Anneke Jans

4.6
1466 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Anneke Jans is a lovely neighborhood bistro in the heart of downtown Kittery, Maine.

Seasonal menu subject to change.

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New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal and fantastic service. Love the ever changing menu.

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Unreal environment. Cozy room with proper lighting. Food was top notch. Server seemed in a rush as we didn’t sit until 8:30

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JH
New England
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An exceptional dinner in a cozy setting, with superb service, delicious dishes, and well crafted drinks. It’s our favorite and definitely worth the drive from Portland. The mussels are amazing!

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CS
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We've been here before, but forgot about it... It was a low night out, but everything was as we like. Cocktails were tasty and the food was delish! Going on the return to list for sure!

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PK
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anneke Jans came recommended from a friend who made a great choice. The food was delicious! The vinaigrette salad dressing was perfect and our main dishes spot on with great flavor. I was torn between the swordfish and chicken dish. I went with the chicken and so happy that I did with all the flavors (capers, basil etc) mixed together it melted in your mouth! Our waitress was friendly, attentive and helpful. It was in walking distance from the Water St Inn which we enjoyed the nightly walk. Friendly staff when you walked in the door and our table was ready upon arriving. We look forward to visiting again and highly recommend a visit! Thanks to all!

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L
New England
19 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite. Great service by Alexandra and great food.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great! Pork chop was a mouthful of wonderfulness. Service was stellar and friendly. By far my favorite restaurant in the sea coast!

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AL
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at Anneke Jans, it won't be our last. Very pleasant and warm atmosphere, gracious and efficient service, and good food presented nicely. A most pleasant dining experience!

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BP
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great experience. The service was friendly, knowledgeable, and prompt. Our server, Alexandra, answered all of our questions in detail. The meal was outstanding. We overheard the chef asking for our reactions after each course which shows they really care. Can’t wait to go back!

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MP
New England
8 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Friday evening place was empty service slow

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KB
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

3.5 STARS. I have heard great things about Anneke Jan’s but Ifound the food average in taste. The baguette was cold (average). The tiramisu cheesecake was the highlight of the night.
Atsmophere was nice and cozy.
Staff was not as attentive as they could be since it was not busy. Glasses empty and not refilled.
Average meal and service

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S
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had reservations for 4 at 8:15 on NYE. We got to enjoy a drink in the lounge prior to being seated at our table. The place was extremely busy but our table was ready right on time! Table was great, service was great, food and wine were exceptional... What a great place to ring in the New Year!

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JP
New England
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We dined on NYE with my mom and one of her friends at a high top in the bar area. It was very festive and lively, and the two older women were happy to be in the mix. Bartenders were efficient and skilled. Menu was varied and augmented with some specials for the night. Food was divine- we all enjoyed our meals and appetizers. Service was a little bit slow, but certainly understandable on such a busy night- the staff did an outstanding job and made our evening memorable. Can't wait for our next visit!

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JG
New England
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We went to Anneke Jans for New Years Eve. It felt like our server was hurrying our dinner along. I was very disappointed in the soup special, it was Lobster Bisque. My husband ordered the Salmon entree. He thought that it was undercooked. My Gnocchi appetizer that I had as an Entree was terrible. We had been there once before and it was good. It was a disappointing dining experience for a special night.

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c
New England
46 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Always very good but they need to change menu once in a while.

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S
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food and drinks were very good. Would definitely go back again. Would be nice if there was a more reasonable wine-by-the-bottle selection. Wasn't easy to find a bottle less than $50.

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LI
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fabulous restaurant! Absolutely loved everything from ambience to waitstaff. Imaginative food, prepared to a very high standard, nice wine list and a must try cocktail list. Worth a trip from ... well, anywhere!

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f
New England
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with a group of seven and the service was great. The food and drinks were great. We were seated and served in a very timely manner. I would highly recommend.

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JS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I am giving this rating as we had dinner there last night. My daughter had a nut allergy. We explained it to the waitress and requested no nuts on the salad. The salad was served with the nuts on it, in a dark restaurant and they were in small pieces. Thank goodness we inspected it or there would have been a problem.
Other than telling the waitress there was nuts served, we didn't make a big deal last night as not to ruin the evening.
I would not go back to a restaurant that does not take care to honor this vital request!
Anyone with allergies beware if you decide to eat here. I would NOT recommend it.

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JM
New England
11 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This my 3rd time there and I've loved it every time. Wonderful vegetarian special, and great service.

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T
New England
15 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Both my husband and I felt that the restaurant staff was firing on all cylinders during our most recent visit. We noticed how well everyone worked as a team, resulting in orders arriving fresh and cold or hot and crisp, as appropriate. Flavors, temperatures and textures from cocktails through entrees were spot on. Special kudos for the the salmon served as rare as requested. Our only criticism was that the creme brulee texture should have been smoother, but tasty it was.

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B
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 4

Great food as always. Wait person made it clear that we were a burden and keeping her from her afterwork activities. A bit off putting.

