One of many offshoots of the original Ivar's Acres of Clams, the Salmon House represents the Seattle institution's attempt at contemporary dining. ... More
Ivar's Salmon House
One of many offshoots of the original Ivar's Acres of Clams, the Salmon House represents the Seattle institution's attempt at contemporary dining. Located in a replica Indian longhouse, the restaurant features salmon and meats alder-smoked on the open-pit Indian-style barbecue. The chef does best with straightforward seafood preparations. It's hard to beat fresh Atlantic salmon with a little butter and citrus and an elegant view of Lake Union with the downtown skyline in the background. An elaborate brunch is served on Sundays.
My fiance I and dined here to celebrate an occassion and were severely disappointed in the quality of the food and service. I have been coming here since I was a kid and they have just gone down hill. The "salmon" I had was something you could fnd in a lunchroom at a hospital. We visited last summer and loved the new menu but we have quickly changed our mind last week. Good view, bad food and service. Next time buy something elsewhere and just eat it on their barge for the nice view of Lake Union.
After reading the outstanding reviews about this place and watching Rachael Ray rave about the quality of the food, you would just expect this place to blow your mind. Unfortunately, it was very disappointing. I ordered the Sockeye Salmon which actually was pretty good. My G/F ordered the herb chicken(might not have been a good idea at a seafood joint)which was bland and tasteless. The side dish of risotto was pretty hard. A jackhammer would have been useful. My daughter ordered the fish and chips. When the fish and chips arrived it was warm and not freshly made. What I mean is it just seemed like it was sitting under the heating lamp for a while. The Gortons Fish Sticks at home were better. You just expected better results when you spend $15 on fish and chips. Overall, I feel that Ivars Salmon House is "OVERRATED" and I will never return.
Ivars Salmon house is not another stuffy high priced restaurant. It may be somewhat high priced, but it's worth every cent. If you are lucky enough to get a window table...wow, what a view. If you're a traveler you have to visit Ivars Salmon House. We ordered the crab cakes (not my favorite), but they were well prepared and the presentation was lovely. Then we ordered the lobster. The menu said 10 oz of Australian lobster tail for $34.00. I couldn't believe my eyes...most places would serve 4 oz of lobster for $50. We were presented with the lobster( and garlic red potatoes too) and I don't think there was 10 oz of lobster...it looked more than 12-14 oz. Maybe it was 10, but it tasted great, and the food was hot too...which was amazing considering most expensive restaurants don't serve hot food anymore.
The servers were nice, on time, and got all the orders right. If you have a chance to go to Ivars Salmon house, please go, request a window table, and order some of the best seafood you can find in the area.
Each of the guest rooms here is a corner room on the 2nd floor, while a large, 640 square foot,
comfortable suite is located on the lower level. The four guest rooms share a sunporch off the upper landing. ...