Ivar's Salmon House

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Ivar's Salmon House is a beautiful cedar replica of a Northwest Native American Longhouse, complete with an open-pit Native American-style barbecue for preparing succulent alder-smoked entrees. Here, in a setting filled with Northwest native artifacts and historical photographs, you'll enjoy memorable meals surrounded by spectacular views of boats cruising on Lake Union with the city skyline in the background. Favorite daily entrees and fresh-sheet selections include alder-smoked salmon, prawns, alder-smoked chicken, and seasonal seafood specials.
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C
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Iconic views and decor. Well cooked, traditional cuisine highlighted the quality of the fish.

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V
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the food was great, the view was wonderful and the service was great also.

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MH
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a table in the corner along the windows and the view was spectacular! Our server was friendly and efficient and helpful with suggestions. The food was amazing - my daughter had the classic fish & chips and I had the Halibut and rhubarb special. Both were cooked to perfection.

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LB
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We went for happy hour that is available in the bar and adjacent area. We were lucky enough to get a window table as the the clouds were breaking and the blue sky over Union Lake - incredible location. Really nice happy hour menu with very reasonable prices for excellent food. Definitely recommend.

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BL
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took a coworker to lunch. Beautiful day to dine on the lake. Meal was great, service attentive and helpful.

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DK
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server, Marcus, was excellent. He provide a tour of the seafood preparation from sea to table like I have not heard before in your establishment. My guest, include a the Dean's distinguished lecturer from the UW Department of Architecture. He and his companion were favorably impressed. Thank you.

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CV
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We had a great time and the food was delicious!

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MS
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A Seattle standard. This is one of several Ivar's and maybe the nicest. Doesn't harm the ambiance to have the championship women and men crew practicing on the water.

Try the halibut. So good....

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JK
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server, Arlice made the night! She was perfect i n every way.

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d
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The prices are too high and now charging for bread on top of that. I would recd to a friend, but would warn them on the pricing. it's shocking to most

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a
Miami
42 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone in our group of four enjoyed the food, the service and the bus of the water and downtown Seattle

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S
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 5

The restaurant ambience was good, but feel a bit dark. The problems were the food and wait time for the food. We had to wait for the food almost 45 minutes. I ordered top sirloin, but unfortunately, the steak was overcooked.

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MH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ivar's Salmon House has been one of our favorite destinations for dinner for over 30 years. It has never disappointed us in any way for the quality and freshness of the food, the interesting decor and the fabulous views of Lake Union and downtown Seattle. Our server, Marcus, was one of the most engaging we've had there, and our group had a great time talking and joking with him. Ask him about the vanilla ice cream if you are lucky enough to have him as your server. :^) We will be back again and again.

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MD
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Been eating at the Salmon House for five decades. This time the service was good but not great.

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

Another utterly delightful experience at Ivars Salmon House. Perfect food, excellent service, and a view that fed my very soul. Thank you Ivars!

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CM
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This is a beautiful Northwest restaurant overlooking Lakre Union. A great place for out-of-town guests. We went on a Wednesday and were seated promptly by the window. Our orders came quickly. The food was delicious, except for the very salty scallops. We will visit again.

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JL
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Our server was lovely but the restaurant was terribly understaffed and the poor guy was sprinting to cover his tables. The wait for service was really long - 30 min before we got drinks and the bread we ordered never showed up. He kept dropping off free bowls of chowder to appease the crowd. It definitely was not the Ivars experience of years past.

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OL
Seattle
69 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Still the best view for dining on Lake Union. Still the best fish & chips in Seattle. And even with 3 stars, it's worth the visit. I had a great piece of juicy halibut and my spouse had the standard fish & chips. We come here 3 or 4 times a year and will continue to do so.

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K
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Having been here many times prior , we came again to celebrate a birthday. Service was very slow, and the restaurant was not even busy. Food was not hot, seemed as if it had been sitting for a while. This was a disappointing trip to Ivar’s.

