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Ivar's Salmon House
Ivar's Salmon House

Ivar's Salmon House Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ivars.com
  • Phone: (206) 632-0767
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch:
    Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm

    Monday – Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
    Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm

    Sunday Brunch Buffet:
    9:30am - 2:30pm

    Monday - Thursday: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
    Friday - Saturday: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
    Sunday: 9:30 am - 10:00 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, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Steve Anderson
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: 180-degree views of Lake Union will set the stage for your spectacular private event at Ivar’s -- truly the heart and soul of the region. Whether you’re celebrating an intimate wedding or planning a rehearsal dinner, Ivar’s offers the best of the Northwest!
  • Private Party Facilities: 180-degree views of Lake Union will set the stage for your spectacular private event at Ivar’s -- truly the heart and soul of the region. Whether you’re celebrating an intimate wedding or planning a rehearsal dinner, Ivar’s offers the best of the Northwest!
  • Private Party Contact: Nancy Bogue (206) 632-0767
  • Entertainment: Come enjoy brunch, lunch, dinner or happy hour! Dine on Chef Anderson's fantastic menu and your favorite beverage from the “Whale Maker” lounge!

  • Special Events & Promotions: Ivar's Salmon House invites revelers to ring in the New Year like never before!

    When: Dec. 31, 9pm - 12:30am
    Cost: $75

    + Exquisite dinner buffet, including two drink tickets
    + Live entertainment and dancing with EJ Chrissy Williams
    + Holiday party favors
    + Complimentary Champagne toast at midnight
    + Views of the Space Needle Fireworks from across Lake Union

    Dinner buffet to include:

    * Carved Prime Rib
    * Alder Grilled Chicken
    * Alder Grilled Salmon
    * Oyster Shooter Bar
    * Jumbo Prawn Shoots
    * Chilled Crab Legs
    * Grilled Vegetables
    * Artisan Meats, Cheeses & Breads
    * Assorted Salads and Fruit
    * Assorted Pasta Dishes
    * Decadent Dessert Buffet and Chocolate Fountain
    * And More

    Seating is limited. To reserve, call (206) 632-0767

    For full menu listing and wine pairings visit:

