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“so-so” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Ivar's Seafood Bar

Ivar's Seafood Bar
1 Bellis Fair Pkwy Ste 514, Bellingham, WA 98226
(360) 734-9169
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Ranked #212 of 383 restaurants in Bellingham
Cuisines: Seafood
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Bellingham, Washington
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“so-so”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

Ivar's is always busy at Bellis Fair, so I finally gave in and stopped by for lunch. The white clam chowder is pretty good. I enjoyed it very much. However, the fish n chips I ordered weren't as pleasant. The fish was dry, and it had that frozen seafood taste to it. The fries were ok, but I asked for crispy fries and they fell short. I would still drop by for some soup, but for anything else, I'd go elsewhere.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Red Deer, Canada
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33 reviews 33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Good for in a mall”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012

You know, I haven't seen many seafood places in malls so I decided to give this place a try. I had the Alaska Paddock and it was pretty good. It tasted the same as what I was expecting. I don't see why people are complaining about this place, but yet again, this was my first time eating at Ivar's. I enjoyed my experience, but one minor thing that I would say they could improve on is faster service and bigger plates.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“OK, so what happened here?”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2012

I remember Ivar's as a real treat on the pier in Seattle. I also -- though admittedly years ago -- visited Ivar's in Bellis Fair while shopping and don't have memories of bad meals there. I have no idea what's changed, and I know it's just fast food, but I can honestly say that I had a truly pathetic meal when I happened upon it while shopping this week. I wouldn't call it awful only because I didn't get sick. But it was so bad I had to check the sign to make sure I was in the right place.

The red clam chowder tasted like it came right out of a can. The fries were a non-descript texture. The "original recipe" fish was like frozen fish sticks in texture, consistency, as well as coating. Plus any chance of a flavour was not going to happen. I just kept adding salt, pepper, lemon, vinegar, ketchup -- whatever I could lay my hands on -- then gave up and decided to just replace the meal in my mind with the self-talk, "don't be ungrateful/people are starving in the world"...and go home.

The counter servers were really nice but gave me incorrect info when I ordered. I'm sad to see this happen to an old favourite.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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2 reviews
“A real let down.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2012

After a day of touring and shopping, my wife and I figured that we'd have a nice seafood feast. Wrong place to do this at!! Prices were average, but portions were minuscule! Felt like we were really putting out our server, which was quite insulting.

  • Visited June 2011
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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“Well, they have Ivar's clam chowder which is fabulous. Otherwise, they are expensive, overly priced for what you are...”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2008

Well, they have Ivar's clam chowder which is fabulous. Otherwise, they are expensive, overly priced for what you are getting. The food, other than the chowder, is not great.

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