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.
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm;
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
The restaurant is located in the Olympic Center with lots of free parking.
There are bus stops on 36th Avenue and on Arctic Blvd. Very close to the restaurant.
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: 9075615367
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
Jens' Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
The dessert I can't pronounce was amazin ...
The dessert I can't pronounce was amazing and they timed the courses perfectly. Oh, the calamari was awesome, I can't describe how delicious it was.
I've been to Jens many times over many years. It was purchased by a long-time employee this winter and this was my first trip under the new ownership. It was as a wonderful as ever. Great food, service, and environment for a fantastic evening.
This is hard to write. I enjoyed my dinner Rey much. But I was sad when I opened the menu and my old Jen's favorites were gone. I know there is a new owner, but I just thought nothing would change. The food was very good and I did enjoy it.
Fantastic chef-owned restaurant!
Tasting menu was terrific...delightful food and wine pairings! The service is always impeccable. Jens is the best in Anchorage!
Gem of a restaurant
Certainly a place to go if you appreciate French and European cooking style food. Portions are enough that you could get a full meal from an appetizer and salad or soup. Or just get an entree as you get plenty of flavorful food.
Jens never disappoints
The restaurant only gets better. A superb tasting menu with perfectly matched wines is a bonus to an already outstanding menu. The service is impeccable - never intrusive, always aware of what diners need. BEst in Anchorage.
Always great on all fronts. Can't go wro ...
Always great on all fronts. Can't go wrong!
Food is good, but not quite as good as i ...
Food is good, but not quite as good as it used to be. Having said that, it's still a great place to go for a birthday celebration or a nice lunch and the service is still excellent.
Jens is good any time
Jens consistently delivers quality food and excellent food
While the food was good, the wait was excessive!
We had a reservation, but waited for nearly 30 minutes to be seated. We had to ask remind the waitress about each course and waited over two hours for our mail meal. This is the third time I have eaten at Jens and each time the kitchen seems overextended and the wait is excessively long. Recommend with caution. Lovely ambience with good food, but be prepared for a wait
Birthday dinner at Jen's
I took my mom here to celebrate her 60th birthday, definitely the right place to go!
Enjoyed our evening with great friends. The meal was very good. The wine did give me a headache Dessert was tasty.
These may be the best raw oysters I've ever had. The food was presented well. The table for two was a little on the small side, perhaps due to the large wine glasses with giant napkins in them. There wasn't much room on it. Service was good. I'd love to say I was blown away but I can't say that. Good place but for the cost I think I will try another place soon. I personally wouldn't go back but that's not to say it wouldnt be great for someone else. Best oysters I've ever had though. I highly recommend them
Great!!! Nice job Nancy and team!!!!!
Great!!! Nice job Nancy and team!!!!!
A fabulous evening!
It was my birthday and we had a small party. Darrel was a wonderful waiter, the food was excellent and we couldn't have enjoyed a better evening anywhere. Thanks!
Excellent Night Out
When I first booked the table, it was for four. By the time we got there, it was for six, which Jens' people graciously managed. We had an excellent meal, well present by a knowledgeable and very helpful wait staff. The dining room is pleasant and cheerful. Two of us (locals) were hosting four people from out of town, and the impression on them was such that we are looking at them bringing a conference to Anchorage next year. That's what dinner at Jens' can do for you! Excellent fish all around (we had different dishes), a very good wine list, and simply wonderful food. As I pointed out to out guests, Jens' doesn't have the view of some places, and so has to put everything into the food. They do, and it pays off well. Thanks to everyone at Jens' for another great evening.
Meals delivered cold & underdone
Husband's Opa served cold and scallops were not cooked through and hence cold.
Had a great meal at Jens on Valentines Day, the restaurant was packed but the service did not suffer at all. Still a great meal. Fit for foodies. Love all of the seafood options, I had the scallops and they were seared perfectly, not overcooked. I hadn't been to the restaurant for 20-years and they are still a classic, I definitely won't wait that long again before returning.
Very good quality dining.
Service was very courteous and timely. Menu selection was excellent. Being a seafood person, this place is one of the best of this type in Anchorage. Noise level was just right and better than many competing restaurants of a similar type. Decor was pleasant.
Not worth it
We've been wanting to try Jens for years and finally got a babysitter for the night. We ordered the calamari to start with, which was good. A decent portion and great flavor from the capers. My husband ordered the pepper steak med rare and I ordered the tuna in red coconut curry with veggies. The steak came covered in a nice looking brown creamy sauce, which surprisingly had no flavor, but the steak was perfectly cooked. My veggies were bland (maybe overcooked) and it all tasted like something I could easily make at home. Stick with the Glacier Brewhouse for their tuna entrees. We'll stick to Kincaid Grill for our nice dinners out. Their meals have nice fresh flavors that are hard to recreate. We also got the Danish dessert with the berries and cream-it was decent. For two dinners, a bottle of wine, appetizer, dessert, our bill came to $145.
