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Ivar's Acres of Clams

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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    • AFAR Media
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    Tim B.
    "I love the sign to encourage people to feed the needy seagulls."(15 Tips)
    John K.
    "Try the chowder trio sampler, the seafood chowder was our fave."(53 Tips)
    "Truffle halibut was amazing."(7 Tips)
    Dyane P.
    "And the best happy hour from 3 to close everyday."(27 Tips)
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  • seafood
  • seagulls
  • happy hour
  • scenic views
  • good for groups
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  • Laurissaheart icon on user image
    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.heart icon on user image
    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!
  • Robert C.heart icon on user image
    Robert ChoateSeptember 7, 2018
    Good clam and halibut, but truffle oil was a little bit chemical tasting. Fish tacos are not traditional and strong flavored. Overall though the food is thoughtful and well prepared.
  • C H.heart icon on user image
    C HJanuary 7, 2018
    The location is ideal for this type of eatery. Also, The menu has a variety of items in a wide cost range. I would definitely recommend checking this place out if your visiting Seattle!
  • