Ivar's Salmon House

4.3
4552 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Our outdoor decks and dining room are open under new government capacity guidelines. We have instituted enhanced procedures to ensure your safety as that is our highest priority.

Despite the changes, you can still expect Ivars Salmon House as you have known it... a beautiful cedar replica of a Native American Longhouse with an open-pit barbecue for preparing succulent alder-smoked entrees. Our team is committed to serving you the best seafood while providing excellent service surrounded by incredible views of north Lake Union and the Seattle skyline.

You can also order your favorite Salmon House dishes via online ordering for pick-up and delivery. Thank you for your continued loyalty and support throughout these challenging times. We are honored to have such a great community of guests that have stood by us for 83 years.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact michelled@keepclam.com.

Michelle Dobaran Deide
General Manager
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  • Ivar's Salmon House Happy Hour

    Multiple dates available

    Sun - Sat 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Join us in the Whalemaker Lounge for Ivar's Salmon House Happy Hour every day from 3pm - 6pm! We offer delicious small bites, shareable plates, entreés, and desserts, along with $1 off draft beers, hard cider, and well drinks, and $2 off specialty cocktails and wine by-the-glass!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 4552 people are saying
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4.3
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KarenM
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fish was cooked perfectly and was delicious, as well as the vegetables and dessert. We love the ambiance on the deck with the view of Lake Union, the Seattle skyline, and the residential hills framing the Seattle skyscrapers.

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ColoradoLicis
Denver
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated finishing a cycling trip on the San Juan Islands.

BJ
BrandonJ
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food and awesome view of the city Skyline. A bit hard to find, but worth the trip.

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RachaelM
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service. Good food. Fantastic view. We sat outside on a lovely evening, but the interior is also lovely.

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RobertR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding and the setting and history of the space adds to the overall enjoyment of a great meal. Our server Michael was excellent and the food came quickly. We will be back.

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vipMetro
Seattle
32 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect location for watching the boats on Lake Union and enjoying the best seafood around. Great staff. Friendly and professional. Chowder is award winning. Thank you Ivar's!

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vipEastsideFoodie
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This is a nice place to watch the boats and the sunset. At 7 pm on a Tuesday the restaurant was not very busy. We were able to get a window table.

We ordered appetizers and drinks, then a glass of wine to be served with the entrees. The server brought out the wine before the appetizers, but was fine taking it back. The appetizers and the entrees were well-prepared and hot. Our server was attentive and checked in with us frequently. This was an enjoyable evening.

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MarkMontlake
Seattle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great family place; fresh fish, good portions, friendly staff, good beer on tap

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything. Easy parking, quickly seated, friendly staff, and great food. We ate outside and with the freeway nearby it was noisy, but it was worth the view of the lake and downtown.

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SeattleDiner
Seattle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience5

I want to like the Salmon House but the food the last two times I've been there have been way below standard. Not sure what is going on there but literally everyone's dish was underwhelming the last couple meals there. Please raise the bar on the food quality or a lot less people will be going.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The food was delicious! Our table thought the fresh salmon was soft and flavorful. Great place!

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TonjaJ
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

I hadn’t been to the Salmon House in a few years so when my brother came to town, I thought that he would enjoy it, which he did. He had never been here and though we are born and raised in Seattle, we could never afford the Salmon House when we were younger.

The service was very iffy…it took awhile to order our drinks, let alone receive them and way too long to take our food orders. They were also out of clams which is what both me and my brother wanted. After waiting quite awhile after we finished eating, we had to flag down our server in order to get our tab.

The food was good but a bit overpriced. I had the blackened salmon Caesar with a cup of chowder, my son ordered the fish and chips, and my brother had the salmon sampler and a cup of chowder.

Luckily it was a beautiful day on Lake Union and we sat outside…the ambiance is what cancelled out all of the service mishaps.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I’ve eaten here many times. This night, the salmon was flavorless. Not worth a $35 entree.

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Leanie
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service and hardworking staff. Delicious food options so it was hard to pick! Great place for a waterside meal.

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LynneN
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Outdoor space is very noisy due to freeway noise. Indoors is very quite and a nice place for a quiet lunch.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We had a reservation. Kitchen seemed to have issues that night. Lack of staffing and shortage of food? Our crab cakes were extremely late and overheard the menu item ran out but the dinner service was in full swing. Ran out of calamari as well. Old, browned lettuce for salad. Our halibut fish and chips were extremely disappointing with three very small pieces on each order and over abundance of fries. Silverware had food residue and had to get another set. We’ve always enjoyed the Ivar’s restaurants, however, will never come back to this location for sit down menu.
We did tip our waitress 25% because we understand it’s a very tough profession.
Thank you.

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MarkF
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

As always, location and atmosphere are excellent. Food is decent. We were impressed that they were able to open the full restaurant with ongoing industry staffing shortages.

