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“Fun and a Seattle Tradition” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Ivar's Seafood Bar

Ivar's Seafood Bar
401 NE Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98105-6818 (Lake Union)
(206) 632-7223
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Ranked #289 of 3,485 Restaurants in Seattle
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Scenic view
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
Neighborhood: Lake Union
Fountain Hills, Arizona
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81 restaurant reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Fun and a Seattle Tradition”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

Ivar's is, of course, a Seattle tradition. So during our recent stay in the Pacific Northwest, we had lunch at Ivar's on Northlake. What a hoot!! The place has just been expanded with new decorations to capture the Pacific Northwest flavor. And they have accomplished this in spades, down to the Native American kayaks hanging from the ceilings to the totem poles at the entry. The view of metro-Seattle up Lake Union is perfect, as is the boat and sea plane action on the lake. Oh, the food....??? Well, it is Ivar's. The clam chowder was solid and the Crab Louie's were good. This is a fun place and it was great to return here after many years in New England.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Where the locals go”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

Ivars is a local place, with a fast food area in the front where you can pick up dinner and take it home, and a full resturant and bar in the back. Food was great, Copper River salmon was out, but the Coho and Sockeye were fresh and very well prepared and delicious. Fresh baked bread and a pretty decent Bloody Mary cocktail topped it off. Since a friend told us about it, we were lucky to sit on the view side and watched the sunset, beautiful view of the harbor.

Visited June 2013
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Father's Day Brunch”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

Is a must ! Make it an annual happening. All the seafood plus more tradional brunch choices than you can imagine or even sample. Save room for the Bananas foster. YUM

Visited June 2012
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Elkton, Maryland
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
“Delicious Seafood!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

I loved the fried oysters at Ivars. The crabmeat cocktail was quite generous and delicious as well. We ate at the seafood bar and in the restaurant and enjoyed both experiences.
The seafood bar is very casual: you eat outside by the water. We fed whatever was left (french fries) to the seagulls and they were masters at getting their feed.
We had very nice service in the restaurant. Our server was very attentive. The portions were generous and fairly priced.
If I were to find fault with anything, it would be with the bread. A crusty, chewy bread or OTC crackers are so good with seafood.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Dallas
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124 restaurant reviews
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146 helpful votes 146 helpful votes
“Fish & Chips”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

We love fish and chips ... First trip to Seattle and expected amazing fish - tried Ivar's after the ferry ride to Bainbridge Island - the fish inside was flaky and good but the batter did not not have any flavor. Saw this fish being served at the ball game and other locations but it sure was not a favorite of ours.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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