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Ivar's Acres of Clams

Seafood Restaurant and Bar$$$$
Seattle Central Business District, Seattle
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  • The experts at The Seattle Times and AFAR Media recommend this place
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  • Tim B.
    "I love the sign to encourage people to feed the needy seagulls."(16 Tips)
    Mark E.
    "Had the fish and chips and white chowder, good food at a good price."(5 Tips)
    John K.
    "Try the chowder trio sampler, the seafood chowder was our fave."(28 Tips)
    Helen L.
    "Great fish tacos and oyster shooters."(4 Tips)
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  • Laurissa
    LaurissaJune 25, 2016
    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.
    Richard EfthimJuly 22, 2016
    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!
  • 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....
  • Candice C.
    Candice CruzDecember 30, 2013
    Seems touristy but worth it for the delicious seafood. Awesome beet salad, fantastic smoked scallop appetizer, and delicious salmon chowder.
  • Dexter K.
    Dexter KlausJanuary 21
    We had take out but was able to sit on one of the indoor benches kindly provided by Ivar. Breaded fried salmon dipped in their original recipe tartar sauce was just what I needed! 🐠
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Tim B.
    Tim BrownFebruary 19, 2014
    Great place to relax and eat a bowl of clam chowder, I like the seafood chowder myself. I love the sign to encourage people to feed the needy seagulls.
  • Denise L.
    Denise LaursenApril 30, 2013
    Pleasently surprised with all the gluten free choices! Blackened cod tacos were to die for! Yummmm!
  • 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.
  • Christoph
    ChristophAugust 2, 2016
    The seafood cocktail makes a great appetizer. The halibut is so tender and buttery. But everything is good.
  • Mark E.
    Mark EmmonsAugust 23, 2013
    Had the fish and chips and white chowder, good food at a good price. The view was nice and you also get to see the fire boats at the dock.
  • Cameron G.
    Cameron GidariJuly 10, 2016
    Ivars is a classic. Get the white chowder with a side of fries, ask for extra tartar sauce for the fries.
  • Brook H.
    Brook Hurst StephensMarch 29, 2013
    Their daily "3 pm-close" Happy Hour rocks. Check out the Oyster Shooters. I think you get 6 for $5.95 - a steal! We ate so many I lost track.
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    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.
  • 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
  • Cary K.
    Cary KawamotoJuly 20, 2013
    The ordering system is kinda screwy. If all you're getting is chowder, push your way to the front or you'll just get passed over for everyone getting fried food!
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Александр М.
    Александр МирошниченкоJuly 29, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    I do lake they're open till late evening. Bread bowl of white chowder is awesome. Salmon, prawns are good too. Bon appetit!
  • Jake E.
    Jake EckmannSeptember 22, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Local institution since 1938. Probably not as good as it used to be - but enjoying a hot cup of chowder or fish & chips while admiring the view on a gloomy day is a quintessential Seattle experience.
  • Alexandra A.
    Alexandra AbercrombieSeptember 18, 2011
    try feeding the seagulls by holding french fries in your hand. they come right up to you and snatch it away. and then they scream at you til you give them 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!!
  • Luis A.
    Luis AntezanaJuly 23, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Recently remodeled, so that means significant price increases and the classic Old Seattle ambiance is gone. What used to be the city's best kept secret happy hour is nothing special anymore either.
  • Virgil A.
    Virgil AlonsoAugust 7, 2014
    When they ask you what you want, only give them anything you need fried. Your drink and chowder order will be taken as you approach the counter.
  • Mark B.
    Mark B1 week ago
    Pretty good food at reasonable prices for a touristy area along the wharf. Good selection of seafood. Just wish they used larger clams.
  • Tammy M.
    Tammy McCrayFebruary 16, 2016
    Beautiful outdoor seating area right on the water. Excellent for sunsets!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Rachael P.
    Rachael PearsonJanuary 22
    We had the salmon, cod and white chowder. The cod and chowder were by far the best. So fresh and tasty!
  • Katie Y.
    Katie YamadaJuly 23, 2015
    Watch out for Seagulls... can't go wrong with the classic fish and chips, best tartar sauce in the world
  • Jenn M.
