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Ivar's Acres of Clams

Seafood Restaurant$$$$
Seattle Central Business District, Seattle
  • Playapixie
    "Feed the seagulls right from your hands!"(8 Tips)
    Richard E.
    "Chowder is a must."(29 Tips)
    Lolly ..
    "Awesome happy hour and really speedy services"(18 Tips)
    "Truffle halibut was amazing."(5 Tips)
114 Tips and reviews
  • seafood
  • seagulls
  • happy hour
  • crab
  • fish
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  • Laurissa
    LaurissaJune 25
    This is a favorite of some of our Seattle friends. Our table loved the clams (I'm not a fan, just in general). Truffle halibut was amazing. So was the salmon and the steak! Can't go wrong.
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 4, 2014
    Ivar's has plenty of locations around town, from casual fish-and-chip stands to the fancy waterfront Acres of Clams, but all of them serve up piping-hot fried fish and chips, a classic Seattle dish. Read more
  • Richard E.
    The clam chowder was delicious. My king salmon was a bit overcooked which was disappointing but overall the meal was great. Incredible waterfront view makes it a must visit!
  • Antal János M.
    An affordable, top notch diner. Try the calamari dish for a starter then go ahead with the gnocchi king and some red ridge top! Top notch! Also ask the waitress for tips always!
  • Antti
    AnttiMay 21, 2013
    I had the Seafood Cocktail and Combinations (halibut + king crabs) - both were excellent dishes! Reserve time, service can be very slow.. Reserve even more time if you go for the king crab legs....
  • MisterEastlake
    MisterEastlakeFebruary 14, 2015
    I advise getting reservations, summer lines can be brutal. But this is probably my favorite Seafood restaurant. I've never had a fish dish that was less than amazing!
  • John K.
    John KellerApril 4, 2014
    Try the chowder trio sampler, the seafood chowder was our fave. The fried prawns were tremendous. The dungeoness crab & goat cheese dip is out of this world.
  • TT
    TTFebruary 12, 2013
    Great! Take crab with goad cheese as a starter. Avoid sea cocktail as a starter since there was ketchup in it which is awful. Anyway the rest we had was unexpectedly fabulous. Try local beer too.
  • Christoph
    ChristophAugust 2
    The seafood cocktail makes a great appetizer. The halibut is so tender and buttery. But everything is good.
  • Denise L.
    Denise LaursenApril 30, 2013
    Pleasently surprised with all the gluten free choices! Blackened cod tacos were to die for! Yummmm!
    Upvoted Jul 24
  • Graham J.
    Graham J.June 20, 2012
    Don't let the clientele or the screaming children with families fool you - Ivar's has some very delicious food. If it's on the menu, try the smoked salmon orecchiette.
  • Ryan T.
    Ryan TamAugust 20, 2011
    My girlfriend's astute observations have led her to believe that the smoked salmon piece that comes with the caesar salad is larger at night than in the day. I believe her conclusions hold weight.
  • Yvette S.
    Yvette SalazarJune 24, 2011
    Ask for Alley first of all! She is a prime example of what good old fashioned customer service is supposed to look like! You can't go wrong with the oyster shooters and a cucumber martini!
  • Windows Live Photo Gallery
    In back of Ivar’s at the covered outdoor eating area, looking out at the Olympics, the seagulls congregate. Have a friend feed them to capture the birds in flight with great background scenery.
  • Tammy M.
    Tammy McCrayFebruary 16
    Beautiful outdoor seating area right on the water. Excellent for sunsets!
  • Eric T.
    Eric TigreJanuary 16, 2011
    Ah, the Seattle stand-by. Ivar's Acres of Clams keeping the city clam with chowder, fish and chips and a popular Happy Hour, too. Chefs, go lighter on the salt and oil next time. Read more
  • Shelly S.
    Shelly StrobeckFebruary 7, 2013
    Great happy hour and the waiter was awesome! He brought a piece of birthday cake for free for my husband without me having to ask!!
  • The Seattle Times
    The Seattle TimesMay 19, 2010
    The seminal Seattle seafront restaurant, has a family-friendly happy hour with dishes up to half off, including the clam chowder. Try the blackened Alaska cod tacos. Happy hour 3-7 M-Th, 3-11 F Read more
  • Eppy T.
    Eppy ThatcherOctober 13, 2013
    The seagulls outside are possessed beyond belief. You take your life in your hands to enjoy your fish al fresco.
  • Sean R.
