Annika Jan's dinner
Still our #1 favorite on the sea coast. Great food....great service (Eric)...great table....in this hidden gem.
7/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent experience but..
Fabulous food and wait staff; relaxing atmosphere BUT don't charge me for a second glass of ice tea. I won't be back
7/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Anniversary Dinner
Went to Anneke Jans for our anniversary; not our first time there but the first for a special occasion. Had the Angus Steak, which was tremendous; my wife had the Pork Chop which in her words was the best she'd ever had (and as a good German girl, she'd know). Food was terrific, service was simply great, and the drinks excellent (she'd recommend the Blueberry Martinis). It's always been a great place but has only gotten better of late. Great dining, good people, relaxed & fun - exactly what we like. Most highly recommended!
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Great Find
This is a fabulous restaurant....first time we booked over the phone and after loving the food, the people and overall restaurant we went back and booked with Open Table the following week....we'd like to keep this a secret but it's clearly too late by the number of other diners in the restaurant. Met a nice couple while at the bar before dinner...they come once a week just for the steak....my husband had it and it was amazing as was my sole dinner......OUTSTANDING and when we are in Maine we will always stop by for dinner.....Thank you Anneke Jans !!! Barbara and Jim
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, good experience
Really enjoyed our meals and service was exceptional at this small little bistro in Kittery. The only bad thing I would say that it was very difficult to find since we were staying in Portsmouth, NH and the bridge is closed between Portsmouth, NH and Kittery, ME.
We had to get back on RT 95 and go around which for some people who are not familiar would be confusing ....especially going from one state to another and a lot of detours. Other than that snafu I would, without a doubt, go back again. Next time I would try a lot of the appetizers ....they all came out looking amazing ...as well as the desserts!
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Thursday at Anneke Jan's
I made reservations for 7:00 on a Thursday night and was surprised that we were the only 2 people in the restaurant so I didnt need them as when we left only 2 more couples were there. Might be packed on the weekends though. The food was very good, fried olives were unusual , the trout was excellent and they accommodated a special request for a appetizer portion of the jambayala for an appetizer perhaps because they weren't busy. Very nice of the cook. My husband had the salmon also very good. Very pretty inside classic and tasteful. Bar was good sized and had a few people having drinks with small plates.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
First rate meal with attentive
First rate meal with attentive service at a relaxing pace. A hidden gem of a restaurant.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gemstone of a restaurant...
Delighted that we finally discovered Anneke Jans. Last minute reservation and seated in the bar which apparently has been recently completed and was beautiful and so comfortable. We were offered seating in the restaurant but couldn't resist the ambiance of the bar. Food was exquisite. My husband is harder to please than I, and he loved every bite. The staff couldn't have been nicer and very gracious. This is our new favorite spot...
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Never fails to impress...
Wonderful meal as always. Expensive, but wonderful...
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
After a visit to Anneke Jans, I always think: "why don't we go more often?" It is slightly out of the way for us, but so very worth
a trip. Our server was the perfect combination of congenial, professional and efficient. I asked for a modification of one of the specials and there was no hesitation to agree. The food is so superior to anything in the area, for example instead of drawn butter with the lobster, there was an emulsion which tasted of the lightest butter and citrus flavors that enhanced the lobster rather than overwhelming it....lobster also done so that it was tender and melt in your mouth perfect. Even the accompanying green beans were delightful.
Bar area is large and welcoming.
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
We enjoyed the dining experience at Anneke Jans very much. Ken's service was wonderful - very personable and warm. The food (I had trout and my husband had Chicken Statler. Both were amazing.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
As good as ever
fried olives, mussels w/ blue cheese, as good as ever. Entrees were all great, including vegetarian gnocchi. Good drinks, different wines by the glass. Tuesday night, so was quiet ... which was fine. Comfortable and fun.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
The window tables have "wall screens" which creates a wonderful open air feel.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have been coming to Anneke Jans for several years while we are at our summer home in Maine...
The food is excellent and the service is great....we go at least 4 times every summer
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
we thoroughly enjoy the dining
we thoroughly enjoy the dining experience at anneke jans..food is always exceptional..
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Anneke Jans top of the list
We had four of us at dinner and we each ordered a different appetizer and shared so we all had a taste of each -- would definitely order them all again (beef tartare, lobster salad over fried green tomato, fried oysters and sesame encrusted tuna -- YUM! The men had the special jambalaya and the ladies had the swordfish.... each entree cooked to perfection and delicious. Love the ambiance and we'll definitely go back again! Would put this on your list if in the southern Maine coast area!!
8/5/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great, as always
We always visit anneke jans when we are in the area, and this visit was as great as any other. The appetizers, wine, entrees, etc. were all delicious. The new expansion is great, especially the bar area, which is really nice. The restaurant is still a bit loud when its full, though, but this has never stopped is from dropping by for some eats.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a good experience.