    Jenn MarcelaisMay 7, 2012
    Try the King Alaskan Salmon With Mustard And Blue Potatoes - Hopefully it's a featured dish often because it's incredibly delicious!
  • Candice R.
    Candice RiveraSeptember 8, 2015
    Fish n' chips, salmon poppers, salmon chowder, all delicious! Very spacious and relaxing by the water.
  • Helen L.
    Helen LuuMay 20, 2014
    Happy hour is from 3-close at the bar. Great fish tacos and oyster shooters. Service was awesome.
  • Michelle
    MichelleAugust 24, 2011
    Sunday Brunch FTW! UNLIMITED breakfast, seafood (crab legs, oysters, shrimp, etc), dessert plus more. Haven't been disappointed yet!
  • 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.
  • Larry L.
    Larry LanglaisJuly 14, 2013
    Halibut & Chips with a little malt vinegar and Ivars hot sauce is delicious!!!
  • foreignfern
    foreignfern2 weeks ago
    Left for The Crab Pot, because it seemed like the right thing to do. So far, so good.
  • Alberto J S M.
    Alberto J S Moreau DJanuary 18, 2016
    Excellent food and reserve some fries to give to seaguls, excellent opportunity for good pictures
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Peter S.
    Peter StantonSeptember 7, 2013
    Great place to grab some lunch while waiting for the ferry. Sit outside on a nice day and enjoy the beady stares of the fat seagulls.
  • Sean R.
    Sean ReedSeptember 28, 2015
    Fish and chips are what they are known for. Order them..you can't go wrong.
  • Nancy
    NancySeptember 16, 2016
    Good food, friendly service. No tips required, since people are paid like they should be!
  • 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.
  • Abe S.
    Abe SchmidtSeptember 29, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing place to take visitors. Super inexpensive happy hour all night.
  • Richard E.
    Richard EfthimJuly 22, 2016
    Chowder is a must. As is the outdoor seating!
  • Christopher B.
    Christopher BuckleyApril 1, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Salmon chowder and cole slaw pair nicely on a sunny day
  • Gabe J.
    Gabe JohnsonDecember 4, 2013
    One of the better happy hours in town. Keep Clam. Read more
  • Brett G.
    Brett GreeneFebruary 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get a side of chowder ...it makes the meal!
  • 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.
  • laurent l.
    laurent lathieyreAugust 1, 2014
    I like Ivar's though I prefer Eliott's (better service, more upscale). For different occasions.
  • Vahid
    VahidDecember 29, 2015
    Book a table next to window and enjoy the view
  • Melissa G.
    Melissa GilmoreJune 2, 2014
    The Mixed Grill Trio was fantastic! The best seafood I've ever had. 🐟
  • Khaver S.
    Khaver SiddiqiAugust 6, 2014
    Great selection of beer. And the seafood of course is awesome.
  • Dyane P.
    Dyane PlumlyAugust 20, 2013
    Clam chowder!! And the best happy hour from 3 to close everyday.
  • VelvetCrate
    VelvetCrateSeptember 1, 2014
    Know what you want. Feed your leftover fish and chips to the seagulls.
  • 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.
  • Ann L.
    Ann LewisApril 15, 2016
    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.
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew ChergikOctober 20, 2012
    Try the Fresh Whole Dungeness Crab - #crab #seafood #dungeness
  • Kimo O.
    Kimo OmarSeptember 25, 2013
    Ok dip your fries in your clam chowder! Its an experience
  • SisterBecky
    SisterBeckyJuly 15, 2010
    The salmon special with cucumber salad and roasted yukon gold potatoes was outstanding. The fish was perfect done.
  • Jason B.
    Jason BaileyMarch 26, 2013
    The clam chowder (white) is arguably the best in the UNIVERSE.
  • Stacy J.
    Stacy JustinoJuly 25, 2011
    Happy Hour from 3-close everyday! $3.50 drinks and discounted food menu!
  • Bob L.
    Bob LeeAugust 13, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Go for happy hour if you need to wait awhile for the ferry!
