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Ivar's Seafood Bar

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Lake Union
American, Chowder, Seafood, Soups
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401 NE Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98105-6818
(206) 632-7223
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 9:30 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating

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Visitor rating
  • 85
    Excellent
  • 65
    Very good
  • 29
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Ivar's--under the bridge on the Lake

Four of us were in Seattle to board a cruise ship to Alaska, and friends had recommended Ivar's. The friends specifiedthe one on the Lake, almost under the Interstate bridge. We made reservations a month ahead of time but when we arrived around 5:30 there were plenty of tables. The view of the Lake... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 12, 2015
jim k
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Scenic view
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Southwest Michigan
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86 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

Stopped by for fish and chips with new geocaching friends. Ordered at the window then chose a table at the floating dock, and enjoyed watching the boats go by and the sunset. Excellent food and excellent atmosphere.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Four of us were in Seattle to board a cruise ship to Alaska, and friends had recommended Ivar's. The friends specifiedthe one on the Lake, almost under the Interstate bridge. We made reservations a month ahead of time but when we arrived around 5:30 there were plenty of tables. The view of the Lake is very relaxing. We didn't eat... More 

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Shoreline, Washington
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26 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

In the summer this is one of my favorite destination to get something to eat. I really especially like it when it is a hot day. We go here, order our food from the outside window. Then take the short walk to the lake and sit in the outdoor seating area along the shore. Watch the boats go by. It... More 

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Houston, Texas
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28 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

This one didn't live up to the hype. I had the Halibut fish & cole slaw. The fish was very overcooked and tough. The cole slaw was good. This was definitely not worth the $15 I paid. I did taste the salmon and it was much better.

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Gillette, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

My husband and I were visiting from the East coast and wanted to have some salmon while visiting the Northwest. This restaurant offered a number of choices, and I especially enjoyed the sampler (3 kinds!). I would definitely want to return on our next visit to Seattle.

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Seattle
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Enjoyed fish, chips and wonderful white clam chowder. They have the best tarter sauce, too. I've never been disappointed at any Ivar's location. Friends from Eastern Washington come just for the food there.

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near Portland, Oregon
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62 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

We went to Ivar's because it is a Seattle institution. In my opinion it is overrated. The fish was fine, but the fries were limp and greasy, the coleslaw was bland, and the chowder was salty. Will I go back? Nope. There are other places that are much better.

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Haslett, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Fantastic says it all Excellent chowder Excellent fish and chips Excellent seafood We went with a group 8. The service was punctual. The food arrived very quickly and all the dishes looked fantastic. Even the kids cheeseburger.

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Prescott, Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

I love all of Ivar's restaurants, even the smaller chain fish and chip ones. I have never had a bad meal over the years at Ivar's.

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Jax, FL
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Food is good here. Had fish and chips. The cod portions tell you the sad state of affairs for that species. My slaw was good. Sampled clams which I would recommend. If you like sour dough, order some chowder. The red chowder had the color of pork and beans. Review is for Bellevue location on 156th. Setup is like a... More 

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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) 632-7223

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: American, Chowder, Seafood, Soups

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Local cuisine, Scenic view
Open Hours
Sunday
9:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 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?