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Ivar's Salmon House

#223 of 3,305 Restaurants in Seattle
#268 of 3,718 Places to Eat in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
Lake Union
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401 NE Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98105-6818 (Pacific)
(206) 632-0767
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11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Closed now
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Sun 9:30 am - 9:30 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
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  • Value
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Beautiful views

The atmosphere is very nice as the views of Seattle are great. The food was good. The service very good.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Miami, Florida
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
  • Scenic view
  • Special occasions
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Business meetings
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I went to school at the UW many years ago but had never been able to afford a dinner at the salmon house. My first impression was how beautiful it is on the inside. It doesn't look like much from the outside, but the longhouse style with the totem pole carvings is really beautiful. The brunch was top notch! I... More 

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Saskatoon, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful restaurant with a great view. The food and service was not good. I had the halibut.. Awful meal. It came with shrimp from a can. My husband refers to the place as a Red Lobster or Bonanza. Each meal was $40 and very disappointing. Our server forgot our appetizer -which I then declined when it showed up after our... More 

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Miami, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The atmosphere is very nice as the views of Seattle are great. The food was good. The service very good.

Thank Sonia614
Seattle, Washington
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I live in Seattle and eat here regularly, both with my family and with most guests that visit from out of town. It delivers the essence of living in Seattle: a dining experience on a thriving waterway in a city, amazing views of the surrounding landscape, bridges and even the Space Needle. You might see a huge tugboat escorting an... More 

Thank Agent1999
San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Next to the Ivar's Salmon House restaurant is a shack where you can order to go. I get take-out at least once a week for the family (so that I don't have to cook with a newborn baby and all). I always order the fish & chips (without the chips); I didn't know at first that you get a little... More 

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Vienna, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ivar's has done away with staff tips. They pay their staff an amount that has turned out to be equivalent to a 17% tip. If you want to add a little extra you can but it's not expected. I respect this move! We've never had a bad experience here with one exception. On this visit, we waited so long to... More 

Thank Dawn M
Seattle, Washington
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65 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This restaurant is a Seattle favorite. It's located on Lake Union and has wonderful views of the lake and the city. There is a lot of outdoor seating right on the water for better weather. This is primarily a seafood restaurant, and the fish is fresh and tasty. They also have some non-fish items for those who prefer something else.... More 

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Bend, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

B-day lunch. Wanted something special for Mother & SIL. All meals were enjoyed. Crab bisque was delightful as was Combo Louie salad. A must-do restaurant for out-of-towners.

Thank TommyHawk118
Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Whether Fish and Chips or a wonderful lunch on the pier or a casual dinner inside the cedar long house. This is a must go! Friendly atmosphere, great drinks and a wonderful slice of Seattle. Just let your nose find the alder smoke and you'll be welcomed with a delicious meal. We always go here to the fish bar for... More 

Thank Hilands
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

We loved our visit to Ivar's. The food, decor, and service were supreme! We are salmon lovers and had to taste what Ivar's had to offer. We had the salmon sampler plate and it was love at first bite.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 401 NE Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98105-6818
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Seattle>  > Lake Union
  • Neighborhood: Lake Union
  • Phone Number: (206) 632-0767

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 32
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Chowder, Seafood, Barbecue, Soups

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Scenic view, Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine, Business meetings


Open Hours
9:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?