Ivar's Salmon House
Ivar's Salmon House

Ivar's Salmon House

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ivars.com/
  • Phone: 2066320767x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch:
    Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm

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

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

    Lounge:
    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: We specialize in preparing fresh and wild northwest seafood over our alder wood fire, creating menus that distinguish us and go far beyond ordinary. Our accomplished and professional staff is here to see to your guests' every need. Allow us to create a memory that will last a lifetime.
  • Private Party Contact: Banquet Manager 2066320767
  • 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: Ivar's Salmon House invites revelers to ring in the New Year like never before!

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

    Enjoy:
    + 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:
    http://www.ivars.com/events/item/65-75th-dinner

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.
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Ivar's Salmon House reviews from OpenTable diners
307 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (256)great for outdoor dining (167)special occasion (154)good for groups (127)great for brunch (85)great for lunch (83)kid-friendly (79)neighborhood gem (71)fit for foodies (60)romantic (56)hot spot (20)late-night find (14)notable wine list (13)vibrant bar scene (8)Show More
  • Disappointed
    simon
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The food was undercooked, overpriced. The corn muffins we boring no flavor. The service was average. My sister brought me her because she loves your food. She was also disappointed. Won't be back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • enjoyable
    MissKittieFantastico
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Had a nice, casual sunday brunch with many food offerings for all in party to enjoy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming waterfront great buffett
    chrisstie
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I brought my friend here for her birthday. We had made reservations in advance but were given the option to sit outside and there was plenty of space for us. We were right ON the water getting to enjoy the incredible buffet with the ambience of the Seattle waterways. Seeing ducks, paddleboarders, sailboats making the bridge go up and down... what a way to take in the view and the lengthy extensive buffet. I really enjoyed the crab legs and the seafood steam. Would definitely come back again for special occasions
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunday Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Before I moved, I came to Ivar's Salmon House for Mother's Day brunch annually so I knew I had to come back when I visited Seattle. Excellent staff and right on the water. I was pleased that the food was as amazing as I had remembered it to be. The NW tribal art that adorns the exterior and interior of the building is so cool and an excellent nod to indigenous NW culture. I love this place. Whenever someone is going to Seattle or trying to find a nice place to take friends/family I always recommend Ivar's Salmon House. Don't forget to try the clam chowder!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great seafood
    rlkwineguyVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Get there early after a Huskies win as we did. Great energy in the room. Very good seasonal seafood. Had the Fraser River sockeye which was perfectly cooked and my wife had the Alaska halibut again perfect. Fantastic seating overlooking the lake towards the Space Needle.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ordinary food with a poor attitude
    John
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Went in for a family meal with some out of town family tourists, all of whom are fish fans. Experience was fairly ordinary, and it's safe to say I won't bother going back as there are many superior offerings in Seattle at this price point. Started with a batch of attitude from a greeter who seemed to be of the opinion that we were inconveniencing her by showing up on time for our reservation. The food, while fine, was nothing special, and the atmosphere and promised views fell well short of those advertised - felt like the building needed some refurbishment. I'd skip this one.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BetteB
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We took our friends from Australia to dinner and they loved it! Food was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    Simona
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    It was a fabulous experience for our out of town guests. The oysters on the half shell were delicious!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • VoltarrVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    good quality food in a large setting with a nice view of the marina. A bit noisy and bustling so i wouldn't recommend for a "quiet" evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Family Favorite
    LMNOP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Ivar's is our go-to restaurant for out-of-town guests and family celebrations. Classic Seattle.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find!
    TooCoolJo
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We are so glad we found Ivar's. One of us is a "foodie" and the other is a "I prefer mine simpler". The selections at Ivar's was broad enough to meet both of our needs. The Alder Grilled Salmon was cooked perfectly, not overcooked like so many restaurants. We would both recommend Ivar's as a "must do" in Seattle.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    If one wants good fresh salmon/ seafood, Ivar's is the place to go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not ADA friendly
    silverchord
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The restaurant layout for buffet hours is difficult to manipulate for people with disabilities. The entrance is slipped and tricky for wheeled equipment, too. But it was a great feast.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Brunch Buffet
    scred
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Accommodating for 2 children in high chairs. Allowed for leisurely dining. Lots of good food, some a little bland
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not all window Tables are good
    needambiance
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    After requesting and then waiting for a window, we were seated in the back, next to a window, however the view was blocked by the umbrellas for the outdoor tables. Very disappointing as I had a party of 6 with several first time to Seattle guests. The door to the patio was propped open and it became very cold for us. Our server did close the door but the very next server through it re-propped it open. We went elsewhere for dessert as we were too cold to enjoy it there. It was a shame as the food was good but we were unable to enjoy it. I will take guests elsewhere in the future.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Absolute favorite
    Kristagos
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    This is my absolute favorite brunch spot! I am not even from Seattle but make sure to stop here whenever I'm in town! Food is outstanding and the view is unmatched!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    bruncher
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    My friend and I have been before but this time was disappointing. The crab was difficult to get out of the shells and my friend the coffee was not good. I did really like the salmon and there were other things that were good but not as good as our last visit.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    As a long time cannery designer and operator, I found the seafood and food overall just exquisite. Since 1973, as a NOAA officer stationed in Lake Union, I have been dining at your restaurant and now am introducing our grown children's spouses to this family tradition. Thank You Ivars
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LisaOVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Salmon was delicious, but the puree and frisee with carrots was not to my liking.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best outdoor dining!
    ogre
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We had reservations, abs when we got there wewere asked if we wanted to eat inside or outside. Normally I'm not a big fan of rating outdoors, and I love the interior of Ivar's Salmon House, but my in-laws were in town and they opted for eating outside. The service, seating, view, weather, and of course food were all fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Salmon House is a Seattle landmark
    TeacherRita
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Ivar's restaurants are surely an institution in Seattle! The Salmon House with its Native American longhouse theme and art is a wonderful spot for its scenic view of Lake Union and the city. Its food is excellent with a great variety of seafood options. It's a great place to take out of town guests and for special occasions, as well as just an evening dining out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Lunch
    Beats
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I was celebrating my birthday by having lunch with a couple of friends. We all ordered different meals and all three were excellent. Our waitress gave us superior service. The whole meal was very enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Great meal and worth the trip but the wine list is expensive and the meals on the high side for Puget Sound.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty with a view
    Pittsburghgirl
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Besides the best salmon ever, why order anything else , it was the best server ever. I had a large group over 25 that kept expanding. We ordered separate checks, split meals, and moved tables around. The server just kept accommodating us! Best view ever even if u sit inside .
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive but worth it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Quality food, good service and great environment but at a premium price.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous brunch!
    Sandcastle
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Excellent service and fabulous brunch! Definitely will be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reunion with window seating
    Baia
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great expectations not fulfilled.
    visitor
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yummy Stop-Over
    VisitOldFriends
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    This is a terrific place to celebrate special events with special foods. OpenTable made it easy to make a reservation from out-of-town, easy to invite my guests with details, and later received a reminder to confirm.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impressed the out-of-town guests
    SeattleRep
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The food was good, service was outstanding, and combined with the beautiful weather and the gorgeous view over the water to the Space Needle, it was the perfect place to impress my guests.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Historical
    Dkfromballard
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Great place to entertain out of town guests - this place is a true Seattle original-
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seattle Landmark
    TastR
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • spectacular outdoor space
    DayTripperDiva
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, slow service
    Eastsiders
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to take company
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We always take company here. The salmon dishes are wonderful.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A classic
    RossMcKVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday at Ivars
    RichardS
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We had a great birthday meal. The view and food were great.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary dinner
    theimerle
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We had a very good salmon dinner at a window seat .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate