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About Anneke Jans

Anneke Jans is a lovely neighborhood bistro in the heart of downtown Kittery, Maine.

Seasonal menu subject to change.

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60 Wallingford Sq.
Kittery, ME 03904
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:
Open seven nights 5pm-close
Full dinner & lounge menu offered nightly.

Join us for Annekes Hour of Happiness every night from 5-6pm
Half off all drinks, beer & wine.

Complimentary valet every Friday & Saturday

Cross Street:
Walker St

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(207) 439-0001

Website:
http://www.annekejans.net/

Parking Details:
Special Summer 2015- Free Valet Parking for Anneke Jans dinner patrons Friday and Saturday evenings, 5pm until 9pm.

Street parking Sunday thru Thursday.

Executive Chef:
Lee Frank

Private Party Facilities:
Please call to discuss your special occasion. We look forward to working together.

Private Party Contact:
Jason Canty: (207) 439-0001

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Anneke Jans Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (21)
Special Occasion (17)
Good for a Date (16)
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Cozy (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Romantic (13)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Local Ingredients (10)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Casual (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Comfort Food (8)
Good for Groups (7)
Healthy (7)
Authentic (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Notable Wine List (5)
Fun (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Business Meals (4)
Seasonal (3)
Waterfront (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Scenic View (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We were at the restaurant on New Years Eve. They had a special menu in addition to the regular menu. Our group tried selections from both menus including duck, rack of lamb, salmon and pork. Each dish was wonderfully and creatively prepared and presented. Our server, Julia, was well informed, attentive and perfectly charming. The atmosphere was fun and sophisticated. Everyone in our group was thrilled with the experience. I would have no hesitation recommending Anneke Jans. We will be back soon.

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We frequented on New Year's Eve with a party of 4. The complimentary Valet Service was a nice way to start off being that it was cold, icy and parking on a busy night is limited in Kittery Foreside. We were seated promptly after a pleasant greeting. Waitress arrived with drink menu shortly after we were seated. Drinks were served promptly as were appetizers and entree. The only complaint for the entire evening was they served me the wrong appetizer. I opted not to return it but wish I had as it was not my first choice. But, that's on me as i Have no doubt they would have taken it back and served the correct one without a problem.
All in all, an excellent dining choice for New Year's Eve. Have frequented other local restaurants on NY Eve and had terrible experiences. This was a nice change of pace and will be a "go to" for special occasions in the future.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Wonderful service and delicious food. We will be back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, People Watching
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Always great here! Valet parking was awesome as it was 5 degrees out. Service is professional, friendly and prompt. Food is consistently delicious! Also they are accommodating to dietary restrictions, which for me is a huge bonus.

Tags: Good for Groups, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on December 28, 2017

My wife and I have been to Anneke's on several occasions the since it opened. On this particular night we invited friends from northern Maine, and the Boston area as we were looking for a midway point for all. I will admit the food is always worth the drive, but on this occasion the service was just terrible and awkward. We were early for our table and were headed for the bar but the hostess informed us our table was available. However we then waited almost 20 minutes for someone to take our drink order, and when the drinks came and one of our friends was unhappy with her drink (she was a bartender for many years) they returned and told her there was nothing wrong with it instead of just getting her another. It was an Aperol and Prosecco cocktail, and our friend felt the Prosecco was flat versus bubbly. Needless to say she did not want another and instead we ordered wine for the table. We finally got some bread for the table, but had to find a server to take our dinner order. I'm not sure if we ever established who our server was, as we seemed to get served by several of the staff.

We were not in any rush to get through the meal but for a restaurant of this level and price point we were not happy with their service. No manager ever came over to check on us, and the food, coffee and desserts all followed slowly and we agreed this was not a good choice for a future get together. It was a sizable check, but we didn't tip as we normally would have. My wife and I will return as the food is very good, but I would be reluctant to invite friends again to Anneke's.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

From the greeting at the door to the leave-taking the personnel were warm and attentive. The food was unique and seasonally appropriate. Thanks for making a “thank-you” dinner a special occasion. The mussels were specially complimented by the white sauce and bacon chunks. The pork was accompanied very appropriately by spaetzle topped with al dente broccoli de rabe. Nice touches both.

Tags: Healthy, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Overall, we had an acceptable dinner. Not outstanding but fine.
High points:
mussels in cream, wine broth and with blue cheese.
Duck breast ( though unusual that it was served unsliced, whole, with very little cherry jus. Dull knife made it a bit of a struggle to enjoy)

Low points:
Presentation of otherwise good food was sloppy and a little slapdash.