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t
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

wonderful restaurant in Kittery ME. Food was delicious ( and we're from NYC, so we know good restaurants), staff friendly and accommodating. I highly recommend this restaurant

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L
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The restaurant is in the cute wallingford sq area. Convenient w valet parking. Our appetizers were good. Some of the entrees were good. The Chefs Vegetarian choice was a JOKE! The dish was described by our waitress as ‘a root vegetable stew w a biscuit/ muffin on top’. YUK! It was a gloppy thick gravy with no vegetables to be found, and it was topped with a ‘rubber’ muffin. It took a knife & fork to break through the muffin, and it was still rubbery. The waitress stated that this entree had been served during the recent ‘restaurant week’. I think she meant to say ‘leftover’ from restaurant week! Its really RUDE, I think, to serve a seriously sub-par dish ( unattractive too) and call it the ‘Chefs Choice’ vegetarian. Do they think vegetarians don’t know good food?
Otherwise the service was good, although I suspect our waitress knew the dish I ordered wasn’t very good.... and she mIght have steered us away from that? Just sayin.
Other than the salmon appetizer, I hesitate to recommend this restaurant.

The Valet was great!

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n
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This restaurant has always been one of our favorites and it was time to take a good friend out for a birthday dinner. We were not disappointed! Food was wonderful and the service really good however a bit slow tonight. The only disappointment in the food that I had was there was nothing chocolate on the dessert menu!

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d
New England
103 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

We visited on a Saturday night during restaurant week, probably not a good choice but were unaware it was restaurant week. The menu seemed reduced in variety of entrees due to the tasting menu for restaurant week. We tired the tasting menu. It was OK, a B at best, but not spectacular. The kitchen was quite stressed due to the crowd (don't sit at Table 1 unless you like to 'eat with the help'). There were other tables, but all were supposedly taken. Table 1 is clearly the worst table in the restaurant . We may go back, but there are better options in Portsmouth and Cape Neddick (Walker's) for the same prices. Nice wine list.

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Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

For Restaurant Week, the food except for the soup was more than disappointing

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t
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal I have had in a long time and I dine out often in nice restaurants. Tables are close together so not as quiet as I would like, otherwise was fabulous dining experience.

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OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were there for restaurant week so the place was packed but the service and food were excellent.

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New England
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Came in for restaurant week, food was excellent. Had the blue cheese mussels, butternut squash fritters, beet salad then crispy short rib, monkfish, and vegetarian pot pie with a sweet potato biscuit on top. So freaking good!!! Had some beer - all came in cans, wished they had a better selection. Wine choices were okay. Asked server at the end of our meal to split our checks by item and she was condescending about it. I work in the industry and a restaurant like Anneke Jans should have table positions thus making this a relatively easy task.

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LM
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The restaurant was too noisy. Couldn’t have a conversation with our friends. The food was very tasty, but the quantity was disappointingly small.

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TA
New England
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

It was restaurant week so place was very crowded. This may have been why the meals were less than we usually expect. Those who ordered the beat salad enjoyed it. Steak was enjoyed by one in our party as was the pork tenderloin. Squash fritters we're big dough balls w very little squash in them. Ceasar salad was a small plate of romaine w very little dressing no croutons or flavor. The worst was the vegetarian pot pie. Two of us at the table ordered it and could barely eat the steaming hot bowl of vegetable mush w a biscuit on top. When o asked the waitress if anyone e was enjoying that dish since we both sent ours back uneaten she looked at me and clearly didn't know how to respond.

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c
New England
46 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always very good. Food was very good and we always feel welcomed. Excellent service and warm decor.

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NR
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Completely lived up to its billing/reputation as one of the Seacoast's best! Would come back/recommend to friends in a heartbeat. Keep up the great work!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing! Would come here again.

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DM
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a nice, festive feed at AJ's. Appetizers were great. Entrees substituted arty puree for actual veg and starch. We prefer real thing.

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TF
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a group celebration, it busy but not too crazy, which was perfect for us. The staff and food was fantastic, would highly recommend!

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M
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant. We were greeted immediately when we walked through the door by a very friendly host who took us to our table. The waitress came over immediately and introduced herself and took our drink order and brought us a delicious basket of bread. When she brought our wine she then explained in detail all of the specials and made recommendations. We ordered the Calamari which she highly recommended. It was amazing, very different from other restaurants. I ordered the Statler Chicken which was superb, very moist. The roasted brussel sprouts and butternut squash rissoto were both excellent. My daughter had the Duck Breast wish Parsnip Puree, Farro and Carrots. She ate every last bite. This was by far the best restaurant we have eaten at in the area and highly recommend it.

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r
Dallas
65 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely small, intimate restuarant in Kittery. Service was great. Food was amazing. Try the coffee rubbed salmon and Statler chicken. Definitely save room for the chocolate flourless cake dessert. Only downside is finding available parking in Kittery Center is horrendous. There is valet parking on Friday & Saturday.

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z
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Food was served cold. After being returned it came back same temperature
Pork loin entree was so salty not able to enjoy it Specifically asked for no added salt Server should have informed at that time dish was prepared ahead and salty
Server didn’t seem to concerned when most of meal wasn’t eaten

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