Ivar's Acres of Clams

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2531 reviews
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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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Austin
58 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 6 days ago
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!

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.

JS
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good food and price. We were meeting family from Europe and had a wonderful 2 hours talking at our table without any pressure to leave. Good job Ivars.

T
Tokyo
11 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

ハーバーに面した席は眺めが良く、サンセットがキレイでした。
クラムチャウダーとフィッシュ&チップスは絶品。クラブケーキもガーリックマヨネーズと相性抜群。サーモン、ハリバットも良い味でした。

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LP
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Brent went over and above to ensure our meal was a great memorable experience even making a special dipping sauce to accommodate food allergies.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Skip everything order the cod

CW
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent seafood. Tomato, fennel chutney was to die for.

OT
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

Terrible. The waiter checked on us once, the salmon was over cooked which was so disappointing. The food was pricey for the quality. The green beans were overloaded with salt and pepper. So many other better options in Seattle. It’s the McDonald’s of Seattle seafood.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They were aware ahead of time and again at the meal of a 1 year wedding anniversary. Nothing significant done to recognize it. No complaints. But I do wonder why the restaurant wants to know if there is a special occasion?

LB
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Large portions. Great location on the water. Good was good but not great.

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

Nice atmosphere, good food, good service. I need to have gluten free food and our server totally took care of it.

OT
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Walter, was extra nice. Food was tasty and well presented.

L
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and view are amazing. Service is top notch!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We were told this place was the best for seafood but was a bit underwhelmed. The setting and ambience is quite nice but we went on a busy night so that took away from it. The food was good but frankly not worth the value. A tad overpriced considering the great options otherwise in Seattle.

AK
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Service took 2 hours. We had 4 kids who had to wait an hour and a half to get food. Someone stole a sweatshirt from us and the restaurant did nothing to help.

MB
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and great happy hour!

NL
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We all enjoyed our lunches! The view of the waterfront is terrific and it was a spectacular day in Seattle! Thank you for the nice service!

P
Detroit
53 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about this place!! The food, service and ambiance were wonderful. Just wish I lived closer so I could eat there more often!

LB
New England
13 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We chose this restaurant because it was relatively close to our hotels, on the water, had a variety of menu options, and was somewhat reasonable in price. We sat inside, but did have a view of the water. There were five of us including one teenager. Our server was nice and we had quick service. All of this was good. We ordered two halibut entrees which were really delicious (but expensive), fish and chips, fried clams, clam chowder and salad. The salad was small, fresh, but also overpriced. The fries were really salty and the fried clams were just ok. All in all, it wasn’t a bad meal, just more expensive than what is was worth.

SH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to this establishment twice and both times have been so impressed by the food and service that I now make a point of re-visiting. Love this place (and so does my 9 year old).

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My party was reserved at least a month in advance. We had a group from the 2019 International Association of Professional Landscape Designers in Seattle. I was looking for a great waterfront view, short walk from most downtown hotels, and great seafood. Ivar’s was a great success! We were seated on their remarkable outdoor patio with spectacular views and gorgeous hanging baskets of plants( great plus for plant geeks).
I would wholeheartedly recommend you go here for a larger party, medium party, or just the two of you. Amazing history, amazing atmosphere inside or out (less noisy on patio).

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was outstanding. The fruit salad followed by the salmon and crab combo was one of the best meals I’ve ever eaten. Server was wonderful but kitchen seemed a problem. Main course arrived before half the salad was finished. Fairly pricey but worth it for an occasional splurge.

k
Seattle
24 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The food is good enough, though not great. However, being raised in the Pacific Northwest, it is a Seattle institution we take visitors from out of town to. The food is not the main attraction. I do enjoy a good crab/shrimp Louie, but theirs is mostly veggies with a wee bit of crab/shrimp, so not as enjoyable as in the past.

MM
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We arrived for dinner at 630 and were promptly seated. We all had seafood, of course, and loved it. I had king salmon with a huckleberry sauce, delicious. My husband had the cioppino, which was very good as well. He was disappointed in the size of the clams in the dish. I gather (based on the size of Manila clams we saw later at the fish market) that these clams are quite tiny. The prices were on the high side, but overall, a very nice first evening in Seattle.

MA
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

very slow service
salmon was almost dry
complimentary white breads and butter was just cheap white bread cut thinly
server didn't offer dessert
when reservations were made online I noted that we were celebrating a birthday. no one said anything to us about that event.

CL
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great service for lunch, the best clam chowder I had out there in Seattle, alot more clams in the chowder than anywhere else

BS
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food and great view from the patio. Server was slow and inept.

I
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great waterfront ambience (make sure to request to sit in the outside patio). Very little wait with opentable reservation. Good food, good service, but the main thing is beautiful setting.

SM
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was wonderful! We requested inside seating by the harbor and they were happy to accommodate. The food was very fresh and tasty. We had the clam chowder appetizer and loved sampling their three different flavors. Fish and Chips, Shrimp and Avocado Cocktail, and Clams and Chips were all very good. We would definitely go back! Loved it:)

R
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service, good oysters and good gluten free options. Incredible view of Harbor.

PP
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was fantastic! He was very patient and kept a cheerful attitude even when having late diners. I was very impressed with the service we received.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious king crab legs!

MA
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food. Great service. Lovely restaurant. Worth every penny. A must when visiting Seattle.

OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent window view- awesome service!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great! It was our first time in Seattle. The food and service was excellent! We loved being on the water.

BF
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we ate with old friends all of us have been in the area for 40 years but nice to come back

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect! Lived up to the hype. Great quality food and good service.

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