About Jens' Restaurant
Anchorage, AK 99503
For over 20 years Jens’ has served the best fresh Alaskan Seafood. The dinner menu also features prime steaks, lamb, veal, deer and fresh pasta along with a wide selection of delicious appetizers and salads. The menu changes often to take full advantage of the best fresh ingredients. For lunch Danish specialties joins the fresh seafood, American standards, pastas and salads. A selection of home made desserts round out the dining experience. The cozy wine bar offers the full menu and over 40 wines by the glass.
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm;
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
The restaurant is located in the Olympic Center with lots of free parking.
There are bus stops on 36th Avenue and on Arctic Blvd. Very close to the restaurant.
Jens Hansen, Chef de Cusine Nancy Alip
Private Party Facilities:
A small private dining room seats up to 20 guests. The whole restaurant is also available for private parties. Please contact us for details.
Private Party Contact:
Annelise Hansen: (907) 561-5367
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
Jens' Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
Again Jen's amazes me, under new ownership this restaurant is better every time we go to it. I had the pan-seared scallops with peach Bellini, done to perfection. Often scallops are overdone and chewy or under cooked, blech, these were neither, perfect. We also had the charcuterie platter, the smoke duck and cheese selection was very nice, this is one of our favorites, we get it every time. Great selection of non-alcoholic beverages for the non-drinkers in our group. My only suggestion would be more variety in the salad menu. My husband had the greek salad and I had the asparagus, and they tasted the same. Well done again Jens.
Jen's is typically quite good and the service is generally very high quality. Saturday rushed; the waiter seemed put off by our table, perhaps we didn't spend enough money. Two of us were drinking and two were not, that may have put him off. He seemed put out that we were even there. I have had the same waiter at other places in Anchorage where his mood seems to be better so perhaps Jen's doesn't agree with him these days.
Food was terrific, I do wish the lighting wasn't as a brash.
The Jens' staff was so awesome on this visit (not that they haven't previously been) - but we were celebrating an 89th birthday and arrived 30 minutes early for our reservation, however we were seated and treated very kindly, which was greatly appreciated. The meal was wonderful and the sparkler and card with birthday photo was very much appreciated by the birthday "girl" and topped off our celebratory dinner in the nicest way. Thank you everyone at Jens' who made our birthday celebration evening one to remember.
Everything we tried was very good (calamari and oysters apps; chicken and noodles, rib eye, and lamb for main courses; salads for sides). Healthy wine list, although they didn't have every beer in stock they had listed on the menu and ran out of one beer during our dining experience. The staff was very friendly and engaging (especially with our boisterous two year old).
The overall experience was very long - 2 hrs, 45 minutes from the time we entered to the time we left. This was mostly wait time for food. It's a good thing we weren't starving and had time to enjoy our company. We would definitely come again, if we have time, as this is quite a long dining process (the food helps make the wait worth it, though).
One of the few places in Anchorage that doesn't overcook their food. Phenomenal continental cuisine, Jens' doesn't try to reinvent the wheel, instead they hone it to perfection. Composition, presentation , timing and preparation were all spot on. In addition, they have a well rounded wine list with wait staff that actually know how to pair it with your meal (there is much more to wine/food interaction then red meat= red wine). Every time I dine at Jens', I am impressed.
I opened the Crows Nest with Jens many years ago and have always admired his skill and ability to run a fine restaurant. Even though Jen's and Anileese are no longer involved the new owner/chef has maintained the quality he demanded. It was the perfect spot for a intimate business/Christmas lunch for our real estate team. Great food & service from the appetizer to the desert. We'll definitely return.
Jens is a perennial favorite but the meal on Wednesday was over and above. Had the Chicken liver pate and calamari appetizers and the Deer chops cooked rare for the main course. Everything was mouthwatering outstanding. I would say this restaurant is definitely one of the top 5 in Anchorage.
We made reservations here due to the reviews. We were not disappointed. We both ordered the Kodiak Scallops. It took a long time to get our food, so we had time to munch on several pieces of bread. We love that the butter was soft and easy to spread. Scallops arrive- big (4) and delicious. On a bed of veggies and sauce. Lovely combo. We would definitely order this again.
I had not dined at Jens' for many years (over 15) because the service was awful and there were a number of regular lunch patrons who actually ran their businesses from their tables: cell phones going off, conversations on the phone with clients, etc. The head chef and owner died, his wife sold the restaurant, so I decided to give it another try, with a long time friend. Unfortunately, those same issues continue. As in the past, we arrived at 11:45 to "beat the noon hour rush." However, despite the fact that we ordered within minutes of being seated, and the restaurant was not yet even 1/4 full, we were not served for over 45 minutes, and then the waiter brought the wrong dishes. The guy at the next table was doing business on his phone. The food was good (the menu has not changed), but it is not worth the aggravation. I will not be back.
We choose Jen's for lunch when we are treating ourselves. It's a nice quiet restraint with white table cloths and good quality food. The wait staff is excellent. Lunch prices are reasonable for Anchorage and the choices are different than any other. I love the Braised Cabbage!
The ambiance is very nice and relaxing. I ordered the basil pasta. I thought that the oil used in the pasta tasted rancid. I ate the side vegies but left most of my pasta alone. The waiter was very attentive but when he saw that I did not finish my food nor did I want a box because the pasta had a rancid oil taste, he did not offer any replacements or for the dish to be written off my bill. I think this is the first time that I was not happy with my meal at Jens so I'll give them another try. The carrot cake was absolutely delicious.
We opened our dinner with an appetizer that was fantastic! Unfortunately can't remember what it was called but contained 27 ingredients according to our extremely accommodating waitress. Main ingredients were raw tuna and smoked salmon. Simply wow! The rest of dinner was very good as usual but that appetizer will be purchased again soon, if not with dinner with a glass of wine.
Jen's has maintained it's high quality and innovative menu throughout the years. After Jen's death a couple of years ago, his long time chef took the reins and she has been right on and every dish we had was perfect. Great waiters and always an interesting crowd.
I went to Jen's Restaurant last week for lunch and I really enjoyed it. The atmosphere was very elegant yet inviting. There were 6 of us, I ordered the pepper steak, which was fantastic. Everyone ordered different dishes and we all were very satisfied. Down to the desserts we ordered, I really can't find a bad thing to say about this place! Great for a Date Night.
This a wonderful restaurant with delicious gourmet food cooked to perfection. The only downside is that the prices are out of our league for more frequent dining. As I recall the prices ranged from about $26 to the $40 range for the entrees, plus soups or salads added another about $7. We usually go here for very special occasions.
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