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About Jens' Restaurant

For over 20 years Jens’ has served the best fresh Alaskan Seafood. The dinner menu also features prime steaks, lamb, veal, 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 home made desserts round out the dining experience. The cozy wine bar offers the full menu and over 40 wines by the glass.

701 West 36th Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99503
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Northwest

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm;

Cross Street:
Arctic Blvd

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(907) 561-5367

Website:
http://www.jensrestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
The restaurant is located in the Olympic Center with lots of free parking.

Public Transit:
There are bus stops on 36th Avenue and on Arctic Blvd. Very close to the restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Jens Hansen, Chef de Cusine Nancy Alip

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.

Private Party Contact:
Annelise Hansen: (907) 561-5367

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

Jens' Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

100% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (22)
Good for a Date (21)
Special Occasion (21)
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Good for Anniversaries (18)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Business Meals (16)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Cozy (14)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Great for Lunch (12)
Notable Wine List (11)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Authentic (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Healthy (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Fun (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Seasonal (3)
Casual (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Organic (2)
Vegan (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tapas (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

Out standing great food out standing service. Would do it it again we go at least 5 or6 times a year

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined 4 days ago

Been going there since it opened. One of the few classier places.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Healthy, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Organic, Romantic, Comfort Food, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Disabled Access, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Vegan
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·Dined 5 days ago

mmm... so VERY delicious and tables have dampeners under the cloth. Even got my man into a button shirt w tie. Full house yet quiet enough to converse. Wait staff was humorous and conversational; willing to ask chefs.

Jens' FLUNKED the gluten free test on a dish SO EASY to make gluten free ! Alaskan fish chowder! agghh... almost cliff jumped. Creole shrimp on the cheddar grits was NOT GF... denied AGAIN... 2nd hit!!! But Chef took care of me w tomatoe saused shrimp... so the chefs DO know the basics!

All thickeners can EASILY be gluten free... read up! I've even taught myself to bake GF. ALL soups, sauces can be GF. Breads are much more difficult to make tasty GF so I do not expect it.

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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·Dined 5 days ago

Good service, good food, great atmosphere

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·Dined on February 14, 2018

Food was delicious, had the king salmon, was perfectly prepared.

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·Dined on February 13, 2018

Nancy is doing a wonderful job of carrying on Jens' vision of fine dining in a pleasant atmosphere. Nobody surpasses her cod and rockfish preparations, and her carrot cake is a thing of wonder. The staff are all friendly professionals. Highly recommend.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot
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·Dined on February 8, 2018

Everything was great! Started with Calamari and it was amazing. Everyone enjoyed their main course and it had a great ambiance. Quiet enough so we could really enjoy the table conversation. I highly recommend.

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·Dined on February 2, 2018

The food was very tasty if not a little overpriced. The service wasn’t bad but a bit slow. It was nice to have so many celebrations there that night (2 birthdays & 1 Anniversary).

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Jens created the perfect environment for a really special evening with friends! The planned menu for New Year's Eve was amazing!

Tags: Romantic, Great Beer, Seasonal, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Have been eating at Jens since 1989
Went on the 30th because we thought New Year’s Eve would be too busy
Our order wasn’t taken for 30 minutes after we arrived. The appetizers came out pretty fast and before we were even half finished the main courses were in front of us. We felt like we had not been able to enjoy our appetizers or the mains would be cold. Very disappointed our server did not try to right the situation. It will be awhile until we go back

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 22, 2017

Great food!

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·Dined on December 21, 2017

Jens is a great destination for a wonderful holiday lunch. The service was outstanding, as usual. Our food was very good. I ordered the lunch special which was a value and extraordinary!

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 19, 2017

A group of us attended the seasonal Danish Christmas Dinner prix fixe offering at Jen's to usher in the Holidays. Jen's never disappoints those of us who are avowed "foodies!" Excellent dinner, superbly prepared with a wide range of perfectly matched flavors in a three course dinner. I say the wine list is "notable" not so much for the depth and variety available, but for the ability to pair excellent wine with the type of cuisine offered at this outstanding restaurant. Always a very positive dinning experience. Based on a previous recommendation I made, members of our group have returned to Jen's three times for the same dinner offering (not the Christmas fare -- which is limited based on the season) and remarked that rarely does one dine out in which every bite is accompanied by a sigh of appreciation and a silently articulated "yumm!" with each taste!

Tags: Casual, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on December 18, 2017

I love this restaurant, the food was amazing, service good. Just a little bite of wait for it, but honestly is worth the waiting.
Is a quiet place where you can have a nice dinner without noise.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Organic, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Tapas, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Business Meals
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Food was excellent! Service was a little lacking and was very slow at the end. Dessert wines were drank before the other desserts arrived. Refills on drinks took forever.

