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AJ's Oldtown Steakhouse & Tavern

120 W. Bunnell Ave, Homer, AK
907-235-9949
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Ranked #18 of 55 restaurants in Homer
Price range: $10 - $60
Cuisines: Hamburgers, Seafood, Steakhouse, Fish & Chips
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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.
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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.
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English first
Homer, Alaska
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

AJS was such a this evening with great food and drink. The Mc Neil Canyon Top Sirloin was juicy, tender and cooked to perfection; It truly melted in my mouth. Kathryn, the delightful and talented bartender, was serving up icy cold Alaska Permafrost martinis. A good time was had by all. Thank you AJ'S.

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Eagle River, Alaska
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42 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

I don't eat red meat often, but when I do I want value and flavor. I thought I might be compromising by ordering the Sirloin, but I am on a budget, after all. However, I was delighted! Delighted, I say. This Sirloin deserves the name Sir Loin. It was about two inches thick, by six inches long, and three inches... More

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Kenai Peninsula
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

AJ's is one of my top choices for an occasional impromptu date night and a favorite of locals as well. Nothing fancy, but I enjoy a casual outing. The prime rib complete with side dishes and salad have always been great and the live music-to-date has always been enjoyable and suitable for conversation. A walk on the beach afterwards completes... More

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Anchorage, Alaska
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

The inside is a little dated. The prices are above average for what you get. But the quality is fare.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014 via mobile

I live in homer, and have all my life. AJ's is one of the best places in town to eat a full meal. I have tried many things on the menu ( and the drinks menu ) and have liked everything I have tried.

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Homer, Alaska
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

We live in Homer in summer and frequently go to AJ's for lunch. They're always willing to accommodate our food changes (we like a chicken reuben). It's a family-owned/operated business so the service is great and the place is clean. They no longer allow smoking in the bar area and have transformed it from a tavern with a grill to... More

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rural ak
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48 reviews 48 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

This is a restaurant that is ok. Not sure how the steak is, but we did enjoy their fries and my husband liked his sandwich. The atmosphere is average, bar-like. I think there are many other more interesting options in town, especially in the summer.

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11 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014 via mobile

We have given this place several opportunities to prove its self. It just doesn't make the cut. The steaks are always fatty and are the cheap cuts.

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AJSweeney, Owner at AJ's Oldtown Steakhouse & Tavern, responded to this review

I am sorry you did not enjoy the marbled fat in your Prime Steak but, thank you for giving us the opportunity to explain that the fattiest or marbled steak is the most expensive or tastiest steak. The majority of our beef is USDA Prime Grade Beef or in the case of our Filets; Choice Grade. In fact, AJ’s is... More

Roxboro, North Carolina
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

I love eating at AJ's! It's the best place to eat in Homer. The food is great and service is wonderful. It also has a great kid friendly atmosphere.

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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

We stumbled upon this pub while visiting Homer. We were immediately impressed by the atmosphere, the staff was super friendly, not that fake waitress talk but true kindness and interest in people. When the food arrived we were blown away. Thank You....

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