We are closed for the winter


Welcome to Varly's Swiftwater Seafood Cafe
Whittier, Alaska
Cafe: 907-472-2550

Winter: 907-244-7391



The Varlamos Family now owns and operates the Ice Cream Parlor located in the Triangle too!  We have added HOMEMADE PIZZA to the many flavors of hard ice cream, shakes, malts, sundaes, hot dogs and other sundries. We also have a variety of Alaskan Gifts and Used Books for sale. 

The Ice Cream/Pizza Parlor is also closed for the winter.

Swiftwater SeafoodCafe 907-472-2550 Summer months only

Varly's Ice Cream and Pizza Parlor 907-472-2547 Summer months only

Anchorage 907-244-7391 (Margaret's cell) Good all year round.


"Home of the Left Handed Halibut" Featuring the freshest Halibut, Shrimp, and Pacific Cod of any coastal town in Alaska, straight from the icy waters of Prince William Sound.

Each order is hand-battered with our own secret recipe. Also enjoy homemade clam and seafood chowders and perhaps some homemade rhubarb crisp for dessert. We now feature homemade bread pudding and carrot cake as well.

Steeped in Alaskan maritime atmosphere, we are located at the end of the triangle in beautiful downtown Whittier, Alaska.

Manager, Taki Varlamos, supervises his mother, Margaret, getting the coffee ready for the busy day ahead. 


We do not post our menu online.  We offer the BEST fried fish in Alaska! We have local halibut, cod and shrimp.  Additionally, we have 1/2 pound fresh meat cheeseburgers, chicken tenders, caesar salads, great homemade desserts (carrot cake, rhubarb crisp and bread pudding), fantastic homemeade clam and seafood chowders and more!  Our pricing is very reasonable when you consider the quality and the quantity of the food you get at the Swiftwater. 


We also carry over 30 kinds of beer and several kinds of wine.  We have a large variety of soft drinks, homebrewed iced tea and juice. 


Enjoy the harbor view from our deck and choose from over 30 imported, specialty and domestic beers and wines.

The Swiftwater uses only fresh seafood harvested locally. Since there are no lobster, crab or scallop fisheries in Prince William Sound you will have to pay the high prices of upscale Anchorage restaurants for those delicacies from other locals.

The 2006 Alask Aces Kelly Cup Champs in for a visit!

Corbin Schmidt, Patrick Weller, Justin Maiser and Alex Levitt of the 2006 Kelly Cup Champion Alaska Aces with Margaret, Niko, Taki and Don Varlamos on the deck of the Swiftwater in June 2006 just days after the Aces won the Kelly Cup.


The Aces barely missed getting a second Kelly Cup in 2009 taking it to a 7th game in the finals.  Once again in 2011, the Aces brought the trophy back to Alaska!   The Aces did us proud again by brining a third Kelly Cup to Alaska. Coach Murray brought the cup the Swiftwater for all to see in June 2014!

All Alaska Aces fans are saddened by the closing of the franchise after the 2016-2017 season, but the wonderful memories will never fade.  We fans will continue to love and support our local hockey talent whereever they may play and reside.

Thank you for the memories, guys.  You are forever in our hearts!  Skate on!





Cooks, cashiers, bathroom attendants, night clean up crew, servers and chief dishwashers, Don & Margaret Varlamos, (proprietors) stand with Coach Murry and Mike Benton and the Kelly Cup in June of 2014. 


Thanks for bringing the Kelly Cup to Whittier! 


                                                                                                                                                                                   Don and Margaret at our friend's home in Louisville, Kentucky getting ready for the next leg of the awesome motorcycle trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Bend, Oregon in the fall of 2018.  Don won a raffle Margaret entered him into earlier in the summer.  Don and Margaret had not been on motorcycles regularly for 22 years!  What a ride and what an adventure.  To read more about it go to: https://www.bmwmoa.org/news/421922/How-lucky-I-am---the-wife-of-a-winner.htm to read about the trip. It was epic and the first of many in the years to come now that the kids are grown! 




The guys from Pandora's motorcycle shop in Chattanooga, Tennesse where we picked up the bike before riding to Bend, Oregon.                     



Closed for the Winter

Hours of Operation
Sunday - Saturday 11:30 am to 9:00 pm




We use only the BEST ingredients for a great pizza made hot and fresh to order

  You can also get pizza by the slice, shakes, gifts, used books and much more! Located at the East Ramp in the Harbor.


To contact us at the cafe call 907-472-2550 or
e-mail us during the winter at akvarly@gci.net. We would love to hear from you.

Varly's Swiftwater Seafood Cafe
Whittier, Alaska

Phones good in the summer only!
Cafe 907-472-2550

Ice Cream Parlor 907-472-2547