Jens' Restaurant
Jens' Restaurant

Jens' Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.jensrestaurant.com/
  • 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 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Jens' Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
81 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (62)fit for foodies (52)notable wine list (43)romantic (42)neighborhood gem (26)great for lunch (24)good for groups (14)hot spot (6)late-night find (3)vibrant bar scene (3)great for brunch (2)great for outdoor dining (1)scenic view (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Outstanding Experience
    SmokinG
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Not much more to say when both the food and the service were outstanding. Now on my list of will return and will return often..
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lvmyyums
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    The food was remarkable, and service very attentive. It is a European-style dinner service, so be prepared to spend at least 2 hours on dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time Visitor
    gant99501
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    First time visit at Jens and I will be coming back! I took my sisters out for their birthday and you made it a night to remember. Thank you for the wonderful food, wine, service, & birthday surprise by the waiter who literally danced on his toes coming into the eating area.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anchorage Gem
    PinotPaulVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    What a wonderful restaurant. The food, ambiance, and the excelent service. This place can hold its own with top restaurants anywhere without being pretentious or stuffy. I'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Duc848guy
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    I've been going to Jen's for over 25 years. Great food in a unique, somewhat eclectic atmosphere. It's "strip mall" location shields it from the main stream tourist crowd making it a safe haven for locals. I wondered how this restaurant would fair after Jens' recent passing. His attention to detail was unsurpassed. It appears that he has trained his staff well, as the food quality has not suffered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding dinner
    Jamosbach
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    What a hidden gem, located in a strip mall, but don't let that fool you. Excellent food, wine, wait staff and atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    Kimi
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    A delightful tiny little restaurant with exquisite food and lovely, professional, knowledgeable and attentive service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I have always loved Jens'
    r2d2
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    This restaurant was great, as always. I always enjoy going there for lunch with co-workers and with clients/potential clients. It is a great atmosphere to have a good time and relax, and the employees are quick, so it's easy to stop in for a quick lunch meeting -- always a plus! I would definitely recommend this place, it is one of my top five favorites in Anchorage, Alaska! You won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very nice
    Gould
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The deer loin qas excellent. The service is great. Wine list is great.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Something New
    CuisineEnthusiast
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    I chose Jen's because of the great reviews, I certainly was not disappointed. I enjoyed everything from the sashimi napolean to the chocolate mousse. Amazing cuisine. I recommend this place for those who would like something new. I am looking forward to going back and trying the beef wellington; one of my favorites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't be in a hurry
    Hrkwife
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I made reservations for 6:30 and arrived on time. We were seated right away at a roomy table in the corner. The waiter took drink orders about 3 minutes later. Drinks were delivered, waiter left. He came back about 5 minutes later to take our order. I had questions about meals. Ordered then. About 20 minutes later, waiter asked if we had to get to the show. There were several tables that arrived at 6 and were prioritized for the show in town. So our meals would take longer to come out. The food was delicious and filling.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beef Wellington
    akchefg
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The beef Wellington was superb, puff pastry was so light and airy. De-constructed made it easy to enjoy and the filet was broiled. Amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • coltgirl
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We went there with a group of friend's that had never been to Jens' before. Well needless to say but they loved it! Everything was very good! One of my friend's said the steak just melts in your mouth, which it does. All of them can't wait to go again, and me I would eat there everyday if I could!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Food and service were great. We had an excellent time. Noise was a bit loud but everything else surpassed it.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sjr3VIP
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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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    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 47 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 364 reviews are from the Jens' Restaurant reviews archive.
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.