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Ivar's Salmon House

#215 of 3,118 Restaurants in Seattle
#259 of 3,648 Places to Eat in Seattle
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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
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Hours:
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, Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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    Very good
  • 60
    Average
  • 24
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  • 16
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Excellent seafood with great views

My wife and I went to dinner at Ivar's. We ordered the salmon daily special. Both preparations were fantastic. The salmon was perfectly, very moist and delicious. Ivar's recently had a price increase which included a gratuity. Therefore, there is no need for tipping, however, the service was so... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
Al R
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Phoenix
Good for:
  • Scenic view
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
  • Families with children
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

I was very excited about this restaurant and the thought of getting delicious fresh salmon. All 4 of us were very disappointed. The salmon was nothing special. The presentation was nothing special. The service was nothing special. The view by the window looking out at Lake Union was great. And it was way too pricey for an average experience with... More 

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Colorado Springs, CO
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

This place is soooo good. If you like salmon, go tonight and get the King Salmon. It is succulent. Don't believe any of the negative comments. This place knows how to prepare salmon. It's not cheap, but good fish and seafood is never cheap. I suspect some of the "over priced" complaints come from people who consider Red Lobster as... More 

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Phoenix
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

My wife and I went to dinner at Ivar's. We ordered the salmon daily special. Both preparations were fantastic. The salmon was perfectly, very moist and delicious. Ivar's recently had a price increase which included a gratuity. Therefore, there is no need for tipping, however, the service was so .. so. They have a nice wine list. Also, plenty of... More 

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SW MO
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

We ordered the daily specials - salmon and tuna. Both were prepared very well. At $28 and $25 (lunch specials), they should be. We sat on the patio which was lovely. We also each ordered a beer - neither were cold. Overall, we had a nice experience but it was overpriced in my opinion.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

I went here with family and friends on a Wednesday evening. There was adequate parking. No hunting for a parking space! We were seated soon after we arrived at a table that was close to the windows that provided a great view of the lake and the city. We started off with appetizers which included the coconut crusted prawns and... More 

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Oklahoma City
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

This Ivar's was one we visited for lunch on Saturday. It was quiet, and lovely, located near the water level where we could watch seaplanes land. Our waiter praised the corn muffins over the sourdough bread--neither were very good. Although we were all pleased with the different seafood entrees we tried. The atmosphere here was very pleasing with the dark... More 

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Gold River, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Went there for happy hour, prices are very reasonable for food and beverages, great outside deck, nice location on the water, would have been a 5 if they didn't charge the tip in the food prices.

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Haifa, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

It was quit late after an existing day but we've decided to rely on TripAdvisor reviews and to have some local dish. Ivar's place was close to us so we drove there and didn't regret it. The Salmon dish was tasty and fun to close the day with.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

The Salmon is fresh and cooked to perfection. They also have a large selection on local beers - served cold in a cold glass. If you wish, you can sit outside and enjoy the sea breeze while you eat.

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SO CAL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

This Ivar's is on Lake Union near UW campus. From the bar on through the dining room, the Salmon House has great service! The food is excellent ( be sure to taste the crab cakes) and the view is Seattle at its best. I was concerned from other reviews that the restaurant was too warm during the recent hot weather,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 401 NE Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98105-6818
    (Pacific)
  • 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: Scenic view, Romantic, Large groups, Families with children, Special occasions, Doing business, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
9:30 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
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?