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Ivar's Acres of Clams
Ivar's Acres of Clams

Ivar's Acres of Clams Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ivars.com
  • Phone: (206) 624-6852
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch:
    Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
    Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm

    Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
    Sunday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm

    Sunday - Thursday: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
    Friday - Saturday: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm

    Happy Hour:
    7 Days A Week!: 3:00 pm to Close

    NOTE: Holidays may vary. Hours and menus subject to change.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Chris Garr
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please call for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Our private dining rooms seat up to 50. Choose from our Spirit of The Bay Room or Duwamish Room for a private dining experience.
  • Private Party Contact: Casey Rose (206) 624-6852

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Spring and Madison
  • Public Transit: FREE Waterfront Streetcar Bus Line (Route 99): http://metro.kingcounty.gov/tops/wfsc/
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Metered parking is available just across the street. Parking is free on Sundays and select holidays.

    *If a holiday falls on a Sunday, the Monday that follows is a free parking day. For more parking info visit http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/parking/rates_general.htm#free
A word from Ivar's Acres of Clams
Ivar’s Original Acres of Clams has been a Seattle tradition since 1938. The city's colorful waterfront at Pier 54 provides a scenic backdrop for this attractive yet informal restaurant where, as ferryboats glide by the window, you'll dine on Ivar's traditional favorites and other delicious Northwest seafood from our daily fresh sheet. The main menu also features fresh steamed clams, salmon, Dungeness crab salad, halibut, Ivar's famous fish 'n chips, Puget Sound clam chowder and much more.

