Jens' Restaurant

4.6
793 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
Top Tags:
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
  • Notable Wine List
For over 30 years Jens’ has served the best fresh Alaskan Seafood. The dinner menu also features prime steaks, lamb, deer and fresh pasta along with a wide selection of delicious appetizers and salads. The menu changes often to take full advantage of the best fresh ingredients. For lunch, Danish specialties joins the fresh seafood, American standards, pastas and salads. A selection of homemade desserts round out the dining experience. The cozy wine bar offers the full menu and over 40 wines by the glass.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Northwest
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Bodega Dining
Tue–Fri 2:00 pm–5:30 pm
Dinner
Tue–Sat 6:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(907) 561-5367
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Nancy Alip
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Private party facilities
A small private dining room seats up to 20 guests. The whole restaurant is also available for private parties. Please contact us for details.
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Private party contact
Annelise Hansen: (907) 561-5367
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Arctic Blvd
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Parking details
The restaurant is located in the Olympic Center with lots of free parking.
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Public transit
There are bus stops on 36th Avenue and on Arctic Blvd. Very close to the restaurant.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
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j
2.0Dined 3 days ago

Sat outside. Service was spotty. Food took a long time to arrive and had to ask for refills on drinks. When food arrived, it was not hot. My steak was not cooked as ordered and had two different ‘done-ness’ areas. One medium and the other well (was ordered medium rare). Spicing on the lamb we ordered was off and didn’t do justice to the meat. Would have sent it back but had already been there for two hours. This was a surprise as the last time we were there it was excellent.

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N
5.0Dined 4 days ago

Again we received super excellent food and service at Jens. Jens also recognized two birthday girls with free dessert and cards. Thank you Jens!!

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L
5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Our waitress was wonderful. She really made us feel welcome and was so accommodating for all our questions

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j
2.0Dined on July 13, 2018

The waitress clearly forgot about us...we consistently had to ask her to come back etc.
One steak was flavorless and the mousse was blah.

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MS
4.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Our reservation was at 6:30pm. We stayed until 10:00pm.This fact should tell how we enjoyed our dinner at this popular restaurant with good reputation.

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TL
5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Always delicious and the atmosphere is pleasant.
The beet salad and rockfish was excellent.

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M
4.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Everything was good but nothing stood out as great. Food was nice, well prepared but somewhat safe and predictable. Service was attentive enough but not warm or engaging.

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a
4.0Dined on July 6, 2018

The calamari a la picatta is very good. The hard to pronounce dessert is also good! As well as the flourless chocolate cake. Our waiter was very nice and made excellent recommendations! I would recommend this place

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OT
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Excellent as always.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Expertly matched wines to our delicious courses. The Charcuterie Plate was delightfully paired cheeses & meats with fruits, nuts and large caper berries. My husband enjoyed the raw oysters and sauces for their freshness and the lovely fragrant Riesling.
The Caesar salad was a bit too strong for us on the garlic, but it was fortunate we didn’t finish them, or we’d not have room for our entrees.
His Ribeye steak was succulently tender (considering his recent dental work, he needed a tender steak! ;) the asparagus perfectly done. He was disappointed in the mashed potatoes, as they were a bit dry for him.
I had the Kodiak Scallops with a berried cream sauce. This perfectly apportioned dish allowed every bite to be so delightfully balanced that each one would linger and tell its story: creamy champagne beurre blanc, blueberry, scallop, plum and rice.
We ended our meal with a shared crême brûlée (my fave), and a Happy Anniversary sparkler and photo. Just the right amount of fun :D and the photo was really good!

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OT
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Best halibut in town, or anywhere. Salmon & scallops are great too.

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LM
4.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Great food! Great wine selection. But it took 2 hours for our family of 4 to be served, wrong entree for one meal, loud bar area... thought we’d at least get a free dessert :(

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OT
3.0Dined on June 30, 2018

As one of the few "fine dining" establishments in Anchorage, I've enjoyed coming to Jens' on special occasions or for a nice meal out with family.
I'm willing to chalk it up to a solitary bad night, but my most recent experience did not leave our family excited to ever come back. Rather than launch into a wild narrative, here the objective issues (that I'm going to assume are covered in the pre-dinner front house huddle and if not, need to be).

1. Seated with menus, server arrives after 10 minutes with "what would you like?". No intro, no specials, no inquiry about the special occasion we had mentioned in our booking and more importantly no warnings (see below).

2. 40 minutes elapsed between when orders for our table of 3 were placed and when I had to flag down our server to ask where our food was. During that 40 minutes, not once did anyone stop by the table, no refills on water or drinks, no checking in with updates or time estimates.

