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About Ivar's Salmon House
Ivar's Salmon House is a beautiful cedar replica of a Northwest Native American Longhouse, complete with an open-pit Native American-style barbecue for preparing succulent alder-smoked entrees. Here, in a setting filled with Northwest native artifacts and historical photographs, you'll enjoy memorable meals surrounded by spectacular views of boats cruising on Lake Union with the city skyline in the background. Favorite daily entrees and fresh-sheet selections include alder-smoked salmon, prawns, alder-smoked chicken, and seasonal seafood specials.
Seattle, WA 98105
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Monday – Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday - Thursday: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday - Saturday: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
7 days a week!: 3:00 pm to Close
NOTE: Holiday hours may vary. Hours and menus subject to change.
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Come enjoy lunch, dinner or happy hour! Dine on Chef Somerville's fantastic menu and your favorite beverage from the “Whale Maker” lounge!
180-degree views of Lake Union will set the stage for your spectacular private event at Ivar’s -- truly the heart and soul of the region. Whether you’re celebrating an intimate wedding or planning a rehearsal dinner, Ivar’s offers the best of the Northwest!
Plenty of parking options with a large private lot and street parking.
Boat parking available dockside on Lake Union.
NE 40th St (1 block North of Ivar's) Metro Transit Buses: #26, #31, #32. Route details at: http://metro.kingcounty.gov/
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
New Years Eve Party
December 31, 9pm - 12:30am
Ivar’s New Year’s Eve Party package for $85 includes party favors, unmatched views of Lake Union and the Seattle skyline, and a luxurious dinner buffet from Chef James Somerville, featuring classic and modern seafood dishes. The evening also promises dance-all-night live entertainment, a sky aglow with fireworks from the Space Needle and a complimentary glass of Champagne for a memorable midnight toast. Reservations are required. Call (206) 632-0767
We specialize in preparing fresh and wild Northwest seafood grilled over our open Alder wood fire, creating menus that distinguish us and go beyond the ordinary. Our accomplished and professional staff is here to see to your guests' every needs. Allow us to create a memory that will last a lifetime.
Ivar's Salmon House Ratings and Reviews
No brunch buffet. Apparently they discontinued it but it still shows in their google summary and all of the review headlines. Big disappointment. Stayed anyway (had a table with a lovely view), had an endearing server but really lacklustre food, the quality was a major step down from the buffet. We all wanted a redo and were sorry we stayed.
The Ivar's Salmon House chefs don't disappoint with their creative treatment of salmon, seafood, steak and other entrees, incorporating local ingredients in dishes that please the palette. Have yet to have anything that I wouldn't rank as superb at the Salmon House. I enjoy what would likely be termed "early bird" dining there because the popular restaurant can get a little noisy for conversation the later into the evening it gets, but during the earlier dining hours a table conversation can be held at normal levels and enjoyed by everyone at the table.
Our server was not too informed of their foods and charged us full price for a bottle of wine on a Tuesday night when it was suppose to be 50% off. When we pointed this out, we were told that our bottle was not included in the promotion.
For the price of the food, we got tons of mashed potatoes but small pieces of salmon.
$36 was a little too much for the plate.
Being a UW alumna, I always dine at least once at Salmon House whenever I am in Seattle, which is often. I was a bit disappointed this time. Salmon, halibut, scallops, you name it always fresh and well done. This time my halibut arrived cooked but cold on the inside, which suggest that it was a warm-over. The serving lady took it away and brought it back piping hot, but it is obviously not freshly cooked. Otherwise, I always enjoy salmon house with my friends or my sister, or granddaughter. Just let your know, people who dine at the salmon house expect the best. Especially the corn bread...which was great!
Been going to Ivar’s since the early 1960’s. (Pier 54) then many years at the Captains Table until closed. Now still take familyfruends to Pier 54, Salmon House and Ivar’s restaurants in Federal Way and Tacoma. We had great service, food and family fun.
I love the ambiance of the restaurant. The decorations are great, and I love the view! The food was for the most part really good. The clam chowder and crab bisque appetizers were wonderful but we felt a bit rushed when the main courses came out before we even finished our last bites of soup. In our party of four the main courses were a hit except for one person whose halibut came out a bit dry. But everything else was great! And the dessert was fantastic, too! My only real criticism is with the service. Our waiter came and asked us for our order almost as soon as we sat down and when we asked for more time he immediately rushed away again. He didn’t really review the menu with us or talk about the specials. When asked a question he did answer our questions but seemed to have a subtle attitude with his responses. Overall it was a great experience though and we all really enjoyed our meals.
Service was not friendly, helpful, knowledgeable about the menu or even interested in our table. Food was average but not on par for the location, building or price. Cocktails were above average but not top notch.
The main restaurant and bar building were northwest lodge with a good layout, relatively quiet and a good view of Seattle downtown and space needle.
I'd look for other alternatives before returning to this place again.
Iconic restaurant with a beautiful setting on Lake Union with views of downtown Seattle. Décor is a museum of local native artifacts and history. The food focus is on regional Pacific NW favorites, especially seafood. Overall, looking a bit tired, worn and well-used.
If you want your salad course served at the same time as your main entree it's fine, but it's unacceptable when you're paying this much for food. Maybe our server was new. She also didn't bring utensils for taking apart my wife's crab legs. When she did, she brought a pair of small tongs, so I had to grab a bus boy to get help with the situation. She never apologized for the mix up. Food was a step up from nice buffet quality-- good, but not great. You're mainly paying for the location.
Food was decent but not great. My seafood medley tasted like it had been out of pot for a while. Service was horrible. Our server had a bad attitude. We asked to replace our utensils since they were dirty and she was not happy about it. She also literally handed me my wine instead of setting it on the table. There were four of us and we all felt she was rude. We saw that other servers were nice and “normal”, not neurotic like ours. So maybe we were just unlucky.
Great food and quiet atmosphere. We were visiting from out of state and were looking for great local food. Sat by the windows and had a great view of the bay. Service was very good and we did not feel rushed at all. If we return to Seattle, we will definitely come back.
Overall the experience was good. The hostess was wonderful, conversant without being overly chatty. I was very disappointed, however, not to have been offered a birthday dessert. I and my friends have been celebrating birthdays at Ivar’s for years and this is the first time no cake or muffin or other birthday dessert was offered. It was clearly my birthday, as I indicated it in my MyTable reservation. Is this a new thing?
Once again Ivar's Salmon House comes through for a special birthday occasion, or it could have just been everyday lunch. Same great selection of food and attentive service with the best view of the Space Needle in town: in the distance without all the new construction blocking the view. My "go to" place to treat friends.
It was the worse dining experience in quite some time. I was grateful for the view of Seattle across Lake Union, but that was it. The rest of the experience I rate as outright awful. The wait time was excessive - 45 minutes to be seated. We were told it was because our reservation time was 715pm. When we were seated at 725pm, four tables were available in the area were we dined, and across the dining room there was open table after open table. The food was terrible. The price for the food, excessive. Service was reasonable, but the poor individual was in training with no support from management. I will not return until they change owners, or something amazing happens to the place. This is unfortunate, as I have been a patron of the place for 35 years.
Disappointing! Even with a reservation, we had to wait 10-15 minutes for a table in a dark corner. The room was poorly lit with yellow lights. The server was clearly overburdened with 6 tables, including 3 large parties of 8 to 12. We never received our child’s beverage. Final straw was tough razor clams, which shouldn’t be on the specials if they can’t be prepared correctly. We’ve had better, notably at Chinook’s. Rather go there.
We’ ve come here many times over the years.
The food was the problem. We love razor clams, not the ones we got. They were like rubber - old tires, and the breading was awful - it seemed to be rancid. Our server was fine, although she was stretched pretty thin. It was my wife’ birthday and she was also disappointed with the food. Our enjoyment was with family members. We probably won’t be back for celebratory meals.
The six of us had a variety of meals. Fish and chips were excellent, and everything else was very good also; the exception was the Shrimp Louie, which was a serious disappointment. It had the very smallest shrimps possible, and they were all without flavor entirely. We also had good desserts, celebrating a 50th birthday for one of our number.
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