Ivar's Salmon House

4.3
4450 Reviews
$30 and under
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 Native American Longhouse with an open-pit barbecue for preparing succulent alder-smoked entrees. Our team is committed to serving you the best 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 for 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 83 years.

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

Michelle Dobaran Deide
General Manager
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  • Ivar's Salmon House Happy Hour

    Multiple dates available

    Sun - Sat 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Join us in the Whalemaker Lounge for Ivar's Salmon House Happy Hour every day from 3pm - 6pm! We offer delicious small bites, shareable plates, entreés, and desserts, along with $1 off draft beers, hard cider, and well drinks, and $2 off specialty cocktails and wine by-the-glass!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 4450 people are saying
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4.5
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4.5
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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WilliamB
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server (Dominique) was fantastic. The food was tasty, some parts more so than others (a touch too much clove in the strawberry rhubarb crisp; the Manilla clams, the scallops, the halibut, and the flour-free chocolate desert were especially excellent). Before the pandemic, Ivar's Salmon House was my family's go-to destination to celebrate major/special events, and this was our first real experience eating out since the pandemic hit. The location, the service, and the food was and continues to be excellent. Thank you for an excellent first dining-out experience in over a year.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have always loved the Salmon House but haven’t been in in several years.
This visit was for Father’s Day and we had a great time. Our service and food was excellent. We felt comfortable with all the distancing and capacity in place.
Wonderful experience and we look forward to coming back again in the near future! Thank you!

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Fernie
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food3service2ambience5

I have been to Ivar's Salmon House many, many times over my lifetime. Some things have changed and some have stayed the same. I always love the ambience and yesterday Sunday June 20, 2021 (Father's Day) was magnificent! I love the patio area and we had a fantastic table. All of my guests and I were REALLY looking forward to having some Copper River salmon as we know that it is a short season. We were all very disappointed in how the Copper River King salmon was prepared! It did not have the tenderness to it and the outside was not crunchy. Also, we had to return one of our party's orders three (3) times due to the fact that it was not correct. The calamari, Caesar salad and clam chowder were fine. We wanted our salmon to be grilled and only prepared with a basic butter, garlic glaze, not with all of the other toppings. We stated this very specifically to our waitress 3 times and for some strange reason, it just didn't happen. The overall experience was good, however, the salmon just DID NOT meet up to our expectations and taste(s). Bummer! Also, we were NEVER offered bread. Our waitress was/is new and she needs to some assistance with getting orders correct. She was pleasant enough, personable and professional, however, she needs to truly pay attention to what the client(s) wants/says.

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JoanS
Seattle
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Sunny Saturday on Lake Union meant lots of atmosphere! Our outdoor table was ready right on time, the host staff was welcoming. Table service hummed along with no big gaps. The food was good -- not necessarily "wow" good, but we were happy.

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Aaron
Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The weather was perfect for outdoor lunch dining next to Lake Union. Watching the boats, kayakers and jet skiers.

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Joanne350
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The star of the evening was the sunset view. The food was delivered fast but the only thing excellent was the clan chowder. My husband had the Blue knife and fork salad with steak. The lettuce was not drained of water so the dressing was so watery it was worthless. The steak was cooked correctly. I had the Salmon 3 ways, all were over cooked. The staff was hot & cold. Couldn’t wait to take our plates and give us our bill.

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CharlesB
Orange County
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ate outside so the traffic noise was bothersome but the service and food was excellent.

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vipRich
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The check in gals did a great job on finding a table for us by the window. The server took good care of us on our 55 anniversary. Thanks!

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AnnM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner with out of town friends! The views, the food and service were excellent

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Incredible view!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Our server dropped off our food and never came back to see if we needed anything (and we did). Then he dropped off the check without asking if we wanted anything else.
I had a seafood brochette which was pitiful, with a couple of small dried up pieces of fish and a shrimp plus a few onions and green peppers. Not very good.
The location and ambiance is all this place had going for it today. But I have had better experiences here in the past so I will try again.

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viplovetodine
Shropshire
118 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was good. Our server, Marcus was fantastic! Marcus gave us a great recommendation for food that can be GF. The clams were de. However, the value wasn’t there.

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DavidN
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Ivar's main dining room hasn't been open for long after the COVID lockdown, and they are yet not up to their pre-COVID performance. Nevertheless it is well worth the visit if you are a seafood or an Ivar's fan. There were plenty of other customers who were there the same weekday evening who would agree. It was a beautiful evening, and the pleasure of dining in that environment after more than a year in lockdown made up for minor shortcomings: no bread was served with the meal, and the entree lacked some of the finishing touches one is used to at Ivar's. But then we are only about 70% out of lockdown, there is still reason for some restraint.

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Lynne
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Salmon House is back from the pandemic plunge and is as awesome as ever! The decor and atmosphere is uniquely Pac NW. While decor makes dining a special experience, the food is what makes it a truly exceptional experience! The alder smoked salmon is delicious, as is the halibut. The crab and goat cheese appetizer is delicious and the sides are tasty. Service is highly authentically friendly. A wonderful dining experience!