Best Seafood in Western Washington Winner - 2008

Washington Wine Award of Distinction Winner - 2009

Washington Wine Award Certificate of Recognition - 2012
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Diner Reviews
  • "A must do after traveling from Philadelphia PA! Ivars has been around a long time and has been a personal favorite for many years. This was a "must do" while visiting the Seattle area."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Our waitress (Ashley ?) was very speedy as we told her we were in a hurry. She brought the food quickly and delivered to each person without asking what we ordered (efficient) She then brought our bills early on so that we could pay without hurrying at the end of meal. The noise level makes it feel more like a cafeteria than a dining room but I guess we were not looking for more than that and would not come in if we wanted to have a private meeting. ds"
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "We always go Elliott's, but they couldn't house a group of 6 until 2pm and we were looking for brunch around noon. Ivar's was able to get us in and give us a water view as well. The server was friendly. He was attentive, but not annoying. The food was very good. I had the grilled king salmon. They had 2 versions, one on the fresh sheet and one that is always on their menu. I had the one that's always on the menu and it was great. My wife and I also shared a crab dip as an appetizer which was yummy. Everything came out timely and our whole group really enjoyed it. We'll be back for sure."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • " Food was good, but needed more waitstaff (ours was waiting too many tables and was hard to get his attention). There was confusion on his part as to a bar drink I wanted at my dining room table-- he thought it could only be ordered at the bar, and seemed unwilling or unable to accommodate. English was his second language, and was difficult to understand."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "My out of town family had a brief stop over in Seattle, and Ivar's was able to accommodate our large group on a Seahawks Friday night on short notice. The waiter was very accommodating; explaining menu options and not rushing our group as our meal wound down and we lingered over coffee to visit just a little while longer. Overall the food was great, with one noticeable misstep. The deep fried seafood was overcooked and dry, with a very hard crunch. For the price, we expected tender and juicy."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Got a great view of the ferries as they docked and left since we got a table near the window. Seafood was delicious!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "The dishes were average at best, we had the fish and chips, crab legs, two kinds of chowder, and crab cakes. None stood out. Worse though was the slow and inattentive service. This is a tourist trap. Stay away!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "We walked form our hotel, it took a lot longer than we expected so we were 30 minutes late for our reservation - although Ivars was quite busy we were seated immediately at a window table win a wonderful view. The food, service and ambience was awesome! Thanks!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Busy, popular restaurant. We had an 8.30pm reservation and the restaurant was amost full at that time. Food is traditional sea-food which most people probably want. Our server started off very efficient but tapered off so we had to wait a while for a second drink and even longer for the check."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Always too choice when town. It is common for restaurants with the perfect location and view to be lazy with food quality and creativity. Not so here. Traditional fare, but prepared with today's care and standards."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "The general quality of the food was poor, fish was greasy and the some dishes were cold (should have been warm). Service was only fair. We had some food leftover but we did not eat when we returned home. We have eaten a Ivar's before but this time it was an experience I would not like to repeat."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "We had 9 in our party, from 6 yrs old to 85 yrs old. Everyone had a great meal and a nice time. :)"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "I had never been to this location before but had a great time with my date. The view was beautiful and the food was absolutely delicious. Our waitress was efficient and took good care of us, making sure we had enough food and drink, but not stopping by too often or intruding. Neither my date not I were particularly hungry but we both managed to finish nearly everything on our plates. I'll definitely be returning!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "great food and service had a wonderful time no waiting got right in kid friendly great drinks"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Everyone really enjoyed their food. I loved my grilled halibut! It was great!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "This was our first time in Seattle and several people recommended Ivar's. We weren't disappointed! The fried calamari was very good, just not super crunchy. The salmon and halibut were excellent. Service was very attentive and since our server knew the menu and wine list inside and out, she made great pairing recommendations. Definitely a must when your in Seattle."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • ". . . not the ambiance. Everyone in our party of 5 remarked at how good the food was. Unlike other restaurants, Ivar's managed to get the fish to the table without overcooking. The ambiance is another story: loud, crowded and bustling"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Lived up to its outstanding reputation. Red Clam Chowder was world class. Fried clams were superb....large and flavorful. All went well with the "Alaskan" beer on draft. View was great and our server was quick, pleasant, and on top of our requirements. Price was surprisingly moderate for such a popular establishment."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "We went to Ivar's the last night of our vacation. Our view was of the harbor which was filled with seagulls. it is definitely a tourist place, but the food was good and the service excellent!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Had a great time at Ivar's, was the end of a great week visiting Seattle. Great way to celebrate my 64th birthday. Food was excellent and a great variety on the menu. Ambience was great being able to look out over the waterfront and bay during dinner. Food was outstanding all orders arrived on time and hot not one mistake at all. Our waiter Trenton did a great job never saw him write anything down but all orders were correct when arriving at the table. Seen Trenton do it at two other tables also. He as also very attentive to our needs during our meal and then topped it off with a piece of strawberry short cake for the birthday boy. So very thoughtful of the restaurant and staff. Would highly recommend this restaurant to all."