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Ivar's Salmon House

3318 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Waterfront
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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 3318 People Are Saying
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Denisiwa (Las Vegas)
3.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

We went for NYE and it was very busy, but we had a great time. Food was perfect. I opted for a Steak salad...delicious! Everyone was happy. Great for the kids as well

Russian (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Delightful as always. Our mother from Russia loves it every visit. Good server staff. Thank you once more

OpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

It was New Year’s Eve. I had reservations for two weeks. The day before the restaurant called for confirmation and I was informed that our reservations were at 6:00 and we had until 8:00 to eat because of a “special event”. In fact they served us so fast we were ready to leave by 7:10. It was not a quiet, relaxing dinner.

customer (Seattle)
1.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

Very disappointed with the caliber of food- expected

OpenTable Diner (Portland)
4.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

The view of Lake Union and Seattle is wonderful, even at night. The restaurant is very noisy making conversation a challenge. The food was good, oysters were perfectly cooked and calamari was tender. Cocktails are a bit pricey. Service was attentive. We ordered Crab and Shrimp Louis but they were out of the ingredients at 6PM so we were offered the menu again. I would like to go back for salads another time.

Sororityadpi (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

Great view, Seattle icon. Always like to go there.

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on December 27, 2017

Wonderful service! Great food!! We will definitely be coming back!

JacquelineM (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on December 27, 2017

Absolutely wonderful coho salmon with spinach and oyster stuffing!

SOSeattle (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

Ivar's indoor restaurants have always been special places to me. The Ivar's Salmon House, once again, was not a disappointment. Sockeye selection and Seafood medley... (bowlful of multiple seafood -- prawns, mussels, salmon, etc. in broth) was delicious, as well as the sides included with the meals for each of the 3 of us. The waiter was very attentive, friendly, informative --great! We even had a huge surprise at the end of our dinner when a Manager came by to give us a gift of $50 off of our total!! That topped it off, when we already enjoy Salmon House. Since our dinner was a special occasion ... Christmas Eve, as well as honoring a loved one who died too soon and fairly recently, it became a very special occasion indeed.

The only piece I would ask for is that they return to a better selection in their bread baskets. There were cornbread muffins, but the sliced bread wasn't real special, nor was it served warm. I believe this is new since the last time we were there.

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

We were there with a large group and had a very enjoyable time!

abucksworth (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

We go every year for the Christmas ships and this year was particularly good. The ships were amazing, the food was great, and our server very friendly and helpful.

Kimmcd (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

Father in law visiting from Maine. This is his favorite place for salmon

Kcfm (Seattle)
2.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

Very disappointing to go to Ivar's after all these years and find that its been turned into mediocre, high turn over-volume place to drop tourists, and at expensive pricing. Smelled faintly of nursing home-institution, even through the wonderful alderwood smoke aroma. Was embarrassed to take visitors there.

OpenTable Diner (Salt Lake City)
5.0  Dined on December 21, 2017

A classic taste of the Northwest. Great food, memorable ambiance and awesome Seattle views.

DiscerningDiner (Seattle)
3.0  Dined on December 21, 2017

Ordered the Salmon Sampler, but it was very over-cooked to the point that it was dry and hard. Also, the salmon fillet all the way on the right side of the plate had a very peculiar taste (similar to how catfish tastes like "dirt"). It pains me to say this, but I've had much better salmon at the UW Medical Center cafeteria.

The mashed potatoes also had a very hard consistency, instead of being smooth and creamy. They were like this for the entire table. Although I really like how the vegetables were perfect with just the right seasoning.

The dining experience and ambiance were great. However, my disappointment lies in the fact that I was entertaining guests from out of town who wanted to try some of Seattle's best salmon, which on this night the restaurant did not deliver. To make matters worse, my guests ended up paying for the whole dinner in gratitude to me showing them around town, but the exorbitant bill definitely does not justify the quality of food we received.

I've had better experiences at this restaurant before, but not on that night.

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on December 21, 2017

Date night with a view of Seattle, our server Kristen was helpful and the timing just right. We will go back and order salmon instead of fish and chips (wish were really greasy.)

Snogirl (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on December 21, 2017

Festive during the holidays with a view of Lake Union and the Space Needle. The chowder was good, I think the food suffered from general holiday overcrowding and the kitchen being busy.
Definitely a great happy hour that is relaxed and has a good variety of appetizers.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on December 20, 2017

Excellent food. I was hoping for a nice, quiet, romantic setting, but that is not what Ivar's Salmon House is about. That's okay, though. I found the brightness of the interior light made it somewhat difficult to appreciate the view at night.

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on December 20, 2017

Food and service were excellent. Three suggestions, the sourdough bread was excellent but should have been warm, the mashed potatoes had too much garlic for our taste, and the hazel nut tort was too hard to chew.

Deedeeh (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 20, 2017

We had a lovely lunch to pre celebrate the holidays with my elderly mother in law. The staff was very patient with our slow progress due to her walker. The food was delicious especially the lemongrass poached prawns with the coconut foam. We look forward to eating there again.