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

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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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Groups (44)
Good for Anniversaries (41)
Great for Outdoor Dining (39)
Good for Birthdays (36)
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Good for a Date (35)
Authentic (31)
Worth the Drive (29)
Great for Lunch (28)
Healthy (21)
Romantic (21)
Fun (21)
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Comfort Food (17)
Sunday Lunch (17)
Kid-friendly (15)
Disabled Access (15)
Business Meals (14)
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 9, 2012

Copper River Salmon perfectly prepared..nuff said

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 9, 2012

The view of the Seattle skyline was very nice, the ambiance was also fantastic but the thing that really stole the show was the food. I highly recommend any dish with Copper River salmon. Here at Ivar's they know how to prepare this fish to bring out it's best.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 8, 2012

We had a party of three food was excellent service was great atmosphere was very nice.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 8, 2012

Excellent food, wonderful scenic view, great wine.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 7, 2012

So accomodating of our changing arrival time! Friendly and supportive of our large group. One of the bread puddings was burnt on the bottom and one order of shrimp was a bit over fried. Everything else was very good.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 4, 2012

Great variety of food for a Sunday Brunch.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 3, 2012

This is not a place to impress your wife, neither to enjoy a steak.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 3, 2012

We took out-of-state guests to Ivar's Salmon House for a great salmon and crab feast, hoping to enjoy the view of Seattle at night. We were not disappointed. This restaurant fit the bill perfectly and it will definitely go onto our "list of musts" when we host guests.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 3, 2012

I have loved his restaurant for a couple of years... My complaint this time comes from the really poor
Service and information given when I made AND confirmed the reservation.
We had guest from put of town, and wanted to enjoy the fabulous buffet brunch that we
Haves loved for years. I called the restaurant to check on if the buffet would be available
On Saturday, as the open table site said "brunch served on weekends". The woman
Answering the phones assured me that the buffet brunch was available on Saturday.
This was also confirmed the week prior to the reservation. When we arrived at the restaurant
For our special occasion, we were shocked to find that there was only a very ordinary
And mediocre menue being served...

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 2, 2012

We had a family dinner when my son got married. All of food tasted great. We had a wonderful waiter and we all enjoyed our night. Thank you Ivar's for making this a great memory!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 1, 2012

Thank you for accomodating us for my Mom's 94th. We will see you again on our next group's dining !

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 30, 2012

Great Place for a lunch meeting. Waters' edge views, great service and serene setting. Our server was perfect, very helpful when we needed her but never intruding. Plentiful free parking for customers. My softshell crab atop black bean salad appetizer was delicious and more than ample portion for lunch especially with yummie fresh-baked cornbread rolls. Multiple mussel options looked tempting for my next visit.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 29, 2012

My wife and I went to Ivar's Salmon House to celebrate a special anniversary. It couldn't have been nicer. The view as it got dark outside was spectacular with the skyline of Seattle clearly visible across Lake Union. My wife had the plank king salmon and I had the sturgeon special. The salmon was very good but the sturgeon was amazing, perhaps the best I've ever had. Our waiter was attentive without being intrusive. We were very impressed with our first visit to Ivar's Salmon House. Needless to say, we'll certainly plan on eating there again next time we're in Seattle.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2012

Had a great meal, good service and beautiful of view of downtown Seattle from one of the tables near the windows.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2012

Too much food! Wasn't able to try everything but it was all good

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 28, 2012

I'm not a foodie, so can't address that part of it. I just know their food is delicious, the service wonderful (10 of us went there for brunch for my 60th birthday and everything was perfect). They handle large groups as easily as small (I've previously attended events there with over 100 people, and everyone was happy).

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 27, 2012

Everything was very nice. I requested a window table and that is what we received. We were very happy with everything!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 27, 2012

Excellent service, waiter knew their wines, great view and the food was very good. I had dish with 3 types of salmon and it was very good though the king salmon could have been a bit fresher. Even then it was good and the other 2 were very good - excellent. Certainly a better value for the money than some places.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 27, 2012

The food, service, and menu selection was excellent. Our food was prepared perfectly as per our requests. We were under a time constraint and told our waiter, consequently, the service was very prompt, allowing us to get to the opera on time. We will be back.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 27, 2012

Ivers Salmon house is a new favorite that I will revisit. Please compliment the chef for a job well done.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 26, 2012

Everytime I've gone there, it has been excellent. Great food, wine and service. If you like seafood, this is the place to go.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 24, 2012

We were running late and had show tickets. They did an excellent job of getting us in and out on time so that we could make the show on a busy week night.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 23, 2012

We came from out of state and this was our first stop after getting off the plane. The server helped me select which salmon to have. I savored every bite and wished I had more. Everthing has a wonderful taste. We throughly enjoyed the view of the skullers practing and seeing the space needle from the window.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2012

