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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

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

99% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (32)
Special Occasion (30)
Romantic (29)
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Good for Anniversaries (27)
Fit for Foodies (25)
Business Meals (22)
Quiet Conversation (21)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Notable Wine List (19)
Cozy (16)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Great for Lunch (15)
Authentic (11)
Good for Groups (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Healthy (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Worth the Drive (9)
Local Ingredients (8)
Fun (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Comfort Food (7)
Seasonal (5)
Casual (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great Beer (1)
Organic (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

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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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 9, 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 6, 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 25, 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 18, 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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 (Anchorage)·Dined on November 18, 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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 (Anchorage)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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

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 (Anchorage)·Dined on November 9, 2017

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

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·Dined on November 9, 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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 (Anchorage)·Dined on November 4, 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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 (Anchorage)·Dined on November 1, 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 29, 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 29, 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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 (Anchorage)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Nice setting & food for our annual multi Birthday dinner.

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·Dined on October 27, 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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 (San Antonio)·Dined on October 21, 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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 (Anchorage)·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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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Great salads and king salmon. Wonderful staff and atmosphere!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 15, 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 14, 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 7, 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2017

We went here for our last dinner before leaving Alaska. It was a nice restaurant, had a nice upscale feel to it, even though it was in a strip mall. But, that's ok, the food was good. I had a halibut, and it was buttery and flaky. My husband had the rockfish, which was a bit disappointing because it was fried but otherwise no other complaints.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Jens' Restaurant never fails for an upscale lunch meal. The Scandinavian specialties offer some unique and tasty choices. Likewise, Jens' has a solid record of great food in its other menu items. The service at our lunch was impeccable. I'll be back for another meal in the future!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 28, 2017

Once again. The service, staff, food and atmosphere....EXCELLENT.!!
I've been going to Yens for years, and they have ALLWYAS impressed my guest(s) and I.
Barry Anderson

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Excellent food, service and atmosphere. Fabulous food and you’re never feel rushed.

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 (Portland)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Great local restaurant. Unique food and good wait staff. I really love the Dutch meatballs with purple cabbage. Salmon is excellent too. Salads are great.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Perfect portions, polite, attentive service and always delicious food. Neighborhood staple.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fun, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Tapas, Business Meals
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Enjoyable place to spend part of our fourth wedding anniversary.

Tags: Fun, Business Meals, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

Wow, Wow, truly amazing food, service and atmosphere. What a gem for Anchorage. The food was truly awesome, the combination of textures, colors, flavors were a masterpiece. The use of local food was impressive. The wine list was truly amazing. The staff were very knowledgeable providing excellent services for our meal. Great handicap accessibility
Thanks so much for a truly special meal and evening
Anne B from Fairbanks Alaska

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Disabled Access, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Seasonal
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Amazing food, service, atmosphere. It felt very cozy & relaxed. My favorite new place.

Tags: Cozy, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Excellent food. Really intriguing and healthy choices- multiple visits necessary to try all the tempting dishes. Service was remarkably good- unusually so for Alaska in this price range. Seating is rather open, but Jen's still manages a quiet and relaxing atmosphere.

Tags: Romantic, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

Always good. Staff is friendly and knowledgeable. We have been going for years and are never disappointed.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 1, 2017

Food was good just a little over priced

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Food and staff....both outstanding!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Very good food and excellent service

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Nice place. Good presentation of entrees. Poor desserts...no flavor or quality.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Anchorage)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Wonderful as usual. Service great and made us a special order appetizer. Simply fabulous.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Our dinner party ordered 2 appetizers, 1 salad and 4 entrees. Everything was prepared perfectly in the old French style with lots of creamy sauces. Tasty, well presented and extremely filling--3 take home boxes. We were late for our reservation due to construction traffic delays, but we were greeted and served graciously. It will be easy to go back to Jen's for a special night out.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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