3. The second time I asked where our food was, we were advised that there was a large reserved party and the wait was unforseen. It was a large reserved party...so it was totally foreseen. You can advise diners when they order that there may be some waiting and explain why. I shouldn't have to wrestle it out of you sitting there mounting with frustration.

4. The apology when our food finally arrived, ONE HOUR AND FIVE MINUTES after ordering, was so lackluster and along the lines of "Sorry..it happens!", it made things worse. Appreciate the comp of a bowl of soup and glass of wine, but such poor service and lack of attention to detail in the dining experience is a betrayal of the food quality.

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MS
4.0Dined on June 30, 2018

We enjoyed good food and service.There were a quite few customers, making us aware again of the popularity of the restaurant.

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KD
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Awesome as always. Great ambiance, great food and great service. Love this place. My go-to.

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J
5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Wonderful food and service. A great evening!

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OT
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

We went here for our anniversary after being recommended by a friend, the server was very attentive and the food was amazing! Our fresh fish was outstanding! They also dressed our table for our special occasion and brought out dessert with a special song playing!

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KH
4.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Good and service fabulous. Prices are high for quantity of food.

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S
4.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Great seafood. White King Salmon and Alaska oysters were excellent. Service is a little slow.

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OT
4.0Dined on June 21, 2018

Very nice little Anchorage hidden gem

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EH
5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

the food tasted very good
Everything was excellent, but somehow our reservation (online) was not there

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AK
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

I had not dined at Jens' for many years, and my Husband had never been. We were very pleased with our experience. The food was absolutely AMAZING...especially the Calamari appetizer (Lemon Caper Sauce to die for). From the moment we were seated until the time we left we were treated exceptionally well, and left feeling very content. We were there celebrating our 6th Wedding Anniversary and the staff so thoughtfully decorated our table with hearts and gave us a sparkler to hold with a song ("Love & Marriage" By: Frank Sinatra) when they served our desserts. Our Waiter took our picture and later presented us with an Anniversary card with the picture included. This is an excellent place to dine. The late and great Jen is I'm sure very proud.

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ES
5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

This is our favorite restaurant in Anchorage. Great food, fantastic service. We went there for our 20-th wedding anniversary. They made it a very special evening for us.

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MS
5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Amazing food, attentive service and never a feeling of being rushed through the meal.

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j
5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

My favorite place to eat in Anchorage. Great place for date night or just because! The food and service are always excellent! The outside eating area is perfect for our long summer nights.

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BE
3.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Pleasant atmosphere even though in a strip mall, gracious service and reasonable menu and prices for Alaska. Good wine list.

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MS
4.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Good food and excellent service. One guest brought her kid unexpectedly, but the kid was the one who loved the restaurant most.

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OT
5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

We celebrated our Anniversary. Upon arrival we were seated promptly, our table was decorated with hearts.
This gesture added a nice touch to our already wonderful evening. Excellent food and excellent service. Our server has super great sense of humor.
The picture of us celebrating also complimented our experience.

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QB
4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

What a gem. And...in a strip mall. Such fabulous fresh fish! Great wines. G0!!!

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RG
5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Excellent meal including the wine.

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AM
5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

We were traveling to Alaska for a cruise and met up with old friends. The restaurants in Anchorage were booked for a party of 6 so I checked Open Table and found Jens’!! It was excellent! From the hostess to our waiter to meeting Jen herself, everything was wonderful! Our fish was perfectly cooked and so yummy!! Highly recommend the short ride away from Anchorage to an excellent restaurant!

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C
5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Great restaurant, service and the food is delicious!

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MS
5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Wonderful, relaxed environment, great food,outstanding service.

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OT
1.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Friends from Sitka in town. Disappointed.

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KD
5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Took my husband here for his birthday. It was the first time for both, and we were pleasantly surprised. We had never heard of Jens’ but it appeared on OpenTable as an alternative to another restaurant we tried to book. We are so happy we found Jens’, we will most definitely be back. The service was great, and the food was outstanding. They even blasted “they say it’s your birthday” by the Beatles during or dessert and brought over a sparkler and took a picture. Everyone in the restaurant (patrons included) clapped. We left with a card and a photo as a memory of the evening. Best time ever!!! Thank you!

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K
5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Phenomenal quality, flavor, and service. One of the very few "pricy" restaurants where I feel like I got my money's worth.

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OT
5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Had a very nice time. The customer service was excellent.

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SV
4.0Dined on May 3, 2018

My husband and I recently had dinner here on our way through town and were very pleased with our experience. Our waiter provided us with great table service and was helpful in getting some wine pairing recommendations from the chef. Our dishes were well-executed, and the portions were just right. We will definitely be back the next time we're in Anchorage.

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OT
5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Excellent service and great food

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OT
5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

We just returned to Alaska from snow birding in New Zealand and were going to see Cabaret at the PAC.
Special night at our favorite restaurant with our special friends!

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