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Ivar's Salmon House

401 NE Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98105-6818 (Lake Union)
(206) 632-0767
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Ranked #298 of 3,387 restaurants in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $8 - $32
Cuisines: American, Barbecue, Seafood, Steakhouse
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Lake Union
Cross street: Pacific
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72% Recommend
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Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

It has been 15 years since I last dined at Ivar's Salmon House with close friends from Seattle. I once again dined there with the same friends and enjoyed great food with great company. The service and setting are great and the seafood is excellent.

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Top Contributor
106 reviews 106 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

I've been to the Salmon House off and on for 40+ years. Today, I was wanting a quiet spot of tea and Oyster Stew. I immediately turned to the SH on Lake Union. Never disappointed, everything was meticulous from the greeting, to seating and the smooth stew with an abundance of very small and tasty oysters. It made my day!

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Fortaleza, CE
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334 reviews 334 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
217 helpful votes 217 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Our hotel suggested we dine here. It wasn't easy to find. There is a casual section in front. The more "formal" dining room in back is nicely decorated, and along a Sound inlet. My food-- King Salmon-- but my wife became ill almost immediately after eating her dish, which consisted of four types of salmon. Maybe just the luck of... More

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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78 reviews 78 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

I was here on a business dinner. I'd been a couple of years ago and had the salmon trio but this time I ordered one of the specials...halibut. Lots of people at my table ordered it and it was delicious. I actually ate all three pieces and both the sides. I can't remember the last time I cleaned my plate... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

I recently went to Ivar's Salmon House for lunch with my wife. It was about 1:30 so there wasn't much of a crowd. We were escorted to a nice lake view table with out asking for anything special. The service was prompt and friendly. I ordered a cup of the salmon chowder and it was outstanding. I really like the... More

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Seattle, WA
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96 reviews 96 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

Ivar's Salmon House is located at the north end of Lake Union and has a nice view of the water. One can even ask for a window seat in advance, but that's not guaranteed. It's rather like a smokehouse inside, one can almost smell the salmon being smoked. Good ambiance! Service was very good at ISH, starting with the greeters,... More

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Mill Creek, Washington
16 reviews 16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

It has been about 3 years since I was last at the Salmon House. I was among the early customers when it seemed that most Seattle residents mobbed the place when it first opened. Was that in the 1970s? Been major changes over the years, I think. I recall walking past an open pit with salmon and probably other fish... More

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Wooster, Ohio
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40 reviews 40 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

I have no idea why Ivar's restaurants are so popular. I have only eaten at this one (under duress), and have deliberately avoided the others. The restaurant is old, dingy, dreary, crowded and loud. The service is rushed and impersonal. These restaurants have been around so long, that they are established as "institutions" and pull in loads of tourists, the... More

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Plano, Texas
20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

This place is a bit out of the downtown area and a bit fancier than most of the tourist spots. But, it's got a great atmosphere and prompt, nice service and the food is excellent. Be sure to go into the right door! There's a walk-up carry out window in the front, but if you go around the side you'll... More

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

I recently had a very positive experience at Ivars Salmon house. We had reservations for 30 people on a Saturday night. I called up to three times that day to change things about reservation, each time Nicole went with change in a very positive profressional manner. Dinner turned out to be wonderful, 8 kids eating salmon and chicken strips that... More

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