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "I almost rated this very good (4 stars) because of food and service, but the noise level and less than full open bay view caused us to give it a "good" overall rating."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Amazing food and service! Great location right on the water!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Put a restaurant facing West on the Seattle Harbor and it's hard to go wrong. Was able to snag a reservation on OpenTable, so gave it a go for my family of five. Table was ready as was the wonderful wait staff. Food was good, and given its location, reasonably priced. Very kid friendly which was great for a tired family. My wife and I split a fried platter...love it when a restaurant splits it for us. Kids meals were well portioned and they were very happy. Would definitely return next time in Seattle."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Great food. Halibut is cooked just right and the clam chowder is the best."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Ivar's restaurant is an iconic restaurant on the Seattle water front. Great place for a special occasion or visiting friends and family. It can be a bit noisy in the restaurant and if there is a Seahawk game on in the bar area it gets very noisy. It's a seafood restaurant and their Fish & Chips are excellent."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "We have been waiting months for our trip to Seattle and the very first place we went was to Ivars. It has the best clam chowder I've ever had; fresh is so much better than their frozen kind sold in California that bears the Ivar's name. My son and I shared the Steamers and it was plenty to fill us up. No sand in the clams, either. All yummy."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "We came with a party of 7 and were running a bit behind. The Hostess was very professional, and took care of us very quickly in spite of our tardiness. Seth was a wonderful server. Our friends visiting from Florida really enjoyed themselves. We take many Seattle visitors to your Restaurant. Thank you for the fine food and wonderful service."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Food was good portion was small price was high view if you call it that fast to get food for ever to get check and refill on drinks was worse call for reservations or plain a long wait"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I have dined here with my father since I was five, Ivar would sit & chat at our table. This Visit was with my Mum, Her Fiance & my 3 year old Daughter. The ambiance now has not changed much. Comfortable & intimate. Tables spaced so that you don't hear the conversation at the next table. Pleasant view. Well lit, not too bright. Crayons & a menu to draw on. Ivar's White Clam chowder is still the best I've had in a restaurant. I lived in Massachusetts & searched everywhere to find white clam chowder as good & never did. The Acre's of Clams dish is still a delight to my palate. The Salmon was, as always, near perfection. My daughter loved the salmon. Though I miss the warm sourdough rolls, the viking chowder & Ivar, Ivar's did not disappoint."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Had a wonderful dinner with the family. Great for selection for kids. Wonderful Service."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "The food was delicious! My husband and I both had the Coho salmon with salad dinner special. The entree was presented beautifully. The salmon was hot while the salad was still cool. Our daughter had the chowder sampler, which she really enjoyed. Our smoked salmon corn chowder entree was so tasty!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "We had only 48 hours to spend in Seattle and wanted a great seafood experience on our last night there. Ivar's was the perfect place to have an early dinner after completing the Harbor Boat Tour. Only steps away, the location and window seating allowed us to continue to enjoy Elliott Bay. From the super fresh oyster assortment to the clever soup sampler and delicious Ivar's combo platters, we were able to taste almost everything the Pacific Northwest has to offer in one meal. Ivar's is definitely a new favorite place and we look forward to returning on our next visit. Hint: this is a popular place so if you can get there early, try to do so! Enjoy!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "This is an upscale tourist place. The service was good, the food mediocre and somewhat expensive. I had the fish and chips (the famous ones), which were not the best in town. I can't imagine any local coming here for a meal, without an out-of-towner in tow."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Had a planned anniversary meal here. Setting was nice, service great, and the meal good. The clams were outstanding."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Hoping for a traditional relaxing seafood dinner on the water. Instead, was enclosed in a very noisy restaurant, that I felt like everyone was being herded in and out like cattle. The food was ok at best. Fine dining prices for cafeteria style food. I ordered a salmon special, the fish was cooked well, but the mashed potatoes that came on the plate were Instant potatoes!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The food is consistently amazing and the views are fabulous! I ordered the lobster tail and received a huge, cooked to perfection tail. The white clam chowder is superb and the bread tasted fresh and delicious! The kids menu was a good size and had a variety of fish and non-fish items to choose from. Our table overlooked the water and dock so our kids were entertained by the seagulls. Service was great! Overall, Ivar's is a must when in Seattle!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We went for lunch after riding the ferry. It was an awesome experience from the waitstaff to the food and drink. A must visit if visiting Seattle's harbor area."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Trio of locals who wanted a post-sunset sail dinner and Ivar's was a great choice. Appetizer Trio (crab cakes, orange glazed prawns & calamari) is excellent as is the seasonal salad with goat cheese & berries. Two of the entrees seemed a bit over complicated -king salmon with sautéed mushrooms over a risotto cakes and king salmon with sausage (yes, sausage) & portobello mushrooms over mashed potatoes. Would have preferred to let the salmon bask in its own savoriness so next time I'll stick with basics. (The crab cakes really were excellent!) Service was welcoming & attentive without hovering, even at the very end of the night. View out the windows is great, especially at night with passing ferries, etc."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "So I know service can vary by your server, but I was very disappointed in our experience at Ivars. The food is top notch, but the prices are high, and our service seemed extremely overwhelmed. It was still a very nice place and is worth checking out, but I would encourage the establishment to consider putting more emphasis on attending to the customers needs."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Brought an out of town relative to Acres on his first trip to Seattle. It was a great and enjoyable evening."
    Dined on 7/7/2014