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MH
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful view of the waters, great celebration of Native American history in the area, lots of wood, great lighting.

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DM
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great location. Seafood was fresh. Service was slow. Overall a good experience.

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

Excellent selection of salmon dishes, everything our table ordered was delicious!

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HM
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Have always had great service and food. This last dinner was great, but didn’t like the attitude at times from our waiter. We were a party of six, and when we asked what certain things were on the menu, he laughed at us, and made us feel humiliated.

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F
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ivar's Salmon House is a Seattle treasure where you can get a really nice dinner for a really reasonable price. When we were there Friday it was a sunny day and we had a great table at one of the many windows providing such a nice view of Lake Union -- a working lake, as well as plenty of recreational boats/paddleboards etc.

I had a Dungeoness crab cocktail and Ivar's crab louie salad. And a glass of champagne! One of us had her favorite Ivar's wildberry fizz to drink, and the seafood platter: where she got fried cod AND fried halibut on top of her clam strips and prawns. She'd never tried fried halibut before so that was an especial treat, and the waitress very kindly brought extra cole slaw. She'd been promising herself a cup of Ivar's clam chowder (Manhattan style for her) and could hardly stop talking about how good it was.

The third in our party had Ivar's grilled halibut with pea risotto and exclaimed over how delectable the halibut was. (Also, a large portion, she took left-overs home for the next day.) We all shared a creme brulee, which was a perfect balance of creaminess and the crispety crunch of the carmalized sugar topping (no leftovers of that!).

My crab cocktail was an interesting and innovative "take": a little bit of cocktail sauce as a foundation on the plate, then cocktail shrimp, then a layer of slice avocado, finished off with a very generous layer of Dungeoness, both leg meat and body meat portions that was large enough to distinguish them as what they were. Prawns at the four corners of the plate! It was great fun, but I shared it with the others anyway because I knew I had crab louie coming.

Service was excellent, attentive, but not intrusive. Our waitress went the extra mile to make sure that we had everything we wanted for our meals, and was knowledgeable about the menu. There's a nice beer/cider list and plenty of variety of entrees. Go to the Salmon House for a nice meal in a warm welcoming setting!

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SM
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our party of 3 adults and 1 six year had a great 2 hour dinner! The view of the Space Needle was good even with the low clouds and rain. The food was local and delicious. I have eaten here a few times and look forward to returning (again).

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BT
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had the surf and turf with king crab legs. Wonderful and I had NO problem extracting the crabmeat from the shell.

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MR
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, excellent service. The staff was very helpful since my 90 year old father who can't see or talk well. They took the time to listen. My only complaint was I left my leftovers in the car and didn't get a chance have them.

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K
Seattle
35 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice place for the view!

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BB
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

The fresh Halibut was unbelievable. Had the server previously and he always acts like he's in a panic and he forgets things. Otherwise, a fantastic experience.

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DP
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Beautiful view along side Montlake Bridge but not so pleasant a sight on the plate. Ordered salmon and crab cakes with calamari appetizer. Calamari was greasy with an uninspired tub of sauce and at $15 you are paying high end restaurant prices for fair ground grub. Both orders of salmon were over cooked and served with carrots and green beans. Carrots and green beans? That is whose idea of a veg on a $37 dinner? Dinner was over by 6pm and we needed to make a 7:30pm theater curtain: surely, not a problem? Except it took the waiter 25 minutes to bring the check (remember we dined pretty early so the restaurant was fairly empty) and no, we did not have dessert or coffee so we were just sitting and waiting. Another 10 minutes to pay the bill which meant that yes, we missed the 7:30 curtain! Lousy meal, lousy evening. We will never return.

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FE
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By accident we showed up on Ivar’s anniversary. Buy one dinner get another one for $1.14 in celebration of Ivar’s being 114 years old. Apparently they do this every year. Great service. Great food. Waiter was very patient with us before we ordered and very attentive during the meal. Great place to eat.

