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Ivar's Acres of Clams

1001 Alaskan Wy, Seattle, WA 98104-1026 (Downtown)
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Ranked #187 of 3,433 restaurants in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $40
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: Between Spring and Madison
Transit: FREE Waterfront Streetcar Bus Line (Route 99): http://metro.kingcounty.gov/tops/wfsc/
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77% Recommend
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English first
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Accidentally stopped at the outside counter and had some prawns, scallops, and salmon with chips. The food was great, and the service was fast. It became a stop every time we came off the ferry even when we drove. The kids loved it and they enjoyed feeding the "delicate" seagulls outside.

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Surrey, Canada
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123 reviews 123 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Ivar's is one of our most favorite places to dine is Seattle. Located at pier 54 in the bustling waterfront, there is so much to see and do. We walked in on a Saturday at 5:30pm without a reservation and waited 20 minutes for a table. There is no outdoor dining but most tables have a nice view of the... More

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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

I was very pleasantly surprised by my Ivar's experience! From the street it looks to be a typical tourist-trap, waterfront restaurant. However, once you get past the facade, off the street, and into the dining area you'll change your mind. The menu and wine selection is wide and varied. Of course, you'll get delicious clams, oysters, crabs, and other Northwestern... More

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Plano, Texas, USA
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Put a restaurant facing West on the Seattle Harbor and it's hard to go wrong. Was able to snag a reservation on OpenTable, so gave it a go for my family of five. Table was ready as was the wonderful wait staff. Food was good, and given its location, reasonably priced. Very kid friendly which was great for a tired... More

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Dublin, Ohio
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44 reviews 44 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

My cousin, a resident of Seattle, suggested Ivar's Acres of Clams at Pier 54 recently when we were visiting. What a treat! The atmosphere is nautical, of course but it is also a white tablecloth restaurant. It is a large restaurant, open and lots of windows!! The menu has many appetizing choices. I had a daily feature of fresh grilled... More

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96 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We had clams, shrimp, crab cake sandwich, and halibut fish and chips. All dishes were very good. The bay shrimp cocktail with the tiny shrimp is the only thing I wouldn't order again. The fried clams were delicious. We got to sit by the window but there was a storm coming in and the wind was blowing everything around so... More

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24 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Right on the water, we decided to try this place and are glad we did. Later in the trip we learned just how popular it is and are glad we randomly hit upon this place. We had good fresh seafood and the service was great. It was nice to go onto the balcony after we ate. This place is famous... More

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Irving, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

My wife and I went here for lunch during the rush. The clam chowder in the sourdough bread bowl is to die for! Service was prompt and with a smile; and the meal and view was excellent! Every time we are back in Seattle, we will make a visit here.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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94 reviews 94 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We had just finished an Argosy Cruise and wanted to have some seafood. This was the first place that came to mind and we were so glad we stopped here. We had eaten at their quick service place, but had never been to the restaurant. It was very busy, but we were able to get two spots at the bar.... More

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Los Angeles, California
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101 reviews 101 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Some places become iconic, cliche, tourist trap, "gotta do it at least once" places for a reason. Ivars is just that. The ordering process - a giant wall st. style shouting fest is a thing all of its own - then the amazing deep fried goodness of the clams and the chips is definitely not overselling itself. SO GOOD. And... More

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