AJ's Oldtown Steakhouse & Tavern
I was very disappointed. My previous visit to AJ’a was in June 2017, and my steak and crab was amazing. And the presentation was beautiful. This trip to Homer, my mouth watered anticipating the dinner at AJ’s, then I got there and wished I would’ve eaten somewhere else. I ordered the ribeye, and my husband ordered the chicken fried steak. Both plates looked disgusting when they arrived. The food was just piled in a heap with no thought of presentation. The peas were mushy, overcooked. The mashed potatoes were liquidy and cold and didn’t have a good taste either. My ribeye was tough and overcooked, and the chicken fried steak was dry. What a total let down. This place has gone downhill.
Also, there was a horrible sound coming from the piano. And I was seated right next to the key smasher. It was so loud we couldn’t carry on a conversation. The player was way off key, out of tune, whatever. The only way to recognize the song was to read the booklet. There was a brief respite when she stopped playing to carry on a conversation with the girls at the table by the window. But then she picked back up again.
I couldn’t wait to get out of there. I would have been more satisfied with a corn dog from Safeway.
We were in the mood for burgers and AJ’s delivered!!! Greet service and everyone was attentive.
The art work in the front room is excellent, painted by a local artist.
We LOVE AJ’s!! We are AK locals from Kenai & it is ALWAYS a treat to eat here when in Homer!! We brought first timers this time & they were very happy with everything as well!!
I will always return whenever possible!!
AJ’s is a great place to dine but just bring ear protection.
The only reason I wouldn’t recommend this restaurant to a friend is because we are from out of town and we don’t have any friends that live in Homer. Great food though!
Would never go back there again, took 2 hours to get our food.
The food was delicious, a good value for your money, but it took too long to get our food.
AJ’s never disappoints! Steak is always cooked to perfection and the tastiest truffle fries ever.
Service was very slow, took an hour to receive our food. Our wait staff never checked back in to see how our order was. It was unfortunate and it was not at peak time.
Excellent beef filet and outstanding service by Megan!
Party of 6 all enjoyed their meals.. from king crab legs (yummy) to grilled halibut, steak & shrimp, no complaints and food was cooked just right for everyone. Service is always top notch, Kristin is right there for drinks refilling and pleasant conversation.
Homers Finest Dining! Just be sure to make reservations.
The ribeye steak was very tasty and plentiful to share. I enjoyed the live piano music but the noise level was nearly too much. One older waiter was very delightful to watch as he played peek a boo with a toddler.
AJ's is never disappointing. The food and service are always outstanding. The piano music is a nice touch, but it's always too loud.
Everything was great. Even when the waitress forgot them , she took responsibility for that. Also took the scallops off the bill
I love that she took responsibility for that mistake and not try to blame anyone Love that place and we are returning to eat their this Saturday.
After great day Halibut fishing and catching a whopper, 104 lbs. We landed here for dinner thanks to OpenTable and enjoyed it beginning to end! Great place, great ambiance and phenomenal service!!!
Came in on a Sunday evening, quite crowded but we had a reservation so we did not have to wait. Had two appetizers- calamari and onion rings - the rings were large and plentiful, the calamari was pretty small compared to other restaurants but it was decent. I had the steak salad- some places will skimp on the steak with this dish but it was a good sized piece of steak here, so I was happy with that. Great dressing too. A leftover half of a chop steak was also quite good the next day.
Always have the best steak when I go here. It melts in your mouth. I wish the 2 person seating was bigger. Makes you feel kind of like being put in a corner.
Excellent food and Service. some of the best Steak going here in Alaska.
Very nicely cooked steak. Enjoyed the piano entertainment; nice mellow music. A very enjoyable evening.
Outstanding food and great prices! The creme brûlée was terrific too
Can’t say enough about how good their steaks are at AJs. Highly recommend
My wife an I (on the advice of our BmB hosts) made a dinner reservation here for 7pm. We got side tracked and found ourselves over 30 minutes away with only 15 minutes until our reservation time.. we called and were told not to worry, they would seat us upon our arrival. This, coupled with excellent food and service is why this restaurant is thriving! Well done!
Very nice steakhouse. This is Homer's gem. Wonderful food and great service in a nice setting.
We've been to Homer a number of times over the years, this was our first visit to AJ's....I wish we would have found it sooner!! Began with the small plate clams...the broth was so simply savory... they could sell it alone! Enjoyed a delicious filet & scallop entree with add-on 2oz. king crab, with blue cheese fondue on the side. My husband and I split for an added $5. Hands down worth every penny and more!! Go, drink, eat, enjoy the great service...you won't be disappointed!
