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Anneke Jans
Anneke Jans

Anneke Jans Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.annekejans.net
  • Email: info@annekejans.net
  • Phone: (207) 439-0001
  • Hours of Operation: Open Seven Nights 5:00 to Close
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Lee Frank
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: If you are looking for a private luncheon or intimate gathering for a family birthday, baby shower, rehearsal dinner or any other occasion we are happy to sit with you and discuss your many options here at Anneke Jans!
  • Private Party Contact: Moira Canty (207) 439-0001
  • Special Events & Promotions: If you are looking to have a party of any kind please contact Jason or Moira at 207-439-0001

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Walker St
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Anneke Jans
Anneke Jans is a neighborhood bistro style restaurant where old and new friends gather to eat good food, and drink good wine. Our menu changes often and parking is easy. Come and enjoy an evening with us.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "Restaurant week is always a good time to try a new restaurant and grab a bite from each of the course options. I'm happy that the entree portion wasn't oversized but I still left full. Caesar salad and our dessert, blueberry ice cream sandwich with oatmeal cookies and lemon curd was very flavorful."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Nice choices for main course and apps. Delicious desserts !"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "My husband had heard about it from a friend so we tried it for his birthday It wasn't up to the friends report but food was good , staff very nice. It was just quite loud and I felt hurried We may try again when it isn't Restaurant week"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The four of us had 3 different appetizers, 2 entrees, 2 desserts. We finished every bite of them all Hope to return often, though it is 45 minutes away for us in MA."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "In a group of 4, three people ordered salmon & found it to be excellent. The fourth ordered the chicken confit and found it to be tasteless. The ambience was simple and tasteful, the noise level distracting, the tables too close together. The service was just right, attentive without being annoying. I choose food over ambience any day so I'll return."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Every time we want an outstanding dining experience we head to Anneke Jans. This trip was in response to Portsmouth Restaurant Week and a chance to try a couple of the special meals the restaurant was offering. For appetizers; I had the creamy Spring Onion Soup and my wife had Hearts of Romaine Salad, both were an excellant start to a fine meal. For entrees we enjoyed the Red Wine Marinated Flank Steak and the Chicken Confit, both had outstanding flavor and tasty sides. The desserts were off the chart. I had the Chocolate and Cherries which is a rich chocolate cake with glazed cherrieson top and a scoop of gelato. My wife had the Grilled Pound Cake with Bananas Foster on top, Wow. Don't miss this, if you want an excellant dining experience."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "The food and presentation were excellent and so was the service. While the ambiance is friendly the noise level and accoustics were too loud to be able to carry a conversation comfotably. On the whole a very pleasant experience."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "What a great little gem in Kittery, ME. We were meeting very old friends for dinner who had become newly engaged. We wanted to celebrate with a nice meal and wine list and we were happily rewarded. Scheduled for a Friday night and we were able to be seated early. The menu is fresh and creative. Started with a Pollock Ceviche and went onto a fried quail with corn pudding. We topped of the night with the exploration of caramel, an arrangement of 4 ways to enjoy caramel. Very creative with caramel brulee, a shake, crisp cookie drizzled in caramel and homemade caramel chew. The venue is charming and modern, the staff is very courteous and the ambiance was just right for the occasion."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Excellent! Great destination spot in Kittery, ME which we highly recommend"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Good food and good service. A little loud and table space is tight."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "From the moment you walk in the door the staff lets you know how glad they are you came. The staff are friendly, attentive and helpful. The menu was varied and unique. The pork dish was incredible withI so many great tastes. The trout was fresh, nice flavor but not as interesting. And how refreshing to get a perfect cappacino after a wonderful meal. An excellent experience and looking forward to another taste of the menu."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Staff were very nice, food was mostly good (not great), but the biggest concern was noise level. We happened to sit on the bar side which in retrospect was a big mistake. The noise level rose to that of "Saturday night at the local bar," as opposed to "the bar area of a nice restaurant." It made conversation at our table kind of 'shouty.' It was a struggle to hear and be heard. As we were leaving, it seemed the proper dining area was not a whole lot quieter. OK if you like that sort of thing. Me, not so much."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Consistently great place for elegant and delicious dining--nicely sized portions and interesting selections. Staff is knowledgeable and friendly. Quiet, soft-light atmosphere with lovely big windows to view the surroundings! We never miss an opportunity to stop here when traveling from Maine south or from points south back home! Hope we can try out the new Sunday brunch in the coming months!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Pro: Everything was tasty and well seasoned for the most part. Mussels were delicious, oysters top notch! Pheasant and Sirloin entrees and sides were succulent, seasoned superbly. Dessert of Meyer lemon cheesecake with blueberry compote and coffee excellent! Con: The garden salad was so-so: leaf lettuce, shaved carrot and sunflower seeds in a bland buttermilk dressing which was over salted (I am not salt-averse). Bread was crusty but oddly seemed very cool - less than room temperature. The room temperature was a problem. It was too cold in the dining room. We asked to bump up the temperature a bit, were told "of course!" and felt little improvement; wore my coat. Perhaps the draft from the door is the reason? Chairs are not comfortable."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Our entire experience was terrific. We were a group of four and had three different entrees...all four of which were outstanding. The only suggestion I would make to first time diners is to arrive early, as sometimes it is difficult to find a place to park at this wonderful out of the way establishment."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Get back there! There is a new chef, and the food is terrific. They've kept the mussels :). Lots of creativity, but not too much to overkill the food. Best chicken around in my humble opinion."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "not as good as it use to be. The last chef was better. The salad are not the quality I would expect for a high end restaurant."