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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Memphis
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good.....quick. Overall good but pricey.

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JW
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

Ivar's has been a regular for us whenever visitors are in town. One of the best things has been the breading on the calimari appetizer, as well as the fish 'n chips is gluten free...well...it WAS GF. The flour was just changed this week. My wife can no longer enjoy. I am not GF, but can absolutely say the new breading, especially on the calimari is awful. Heavy and holds tons of frying oil. I think from now on might just stay on Bainbridge and go to one of the 2 restaurants that have very good calimari with GF breading. Ivar's, stop trying to be cheap and squeeze a profit and go back to the original flour.

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JJ
Portland
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Family friendly. Beautiful and huge. Great food options. Better value than some other places near by.

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DM
Calgary
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Though this is a chain, and definitely aimed at tourists to Seattle oh, it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. It is right on the water, so our table by the window gave us a wonderful view of the harbor. The menu at lunch time had all the things that we were interested in. My lunch companion and I both had there dozen oysters which were among the lowest priced in the city. The oysters were delicious! That left only room for a shared Caesar salad, which was divided and serve to us on two plates. I recommend the experience and we'll go again next time I'm Seattle.

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J
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

I came to this restaurant twice while visiting Seattle. While the food is very good and the view is beautiful the service both times was terrible!!!

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NL
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific food, service and view. Always a favorite.

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VL
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good. Service was exceptional. Value was par but for the location.

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CM
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best gluten free calamari and seafood chowder. Highly recommend!

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SN
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a group of 14 people and everyone loved Ivar's! The food and drinks were delicious. The view was amazing, especially the sunset. The halibut was very fresh and perfectly cooked.

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

Great food and service for our meeting in Seattle nice view

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Tahoe
6 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was delicious, as expected. Waiter was not on par. Did not offer appetizers, soup, salad, extras. Just took order for drinks and mains. He could have worked harder and offered more. Had to ask for bread three times. But food was the best. Had a great view from our table. Highly recommend.

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Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

terrific! that’s it.

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Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Great ambiance with view of the water. Clam chowder and calamari were pretty good, so we were looking forward to the entrees. We we're disappointed; the salmon was dry, the kids' cheeseburger was dry, and the cioppino was too salty with overcooked fish and shellfish. The waiter seemed friendly, but he committed my one pet-peeve: he grabbed the check before we left the table; which I find pretty insulting. I will not go back, and I can not recommend Ivar's.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

The food was good and in a prime location however the service was terrible. The waiter would walk by our table multiple times without asking if we needed anything or checking on us. We had to actively get his attention and ask sometimes multiple times anytime we needed something like more water or the bill. Just frustrating experience.

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Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice view. Sunset was beautiful! Food was really good.

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AR
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome! Food and service incredible every time. Will always eat there when visiting Seattle!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food but way overpriced. It’s in a tourist area, so something to be expected. I have never paid $20 for a fish and chips basket. Crazy.

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SC
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best seafood we have ever had! The Calamari was out of this world!

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CE
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing cioppino, my favorite dish. Ambiance is fantastic, whether you on patio enjoying the Seattle waterfront or inside amongst the hustle and bustle of a very busy restaurant!

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JL
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Their halibut fish and chips are delicious! And I love their garlic fries but they only serve them in the bar so I wish we would have been seated in the bar this time.

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Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Made reservations for 6:15 dinner to take advantage of Ivar's birthday special. We were not seated until 6:45. Service was slow even though there were many open tables near us. The gratuity was incorrectly figured and the price was just moderate, even with the birthday discount meals.

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WD
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Fish was dry

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RL
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Great deal food slow in coming and the don’t heat their bread. Waitress did not come around enough. Food was excellent. Ate outside weather and view PERFECT

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EK
Seattle
20 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious seafood, plus the view of the Sound and the Olympic Mountains is amazing!

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JB
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Ivars has a nice view of Puget Sound and the mountains beyond. Many of the tables can see the view.
Both my husband and I enjoyed our entrees. This was the second time we were there in a few months and enjoyed it the first time too.

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Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

It was good! Service could have been better though - waiter did not come by often

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SM
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Ivar's Acreas of Clams is consistently an enjoyable dining experience. This dinner evening was no exception. Service was excellent and food was plentiful and delicious.

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Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

delicious chowder so creamy and hits the tongue with pleasure

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T
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Ivar's is classic Seattle; however, the waitstaff was pathetic. Hostess made us wait for seemingly no apparent reason as we had a reservation and there were plenty of empty tables. The waitress did not mention the wine specials and when we asked we got the special menu. She forgot to bring us an appetizer and I just skipped it. She noticed when we put our coats back on as the place was freezing and said she would speak to the manager about turning up the heat. No discernable difference following that statement. The waitress brought the bill without the discount on the wine we ordered and was oblivious when we mentioned it to her. She then admitted it was her first day on the job.

Thankfully, the food was good.

Bob Donnegan needs to step up the training/hiring protocols!

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BT
Houston
64 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Freshest options for seafood and local fare. Grilled Halibut was outstanding. Dockside views and excellent service all around made for a wonderful evening.

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TG
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Our food was excellent - tasty and just the right sized servings.
Our server brought a basket of old, dried bread. He later found some fresh bread.
The waiter's attention to our needs was problematic - long gaps between courses and a particularly long wait for our dessert.

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Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was really delicious but it was a littlw pricey. Came from Canada so it was a nice treat. Overall, they had great service and the food was amazing.

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LK
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Love the tradition of this place and the clam chowder! I never liked it before I tried Iver’s! Great server as well. I always come to Ivers when I visit Seattle which is a lot !

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K
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It was an okay experience. The fish all tasted the same and wasn't a great blend of flavor. It is one big open area. It definitely seemed more for tourists.

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FL
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a nice quiet dinner overlooking the water! Highly recommend the chowders - we enjoyed the clam and the salmon chowder. Our main dishes (salmon and bacon wrapped halibut) were delicious!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

Despite an Open Table reservation, we were told they had no room for us and we waited 25 minutes for a table. Hosts were rude and unapologetic blaming OpenTable for the problem. Manager was nice and bought us apps/dessert but never admitted issue.

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CS
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

The view we had was really great, and we had 8 people in our party. The ambience was great, but I ordered a cup of clam chowder which never arrived, and had the fish and chips, with the fish being a little bland. However, the table seemed to have a really good time overall.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyable, nice experience

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k
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Food good, not great. Had seafood tria: shrimp great, but halibut and salmon overdone. Very expensive. Wait service excellent!

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L
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre-wedding family dinner

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