Ivar's Salmon House

4.3
4054 reviews
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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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JW
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Overpriced and overhyped.

Portions were tiny. Ordered medium steak and medium fish. Both came out well done.

YC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The food and view are great but the service was slow and the bill wasn't correct at the first place but the waiter corrected after we pointed out.

C
Seattle
23 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was excellent and our server was delightful. We had a window seat and the view was lovely.

I
Des Moines
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great place for dinner before or after a Harbor Tour. We were lucky to be able to sit outside right on the railing. Enjoyed the fabulous clam chowder and halibut dinner. Good service.

OT
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Overall service was good, food was okay a bit pricey. Great view of the lake!

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The staff was wonderful, the food was great. Definitely a place to go to again.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely dinner out on the deck. Great view, great food, great service. And as noisy as the bridge is when you're out front, back on the deck it is very quiet.

BT
Seattle
41 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great Happy Hour pricing on the deck. Friendly, professional staff, one of best views in area.

JW
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Ivar's Salmon House is a favorite for my family. We often have gatherings there. Anytime an out of town relative or friend comes we bring them at least once.
This most recent visit the food was excellent and the ambiance is always gorgeous, however the service was lacking. Although the waiter was friendly and seemed willing to serve us, after our dinner arrived things went rapidly down hill.
He never checked on us or offered to refill our water. A different waiter took our dessert order and then... dessert took a LONG time to be delivered... the three of us were sharing ONE burnt cream.
Our original server didn't bring the check until I pulled him away from another table and then it took forever for him to return.
This was after I reminded him that my mother is 91 years old and was getting tired.
The tip reflected the service....

s
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The decor is really different and a great change. Loved that it was right on the water and we were able to watch all the people going by in their water activities while eating amazing salmon. I thought the value was reasonable; the service was outstanding; and we both highly recommend this restaurant. Lots of food choices, wine and cocktail.

KG
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant for local Seattle experience and exceptional seafood!

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Try the salmon. That’s the best on the menu.

SE
Austin
10 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Ivar's Salmon House was a great end to our family vacation and allowed everyone to re-visit flavors/foods we experienced during the trip. The only minor complaint is that our waiter appeared to be somewhat 'checked out' and/or distracted, and so while the service was adequate, it did not match the overall experience. All in all, we would definitely return if/when we are back in the area.

TH
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

It's not a place for foodies; not a place for a quiet / romantic meal, but the view is great and the decor (and story) are unique. We had a great time!

D
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Despite the chill of too much air conditioning we enjoyed a great meal. Stick to the salmon served pretty simple - it's what they do best and boy! Do they do it best. Yum! It's a tradition in our family to eat here on special occasions.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Loud and food was just passable

ES
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Family from out of town

EP
New Mexico
8 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

This is an establishment that is clearly resting on its laurels. Service was slipshod, food completely unremarkable. The New England chowder was glutinous, the fried seafood platter over-battered. The portions were generally on the small side. Would not return.

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We met up with old friends and sat on the deck outside. It was beautiful! The food was great and fresh!

a
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and ambience. Salmon was fresh and had excellent taste. The only thing that wasn’t very good was calamari- while it tasted good it was tad bit oily.

g
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ivar's seems to have a renewed lease on a long and esteemed life. The food was terrific -- and more "gourmet" than I recall from years past -- the service was excellent, and the dessert of the day (a peach and shortcake confection) was an unexpected surprise: not too sweet and plenty of fruit. The tasting portions for the other desserts also hot the spot.

KC
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Classic NW Seafood Restaurant! Great place to take out of state guests.

JH
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat out on the deck and really enjoyed the scenery, view and service!!

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tremendous view. Stellar food. Fun atmosphere. We can't wait to return!

MB
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Brett was our waiter and was awesome-very personable and remembered everything! I had halibut and my husband had the taste of the northwest. He said his was a bit over cooked, but was still good. Beautiful view and great drinks too!

BB
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Smoked Salmon Chowder was a table favorite! We made reservations(always a good idea) and we were seated promptly and politely. Our server even ran us down as we were leaving as one of our party left his sunglasses behind.

LD
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was good, cocktails were sent back, undrinkable. Great views and ambience. A little pricey but we will come back again.

AJ
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

One of my fav places! They were a little off this visit... the Caesar salad was bland, but I’ll keep coming back!

MH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Marcus, was great! We loved the appetizers too!

JO
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food.. great times. Would visit again during my next stop in Seattle

d
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I always enjoy the architecture and views at Ivar's Salmon House. The food is reliably good and the service polite and attentive. The only slight distraction was an unusually high noise level from other patrons.

KC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Deck is fantastic- happy hour menu is incredibly reasonable and delicious. Salmon is wild and I believe sustainable. Delicious

S
Seattle
39 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met out of town friends for dinner. We ate out on the deck and enjoyed the great views of Seattle and all of the activities on Lake Union. The food and service were both outstanding.

BT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are Keep Clam members and celebrate our Birthdays at Ivars Salmon House each year. It is our tradition to enjoy the wonderful food and service on our special occasions.

E
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely lunch Sunday at Ivars Salmon House. Food was great and the ambiance can't be beat. We ate outside on Lake Unio n and it was as always a unbeatable experience.

RU
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent. They went out of their way to accommodate my wife’s dietary restrictions.
Great food and view.

MR
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food is always good. However my waiter got a couple items wrong. But made up for it later. The only problem was I reserved a table by the window And I got one close but not best view.

BH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Over all it was ok. But the food took over an hour to arrive. I think the cooks were giving our server a mean first day. She did a great job of apologizing. But the food was delayed to all locations on her station. The manager acknowledged a problem and comped half our bill. But they need to fix the issue

MS
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

The chowder bowl was a watered down bowl of chowder. Very low quality for such a high price.

J
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I appreciated how well the waiter treated the children and anticipated their needs. Thanks!

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