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Ivar's Salmon House

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$30 and under
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Seafood
Our outdoor decks and dining room are open under new government capacity guidelines. We have instituted enhanced procedures to ensure your safety as that is our highest priority.

Despite the changes, you can still expect Ivars Salmon House as you have known it... a beautiful cedar replica of a NW Native American Longhouse with an open-pit barbecue for preparing succulent alder-smoked entrees. Our team is committed to serving you the best NW seafood while providing excellent service surrounded by incredible views of North Lake Union and the Seattle Skyline.

You can also order your favorite Salmon House dishes via online ordering with curbside pick-up and delivery. Thank you for your continued loyalty and support throughout these challenging times. We are honored to have such a great community of guests that have stood by us for 82 years.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact michelled@keepclam.com.

Michelle Dobaran Deide
General Manager
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
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SeafoodLovers
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The staff were all masked and gloved, and customers were masked when they came in. I was very pleased to see this.

I was unclear from what the hostess said whether customers can download the menu on either Android or iPhone; it seemed like it was only on iPhone? Maybe clarification is needed here. Also, I made the reservation through OpenTable, and we weren't notified we could download the menu in advance. That would also be helpful.

The social distancing spacing inside was good, but outside was crowded, so we decided to sit indoors. Once seated, it took a long time for anyone to even notice us, despite making eye contact multiple times with the bartenders. Finally, one came over and said she had told the hostess to tell us she was doing a few things and would be with us shortly. Hostess didn't. (Hostess also seemed to have trouble figuring out how to seat us indoors, even though it was her own suggestion to look at both and then decide where we wanted to sit).

Waitperson was good, attentive but not overly so.

Menu is a bit overpriced for what you get -- the halibut and chips had 2 fairly smallish pieces of halibut.

They did not tell us we got a free dessert because it was my birthday; the wait staff does need to tell people that when asking if we want dessert.

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VanV
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Always enjoy Ivar’s the weather was great. Good social distancing. Great food & drinks, service. Just a bit noisy from the I-5 traffic above when sitting outside on the floating barge. But the view makes up for it

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HerbH
Birmingham
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent salmon meal once again. Every birthday celebration is never complete without a stop at Ivar's Salmon House on Lake Union.

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vipfinediner3
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food1service4ambience4

I would recommend. I ordered salmon which was very dry. I would send back next but didn't want to create drama with our visiting guest

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AmyC
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Per our request, we dined outside on your deck.

It is something that you have no control over, but at the beginning of our dining experience the freeway noise was quite noticeable and annoying. (Our reservation was for 6:30 pm.) As the evening progressed, either the noise decreased or we adjusted to it.

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LeslieK
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Glad Ivar's is open and keeping things clean and safe for all of us. Tasty meal

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DebbieC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor patio was perfect, great views of Lake Union, plus wonderful seafood options.

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npd97
Indiana
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We just love Ivar's and they have done an outstanding job navigating Phase 2. They are always courteous and the food is always good. We are so glad we are able to enjoy Ivar's and especially love their outdoor seating.

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vipMomof2boys
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and they managed social distancing well.

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californiagirl
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

view was great and we all enjoyed our food. Bread bowl was yummy... oops that we got 4 buns for 5 people so we just split it.

Hope people realize your outdoor seating is open.

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TodB
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have done a great job with social distancing. The tables are far apart, and you just use a menu from your phone.

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MichaelL
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, just like before COVID.
Salmon is wonderful

LM
LauraM
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and fantastic selections, even though the menu is currently limited.

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MarideeG
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first lunch out with a friend in months. We thoroughly enjoyed it. We were socially distanced from other diners, all wait staff wore masks, and our lunch was excellent.

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Scottp
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, good food with an incredible view all at a reasonable price!

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Xali
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the salmon duo, my son had a chicken dish and my Mom poached white fish. They were all delicious. Ivar's Salmon House really put their own special touch on each dish. Outstanding!

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vipFoodie13
Seattle
31 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most pleasant change from my cooking. Precautions in place for Covid 19 so dining was relaxed.

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sinoag
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view, lovely food, visibility of Social Distancing maintained throughout establishment, professional staff.

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iluvagoodmeal
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Ordered drinks and they were just SoSo.