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Jason runs a tight ship, excellent food, changing wine menu, and quality servers. Always a wonderful experience, like going to visit a friends home...excellent"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Great food. Great ambiance. Great bar. Great people."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "this weekend we dined at Anneke Jans again and the food and service were wonderful. This is a place not to be missed when going to Kittery."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We fought the bad weather to get to Anneke Jan's and it was so worth it! Our waiter, Ken, was so welcoming, warm and funny. Our food (two ducks and one hake) was absolutely wonderful and the bread pudding for dessert was the best I have ever had. Even the chef, Lee, came out to chat with us for awhile. If you have not been here before, don't miss it. It has the atmosphere of a neighborhood bistro with remarkable dishes and professional service."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "Duck confit/onion soup was outstanding. Short ribs wonderful."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "Enjoyed a delicious meal on a recent freezing cold Sunday night at this cozy restaurant. We arrived for an early dinner with only one other table occupied, but the place was comfortably full by the time that we left. Parsnip soup as a starter was creamy with the fragrant essence of parsnips. Mains were braised short beef, pan seared sea bass and mussels with a large basket of frites (super thin and crispy!). None of the dishes disappointed, we were all quite pleased. Servers were attentive, brought more bread when asked (crusty with chewy interior, so good). A winner."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Made a reservation several weeks before our visit and was surprised when we were lead to a high top in a back corner that backed up to the bar. We were a party of two and it seated four so it was a little strange. We asked the host to move us to another table, we were seated at a table for two in the main dining room. The service by our waiter and the staff as well as the food was excellent."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I remember my last dining experience at AJs being one of the best I ever had. This definitely didn't come close to that. The blue cheese mussels were not nearly as hearty--they were small and the sauce was watery. Th braised short ribs were good--very rich. The fried olives are still the best around."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Brought 4 guests from Canada and they loved it.They accommodated everyone's difficult food preferences."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Great food, great atmosphere, best waitstaff ever, really great bartender with great recommendations... Highly, highly recommend AJ!!! Don't go without trying the fried olives and the addition of the lemon aioli, perfection!!!! We were recommended the braised short ribs by our fabulous waiter and we weren't disappointed!!!!"
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "Our dinners were delicious. We tried the blue cheese souffle, the goat cheese tart, the chicken, and the trout. I have no suggestions to offer because everything was outstanding. Great combination of flavors. I especially enjoyed the chicken, which harkened back to the old Green Monkey, always my standard for great chicken. Great job!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "we heard there was a change in chef? we were hoping for the old anneke jans to be back. but yet the food was still boring and safe. Maybe hes not in the kitchen yet. we will try again when we see the menu change."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "Both my wife and I had a great time. We are from Fredericton NB and truly enjoyed ourselves. Next time we are in town we will be certain to come back."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "We always enjoy our meal and time here. Food is always good and it is nice to always be recognized as a return patron."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "We've going for years...Nice space with good food and pleasant service...Recent menu changes are welcomed!"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "We always dine here when we visit the area from Boston The service and food are always excellent. Highly recommend it. Love the new layout of the dining and bar area. We had a fabulous window seat on New Year's Eve. Can't wait to visit again soon."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "My husband and I had dinner at Anneke Jans on New Year's Eve. I love the ambiance in there, very cozy walking in from sub 10 degree weather. The food was excellent. We had the mushroom ravioli appetizer and surf and turf. Steak was cooked perfectly and the lobster was clearly fresh!! We were very pleased and will return soon."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We visted Anneke Jans last spring for an anniversary. We had a terrible server. She brought us a glass of beer that had lipstick on it. When we told her she poured the beer from that glass to another glass. (We did not see her do it, but the beer came all foamy, not at all like it was before, and we did not see a second bottle.) Then, we told her we wanted to take our time. Yet she brought our salads while we were still eating our appetizer. When she brought the salads a second time the goat cheese wontons on my husband's salad were cold and unappetizing. She said she had to put the salads on the walk-through. No apology. Eventually she offered to get new wontons, which took forever. I emailed the restaurant and never got a response."
    Dined on 4/13/2013
  • "A favotite warm,friendly ,gem. Great for small groups, romantic dinners,special occasions,or just fun. Great energetic, friendly staff. Tremendous wine list,gourmet drinks, and the food....well superb isnt a big enough word. The mussells are a must as they are the best anywhere. Always a great dining experience."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "Once a year my wife in I visit this area to get some Christmas shopping done as well as escape for some alone time. Portsmouth NH and surrounding areas have great restaurants but we always seem to go to Anneke Jans. We love the little village surroundings along with the feel of the interior of the restaurant. What really separates this place from others is that is covers the big 3. Comfort, Service and Food. All are outstanding. The bartender (Steve) knows his stuff and makes a great drink. The owner is attentive and the wait staff is dotting. Forth time going with the same results! Its a little hard to find but well worth the effort. Oh yah...If you ever leave something behind, the staff will find you, so don't sweat it."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "Hosts, atmosphere, food service always great! You won't be sorry you chose Anneke Jans!"
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "We discovered this little gem of a restaurant on a recent summer visit to Ogunquit looking for a special place to celebrate and we couldn't have been happier. Food was excellent, but we especially enjoyed the seafood choices. Everything was fresh and well seasoned. The service was good, but the ambiance can be a little noisy. Good wine list, though a bit pricey. Otherwise, an excellent place to dine."
    Dined on 7/26/2013
  • "We had a nice evening and the food was good, though we were disappointed given the high recommendations we had been given. There was nothing that would stand out as particularly exceptional, sorry to say."
    Dined on 12/7/2013