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·Dined on December 16, 2017

For special occasions, this is the place to go! The staff takes such good care of the patrons and I feel comfortable with asking questions. You can never go wrong with the filet. The fresh fish offerings are quite lovely.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on December 15, 2017

My husband brought me here for my birthday dinner. The ambiance was lovely and the service was very good. We shared the Calamari Piccata appetizer which was OK but nothing special in terms of flavor or texture. He had an entree of deer chops which he deemed “delicious.” I had the Sushi Grade Grilled Tuna which was outstanding. It was melt in your mouth tender and the flavor was marvelous. We shared a bottle of red wine that was the perfect accompaniment. The perfect ending to this memorable meal was a complimentary slice of their to-die-for flourless chocolate cake which they topped with a sparkler. The waiter took a picture of us with the dessert and before we left gifted me with a birthday card that included a copy of the picture! So very special!! We have eaten here for lunch in the past, but this was our first dinner experience. It will certainly not be our last!!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 12, 2017

Usually very satisfying meals at Jens, not so much this time. Four of us went, shared the tender calamari strips which were wonderful, as usual, but that charcuterie plate is outrageously priced for what you get. I mean, that was an appetizer for one, but cost 16 bucks, and nothing at all on that plate was special. Now, I had a pork chop meal there last year that was fantastic, so I ordered it again, expecting another dynamite taste experience. I was sadly disappointed. I really don't like answering the question "how would you like it done", because I'd hope that the chef knows how to cook a pork chop to perfection, and my idea of well done is not necessarily his. It was undercooked and very thick and fatty, and just not good. Not only that, but it had some kind of simple barbecue sauce on it, and was not the same as I'd had before, at all. Nothing noteworthy about this recipe, very disappointing. On the plus side, my dog got half a 30 dollar pork chop. I stayed up all night going to the bathroom and nearly got sick. Yeah, the pricing is pretty high here for everything, I mean, a plate of fettuccine is 22 bucks. But the service is good, the ambience nice, and so it's a good place to bring a date if you want to make an impression, I guess.

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

Excellent meal—our party of five sampled a wide range of dishes and all were very good. Jen’s is a pleasant spot for a leisurely meal with friends. Service is friendly and unobtrusive, wine list comprehensive without being overwhelming. The menu is short, which I feel is a good thing for a restaurant this size, as the kitchen can play to its strengths. Rack of lamb, NZ deer chops, scallops, chicken linguine—all enjoyed. And the “house” salad, usually an excuse in Anchorage to badly dress some Costco greens, was a treat! Berries, nuts, fresh greens, shaved cheese; superb. Desserts were fine, though the dessert menu could use updating. A minor complaint, if a complaint at all.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 5, 2017

Love the atmosphere and food choices. The mushroom ravioli and Calamari appetizers were incredible. Also, the beet salad is unbelievable. And, the Creme Brulee is the best my mom has since she can remembrer. Very nice evening and food

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 29, 2017

We enjoyed our lunch. Nice to see you Nancy Happy Holidays!

Tags: Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

This place really impressed my date, and there was wonderful flavor in every bite.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

Best steak in town, hands down. Excellent, long time employees. Same head chef for over a decade, she's now the owner. Best locally owned restaurant in the city.

Tags: Seasonal, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Afternoon Tea, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Cozy, Healthy, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

We had a wonderful, birthday dinner. Fabulous food and service.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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vip
·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great food, friendly familiar service. Love to spend our date nights at Jens!

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·Dined on November 8, 2017

Excellent!! Will recommend. Great food and Perfect service. Deer loin was superb.

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·Dined on November 8, 2017

Good selection of wines by the glass. Really need a few gluten free alternatives. Quality of food and service has always been exceptional.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Excellent place for a casual evening aND great food.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 31, 2017

Great service and food, as usually. The artwork on the walls makes for a warm and special ambiance.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Lived here for 42 years, and had heard all sorts of good things about this place. Now, I wish I had tried it out sooner. The food was high-quality, the service was very good, and we will definitely be back. Thanks for a memorable evening!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

I’ve lived in Alaska for 18 years and only just found Jens’ via OpenTable!? My daughter and I had a fabulous meal pre-theater. Expertly prepared seafood! Nice ambiance; you won’t be disappointed.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Paleo Friendly, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Nice setting & food for our annual multi Birthday dinner.

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·Dined on October 26, 2017

I took my husband on his birthday at Jen's Restaurant and everything was fantastic. My husband and I already talked and recommended this to our friends.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Hot Spot
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

Everything was very good, food, service, etc. Good place for a business lunch.

Tags: Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Great date night out. Outstanding dishes prepared perfectly. Excellent service with fantastic suggestions on wine and specials. A true gem in Anchorage. Don’t be fooled by the curb appeal. My wife and I gave it a try when we saw the great reviews on open table as well as other sites and found a new favorite place to eat in Anchorage. My thanks to the chefs and staffers for a great experience.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Excellent! As always. Pleasant. Quiet. Lovely table appointments.

Tags: Cozy, Business Meals, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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·Dined on October 17, 2017

Great salads and king salmon. Wonderful staff and atmosphere!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
·Dined on October 14, 2017

We have dined here quite a few times, both lunch and dinner. The food is creative and delicious, always. The atmosphere is understated and elegant, with the waitstaff being pleasantly unobtrusive and super competent. This restaurant is one of the best in Anchorage, don't miss it.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

The food is quite good, continental/northern European and the staff and patrons are friendly. The staff know their menu and their long time loyalty suggest this is a worthy fixture on the dining scene. On my second visit, I only had one beef, at 10 PM on a Friday evening they turned up the music right over our table to an intolerable level in an unsubtle hint they wanted us to leave. Not in step with an otherwise excellent experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Authentic
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

Pepper steak is one of the best steaks I’ve ever had. Great place for special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, and dates. The restaurant has an upscale environment with friendly and accommodating waiters. Great restaurant overall!

Tags: Special Occasion
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