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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 #279 of 3,431 restaurants in Seattle
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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73% Recommend
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Hillsboro, Oregon
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Great location on Lake Union! The food was amazing and so fresh! Had the breaded oysters and they were yummy! The ambiance is wonderful with Native American art and canoes displayed throughout the restaurant.

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Friendswood, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

This restaurant was very very busy on a Friday night and we barely made it in and got a seat with no reservations made ahead of time. Just got lucky. Food was excellent, service was great.

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Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Been to them all and love this one. Keep it simple and have salmon cooked on a cedar plank. If you have to wait to be seated then hang out outside on the dock.

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Kansas City, Missouri
19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Seattle seafood that's not trying to stretch too far out into "unique-ville". This joint (on the water) DELIVERS !

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Seattle, Washington
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

My date and I showed up without reservations on a busy, hot Thursday evening. The restaurant was full, but we were seated immediately in the bar area at a table overlooking Lake Union. The cocktails were good -- my date said his Manhattan was as good as any he'd ever had. We had happy hour appetizers and then dinner. My... More

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Vancouver, Canada
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

really enjoyed the supper and the service, however it was very noisy, so would not suggest it for a romantic dinner. The food was fresh and delicious, especially the salmon which was perfectly grilled and a good size portion, not too much. I also enjoyed their signature clam chowder, which was excellent.

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West Linn
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We ate at Ivar's on Friday evening. We phoned for a reservation the night before and requested a table with a view. They were able to accommodate our request. The food was delicious, but it was noisy. Parking was very difficult. Will definately eat there again.

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Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

While in town for business a group of 30 of us went here for dinner. We had early reservations on a week night so it wasn't very crowded. Our servers were patient with our large group, answered questions and offered suggestions. I had the coho salmon cooked over an alder fire and it was excellent. It was a little pricey... More

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Dallas, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I wish I could rate this restaurant a zero! We visited Ivar's Salmon House on the 4th of July. We took a taxi from downtown to the restaurant for dinner at 8:15 p.m. and to watch the 10 p.m. fireworks show from Gas Works Park. We arrived 20 minutes early and were taken to the patio. The greeter immediately told... More

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Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

This is a terrific restaurant. Delicious food, a patio view of the lake, great service. The kale out counter out front is always crowded. We sat outside on the patio deck and the view was very nice. The food was very flavorful...they claim to grill over alder wood and you can taste the smokiness in the meat. It was wonderful.... More

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