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Jens'

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Don't let the Midtown strip mall that houses Jens' put you off: this is one of Anchorage's best fine-dining establishments. The light and airy restaurant has a playful, energetic feel; a tribute to chef-owner Jens Haagen Hansen's outsized personality. Jens passed away in 2012 but his culinary legacy lives on thanks to his wife, Annelise, and chef Nancy Alip, who worked alongside Jens for 10 years. Colorful paintings grace red walls, and the incredibly friendly waiters make guests feel like they're the only ones that matter. The menu changes frequently, but it usually includes Alaskan salmon, halibut, and rockfish, along with such specialties as rack of lamb, tenderloin of veal, and an "almost world-famous" pepper steak. Chef Hansen's heritage reveals itself at lunch (when the Danish specials appear) and on the dessert menu; Danish berry pudding served with cream is a delightful way to cap a meal. For a light evening meal, sample the appetizers at the wine bar, where Jens holds court. Reservations are recommended, but Jens' can usually accommodate drop-ins.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 701 W. 36th Ave., at Arctic Blvd., Midtown, Anchorage, AK, 99503 | Map It
  • Phone: 907/561–5367
  • Website:
  • Location: Midtown

    Restaurant Details

  • Closed Sun. and Jan. No lunch Sat., no dinner Mon.
Updated: 06-12-2013

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    No Question about where to have lunch!

    While perusing the AAA (sorry)travel guide for Alaska I stumbled upon the description for Jens' "Danish by day, French by night." Well, there was no question where my Mom and I would have lunch. The food was excellant, the Carlsberg was cold, and Akvavit would have been nice to compliment the meal, but I delt with it. I would travel 4,400 miles anytime for a meal at Jens'!

    by GLDrumen, 7/25/07
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    A pleasant night

    Nothing is far in Anchorage - so the 10 minute drive from downtown is definitely worth it. Next to Marx Bros, this is the best in Anchorage, and the owner's sense of humor comes out in the food as well as conversation. Salmon is very well done here.

    by henryz, 6/23/08

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