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pacific
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Plenty of parking options with a large private lot and street parking.
    Boat parking available dockside on Lake Union.
A word from Ivar's Salmon House
Ivar's Salmon House is a beautiful cedar replica of a Northwest Native American Longhouse, complete with an open-pit Native American-style barbecue for preparing succulent alder-smoked entrees. Here, in a setting filled with Northwest native artifacts and historical photographs, you'll enjoy memorable meals surrounded by spectacular views of boats cruising on Lake Union with the city skyline in the background. Favorite daily entrees and fresh-sheet selections include alder-smoked salmon, prawns, alder-smoked chicken, and seasonal seafood specials. Don't forget our lavish Sunday Brunch, a well-loved family tradition.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "This meal was a reunion of old friends. The hosts were up from Florida to visit family and were eager to soak up the ambiance of Seattle where one had grown up and the other had visited frequently for long periods of time in the past. For some reason, they had never eaten at Ivar's Salmon House before. Their grandfather was a friend of Ivar and is pictured with him in one of the photos displayed at the Elliot Bay restaurant. We all had high expectations and were not disappointed. I had the halibut which was moist and flavorful. The presentation was compact and the accompanying spinach and potato pancake were great contrasts. I can't eat heavily in the evening, but this was a perfect dinner for me."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "We dined here some 30 years ago and had very good memories. The food was very good as well as the location. We had lunch here a few days ago and were very disappointed. The location is still very nice, with great views, but the food was very disappointing. None of the items we ordered tasted good. The cornbread was really bad, the smoked salmon soup, which was the soup of the day was oily, but the biggest disappointment was the salmon dish. we ordered the king salmon with fingerling potatoes on gaspachio. The salmon was definitely NOT king salmon, and the potatoes were clearly leftover from a day earlier. Will not come back."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Great place to entertain out of town guests - this place is a true Seattle original-"
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "View! NW decor! Prfectly prepaped repast! I think they have crammed in too many tables. Servers seemed to thread their way through. Consequent noise level was higher than I remember. Outdoors, dining dominated by roar of the bridge traffic. Still, for the Seattle seafood experience, it HAS to be Ivar's Salmon House."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Great view of the marine boating life of Lake Union. Tugs, police boats, barges, fishing boats, party boats all went by while we enjoyed great service and good food. Waiter was genuine, helpful, and efficient."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We arrived and found our reserved table waiting with our preferred deck seating. It didn't seem that busy to us but based on the speed of service they must have been slammed. Dinner took 2.5 hours including many long stretches where we were sitting wondering when we would see a server again. It didn't help that someone other than our primary waiter took our order, did not write it down, then got one order wrong. We thought we would get the correct entrée plucked from the front of the line - wrong! It was another 20-30 minutes before getting the correct order. Dessert was comped but I still left with a negative impression on service. The food was good, approaching excellent, but I would think twice before returning."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We always take company here. The salmon dishes are wonderful."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "I think we first went to Ivar's Salmon House more than 30 years ago. As far as I can tell, it's barely changed in the years in between. It's a big room serving lots of people. The service is good, the food is well prepared and not at all fancy or frilly, and it's a lot of food for the money. Helpings are huge. My wife and I both had the salmon sampler, which contained king, sockeye, and coho salmon. We agreed that on this night the sockeye was by far the best. Mashed potatoes and string beans (green & wax) made up the mains. We both had salads, and we shared two desserts, a nice berry cobbler (the mini-portion) and the blueberry ginger sorbet. Wine list isn't fancy, but sound. We enjoyed Ivar's. Highly recommended. A classic"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "It was very cold inside even with a jacket. Made reservations three days in advance to ask for window table for a 90+ birthday but were told when we arrived that window tables were first come first serve. The restaurant was not full. Making reservations ahead of time held no advantage over just showing up. Food was excellent."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "We celebrated our first anniversary at Ivar's, as we had our rehearsal dinner here a year ago. The service was excellent and the food was very good as always. Never been disappointed."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "We had a very good salmon dinner at a window seat ."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Ivar's Salmon House is a great place for a wonderful brunch - made to order fruit crepes and omelettes, a chocolate fountain, carving station, fresh seafood and tons of breakfast and lunch favorites. For a special occasion, out of town guests, or just to treat yourself, you can't beat this brunch or the gorgeous lake view."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "We chose a beautiful day for brunch at Ivar's Salmon House. Sun was out and the view of the lake with boaters and kayakers added to a great brunch. This brunch has everything. Salmon, prawns, mussels, sushi, crab, even salmon deviled eggs, as well as omelettes cooked to order, eggs benedict, biscuits and gravy, sausage. There are juices, drinks, good coffee and fruit to dip in chocolate. It isn't cheap ($35 per person) and the amount of food is overwhelming. Service was friendly. We found this was a wonderful way to treat ourselves."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Everything was very good. Food was hot and had good variety."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "When we visit Seattle, Ivar's Salmon House is a must-do treat. We love the food, location, views, and service. We were especially impressed with Joe when we had dinner for six people August 9. Very professional, friendly, and attentive."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Ivar's Salmon House has been a favorite of mine for 43 years. We've celebrated many birthdays and special occasions there. We always introduce it to our out of town guests. It is the place that says "Seattle"."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "As a long-time diner at Ivar's restaurants, and native Seattleite, I was very disappointed with my meal at the Salmon House. My do-diners enjoyed their meals, and the food they were presented with was delicious looking and plentiful. I orders a Crab Louie, and received a small pile of lettuce, with about 1/4 cup of the dregs of cracked crab sprinkled on top; two too large cucumber slices, and a measly ring of red pepper, a sliced hard boiled egg, and sad looking parsley sprig. Do not call this a Crab Louie. Ivar is no doubt rolling over in his watery (?) grave at this presentation of the signature salad for his restaurants. I know times have changed but $24 for this salad is rude and shameful. I could do better at Denney's."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "The noise level was waaaaaaaay too high at 9:00 p.m. on a Friday night, truly uncomfortable, but the service was cheery & accommodating."