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AJ's Oldtown Steakhouse & Tavern

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Steakhouse, Fish & Chips, Seafood, Hamburgers
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120 W. Bunnell Ave, Homer, AK
+1 907-235-9949
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: AJ's Oldtown Steakhouse & Tavern is known locally as the "Historic...
AJ's Oldtown Steakhouse & Tavern is known locally as the "Historic Waterfront". AJ's is proud to be serving up the top 2% of USDA Prime Beef offered in the Nation and the only on the Kenai Peninsula. Offering mouth-watering steaks & great seafood including Scallops, King Crab, Fresh Halibut & Salmon! Let's not forget those delicious cheese burgers, the Tavern Menu, Spirits and Specialty Martinis in a casual old town atmosphere! This venue also features great family entertainment & dinner music before 10pm. If your looking for food late...AJ's is the last Kitchen open in Homer. Come in and see what's new. The transformation is amazing! We've kept the old town hospitality tradtion going and are still serving Homer's famous Red Knot Craft Beer, the Old Town Rusty Nail & some amazing specialty martinis! Some history...Established in 1941 AJ's has an amazing history. The front part of the building was built as the original women's club in 1937. Laura & Walt purchased it from the women's club and it opened as the first cafe & bar in Homer in 1941. They named it the Homer Cafe & Club. It featured just a few bar stools, a pool table, and a tiny kitchen. Over the years it has had many owners including Tex & Marge Sharp. They named it the "Waterfront" and it became known as the best place on the peninsula to get a good steak! In the 1970's folks would spend hours at the Waterfront being entertained by the likes of Harley Hess & Hobo Jim. In the 1990's it became Duggan's and featured a friendly, Irish Pub atmosphere. Now, as AJ's, the old town building has come full circle back to the ol' Waterfront days, featuring great Steak, Seafood, Spirits & Entertainment, along with the same friendly old town hospitality that has been a tradition for over 70 years.
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  • 75
    Excellent
  • 45
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 7
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Family Bar and Grill with local entertainment

The Owners here have gone to great lengths to make this establishment family friendly, and of upmost quality. Fun place for dinner, fresh seafood, excellent meat, local entertainment. Their prices are decent on food and drink.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
Mitsy H
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Homer, Ak. USA
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Kenai, Alaska
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Rib Eye steak WAS 1/2 FAT. Wait staff seemed indifferent. Forgot part of the order. Not even an apology. The other steak was tough and tasteless. All in all An over priced waste of cash.

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Homer, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

AJ's is a gem in Old Town Homer. Unsuspecting on the outside, the dining area was spacious and cozy, complete with a stage- we went for their Irish celebration around St. Patty's day, so very festive. I had the steak salad, and it was cooked perfectly, with a really great blue cheese dressing. My partner had a New york strip,... More 

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Talkeetna, Alaska
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

When asked if the halibut fish and chips dish was served using FRESH halibut, we were assured it was. we were told that yes it was fresh, that "it came in last night, so yes it's fresh". We were sadly disappointed with something that looked like nothing more than a Tyson breaded nugget of sorts. Dousing it with tarter was... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Great atmosphere, sophisticated but not snobby and still a local bar feel, great meat and salads, happy to accommodate kids, family owned and operated, across the street from Driftwood Inn

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Anchorage, Alaska
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

great piano player on Saturday nights; seafood is excellent; fantastic wine list. we had the clam appetizers, calarmari and the pepper steak; the atmosphere is fun and easy; service is good. its in a nice location and easy to find.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015 via mobile

We were in Homer for a weekend getaway and AJ's was our first stop. The staff were very friendly and prompt. The calamari was good and both our sandwiches were delicious. We will definitely go back.

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Homer, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

We may have to start washing dishes at AJ's we enjoy eating there so much. I keep wanting to order something besides a steak off the menu - but I can't, the steaks at AJ's are so good. I love that they have Homer Brew on tap and the live music that you can enjoy while talking to the other... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

My husband REALLY wanted a steak, so we tried AJ's for dinner! Well long story short we didn't get a steak at all, we had Clams and Scallops and BOY are we glad we did! The seafood was so fresh and so delicious! The clams were in a lemon and garlic butter and they were to die for, it was... More 

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Wasilla, Alaska
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Have only eaten here once and we went there with friends, we will definitely go back, food and service were great, nice atmosphere.

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Homer, Ak. USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The Owners here have gone to great lengths to make this establishment family friendly, and of upmost quality. Fun place for dinner, fresh seafood, excellent meat, local entertainment. Their prices are decent on food and drink.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 120 W. Bunnell Ave, Homer, AK
  • Location: United States  >  Alaska (AK)  >  Homer
  • Phone Number: +1 907-235-9949

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 60
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Fish & Chips, Seafood, Hamburgers

Description

AJ's Oldtown Steakhouse & Tavern is known locally as the "Historic Waterfront". AJ's is proud to be serving up the top 2% of USDA Prime Beef offered in the Nation and the only on the Kenai Peninsula. Offering mouth-watering steaks & great seafood including Scallops, King Crab, Fresh Halibut & Salmon! Let's not forget those delicious cheese burgers, the Tavern Menu, Spirits and Specialty Martinis in a casual old town atmosphere! This venue also features great family entertainment & dinner music before 10pm. If your looking for food late...AJ's is the last Kitchen open in Homer. Come in and see what's new. The transformation is amazing! We've kept the old town hospitality tradtion going and are still serving Homer's famous Red Knot Craft Beer, the Old Town Rusty Nail & some amazing specialty martinis! Some history...Established in 1941 AJ's has an amazing history. The front part of the building was built as the original women's club in 1937. Laura & Walt purchased it from the women's club and it opened as the first cafe & bar in Homer in 1941. They named it the Homer Cafe & Club. It featured just a few bar stools, a pool table, and a tiny kitchen. Over the years it has had many owners including Tex & Marge Sharp. They named it the "Waterfront" and it became known as the best place on the peninsula to get a good steak! In the 1970's folks would spend hours at the Waterfront being entertained by the likes of Harley Hess & Hobo Jim. In the 1990's it became Duggan's and featured a friendly, Irish Pub atmosphere. Now, as AJ's, the old town building has come full circle back to the ol' Waterfront days, featuring great Steak, Seafood, Spirits & Entertainment, along with the same friendly old town hospitality that has been a tradition for over 70 years.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?