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About Ivar's Acres of Clams

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.

1001 Alaskan Way
Pier 54
Seattle, WA 98104
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch:
Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm

Dinner:
Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm

Lounge:
Sunday - Thursday: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday - Saturday: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

Happy Hour:
7 Days A Week!: 3:00 pm to Close

NOTE: Holiday hours may vary. Hours and menus subject to change.

Cross Street:
Between Spring and Madison

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(206) 624-6852

Website:
http://www.ivars.com/

Catering:
Please call for details.

Parking Details:
Visit www.DowntownSeattleParking.com for rates as low as $3 per hour.

Public Transit:
University Street Station Transit Tunnel (enter at 2nd or 3rd and Seneca) - For King County Metro Bus and Link Light Rail

Executive Chef:
Chris Garr

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Since 1938! Experience the City of Seattle's colorful waterfront and dine on award winning Pacific Northwest Seafood, all in one great place at Ivar's Acres of Clams. Space available for holiday parties, business meetings, cocktail hours, wedding receptions, corporate entertaining and more.

Ivar's Acres of Clams Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (79)
Scenic View (66)
Special Occasion (40)
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Casual (39)
Good for Birthdays (37)
Good for a Date (34)
Great for Outdoor Dining (33)
Good for Anniversaries (30)
Local Ingredients (30)
Good for Groups (29)
Great for Lunch (28)
Kid-friendly (27)
People Watching (23)
Fun (23)
Business Meals (17)
Romantic (17)
Worth the Drive (15)
Authentic (13)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Comfort Food (11)
Cozy (11)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Healthy (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Happy Hour (8)
Seasonal (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Great Beer (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Live Sports (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Organic (2)
Tapas (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on August 7, 2017

We went here for a shrimp cocktail and a crab Louie salad. It was quite busy because of Seafair. We had to wait a long time for our food to come. The bread is wonderful.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Seattle staple. Must Do. Great chowder. Always busy

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Fun, Great Beer, Tapas, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on August 6, 2017

We loved the food, ambiance, service and views from your restaurant.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on August 6, 2017

We were in Seattle on holiday from Australia and went into Ivars for a meal on our first night and were so impressed with the halibut that we revisited with some friends we met on our cruise whom we recommended ivars to.
They to really enjoyed the meal.

High recommendations to this resturaunt.

Tags: People Watching, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Very good surf and turf! Recommend the lobster tail.

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 (Portland)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Great setting and wonderful service. We were there before an Alaskan Cruise. The Salmon and Halibut were quite tasty. The chicken was also very good. Strangely enough, the roasted potatoes were the rock star of the show.

Tags: Good for a Date, Scenic View, Authentic, Healthy, Casual, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Great Beer, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Waterfront
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Excellent server

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·Dined on August 4, 2017

I had friends visiting from out of towm and wanted to show them the best Seattle has has to offer. The ambiance and historic setting is great, but we were disappointed with the slow, inattentive service (before and throughout the meal), the limited seafood selection, quality of seafood and presentation was just so-so.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on August 3, 2017

We were to be seated on time with reservation ( despite the long wait line) but opted to wait for outside. Had a drink in the bar $5. Same drink outside with dinner was $8.
We ordered soup & salmon app. & dinner. Waiter seemed to want to bring all together. I was very clear that I wanted a first course & entree separate. Although we waited a while for our drink & first course ( bread was promised twice. Arrived after 1st course) it was a nice nite so we were relaxing outside. Nearly as soon as first course was served the waiter announced our dinner was on its way. I was still eating my sour & my partner was maybe 1/3 thru app when dinner arrived. My clams became cool & butter congealed before I finished. Waiter was not to be. Found except immediately after entree was served to see if it was ok. Had difficulty ordering 2nd drinks.
Soup sampler was very good. Smoked salmon was not the typical thin lox. It was thick & tasty. Excellent. Manila clams were ok. Butter was a little bitter. Yukon potatoes were good. Salad with crab & shrimp had lots of very fresh lettuce. Ok but not too generous amount of crab
We might have had dessert ( it was a birthday) but the waiter never asked. By then we were ready to be done.
Too bad they won't allow just drinks outside. Really a special setting. Food was fresh but ordinary.

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on August 2, 2017

We had phenomenal service, and everyone complimented the restaurant on their meal. Meals included fish, steak, and pasta. Ivars also has a beautiful view which was great for our out of town guests.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Waterfront
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 (Montana)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Not even close to the best fish and chips. Disappointing quality for the price.

Tags: Waterfront, Business Meals
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on July 30, 2017

We had a fantastic lunch on the Pier! The food and service were amazing. Thanks Ivar's Acres of Clams!

Tags: Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on July 30, 2017

Perfect service. Our visiting friends from CA enjoyed the food service and views.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Food was decent. Service was very slow; our waiter looked less than happy. Crowded and noisy.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Waterfront
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·Dined on July 30, 2017

Awesome food, but our server Jason really made the night even better. The atmosphere was a little more casual than I expected, but it was still nice that the wait staff were all nicely dressed.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tapas, Romantic, Waterfront
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Ivar's Acres of Clams is a Seattle institution. It closed during the construction of the new Seattle sea wall. When it reopened the restaurant had been renovated. Around that time the City passed the $15 minimum wage. Ivar's took that opportunity to re-do & raise their pricing to include gratuity. This was supposed to free the customer from adding a tip, and to ensure that the staff was fully compensated. Now they have kept the raised prices and want the customer to add a tip.

