Anneke Jans

4.6
1511 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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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.7
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely incredible meals. My steak was absolutely perfect. The wine was delicious and our waitress was very nice.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a hidden gem! The food is always fantastic. It’s like having a NYC meal hidden in southern Maine.

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M
New England
32 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Went there to take advantage of the dollar an oyster deal.
They only had one variety from the James River in Virginia.The brine had the flavor of fresh water.We asked a waitress other than the one who served us who thought the oysters came from Vermont why they had no salt flavor. The waitress said that this variety is raised in fresher water than many oysters. We did some research on the James River oyster and learned it was recommended for stewing , frying etc but not to be eaten raw. The brine is a major part of the raw bar experience.The owner should be aware of this.

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B
New England
20 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This officially my favorite restaurant. The food and wine are incredible. The service is wonderful. I always look forward to going back.

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E
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great and consistent. Happy owner, Jason, happy employees

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful meal - everyone in our large party loved the food! Servers were very accommodating with the children in our party.

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DJ
New England
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Easter Brunch!

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O
New England
6 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Anneke Jans is one of our favorite restaurants. Last weekend did not disappoint. All six of us agreed that all of our appetizers, entrees, and deserts were fantastic. The service, however, was not as good as usual. Our waitress had very little patience with questions about the menu. She also suggested to one in our party how best to get her attention - it wasn't a friendly banter kind of suggestion, but more of a @*!#-you kind of suggestion. But, the food and the promptness of the kitchen made up for it and we had a great time.

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MS
New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

1 million percent recommend this restaurant unless you do not like: an ever changing seasonal local menu, courteous staff, intimate setting, free valet or the selections of wine and libations; (oh yea almost forgot, the mussels with bleu cheese)

This is a must for any family or friends coming up to the area to experience just an overall beautiful restaurant.

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KH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We found the food to be above average, the ambiance great and the bartender knowledgeable and helpful.
Will definitely go back again!

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K
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love it. Foods amazing, cezerac was delicious, atmosphere and service to match. Thank you all.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I have had dinner at Anneke Jans on numerous times and we have very happy with food. This particular evening - Sunday seem to be a little off. I feel the quality was not up to par. The mussels dish has been always good, but this night the mussels were so small it was difficult to acctually get an actual piece of mussels. My quest salmon was under cook and had to be sent back.

Waiter was nice and apologetic, but this night was not their night. The resturant was emply, so no hurry to meet other customers demands.

Dissapointed to have an off night with a resturant I like.

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C
New England
59 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again, it is my pleasure to report that our party thoroughly enjoyed the delicious, imaginative and beautifully executed food at this gem in Kittery.

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AL
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

delicious as usual..........sat in the lounge area......first time......loved it !!

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

We usually love dining here, food and service has been wonderful. But tonight, the noise from the diners next to us was so loud we couldn’t carry on our own conversation or enjoy our dinner. We did express our concerns to our server.

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ET
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We were there for restaurant week and my husband’s birthday. We loved everything except the desserts

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JA
New England
6 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

I made reservations for 4 of us early on a Saturday night so we could attend a 7:30 concert. The atmosphere and seating was very nice. I didn't realize at the time that it was Restaurant Week which was probably why it was fairly busy early in the evening. The service was prompt and the waitress was efficient. We took advantage of the Restaurant week special 3 course dinner. My soup was good as was the entree of Maine scallops. However, we all had the chocolate cake which was probably the worst dessert presentation I have ever been served. Portions were all different and it had a runny milky whipped cream presentation. It seemed like the type of dessert that you make and then realize that the recipe didn't come out as you expected. Very bland and not much of a chocolate taste. I'm not sure if we were overstaying our welcome as it was getting busy but the check came before we were offered coffee or anything else to drink and the waitress never returned until it was too late for us to get it. Good meal but not a good ending impression. Restaurant week should be when you show off your best to gain repeat customers, especially as we are local. Good beginning and so-so ending to our meal there.

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k
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

My dish was cold, and very, very rare (lamb). The panna cotta was rather unappetizing.

