Jens' Restaurant
Jens' Restaurant

Jens' Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.jensrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 9075615367
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm;
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Northwest
  • Executive Chef: Jens Hansen, Chef de Cusine Nancy Alip
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
  • 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 9075615367

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Arctic Blvd
  • Public Transit: There are bus stops on 36th Avenue and on Arctic Blvd. Very close to the restaurant.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: The restaurant is located in the Olympic Center with lots of free parking.
A word from Jens' Restaurant
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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Jens' Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
88 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.7
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (68)fit for foodies (57)romantic (41)notable wine list (40)neighborhood gem (29)great for lunch (22)good for groups (14)hot spot (5)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (3)vibrant bar scene (3)great for brunch (1)great for outdoor dining (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • No follow up service
    Linny
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    After dinner arrived, there was no after care. It took a very long time to receive the dessert menu and bill. Felt like a number in the end.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sjr3
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We had lunch at Jens on a very busy Friday. Most if not all of the tables were filled. The wait for our lunch was much longer than expected however once the food arrived it was as good as usual. If you are ina hurry I would avoid Jens on a busy day
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find
    ASRwis
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I based this choice on reviews on Open Table. We were not disappointed. My wife had the Halibut and I had the Rack of Lamb. Both were exceptional. The portions are Alaska style, big! This was possibly the best Rack of Lamb I have ever had. It was prepared exactly how I asked it to be. The Halibut was fresh and very tasty. Unfortunately we did not have room for dessert. The staff is very friendly and very efficient. We were staying in downtown Anchorage and had a bout a $12.00 cab ride to get there. The restaurant was very kind to call us a cab for our return trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Was the best Lamb I have ever had! The service was outstanding. The food was incredible best in Anchorage. Price was very reasonable for the quality we received.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stunning kitchen; absent service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Oh dear. The food at Jen is amazing! Unfortunately the front of the house is taking an MIA approach to customer service. In the span of 90 minutes we had only been served wine and one appetizer. We had to wave a server over to our table to get any attention, including asking for another basket of bread to keep from gnawing on the table. We were starved and trying to make a theater engagement, which we informed our server of early on. There were only 4 tables with customers and 2 servers. Really, it should have been easy to cover the load. I had heard fabulous things about this restaurant and looked forward to a great experience, but was sadly disappointed - in the service. The food, what little I was able to try, was spectacular.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Above and Beyond
    206mp
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Our editor and his assistant were absolutely exceptional. Daryl caught a mistake in an order made by one of our party which could have otherwise caused a health issue & we appreciate it very much. Jens' is one of our favorite restaurants!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to eat
    jens
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Best food I have had in sometime. Lots of variety and just plain good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time at Jen's Restaurant
    CookietheFoodie
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Let me start off by saying the Calamari appetizer is superb. Not your average breaded and fried finger food. So so tender and flavorful. For the main course I ordered the salmon. Salmon was very fresh and tasty but the veggie and rice sides were a bit boring. Great service and romantic ambience. Love the unique artwork on the walls. Will definitely come back for the calamari and to try the homemade pasta!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    CGuernsey
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Went here for my Mom's birthday and they played a birthday sing and brought out a sparkler and took a picture! Such a special touch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and great service
    noklue
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food was excellent. From the outside it looks kind of like it might be a diner but when you get in it is really very nice. I do think the prices are too high, though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quality .
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Consistently worth it. We eat here every year when we visit Anchorage.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food & service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Excellent - from the food to the service! And the birthday celebration with a sparkler & picture made the night more memorable. We have been back many times & each time is so delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jens never disappoints
    mywifesagoodcook
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    As always, the service was impeccable, the food imaginative and the ambience friendly. This restaurant is always top quality and never disappoints
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Like good food and service?
