Ivar's Salmon House

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In compliance with Governor Inslee's request to help slow the spread of the COVID 19 virus, Ivar's Salmon House is temporarily closed for dine-in service. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time. We are committed to returning to normal business as soon as we are allowed and hope to see you in the future.

However, we are offering online orders of our Family Style Dinners featuring Fresh Alaska Halibut or Alaska Sockeye Salmon (Copper River when available). Includes starters, entree, sides & dessert. Serves 2-4 people. Order online only for Tues-Sat pickup or delivery. Details: Ivars.com/FamilyDinners

Also, our Fish Bar at Salmon House is still fulfilling pickup and delivery orders through Uber Eats and DoorDash.

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

Keep Clam & Healthy,
Michelle Dobaran Deide
General Manager
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JoannaR
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Glad I was able to go this past Sunday before restaurants were closed! Great setting with beautiful view; awesome food and great service.

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MarianneOC
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been coming to Ivar's Salmon House myself since 1981, through all the changes of management and menu. It's still special. BTW, were there some of the 'classic' photographs missing from some of the walls?

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Ratgirl206
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Love Ivars Salmon House, always delicious foods and drinks there. The patio on the lake is really fun when the weather is warm.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time to Seattle.

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ToniL
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ivar's Salmon House is my favorite "local" Seattle restaurant, whether for happy hour in the bar or a full dinner, as was the case this recent evening. Our Server was the absolute best and all 3 meals were delicious!

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vipmetro
Seattle
31 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience. View, food, service and location with plenty of free parking.
A Northwest Seafood Gem. Highly recommend.

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BobL
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I go here regularly when I want to sit and talk while enjoying a view of Seattle. The food was great, the waiter was attentive but not intrusive. A great place for lunch on a sunny day particularly if you get there a bit early and snag a window table.

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VictorF
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great value and consistent food quality and service!

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blannod
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wish they still served black cod. Otherwise the salmon sampler was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wonderful staff. They gave us a great table by the window.

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ChristinaN
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place for our low and no carb lifestyle! Ordered the surf and turf and couldn't be happier! If you eat a low or no-carb life Ivar's Salmon House has several options. Everyone at the table eats differently and everyone was very happy!

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RichK
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ivars is a true "NW" experience. We took family from out of town there and was seated by a window at our request. The view was wonderful, but more importantly, the service was terrific. Our server was attentive and stopped by just enough to not be intrusive.
The quality of the food was very good. The only issue was, we felt, that some of the food choices were a bit overpriced.
Overall, a great experience, I would recommend to anyone.

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JenniferS
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We wanted something "authentic" to Seattle on our last dinner in town. We couldn't have picked a better place -- beautiful setting, fun ambiance, and good food.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I flew in today from California to visit my parents and to take them out to one of their favorite restaurants for dinner. Marcus was an attentive server who made helpful recommendations based on my parents and my varied food preferences. The seafood was beautifully presented and delicious. I also appreciated our server’s helpfulness taking family snapshots of all of us together (with me being able to be in the picture) on my iPhone to send to relatives and for showing me how to take the best photos of the Seattle skyline’s night lights reflecting onto Lake Union. The Pacific Northwest Native American carvings, artwork, and ambience, incredible harbor and shoreline views, delicious menu, and excellent service combined to make our evening together at Ivar’s Salmon House truly special.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

This was my first visit to Ivars Salmon House. I have dined numerous times at Ivars on Alaskan Way with great satisfaction. The experience at the Salmon House was overall disappointing. I ordered blackened whitefish which was excellent. My companion ordered the filet mignon. The cut was not filet mignon nor did the sides resemble the description in the menu. The waiter was dismissive when we questioned the discrepancy. As we were attempting to enjoy ourselves, we decided to let it go. When I received the bill for a very mediocre steak with mashed potatoes and steamed carrots at the rate of $55 for the dish, I was shocked. I will support Ivars flagship restaurant. This one has poor value and poor service. Too many great options in Seattle to return here.

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OccasionalDiner
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Ivar's Salmon house has a nice menu with a good wine selection. However, the bell and wait staff while friendly were not focused on the basics. On arrival, there was a 1/2 sour dough roll, buttered, face down on the carpet adjacent to the table in plain view.....the hostess who seated us, the bell person who filled our water glasses, our server, and presumably every other staff member who came within 10 feet of the table choose to ignore this large food item dropped by someone earlier in the evening. Leaves one wondering what else isn't getting attention that ought? None the less, despite slow service, the meal was tasty and the view from our window seating was pleasant.

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DonnaW
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite places! Great food and beautiful views. Always enjoyable

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KevinH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the Salmon sampler plate. Very tasty mix of Northwest Salmons.

