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Jens' Restaurant
Jens' Restaurant

Jens' Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.jensrestaurant.com
  • Email: jens@alaska.net
  • Phone: (907) 561-5367
  • 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 (907) 561-5367

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.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "Jens is one of my favorite places to eat. The food is always wonderful. I have never had a bad meal there. The staff is outstanding. They are very attentive and are very lively. They are fun to interact with because of their joie de vie."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Jens' Restaurant has exceptionally good food that is not overpriced for what you get. Their service is outstanding as well, which is very refreshing as customer service for dinning out has been on a downward spiral. The restaurant is somewhat small, could be deemed "cozy". Its culture and history tend to attract the older, elitist crowd of people, which may make intimidate some young adult customers."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The food was well prepared and the service was outstanding."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "We celebrated my wife's birthday. The staff was awesome!"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "The staff were excellent--very on top of their tasks but not intrusive. Very helpful and informative. The ambiance was warm, inviting, very pleasant--set the tone for having a wonderful gathering of colleagues. Superb food--and the wine was excellent. I'd go back any time."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "An extremely pricey restaurant with above average food and usually above average service"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "The service was instantly and impeccably friendly, attentive, and *insistent* on going the extra mile! The server's wine recommendations were spot on! Decidedly one of the most outstanding preparations of my favorite food, salmon, I have ever enjoyed. My friend's review of her porkchop: "Amazing!" The birthday surprise.... specially selected theme music for the presentation of a sparkler! (MY FAVORITE PART) and a beautiful card with my picture. They had me at sparkles!! Honorable mention: fantastic local art! I've traveled all over and can assert that their stellar reputation would hold up anywhere. Hands down, the best service I may have ever had. Thanks, Jens', for making the celebration of my day remarkable!"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Went with a group to Jen's. Had a wonderful dinner as far as the food preparation was concerned. Salmon was very fresh and prepared perfectly to my order. However, the service was incredibly slow and took about 2 1/2 hours to get through dinner with very long waits for initial course after ordering and then between courses. I like a leisurely dinner where one is not rushed through dinner but this was way too leisurely with 30-45 minutes between courses."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Excellent food and service. -consistently excellent!"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Jens, a white tablecloth restaurant that does what it does well. The menu is small and compact, a little heavy on seafood, two red meats (steak and lamb) and oddly lacking any fowl, but that is a minor quibble. The dishes, well though out and executed with confidence by the kitchen. Eschewing the trendy for more traditional flavorings and parings, the flavoring of the dishes were solid, if a little on the bland side, a bit more boldness with the salt cellar in the kitchen wouldn't hurt. Service is efficient and unobtrusively attentive; wine selection is good. The ambiance was deliciously quiet. An evening is going to be on the spendy side, but you can easily spend as much and get far less and any number of other Anchorage restaurants."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "My husband and I had never been to Jen's before and we were so thrilled with our experience! We were seated right away and our waiter was really friendly and engaging. We ordered our appetizer and salads and as it was our anniversary, we exchanged our gifts. Since it was our 5th, I thought it was pretty awesome when our waiter commented that it was a 'milestone' event. I ordered scallops and my husband ordered the Mahi Mahi. Both were absolutely amazing. The seafood was so moist and positively melted in your mouth. We ordered the most amazing carrot cake that we have had since our wedding. We even had a surprise from our waiter that made our experience memorable. Thank you, Jen's for such a wonderful anniversary dinner!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We came as a large group. Everything was terrific. Will gladly come back next time I'm in Alaska."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "My husband and I tried Jens restaurant for the first time this weekend. We have had the chance to try quite a few of Anchorage's highly rated restaurants. At Jen's we tried the antipasti and my husband had the Ahi tuna while I had the Sea Scallops. It was all excellent. I would rank this as one of my absolute favorites for a romantic dinner out. You never know what you will get when you try a new place but this one was definitely a hit."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Delightfully artistic design masterpiece would describe Jens' Restaurant ambiance. The red walls make a vibrant statement upon arrival. Soon you start to realize the paintings on the walls are fun, vibrant and effectively entertaining as would be expected in a portfolio art gallery. My choice of Wellington exquisitely pleasing to every human sense imaginable. The staff is phenomenal with service beyond compare. Upon departure my +1 (Black Porsche 944) wouldn't start due to me not shutting down my custom electronic devices while experiencing the Jens' magical wonderland. Swiftly calling AAA I retreated back into Jens Restaurant for a cup of coffee while I waited. The sexy intelligent fun bartender offered assistance and saved the day."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Very nice meal as always at Jens. Service was slow I think because several large groups overwhelmed the kitchen, but the waitstaff were charming as ever. Menu still has the old Jrns standbys. Some more adventuresome and updated choices would be welcome !"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "My husband and I went for a valetine dinner.....food as usual is superb plus the service staff except for the hostess that i find not really considerate coz my husband and I dressed up for the occasion and she sat us right at a corner right of the restaurant infront of where the towels and open wine bottles are. I asked if we can switch table since there lot of open tables and she said we can't considering there we are the few ones at the restaurant. Pretty disappointed!!!!!!