    Sean ReedSeptember 28, 2015
    Fish and chips are what they are known for. Order can't go wrong.
  • Mark S.
    Mark SibincicApril 21, 2013
    Great fish & chips! Service was excellent and prompt enough for us to make it to our boat tour on time.
  • Nancy
    NancySeptember 16
    Good food, friendly service. No tips required, since people are paid like they should be!
  • Anh T.
    Anh TranDecember 28, 2010
    Can't decide which chowder to get? Then ask for the traditional white chowder with some smoked salmon chowder to top it off. DELICIOUS!!! All credits goes to our waiter Josh for this genius suggesti
  • Michelle
    MichelleAugust 24, 2011
    Sunday Brunch FTW! UNLIMITED breakfast, seafood (crab legs, oysters, shrimp, etc), dessert plus more. Haven't been disappointed yet!
  • Philo H.
    Philo HagenDecember 29, 2012
    There's an indoor heated patio so don't let the cold keep you from enjoying the best fish and chips on planet earth.
  • Richard E.
    Chowder is a must. As is the outdoor seating!
  • Jake O.
    Jake OrlandoMarch 14, 2012
    Red clam chowder = the best clam chowder I've ever had. Plus, the cashier was a hotty. Highly recommended.
  • Vahid
    VahidDecember 29, 2015
    Book a table next to window and enjoy the view
  • Abe S.
    Abe SchmidtSeptember 29, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing place to take visitors. Super inexpensive happy hour all night.
  • Gabe J.
    Gabe JohnsonDecember 4, 2013
    One of the better happy hours in town. Keep Clam. Read more
  • laurent l.
    laurent lathieyreAugust 1, 2014
    I like Ivar's though I prefer Eliott's (better service, more upscale). For different occasions.
  • Lori M.
    Lori MikelMay 1, 2014
    Management drop the ball. Weather has been nice the last few days and their whole deck is not open because it is not ready yet!!! They missed a party of 8 tonight. Two hour wait ya right.
  • Bridget
    BridgetDecember 5, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Be brave, try your fresh fish prepared to the chef's preference: medium! It keeps the fish moist and only slightly translucent in the middle.
  • Melissa G.
    Melissa GilmoreJune 2, 2014
    The Mixed Grill Trio was fantastic! The best seafood I've ever had. 🐟
  • Brett G.
    Brett GreeneFebruary 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get a side of chowder makes the meal!
  • Ann L.
    Ann LewisApril 15
    Great appetizer, free because our hotel recommended
  • Meg F.
    Meg FarmerJuly 7, 2015
    Huge place, gear outdoor seating on the water. Mussels were really good.
  • Zara C.
    Zara CApril 18, 2011
    Jim the server in the bar area was absolutely amazing. Great customer service seems hard to find these days.
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew ChergikOctober 20, 2012
    Try the Fresh Whole Dungeness Crab - #crab #seafood #dungeness
  • Irina
    IrinaAugust 15, 2014
    Clam chowder and other seafood go-to spot. A bit cliché? Yes. Doesn't make it taste any worse.
  • Evan F.
    Evan FollmerOctober 22, 2012
    My wife says their Sparkling Apple Martini is the best drink she's ever had.
  • Bob L.
    Bob LeeAugust 13, 2013
    Go for happy hour if you need to wait awhile for the ferry!
  • Ridie G.
    Ridie GhezziJanuary 26, 2013
    Chowder was the best I've ever had, seriously. Local beers on draught.
  • Stephanie E.
    Stephanie El-HajjApril 2, 2012
    Good fries, awesome chowder, $3.5 wells, but their tarter sauce blows.
  • SisterBecky
    SisterBeckyJuly 15, 2010
    The salmon special with cucumber salad and roasted yukon gold potatoes was outstanding. The fish was perfect done.
  • Saska K.
    Saska KormanAugust 19, 2014
    Everything is good! Get enough feed for the seagulls.
  • Alvin Hadyanto S.
    Alvin Hadyanto SieJuly 20, 2013
    The halibut chips and the chowder taste really good
  • John J.
    John JohnsonFebruary 26
    Nice view and good food, drinks not so strong though.
  • Carla J.
    Carla JeanJune 10, 2012
    Ivar's Acres Of Clams!! They Are SO CUTE!! Absolutely Delicious Fresh Seafood!!
  • Jared
    JaredAugust 9, 2012
    Fantastic chowder and fish and great area to eat it
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