Wife ordered salmon Caesar salad, I had the halibut special. They were both cooked with little flavor. I think they are still getting into the swing of things with Covid rules. We have had good meals in the past and will give them another chance but will wait until it is more stable of an environment.

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KristineS
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

So glad you have reopened the dining room! Always fresh seafood and great service.

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DebbyA
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

good spot to boat watch fun ambience - but food was dry, not special.

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Ray2
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for lunch, dinner or happy hour. We eat on the deck overlooking lake union.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

LOVE the outside deck with an amazing view of the city. The restaurant has implemented health and safety measures that make you feel at ease when dining. Happy hour is also a great deal!

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Pegbert
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waitress was very attentive. She stopped by our table many times to make sure we had what we needed. Food was awesome as usual. She even got us a bread when we asked for it even though it didn't seem to be offered anymore. I appreciated all the social distancing measures.

I do think, however, that a sign should be added at the entrance to indicate that we are supposed to wait at the door to be checked in. When I was there, that person had stepped away momentarily and I didn't realize that I wasn't supposed to enter until she checked e in.

Also, I thought the bread was dry. Perhaps pick something else besides sourdough?

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JohnettsR
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

loved the food
and loved the scenery
we ate outside

JD
JessiD
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience. It can't be easy to operate under the current circumstances. But we felt comfortable and it was a great treat to eat out again. Thank you guys, you're doing an awesome job. And thank you Jesus for your wonderful service.

BJ
BradJ
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very impressed with Covid protocols and staff adherence to them.
Good food. Crab cakes just a bit oily, but everything else excellent.
Great deck. Great service, friendly and professional.

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Roseattle
Seattle
20 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2020
Overall5food3service4ambience5

This was our first time dining out @ Ivar's Salmon House since the pandemic started. We were very happy with our dockside table in the fresh air, and everything was tasty and cooked to Alder-smoked perfection. Prices have gone up, and the selection has gone down - that was disappointing but understandable. We look forward to better days ahead and think Ivar's and staff are doing a stellar job as we navigate through CV-19 2020.

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WendyS
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall4food1service4ambience4

Service and seating great. Disappointed in the food.

RJ
RomanJ
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable dining experience! Visited for Fathers Day during Covid Phase2 , sat at outdoor table with large patio umbrella which made it quite comfortable in the sun. Restaurant inside and out was exceptionally clean , service was great, and food delish. Highly recommend!

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CristinaM
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They are very professional after our lockdown. Thank you.

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moomoo
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our first dine-in since March when WA State was shut down, very happy to be back and celebrate Father's Day. Will be back again soon.

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SeattleViking
Seattle
29 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a Birthday dinner. Outdoor dining, appropriate precautions and delicious food. We both had the Taste of the NW and it's one our favorite all time dinners: alder grilled Coho, Halibut, Scallops with lemon butter sauce, grilled lemon, grilled asparagus and fingerling potatoes all cooked just right. Service great as always.

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debbies
4 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Halibut fish and chips very disappointing. My halibut special was fabulous and cooked perfectly

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was very clean & all social distancing rules followed well. Such an enjoyable & safe-feeling dinner!

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DoriP
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We sat outside on the patio. The freeway noise above was so loud. Hard to converse. Won’t do that again.
We we able to pull up with our boat and use the dock in front which was great.
Happy hour is a good value .

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CaitM
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I enjoyed the food and service at ivars. Despite covid being the reason why everything was more spread our and some tables weren't being used, it felt like every other visit I have had which has always been fantastic to say the least.

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CupCupton
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside and had a wonderful time. Delicious food, great service, and everyone was very sanitary!

CA
vipConnieA
Seattle
24 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time out for indoor dining and the experience was wonderful! The masked staff were friendly, attentive and conscientious about social distance as were we. The food was excellent! The view was incredible with the sun warming us by the time our shared dessert was served.

Thank you for the excellent service, yummy food and attention to detail for service in COVID times.

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Frito
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Felt very safe with new health requirements. Food was delicious as always. We were so giddy to be back and enjoy the view.

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Ivar's Salmon House does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now and Uber Eats. Ivar's Salmon House also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (206) 632-0767.

Ivar's Salmon House is rated 4.4 stars by 4274 OpenTable diners.

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