaurant and were greeted warmly and seated, we ordered our meals and they were on the table shortly after. The food and service were excellent.--Marshbeast from Fellsmere, FL
Based on 3 recommendations from fishermen (at the Russian River nearby), we ate here. I had the grilled salmon with baked potato. The chef was able to make the salmon any way I wanted it - so I got it blackened. It tasted fresh and it was very enjoyable to eat. The salmon chowder was also very good. The atmosphere is nice - a log cabin with a small bar - very clean. The tables were made of wood and had benches. The wait staff was very nice as well. --Marlee319 from Alpharetta, GA
You folks have the very best of everything! If I wasn't currently obligated to take care of my business at home, I would be there, so fast, the Eagles would swoon as I flew in! -- Bob M.
A little restaurant with great taste. Recommended for all ages and appetites. Homemade food, local ingredients and Alaskan beers on tap. Ambience is rustic and dress is hiker casual. Tie up your dog outside and rest a bit. --Knightes
We can't find a better way to end a day of fishing the Russian then to stop in at Gwin's. Good eats (the food is served hot and the beer is served icy cold), friendly staff all in a relaxing atmosphere. The Gwin Burger is delicious but make it a double patty - Sinful! We will unequivocally be back ... --Criste T
Anyone who has fished the Russian River or at least passed through Cooper Landing while driving along the Sterling Highway has probably made a pitstop at Gwin's Lodge. The place is famous for its award-winning smoked salmon chowder and, after dining there on more than one occasion, I can personally vouch for its deliciousness. --Tomcat from Anchorage
... The first morning, we dropped in for breakfast before we started fishing.... Gwin's is a home away from home for other fishermen, guides, pilots and moose and bear hunters. I enjoyed meeting people from all over the country while feasting on smoked salmon chowder, steaks, Sockeye Red Ale and slices of carrot cake the size of Mount McKinley. I bought several pieces of cake, froze them and brought them back to Alabama with me. It gives me the warm fuzzies just thinking about that little place. I can almost close my eyes and smell the essence of wood smoke, the magical kitchen and just a hint of sockeye slime - everything an outdoorsman's food haven should be. -- Tim H. Martin, Buckmasters Online Magazine
You've done a great job with the place! We were very sad to see it closed and hoped someone would come along and buy it so we could continue to have breakfast at Gwin's after fishing the Russian River. -- John P.
We've been there twice on our drives down and back... your burgers always hit the spot! -- Last Frontier Magazine
Best Hamburgers around! and one of my favorite places to stop and we have made some good friends. -- Shannon B.
Gwin's Lodge is well known to the locals for having some of the best food on the Kenai Peninsula. The atmosphere is very quaint and definitely has that "Alaskan feeling." Gwin's offers some great desserts including home made pies with local berries in season. If you ever happen to be in Cooper Landing, be sure to stop at Gwin's to sample the food. -- Alaska Speaks by Philip R. Gantt at Seasoned Cooking
The final stop on the Magic Mile is a few miles down the track, just as you get out of that slow 35 mile zone into the racey 55 mile zone! And it is FANTASTIC. Gwin's Lodge. This place has been around for 57 years (you can see inside it above, the rustic log cabin pic), and is famous for its Salmon Chowder and its pies. And what do you think I had????? Yep, Salmon Chowder and pie!!! ... OH MYYYYYYYYYYYYY. But, back to that Salmon Chowder.