Bread was brought without bread plates so our choice was to hold our bread while buttering it, or put it onto the bare tabletop., where it would stay if it wasn’t all eaten at once. Tried to get the servers attention but see below...

Silver service was not replenished. Entrees had to be eaten with the unused salad fork. Not a disaster obviously but combined with the dull steak knife it wasn’t ideal. Attempts to grab the waitress/ bartender were again unsuccessful. Actually ....

Service. This is where the restaurant really failed. Server was very nice, pleasant and charming while we had her attention but otherwise Inattentive. She never scanned the tables which I think is basic to good service. Your guests should not have to wait for the waiter to finish a personal conversation to be noticed. Converse by all means, it’s not prison, but scan your tables to see if there is something needed.

Oh, dessert. Driest bread pudding EVER! Not sure but I think the kitchen forgot the sauce.

One point - Unsure of why we were seated in the bar as opposed to the dining room. When I asked if there was any difference I was told no., but clearly there could have been some effort made to make the experiences more equitable. The price per person I’m sure didn’t vary- $75pp. w/ tax and tip.

Would I go back?
Maybe. But only for a burger or barfood.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We had our annual pre-Christmas dinner with friends at Anneke Jans and the evening was lovely. The restaurant is in the cozy town of Kittery, ME, and has a warm, welcoming and festive atmosphere. The food is fresh, interesting and generally delicious.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 13, 2017

We had a wonderful holiday business dinner here. Highly recommend!

Tags: Waterfront, Disabled Access, Cozy, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We hadn't been to this restaurant for many years and decided to give it another try. It was fabulous. Great selection of menu choices and our food was delicious. The service was impeccable and we loved how we didn't have to struggle to hear each other talk. A+. We will be back soon.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Excellent food and service. We all greatly enjoyed our entrées (chicken, pork, and vegetarian). It was great to be in a restaurant and be able to hear each other as well!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 20, 2017

This is our third visit from out-of-state, and hopefully not our last. We always enjoy the cozy setting, unique food preparation, and fine service at Anneke Jabs.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Cozy place...we love eating in the lounge area. Great drinks, great food. Friendly service.

Tags: Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Quick Bite, Romantic, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Went here to celebrate our 25th anniversary. Extremely loud and busy at 7:45 Saturday night. No hostess/host at the stand when we entered. Had to wait to be seated until a waiter noticed us standing there. Once seated we ordered beverages as well as our meals (we had already perused the menu at home). Bread basket served quickly, but we had to wait an extremely long time for a beer and a hot tea. Apps came shortly after. Two small (silver dollar sized) cod cakes in a pumpkin remoulade (different, tasty) and 2 small short rib skewers with a side of homemade red cabbage "kimchi" (also different, tasty). Mains: Pork Osso Buco with Parsnip Mashed, Caramelized Onions, Orange Gremolata and Pan Seared Sole, White Bean Puree, Roasted Carrots, Braised Fennel. Osso buco was a stretch: it was a pork shank. Cooked well, but completely devoid of the orange gremolata....I asked the waiter to retrieve some from the kitchen, and it made all the difference! The parsnip/potato mash with caramelized onions was quite tasty. On the other hand, the sole was bland and cooked to mush. It had no firmness whatsoever. Like fishy babyfood. The white bean puree was so devoid of flavor that we couldn't even tell that it was made from beans! The roasted carrot and braised fennel were both so undercooked as to be nearly inedible. Hard as rocks. Desserts: Pumpkin Flan and "Triple Chocolate". The one nod to our anniversary was a candle stuck in the flan. Ho-hum. That said, it was light and quite tasty. The Triple Chocolate was a delicious combination of chocolate brownie topped by dark chocolate ganache topped with white chocolate "whipped cream" served in a mason jar. Desserts were definitely the high point of the meal. All in all, just OK.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Waterfront
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Meg our server was wonderful and was attentive to our dining experience as well as the other staff members. I was disappointed on my choice for dinner, but I believe that was more me than the chef.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Loved our dinner and dining experience! The service was exceptional especially Meghan and the host. Top notch from beginning to end! Special bonus was the romantic corner table and superb lighting!

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2017

The food was great but our server, Julia, was inattentive and very slow. We waited a long time to order our drinks and she never came back to get the check or get our valet ticket.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

We went to Anneke Jans for Restaurant Week Special and were blown away. The food was superb, the staff was delightful, prices not at all alarming, the ambiance was relaxing, it was quiet. I/we could not recommend the restaurant highly enough. A really pleasant experience, enough so that we have arranged to meet friends of ours there next week for dinner. An additional bonus is that parking is easy and very close.