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Jens' is embedded in a strip mall, but is far from strip mall food. When you enter the restaurant, the atmosphere immediately transports you to a feeling of upscale ambiance. The service is excellent, the food is amazing and the overall experience was a wonderful one. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Valentines reservations for 6 and all were blown away. Everyone ordered something different and not one complaint. Food, service, friends and experience, best in Anchorage."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Enjoyed celebrating Valentine's Day. You walk on and are greeted and seated with a smile. Great service, great food. Staff is fabulous."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "It was pretty busy this time for a Thursday night (before Valentine's Day) but the food, as usual was wonderful. The menu had changed somewhat which surprised me as I usually order the same thing. It was simply prepared differently. Always enjoy chatting with our wine steward; a really friendly and knowledgeable fellow."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Making reservations on the internet is really helpful and works just fine."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "As expected the food was very good and the service professional but very friendly. An overall pleasant experience."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We love to go to Jens' for special occasions, and New Year's Eve was no exception. They had a special prix fixe menu that included vegan options, much to my wife's delight. We were warmly greeted by the staff, seated almost immediately and were served our complimentary glass of champagne. As midnight approached, the convivial crowd grew even livelier as hats and noisemakers were distributed. As the clock struck midnight, the entire restaurant erupted in cheers. What a wonderful night at a great restaurant."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Another fine experience at Jens' this past weekend. The tradition continues, but with new items and flavor profiles as well. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "I took my co-workers to lunch for Christmas, 2 of which has never been to Jens'. They said they haven't ever had food that taste that good! I thought they were going to lick their plates! You knocked it out of the park again Jens'!"
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "Great meal in a relaxing atmosphere. Wine selection was very nice."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "We have been going to Jen's for several years now, and the experience has never been short of awesome. On this occasion we enjoyed a bottle of wine (they always have a great selection), and appetizers only. The service was great as usual, and the atmosphere was a 12, on a 10 point scale. Would highly recommend!!!"
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "It was fluke that the night before Thanksgiving that at 6:30 there were no other diners. We had the place to ourselves. It was like having the best kitchen and wait staff in the world in our own private dining room. Wonderful. The food was as usual wonderful. People started showing up after about 30 minutes. But still so quiet and personal. Loved it."
    Dined on 11/27/2013
  • "Dinner at Jens' is such a great joy! Food is great, but the wait staff are friends to all and work well together to bring a great meal to each dinner. Linger over the choices and enjoy the adventure! Top the evening off with one of the speciality desserts offered or share one."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "My wife and I went to Jen's to celebrate her birthday. The ceaser salads tasted like they came from Costco and the Ahi tuna was bland and uninteresting. It was definitely a disappointment and not something I would expect for these prices. We would much rather go to Southside Bistro or Kincaid Grill for the money."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Everything downtown was already booked up for early Saturday evening. Glad it was- we had a wonderful time, delicious food, impeccable service. The place is so beautiful- sometimes forget about it because of the location. Had no trouble making the opera on time."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "I have eaten at Jens' several times, and I must say the Pepper steak was better then ever! Loved it! Never disapointed!"
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "Jens is a gem for fine dining with great seafood and steak selections as well as specialty dishes. Great for an evening out with friends. Don't be in a hurry. It is a dining experience"
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "For a going away dinner Jens was a perfect send off, dinner was spectacular, service perfect and the atmosphere was lovely!!! I will be back to Anchorage and to Jens!!!"
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "Jens has an incredible menu and the best ribeye in Anchorage. They also have an incredibly professional staff!"
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "Jens' is the type of Restaurant that has an understated elegance and atmosphere. There will never be a bad choice from their menu or wine list, just difficult ones as every dish is outstanding. The entire staff at Jens' is outstanding from Hostess to Chef, you feel very welcome when you arrive, whether your first time dining experience or your 101st. My wife and I dine here 2 to 3 times per year, and we can both say we've never had a less than outstanding dining experience. To all who have never dined with Jens', try it, you will not be disappointed!"
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "Jens' is our favorite restaurant. Being recognized is nice though not necessary for a great dining experience. The food is wonderful and the service superlative. With the Corsair closed this has become our favorite place to go. Close to home making it even more attractive for later dining."
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "Jens has an established reputation for fine dining in Anchorage. Based on our most recent visit, the quality remains high."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "We had an excellent time and the food was good but we're not sure it met our expectations of value nor the raving we've heard from friends. The wait staff was stand-out excellent, however. Quirky decorations, nice atmosphere. Perhaps we'll try it again a different night."
    Dined on 10/11/2013
  • "Fantastic date night for two! Great food, wine and service. Will go again for a special occasion."
    Dined on 10/11/2013