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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 - 5:00pm

    Monday – Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Sunday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm

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

    Happy Hour:
    7 days a week!: 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm

    NOTE: Holidays may vary. Please call for hours and details.
  • 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 Indian Longhouse, complete with an open-pit Indian-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
  • "Food is ok. Wish the hot food are a little more warm. Overall a little overpriced. I like the view and services are good. I might recommend to my friends."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "What a Last Memory to leave a Amazing City. Been a loyal customer for many years and I love bringing my OUT OF FRIENDS here. So they can have AMAZING Food and Lasting Memory. WE will back very soon."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Perfect located - very good salmon! Worth to go to this Place!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Horrible service. Waiter "dropped" dishes on table when he served. Filled water glasses, spilled the water/overfilled and saw it, and left water on table. He never came back to check on how food was or if we needed anything. Clearly poorly trained/not at level he should be for a mid-range restaurant at dinner time. Might not be his fault. I don't consider this a low end restaurant. I expected better for $150 tab for 4. Also, they did not seat me when I checked in & arrived on time for my table reservation. They/made me stand and wait almost 20 minutes while they seated everybody in line BEHIND me? Very weird."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Service was not great but everything else was. Maitre'd was rude, I couldn't figure out why. We didn't get a waitress for 15 mins (which is a long time for lunch time), I asked the bus boy/water person to get us the waitress."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Excellent food, wonderful views. Lovely creme brule for my mothers birthday. Thank you!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "There are several good brunch places in Seattle. This gets my "favorite" vote because of the ambiance, the food selection (a huge variety of things I like to eat), the view, and the cheerful and helpful wait staff. Compared to Salty's on Alki, it is less "fancy" -- fewer flower arrangements and the decor is more rustic and reflective of native American traditions. Salty's might have more dessert options, but Ivar's Salmon House has more variety in fish, including (on my recent visit) fillets of salmon and cod, a couple of casserole-style offerings, a mixed shellfish dish, sushi rolls and even their own brilliant fish 'n chips. I also enjoyed a delicious custom-made crepes, right next to the custom omelette station."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Sunday brunch on the deck watching the boats go by. We always come in on our boat. Ivars has a new dock and it is top notch. But the brunch variety is what really makes the day. Super good standard brunch fare + their hallmark seafood specialties. You haven't had salmon until you have it salmon house."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "I took two Seattleites to Ivars for lunch as they had never visited there before. We all had excellent food and service. Waiter Chris was informed about the history of the white king salmon ( very interesting story) and was a great server. Both friends enjoyed the great outdoor dining and will return. The only suggestion would be to increase the size of the umbrellas or have them be adjustable to protect al of the guests at the table."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Parking is an issue, allow time to find parking before your reservation. With free valet I would go more often"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We are long time Seattle residents and have enjoyed the various Ivar's for more than 40 years. We celebrated my sisters birthday at the Salmon House on Tuesday. The food, ambiance and view were great as always. however, the service was mediocre at best. We had to ask our server (young man) for our first serving of bread to accompany our appetizer and sweetener for iced tea twice. He was not THAT busy, but the order was delivered by another waiter and we did not see him again until a lukewarm inquiry about dessert. He did ask about a second round of drinks for some and did bring the bill promptly. We decided to have our family photo taken by another guest at an adjoining table since he was not to be found!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Excellent service, good food, great location lots of parking."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "A wonderful Seattle staple. Don't bother with the various walk ups, take the time for the sit down experience and enjoy the view across Lake Union. However, avoid the fish and chips, which were bland. Management was gracious enough to remove it from our bill...."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "We took out of state family here for lunch. Lynn was our server and she is the most amazing wait staff I've ever experienced. She knew it was a special occasion and she went all out!! The scenery is fantastic with boats, paddle boarders, kayaks and float planes coming and going. The genuine Native carvings and art are lovely as well. It's so nice that a "tourist" spot is also high quality food, service and respectful to the culture it celebrates."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "The building is spectacular and very true to Native American roots. Service was attentive and knowledgeable. The view...killer! The salmon was the star, perfectly cooked and so fresh. Everything was great."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We were able to be seated at the corner table to enjoy the view and activity of the boating world. Waitress was most accommodating and we enjoyed our visit."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We were told to get a table at the window. We had a table near the door with a view on the umbrellas on the Terrasse. The server forgot our food which was not any more hot when it arrived late at our table."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "This is a fabulous place to take out-of-town-guests. The view of Seattle's skyline simply cannot be beat. And watching the sail and power boats heading toward the Montlake Cut is very pleasant. I took my cousin who was visiting from Illinois here and her first comment was, ""Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore!" She was thrilled. The service was also wonderful and very accommodating. And our fish salads were great."