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Restaurant Review: The Old Powerhouse Restaurant

Written by: Posted on: December 31, 1969 at 7:00PMPosted in: Main Topic


I know what you’re thinking—Should I go to The Old Powerhouse Restaurant? What is it? What do they serve? Why do I keep hearing positive reviews about this place? Well, I’m here to help you decide whether or not you want to eat there.

I recently had lunch at The Old Powerhouse Restaurant during a busy lunch rush with my 2 y/o son and they quickly seated me at a window seat. Normally, when it’s packed like this, there is no way I would be able to get a nice window seat like this, but I guess I was lucky. As we sat there and looked out the window at the sea lions and the occasional fishing boat passing by, I couldn’t help but notice the beautiful Alaskan art hanging on the wall. It’s all sea life and it fits this restaurant perfectly since it is a restaurant that specializes in seafood. Since my son is in the middle of potty training, I had to take him to the bathroom. On the way to the bathroom, you can see the old photos of the restaurant that was back then, a powerhouse. Hence, the name “The Old Powerhouse Restaurant.”

We quickly got back to our booth and I decided to do some research. I didn’t find much about the restaurant, but, from what I had gathered, I found out that the building was abandoned after Kodiak’s population started to grow. The diesel generators in the building were just not enough so KEA, or Kodiak Electric Association, decided to purchase larger generators and placed them directly across the street. Eventually, about 10-15 years ago, the ISA, or International Seafoods of Alaska, Cannery decided to buy out the building and turned it into a restaurant. Now, the restaurant is booming and receives the seafood directly off the boats that deliver to ISA. It’s so undeniably fresh and it’s just the way that seafood should be served in Alaska.

Of course, eating at a restaurant known for its sushi means I am going to get sushi so I finally ordered the Fisherman’s Roll with edemame for my appetizer. Filled with deep fried cod and salmon and other necessities for sushi, it was absolutely delicious. If I can choose one thing to eat for the rest of my life I’m pretty sure that I would choose this. My son thought likewise and hogged the edemame after I grabbed a few pieces. Being a big fan of green tea, I decided to order the green tea ice cream for dessert and we gobbled it down as soon as the waitress dropped it off. By the way, the wait staff was amazing. They were extremely accommodating and they were always around to ask if things were all right and if I had any problems. The waitress was new and did a good job and it made me wonder, if the new waitress is good, how fantastic are the experienced waiters in the restaurant? This is probably why people love coming here: the great staff and amazing views. Not to forget, the food!

As we waited for our check, we sat there and stared out the windows again at the channel and a close up of Near Island. A few times we thought maybe we saw a whale, but it could have been a sea lion. About 5 years ago, I once sat in that very same booth and witnessed killer whales come through the channel, so I crossed my fingers and hoped that I would be able to see one again with my son this time. It was so beautiful out that I couldn’t help but stare in awe and realize how sometimes I take Kodiak for granted. After we paid for our check, we decided to walk the trails on Near Island, thanks to The Old Powerhouse’s great view of Near Island.

There are more items on the menu that I didn’t name off and I wish I could have had that day. It’s not just a sushi restaurant so if you don’t like sushi, order a nice salad or some noodles. A friend of mine that I go to the restaurant with really like the Steak in the red wine sauce, which would have been my next choice if they for some reason didn’t have the Fisherman’s Roll. They also have a variety of liquor that you can order.

I hope that you enjoyed this small review of The Old Powerhouse Restaurant and I also hope that you consider eating here during your stay in Kodiak! They also have a website that you can visit:



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