Ivar's Acres of Clams

4.4
2497 reviews
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Ivar’s Acres of Clams unveiled a whale of a transformation recently. The down-to-the-studs remodel includes expanded indoor dining space, a new outdoor patio, expanded state-of-the-art kitchen and a completely refreshed interior that still pays homage to its iconic roots.

Original features of the Pier including exposed fir beams and a refurbished Galbraith-Bacon & Co sign from the original tenant were restored. Enjoy expansive views of the Puget Sound, Washington State ferries and fireboats from historic Fire Station #3. If you prefer al fresco dining, enjoy a stunning, new outdoor patio. Bask in the open-air breeze while taking in the sights and sounds of Elliott Bay.

Our chefs create award-winning preparations to reflect the season’s bounty, yet still showcase Ivar Haglund’s world famous original recipes. Dine on wild Alaskan salmon, deep-water halibut, Alaskan King Crab, Dungeness Crab, jumbo prawns, manila clams, weathervane scallops just to name a few.
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Seattle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our server was fantastic! He was very patient and kept a cheerful attitude even when having late diners. I was very impressed with the service we received.

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MA
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome food. Great service. Lovely restaurant. Worth every penny. A must when visiting Seattle.

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OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent window view- awesome service!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was great! It was our first time in Seattle. The food and service was excellent! We loved being on the water.

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BF
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

we ate with old friends all of us have been in the area for 40 years but nice to come back

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was perfect! Lived up to the hype. Great quality food and good service.

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MB
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Delicious lunch with out of town guests on a busy summer Saturday. We made reservations and the restaurant was busy but not quite full. Service was slightly disappointing, mostly because the waiter repeatedly said he’d be right back with “whatever” and then we waited and had to remind him. Overall a wonderful experience.

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c
Seattle
29 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

My halibut was cooked to perfection, exactly as requested. My daughter's salmon was not cooked as requested in the thick part of the middle. Everyone else was satisfied.

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AM
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Took a family group of 10... service, food and location was awesome. Will definitely make our way back on the next trip to Seattle.

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Seattle
38 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner on the waterfront at Ivar's Acres of Clams! The food and service was outstanding. The newly remodeled restaurant is amazing!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 4

Chowder was excellent as was the wine. From there between terrible waiter and odd over garlic mashed potatoes and odd mushrooms, and sand filled clams with flavor nonexistent sauce the experience was less than mediocre.

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TC
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Ivar’s is a “must do” for anyone coming to visit us, and they LOVE the food and the atmosphere! Normally, we have great service. This time, not so much. It took more than 5 minutes for our waiter to get to our table to take drink orders. Then it was about 5 minutes for him to deliver our water. Once we got our food, he never came back to the table to see if we needed any refills, and then never came back. A hostess came to give us our bill and take care of payment.

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GA
Hawaii
30 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

Good for kids and a nice water view.

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P
Portland
18 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Whenever we are in Seattle, we always enjoy eating at Ivar's. The food is delicious, staff friendly, and ambiance perfect for date night or just meeting friends. It's a family favorite and highly recommended.

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HD
Cincinnati
15 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 2

Not enjoyable at all. Had calamari, dirty fryer oil. Clams had no flavor, bread was stale and cold. Daughter had a Filet, tough and chewy .
Service very inexperienced. All in all go somewhere else, has gone way down hill

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BC
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We were on a schedule that day and the waiter and staff seemed to recognize that without sacrificing quality of service.

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SH
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The Clam Chowder is very good! And our waiter (I don't know his name) was so kind because he divided our Cioppino for two person even though we did not ask. We will visit again!!!

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EL
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I came here with my family after we heard about it from a friend. We all had something off of the specials menu. Everything was delicious ! We would definitely come here again

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OT
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

We made reservation, arrived at the right time but waited 30 minutes before we were seated.
The food portion was smaller than average restaurant I have visited.

