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Ivar's Salmon House

401 NE Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98105-6818
+1 206-632-0767
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good35%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“brunch” (28 reviews)
“salmon” (212 reviews)
“seafood” (65 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
401 NE Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98105-6818
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We enjoyed the service from Kevin. The drinks were good and the view was very enjoyable. We ordered the goat cheese and crab dip. It was good but had spent a little to much time under the broiler. The salmon sampler was well prepared and...More

Thank Denver7889
Reviewed 3 days ago

First problem was with reservations - I made reservations through Open Table but when I pulled it up to call (we were running a bit late) it showed up as Ivar's House of Clams. I then had to call the Clams to cancel that reservation...More

Thank MGreene16
Reviewed 1 week ago

On our first night in the University District of Seattle we were directed to Ivar's Salmon House as a great place for seafood. The view of the water is interesting and if the weather had been a bit warmer the outside would be very good.,...More

Thank UpstateExplorer
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ivars has a really good reputation. We must have made ALL the wrong menu choices. Crab goat cheese spread was tasteless and not a trace of crab. Cornmeal muffins lacked cornmeal and texture. Asked if they had vegetarian options and was given the vegetarian menu....More

Thank Denise D
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great room for our group of 40 and had ordered the most expensive buffet menu. The drink service was chaotic and disorganized. Though they did finally come up with a system. The food was very disappointing. Most items, fish and meat were...More

Thank JMoorBozeman
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My latest dining at this usually fine dining establishment was a slight disappointment due to a poor starter serving of calamari, which came overcooked and included bits and pieces of overcooked breading. It appears as if we were served the last batch of overcooked calamair...More

Thank rmmECxtz
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food was good and sitting outside was a treat. BUT...they gave us (and an adjacent table) the lunch menu at dinner time so not only were prices wrong (the other table was surprised at their bill) but the options were different. Pay attention! They...More

Thank skormama
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

For a quintessential Seattle experience at Ivar's, skip the inside in favor of the walk-up Fish Bar. Don't get me wrong, the Salmon House is where we've marked special occasions & taken out-of-town guests through the years. Many reviews talk about the food, but this...More

Thank 3NWnatives
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good atmosphere and meal; my wife had the chef special (salmon) and I had the surf and turf (salmon and steak). We had a window table and it was a blast watching all the boats on Lake Union.

Thank Jim R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I have had meals here over the years. This time we had only a brief window of time to meet our son and daughter-in-law for dinner so we all chose Ivar's. They tried to put us in a back corner near the...More

Thank Jake S
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17 March 2015|
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Response from themolitors | Reviewed this property |
If you want a St. Paddy's Day experience today go to Murphy's Pub in Wallingford (about a mile north of Ivar's) or, better yet, Kell's in Pike St. Market.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 15 - USD 40
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Validated Parking, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Kids, View, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 401 NE Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98105-6818
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Seattle>  > Lake Union
  • Neighbourhood: Lake Union
  • Phone Number: +1 206-632-0767
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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 dishes. Here, in a dining setting filled with Northwest native art, décor and historical photographs, you'll enjoy memorable meals surrounded by spectacular views of boats cruising Lake Union and Seattle’s skyline.

Favorite daily entrees and fresh-sheet selections include alder-smoked salmon, prawns, alder-smoked chicken, and seasonal seafood specials. The outdoor Fish Bar offers casual lakeside dining or quick take-out food.

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