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

4.2

ambience

4.4

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (94)
Scenic View (87)
Local Ingredients (50)
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Special Occasion (49)
Good for Groups (45)
Good for Anniversaries (41)
Great for Outdoor Dining (39)
Good for Birthdays (37)
Casual (35)
Good for a Date (35)
Authentic (32)
Worth the Drive (29)
Great for Lunch (29)
Romantic (22)
Fun (22)
Healthy (21)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
Sunday Lunch (18)
Comfort Food (17)
Disabled Access (16)
Kid-friendly (15)
Business Meals (14)
Great for Brunch (12)
Fit for Foodies (12)
People Watching (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Happy Hour (10)
Seasonal (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
Cozy (9)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Hot Spot (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Live Sports (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Great Beer (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
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 (Seattle)·Dined 3 days ago

Familiar predictable and always satisfying unpretentiousness comfortable

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Groups, Casual, Waterfront
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·Dined 3 days ago

Service was not friendly, helpful, knowledgeable about the menu or even interested in our table. Food was average but not on par for the location, building or price. Cocktails were above average but not top notch.

The main restaurant and bar building were northwest lodge with a good layout, relatively quiet and a good view of Seattle downtown and space needle.

I'd look for other alternatives before returning to this place again.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (Seattle)·Dined 7 days ago

We have now moved out of state and occasionally come back to Seattle to visit. This restaurant is always on our list during that visit! We love the way the salmon and other fish is prepared. Ivar's Salmon House never disappoints.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Cozy, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View
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 (Seattle)·Dined 7 days ago

My birthday dinner was just what I needed. Lovely view of the city across the lake at night. Quiet atmosphere and good seafood. Always worth the trip. And love those birthday coupons they give out! Sign yourself up...

Tags: Good for a Date, Waterfront, Scenic View, Cozy
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Iconic restaurant with a beautiful setting on Lake Union with views of downtown Seattle. Décor is a museum of local native artifacts and history. The food focus is on regional Pacific NW favorites, especially seafood. Overall, looking a bit tired, worn and well-used.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront, Local Ingredients
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 13, 2017

If you want your salad course served at the same time as your main entree it's fine, but it's unacceptable when you're paying this much for food. Maybe our server was new. She also didn't bring utensils for taking apart my wife's crab legs. When she did, she brought a pair of small tongs, so I had to grab a bus boy to get help with the situation. She never apologized for the mix up. Food was a step up from nice buffet quality-- good, but not great. You're mainly paying for the location.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Food was decent but not great. My seafood medley tasted like it had been out of pot for a while. Service was horrible. Our server had a bad attitude. We asked to replace our utensils since they were dirty and she was not happy about it. She also literally handed me my wine instead of setting it on the table. There were four of us and we all felt she was rude. We saw that other servers were nice and “normal”, not neurotic like ours. So maybe we were just unlucky.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Veterans day supper was fantastic, my wife had the halibut cheeks

Tags: Cozy, Scenic View
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great food and quiet atmosphere. We were visiting from out of state and were looking for great local food. Sat by the windows and had a great view of the bay. Service was very good and we did not feel rushed at all. If we return to Seattle, we will definitely come back.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Overall the experience was good. The hostess was wonderful, conversant without being overly chatty. I was very disappointed, however, not to have been offered a birthday dessert. I and my friends have been celebrating birthdays at Ivar’s for years and this is the first time no cake or muffin or other birthday dessert was offered. It was clearly my birthday, as I indicated it in my MyTable reservation. Is this a new thing?

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Excellent food artistically presented. Wonderful Northwest Indian decor. A treat for visitors and locals alike.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The salmon was excellent and prices were reasonable. We enjoyed the beautiful view of downtown Seattle.

Tags: Waterfront, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Casual, Scenic View, Kid-friendly
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Once again Ivar's Salmon House comes through for a special birthday occasion, or it could have just been everyday lunch. Same great selection of food and attentive service with the best view of the Space Needle in town: in the distance without all the new construction blocking the view. My "go to" place to treat friends.

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Great view, great food, great service! A long-standing northwest traditional location that still stands with the best today. Highly recommend the cedar plank salmon and always creative special dessert.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Live Sports
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Fantastic views, fantastic service, just in dire need of some more vegetarian options since groups here always seem to include a few vegetarians.

Tags: Romantic, Local Ingredients, Waterfront, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Our waiter was very poor. He asked what we wanted, left and did not provide it. And it was not busy.

Tags: Scenic View
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·Dined on November 1, 2017

Everything was wonderful. We had it all planned out to where we could see the sunset from a window seat. One of my favorite spots for special occasions.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Food was good yet server was a bit grumpy and managed to make us feel guilty for being there.

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

It was the worse dining experience in quite some time. I was grateful for the view of Seattle across Lake Union, but that was it. The rest of the experience I rate as outright awful. The wait time was excessive - 45 minutes to be seated. We were told it was because our reservation time was 715pm. When we were seated at 725pm, four tables were available in the area were we dined, and across the dining room there was open table after open table. The food was terrible. The price for the food, excessive. Service was reasonable, but the poor individual was in training with no support from management. I will not return until they change owners, or something amazing happens to the place. This is unfortunate, as I have been a patron of the place for 35 years.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Disappointing! Even with a reservation, we had to wait 10-15 minutes for a table in a dark corner. The room was poorly lit with yellow lights. The server was clearly overburdened with 6 tables, including 3 large parties of 8 to 12. We never received our child’s beverage. Final straw was tough razor clams, which shouldn’t be on the specials if they can’t be prepared correctly. We’ve had better, notably at Chinook’s. Rather go there.

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great food and ambiance, beautiful location, and good service.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Business Meals
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Restaurant Reservation was not correct and I had email to show proper arrangements

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Setting was nice, great views, accommodated larger group last minute. Food was over priced for what you get in terms of attention to detail and flavor. Chowder was good but you can get it at take out locations as well.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 20, 2017

OK Seattle. This is where you go when you want authentic Pacific Northwest cuisine. You know .... SEAFOOD. There is a reason restaurants like this endure for decades- they are like your favorite pair of jeans- comfortable and reliable .

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Casual, Special Occasion, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Waterfront, Scenic View, Seasonal, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

Great Food, half-priced wine offset the slightly higher Dinner cost... Overall, a very nice experience...

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 16, 2017

We’ ve come here many times over the years.
The food was the problem. We love razor clams, not the ones we got. They were like rubber - old tires, and the breading was awful - it seemed to be rancid. Our server was fine, although she was stretched pretty thin. It was my wife’ birthday and she was also disappointed with the food. Our enjoyment was with family members. We probably won’t be back for celebratory meals.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Healthy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Mississippi)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Alaskan king crab phenomenal! Tasted like butter! Views of Seattle city scape awesome!

Tags: Live Music, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Hot Spot, Waterfront, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

The six of us had a variety of meals. Fish and chips were excellent, and everything else was very good also; the exception was the Shrimp Louie, which was a serious disappointment. It had the very smallest shrimps possible, and they were all without flavor entirely. We also had good desserts, celebrating a 50th birthday for one of our number.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Gluten Free Options, Live Sports, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Celebrating 2 birthdays. Server and food exceptional. Very satisfied, thank you.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Romantic
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Good food. The sockeye was tastier than the king. But both were well presented. The waiter was efficient and informative

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View, Waterfront, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

This Seattle landmark has been a regional favorite for decades. As a child, we enjoyed special occasion meals and always a tasty meal before University of Washington football games. We still do.
The service is excellent - the food is always fresh and the ambiance is second to none. This is my go-to-happy-place before UW football games! GO HUSKIES and thanks Ivar's for making memories.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Hot Spot, Healthy, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Tea, Bar Seating, Scenic View, Good Vegetarian Options, Spicy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Organic, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great Beer, Disabled Access, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, People Watching, Comfort Food, Casual, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Live Sports, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Romantic, Sunday Lunch
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Love this restaurant! Brought someone from NYC who was in town to give a presentation and she loved it. Great food, great ambiance, great wine with dinner. We had a very enjoyable meal sitting by the window. The moon was rising and the lights over Lake Union were beautiful. If I'd been on a date it would've been even better, but as it was, I was glad to be able to bring someone from out of town to a place I love, and they felt the same!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Fun, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 1, 2017

First of all we got a window seat! Ryan, our server, was attentive with discretion. The food was good and a great time was had by all.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Fun, Good for Groups, Scenic View
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

The service in the bar with Margo was fabulous. The service in the dining room was fair. Waiter was not overly friendly ( Brian ) and had to be asked to bring bread for the mussels and tarter sauce for the fish. Desert was very overated. Fruit cobbler. Dissapointed since I took my boss from Denver. The waiter was given an exceptional tip however.

Tags: Waterfront
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Always great fish at the Salmon house. Nice menu and well prepared food.

Tags: Seasonal
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 29, 2017

As always the food, service, and atmosphere were great. My guests, students from the UW, were very impressed.

Tags: Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Healthy
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 28, 2017

We looked for something with a view for an out of town guest. Always a perfect venue. And seafood was yummy.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on September 25, 2017

I enjoyed everything: the location, the service and the food. The atmosphere recreates a northwest native-american setting: lot of wood, tribal masks, canoes hanging from the ceiling... It goes without saying: everything is around salmon. Well, almost, since we also tried the seafood medley which was really tasty. The salmon chowder is to die for. I really loved the lavender butter served with sourdough bread and homemade cornbread.
We asked for a table with lake view and we enjoyed our dinner looking at the sun setting behind Seattle's skyline.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Authentic, Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Three of the four entrees were excellent but the "Northwest Seafood Platter's" breading on the clams and prawns was soggy and fairly tasteless. Other than that and the noise level which made it difficult to converse easily, our experience was highly satisfying.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Our server (Arlece) made the whole night worth it! Food was solid, service was stellar!

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