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Good place to take a visitor to Seattle. The deck is ideal for watching boat traffic and planes land on Lake Union."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Upon arriving at Ivar's Salmon House I was quickly seated along a bay window, which was quite nice as I had requested such seating when I had made my reservation. The waiter was cordial but somewhat hard to get a hold of. When the food arrived at the table it looked delicious on the outside but upon cutting into my salmon I immediately found it was not cooked. The salmon was not as flaky as it should have been and appeared dark pink. Nevertheless the bread pudding that came with my meal was quite good. All in all I was quite disappointed mainly because the salmon that I got at the "Salmon House" wasn't even cooked. I didn't eat much of the salmon as a result and left quite disappointed."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Ivar's always does a good job with the fish and has great service. The fish was correctly done as I would expect for $35. The food is not "inspired", but always competent. A great view of Lake Union, but its proximity to I-5 and resulting noise makes it uncomfortable to sit outside--although many people do."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Salmon was great, well prepared and ample in quantity. Service was fast and attentive. We walked there from the Watertown hotel trying to follow my phone's gps and nearly got lost."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "It was a 5 star day in Seattle, but we've never been disappointed here. Though it's a large restaurant, you still get great views from your table of the Seattle skyline and Lake Union. In the summer there's constant boat traffic, kayaks and paddle boards. Other times of the year, it's the lights reflecting off the water that are so beautiful. And the food.... Which is why we came. Three of us had salmon, which was delicious, and the other person had Crab Louie. Generous portions, and very well prepared. Though they handle a lot of people, we did not feel rushed, and we're able to enjoy the occasion."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Different types of salmon, available in a variety of preparations. Great views of the lake."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Excellent chowder and Salmon. Fish and chips were good."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Thanks for another memorable dinner at the Salmon House. I have enjoyed Ivar's on many occasions in my 84 years going back to my high school days at the old Ivar's fish bar on "Pier 54, foot of Madison Street" and on Broadway. But the Salmon House has been a favorite since it's inception when, during my working years, I have taken many clients to enjoy it's food and ambience. During this occasion we had a wonderful window table with a memorable family dinner. My daughter was visiting from Redlands, California and had asked if we could have dinner at her favorite restaurant, Ivar's Salmon House, during her stay. Thanks for a wonderful evening."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Although I have only been to Seattle three times, I have had a meal at Ivar's each time. I had not been for two years, and I could not remember the name of the great place I had meals before--when we asked at our hotel desk for a good retaurant within walking distance in the area of UWash, he said "Ivars'" and I said, "THAT'S IT!" Great meal (salmon sampler this time!), wait staff professional and helpful, and fantastic view of thw water--what else do you want?!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "I know where it is. Ivar's has been my go-to "guests from out of town" restaurant ever since someone took me there when I arrived here in 1985. This time it was my first college roommate, just back from an Alaskan cruise. We hadn't seen each other for nigh on 40 years. I reserved the table on the deck 2 weeks ahead of time, and it was perfect. On the rail. Great weather. Wonderful food. Thank you for being there when I need you. :)"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "I like everything about the brunching with Ivar's Salmon House. Whenever I have guests from other countries, I usually bring them to Ivar's because of the beautiful scenery. After dining, I usually take my guests to ride the ducks so they would know more about the lake."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "I had guests here from Chicago and Los Gatos. They both wanted Salmon. One wanted well done, the other rare--both got Salmon here cooked to their taste. The "rare" person declared it the best salmon in 30 years."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "I have been to Ivars many times and never disappointed. The food is always solid, sometimes wonderful but always good to very good. Wait staff is friendly and helpful."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The perfect environment for a large family luncheon. City scenes, boating traffic, creates vibrant and happy vibes for a perfectly relaxing backdrop for a delightful meal. Especially impressive for out-of-towners."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "I thought the service was excellent! The food was rather bland. The salmon was overcooked, crab cakes dry and garlic mashed potatoes cold. I had lunch on a week day at the Salmon House several months ago and the food that day was much better!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "The food was awesome. I had my usual choice, the Salmon Sampler. Others had the Saute and the Taste of the Northwest. Everyone raved about the food. The waiter was attentive without being overbearing. The only downside was the noise level. A little high for a special occasion."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Amazing Northwest architecture, beautiful interior design. Can't beat the location for city views and fabulous boat/people watching. Great food, location, price and atmosphere. Can't go wrong at Ivar's!!!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "tied up the boat -had reservation-sat on deck w/6 people food was superb-had "white salmon" had heard not great things before but our meal was fabulous and the waiter(martin) was terrific."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "What is better than wild-caught salmon cooked over a wood fire and enjoyed on the shores of Lake Union in a beautifully recreated Native American longhouse with a group of friends that date back 50++ years? For me, not much. After drinks on the dock, which I recommend (weather permitting,) we moved indoors. Throughout the evening, we laughed and savored beautifully prepared and served cuisine while gaping at incredible views of the Space Needle, the Tuesday evening Duck Doge sailboat race, and all sorts of marine traffic scooting back and forth over the sparkling summer water."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "The food here is the best in Seattle!!! The kitchen was backed up because the restaurant was so busy, but the staff made the wait extremely pleasurable. The food was definitely worth the wait. Not to mention the view was outstanding as well! I would recommend this restaurant to anyone either visiting Seattle or living there. Would even be a great place to hold a reception or other special event."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Food and atmosphere was good. But the server might need to write down after order request. Lemon never brought to table after request. Salmon piece served was a little small."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "My 85-year old father was in town and wanted to eat great seafood with a view. We got a reservation at Ivar's and were given a great table in a lively spot with a view that was also quiet enough for Dad to hear our conversation - incredible that Ivar's can meet all goals! Great food, excellent waiter. Totally fun."
    Dined on 7/26/2014