Always enjoy the food and atmosphere. Service is always top shelf. This time we had the lobster appetizer and would definitely get it again. You will not be disappointed.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Above and beyond expectations
When we were first seated, we asked to sit at an available window seat but were told that seat was reserved for a special occasion. About ten minutes later we were offered another window seat that became available, which was even better. The food was excellent. I had trout and my wife had a lobster & shrimp linguini. Our server was attentive. After our dinner, the host went out of his way to call us a cab, and let us wait in the bar. Couldn't be more pleased with our dinner.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went here for the first time, after hearing about it many times with rave reviews! There were 4 of us - our waiter wish I could remember his name, was fantastic, the food & drinks where great, love the atmosphere. Will be going back soon!!
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Dining Experience
We often like to stop at Anneke Jan's when we're traveling to or from Maine! It's always a treat! The staff are friendly and accommodating. They treat each customer as an individual. For example, when I called to say that we would be arriving a full hour earlier than our reservation, the host, without a moment's hesitation, said he'd find us a table! Everyone greets you as you enter and thanks you as you leave! The menu seems to change frequently, and the offerings are exquisite--nicely prepared and presented. I particularly appreciate the well-sized portions. Our waitress was knowledgeable, efficient and charming! Another lovely night at Anneke Jan's! We'll be back!
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Memorable Night with Friends
On their recommendation we met up with our friends who live in Portsmouth for dinner and we could not have been more pleased. We started with the fried oysters and a bottle of wine selected from the restaurant's respectable wine list. The salads were prepared with fresh ingredients and large enough to split. I ordered the lobster and shrimp carbonara special which was fantastic but my wife says her seared cod over locally sourced vegies was even better than my dish. We'll definitely be returning to this dining gem!
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
If I wanted to find any fault
If I wanted to find any fault with this restaurant I couldn't! The food really was perfect, interesting combinations and very, very fresh. What more could one ask for! Great job!
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Anneke Jans is one of our
Anneke Jans is one of our favorites. We have not been back since the renovations. The changes have improved an already great venue. The food remains great. Our server was beyond excellent and the energy level remains good.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
A must stop on our annual trip through Maine. The expanded dining area and new lounge is a great addition.
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our favorite restaurant
Even the chips in a basket on the bar were delicacies. The fried oysters are one of the world's great temptations. The wine is always great at Anneke Jans. My wife and I ordered the same things, which never happens, but we certainly were not disappointed. We had the corn chowder with crab, and the cod. If we were trying to find fault, I suppose we could say that the two dishes shared many of the same tastes. That would be a worse criticism if the tastes were not so delicious! The only part of the meal that disappointed was the desert, something we rarely indulge in. We shared a piece of the Farmer's Cheesecake, which was nothing special—very soft. If we're going to feel guilty, we'd rather sin big! Overall, though, an exquisite meal.
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
We really enjoyed this restaurant. It was a lovely surprise and food was outstanding, as was the service. We had 2 small children and they were very accommodating and friendly. Wonderful experience!
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a wonderful place! Go for the best mussels ever, especially with the blue cheese on top, sop it all up with the best, endless bread basket. Then enjoy the best goat cheese stuffed chicken breast, or the best, perfectly cooked steak....finish with the best vanilla bread pudding topped with homemade cinnamon whipped cream. All this served promptly,and efficiently by the best waiter...what more can I say, this hidden gem is the best restaurant north of Boston, by far!
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
We've eaten at Anneka Jans over the years and always have an excellent dinner. It's a charming restaurant with a menu that is well-balanced and interesting. It's one of our favorites!
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Spot outside portsmouth
Great little dinner spot outside of Portsmouth. The mussels are very flavorful with an unexpected combination of ingredients. Have multiple bread pudding options for desert also ranks them high in my book.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best charcuterie around
It is difficult to find creative and high quality charcuterie. This restaurant has it all.
My only issue is that parking can be hard to find.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Anniversary Dinner
We were thoroughly impressed with our dining experience. The Waitress was excellent. Jason the owner was present and actively participating in many different facets of restaurant activities including meeting dinner guests.
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
We loved the simple elegance
We loved the simple elegance of this restaurant. We enjoyed a relaxing drink in the comfortable and inviting bar. My husband loved the cod entrée and I equally enjoyed the sword fish entrée. Moira, our waitress, was excellent ,very attentive to details. I mentioned casually that my husband was celebrating his birthday. Moira was so kind and treated us to a delicious chocolate cake with raspberry sorbet as well as a signed copy of "Fresh From Maine," a book including favorite recipes from this great restaurant. We highly recommend this gem of a restaurant in Kittery and will make plans to enjoy dinner here again very soon.