Service was very good although recommendations seemed like a push to move certain products. Food was good but not outstanding and seemed overpriced considering barely edible sides. View and ambience were great and effort was made to see we had a fabulous window table.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 21, 2012

I have always loved coming here for brunch. The price is very reasonable and food selection caters to everyone, wether you love seafoood or classic breakfast.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 20, 2012

Great food and amazing view. We went for the Penn Cove mussels and they were GREAT! The Salmon House is a long-time favorite.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 20, 2012

Great place to take visitors of all ages & many tastes. It's got local salmon/crab/halibut/shellfish in a variety of preparations; views of Lk Union, downtown, & the Space Needle; NW native long-house design with NW Coast carvings, totem poles, canoes hanging from the ceiling, Edward S Curtis historic photos of NW Native peoples, including Chief Seattle & his daughter Princess Angeline.
Menu is varied for people w/different dietary needs or preferences: interesting enough for foodies, plain enough for non-foodies, choices for people who don't like fish(!), the option of smaller portions of many entrees. Not a lot of choice for vegetarians/vegans, but the pasta dish is at least somewhat interesting. Fun for kids indoors & out.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 18, 2012

We made online reservations for Thursday night and requested a window table for a special occasion. Not seated anywhere near a window whiel window tables sat empty. Food wasw s0-so, kind of a blanc and overall oily flavor. I can make better at home. Our server was friendly and solicitous.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 18, 2012

I let them know when I made the reservation that we were celebrating a birthday and that we had a gluten-free person in our party. They reserved the best table in the house for us and had a gluten-free menu ready when we arrived. Our server, Mike, went out of his way for us. All around fantastic Seattle seafood experience.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 14, 2012

I made a reservation for my out of town Mother and I. We were pleased to be seated at a table next to the window. Great view of downtown and Lake Union. She wanted fried oysters and was not disappointed in her meal. I however ordered the halibut and chips at a cost of $20 and was disappointed in the ratio of halibut to chips. For $20 I expected more fish and less chips and maybe even a nice side salad. My Mother's $18 oyster plate cames with several vegetable options including potatoes and squash. Our service was fairly poor. It was hard to get our server's attention. When we wanted to order, she had to go "find a pen". We never did get bread or the extra lemons my Mom asked for. We should have just gone to the fish bar.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 14, 2012

The brunch is outstanding! Serve yourself Oyster Bar is amazing. Wide variety of foods, I'm getting hungry just writing this review.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 12, 2012

This was my husband's first visit to Seattle (my home) and "salmon is okay" to him. Well, Ivar's Salmon House changed his perception of salmon. It was smoked with very good flavor. Oh and the tarter sauce, none like it. Thanks for helping to make our last night in the Pacific Northwest, one to remember.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 12, 2012

We did not get our table until about 45 minutes after our reservation. They did try to make it right by offering a free appetizer, but it was one for 10 people and we did not even get to choose what we would like. Our waitress was fantastic... she was definitely a pro at working with large parties!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 9, 2012

Ivar's Salmon House is still an excellent place to go. I personally have one criticism and that is that they've hired an executive chef. I'm 62 years old and have fairly plain tastes. I don't particularly like the fancy preparations that come with an executive chef. I preferred the plain old corn bread to the ridiculous muffins and I wish I didn't continually have to ask for tartar sauce. Would I go back? Yes, of course. Would I take people there? Yes. Do I wish they'd take it back to the place that Ivar actually opened? You bet.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 7, 2012

We always love Ivars. Our server was good but could have checked back a little more often. The strawberry shortcake was disappointing - I've it before and it was a LOT fancier/better. This time it was just a slice of pound cake with frozen strawberries and whip cream. I'll pass on it in the future unless it is offered in June again. We've gotten both the fancier items and the plain ones and to be honest, my personal favorite, over and over, is the 4 piece fish and chips. They also had a DIVINE roasted heart of Romaine salad on the fresh sheet recently - if you ever see it, you MUST have it. (It's not vegetarian, however - it has bacon on it, so if you're vegetarian, best to avoid it.)

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 (New England)·Dined on October 6, 2012

So expensive, $350 for 5 for mediocre uninspired dinner!
So sad when there were so many other choices of Restaurants. Space was dark, the waiter so disinterested ,he splashed some of my cocktail on my lap and didn't even care!! We were looking for a good dinner and ended up wasting the food and our money . NEXT

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 6, 2012

Always enjoy going to Ivar's Salmon House; one of our favorite restaurants in the city.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 6, 2012

Excellent food with a local flavor. Great seafood. Loved the corn muffins. We had a wonderful and very friendly server too.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 5, 2012

dinner w/adult children and toddler granddaughter to celebrate our 41st wedding anniversary. everything was perfect, as we have come to expect from Ivar's Salmon House.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 5, 2012

Ordered the blacken salmon salad. Salmon not quite done enough for my taste also and maybe it is just me but I like removing the gray fatty portion before eating. Overall everything was pretty .good

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