Food is routine, most of the menu (80%) is focused on drinks.

Tags: Casual
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 (Houston)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Good food. Excellent service. Would recommend this restaurant for clams

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on July 28, 2017

We had a very nice dinner at Ivar's. We had a lovely waterfront view. Food was delicious and our server was fantastic. She recommended a salmon chowder that was outstanding and I don't usually love seafood! We also enjoyed the sangria with dinner. I will definitely dine here again the next time I visit Seattle.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Casual, Local Ingredients, Waterfront, Kid-friendly, Scenic View
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Great patio with a great view of the water. The food was ok, I'm not sure I'd go back since I wasn't impressed by the interior.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront
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·Dined on July 27, 2017

This was our first experience with Ivar's. Since we are from the Olympic Peninsula, the location of this Ivar's was perfect and within walking distance from the ferry terminal.

The host/hostess and servers were all very responsive, friendly and helpful. The food was excellent - a bit pricey but worth it.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Great for a our lunch meeting with the great weather.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Remodel is awesome! Food excellent as always. Seafood salad was generously filled with fresh seafood. Fabulous!

Tags: Waterfront, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on July 25, 2017

Annabelle says: Loveliest spot on the waterfront, although umbrellas could not bend to block the sun on the expansive patio. Bread was cold, tasteless and without crust. Food was good, but king crab very good. Service kept up with our thirst and very attentive.

Tags: Casual, People Watching
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 25, 2017

Food was okay, but nothing spectacular. Service was good, glad we had a reservation - but the prices for what we had seemed pretty high. If the prices were just a tad bit lower I would have thought it was an okay deal, but outside of the fact that it's a landmark and we had out of town family, I wouldn't just choose to go here unless I was entertaining out of town family, friends or business associates. Not bad, just pricey.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View
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·Dined on July 25, 2017

We shared a wonderful meal with friends and highly recommend this restaurant. The setting was lovely, the food excellent, and the service outstanding. We look forward to a return visit.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 24, 2017

The quality of food and service was excellent, as was the view and ambiance. I highly recommend Ivors for any occasion.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on July 24, 2017

We really enjoyed the salmon dish with roasted potatoes and asparagus. We watched the ferries come in and the waves lap at the pier.

Tags: Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Great for Lunch, Cozy
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on July 23, 2017

We first went for lunch when we arrived Seattle and as a party of 4 had an assortment of entres. Everyone was thrilled and we commentated on the great service and calm enjoyable lunch. 2 nights later we went back for dinner seated on the lovely deck as before. Unfortunately and not the rest. Fault we were seated next to loud very drunk heckling women. Once they left it was again attention to the beautiful sunset over the water. Unfortunately while our food was excellent our server was the worst.. took forever to get to us and addressed us as if we were at some diner. Practically throwing our plates on the table shouting to us as she walked by.. we left there saying "great dinner, horrible service" so as long as you get one of the good ones youll probably have a great meal. Really nice deck overlooking the lake.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Casual, Scenic View, Kid-friendly, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Poor service and subpar food left me disappointed. Fortunately the chowder is still good!

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·Dined on July 22, 2017

Cool place. Pretty views. Good service. But can find better seafood for lower prices elsewhere.

Tags: Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 22, 2017

A good place to celebrate special occasions with out of town guests. The food is great. Scenic views of Puget Sound and the coming and going of the ferries never cease to amaze and please our guests. The general ambience is good, but the service can be a bit slow when the place is really busy. We brought our own wines (produced commercially by a family member) which the server was very happy to open and serve. There is a corkage fee, but it was reasonable.
The noise levels can be a bit high for our older family members who are hard of hearing, but in general, the decibel levels were moderate.
We had the calamari and bruschetta for appetizers, and then nearly everyone had salmon or halibut (the bacon wrapped halibut was a bit hit) for the main course. Everyone was happy and full when we left. We will do this again.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Groups
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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Awesome waiter. Was seated close to reservation time despite half of party running late. Food was well prepared and delicious. Great choices on the menu!

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·Dined on July 21, 2017

Had a wonderful dinner in their new remodeled facility. We went to celebrate my spouse's birthday. They sent us a coupon for that occasion that gave us a free entree. We ordered the crab/shrimp louis' which were as good as we remembered. Only downside was we had to ask for a bread basket refill and I was disappointed they didn't bring a small birthday dessert for her which used to be automatic and complementary. But overall we enjoyed our dinner date.

Tags: Casual, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on July 21, 2017

The food was ok, but overpriced. We should have just gone to the walk up Ivers next door.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Waterfront, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Normally very reliable for seafood but this time the halibut and chips came 'limp' as if it had been sitting under a heat lamp too long. (Happened to two of us). We were offered a free dessert but politely refused.

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Healthy, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Afternoon Coffee
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on July 19, 2017

We went to celebrate a birthday. We had a window seat, great service and an enjoyable meal

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Food was pretty good, good location on pier, prices were high for food quality.

Tags: Waterfront, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Always good. Seattle institution. Wish they'd bring back the red clam chowder.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on July 16, 2017

My salmon was cold and the service was slow.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Service was great and the food delish!! We were seated early, quick greeting, appetizers were delivered with a smile, and the dinner was amazing!

Tags: Waterfront
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