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“Hidden Hot Spot”

Ivar's Salmon House
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Ranked #45 of 4,098 Restaurants in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$15 - US$40
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Soups
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Good for: Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Kids, View, Child-friendly
Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighbourhood: Lake Union
Cross street: Pacific
Description: Ivar’s Salmon House is a beautiful cedar replica of a Northwest Native American Longhouse, complete with an open-pit Native American-style barbecue for preparing succulent alder-smoked dishes. Here, in a dining setting filled with Northwest native art, décor and historical photographs, you'll enjoy memorable meals surrounded by spectacular views of boats cruising Lake Union and Seattle’s skyline. Favorite daily entrees and fresh-sheet selections include alder-smoked salmon, prawns, alder-smoked chicken, and seasonal seafood specials. The outdoor Fish Bar offers casual lakeside dining or quick take-out food. Be sure to take a virtual tour of Ivar's Salmon House here: https://goo.gl/maps/a2sHCSrX5R92
Bellevue, Washington
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33 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Hidden Hot Spot”
Reviewed 24 February 2012

Well-known restaurant for the best fish and chips in town. Their weekend brunch is incredible - fresh alder-smoked salmon, oysters, clams, and dungeness crab. Beautiful location to watch the boats and eat outside in the summer. Fantastic Happy Hour!

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Seattle, WA
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“Best Sunday Brunch”
Reviewed 21 February 2012

This place has my favorite local Sunday brunch buffet and a great happy hour.

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San jose
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“Still Wonderful After So Many Years”
Reviewed 20 February 2012

I have not visited Ivars Salmon House in many years, so on our latest trip to Seattle we decided to try it again. It was easy to make a reservation online. It can be a little tricky to find if you are not familiar with the area around Lake Union. The food was as amazing as I remembered, although my side dish of butternut squash was served very lukewarm which detracted from it for me. The salmon I had was incredible, done perfectly, moist & the smoky flavor just right. My husband had the oysters & said they were also excellent. We shared a great seafood cocktail & a triple creme brulee for dessert that was de-lish! We want to go back for their Sunday Brunch which sounds something straight out of Vegas!

Visited February 2012
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Seattle, Washington
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“Decent salmon”
Reviewed 19 February 2012

Good views and you can get salmon here at a more reasonable price.  Especially if you use entertainment, Groupon or similar.

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Seattle, Washington
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“What, no Decaf?”
Reviewed 16 February 2012

For all that Ivar's longstanding chain has going for it: salmon chowder, corny jokes and tribal-inspired decor, you'd think that asking for a decaf espresso at the end of dinner wouldn't be a big deal. It's Seattle, afterall, and there is the Space Needle, right outside your window at the end of the lake.

On our most recent visit there, however, no decaf for you. Drip coffee, sure, but an espresso? Better luck next time. Coffee jitters aside, we were pleased to find some wine specials at half price for the week of Valentine's Day. The oyster special should have mentioned that the size was half-off as well, though. Tiny, briny little fellows that were hard to locate in the dim Ivar's glow.

The seafood salad was huge and had enough fresh shrimp to make up for the lack of protein in the oyster appetizer. Ivar's is best when it keeps things simple, and judging by the full house on a Saturday night, there are plenty of people who like it that way.

  • Visited February 2012
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