Great waterfront view of Lake Union and downtown Seattle.

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vipPeterH
Seattle
24 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

I love this place for the views and restaurant interior but the food, sadly, is secondary. Not a reason not to eat there, but there is better food elsewhere.

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JohnC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

fantastic service (Michael)

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Oldcargirl
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience5

I have been going to all 3 of Ivar's flagship locations for over 30 years. The Salmon House used to be my go-to for out of town guests due to the view and availability of parking - both of which are still great. However, I was so disappointed in the food this time. The options were more limited than the other two locations, and the food itself was unimpressive in both taste and presentation. This location also needs an update; it is starting to look a bit worn and slightly seedy, even though I hope they never change the theme or artifacts. All it really needs is a refresh on the carpet and woodwork, and maybe a more experienced chef or two. Service was fantastic, however.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We dine at Ivar’s Salmon House every time we visit Seattle. Great atmosphere, views of the city skyline, food, service. See you next time, Ivar’s!

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vipTomC
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Went with family and the food and service were great!

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vipLilu
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience5

Salmon is consistently overcooked. You must ask for medium rare.
Waiter was off that night.

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AmyO
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meals were absolutely delicious! The salmon (with an apple chutney) and blackened salmon were especially great! We sat by the windows and had a beautiful view of the lake. We will definitely return on our next trip to Seattle.

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JesseS
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The atmosphere was great, we had a great view, and the waiter was very helpful.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience5

The service was extremely slow
The Ahi tuna was fishy and not edible
It was a 80th birthday celebration so did not want to
ruin it , by showing our frustration
The waiter was a very nice person , but service was not

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vipTrinka
Chicago
142 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really cool looking place. It was dark so we couldn’t really see the water, but it was near to see the city lights. Seafood was very good, and the chocolate hazelnut cake was delicious!

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CeceliaM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warm, wonderful, deliciously memorable experience!

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BobL
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have taken UW student employees and Graduate assistants here for lunches since 1985. It is a great place to have good food in a non-rushed environment. The decor and the menu are often the first exposure to the original Northwest for many, particularly international students. Now even years later when I meet one of them they almost universally suggest Ivar's. Today was one of those reunion lunches; my first since my retirement. Thank you Ivar's for all the great meals, great times, great stories. You are a part of me.

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viphtdirem
Seattle
18 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ivar’s Salmon House never disappoints! This is a classic Seattle icon. I ordered the trio of salmon (King, Sockeye and Silver) and it was delicious. My husband had the steak and King salmon, but said he would order just the salmon in the future. Prices are reasonable (around $36 for an entree) and service was friendly and professional.

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4thgenerationSeattleite
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoying a meal at Ivar's Salmon House is always a treat. It's our go-to place for family celebrations! The drinks are expertly mixed, the food delicious, the view spectacular, and the service always lovely. Highly recommend!

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vipMarie
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing New Years Eve Party
Our server Jessie was simply amazing and wonderful
We really had a great time ringing 2020 and the seafood buffet was fantastic

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AmandaL
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Ivar's was very festive for NYE. Our server, Marcus, was super nice. We ordered a bottle of wine that we'd never had before, and I was a little surprised that he didn't invite me to taste it before pouring us each a glass. My husband ordered the steak, and although it looked to be cooked perfectly, it was pretty chewy. Not the quality we expected for the price. However, if you're looking for a place to celebrate NYE, the place was being flipped over at 9pm to feature a buffet, DJ, dance floor, etc. It looked pretty fun!

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LyndaLaLou
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve supper at 3pm it a window table looking out on Lake Union was the best!
Great service, fine food and not noisy. It was very festive with the New Years decor that was up for a party later.
We will do it again next year!

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SandyDiaz
Colima
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great views and food, the service good as well. Thanks for all

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MarkS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience. I would recommend this restaurant to my friends and family!

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TimL
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

King salmon was cooked just right and delicious. However the fingerling potatoes and Brussels sprouts were not cooked enough. The service was less than expected and not up former standards.

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ctinaaa
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We visited Ivar's for happy hour - which is great deal! Casual eats for a great price and an amazing view. Nice way to catch up with friends.

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VickiK
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Two of us were celebrating our 52nd anniversary with family so we wanted an enjoyable dinner in an attractive venue. Ivar's Salmon House came through. Our waiter was very good, helpful and attentive when we needed it. Our group of four had the calamari appetizer and then, respectively, had King Salmon, Seafood Linguine and a Crab dish (don't recall the name), and clam chowder. The food was perfectly prepared. Three of us had room for dessert and enjoyed the sample sampler with three delicious choices. Yum

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