Ivar's Salmon House

4.3
4564 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Ivar's Salmon House is 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
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 4564 people are saying
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Thai
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My daughter fish fried is over cooked. In general it’s a great lunch

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We came in for dinner for my husbands birthday. We were excited about the view and menu originally. We were sat then it took the waitress nearly twenty minutes to greet us. I discussed our food allergies when she made it to the table and she said it would be easy to accommodate. I explained I had a dairy allergy and then ordered my food. Our waitress came back four times and explained I apparently was unable to get anything that came with the dish due to a dairy allergy. While this was going on our drink orders were also messed up, and our waitress additionally didn’t know anything about the liquors or drinks available so had to continuously be asked a question, go back to the bar, then return to answer the question which lead us to being at the restaurant for a long amount of time putting off our other plans for the evening. My partner received his food and it looked ok but not great. I got my plate, and it was the saddest chicken I’d ever seen. The menu said it came with roasted pear and prosciutto but it was seriously two slices of pear with the core still in it and the prosciutto as well as the chicken was dried up like it sat under the heating lamp for half a hour. The chicken was supposed to be sage as well but then literally had no flavor and was insanely dry. Had to send back my entree then couldn’t find anything else on the menu I could eat so I wound up being unable to even get an entree for myself. Instead I just had bread from our appetizer and a the gin drink I didn’t order. Overall great view but terrible experience especially since it was for my husbands birthday dinner. 🤦‍♀️

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winjance
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Usual nice ambiance, great view, pretty good service, average but pricy food.

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DarrellR
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The view of the waterfront was awesome. Service was great and entertaining. Clam chowder was good as usual.

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BAILEYT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time. We sat out on the balcony and we had a great view. Very relaxing and clean. Really nice staff.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience5

Great for a large group - were able to get a table for 15 last minute and the hosts were super accommodating. The server was friendly and clearly answered our questions. He was very attentive - a huge plus given how big our party was.

The food was eh. Salmon was pretty over cooked and dry. Not worth the money.

View from the restaurant is beautiful and it has a nice, open air environment.

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SeattleVisitors
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful view! Staff were incredible. Always a treat to go to Ivar’s Salmon (and parking is easy!!!)

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Robert
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Alder plank CoHo Salmon was the best I have ever had!

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TeeBee
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Five stars across the board...although the service was great, the dining room seemed a little short-staffed, which I know is a major problem for restaurants these days. I've been eating at the Salmon House since the late 60s when I was in High School and it has never failed to please me!

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vipKukanaGirl
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a table by the window and the view of Lake Union was stunning!
Service was impeccable (Thank You Marcus!). Food was excellent!

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Kathy
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A family-favorite for decades! Food was delicious, served at the right temperature, waiting staff was friendly and professional.

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ChowDownSeattle
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food! Always bring my family to Ivar’s when they visit!

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Tiatay009
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, and service was friendly and fast.

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ToddH
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Poor customer service. Good average at best. High prices.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Food is fine, the views are gorgeous. The restaurant feels extremely dated and worn inside and not extremely clean. The service was pretty lackluster too - our server never brought us a second spoon for our chowder and couldn’t remember which of us ordered which entree even though there were only two of us, and disappeared for a good 15 minutes after dropping the check when we were ready to leave. This iconic Seattle spot needs some investment and serious attention to make it shine again.

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Michelle
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service, outdoor seating is awesome. Service team went out of their way to accommodate a party of 8.

Thank you for your service.

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vipjdee
Seattle
226 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience5

We three were disappointed with our experience. The view is spectacular. The restaurant is pleasant. The service was very slow...we were there two and a half hours and we did not have drinks and we are fast eaters. We understand that there is a severe shortage of wait staff so we expected some delays.
The knife and fork salad was good but quite small. Fries were mealy and room temperature. Salmon was very good but three fish "on a stick" were overcooked and room temperature. Halibut with "chips" had a tasteless coating. We got two glasses of iced tea also room temperature with slight bits of ice floating in the top. We had to ask for glasses of ice to make our own iced tea. It would seem that quality control is lacking.

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Nate
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and great views. Service was very friendly and the atmosphere inside was really nice. Loved the decor. Really enjoyed our meal here!

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LisaM
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time here! Waterside seat on the patio - excellent view! The food was delicious and our server was awesome!!

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NicholasB
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved just about everything to do with this place, my biggest issue with the visit came from other customers but that’s not the restaurant’s fault.

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StephB
New England
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A nice place for lunch. Menu selection good, prices are reasonable. Great place to people watch, whether you’re inside or outside dining, especially on a nice, sunny day.

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MoebiusNu
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Service wise was good. However We are quite disappointed with the food. We ordered two clam appetizers and one came with clams that were still having plenty of sand and mini pebbles in there. My wife and 6 year old both bit into those clams and really hurt their teeth. Can something be done about this? It’s really quite frustrating

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Onidori
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite spot in Seattle. Sat indoor, next to the windows. Excellent view. Staff very friendly, and lunch combo was good value.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Dinner with family

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GeorgeJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve eaten at Ivar’s —on and off— for over 60 years. Excellent service (this time from the bartender who helped me recharge my phone), fine food, wonderful ambience, great sunset views.

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ValerieF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Outside dining was noisy,not because of people but from the road noise from the bridges nearby. Our server was remarkable as was the speed of delivery of our food.

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HealthyEater
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Love Ivars Salmon House! We ate outside on the deck. Great attentive service! Wonderful food and drinks!! Only note is height of table umbrellas but really no biggie…plus maybe it’s because of risk of wind. Otherwise know the location is directly under I-5 so you get traffic noise.

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DeLish
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Almost don't want to expand on the good times I always have here but they have been an institution in Seattle forever and deserve the praise. Great friendly service, excellent did and not a better spot for overall scenery and value. Thanks for always making it special

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Not the usual stellar Ivar’s experience. Limited menu and less than top notch server. This was for a birthday. We’ve been coming here for 50 years. Disappointed but understand the difficult situation.

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SUSAN
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

nice view outside but only if you're facing the right direction. felt like it was expensive for what the food was. best go at happy hour!

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Deedeeh
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a pleasant meal at Ivar’s. The fish and chips were good as was the blackened salmon Cesar salad. A little cold with the doors to the deck open but otherwise everything was great.

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Steph
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

For the high prices, we were pretty disappointed with the seafood. The salmon was overcooked and lacked flavor, despite being supposedly fresh. The fish and chips were mediocre. Food was served lukewarm and our drink order was incorrect. Nice view though outside.

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vipCarolS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Have eaten here before and it was pleasant. This time the food was just ok and the service was terrible. Appetizers and mains all came out at once allowing the main course to get cold while we ate the appetizers forgot my grandsons drink then brought the wrong one.

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OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a group of 8 celebrating a friends birthday. Our server, Marcus, was exceptional and provided us with a wonderful dining experience. The food was also wonderful!

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rickl
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience4

Food wasn’t good. Service was terrible!! Food wasn’t hot. Not even close.

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Jenn
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

They are short staffed so bring your patience. Food is ok. The view is fabulous. Parking can be an issue.

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Krispy
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Justin Lee was a great server. Friendly and attentive. Food was great and sitting on the patio on a gorgeous summer day made it a perfect Saturday lunch!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Charged $35 for one crab leg.
Salmon was quite undercooked.

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JohnH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our go to place for consistently delicious seafood in Seattle, wonderful salads and side dishes as well.

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DonnaR
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, prompt service! We were able to eat on the patio and the server was fun and engaging.

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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 4564 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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