We went for our 10 year Anniversary this time. I didn't realize Hobo Jim was playing and they sat us right next to the stage (he isn't bad but it was quite loud). The food is always delicious, though this time my husband's steak was a little too rare. He usually orders medium. If I wasn't so full I would have eaten his couple bites of bloody steak. The waitress Megan was amazing, and truthfully I would have stayed for dessert if it wasn't so loud. It's my fault for not realizing there would be a singer. However, the service and the taste of the food do make up for the mishaps. I went in for my birthday and was given free dessert and a card signed by everyone. It really is a special place that makes us feel welcome. Just next time I'll make sure to book earlier in the night so it is quieter.
Half of our party ordered steak and the other half fresh caught Halibut, both were excellent! Great wine list too!
Very casual dining and very friendly staff. Prices a little high but loved it and would go back.
Really enjoyed Hobo Jim, the food, and very attentive staff. Will definitely recommend to anyone coming to Homer.
We were promptly seated upon arrival at reservation time. Water glasses were already on the paper-covered table. Walking through the tables was a little difficult as the restaurant was full. We were happy to be seated at a table by a window. It was a Wednesday night when live music is scheduled. We could hear the artist who performed in another area of the building but it was not too loud to interfere with conversation.
The breaded and deep fried calamari was average and nothing special. We are not big steak eaters but had a filet and a ribeye each with a side of rockfish. Rockfish is a regular item on the menu and was delicious. The steaks were cooked perfectly. The ribeye was very juicy and flavorful and tasted even better than the filet. The sides of garlic mashed potatoes and yellow squash tasted good but we would have preferred something else. The server was patient, very attentive and helpful. We also had a nice conversation with the manager about wine when he brought the Penfolds we ordered from the wine list. It was a very enjoyable first experience at AJ's. We'd definitely go back.
The best steak we’ve ever had and the service was excellent!
Thank you for your excellent review! We sure appreciate it!
The ambience was perfect, with piano music quietly being played. Our server was very competent and the food was delicious! We look forward to going there again.
Hi Marie, Thank you very much for the excellent review! Our team really appreciates it! ~AJ
The service was excellent. The prime rib was good but the au jus was soooo salty that I could not use it on my prime rib which was disappointing. The mashed potatoes were delicious. The asparagus was cooked perfectly, but again they were soooo salty. My husband got a chopped steak that was good but the gravy it was covered in was soooo salty it permeated the whole chopped steak....unlike the prime rib which the saltiness could be controlled by not using the au jus. His asparagus was just as salty as mine, but he agreed the mashed potatoes were delicious. We got a lava cake dessert which was also delicious. We enjoyed listening to the piano music.
Hi Linda, Thank you for your feedback; we are definitely looking into this as it is unusual. Humbly, AJ
Food and service were EXCELLENT. had to call and change reservation, they were totally accommodating, joked about it.
Hi Vicky, Thank you for your awesome review! The team really appreciates it! ~ AJ
First time at AJ’s. It was excellent. Our four kids enjoyed the delicious sirloin steak and kind salmon. And we both thought the New York and scallops were fantastic!
So happy to hear your family enjoyed dining with us! Thank you for your awesome review! ~ AJ
We went down on a Saturday night and had a reservation booked for our arrival (which I would recommend to everyone because if we didn't book that reservation, we wouldn't have been able to get in that night). All of us got rounds of drinks served to us very quickly (1-2 mins after we sat down. no joke!). My boyfriend and I got margaritas while the other couple got Cokes. The margaritas were pretty good and cost $9, which is pretty average. We all decided to split the truffle fries, which we tried last time we were here. I was kinda disappointed because they had to use store bought fries since they ran out of their normal style and they weren't quite the same as last time we tried them. You couldn't taste the truffle oil as much with the bigger style french fries. But they were still good to eat as an appetizer with our drinks and cost $7.
Our entrees were cooked to perfection for all of us and our different likes in taste. My girlfriend the steak and shrimp, her husband got the new york steak, my boyfriend got the prime ribeye, and I got the choice filet with scallops. All of us were very impressed with the quality meat and how perfectly they cooked our steaks to our liking. Literally everyone in our group asked for a different temperatures for our steaks and we all got exactly what we wanted. My girlfriend and I also give these guys mass kuddos for our perfectly our shrimp and scallops were cooked. I am a life-long Alaskan and I haven't had scallops that good in a great number of years. The steaks were anywhere from $25-60 but keep in mind that some automatically come with seafood while other dishes you have to pay extra to have it. Overall, we were extremely happy with our visit here. It is more expensive as far as restaurants in Homer but the quality meal that you get makes up for it completely! We will definitely be coming back here again!
Thank you for your awesome review! The whole crew really loved reading it and thank you for the extra kuddos for the back of the house it really means a lot! Cheers ~ AJ
By far best meal over a 2 week period of travel throughout AK!
Thank you, this really means a lot! We appreciate your business and the time you took to write a review! ~ AJ
We live in Homer and love AJs! We would recommend them to anyone.
Dear Annette, Thank you for the shout out! It's guests like you that keep us going! Thank you for dining with us all year long! ~AJ