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NT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

We had a large party of eleven. We were seated a few minutes after our reservation time. We loved the food and our waiter was really friendly. However, our drinks were ALWAYS empty. Beer, cocktails, sodas, waters and teas, a very sad list of drinks that could not be refilled. I shouldn't have to hunt someone down for a refill. EVER. And check on us after the food is delivered. We may need something. I personally ordered the chowder sampler and a champagne vinaigrette salad. Food was amazing. I also loved the bacon wrapped halibut that my husband ordered. Great restaurant. Amazing food. Service - meh...

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DH
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

We had a very good dinner and the salmon was a little bit undercooked in the center of the thicker piece We thoroughly enjoyed our experience w we thoroughly enjoyed our experience.

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PT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was delicious! The margarita was fabulous!

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MD
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Ivar's once again provided great service and food!

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JB
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

I probably would recommend Ivars but I would definitely make them aware of the prices. I just don't think what you get is worth the money. It's a beautiful restaurant. The service is good. The 18 dollar price for fish and chips the 30 plus dollar price for clam strips and calamari is over priced period. I was disappointed with the fish and chip portion and it wasn't as good as I remember in the past. I really enjoyed the ice T. Can't say it was a meal value to remember. I would probably dine elsewhere if we go back to Seattle for a day.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 3

The food was great, but the staff was clearing tables and chairs as we were still eating. We felt rushed to get out of there. For the amount of money we were spending on a meal, we expected a little better service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was awesome, the clam chowder sampler was quite tasty and the waiter was very attentive!

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KM
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

Had super slow service from the moment we walked into the building. Had to wait to be seated for almost 10 min even though we had reservations. Took another 15 min for waiter to show up and get our drink order. It felt like another 30 min for soup and salad. And then 20 min til the entrees and it even took forever to close out the bill. The waiter and no one else checked with us throughout this time. We had a group of 8 so gratuity was automatically included. It definitely felt like they didn’t care to give our table any service at all. I won’t be going back for other business or personal meals.

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MC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

We brought some visitors here. Food was great. We had clam chowder, Copper River salmon, sockeye salmon, fish tacos, and Caesar salad. Everything was made to perfection, and we were seated on the patio in beautiful weather. Service was just ok. We made a reservation, but still had to wait 20 minutes for our table. The waiter was nice enough, but he must've been stretched thin because he kept forgetting about us. (It's a sizeable restaurant.). Still, we'll definitely go back. The food outweighed everything.

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GC
Portland
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Received an open table “thank you for dining with us” email while I was waiting to be seated. Thought it was a mistake but after 20 minutes I found out they seated some one else instead. No signal from my pager. Our server had too many tables so we were waiting for almost everything except food. Food was good.

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EJ
New England
28 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Last dinner before heading back east after vacation - perfect ending

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L
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The steamed clams were some of the best I have ever had. The Copper Ridge Salmon was also amazing! Outdoor tables have lovely view of the water and the ferries.

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DK
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

slow service despite restaurant being empty when we arrived and about 1/3 full when we were served. Food was bland and cod was overcooked and flavorless.

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KP
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had the chappino on the deck. Everything was awesome. Will be back 👍🏼

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MD
New Mexico
11 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The whole family ate here after getting off the ship . It was outstanding!

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T
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Birthday celebration with 11 guests was handled extremely well by a very attentive waiter ensuring a very nice evening out.

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BL
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We really enjoyed our dining experience at Ivar's Acres of Clams. The views of the sound were amazing and really added to the ambience of the place. Steven was very attentive and provided us with terrific service throughout the meal. The chowders were delicious and my seafood pasta was outstanding.

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DH
Las Vegas
112 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I’ve had the pleasure of dining at Ivar’s since I was a young child many years ago! Happy to say that it is still wonderful year after year. Our server, James, was both professional and pleasant. He did an outstanding job. I always have my cup of chowder, followed by fried clams. These are my two must have dishes. My guests enjoyed Fish and Chips, Copper River Salmon and Alaskan Halibut. Always busy, always wonderful. Highly recommended!!!

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LF
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love this place so much that we plan to eat here everyday during our trip. The food is amazing and the service is outstanding!

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MG
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful meal along the water. Fish and chips were delicious as was the salmon special.

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s
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I already have and will recommend it again and again, it still is a special place being a native from Seattle

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