I have eaten at Jens' since it opened and it has always been just an outstanding place to eat. The food is consistently excellent and the service highly professional. My lunch companion had the Aussie salad, which she reports was wonderful. I almost always have the Portuguese rockfish. It was exceptionally good this time. We'll be back.
Well, first night with the Nancy + team. ...
Well, first night with the Nancy + team. So GREAT!!!
A hidden gem
Absolutely fantastic! A hidden gem in Anchorage. Our waiter was charismatic and energetic and the food was phenomenal. My boyfriend got the salmon and I had the beef Wellington. The salmon was delicious and the Wellington cut like butter. We split a chocolate mousse and a glass of port for dessert (mousse is my favourite and they had my boyfriend's favourite port), and we went home with very happy stomachs. If we're ever back in Anchorage, we will definitely come back again.
Great food, wine and service
The food was absolutely delicious, I just wish they serve warm bread. The wine was very good as well. The service was very professional and also friendly.
Always a favorite
As always, Jens stands up to its strong reputation as a premiere restaurant in Anchorage. The calamari and sashimi Napoleon are simply the best around!
Jen's is good. Darrel gives great servic ...
Jen's is good. Darrel gives great service and is super attentive in addition to offering suggestions. I get it is supposed to be an experience when you go but sometime the wait is just too much. Bring the food already. When it comes it is delicious and they are willing to accommodate request. I had the rockfish prepared as cod and it was delicious. The salad was also tasty with the strawberry vinaigrette. Only disappointments were I took my mom there to experience beef Wellington and I called around several places and Jen's was the only place that did it but it was deconstructed. It was okay...just not what was expected. I would also suggest ordering your choice of how you like your cut of meat cooked take. Down one. My mom asked for her steak with a touch of pink or medium well and it was well done. The wine list was kind of lackluster by the glass but they had some decent bottle service. Overall it was good. Not an every day dining experience but tasty!
Wonderful as always
We took our daughter and boyfriend there for a birthday dinner. It was as always a wonderful experience. The waiters are friendly and show a personal concern that your visit should be the best possible. They are responsive in detail about food and wine choices. After going there so many years it is like visiting another family member - but the food and wine is far better!!!
One of the best in Anchorage
Jens is one of a short list of Anchorage restaurants where cost doesn't matter. Consistently great food in all courses is served in an attentive and friendly way. To us they do have certain trademarks: their tenderloin pepper steak is special, their appetizer calamari is deluxe served in a slightly mustardy cream sauce, and their preparation of fresh fish- especially salmon- is luscious.
Good food and atmosphere
This was the perfect place for my wife's birthday. The food is excellent and the atmosphere was quite and perfect. We had a group of 12 people and they were able to accommodate us with little difficulty. The food was first rate and all arrived hot atub the same time. We didn't tell them there was a birthday girl and they figured it out and gave us something to remember without us asking. It was a great night. I will definitely be going back soon My only complaint is they don't separate the check so that took a little longer than necessary but otherwise a great little place for dinner
Jens has gone downhill
Sad to say it, but our last experience at Jens will likely be our final one. The quality of food and service have really fallen off, and yet the prices remain the same or higher. For $45, I would expect that a ribeye be melting and tender, not charred and gristly. Our server was polite and attentive, but forgot to bring our salad and soup order. The salt shaker was full of something horribly bitter (NOT salt). My husband ordered the ahi tuna and it was fishy. Just a sad experience all around from a once much loved favorite. 😟
Excellent food and service, as always! ...
Excellent food and service, as always! I love this little gem in Midtown!
The selection, quality and taste of food ...
The selection, quality and taste of food was excellent. The wait staff were tolerable at best, they almost spoiled a great experience.
Haiku for Dinner for Two
Service was sublime Meal absolutely divine Ambience so fine
Very, very good!
I would eat at Jens' every night if I could. Lunch is very good as well. If you haven't eaten there yet try it out. You won't be disappointed.
Everything was great!
Everything was great! the food, service, and atmosphere was great!
Long wait for great food
The food and atmosphere of Jen's was fantastic, unfortunately we had to wait over an between the appetizer and salad course then again another hour between the salads to the main course. We thoroughly enjoyed our food once we got it, but in total it took three hours from the time we arrived to the time we received the bill. I will try this restaurant again simply because the food was incredible, but I will definitely keep in mind the wait time.
Best ever for birthdays or special occas ...
Best ever for birthdays or special occasions. They made it fun and memorable with impeccable food and wine
This was my second time here and I totally understand why our friends always come here for their anniversary. A hidden gem in an unassuming sleepy strip mall, which come to think about it describes every good restaurant in Anchorage. In any case, one of the top 10 best meals I've ever had in this state. This place ranks right up there with the likes of Simon & Seafort's,The Marx Bros. Café & Club Paris. Highly recommended.
Food was okay but couldn't get service
Food was okay but couldn't get service
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