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t
New England
41 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, ample portions, attentive staff

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SS
New England
11 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We have always loved the place though the quality of the food seems to have dropped. While the open kitchen is great, we noted a chef with a particularly bushy beard actively preparing the meals. Under Section 2-402 of the Maine Food Code, it seemed like the Chef should have had a "beard restraint" in place. Needless to say, it was not optically appetizing.

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P
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My recommendation comes with a mixed reviews and a caution. I enjoyed my meal and will come again to try more menu items. The first and second courses were good to very good. I did not care for our desserts as they seemed like "refrigerator" desserts - too cold, not fresh, and ok, but not special. I also thought your $12 cocktail cost and $4.50 for a cup of coffee (nothing special) was too much, and took away from the Restaurant Week opportunity to try a new place in an affordable way. I know that people like your restaurant and that's why we checked you out, but the music was a bit too loud and lent itself to being more frenetic than needs be if you are serving top-shelf food. The artichoke soup was good, but missing something. The crab fritters were excellent. The pork was okay, but the lima-bean veggies were great! The lamb was also very good, but the accompanying veggies were forgettable - I forget what they were, but I remember liking them.

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Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal. Enjoyed our first visit to this restaurant. Will definitely return. Attentive, friendly service.

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JL
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant on the Seacoast! Menu is always fresh, cozy atmosphere, easy parking and always met with a friendly hello!

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D
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The party of 6 tried nearly everything on the menu. Simply put, it was outstanding. Thank you to the staff for making it a perfect evening.

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DA
New England
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We always have a great time at Anneke Jans - and this visit was no exception. Food is terrific and the service was wonderful. Made for a great evening.

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M
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful experience. We were seated immediately at a window seat.. our waitress was attentitive and suggested a moctail that was delicious! We ordered the fried olives that were cleaverly presented atop an olive can...next we had the creamy burrata cuddled up in a fluffy egg, with a bacon reduction, and a Portuguese clam and pork belly “stew”. All memorable. The mussle entree with blue cheese was delicious and very rich, the stringy fries were a fun side. The pork chop was cooked to perfection, and enjoyed with enough left to take for another meal. The bar side was just as intimate, we will be back. Make reservations...

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B
New England
12 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live 20 minutes away from this place but have not dined there for many years, rarely being in Kittery in the evening. We have missed out because the quality of the food and service has improved dramatically. The dining room should be full of happy diners.

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JS
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The menu prices were a bit intimidating at first, but as soon as I took my first bite I was immediately put at ease: the salmon was cooked perfectly, and our waitress was kind enough to give me the option to have it fully cooked through (though I opted to have it cooked as described on the menu). Would highly recommend for date night!

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EC
New England
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience was wonderful. Great food and the best waitress we have had anywhere in a long time

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KB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

One of the best meals we’ve had in the sea

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MC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Hospitality, excellent food and presentation.
One of our top three restaurants in Portsmouth /Kittery area.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, service and atmosphere

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G
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I always enjoy my dining experience at this restaurant very much. . The wait staff are great and the food is excellent. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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RP
New England
8 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was very good and there is a good variety. They had a vegetarian and gluten free dish which sounded great but I opted for chicken (next time I'll try it). I would serve the salads on a larger plate because it's hard to move your salad around without it falling off the plate. Service was a little slow initially. It's always disappointing to sit for 15 minutes without water or wine which is why I can't do 5 stars. But after that the rest of the evening flowed smoothly and our waitress was enthusiastic. Ambience is warm and welcoming. They offer valet parking which is a plus because there is little parking in the area.

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LC
New England
34 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and ambiance was simply outstanding.

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PC
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a gem of a restaurant! Creative, delicious dishes, warm, lovely ambiance and outstanding service. They offer a FREE valet just to make it easier on their patrons due to the very busy Kittery area. I loved that as I hobbled in wearing a walking boot. Class act all around.

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MS
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We will be back for sure!! Meals was fantastic and the wait staff great.

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LM
New England
59 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

loved it. Very pleasant experience with a nice selection of foods all nicely prepared. perfect service.

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D
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my third time visiting Anneke Jans and each time I am more impressed with the quality of the food, the service and the overall value! I will come back often and refer others to try this amazing restaurant!

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JW
New England
35 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants in Foreside, Kittery, Maine! Great food, very interesting and creative items and great service!

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