I sat up at the counter (that's where singles sit), chit chatting with the waitress, I decided to go for it. She popped it down and front of me, and all I did was inhale. Oh those aromas, sooooo beautiful. And it was a really cold day outside, so perfect soup weather. I picked up my spoon, and dove in. Sports fans, there are no words for the flavour blast in my mouth...not just the wonderful creamy texture on my tongue, but this heady, potent smoked salmon flavour, and not that raw orange smoked salmon aussie flavour, but rather a punch in the head, full blooded red smoked salmon flavour, smoked in a real smoker ... Honestly, I sat there for the next 10 minutes and just spooned this heavenly velvet into my mouth, no words, just sighs between mouthfuls. Fresh parsley, dill, corn, carrots, really good smoked bacon, potatoes...all came together with that divine smoked salmon to produce a symphony of flavour. Sigh. Magical. -- Eat and Tweet Blog
Keep your hat roped to your head when you enter this place...The scenery to and from this place will blow you away. But let's face it... You and the roadies are HUNGRY! DO NOT PASS THIS PLACE UP! NO MATTER WHAT! Gwin's is a historical landmark for visitors to the Kenai Penninsula. The floors are tilted. and your marble WILL roll. Have fun - spend money on a souvenir. You will be glad you did. -- Afhooee from Utah
We were traveling from Anchorage to Homer and decided to stop here for lunch and we are glad we did. The restaurant was pretty busy when we stopped by at about 1pm and was filled with what appeared to be locals and tourists like ourselves. It was very cozy and comfortable, exactly what we were looking for. My wife had the Halibut burger as I had the Halibut basket. The fish was incredibly fresh, not too greasy at all and very flaky and a good size portion for both of us. The tartar sauce they used really accompanied the fish well as everything, including the fries seemed fresh. ... The waitress we had was incredibly busy, but did not let that stop her from being very friendly and attentive. If you are heading towards Homer, it is on the left, just as you cross back over the river- don't miss it, it is worth the stop. -- Tim O. from Washington
If you're on your way from Anchorage to Homer, Gwin's is a nice place to stretch your feet and have a friendly meal. My first salmon chowder was yum, shared the halibut sandwich with my husband and it was plenty. Heard the carrot cake was excellent, however we were so full that we had it to go. They were so kind to box it up and supply plastic ware too. For breakfast the next day, we were amazed at the size of the slice, and yes it was real good. By the way, the rest rooms were real clean and nice and warm, with good hot running water. Knew we have been in Alaska for a few days when this is considered luxury. -- Msdoretha
The interior has been remodeled, the kitchen is fantastic! Restrooms are immaculate and upgraded! The food selection was a good variety, and the menu had wonderful offerings! Keith, the owner was very friendly - and the prices were reasonable! Salmon chowder was to die for, and the halibut burger - YUM! -- Karen R. From Anchorage
This rustic roadhouse offered exactly what we were looking for on one of the most scenic drives in Alaska. The chowder hearty and the hamburger my husband had remarkably good. Cold local beer served by really friendly happy servers. A must stop on the Sterling Highway between Anchorage and Homer. Mile Marker 52. -- Daisy910 from Florida
Jay & I ate at the restaurant this weekend and have now wondered why after 19 years we have not stopped in before. Awesome food! You're on our route from here on out. -- Patti J.R.
We stayed two nights in a Poplar Chalet during late August. A clean and quiet modular unit with cabin like exterior. No tv but that was ok.... Bed was comfortable (new mattress.) Shampoo/conditioner in shower were a nice amenities. It was great having a full kitchen to broil the wild Alaskan salmon for a late dinner (after driving from Denali) and warm muffins/fresh coffee before our early morning drive to Seward for Kenai Fjord cruise. Our breakfast the next morning in the restaurant was awesome! taste and portion sizes!!! (man-size!)The staff was very warm, welcoming and informative. We definitely plan to return on our next trip to the peninsula!! Next time we intend to include a fishing experience in the Kenai/Russian Rivers. location, location, location!!!! -- MKjourney
It was getting pretty late for a family of 5 in an RV --- driving from Homer back to Anchorage.........we were looking for a place to eat and stopped at Gwin's. What a great find! My husband would like to go back someday and stay in their cabins! The food was really good with a pretty extensive selection of items available. We had halibut and chips, chowder, halibut sandwiches, and a salad. Authentic Alaskan vibe. Cool cabin atmosphere. Desserts were outstanding (many pies to choose from). I would highly recommend this as a place to stop to eat, and it looks like it'd be a nice place to stay as well. -- Momsters_inc
Sarah's great!... We're very pleased! Gwin's is back and better than ever. We'll tell everyone - 27 year resident. --Comment left on receipt
I am thrilled. Well worth the stop. An Alaskan experience. They make the best smoked salmon chowder on the planet. -- Denalicat from Montana