Ivar's Salmon House

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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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EK
Seattle
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great local fare with a view. Perfect for work or family dinners

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best salmon dishes you could wish for, at a reasonable price. Food was well prepared, service wonderful.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Was a good place for a more special occasion. Good food, but very limited vegan options for a member of our group.

DL
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Wonderful food and gorgeous setting. The wait staff was wonderful to my best friend's three grandchildren - thanks!

DL
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as always! I brought my boss from NC here and he was blown away by the food and ambiance. There's a variety of options on the menu and they are all cooked to perfection, I've never had a bad meal here.

GR
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food that is reasonably priced. Service was prompt, efficient and courteous. Very comfortable seating with spectacular views. Even though the restaurant was nearly full the sound level was acceptable and allowed for pleasant conversations. We will be back!

NG
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank God Ivar's Salmon House is still there to provide a fine dining experience in an informal but very nice environment. The menu is extensive--there's a lot to choose from, and the fare is delicious. Gracious and welcoming staff, beautiful views all around the restaurant--you just can't beat it!!! Thank you!!!

LQ
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Native American art, the ambiance, the water location. Excellent service and convenient parking.

AS
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

We sat for a long time with no service other than water. Finally, someone realized that we had been waiting too long for attention. He looked at our check-in time and saw that we had been neglected. He took drink and food orders. There must have been a staffing issue because several servers were taking care of tables on all sides of ours but ignored us until this particular person showed up. He never returned after taking the order. Other servers delivered the food and still another seemed to now be assigned to our table. We were comp'd for a bread basket. The food was fine once we got it. Ivar's missed out on our ordering more beverages because of the long delay. I think it's reasonable to expect much better service!

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

The first server took our drink and appetizer order and then disappeared. After about 20 minutes we flagged down the server in the next section and asked him to tell our waiter we were ready to order. This server volunteered to take our order. When it arrived, the steak my son ordered had horseradish when we asked for it to be left off, and the fries we asked for were not included. My meal was also not correct. Each time we had to flag down an alternate employee to get service. I did finally flag down our first server for our check, which was also in correct. In an effort to leave, we just paid it. The food was fabulous but the service was very subpar. Not what we experienced last visit, but now we are nervous to try again.

AV
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I’m hoping our visit was just a tough night. The food wasn’t great. My sister and I got the Northwest sampler scallops, salmon, halibut. And everything was a bit over cooked. I’ve been here many times before and it was good. Great views, nice atmosphere, good service.

MH
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

I have eaten here several times in the past but was disappointed this time. When making the reservation I noted that we were celebrating a birthday and asked if we could have a window seat. Nothing was acknowledged and the waiter rushed us when waiting on us even though it was early enough to not be busy but then disappeared for long periods without checking on us. He brought our check without asking if we were interested in dessert and we were so disgusted by then we didn't push the subject and left. Will probably give them another chance but it may be awhile.

CC
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All our meals were delicious, cooked perfectly and halibut was not dry. Our waiter was amazing, Mohammed. He had a wonderful sense of humor and made sure we were taking care of through out the entire meal. Always had our water glasses filled and came back to ask how our meals tasted. Love the Seattle Skyline view at night

CL
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Love to take out of town guest to Ivar’s Salmon House. Very northwest and food is always hit.

MB
Memphis
9 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Beautiful setting with the skyline of Seattle across all windows. Pretty average King Salmon in both quality and presentation. Nothing to write home about.

M
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Had a lovely dinner at Ivars! Highly recommend! The salmon was delicious! Can’t say anything bad- will come again

C
Seattle
60 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Ivar's has a certain appeal for the tourist crowd, but they source high quality seafood and take care in cooking it properly, making this a worthy casual dining option for locals who apprecaite good seafood.

E
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends, family and I absolutely love the Ivar's Salmon House! The food is always good, prepared well and tasty. We love to bring out of the country and out of state guests to the Salmon House as it really gives them a sense of the Northwest. The ambience is warm, inviting, comfortable and welcoming! I always love chatting with the Chef while he prepares the salmon. The view on Lake Union is spectacular and it's a great place to eat, connect, celebrate any occasion and just enjoy a fabulous meal.

M
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were late to our reservation because of traffic. The greeters were very nice about it and we still got a window table as requested. We will be back.

J
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My girlfriend and I went for the Veteran’s Day special, and were promptly seated. Our friendly server greeted us and asked what we’d like to drink as he sat down waters. We quickly ordered, as we already knew what we’d have before arriving. Our entrees arrived about 10 minutes after ordering (coho salmon with sautéed spinach and mashed potatoes, and a blackened salmon Cesar salad), and everything was perfectly cooked. After periodically checking in, we had him take out plates, and I ordered a coffee, so I could tip on top of a free meal. He brought cream and sugar without being asked, we asked for the check and paid quickly. He then brought a box for the leftovers.
This is our second time here this year, and second consecutive vet’s day at the restaurant. We will definitely be coming back for a business casual dinner!

