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.

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

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food

4.2

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (71)
Waterfront (67)
Good for Groups (46)
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Special Occasion (44)
Local Ingredients (43)
Good for Anniversaries (42)
Good for Birthdays (35)
Good for a Date (32)
Great for Lunch (25)
Casual (23)
Worth the Drive (22)
Authentic (21)
Romantic (20)
Fun (20)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Comfort Food (17)
Healthy (16)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Great for Outdoor Dining (16)
Sunday Lunch (16)
Business Meals (15)
Kid-friendly (15)
Cozy (15)
Fit for Foodies (15)
People Watching (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Seasonal (11)
Disabled Access (10)
Great for Brunch (10)
Bar Seating (8)
Happy Hour (8)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Great Beer (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Live Sports (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Organic (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Quick Bite (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Live Music (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

I’ve been to this place multiple times in the past couple years, but this time I was severely let down on the food. My moms dish was just really salty, and my steak was ok. I remember it being really good here. Also, I know they did the whole “tipless” phase and just raised the prices, but it looks like they went back to the tipping model and didn’t bring their prices back down. Overall, I don’t think I’ll come back here again sadly.

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 (Seattle)·Dined 4 days ago

My parents were visiting from out of state and this was just the place to bring them for fresh seafood, famous clam chowder, and a unique regional ambiance/decor. We had a terrific meal and excellent service with nice views of the waterfront and Seattle skyline.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined 5 days ago

Great place and service to eat. Servers are well knowledged on fish

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 (Seattle)·Dined 5 days ago

The food was over cooked and sub par for the price charged

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·Dined 6 days ago

We love using our Clam Club free Birthday dinner for my wife's birthday celebration...it has become a treasured tradition. We love the food and warm atmosphere and will always return for our birthdays.

Tags: Kid-friendly, People Watching, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Authentic, Fun
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 (Vancouver)·Dined 6 days ago

Great experience. The welcome staff were a bit off putting. They seemed to be Messing around up front but when you get sat it was a great experience.

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 (Seattle)·Dined 6 days ago

Excellent food and service!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Always enjoy going to the Salmon House for the waterfront view and great seafood. Fun watching the rowing crews practice at sunset.

Tags: Seasonal, Comfort Food, Fun, Good for Groups
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·Dined on January 5, 2018

Mohammed, our server was excellent. In addition to being, friendly, thoughtful, respectful, informative, and overalll nice; he is a great photographer and took a well lit group photo of our party of 6.

Tags: Casual, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Fun, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Business Meals
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Prices have gone up. Remember the tip is included in the price. We ordered Fish and Chips, Shrimp Louie, Salmon, and others. Food is very meh. Lots left over; it just wasn't good enough.

Tags: Scenic View, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on January 5, 2018

The Service was great. The prices have gotten a little out of hand. Without gift cards we might not come as often as we did before. The wine is good but more expensive for the same bottle that we had at a different restaurant for less.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Excellent waterfront location..Fish seemed very fresh. Wasn’t Very busy on a Wednesday evening.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Casual, Scenic View, Fun
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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 4, 2018

The view was terrific and service good, if sometimes a little slow. We enjoyed the salmon very much.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Beautiful setting on Lake Union situated in a longhouse feel restaurant featuring NW Salmon. Everything well prepared and loved the pecan bread pudding. Primarily seafood menu.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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

Tags: Romantic, Tapas, Disabled Access, Fun, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

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.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 31, 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.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Very disappointed with the caliber of food- expected

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 29, 2017

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

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 28, 2017

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

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Absolutely wonderful coho salmon with spinach and oyster stuffing!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 25, 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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Disabled Access, Scenic View, Waterfront, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

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

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 24, 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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 24, 2017

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

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 24, 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.

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 22, 2017

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

Tags: Romantic, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene, Healthy, People Watching
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·Dined on December 22, 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.

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·Dined on December 22, 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.)

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 (Seattle)·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.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View, Happy Hour
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 21, 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.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Waterfront, Scenic View
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·Dined on December 21, 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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Waterfront, Good for Groups, Cozy, Paleo Friendly
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 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Scenic View, Casual, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Excellent service and fantastic menu options with flavors of the Pacific Northwest. Ivar's clam chowder is a MUST!

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 19, 2017

A reliable Seattle institution. We had the grilled King salmon and the Chef special grilled Coho with chantrelle relish. Both were very good. Well executed fish with that nice alderwood smoke flavor coming through. The King had a very nice coconut infused jasmine rice. The broccolini with the Coho was a little woody and would have benefitted from a little less time cooking. But still a very nice meal. Ivar's has gluten free and vegetarian options which are marked on the menu.

Tags: Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Delicious food, love our Seattle view, inspiring Salmon House décor and great way to enjoy chatting with longtime friends.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Cozy
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 18, 2017

We had a very enjoyable evening at Ivar's Salmon House and our server was excellenr.

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·Dined on December 17, 2017

The salmon was superb, service efficient and ambience lovely especially with the Christmas ships going by. Looking forward to returning soon.

Tags: Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Wonderful dinner!

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