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

It was an overall good dinner. We were very happy with our server. It was real busy because there was a special deal where buy one get one for 1.14 because it was Ivar’s anniversary. It was real
Busy but the service was very nice and polite. He refilled water without asking and was proactive about watching our entrees. They were late but without us asking he told us he was checking on it and the kitchen was backed up. The grilled alder salmon was on par and we loved the rock and blue salad.

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

Ivar’s is old school and they know how to do big occasions right. For ivar’s Birthday and mine 3/20 they rose for the occasion. Anthony, the waiter was terrific. I’m not just saying that, he was. For a packed restaurant it was easy to hear. As I turned 54. That was saying something....that even I could here. L. O. L. Seafood as always was fresh & delici. Take from Eddy Corker...go to Ivar’s. My mom always did.

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

We enjoyed Ivar's Salmon House on one of the busiest days due to the Birthday promotion. Our reservation was available a few minutes after 7 since they were getting a window seat for my Wife's birthday as I had requested. Our server was very attentive (especially on such a busy night) and the food was as great as we have come to expect from Ivar's.

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R
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We happened into the Salmon House all unaware that Ivar's 114th birthday celebration was in full swing. Second entrees were just $1.14, and this was the first nice Seattle day this year. Also, on the heels of snowmageddon, this was the warmest Seattle day so far in 2019. Thank goodness we had a reservation. The fine dining, the bar, and the take-out areas were all being mobbed. Even with the reservation, we figured it would take a very long time for out table to be available, so we grabbed a spot in the bar. No sooner had we ordered Ivaritas from a sweet, helpful server (wish I knew her name), our table was ready - AND IT WAS A WINDOW TABLE! Yay! Our server, Ryan, must have been up to his eyeballs in alligators, but he was attentive, friendly, and knowledgeable about the menu, the waterfront, and March Madness. We'd like to give him, and our server in the bar, a shout-out for a great experience, in spite of probably being overwhelmed by the crowd. The kitchen staff came through as well - everything was delicious. (The alder cooked salmon is ambrosial.) Can't say enough good things about Ivar's Salmon House. It's a consistently great place for good seafood with friendly staff and incredibly gorgeous views. Def. a good place to visit with out of town guests. I'd recommend you skip the birthday celebration though. Unless you're a fan of huge crowds and long waits.

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C
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I go here quite a lot and really like this restaurant to take out of towners to for dinner. Unfortunately, this time our seafood medley was way undercooked and we had to send it back to the kitchen. The clams were not open, the shrimp and fish were translucent and smelled raw. Also the broth was barely warm. The server offered to get us more clams, but it was more then that, everything just needed to be cooked longer. The replacement meals were great and we really enjoyed them. Fortunately, we eat a lot of seafood and know what it's like when cooked enough. I like other places for my Sushi ;) Overall though, I love Ivar's and they were really busy that day due to the Ivar's Birthday special.

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m
Seattle
35 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Definitely a great place to take out-of-town guests who want to experience NW Alderwood Smoked Salmon! The NW Indian decor & outside lake & city views are wonderful... however be prepared to pay extra now for bread & butter (previously included). We were here to celebrate Ivar's 114th Birthday, when we paid only $1.14 for the 2nd entree, so it was worth it! Thank you Ivars!

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SS
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

Very disappointed in the quality of food. $38 halibut tasted like something I could have had at long john silver. Great fish and chips and that’s about it

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PJ
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent northwest ambience and food. We had some vegetarians in our party and were pleasantly surprised that they had several nice veggie options.

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SW
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We felt ignored much of the time there. Waiter was busy but I think the fact that we were using three birthday coupons in a party of seven didn’t help any. I’m a person who believes in tipping on the full amount when there’s a coupon involved, but I didn’t do it with the two checks I picked up that night. Eye contact could not be made with him and when he said he would be right back, it would be 10 minutes. He was pleasant enough when he would finally get to our table. If this was due to being understaffed and overworked, then it was not acceptable, Ivar’s. He had two large tables and five regular ones. That’s too many!

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