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Ivar's Salmon House

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$30 and under
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About

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
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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
What 4368 people are saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.5
service
4.5
ambience
4.1
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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HeidiB
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience. Service and food were fantastic, as was the view.

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mickm
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing view and ambiance. Sarah our server was awesome. Professional yet warm and friendly.

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AnaP
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place in Seattle! So sad it's closing

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vippdwm56
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant will forever have a special place in my heart.

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EabW
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have always enjoyed eating at Ivar's Salmon House. The food is delicious and the atmosphere and view are terrific. We are sorry the restaurant is gong to close for a while due to economic conditions that are beyond the control of the Ivar's organization and we look forward to coming back when it reopens!

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BettyP
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love eating there. The food was great! The service great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience3

I have been going to Ivar’s for years now. And I was extremely disappointed with the food and slow service. They brought me the wrong food, and forgot part of the order.

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None
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. We're sorry they're temporarily closing and hope to see them open back up soon. Beautiful replicated longhouse.

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Vavie123
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has always been a go to place. And with the conditions today they did a lovely job of spacing people and yet maintain the good level of service we are use to.

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peterm
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ivar's is the Best restaurant in Seattle. It has the Best locations and is the most Iconic.

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JohnH
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An outstanding seafood meal! So sad to hear that they are closing their doors this coming weekend.

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AmyC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We enjoyed our experience there very much. The setting on Lake Union cannot be beat.
The happy hour menu is great and the prices are very good. Some of the happy hour food offerings were merely good and not outstanding.

A couple of downsides:
** The server was quite busy. This made the service a little slow.
** We ate outside (our choice). There, the freeway noise is quite noticeable, but that goes with the territory. We will certainly be eating outside again.

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Judy
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific food. pricey, but worth it.
it is one of my favorite places to go.

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FrequentLuncher
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing view of Lake Union whole enjoying excellent fresh seafood served by a humorous and attentive waiter. Overall a wonderful evening.

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SusanW
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Seattle! The food, service, and view of the water is always perfect!

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MelissaW
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Server was friendly but extremely slow, inattentive and forgetful. My party of 4 ordered the following 5 items --

fried calamari -- batter was wet and not crispy
northwest seafood platter -- no complaints
burger -- extremely salty
rockfish tacos -- soggy and very wet. the salsa served on the side tasted like it was made a few days ago
dungeons crab -- ordered 1lb of king crab legs but was served dungeons crab due to availability. wasn't informed until after the server took our orders to the kitchen

not impressed with the food or service. extremely overpriced for what we got. this is not my first time here and previous visits have been similarly disappointing.

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LaurieP
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The waiter was wonderful but he had so much to do that we had to wait longer than anticipated for items to be brought to the table. But all and all it was a wonderful experience

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MartySeattle
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

The fish and chips were about average. Not as good as the Ivar’s owned Spuds on Alki.

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KennyS
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

In most ways, Ivar's Salmon House is a pretty typical upscale restaurant - over-expensive, small portions, good ambience. The service was quite good, and they appear to be taking social distancing seriously. The smoke haze in the air obscured the view, but it would have been lovely on any other day. My partner's fish 'n chips were mediocre, if well-priced, and my salmon plate was quite good, but very overpriced. Oh, and the cocktails were decently priced, but mediocre.

If you're looking for a place that's still open in the pandemic, has a nice romantic atmosphere, good service, and you don't care about price, this might be a good shout for date night in the "new normal."

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Northwesterner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience2

The unique Ivar's ambiance just wasn't there. The waiter was barely adequate. The menu was limited, which should be expected in these times, but salmon was the only seafood offered as an entre. There was an Italian chicken dish and two sizes of one steak. Prices for salmon were $35 to $39. The value and experience were a disappointment.

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KarolineD
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service & food was top notch. Due to the weather, it wasn't crowded so the food came out straight away. Super clean & felt safe!

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CarolG
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Noise level is fairly high when dining outside, due to the freeway overhead. The ambience is usually good, though this event was hampered by the smoke obscuring the view of downtown Seattle. I don't recommend the cornmeal breaded seafood plate, dried out and tasteless. Everyone else had the cod, and thought it was very good. And the chowder is, as always, terrific

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KevinS
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It was a little hot this day so while the deck was beautiful we got a little too much sun / heat. Also there is a decent amount of noise coming off of the bridge. Not enough to cause an issue, but just something to be aware off.

Overall, a good time and a great happy hour though.

Glad they were open and had outdoor seating.

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24guy
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoying being outside in the sun. However, the noise from the I-5 freeway bridge is unpleasant. Too bad thee's no way to diminish it other than going inside.

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vipConnieA
Seattle
28 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ryan was wonderful in getting us settled with a drink and appetizers.

COVID-19 dining is interesting. My sister and her daughter were over for medical appointments so we took them to dinner. The Salmon House staff advised us of current dining COVID-19 restrictions and were able to accommodate us by seating us at two tables near each other. We appreciated being able to sit in close proximity as we weren’t able to sit outside due to smoke from fires.

Pleasant meal due to Ryan’s attentive service and good humor. Halibut was scrumptious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

We asked for outdoor dining. The view is really nice however the freeway noise is rather loud. The salmon salad I had was really disappointing.

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SharonC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is excellent, the ambiance and staff are great, and the seating area is huge (both inside and out.) Very easy to socially distance.

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aprildiner
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Menu is definitely trimmed down but the food was still excellent and we would go back.

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KarenM
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is very good and fairly priced. We love the ambiance on the waterfront with a view of the Seattle skyline, Lake Union and the Montlake cut.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Fish changed! Looks like fish sticks now... horrible.

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vipCharlesG
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Disappointing today on both food and service. Normally much much better.

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TimW
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love Ivar’s Salmon House. The view of Lake Union is great. Food always good as are the Bloody Mary’s.

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BarbaraE
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would give more stars for ambiance if I could. Ivars salmon house offers great views of lake union and another view of the seattle City skyline people don’t see very often. They have a wonderful outside deck and dock that you can tie your boat up to.

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KirkS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A quiet table for 2 on the railing of the upper, west deck for sunset. Fantastic!

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MarideeG
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy the Salmon House. The food, service, distancing and everything else is lovely. The outdoor seating is very popular, with its beautiful views. I highly recommend.

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vipVisitingFamilyof3
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Beautiful deck with great view. Super server.

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DrewB
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, social distancing, and amazing happy hour menu! Great time on the water and will be back soon!!

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CarsonJ
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We took out of town guests to Ivar's by boat, a NW classic experience. It was a busy Sunday afternoon and the food was good. The outdoor patio was noisy but was necessary as we were a mixed party and CV19. Service was excellent. Thanks....

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Food was mediocre

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RuthyR
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints! We made our reservations several days in advance to ensure we could get an outside waterside table and sure enough; we were accommodated. Seems like all four of us had something we wanted to change or customize and our server (Abe) was fantastic! Super helpful and knowledgeable! We take all our guests from out of town to this historic Seattle landmark! Thanks for keeping the food simple, delicious, and well portioned!
Request: boat ramp parking-please post a sign so that once people have gotten their takeaway food; they undock leaving space for those of us dining inside or others to pick up their food.

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Ivar's Salmon House does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

Ivar's Salmon House is rated 4.4 stars by 4368 OpenTable diners.

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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