J
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A Korean War veteran and I (an Armed Forces retiree) went to Ivar's Salmon House for a Veteran's Day lunch. I had booked us a table for two and we were seated promptly at a splendid window table. Service was prompt and commendable. Our lunch orders were quickly prepared and we both commented on the taste and quality of our respective entrees. We'll be coming back.

JM
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was impressed by how quickly the wait person came by and delivered the menu and took our drink orders. The food came quickly. While we did not have a window seat we had a wonderful view of Lake Union.

l
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite seafood restaurant in the Seattle metropolitan area! I love this place!

ML
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Ivars is consistent. Not cutting edge , but you can expect a certain quality and freshness and they never disappoint. The location and view of the Lake and skyline are a great value . Portions are very generous and appetizers can be shared and this is refreshing

SM
Seattle
18 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant right on the water of Lake Union. Had a table right at the window so the view of the city and the Montlake Cut was amazing. Especially during sunset. We luckily had a reservation as the wait time was over an hour. We were seated in a reasonable amount of time. So many choices for dinner! After a delicious cup of Ivar's famous clam chowder, our table had the Taste of the Northwest ( salmon, halibut and scallops), Wild Alaska Halibut, and Seafood Linguini (spinach linguini with salmon, muscles, clams, scallops, shrimp, and white fish). All dishes were tasty and plentiful. Food came out in good time even though the place was extremely busy. Our server was great! Checking in at appropriate intervals, refilling water, etc. Prices were $$$. Our meals were all $31-$40. This is a great place to bring out of towners, or to come for a special occasion. There is plenty of parking and morage if you come by boat.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and beautiful views! The Taste of the Northwest plate was delicious! Scallops were amazing.

DW
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always everything was very good. I highly recommend I’vars Salmon House and plan to go again with friends soon.

Don

IM
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a guest from DC and he loved the place and the food. We knew that we would have a great time and that's why we brought him to your place.
Thank you!

DI
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my co-worker, who was from France, there to share with him the PNW. It was a hit! Everything was perfect. Thank you Ivar's for making us look good. Christopher

BL
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great lunch on a sunny Fall day with lots of activity out on the water. Water was friendly and helpful, the food was good, hot, and quite quick.

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience2

Our guests enjoyed their salmon sampler, cedar planked salmon and Himalayan halibut; but your spinach fettuccine let me down.

Lacking flavor and the fettuccine was tasteless. It needed some additional spices... not hot spices but more savory.

My wife’s coconut shrimp were no different than anyone else can prepare.

This is an Ivar’s icon restaurant that needs a menu boost.

MT
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ivar's is the perfect place for family gatherings! We sometimes have trouble getting reservations for 9 people. Not with Ivar's! We are always able to make a reservation and receive amazing service. And the food is always fantastic. Great views, no matter where you sit in the dining room, and I love going out onto the patio area and taking pictures. Ivar's Salmon House is centrally located, with great parking, and very easy to get to. I cannot say enough good things about this restaurant!

OT
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!

FP
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

My husband and I both ordered the ceasar salad, the lettuce was very wet which made the salad very bland, you couldn't taste the dressing or the anchovy which is why we ordered it.

DD
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience5

Our waitress spent every interaction trying to up sell us. She tried to sell us the same dessert so many times, I nearly offered to buy one for her because she just kept talking about it. As she was bringing us our credit card bills and we had paid, she mentioned again that, “It’s not too late to get ... (whatever the dessert was). Really tacky service.

CR
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service! Beautiful views. Salmon and halibut fish and chips amazing! Love the native Pacific Northwest decor.

j
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Waiter left out one of our starters. Food was ok but not great. View of the bay was exceptional.

OT
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great waitstaff, gorgeous view! Calamari was fabulous!

JO
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

You gotta experience this legendary place that’s now better than ever. Authentic native art in a lodge style house. I will go back again and again.

R
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went with friends, and everyone loved it. The Salmon House is wonderful for a laid-back, not-too-fussy, casual-but-nice celebratory dinner. Our server was Brett - he's been our guy on previous visits and we rely on his cheerful attitude and great fund of knowledge for menu questions (one of our group has food allergies) and wine list recommendations. Brett really knows his stuff! The menu itself is top notch. Love the Northwest platter and the crab stack. Yum! Excuse me, but think I'l end here, hop in the car, and take myself over to Ivar's for dinner. It's so good.

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