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Ivar's Acres of Clams

#192 of 3,090 Restaurants in Seattle
#227 of 3,572 Places to Eat in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Chowder, Seafood
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1001 Alaskan Way Pier 54, Pier 54, Seattle, WA 98007 (Between Spring and Madison)
FREE Waterfront Streetcar Bus Line (Route 99): http://metro.kingcounty.gov/tops/wfsc/
(206) 587-6500
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Description: Ivar's Original Acres of Clams has been a tradition since 1938. Seattle's...
Ivar's Original Acres of Clams has been a tradition since 1938. Seattle's most historic full service seafood restaurant is poised on Seattle's romantic colorful waterfront at Pier 54. This attractive yet informal restaurant has a wharf-like feel which showcases stellar waterfront views of Washington State ferries, Fire Station #3's waterside operations and Puget Sound. Our chefs create award-winning unique preparations to reflect the season's bounty, yet still showcase Ivar Haglund's world famous original recipes. You'll dine on wild Alaskan salmon, deep-water halibut, Alaskan King Crab, Dungeness Crab, jumbo prawns, manila clams, weathervane scallops just to name a few. Due to Ivar's longstanding relationships and purchasing power in the market, check the fresh market catches showcasing exclusive runs from the Northwest. As always, you can depend on our traditional seafood favorites featuring fresh steamed clams, fish 'n chips, Puget Sound clam chowder and much more. Ivar's Acres of Clams offers a variety of snack, dining and cocktail options for happy hour, lunch, dinner, banquets, groups and special events.
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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Closed Temporarily.

We tried to go there for lunch in December 2014. Alaskan Way in front of Ivar's Acres of Clams is being reconstructed so there is NO ACCESS to Ivars. It is closed until the street repair is completed. It may open next summer for tourist season, depending on construction of the street..

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 28, 2014
The_Old_Philosopher
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Cheney, Washington
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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Victoria, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

When we get off the clipper the very first thing we do is go to Ivars. The when out trip is over we go to Ivars before we leave, great window seats, awesome food, love this place..

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Santa Rosa, California
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100 restaurant reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Went here for a business luncheon with about 12 others. Ivar's hosted us in a larger private room and the service was absolutely fantastic. One of the very best business lunches I've ever been too. We were treated like royalty. Anyway, prior to arriving all my coworkers were so looking forward to this lunch as they all love Ivar's and... More 

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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196 reviews 196 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

We had lunch on this waterfront outlet. Service was prompt, food delicious. We had their famous bread bowl clam chowder, fish & chips, grilled salmon. All super delicious. A feast to the eye too with fantastic view of the bay and ferries. Love the food, the ambiance and the view.

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Cheney, Washington
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35 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

We tried to go there for lunch in December 2014. Alaskan Way in front of Ivar's Acres of Clams is being reconstructed so there is NO ACCESS to Ivars. It is closed until the street repair is completed. It may open next summer for tourist season, depending on construction of the street..

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Helena, Montana
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24 reviews 24 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

I love seafood as well as the Seattle scenery and this place fulfills both desires. The fish and chips were impeccable. I paid the extra fee for fresh salmon instead of cod and boy is that worth it! I live in Montana and that fresh taste of seafood truly made my day. I even ordered the same thing at the... More 

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Sooke, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

There were 3 of us and we all had a different meal. There was more than enough for us all to share! Two of us split both an appetizer, salad and the main meal. The server made sure the kitchen split our salad and main meal on separate plates. Very nice. Everything was tasty and meals sizes were generous. We... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

This restaurant has been on the waterfront for years and years. We ate there the last weekend before it closed due to the seawall construction It will re-open sometime next summer depending on what the construction schedule ends up being We asked for a quiet table and were seated in the back of the restaurant overlooking the water The food... More 

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Salinas, California, United States
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104 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Good food, good views, friendly wait staff. My son and I were wandering around looking for a lunch spot and saw Ivar's and wanted to try the clam chowder. It was delicious as were our meals. He even saved room for cheesecake for dessert.

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Seattle
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Unfortunately Ivars on the Seattle waterfront will be closed Oct 1 along with other waterfront businesses until next summer (2015) for a new seawall construction. I have been going to Ivar's over 50 years, since I was a child and Ivar Haglund was still alive.....the food is always good, sometimes a bit of a wait and when in hurry I... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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32 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

We were in Seattle (post cruise) for a few days and visited Ivars. Overall it was a nice experience. Their chowder was outstanding and my combination plate was excellent. However, my wife had the salmon and felt it was undercooked along with the green beans. She wouldn't let me complain so I don't know what they would have done. We... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1001 Alaskan Way Pier 54, Pier 54, Seattle, WA 98007
    (Between Spring and Madison)
  • Public Transportation: FREE Waterfront Streetcar Bus Line (Route 99): http://metro.kingcounty.gov/tops/wfsc/
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Seattle
  • Phone Number: (206) 587-6500

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 40
  • Cuisine: Chowder, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Entertaining clients, Families with children, Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic

Description

Ivar's Original Acres of Clams has been a tradition since 1938. Seattle's most historic full service seafood restaurant is poised on Seattle's romantic colorful waterfront at Pier 54. This attractive yet informal restaurant has a wharf-like feel which showcases stellar waterfront views of Washington State ferries, Fire Station #3's waterside operations and Puget Sound. Our chefs create award-winning unique preparations to reflect the season's bounty, yet still showcase Ivar Haglund's world famous original recipes. You'll dine on wild Alaskan salmon, deep-water halibut, Alaskan King Crab, Dungeness Crab, jumbo prawns, manila clams, weathervane scallops just to name a few. Due to Ivar's longstanding relationships and purchasing power in the market, check the fresh market catches showcasing exclusive runs from the Northwest. As always, you can depend on our traditional seafood favorites featuring fresh steamed clams, fish 'n chips, Puget Sound clam chowder and much more. Ivar's Acres of Clams offers a variety of snack, dining and cocktail options for happy hour, lunch, dinner, banquets, groups and special events.

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