  • Irina
    IrinaAugust 15, 2014
    Clam chowder and other seafood go-to spot. A bit cliché? Yes. Doesn't make it taste any worse.
  • Adrian P.
    Adrian PangJanuary 24, 2010
    Come after 3pm in time for Happy Hour and try almost everything on their menu! Especially their white clam chowder and their oyster shooters!
  • 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.
  • Alvin Hadyanto S.
    Alvin Hadyanto SieJuly 20, 2013
    The halibut chips and the chowder taste really good
  • Jared
    JaredAugust 9, 2012
    Fantastic chowder and fish and great area to eat it
  • Carla J.
    Carla JeanJune 10, 2012
    Ivar's Acres Of Clams!! They Are SO CUTE!! Absolutely Delicious Fresh Seafood!!
  • Steve B.
    Steve BMay 1
    All kinds of salmon options.
  • Michelle V.
    Michelle ValentinApril 18, 2012
    The seagulls are so fun to feed, but remember to look behind you for the sneak attack!
  • Saska S.
    Saska Slniecko113August 19, 2014
    Everything is good! Get enough feed for the seagulls.
  • Evan F.
    Evan FollmerOctober 22, 2012
    My wife says their Sparkling Apple Martini is the best drink she's ever had.
  • Carla J.
    Carla JeanJune 10, 2012
    Ivar's Acres If Clams!! They Are SO CUTE =D Absolutely Amazing Seafood!!
  • Kevin E.
    Kevin ElliottJanuary 5, 2014
    Definitely get the baked oysters Rockefeller!
  • Christopher B.
    Christopher BuckleyJanuary 20
    Been here 10+ times
    Take advantage of Blue Friday "12th Clam" discounts
  • Curtis J.
    Curtis J.December 2, 2015
    Fish and chips simply cannot be beat!
  • Elaina B.
    Elaina BuzzellJanuary 6, 2012
    The happy hour is ridiculous! Great place for a good quality, cheap meal.
  • Tacia C.
    Tacia ColemanAugust 9, 2014
    This is one of those old California places that reminds me of the 60's.
  • Daniel A.
    Daniel AbbottDecember 21, 2016
    Fish and chips are over hyped... give it a miss unless you want to feed the seagulls...
  • John J.
    John JohnsonFebruary 26, 2016
    Nice view and good food, drinks not so strong though.
  • Julie C.
    Julie COctober 17, 2010
    The bar is open seating for happy hour items. The calamari is good, and plentiful.
  • Tim D.
    Tim DAugust 12, 2012
    Fresh clam strips! Yum!
  • Matt T.
    Matt TatumOctober 5, 2012
    Love this place, miss it when I'm not in Sea-Town!
  • J. I.
    J. I.G.August 31, 2016
    Can't go wrong with the Fish & chips
  • Liza M.
    Liza MaldonadoMay 15, 2014
    Fish and chips are fantastic here!
  • Citlalli L.
    Citlalli LunaDecember 30, 2010
    The Alaskan King Salmon is delicious. I highly recommend it.
  • Kevin C.
    Kevin CarterNovember 25, 2013
    the lounge has half-off happy hour 3-close every day
  • Kelly D.
    Kelly DawsonDecember 23, 2013
    Seefood stew is awesome!
  • Pavel M.
    Pavel MirmanovFebruary 17, 2013
    Scallops are out-of-this-world!
  • Michael C.
    Michael ClarkOctober 12, 2014
    Local classic with great seafood
  • Ethan C.
    Ethan CainJuly 10, 2013
    I will never eat RedLobster again. I have bee spoiled by REAL FRESH seafood.
  • Sheneil M.
    Sheneil MyersMarch 19, 2013
    They're super quick! Made my ferry on time
  • Terrence
    TerrenceSeptember 11, 2012
    try the clam chowder trio and pick a favorite
  • Olesya
    OlesyaNovember 8, 2014
    Вкусно, большие порции, аутентично👍 не помню название супа - но суп с морепродуктами очень вкусный
  • Claudia F.
    Claudia Flores AriasFebruary 10, 2016
    Fish and chips y salmón! Además la vista que tiene es impresionante
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