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StephanieR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic - and they easily accommodated my dietary restrictions with no judgment. The view was incredible; it was a beautiful sunny day and surprisingly quiet sitting outside by the water. The service was perfect - our waiter was helpful and there anytime we needed him without being intrusive. Highly recommend.

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KK58
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The Copper River Salmon was not good at all. It may have been over cooked. The waitress did nit care after she highly recommended it.

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vipConnieA
Seattle
34 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience always!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service2ambience5

The experience was amazing! The view was incredible! We had a great date night. The only issue was getting our drinks was very slow. I get it. It’s post Covid and there was only one bartender working. One can only do so much. However, I also asked for a drink from the person that dropped off our food. It showed up on the bill but I never actually got the drink. I didn’t say anything (that’s tacky). But it would have been nice to actually get what I paid for. Side note… besides the drink faux pas… the food is phenomenal.

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Lame420
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family from out of town and one person had never had crab so brought them for the king crab legs. Everything was delicious.

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JerryF
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience2

The menu for the actual Salmon House was hard to find on your website. I don’t even think the actual Salmon House menu is available on your website. We were disappointed to discover that the menu we thought was for the Salmon House actually wasn’t. The food was mediocre at best, and the restaurant could stand some updating. I had hoped for a better experience at a seafood restaurant our only night in Seattle. On a positive note, the server did a great job and the drinks were delicious.

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vipseattlefoodie
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, service staff attentive, and view very nice!

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Beth
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a pleasure to be back at Ivar's Salmon House and enjoy their perfectly grilled, alder smoked salmon. Seating was distanced, and I think they have added multiple ventilation fans in the ceiling. My only request: please bring back the delicious corn muffins

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BRSeattle
Seattle
22 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had great service by Marcus at Ivar’s and a good value with the 2-choice lunch special.
Our starters were good ( chowder and Caesar salad). We both got the seafood brochettes with jasmine rice and asparagus. The seafood and vegetables were well seasoned but the amount of seafood was small. The asparagus was under-cooked. I like crisp asparagus but this was barely blanched it seemed. The rice was perfect! We also shared a bottle of French Rosé at a special price (available M/T). It was lovely! Light, dry and refreshing with just the right amount of strawberry essence.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing experience at Ivar’s! As out of towners, we made the reservation to celebrate a birthday on a recommendation from a local person. From the minute we walked in, to the moment we left… Ivar’s was simply amazing! Our server, Andrew definitely made our dining experience even more pleasurable than the food itself. He recommended drinks and food, constantly checked on our party in case we needed anything while we were dining, and was super friendly and held a positive attitude the entire time he served us! We’ll definitely be going back to Ivar’s next time we’re in town.

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vipPeterH
Seattle
34 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We like this place for the food and the view. They are totally slammed right now with not enough staff but everyone is trying really hard and we had a good time.

JP
JakeP
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

We had reservations at 12:30, but were not seated until almost 1:00. While our server was very nice, the restaurant was understaffed so the service was slow and hard to get anyone's attention.

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Avery
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great view, a classic Seattle must-dine for out of town guests!

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DanG
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, food and views!

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vipScott
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

The best king crab legs and clam strips.

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SeattleViking
Seattle
30 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great as always. We both had the Taste of the Northwest which might be the best menu item we have had at Ivar's. Alder grilled coho and halibut with seared Alaska weathervane scallops in the lemon beurre blanc. All were cooked perfectly and served with fingerling potatoes and broccolini. Service was attentive but not intrusive.

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RuthH
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing views. Excellent food. Nice ambiance. Not too loud, not too quiet. The salmon and halibut are exceptionally spectacular. Good diversity in menu. It is now on our favorites list.

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BobR
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Salmon was perfectly cooked.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

I won’t be going back

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Judy
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is terrific.
The ambiance is wonderful.
The service was cheerful, even though that night they were super busy.

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LarryS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great setting and the food was very good. The only issue we had was our server never wrote anything down and forgot one of our dinners. It was finally served when the others where finished. Beautiful view from our table. Would definitely go there next time I am in Seattle

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africanqueen
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

An iconic restaurant that gives you the feeling you are part of the indigenous people of the area's long house. Memorable ambience, excellent service and really well prepared
food. The views are spectacular too!

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BetsyH
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location to take guests from out of town. Great lake view. Very reasonable prices.

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Paige
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was outstanding, he singlehandedly made the experience great!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outside table. Everything perfect especially service.

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Eric
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

One of our favorite dining spots. Love the view of the lake. Great food and excellent service. So glad to have it open again.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Ivar's Salmon House using the Order Online button. Ivar's Salmon House also offers delivery in partnership with 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 4.3 stars by 4450 OpenTable diners.

Ivar's Salmon House does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.ivars.com/gift-card.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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