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Burk
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place to take out of town guests - even with a limited menu the selection was great!

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OrVG
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was fine but not good enough for the price, the restaurant was very crowded and loud.

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Noel
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

We were loudly shamed for ordering from the happy hour menu after we were told it was available. Added 45 minutes of waiting for our food. After ordering from the regular menu, the Caesar salad came with browned edges on the lettuce and watery dressing. Not really safe nor pleasant to eat.

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ZagMac
Seattle
43 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Value for the meal “volume” didn’t quite measure-up; the sandwich on the $20 lunch combo was weirdly small. Half the price for same food (or a larger sandwich?) on the other side of the building, it seems. But it was tasty and our server was lovely. Ivar’s is great.

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Chelsea
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistent cooking practices, delicious every time, great service. Chris, our awesome waiter, went the extra mile by bringing my husband a creme brulee with a lit candle. The restaurant joined in on singing happy bday. The steak, fish and chips, Halibut, salmon, potatoes and scallops are all incredible.

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Marie
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food5service1ambience4

Our experience was marred by our server in training: wrong wines brought, taken back and corrected, but found too late we had been charged for wrong wines as well. Our meals were great and arrived in good time, so that part of our experience was positive. We waited and had to signal his trainer to collect our bill for payment and then he did not provide a pen for signing. We will return to the Salmon House, but hope for better service and will examine our bill carefully before we leave.

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LindaC
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant itself if unique and quintessentially Seattle with all of the NW carvings and photos. We brought an out of town guest who loved it! Right on the water, views of Seattle and all the boat traffic of Lake Union. Food was fine - good selection of seafood. But come for the ambiance. Can't be beat!

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MikeP
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Pretty chill but basic if you want dinner on lake union it's not the best option but will work in a pinch

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mazvitam
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quality customer service, great food, great atomsphere. Whats not to like

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Sherit
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

We have been regular customers over the years. I don't like to read crabby reviews but this was a $369 terrible dinner.
The mashed potatoes probably sat in a warmer for a long time and were skinned over. None of our 4 entrees were tasty--overcooked or bland. Even the desserts were an unhappy experience. Particularly the crème brulee which was subpar and NO candle for the birthday.

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EricS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

One of the best places in Seattle for good food, great atmosphere, and to see the Seattle skyline from the north.

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AlecR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The restaurant was clean. The staff very friendly and efficient at helping us navigate the menu. The food was delicious.

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DavidB
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very busy for a Tuesday evening, but it was a great clear warm night.
20 minute wait for our 7:00 reservation (see above)
Staff was hopping and staying positive.
Food was about as expected, good, well presented, but nothing exciting.
No desert offering shown, separate request bread was dry and tired.

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vipJude
Seattle
26 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent spacing of tables on the deck which provided safe distance along with the excellent service and food

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LeslieS
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My out of town guest who had never been to the PNW, loved it. First, he tested the chowder and said it was among the best he had ever had (from the east coast, so that was the comparison). He tried the sampler basket, had never had halibut, and enjoyed every bite. The key lime pie was delicious and hinted of fresh lime. A complete home run! I had the cedar planked salmon and my dessert was the rhubarb crisp, both excellent. The ambience, the multiple types and sizes of boats going by, were a bonus. A lovely evening with perfect weather to boot!

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4thgenerationSeattleite
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always delicious. One of our favorite places to take out of town visitors

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KimM
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The outdoor patio on the water is amazing. The food is good, but not great. Service people are nice and responsive.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food and great views!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had the loveliest waiter and hostess. Beautiful view and just a very pleasant meal. We didn’t feel rushed at all.

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TodW
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Ambiance and food were outstanding. Kids drinks, berry fuzz, did not come with refills and the server kept asking our kids if theyw anted more in an assumptive manner...….so $25 later. Way over-priced and a bit disappointed when we got the bill.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great waterfront view from the patio. Service was friendly. Ordered the Pacific Northwest combo (salmon and halibut) and both pieces of fish were over cooked. The sides and apps were very good. But seeing as it’s a “Salmon House” you’d expect the fish to be perfect. I’d try them again

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Jason
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience4

The portions at this place are definitely a lot smaller than how it used to be. The $40 Appetizer tower was tiny! Way overpriced for 3 small plates. It was nothing! Also, the salmon in over cooked. Wasn't anything spectacular.

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Tangletown4
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Staff tried to provide excellent service. It seems they were understaffed or the restaurant was “out of shape” after months of being closed. The food was overcooked and look like it’s been under heat lamps for a long time. Be prepared to wait even if you make a reservation and then about an hour for dinner to arrive.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Ivar's Salmon House using the Order Online button. Ivar's Salmon House also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Ivar's Salmon House also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (206) 632-0767.

Ivar's Salmon House is rated 4.3 stars by 4552 OpenTable diners.

Ivar's Salmon House does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.ivars.com/gift-card.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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