Ivar's Salmon House

4.3
4464 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 4464 people are saying
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4.4
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipMarkC
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service, location, and food

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vipKWilliams
Seattle
37 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I am happy that Ivers has returned to the more traditional meals are used to enjoy. The option of having the fish simply grilled is superior than having a sauce placed on wonderful salmon. I wish they would return to the au gratin potatoes and cornbread

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SaraE
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ivar's warm welcome and sparkling clean environment were the best setting for our delayed Father's Day celebration. We had hoped to sit outside on the quiet patio, but the restaurant was full of glad guests, so we dined inside. We were rewarded with bright, comfortable views from the controlled indoor atmosphere. Our Wait Person was so efficient and knowledgeable. All of the Staff were helpful, respectfully masked and informative. It was so exciting to be able to return to our favorite Seattle restaurant with a great staff and even better food. Generous portions and ALIVE flavors, fresh, flavorful cocktails and tap beers, heaping appetizers, worth the sin desserts.

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KeithG
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and the service was excellent. It was a good evening

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pkostej
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great night to sit outside and enjoy Lake Union. Service was a little wonky, new server, but experienced staff helped out and it turned out great.

DB
DouglasB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience1

Ivars has changed since COVID. No longer is your dining experience as important.

DK
DanielK
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I have visited Ivar's many times over the last ten years. This was our first visit post-pandemic. I realize that it must be difficult to get things back to normal after so much disruption but works needs to be done to get back to Ivar's previous high standards.

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looking4yum
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, loved the ambiance. Our server was wonderful and knowledgeable about the food and area.

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Nike
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience2

We waited for an outside table. Just as we were being seated another table swooped in and took ours. We were stuck in the back against the fence. The cocktail was poor and was sent back. My salmon was very dry and overcooked. The potatoes were cold. All the seafood served was poor. It was a huge disappointment for my birthday celebration and I will not be returning.

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GreenMan
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reservations helped get seated fairly quickly. Wait person asked if we wanted time between appetizers and entrees which was nice to not feel rushed.

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SalmonQueen
Seattle
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Food menu is limited still, but the salmon was wonderful. Appetizers were just OK. What happened to the corn bread they used to serve? Our table got no bread. The service was very slow. Our bottle of wine arrived as we were just finishing our dinner. Not up to the standards we have come to expect at the Salmon House after decades of dining here.

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RockDog
Seattle
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic King Salmon!!! Beautiful view of the lake and a wonderful experience.

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CarlaN
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We enjoyed being outside but were disappointed to have the view of the lake blocked by large plaques hung on the fence. We changed tables but it did not help much. The service was quite slow even though the deck was not yet very busy. The food was good and overall it was a good experience.

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LeftCoastKathi
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Terrific ambience on a warm summer night with a view of Lake Union. Food was overpriced for the quality and lack of creativity.

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NKHPinehurst
Seattle
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You just can not beat Ivar’s for seafood. Our server was FABULOUS! But, I’m glad we we not at some of the other tables, as there were some mighty grumpy servers when we were there. I wonder if they were short staffed?9

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WilliamB
1 review
Dined 4 days 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.

JD
JohnD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were not able to enjoy our Fathers Day Brunch this year but my son took me to dinner instead and as usual, Ivan's Salmon House met our high level of expectations. Everything from the wide food selection, the high quality of food, the service and even the views were excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days 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 4 days 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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angelab
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with my dad for Father's Day Covid precaution were great and food was fabulous.

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JoanS
Seattle
1 review
Dined 5 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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Chelle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Amazing views! Definitely recommend the outdoor dining if eating on a sunny day. Plenty of umbrellas to keep the direct heat at bay. There's not a bad table to sit at. Our server was attentive and nice. The only issue we had was that two of the meals were served without the coleslaw that was supposed to come as part of the meal. But again... the views allow for minor mistakes. Great overall experience.

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Aaron
Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined 5 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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CharlesB
Orange County
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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Joanne350
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined 6 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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vipRich
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined 6 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 6 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 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Incredible view!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined 6 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
120 reviews
Dined 7 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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RoyV
Seattle
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ivar's made dinner with out of town guests memorable. We got a waterfront table, the waiter was very helpful, and the food was amazing!

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DavidN
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 7 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 7 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 on June 17, 2021
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 on June 16, 2021
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.

CA
vipConnieA
Seattle
34 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience always!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
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 on June 15, 2021
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 on June 15, 2021
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 on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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 4464 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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