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“Its all about the chowder” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Ivar's Acres of Clams

Ivar's Acres of Clams
1001 Alaskan Way Pier 54, Pier 54, Seattle, WA 98007
(206) 587-6500
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Ranked #226 of 3,508 Restaurants in Seattle
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
Cross street: Between Spring and Madison
Transit: FREE Waterfront Streetcar Bus Line (Route 99): http://metro.kingcounty.gov/tops/wfsc/
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.
tieton wa
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32 reviews 32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Its all about the chowder”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

If there is one place I have to go to while in seattle this is it. I get my needed fix of clam chowder here because its great every time. I like that they have a walk-up window if you want to get a bowel of chowder and sit outside and people watch. Or you can go into the restaurant and sit down for your meal. One of the best things about eating in the restaurant you can order a colossal bowel of chowder ( you need to ask its not on the menu). Ask for a table up front and look out over sound. If your lucky you might see a whale.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sugar Land, Texas
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12 restaurant reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Great salmon, very good service.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

Friday night, we walked in without a reservation. They quoted us something like 30-45 minutes, but we were seated in less than 10. Husband and I both got salmon. Excellent. Cooked perfectly. Also had a summer berry salad which was delicious. Very nice evening.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Limerick, Pennsylvania
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“Ivar's with a big group”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

Execellent food and service! Great views right on the waterfront. The white clam chowder is a must! Parking can be a challenge especially during peak times even more so as the construction on the viaduct continues.

Visited June 2013
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Hood River
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Acres of Seagulls”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

Overpriced,small serving average seafood-
I think the main dining area also could use a good steam cleaning -
Not every customer wants their table bread tossed out the door to the birds

Visited June 2013
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Des Moines, Iowa
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Get it to go!!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

The food was great, enough that we actually considered going back during our vacation, but we didn't. Our waitress was about the most condescending woman we had ever met. In fact we just about got up to leave before the food arrived. When we began eating, the food kept us in the restaurant, and somewhere along the way, our waitress changed completely. She was literally a Dr. Jekyll and Mrs. Hyde. Unfortunately, the beginning attitude tainted it for us and we will not be back. We found the service that horrifying. But if you are looking for great food, then get it to go. Wonderful food minus the attitude.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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