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Separate bar area a nice addition
Separate bar area a nice addition to the existing restaurant. Moist stuffed chicken entree served with a crispy skin, light gravy and delicious mashed. However, prefer the vegetable accompaniment to be baby kale instead of regular kale, which is much easier on the palate. Steak entree was most enjoyable.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was a bit hard to avoid bacon, cream, and cheese, as they appeared in so many dishes, but a lovely meal overall.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were celebrating our anniversary and the setting was very romantic. Dim lights, delicious food, and a bottle of Groth. Our server was Joel and he was quite possibly the best waiter we've ever had. He was professional, and gave us great suggestions. We had a woderful dining experience. Thank you!
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
I shall return
This was the first time I'v been to Anneka Jans since it was remodeled. Missed the bar. Sat at a table. We were there on a Saturday night so it was busy and a bit loud. We had a very good waitress, food was great, were pleased as usual. Did notice however that the menu is somewhat limited.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything was outstanding!
Everything was outstanding! Our waitress was great and provided wonderful recommendations. We shared salads, appetizers, and entrees for four... the vegetarian risotto was incredible as was the duck confit appetizer... and of course the fried olives!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fine, but uneven
This was our first time at Anneke Jans. First, the good: the fried oysters and the swordfish special. Both of these were excellent, and lived up to the reputation and price. The uneven: squash soup and the vegetarian special (also with squash) — both were disappointingly under seasoned and quite bland. The presentation was very nice, but it couldn't make up for the lack of flavor. It is possible that vegetarian just isn't their thing, but there are so many ways to impart flavor to the dishes we ordered that it is hard to give a pass. The service was friendly and professional and we were left to our conversation, which we appreciated. Not sure that we would return, though some more salt and pepper might have made this a local favorite.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
The host was welcoming. Our server was friendly, efficient, and made it seem effortless. The soup and salad were just delightful. I had the short rib special and it was top notch tender and flavorful, comfort food. He had salmon, which was fresh and cooked to flaky goodness. We simply could not fit dessert in. Looking forward to returning. The tables were situated to allow the right hint of privacy in a relatively small, open seating area. The mood was vibrant. Lighting allowed for intimacy. I was a little surprised by the efficiency of the kitchen in that there was very little wait time between ordering and courses.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Avoiding the noise
Anneka Jans in one our very favorite Seacoast restaurants for the triple crown of excellent food, service, and ambience. The only downside in the past has been the high level of noise. We have avoided this negative by dining earlier in the evening and the week. The restaurant has contributed to lowering the noise by adding absorbent panels to the ceiling and moving the bar to new space separated from the dining area.
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Quieter than is formerly was which is a big plus. Food, service and ambiance remain top notch and make AJ a go-to restaurant.
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our group was treated with special handling and appreciated the awesome service with a touch of "familiarity". Food was delicious and the appetizers are outstanding--especially the fried olives!
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Looking for a new place for dinner, and luckily found this lovely little bistro. Good service and good food.
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Experience All Around
We were lucky enough to make a reservation for this past Sunday. There aren't too many tables in the restaurant, so reservations are pretty key. It also happened to be Restaurant Week so I opted for the three course menu for $29.95. The first course was a salad with pecans and goat cheese-pretty standard. The main course was pan seared sole over polenta with grape tomatoes and olives-very good size portion and very tasty. Dessert was an apple crumble, made in house, and delicious. Bar drinks were great. I even discovered a new favorite cocktail - old pal. Staff was awesome and the location in "downtown" Kittery was charming.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Portsmouth Resturant Week nov 2013
Decided to try Anneke Jans during resturant week, definitely a good choice .
Starting with the greeting at the door all through the meal, the service was spot on. Any person we had contact with pleasant, knowledgeable and clearly gets the idea of customer service.
The meals offered as the Resturaunt Week specials were very good. The mushroom soup was well done, plenty of flavor and perfect consistency. The pork was cooked tender and flavorful, cooked just right. The coconut rice pudding was just right to finish off the meal.
Only area for improvement may be the coffee. It was lacking flavor and weak.
Definitely on our list to visit again. Worth the couple extra minutes outside Portsmouth.
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
My wife and I went here for restaurant week. The food was delicious and the service was even better!
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, great evening
Everything was fantastic with our evening. Every course was amazing and the service was fantastic. I would suggest to all my friends and plan on returning myself
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Two couples out for dinner.
Two couples out for dinner. We all travel quite a bit and were all very impressed with food and the service. Absolutely will go back and recommend to friends.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
a hidden gem!
This restaurant is worth finding. It is elegant and the service in impeccable. the food is outstanding and imaginative
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM