Ivar's Acres of Clams

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Ivar’s Acres of Clams unveiled a whale of a transformation recently. The down-to-the-studs remodel includes expanded indoor dining space, a new outdoor patio, expanded state-of-the-art kitchen and a completely refreshed interior that still pays homage to its iconic roots.

Original features of the Pier including exposed fir beams and a refurbished Galbraith-Bacon & Co sign from the original tenant were restored. Enjoy expansive views of the Puget Sound, Washington State ferries and fireboats from historic Fire Station #3. If you prefer al fresco dining, enjoy a stunning, new outdoor patio. Bask in the open-air breeze while taking in the sights and sounds of Elliott Bay.

Our chefs create award-winning preparations to reflect the season’s bounty, yet still showcase Ivar Haglund’s world famous original recipes. Dine on wild Alaskan salmon, deep-water halibut, Alaskan King Crab, Dungeness Crab, jumbo prawns, manila clams, weathervane scallops just to name a few.
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Seattle
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been a few years since I ate there, much improvement in layout - still miss it a bit as I remembered it, especially the "Acres of Clams" poem on menu/placemats.

JR
Austin
31 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The grilled halibut was amazing! Steak salad was delish, and the grilled prawns were tasty as well. We had a reservation, but were initially told we had to wait a few minutes for our table, even though they weren't that busy. Once we were seated, it was quite a bit before we were actually waited on too. Once we ordered it didn't take too long for the food to come out though.

G
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The clams, salmon and halibut were cooked to perfection and the clam chowder was our favorite food item. Jason, our server, was knowledgeable about the menu and history of Ivar's. The free creme brulee for our anniversary was excellent as well!

J
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch was terrific, wonderful crab / parm spread on terrific baguette followed by simply grilled halibut with Portobello mushrooms - could not have been better. Terrific view of the harbor on a crisp day... nothing could have been better. Terrific server as well as wonderful food - always a good combination. Not the first time there and we will I'm sure return.

OT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best clam chowder and had an incredibly delicious crab and goat cheese dip that was to die for. Highly recommend when in Seattle!

JS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The seven of us had a great meal and with a last minute request even brought a complimentary birthday dessert with a candle. Many of us had the grilled halibut which was delicious.

JW
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

As always great food!

JL
St. Louis
7 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Historic downtown seafood restaurant on the water. Our dinner was outstanding, especially the coconut curry mussels and the salmon with huckleberry vinaigrette. Highly recommended!

LA
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Not good enough for the prices. Clam Chowder is. Awesome though.

AM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A Seattle must. Always outstanding food and service.

DO
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We absolutely love this place!! So convenient on Pier 54. The food is the best! King crab, lobster, fish, and especially my favorite smoked salmon chowder!!!! If you've never tried this chowder, order a cup or the sampler, it'll knock yer socks off!!

S
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We wanted to eat outside. We made an Open Table reservation 15minutes ahead, and walked to the restaurant. Although our table wasn't ready early, it was ready on time. Oddly, they handed us a restaurant buzzer when we checked in, but it never went off; I heard them calling my name. All of us loved our meals; two had halibut and chips, one had a bowl of chowder and a shrimp appetizer. I had the chowder sampler and the truffle oil halibut. The sampler was interesting because I almost always just have their famous claim chowder, but this time I started with a spicy salmon and corn chowder (spicy in chowderland), then had their fish chowder which is somewhat thicker than their famous claim chowder. The halibut I had was excellent, and without asking the waiter put the truffle oil off to the side, which I appreciated to keep the fish unswamped. In all, it was an excellent end of summer meal eating on the water looking out on the boat traffic and enjoying the city.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

Great food, SLOW service. Drinks ordered well before entrees but were delivered with entrees. Enormous amount of time after we were done before check was brought, also took forever once the check got there to come by & pick up. Otherwise great experience, just lots of time waiting for the waiter.

p
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Had been to Ivars in the past, so I thought it would be a good choice. Arrived at around 8, with many open tables, so not busy - got seated, and then forgotten about. Waitress and waiters were busing tables instead of helping customers. Finally we asked if possibly we could get some water and bread while waiting. Steamed clams and clam pasta was in a a very sweet sauce instead of butter and garlicky like we were used to. For pasta they do not use linguini. Waitress bought us dessert to make up for poor service. This is the only disservice they have heard.

OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect and the accommodated our large group. Our waiter was impressive and the food was just as impressive. So happy we went there.

AJ
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came back and brought my husband after 30 years because I remembered what a great restaurant it was. It did not disappoint. It was delicious and the staff was great. Thank you!

JW
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I brought my parents here that were visiting from PA to enjoy Seattle seafood. They love restaurants with a view and getting a spot on the patio close to sunset was incredible. We loved our meals, my Coho Salmon with Huckleberry vinaigrette was to die for! The server was attentive, the food great, and the view spectacular! It was the perfect experience I had hoped we’d have!

TD
Tulsa
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bradford was a excellent sever.

BD
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great clam chowder and the bacon- wrapped halibut was cooked to perfection.

LF
Philadelphia
103 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

I had the clam chowder as an appetizer which is excellent. For the entree I stuck with the classic fried clam strips and chips. It was a filling lunch

JN
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The foods was seasoned well. Very tasty and very reasonable prices

JU
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful place to meet with friends and family and have an excellent dinner. Noise levels were high, and prices were also high. On the other hand, the pasta and clams dish was the best I’ve ever had.
Bottom line: we will be back.

AP
San Antonio
7 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food and what a view of the water

PM
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had not been to Ivar's for a few years. The renovations opened the restaurant and makes it much more modern looking while keeping a good atmosphere. Our food was exceptional and the portions generous. Our waiter advised us of the specials and even offered a taste of a sauce that we did not recognize.
The only issue I have is they are too far away to be able to go more often.

BB
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 1service 2ambience 4

NOT VEG FRIENDLY! Expensive Okay, I know it's a seafood place, but only 1 vegetarian option - gosh a portobello mushroom covered in tomato sauce - and the waiter showed no interest or caring about any options.

Ivar's Acres of Clams
Responded on August 30, 2019

Brian, I apologize that you didn't find our vegetarian napoleon a suitable option for an entree. We do have 6 separate salads as well as three different seasonal vegetables that we serve currently. I will encourage our staff to find creative ways to meet guests needs. Thank you for your feedback! Sincerely, Casey Rose General Manager Ivar's Acres of Clams

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MS
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The meal started rocky... The Crab Cakes were incredibly soggy, and served in a manner which you wouldn't expect. However due to the awesome waiter stepping in, taking ownership, and making the situation better, by bending over backwards to make the rest of the meal phenomenal, I am giving the overall stars a 4 instead of the 2-3 that I would have normally. The waiter was above the standard and gave Michelin level service.

EL
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We had the best waiter I have ever had in Seattle. His name is Jose Garcia and he was knowledgeable, helpful, pleasant, funny and made our whole dinner AWESOME!!!! Whatever you are paying him is not enough! He is what makes an Ivar's experience the best it can be!

NF
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

This was the worst so called FRESH HALIBUT dinner we have ever had. It started off with us waiting for a table we reserved only to find the place half empty when we were seated. The waiter needs to go get some serious training. The topper was the 20 minute wait to just get our check.
Really bad experience.

B
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the Coho salmon with huckleberry sauce, this was probably the best salmon dish I have ever tasted!

F
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was fantastic as we had several members of our party arrive at different times and the server (Jason/Jay?) didn’t miss a beat bringing appetizers for those who sat and ordered wanting to eat before the ball game at the same time as getting drink orders for those arriving late. It was seamless service and we made it to the game on time. Food hits -the Ivarita, clams, calamari and mussels (the coconut curry sauce!! Wow!) and my tween daughter loved her steak off the children’s menu. I would go back just for the mussels!

DG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall very good. Perhaps a tad pricey for what it was but food was good, service was great and loved the ambiance!

JH
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great place to experience the best of Seattle's waterfront.

GW
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate at the restaurant and the food and service were fantastic. Servings may have been slightly on the small side. We also at the take away, great food and size at a great price. Preferred the takeaway.

M
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This restaurant has a great view location with wonderful ambience. The service was excellent and the food a tiny notch below fabulous. The management obviously knows how to run a restaurant.

NG
Austin
58 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We are from Texas so reserved early. Nice table outside, lovely clam chowder and coconut shrimp. Warning...crab and shrimp Louie is huge! Could not eat it all.

BR
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner for 4 was a wonderful experience. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the meal. The food was so delicious, our table was well situated and our waiter was attentive and knowledgeable.

RA
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The seafood chowder with smoked salmon and pepper was A+. Lots of fried foods. No table cloths. Busy robust clientele - mostly tourists. Overall good, but not great, not worth a diversion, but if you are there decent fare.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was very accommodating for our large group of 27 people, even when a few more relatives showed up unannounced. Food was excellent and was served in a timely fashion. Love this restaurant!

AJ
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!

S
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am a fan of Ivar's Acres of Clams. This time I had family from Europe and they were in Seattle only for 2 full days, therefore Ivars for lunch was the place. Radford was her wait person, he was polite, attentive and our orders were served as ordered.

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