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.

401 NE Northlake Way
Seattle, WA 98105
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch:
Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm

Dinner:
Monday – Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

Lounge:
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.

Cross Street:
Pacific

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(206) 632-0767

Website:
http://www.ivars.com/

Entertainment:
Come enjoy lunch, dinner or happy hour! Dine on Chef Somerville's fantastic menu and your favorite beverage from the “Whale Maker” lounge!

Catering:
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!

Parking Details:
Plenty of parking options with a large private lot and street parking.
Boat parking available dockside on Lake Union.

Public Transit:
NE 40th St (1 block North of Ivar's) Metro Transit Buses: #26, #31, #32. Route details at: http://metro.kingcounty.gov/

Executive Chef:
James Somerville

Additional:
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

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Ivar's Salmon House invites revelers to ring in the New Year like never before on Dec 31 from 9pm-12:30am. For $85, enjoy a luxurious seafood buffet, two drink tix, live entertainment, dancing, views of Space Needle fireworks and complimentary glass of Champagne for midnight toast. Reserve required.

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.

Ivar's Salmon House Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

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4.3

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4.5

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3.8

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Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

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Local Ingredients (44)
Good for Groups (41)
Good for Birthdays (37)
Good for Anniversaries (35)
Great for Outdoor Dining (33)
Good for a Date (32)
Casual (31)
Authentic (28)
Great for Lunch (27)
Worth the Drive (22)
Fun (21)
Neighborhood Gem (20)
Romantic (20)
Healthy (19)
Kid-friendly (17)
Comfort Food (16)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Sunday Lunch (16)
Business Meals (14)
Cozy (13)
Fit for Foodies (12)
People Watching (12)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Disabled Access (10)
Great for Brunch (10)
Seasonal (9)
Happy Hour (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
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Live Sports (4)
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·Dined 3 days ago

We had a family dinner after the performance of the Nutcracker. We have been coming to Ivar's after the Nutcracker, for MANY years and it has ALWAYS been outstanding. Sunday's dinner was another Outstanding experience. The waitress, Sara, was the Best, taking great care of all of our diners. It was a beautiful day, of course, and the view across Lake Union was spectacular. The location is such a neat place and the parking was easy, Everything was Great. Please make sure that the Restaurant is made aware of what superior service we received from Sara.
Del Armstrong

Tags: Organic, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Waterfront, Cozy
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 (San Joaquin)·Dined 5 days ago

It is always fun to go to ivars. It is a family tradition to stop in while in Seattle

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View
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·Dined 7 days ago

Always a good choice for groups, a must for out of town visitors that is a local favorite as well.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Great for Lunch, Waterfront, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Disabled Access, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 4, 2017

A classic Seattle institution, offering many reliably delicious salmon and halibut offerings, and interesting specials, too. Fun Northwest Coast ambiance, attentive service — always a pleasant time here. Enjoy!

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 4, 2017

We had a wonderful family get together at Ivar's Salmon House. The high level of service along with the great food really made it a special evening!

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 3, 2017

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.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Business Meals, People Watching, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 1, 2017

It was named nice relaxing evening. Fun to look at the lights and watch the boats

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

My table was waiting. Had a reminder,both by mail and by phone.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Healthy
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Disappointed in the razor clams. Went there for my birthday and they tasted a little fishy. Wish I had chosen something else.

Tags: Good for a Date, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Kid-friendly, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

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.
Thanks again

Tags: Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Scenic View, Waterfront
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Familiar predictable and always satisfying unpretentiousness comfortable

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Groups, Casual, Waterfront
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·Dined on November 20, 2017

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.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 16, 2017

We have now moved out of state and occasionally come back to Seattle to visit. This restaurant is always on our list during that visit! We love the way the salmon and other fish is prepared. Ivar's Salmon House never disappoints.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Cozy, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 16, 2017

My birthday dinner was just what I needed. Lovely view of the city across the lake at night. Quiet atmosphere and good seafood. Always worth the trip. And love those birthday coupons they give out! Sign yourself up...

Tags: Good for a Date, Waterfront, Scenic View, Cozy
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 13, 2017

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.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront, Local Ingredients
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 13, 2017

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.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Veterans day supper was fantastic, my wife had the halibut cheeks

Tags: Cozy, Scenic View
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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?

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Excellent food artistically presented. Wonderful Northwest Indian decor. A treat for visitors and locals alike.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The salmon was excellent and prices were reasonable. We enjoyed the beautiful view of downtown Seattle.

Tags: Waterfront, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Casual, Scenic View, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 10, 2017

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.

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Great view, great food, great service! A long-standing northwest traditional location that still stands with the best today. Highly recommend the cedar plank salmon and always creative special dessert.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Live Sports
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Fantastic views, fantastic service, just in dire need of some more vegetarian options since groups here always seem to include a few vegetarians.

Tags: Romantic, Local Ingredients, Waterfront, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Our waiter was very poor. He asked what we wanted, left and did not provide it. And it was not busy.

Tags: Scenic View
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·Dined on November 1, 2017

Everything was wonderful. We had it all planned out to where we could see the sunset from a window seat. One of my favorite spots for special occasions.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Food was good yet server was a bit grumpy and managed to make us feel guilty for being there.

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on October 29, 2017

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.

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great food and ambiance, beautiful location, and good service.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Business Meals
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Restaurant Reservation was not correct and I had email to show proper arrangements

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Setting was nice, great views, accommodated larger group last minute. Food was over priced for what you get in terms of attention to detail and flavor. Chowder was good but you can get it at take out locations as well.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 20, 2017

OK Seattle. This is where you go when you want authentic Pacific Northwest cuisine. You know .... SEAFOOD. There is a reason restaurants like this endure for decades- they are like your favorite pair of jeans- comfortable and reliable .

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Casual, Special Occasion, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Waterfront, Scenic View, Seasonal, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

Great Food, half-priced wine offset the slightly higher Dinner cost... Overall, a very nice experience...

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 16, 2017

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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Healthy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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