AJ's Oldtown Steakhouse & Tavern

4.6
274 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
AJ's Oldtown Steakhouse & Tavern is located in the heart of Old Town, offers a casual, friendly atmosphere and is known locally as the "Historic Waterfront". While we are not a fancy, we believe in amazing food, fun specialty drinks, and great entertainment! We value our guests and believe in goodwill and hospitality. AJ's is proud to be serving up the top 2% of USDA Prime Beef offered in the Nation and we like to top it off with a premium martini. We feature mouth-watering steaks & great seafood including Local Alaska Scallops, King Crab, Fresh Halibut & Salmon in a friendly old town atmosphere! This venue also offers fun family entertainment & dinner music. Established in 1941 as the Homer Cafe and Club it was the first bar in Homer and has been serving up delicious fare and drinks for over 70 years.
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MB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

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.

LB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We were in the mood for burgers and AJ’s delivered!!! Greet service and everyone was attentive.

JA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The art work in the front room is excellent, painted by a local artist.

M
Anchorage
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family Vacation

KE
Nashville
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!!

TF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

AJ’s is a great place to dine but just bring ear protection.

AO
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!

MF
Tallahassee
4 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Would never go back there again, took 2 hours to get our food.

OT
Tucson
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was delicious, a good value for your money, but it took too long to get our food.

NM
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AJ’s never disappoints! Steak is always cooked to perfection and the tastiest truffle fries ever.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

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.

a
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent beef filet and outstanding service by Megan!

G
Anchorage
24 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

P
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Homers Finest Dining! Just be sure to make reservations.

BB
Amarillo
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

GH
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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.

b
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

LL
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!!!

N
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

DH
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

JK
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and Service. some of the best Steak going here in Alaska.

S
Anchorage
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nicely cooked steak. Enjoyed the piano entertainment; nice mellow music. A very enjoyable evening.

MU
Anchorage
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Outstanding food and great prices! The creme brûlée was terrific too

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can’t say enough about how good their steaks are at AJs. Highly recommend

OT
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

D
Kansas City
26 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice steakhouse. This is Homer's gem. Wonderful food and great service in a nice setting.

OT
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

TH
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

MG
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Half of our party ordered steak and the other half fresh caught Halibut, both were excellent! Great wine list too!

GG
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very casual dining and very friendly staff. Prices a little high but loved it and would go back.

ML
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed Hobo Jim, the food, and very attentive staff. Will definitely recommend to anyone coming to Homer.

F
Pittsburgh
27 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

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.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best steak we’ve ever had and the service was excellent!

AJ's Oldtown Steakhouse & Tavern
Responded on July 8, 2019

Thank you for your excellent review! We sure appreciate it!

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MF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

AJ's Oldtown Steakhouse & Tavern
Responded on July 8, 2019

Hi Marie, Thank you very much for the excellent review! Our team really appreciates it! ~AJ

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l
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

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.

AJ's Oldtown Steakhouse & Tavern
Responded on July 8, 2019

Hi Linda, Thank you for your feedback; we are definitely looking into this as it is unusual. Humbly, AJ

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VM
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were EXCELLENT. had to call and change reservation, they were totally accommodating, joked about it.

AJ's Oldtown Steakhouse & Tavern
Responded on July 8, 2019

Hi Vicky, Thank you for your awesome review! The team really appreciates it! ~ AJ

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WU
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

AJ's Oldtown Steakhouse & Tavern
Responded on July 8, 2019

So happy to hear your family enjoyed dining with us! Thank you for your awesome review! ~ AJ

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TL
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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!

AJ's Oldtown Steakhouse & Tavern
Responded on July 8, 2019

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

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far best meal over a 2 week period of travel throughout AK!

AJ's Oldtown Steakhouse & Tavern
Responded on July 8, 2019

Thank you, this really means a lot! We appreciate your business and the time you took to write a review! ~ AJ

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AW
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live in Homer and love AJs! We would recommend them to anyone.

AJ's Oldtown Steakhouse & Tavern
Responded on July 8, 2019

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

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