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Ivar's Salmon House

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$30 and under
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  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Good for Groups
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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Seafood, American
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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

Happy Hour:
7 days a week!: 3:00 pm to Close

NOTE: Holiday hours may vary. Hours and menus subject to change.
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Phone number
(206) 632-0767
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
James Somerville
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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!
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Cross street
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Parking details
Plenty of parking options with a large private lot and street parking.
Boat parking available dockside on Lake Union.
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Public transit
NE 40th St (1 block North of Ivar's) Metro Transit Buses: #26, #31, #32. Route details at:
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Come enjoy lunch, dinner or happy hour! Dine on Chef Somerville's fantastic menu and your favorite beverage from the “Whale Maker” lounge!

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Special events & promotions
Join us for a feast for the senses -- a Mardi Gras party like no other at Ivar's Salmon House. Celebrate Fat Tuesday at Ivar's Salmon House as we feature an exciting array of food, drinks, music and prizes. Guests are encourage to wear a mask or dress in themed attire.

WHERE: Ivar's Salmon House
WHEN: February 13 | 7-10pm
COST: $40 (food, 2 drinks + entertainment)

Food & Drink Offerings:
Nosh on a heavy appetizer buffet featuring Cajun and Creole twists on Northwest Seafood, King Cakes and Mardi Gras drink specials.

Hoot, holla and jig to live jazz music

Door prizes:
All attendees will be entered into a drawing to win a stash of prizes.

Online to reserve: or call (206) 632-0767
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

Private Dining

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.

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What 3317 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.3  based on recent ratings
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner 
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

Dinner was a little over priced.
Server was to attentive. I felt his goal was to turn the table not take care of our needs.

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

Nice beautiful restaurant. The prices are outrageously high. I won’t be going back. If you dine here, bring a credit card and know you are in for sticker shock.

4.0  Dined 3 days ago

Good food, nicely spiced. I had the seafood medley, my only criticism—WAY too much salt!

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

The staff was very respectful of our 54th Anniversary on Valentine's Day. They seated us at Ivar's favorite table (Ivar being the founder of Ivar's restaurant. They were attentive and treated us to a special dessert. Very thoughtful!

Akoolmom (Seattle)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Salmon House is always our goto dining whenever there is a special occasion. Food is great and the service is perfect. Thanks again..Ivars!!

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Server was attentive, food was good, view was fantastic.

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Oldsters appreciate a delicious solid lunch and a quiet atmosphere to chat in. We sat indoors at a window table by the water - delightful. Service was attentive and never intrusive. Nobody hassled us or hurried us; we had a good get-together with an out-of-town friend. To be repeated!

3.0  Dined 7 days ago

You feel like you are in an Native American lodge with an outstanding view of the Seattle skyline. The service is outstanding with the server being very attentive and friendly. The food was cool and was not seasoned well. We ordered the Pan Fried Oysters, the oysters needed salt and were cold, The mashed potatoes had a strange tangy taste to them, but the vegetables were really well seasoned. The meal size was a little small for the price. I would not recommend this place for a first date, or meeting because it is very loud and hard to hear.

3.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

A Seattle landmark... Ivar's has the best tasting Fish & Chips in town, bar none. At the Salmon House my dinner group thought the crab/shrimp cocktail @ $15 was terrific and a Great deal. We would order it again.
Suggestions to consider...
We had 2, bottles of 14 Hands chardonnay. Too pricy @ $34 / bottle for what this wine sells for retail. The pink shrimp & mushroom sauté entree was 'colorful.' "Color" is a big asset in food 'presentation.' Two in our party ordered the "Taste of the Northwest." A lack of 'color' was my first impression. Simply adding a sprig of parsley, some red paprika, etc., would really improve the visual presentation at no additional cost. I'd like to see the potatoes presented in a form other than looking like they came out of an oval, mold... a sprig of colorful parsley & 'yellow' lemon slices vs. the broiled (?) half lemon of a brown color would make the visual much better. Similar suggestions for the seafoods on the plate (present them 'prettier'). Again the crab & shrimp cocktail looked great! Price was great! That dish looked like it was prepared by a very different chef... follow that persons lead!

The Japanese have learned how to present food in ways that make it compelling... low cost ways that are pretty and sometimes a work of art. I'm not suggestion you go that far but I'm sure some 'presentation improvements' on the couple of entrees mentioned here would make your guests dining experience better.

I love seafood presentation which is a hobby of mine. My family was the partner of Jack Alger when they opened the Alki SPUD. I have photos you may not have. Does the name Richard (Dick) Seargeant mean anything?

I love your Fish & Chips!
Richard P.

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

There were reports last year Ivar’s increased food price to remove tip charges. We still had tips on our bill last night. Have they stopped the pilot?

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Excellent wild caught salmon with a great view of the lake

4.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

For YEARS, I have Always went by this place. From sea level & street level & from High Above. Literally!
I've meant to GET there some Day.
Finally Did for my birthday!
Thanks it made my Day.

5.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

Whenever I visit Seattle, my sister makes sure to plan at least one stop at Ivar's. I was able to request a 10-person reservation on the same day, with some last-minute additions/changes that the staff handled gracefully. Several friends on their first visit were very impressed. I'd love to explore the menu, but the "Taste of the Northwest" always grabs my focus!

3.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

We've been to Ivar's Salmon House many times over the years and loved it, but last weekend's visit was a disappointment. My house salad was a pile of limp greens soaked in dressing, I couldn't eat it. My guest's Coho salmon was drowning in sauce and so sweet that she ate about half of it. I recommend getting all dressing/sauces on the side. We had a lovely window table but the noise volume on a Saturday night made it difficult to talk without yelling.

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Beautiful view, good food and attentive staff.