    OklahomaMan
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Jens' is a fantastic restaraunt with a lively, friendly staff. Great food for great times! I never have been disappointed with my selection. Recommended fully!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 15 years
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    15 years ago I dined here on the night my grandson was born. The other I night I came here with my grandson to celebrate his 15 th Birthday. Everything was excellent and the service we received from Darrel was the best I have ever had anywhere in the world.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Anniversary Celebration
    kimmier13
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Wonderful experience all the way around. Great service, great food, and great atmosphere! Definitely a highly recommended place!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent overall meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Really enjoyed the menu and attentive service. The staff was very familiar with the menu and helped to ensure dietary restrictions were met.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable time with great food
    PattiandDennis
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Exceptional food prepared and served well is always a delight. Jen's does it well. This is a place to celebrate the special moments in life. Good service, good food, and a delightful atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Restaurant for Foodies
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Our visit to Jens was pleasant, we were looking forward to a nice meal with friends and we go that. Service was friendly and informative, but slow. We didn't notice so much, because we were engaged in conversation so it didn't matter than our entree took awhile since we had appetizers, salad. We did notice however, when after ordering dessert it took 25 minutes for them to tell our group that two of the desserts were not available, which and then another 20 minutes for them to bring out the desserts for the others, which didn't need to have been delayed in the first place. Any simple request from the kitchen such as bread, an extra fork, dessert, seemed to take a minimum of 20 min or longer. Maybe is normal, just seemed extremely slow.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    tastytime
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Great food. Not pretentious. The scallops are better than the lamb. Do not pass up the carrot cake.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • coltgirl
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    We had a going away lunch for a co-worker. There were 10 of us, and everyone said they're food was very good. And personally Jens' is my favorite place to have a nice meal!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still our favorite
    AKBear
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We just had another wonderful dinner at Jens. The appetizer was amazing (I could eat the Sashimi Napolean 3 x a day and not tire of it), the salad delicious and the main course fabulous. Dessert yummy too. And the service is truly the best in town. Always a treat when we eat there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jens' is !st Choice
    AKfoodie
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Jens' Restaurant is always dependable. The food is excellent. They do an exceptional job fixing fish. Whenever we go someplace else we always end up saying "We should have gone to Jens'". The staff is friendly and expert. Service is always good. The restaurant does have a small kitchen. When they are really busy food service slows. Pays to go early for lunch and dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Double Birthday Treat
    Lisajmr
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I highly recommend Jen's for any special occasion.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always the best seafood
    Kayjayay
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Every single seafood dish I've ever had here has been outstanding. Jens is one of the few places, even in Alaska, that cooks fish perfectly, never overdone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Oasis in the last frontier
    Redwineau
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Traveling Alaska for 50 days and this meal was the best. This is Michelin one star food at bargain prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food!
    Linda
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I have been at this restaurant several times before and the food has always been excellent, service just a great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good food and nicely presented
    marjolein
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We enjoyed our dinner. Great food options to choose from. Pheasant sausage and sashimi with tuna and salmon were great starters. Carrot cake as dessert was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Truly Special
    akszq
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Patrick turned a casual event into a very special memory. We will be back ! Everyone raved about their food and it was so wonderful to experience the great table service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    Potours
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Amazing food and terrific service. You will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DancingHeronVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    If you are shopping for great food look no further than a retail strip in the commercial area of Anchorage! Jen's, as the song goes is a lonely little petunia in an onion patch. Once we entered the restaurant we were transformed to fine dining presented by outstanding service. A must if visiting or living in Anchorage.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious Food
    SchatziVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We made a reservation for this restaurant after reading reviews on TripAdvisor. The food was unique and excellent. Our children, one of whom is very adventuresome in his food selections, were treated very well and enjoyed their meals. They don't have a kid's menu and ours were the only ones present, but they did have a pasta dish for kids. They have interesting art throughout and the staff were excellent. The location wasn't what we expected. If we hadn't seen the reviews we would have missed this gem. This restaurant would be worthy of a repeat, anytime.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sacks
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    As always, dining at Jen's in a fun experience, great service, ambiance and food. Well presented, attractive plate. Been many times and have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sjr3
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    great food and good service can be expected during every visit for lunch or dinner
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice surprise
    Amanuel
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Located in a strip mall. First time going - life time Alaskan. Food and serviced were great. Beautiful artwork on walls for viewing and purchase. Open tables, but positioned for private feel. Not noisy, but homey vibe. Overall we had a fantastic night out and will definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Foodlovr
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Darrel was our waiter the food was great as always but Darrel made the experience awesome he rocks
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gofasthotrods
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    A very descent restaurant. The place had a good vibe, but it is hard paying quality food prices from a strip mall based restaurant. I will go again..
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never gets old
    Rediner
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Our favorite spot to dine. Would rather forgo eating out cheap every week and eat at Jens once a month!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food. Great atmosphere!
    zeus50
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Jens had an extensive and varied menu. The sashimi Napoleon was excellent. The pepper steak melts in your mouth.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Excellent...
    DHarbour
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Consistently excellent food, variety, service and management....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet