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
View Larger Map

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:
Join us for a feast for the senses -- a Mardi Gras party like no other at Ivar's Salmon House. Celebrate Fat Tuesday at Ivar's Salmon House as we feature an exciting array of food, drinks, music and prizes. Guests are encourage to wear a mask or dress in themed attire.

WHERE: Ivar's Salmon House
WHEN: February 13 | 7-10pm
COST: $40 (food, 2 drinks + entertainment)

Food & Drink Offerings:
Nosh on a heavy appetizer buffet featuring Cajun and Creole twists on Northwest Seafood, King Cakes and Mardi Gras drink specials.

Entertainment:
Hoot, holla and jig to live jazz music

Door prizes:
All attendees will be entered into a drawing to win a stash of prizes.

Online to reserve: ivarsmardigras.bpt.me or call (206) 632-0767

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

5
4
3
2
1

4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (68)
Waterfront (60)
Good for Groups (41)
See All
Good for Anniversaries (38)
Local Ingredients (36)
Special Occasion (35)
Good for Birthdays (34)
Good for a Date (25)
Casual (23)
Authentic (21)
Great for Lunch (21)
Worth the Drive (19)
Romantic (19)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Business Meals (16)
Cozy (16)
Fun (16)
Kid-friendly (15)
Comfort Food (14)
Sunday Lunch (13)
Healthy (11)
Disabled Access (10)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Great for Brunch (9)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Seasonal (8)
People Watching (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Happy Hour (6)
Notable Wine List (5)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Great Beer (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Organic (3)
Hot Spot (2)
Tapas (2)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Sports (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Spicy (1)
Sort by
S
3318 reviews
Loading Reviews ...

 
 (Orange County)·Dined 5 days ago

Been going to Ivar's various restaurants for decades. I love the salmon house for it's woodsy beauty and stunning views of the growing Seattle skyline. Hubby and I made a last minute decision on going out (birthday) and after a somewhat difficult time using Google maps, we were able to figure out where it was (thanks to a kind gentleman on the phone).

After a cup of the hot, creamy delicious clam chowder and a very nice fillet of Coho, I felt we were in the Emerald City. I love Seattle, and Ivar's is one of the iconic eating establishments of this great city.

Anthony gave us very good service. Happy Birthday Ivar (March!)!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (Seattle)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Dinner was a little over priced.
Server was to attentive. I felt his goal was to turn the table not take care of our needs.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service4
value3

 
 (Seattle)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Nice beautiful restaurant. The prices are outrageously high. I won’t be going back. If you dine here, bring a credit card and know you are in for sticker shock.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Waterfront
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value2

 
 (Seattle)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Good food, nicely spiced. I had the seafood medley, my only criticism—WAY too much salt!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Spicy, Seasonal, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Seattle)·Dined on February 14, 2018

The staff was very respectful of our 54th Anniversary on Valentine's Day. They seated us at Ivar's favorite table (Ivar being the founder of Ivar's restaurant. They were attentive and treated us to a special dessert. Very thoughtful!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value3

 
 (Seattle)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Salmon House is always our goto dining whenever there is a special occasion. Food is great and the service is perfect. Thanks again..Ivars!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Waterfront, Scenic View
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Seattle)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Server was attentive, food was good, view was fantastic.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Seattle)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Oldsters appreciate a delicious solid lunch and a quiet atmosphere to chat in. We sat indoors at a window table by the water - delightful. Service was attentive and never intrusive. Nobody hassled us or hurried us; we had a good get-together with an out-of-town friend. To be repeated!

Tags: Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Authentic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Seattle)·Dined on February 10, 2018

You feel like you are in an Native American lodge with an outstanding view of the Seattle skyline. The service is outstanding with the server being very attentive and friendly. The food was cool and was not seasoned well. We ordered the Pan Fried Oysters, the oysters needed salt and were cold, The mashed potatoes had a strange tangy taste to them, but the vegetables were really well seasoned. The meal size was a little small for the price. I would not recommend this place for a first date, or meeting because it is very loud and hard to hear.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience3
service5
value3

 
 (Seattle)·Dined on February 9, 2018

A Seattle landmark... Ivar's has the best tasting Fish & Chips in town, bar none. At the Salmon House my dinner group thought the crab/shrimp cocktail @ $15 was terrific and a Great deal. We would order it again.
Suggestions to consider...
We had 2, bottles of 14 Hands chardonnay. Too pricy @ $34 / bottle for what this wine sells for retail. The pink shrimp & mushroom sauté entree was 'colorful.' "Color" is a big asset in food 'presentation.' Two in our party ordered the "Taste of the Northwest." A lack of 'color' was my first impression. Simply adding a sprig of parsley, some red paprika, etc., would really improve the visual presentation at no additional cost. I'd like to see the potatoes presented in a form other than looking like they came out of an oval, mold... a sprig of colorful parsley & 'yellow' lemon slices vs. the broiled (?) half lemon of a brown color would make the visual much better. Similar suggestions for the seafoods on the plate (present them 'prettier'). Again the crab & shrimp cocktail looked great! Price was great! That dish looked like it was prepared by a very different chef... follow that persons lead!

The Japanese have learned how to present food in ways that make it compelling... low cost ways that are pretty and sometimes a work of art. I'm not suggestion you go that far but I'm sure some 'presentation improvements' on the couple of entrees mentioned here would make your guests dining experience better.

I love seafood presentation which is a hobby of mine. My family was the partner of Jack Alger when they opened the Alki SPUD. I have photos you may not have. Does the name Richard (Dick) Seargeant mean anything?

I love your Fish & Chips!
Richard P.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience5
service5
value3

 
 (Seattle)·Dined on February 8, 2018

There were reports last year Ivar’s increased food price to remove tip charges. We still had tips on our bill last night. Have they stopped the pilot?

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Seattle)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Excellent wild caught salmon with a great view of the lake

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4

 
 (Seattle)·Dined on February 5, 2018

For YEARS, I have Always went by this place. From sea level & street level & from High Above. Literally!
I've meant to GET there some Day.
Finally Did for my birthday!
Thanks it made my Day.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Waterfront, Cozy, Authentic, Comfort Food, Casual, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience4
service3
value5

 
·Dined on February 3, 2018

Whenever I visit Seattle, my sister makes sure to plan at least one stop at Ivar's. I was able to request a 10-person reservation on the same day, with some last-minute additions/changes that the staff handled gracefully. Several friends on their first visit were very impressed. I'd love to explore the menu, but the "Taste of the Northwest" always grabs my focus!

Tags: Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Cozy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We've been to Ivar's Salmon House many times over the years and loved it, but last weekend's visit was a disappointment. My house salad was a pile of limp greens soaked in dressing, I couldn't eat it. My guest's Coho salmon was drowning in sauce and so sweet that she ate about half of it. I recommend getting all dressing/sauces on the side. We had a lovely window table but the noise volume on a Saturday night made it difficult to talk without yelling.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Waterfront, Cozy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience5
service4
value2

 
 (Seattle)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Beautiful view, good food and attentive staff.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service4
value4

 
 (Seattle)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Comfortable and casual, with a nice menu and water view.

Tags: Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Seattle)·Dined on January 31, 2018

We went because they were having a Mardi Gras special menu and we ordered off that menu. Special NOLA drink was great, but a little price at $13. Food was not spicy so that was good for me, but if you like it spicy you would be disappointed. Fun menu though and lots of choices. Service was excellent.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Disabled Access, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Bar Seating
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Very helpful staff that was able to accommodate a large group. We always enjoy bringing friends and family from out of town to this unique and quality dining experience.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Tahoe)·Dined on January 29, 2018

I've been to the restaurant many times and have always enjoyed the food. Monday night the food was so bad everyone in my party commented on it. Very bland and tasteless. We will not be returning.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience4
service4
value1

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Unfortunately the salmon was cooked well done and took much of the flavor out of it

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience5
service5

 
 (Seattle)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Excellent evening with family. Good food & service, great view and worth the trip.

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service4
value4

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Excellent well prepared food, good variety and good service. I loved the Mardi Gras specials. The blueberry beignets were amazing!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Authentic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Seattle)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Grossly over rated, over priced, sub standard food. Excellent staff and service. Halibut and Chips ordered were served over cooked and dry with tasteless batter and barely warm fries. Wine priced at $6.75 in market was served at unconsionable cost of $34.00. Overall a sad experience - never to be repeated.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience4
service5
value1

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Great service, great table. Nice creme brûlée for birthday person. Decor is wonderful.

Tags: Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Seattle)·Dined on January 15, 2018

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.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience2
service5
value1

vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on January 15, 2018

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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (Seattle)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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

Tags: Scenic View
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience3
service3
value2

 
 (Seattle)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value3

 
 (Seattle)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Excellent food and service!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Seattle)·Dined on January 11, 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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Seattle)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Great fresh fish and seafood. Went there to celebrate my birthday. Ambiance was nice, sat by the window and got to enjoy great views of union lake and downtown!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Seattle)·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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Seattle)·Dined on January 4, 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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service4
value2

 
 (Seattle)·Dined on January 4, 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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value3

 
 (Seattle)·Dined on January 3, 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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service3
value3

vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on January 3, 2018

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

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience5
service3
value4

 
 (Seattle)·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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

Report this review as inappropriate?

If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.