Hoonah (Xunaa in Tlingit) is a largely Tlingit community on Chichagof Island, located in Alaska's panhandle in the southeast region of the state. It is 30 miles (48 km) west of Juneau, across the Alaskan Inside Passage. Hoonah is the only first-class city on Chichagof Island, the 109th largest island in the world and the 5th largest island in the United States. At the 2010 census the population was 760, down from 860 at the 2000 census. In the summer the population can swell to over 1,300 depending on fishing, boating, hiking and hunting conditions. "Hoonah" became the official spelling in 1901, with establishment of the Hoonah branch of the United States Post Office. Xunaa means "protected from the North Wind" in the Tlingit language.
Things to do in Hoonah
4.5 based on 163 reviews
Crab does not get anyfresher than this! Our freshly caught Dungeness crab is as fresh as you can get! Open Daily through the season we offer the best Alaska has to offer, Fresh Crab and Cold Beer! Stop by the dock in the morning to watch our staff take the crab straight from the water to the cleaning table where they clean and prep the crab for cooking. We have seating available on the dock or you can stroll around the corner to join friends at the open seating Cookhouse Restaurant. Open daily through Dungeness Crab season.
Fresh Dungeness Crab - perfection. The natives are proud and the experience unforgettable. Only regret - that we were limited to there extremely selected choice of box wines - such a meal deserves the best choice of wine, but the food made up for that.
4 based on 11 reviews
I stopped by here myself while waiting for my family to return from the zipline. This place is nothing fancy; just a small building with good coffee and various packaged snacks. Still, the coffee I had was good, and the service was friendly. Not much else to say about this stand. It was good.
4 based on 102 reviews
The Cookhouse Restaurant is located at Icy Strait Point. This is a great place to grab a bite to eat before or after your exciting tour, show or Zip line adventure! Fish & Chips, Burgers, Mini Salmon Burgers and our Exclusive Caribou Sliders!
First, the bad...restaurant advertised WiFi everywhere - in front of the restaurant on sandwich boards, inside on every table, on the menu, by the register, etc. BUT the WiFi wasn't working. They probably should have put some notice up about that since that was clearly offered to draw customers to the restaurant. When the server was asked about it, it was very matter of fact that it wasn't working, almost like it never works.
On to the good - the food was great and the service was super fast. Some of the best fish and chips ever. The fish was cooked to perfection and the fries were great as well. Everything was served hot and fresh, which was extra nice for a really wet and cold day. Plenty of seating was offered inside and outside for those that wanted to brave the cold. Don't miss eating here if you like fish and chips. Prices were extremely fair for the portions that were served. If you are just eating here for the free WiFi, be sure to ask first if it is working.
4 based on 71 reviews
The service is pretty bad but they're locals. Never got our drink- just the cup with ice.
Ordered halibut and chips but substituted the fries with a cup of clam chowder. My husband got a bowl of chowder which costs more than a cup --- but his serving was 1/2 what I got. Makes no sense.
A friend got the dungeons crab for $25 with chowder included. She enjoyed it.
My halibut was good. The portion size was just too small for the price. Chowder was okay.
They have wifi so ask for the password. Cable tv playing news and sports at the bar.
AK beer is $6 on draft. $1 cheaper than the brewery next door.
4 based on 25 reviews
We enjoyed our visit to Hoonah after taking the shuttle from Icy Strait Point and after looking around we stopped by for a bite. We enjoyed the friendly super casual place to sit and watch the folks stroll by. Our meals were good, halibut and chips. We actually received a meal that someone ordered but walked away, it could've been fresher but still tasted good. Nice employee however that was extra friendly and helpful, not a skilled cook but really nice.
4.5 based on 26 reviews
In an isolated small town the size of Hoonah (population about 750) there are certain amenities you just don’t expect, like a good Chinese restaurant. Yet there sits Mary’s Restaurant on the waterfront in the middle of town. And the food is indeed quite good.
Owner Seon Lee offers a fairly extensive menu to please a wide variety of diners. In addition to Chinese food they also serve standard seafood entrees and burger plates, as well as a complete breakfast menu. But it seems that most people, especially Hoonah residents, come to Mary’s for the Chinese food. This is not the cutting edge Hunan, Sichuan or Shandong cuisine you might find in large metropolitan areas; here you’ll find standard Cantonese fare that is clearly geared to the American palate. But, it is executed extremely well – the chicken dishes here in particular are uniformly good. They have several fried rice dishes served in heaping portions that seem to be popular with locals.
The dining room is comfortable and the service is very attentive and friendly. I ate dinner here two nights during a recent business trip and thoroughly enjoyed it both times. If I ever get the opportunity to return to Hoonah, I will definitely make it a point to dine at Mary’s again.
4 based on 8 reviews
We checked out this restaurant and it did not look very inviting. We were after crabs and were disappointed there were none. We went into the small restaurant area and no one was there for service. Would recommend when there are cruise ships docked there is more staff to invite diners in.
3.5 based on 20 reviews
Newly rebuilt and reopened! Unsurpassed waterfront views of Icy Strait and Port Frederick! This venue is just steps away from the cruise ship dock and the worlds largest Zipline ride. This is the perfect place to relax while waiting for friends and family to complete their Zipline tour. The Duck Point Smokehouse features house smoked salmon and halibut pizza! Crab meat tater tots, reindeer sliders and more! Enjoy beverages from a full bar as well as our Specialty beer that is locally made and only available at Icy Strait Point.
Lovely scenery, gas fireplace on outside deck. Fast service and friendly staff. A great way to end the short stay in Hoonah.
4 based on 11 reviews
Lil' Gen's is a little donut hut that makes fresh hot mini-donuts. Our donuts are incredibly delicious with many options of one-of-a-kind flavors you can choose from. We also serve our own delicious Aribica blend of coffee, by the cup or the bag. This is one stop at Icy Strait Point you have to make while visiting Alaska.
Buy a bag of different flavoured mini donuts to s at Icy Strait Point is hare. But, beware, you may just want to keep them all for yourself.
Everything at Icy Strait Point is very easily accessible with this donut shop just outside the museum near the shuttle stop.
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