It has been years, decades ago at March in NYC, since I have had such a pleasant dining experience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Wonderful food and services! The flavors are so different and complimentary to each other. Highly recommend to anyone who is thinking of trying out Anneke Jans!

Tags: Seasonal, Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We had not been back in a while and decided to take an opportunity during restaurant week to revisit. Pleasantly surprised how good everything was and our server was great.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

AJ is very special to us...always had great drinks and eats whether it’s just at the bar for Happy Hour or special occasions added as a gathering place with friends.
The staff and service do a terrific job.
The food is creative, tasty, and well priced.
We are so lucky to have AJ in our area.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Healthy, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Fun, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Wonderful food combined with excellent service make this a must visit

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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Everything was amazing!!! Chef Rico's food is absolutely amazing!! Couldn't be happier!! Laura's service was exquisite and Cliff's drinks were superb!! Definitely going back soon!!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Restaurant week, nice evening out.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Dinner with friends from the Greater Boston area. All very pleased.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on October 19, 2017

My favorite dish has always been the mussels with blue hill cheese. I thought the entree was good but, in the past, it has been much better, more blue hill cheese, more flavor. The butternut/pumpkin soup was good but, again, not a rich flavor. They do a great glass pour of wine. Lovely restaurant in so many ways.

Tags: Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We requested a high top in the lounge area, and it was perfect! The bar scene was active on a Saturday night but, not too noisy!! We each started with a very lovely cocktail, shared an appetizer, and enjoyed our entrees. When I ordered the mussels, the waitress remarked "We are known for them" but, having finished the bowl of them I'm not sure why? My husbands duck breast was amazing!! This restaurant keeps it's standards and remains one of our very favorites!

Tags: Cozy, Local Ingredients, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Our first visit - great find. Nicely varied menu; great service. We will be back!

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Only comment that came from our party of four was the portion of the pork chop was small. Could benefit brining on the pork chop. Steak strip portion also small. Salads great size for then eatting an entree. Apple cobbler was delicious. Fayetteville cocktail expertly made😊

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 4, 2017

Fried olives and Maine mussels were delicious, the salmon dry and uninspired. We used to come frequently with friends and it was always excellent.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Expected an excellent meal based upon the menu. The beet salad was very nice and was split for us in the kitchen. The roasted chicken was on-point. The special lobster risotto, not so much. It arrived in a small soup bowl, ungarnished and didn't look especially special. Price wasn't stated when our waitress described the item but silly us, for assuming it was in line with the other items on the menu. When the bill arrived, the risotto was charged at $39. Frankly this was a total ripoff, regardless of market price of lobster. If there was 2 ounces of lobster in this rice dish, that would have been a lot. Wine prices are pretty inflated as well.

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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Enjoyed our visit and will return. Food was very good and service was attentive but not intrusive. Valet parking is a nice feature.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Casual
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Anneke Jans never disappoints! I took 4 out of town guests there for dinner and they loved it. It is a lovely, warm venue with delicious food. And Kittery Foreside is such a cute little town center. I'd highly recommend!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We live nearby and Anneke Jans is an easy walk. It is unpretentious, reasonably priced, and a good place to take guests, or just the two of us. The Statler Chicken is especially good, as are the mussels, and the service is always friendly.

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Excellent food,friendly service. Table by door and window was entertaining, with tourists tripping over sidewalk.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 12, 2017

One of the best restaurants in Maine!

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on September 10, 2017

We had a lovely meal with outstanding service. It was a quiet night at the restaurant, with only one or two other tables. Our waitress was knowledgeable about the menu, ingredients, and cooking styles. My husband loved every item she recommended. Definitely worth the trip.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Celebrated our 39th wedding anniversary. Cocktails were great and the food was delicious.
Greeted warmly, Inviting place, Hidden Gem.
Lovely evening

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 8, 2017

We LOVE this place. Went on a rainy evening when it was relatively quiet. Beautiful and tasteful decor, wonderful service and the food was outstanding fresh, really yummy and artfully presented. The only very minor points were that there were few gluten and dairy free options, for dessert and the portions for the main course, especially the specials, were small. We will definitely go back again now that we know what to expect. Highly recommend!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Love it! The food was unique and delicious We had a great evening.
The staff is wonderful friendly and engaging.

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