Ivar's Salmon House

4.3
4569 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 4569 people are saying
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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.3based on recent ratings
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4.3
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4.4
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3.9
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Noise · Moderate
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Michelle
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very nice staff, good food & beer selection. Great location. We are outside and watched the busy bay.

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vipKathyS
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience1

This restaurant was a disappointment. The food was mediocre and the noise from the highway was ridiculously loud. The only redeeming feature was the great view of the water and the boats that we enjoyed while we ate. We will not be returning.

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LouiseG
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The Crab cakes were delicious. The wine was refreshing. Our waiter was attentive. A great experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Old classic.

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vipWishfulfoodie
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food mediocre. Outside very loud from nearby bridge traffic.

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vipWistark
Seattle
34 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It’s a bit noisy with the high ceilings but we love this place and the view of boats on Lake Union and downtown can’t be beat! It’s a Seattle classic.

MJ
vipMJH1
Seattle
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Met a friend for dinner - lovely view of Lake Union and the boats.

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Teresa
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a reservation but wanted an outdoor table so waited about 20 minutes to be seated. Lucky for us King Salmon was the special of the day and it was cooked perfectly. Our waitress was spectacular and we got to sit outside and watch the busyness of Lake Union. One of my favorite spots. Not sure how you can top this restaurant for seafood in Seattle.

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Corgi
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! We were seated promptly with our reservation. The service was great! The food came surprisingly quickly especially considering the size of our party.

MW
MichelleW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch meeting with my work team on the patio! Food and drinks were tasty and our server was great.

MC
MrsC
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience3

The last time I ate here it was delicious. This time the salmon was really dry and that was the reason we went back. I think it may be hit or miss. The scallops and halibut were delicious, moist and saucy. They were great about having gluten-free options and marking them on the menu. Our server was excellent, so was front of the house.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food

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Sunvalley
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waitress was outstanding! And, also the special birthday treat for my daughter.

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TomH
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience4

The fish was bland. The crab legs could not be cracked with the cracker tool provided because the shell of the legs was soggy and the meat watery. Overall the food was not great. The service was not up to par as we had to flag server down for water refills and drinks.

The waterfront views are amazing with a view of downtown and the Space Needle. There were lots of boats to see as they passed by the waterfront seating.

Overall, disappointing due to food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and great food

PB
PaulB
Portland
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

3 stars because one dish, of four, was not as hot as your usual standard. We still enjoyed the experience.

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DerekS
Seattle
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great ambiance

KC
KathyC
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m the past, it took a very long time to get our meal. It was much faster yesterday even though they were super busy.

JW
JonelleW
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting Seattle for the weekend. Wanted a place that was in the throng of downtown but still gave the beautiful Seattle sunset view. Absolutely perfect.

JX
JinX
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

food is very tasty specially Fresh Sautéed Manila Clams, we asked for more bread to dip into the sauce. Th view is gorgeous if you are in a small group and sit outside in the evening.

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Longwood
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The sockeye salmon was dry. Our fantastic server Danny exchanged it, which was better but I still prefer my salmon to be more moist. My friend got the halibut which was delicious.

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MichaelW
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant and frequent it when we are in Seattle every couple years. Great food, great service and reasonable prices.

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Eddie
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Seattle visit

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KarenM
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fish was cooked perfectly and was delicious, as well as the vegetables and dessert. We love the ambiance on the deck with the view of Lake Union, the Seattle skyline, and the residential hills framing the Seattle skyscrapers.

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ColoradoLicis
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated finishing a cycling trip on the San Juan Islands.

BJ
BrandonJ
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food and awesome view of the city Skyline. A bit hard to find, but worth the trip.

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RachaelM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service. Good food. Fantastic view. We sat outside on a lovely evening, but the interior is also lovely.

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RobertR
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding and the setting and history of the space adds to the overall enjoyment of a great meal. Our server Michael was excellent and the food came quickly. We will be back.

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vipMetro
Seattle
32 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect location for watching the boats on Lake Union and enjoying the best seafood around. Great staff. Friendly and professional. Chowder is award winning. Thank you Ivar's!

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vipEastsideFoodie
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This is a nice place to watch the boats and the sunset. At 7 pm on a Tuesday the restaurant was not very busy. We were able to get a window table.

We ordered appetizers and drinks, then a glass of wine to be served with the entrees. The server brought out the wine before the appetizers, but was fine taking it back. The appetizers and the entrees were well-prepared and hot. Our server was attentive and checked in with us frequently. This was an enjoyable evening.

MM
MarkMontlake
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great family place; fresh fish, good portions, friendly staff, good beer on tap

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything. Easy parking, quickly seated, friendly staff, and great food. We ate outside and with the freeway nearby it was noisy, but it was worth the view of the lake and downtown.

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SeattleDiner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience5

I want to like the Salmon House but the food the last two times I've been there have been way below standard. Not sure what is going on there but literally everyone's dish was underwhelming the last couple meals there. Please raise the bar on the food quality or a lot less people will be going.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The food was delicious! Our table thought the fresh salmon was soft and flavorful. Great place!

TJ
TonjaJ
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

I hadn’t been to the Salmon House in a few years so when my brother came to town, I thought that he would enjoy it, which he did. He had never been here and though we are born and raised in Seattle, we could never afford the Salmon House when we were younger.

The service was very iffy…it took awhile to order our drinks, let alone receive them and way too long to take our food orders. They were also out of clams which is what both me and my brother wanted. After waiting quite awhile after we finished eating, we had to flag down our server in order to get our tab.

The food was good but a bit overpriced. I had the blackened salmon Caesar with a cup of chowder, my son ordered the fish and chips, and my brother had the salmon sampler and a cup of chowder.

Luckily it was a beautiful day on Lake Union and we sat outside…the ambiance is what cancelled out all of the service mishaps.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I’ve eaten here many times. This night, the salmon was flavorless. Not worth a $35 entree.

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Nocharmer
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Great disappointment. We were visiting Seattle, where we were lucky to have lived for five years, and hoping for a great salmon meal. The place was packed. We arrived early for our reservation and waited in the bar. Luckily, we checked with the hostess at our reservation time, because she couldn’t be bother/wasn’t smart enough to call for us in the bar. Once seated, we waited more than 20 minutes for water and menus. It was even longer before our order was taken. The poor waitress was doing her best, but simply had too many tables. The menu had no specials, and no king salmon, which is what I was hoping for (it IS available at PIke’s Place Market). I ordered sockeye, which was a mistake. It was covered with a blueberry compote, odd combination, and dry. I can buy sockeye on the east coast and prepare it better myself. It was accompanied by broccolini, which was good but not extraordinary,and the best thing on the plate…a tasty corn pudding. My husband had a plate with a tiny piece of halibut, a small piece of salmon and three scallops. His food tasted good, but the portion was stingy. Bread was available on request, but you had had to know this, somehow. By the time our meal was served, we had waited 30 minutes in the bar, and 45 at the table. They are clearly seriously understaffed, yet filled all of their tables. We overheard a stressed server say only a fraction of the staff had returned to work. We regularly visit WA to visit family, but will patronize the Salmon House again.

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Leanie
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service and hardworking staff. Delicious food options so it was hard to pick! Great place for a waterside meal.

LN
LynneN
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Outdoor space is very noisy due to freeway noise. Indoors is very quite and a nice place for a quiet lunch.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We had a reservation. Kitchen seemed to have issues that night. Lack of staffing and shortage of food? Our crab cakes were extremely late and overheard the menu item ran out but the dinner service was in full swing. Ran out of calamari as well. Old, browned lettuce for salad. Our halibut fish and chips were extremely disappointing with three very small pieces on each order and over abundance of fries. Silverware had food residue and had to get another set. We’ve always enjoyed the Ivar’s restaurants, however, will never come back to this location for sit down menu.
We did tip our waitress 25% because we understand it’s a very tough profession.
Thank you.

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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 4569 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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