Homer is a nature lover's nirvana where common sights can include moose grazing, a black bear crossing the road or porpoises playing in the surf. The charming seaside city, overlooking Kachemak Bay and the Kenai Mountains, can be the starting point for a multitude of exciting adventures, including glacier skiing and viewing and guided kayak tours. Naturally splendid Kachemak State Park offers even more outdoor fun, with miles of excellent backcountry hiking trails. Explore nearby Halibut Cove, a unique fishing and artists' enclave where the roads are made of water. Or head to downtown Homer to sample delicious seafood, art galleries, museums and shops that sell locally made crafts. A trip to Homer would not be complete without casting a rod for salmon or halibut, the area's major catches. Head to the Homer Spit and try your luck from the shore or join a chartered fishing boat excursion. No matter which activities you choose, a weekend in Homer is sure to be an unforgettable experience.
Things to do in Homer
5 based on 587 reviews
At Little Mermaid, we handcraft our food daily, using the best in fresh local fish, meats, and produce. Our professional staff is extremely knowledgable about the ingredients, final preparation, wine and beer offerings.
We were in the mood for pizza after eating seafood for days and a local recommended this place. Wow! This is not your regular pizza! We ordered the Farm pizza, grilled chicken, goat cheese and spinach and it was excellent! As a bonus we watched a charter offload the days catch out the window and also had a great view of the Time Bandit crab fishing boat from Deadliest Catch!
5 based on 121 reviews
We are a full scale restaurant, bakery and cafe located in beautiful Homer Alaska. Here you will find fresh, authentic, handmade bagels, schmears galore, and soups and sandwiches to satisfy any palate. Come on down and let our friendly staff spoil you!
I did have to hunt this location down but it was so worth the effort. I have had excellent bagels in Columbus, Ohio; Boston and Asheville, NC. The bagel in Homer ranked among the best. I had a plain bagel with a blueberry & peach schmear. I had intended to eat only half but after 2 or 3 bites I knew it was not meant to be. I'll be back!
4.5 based on 193 reviews
Before heading out on the Halibut charter we had breakfast here on a recommendation and it was AMAZING!
What a special surprise to eat at this gem..The food was excellent, quality ingredients and the restaurant was super charming with a great vibe.
My boy even had the homemade ramen for bfast, the rest of us had a bfast sandwich with gluten free bread and the pancake platter.
4.5 based on 409 reviews
Cafe Cups is Homer, Alaska's downtown casual, fine dining destination. Our cozy lunch & dinner house offers an intimate setting for a fresh and delicious meal. Our dinner selections are a variety fresh local seafood, mouthwatering steaks and more. Everything we do is made from scratch using fresh, local ingredients, as often as possible, from a variety of farms in Alaska, so our menu is always changing. Top the evening off with our house-made desserts. Healthy portions and great, friendly service are included with all selections at Cafe Cups. Our eclectic, inviting atmosphere, incredible food and friendly staff make Cafe Cups the perfect dinner destination. We invite you to join us and experience the best seafood Homer has to offer.
Funky place in downtown Homer. It is just as all the write-ups say - a small house that has been converted into a restaurant. It is upscale for Homer with a nice selection of dishes. Many have interesting/unusual ingredients or flavors. Unique spins on dishes. I had the Salmon special and my wife had the North & South meal (scallops and shrimp). Both were very good. A little pricey but I think it was worth it for a special dinner. Will recommend this to friends for sure.
4.5 based on 828 reviews
We stopped here for a dinner with a group that had a wide variety of tastes. Fat Olives met all of those requests! The food was very tasty! The service was great. The only heads up is that the calzone takes 20 minutes (or longer). It says so on the menu, but, just in case you don't have your reading glasses :)
4.5 based on 165 reviews
If you have ever sat around the house and wondered how different spices, herbs and veggies would work on a Pizza, well this is your place. The pizzas are done in a fire oven and all seem to be an exclusive work of art. The service is outstanding and of course the location is on the end of the Spit. ( Us locals avoid going to the spit unless we have some sort of business there, but Finn's is well worth the drive. )
4.5 based on 264 reviews
Casual quick service, Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner, Eat In or Take Out, Smoothies, Milkshakes, Fresh Juices, Beer & Wine, Family Friendly
A popular place with the locals, it serves excellent Mexican-type specials with a lot of seafood and local twists, homemade sauces, including pineapple, as well as chipotle. Hot or not. Well, there is an Hawaiian influence and an Irish chef, and you have to expect some wonderful surprises. It's a bustling place, right "downtown." Salads and burritos. There are many iterations of fresh halibut, including Wasabi. We would not visit Homer without a stop here, even if we had only one lunch to choose. The breakfasts also are phenomenal.
4.5 based on 419 reviews
We don't claim to be the fanciest place in town but we believe in amazing food, fun specialty drinks, and great entertainment! We value our guests and believe in goodwill and hospitality. AJ's Oldtown Steakhouse & Tavern is located in the heart of Old Town, offers a casual, friendly atmosphere and is known locally as the "Historic Waterfront". AJ's is proud to be serving up the top 2% of USDA Prime Beef offered in the Nation and we like to top it off with a premium martini. We humbly feature mouth-watering steaks & great seafood including Local Alaska Scallops, King Crab, Fresh Halibut & Salmon in a friendly old town atmosphere! This venue also offers fun family entertainment & dinner music. Established in 1941 as the Homer Cafe and Club it was the first bar in Homer and has been serving up delicious fare and drinks for over 70 years
We went here twice during our recent visit, but it is a stop on every trip. I try not to eat beef, but I have succumbed to the steak and blue cheese salad more than once. It is perfectly done, medium rare. Everyone else seemed very happy with their choices as well, including cobb salad, seafood pasta and burgers. It's a little dark in atmosphere, but that makes it cozy. They have music a few nights a week, so if you don't like that, ask for a table away from the singer. But, that does offer the experience of local talent, which is huge. Service was excellent.
4.5 based on 1 reviews
Oceanfront view on the Homer Spit. Lunch & Dinner specializing in local seafood.
Being end of season, choices of restaurants in Homer narrow significantly. This well-loved locals restaurant on the Spit was at least open for a few more weeks. Excellent seafood salad and fish sandwich, decent wine. Very engaging, friendly waitress, considering it was indeed the end of the season. This restaurant was well attended. The presentation of the food could use some attention to bump it up a notch. Maybe a panini bun instead of a regular old hamburger bun for the fish? Some extra trimming on the salad. But kudos to your halibut and your waitress, the nicest of our trip!
4 based on 284 reviews
The Duncan House has long been a favorite spot for breakfast among Homer residents & visitors both... their menu features a large array of delicious dishes, reasonably priced + served by super friendly staff. Their home style, slow cooked oatmeal and egg benedicts are our favorites :)). This place can be quite busy on weekends, so arrive early... otherwise it’s really worth the wait to enjoy the low key ambiance and yummy food ... enjoy!
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