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "If you can get a window seat or sit outside on the porch you have a nice view of Seattle and all shapes and size of boats passing by. Salmon always a good choice and cooked to perfection."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "A simple measure of service is water. We had to ask for a refill. Steak was ordered rare, came medium (refired, alderwood cooked, tasty). Wide variety of alderwood cooked salmon. If the weather is suitable wait for outdoor table. Good for special occasions and a "Seattle experience" for tourists."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "A group of seven of us dined at the Salmon House, all of us having dined there many times before. We all enjoyed our entrees, the service was great and the experience all together pleasant."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "As we expected, our dining experience at the Lake Union Ivars was good. The salmon was a bit overdone, but know it's difficult to turn perfect salmon out in a large restaurant."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Upscale rustic with many lovely pieces of Northwest Indian art, Ivar's Salmon House is a fine place to take out-of-town guests for a special dinner. We had excellent service. As you might guess, they serve a lot of seafood--including, of course, salmon--supposedly prepared in traditional ways although the fanciness of the food inspires a bit of doubt about that. It's quite expensive, though. With gratuity, the bill for our party of seven came to $324.00--nearly $50 per person. Definitely a special-occasion splurge."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We were in Seattle for a meeting and remembered this spot from earlier visits. They were only serving brunch - but what a brunch? We thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the assistance of very friendly and helpful staff."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Wish Ivar himself was still living. I could say to him "why don't you tune your guitar" just like my father did from the early 30's to 1975. A great living legacy to the memory of Ivar Haglund."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I stuck with the crab louie and hubby had the shrimp louie. We've been looking all over the NW for a good louie and knew without doubt Ivar's would be the answer and they were. I haven't found better in over 50 years. Service was excellent. Far above and beyond. Casual dining, noise level tolerable. Patio and outside seating first come/first served but we managed a table near a window, still with a stellar view. I would recommend any of the Ivar's restaurants. Especially in Seattle."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We had a group of 6 people dining at Ivar's and all of us loved our experience. Even though we made a reservation for 7:30 and did not get seated until 8:30 we were very happy with our experience. The manager came to talk with us about how busy they had been that night and bought us all a round of complimentary drinks while we waited. I would recommend the food and service to anyone."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We have been coming here since 1998. It is one of out favorite restaurants in the area-just wish they had more parking."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We had a great time, the food was good and the view was fantastic!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Food is very good. Prices are reasonable. View is outstanding and interior of the restaurant is wonderful. I always enjoy going to this restaurant."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Had the most amazing salmon here. Highly recommended. All of the food was to die for. Only complaint was the awkward table I was sat at. As a party of two, we were shoved in a corner next to two long tables (used to host larger groups) and I constantly felt in the way and very awkward, like I was blocking in half of the other table. Plus with so many people right next to you, it was rather loud. The dining room is so large that it is loud overall, but those large groups less than a foot away made it even louder. Definitely would return, just hoping for better seating next time."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "brought out of town friends for Ivar's "famous" fish and chips.I was totally embarrassed as the halibut fish and chips consisted of a large plate of fries with two tiny sticks of halibut, good for about three bites. Basically we each paid $ 16.00 for a large plate of fries."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "I frequented Ivar's Salmon House many years ago. Today it is vibrant and the food is surprisingly excellent. Good job, Ivar Haglund."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "brought 6 of my girl-friends, and they loved loved loved it! - We ate outside, had a fabulious view, so much goes on in the water, not to mention the food. It was delicious."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Good overall exp, however, my wife would have spit out several bites of her item if she had known the people we were with better. WAY over salted, you could feel the chunks of sea salt. She thinks it must have gotten salted at least 2x if not 4x! Other items were fine."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "The setting of this restaurant is one of the best in Seattle with Lake Union and the cut just outside your window but unfortunately, the food does not match up. My wife and I came here for Brunch and with the exception of the Omelet and Crepe bar, the rest of the food was either cold, overcooked and just not tasty. In addition, I am not big on dessert bars but this one was really small and to make it look bigger they laid out very thin slices of cake and placed about 40 plates all around to fill up the table. Very disappointed as in years past, the quality was soo much better."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Brunch buffet was wonderful. Excellent attentive service."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We had a wonderful meal, and since I requested a window table on Open Table, we had a terrific view of the busy marina. It was a pricey dinner for 4 (3 apps, 4 entrees, 3 drinks, 1 dessert + tip=$250) but we'd do it again--we had a lovely evening. Recommend the alder-cooked halibut. We were visiting Seattle and drove our rental car from Capitol Hill, drove through the U of W and parked across from the restaurant-a pleasant, easy trip."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Great as it always has been, we have been dining here for 40+ years. Very pleased with the dining, did have to get lucky to get a parking spot."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "A must for your Seattle visitor guests. Great ambience, view, food and decor. A Seattle landmark."
    Dined on 6/21/2014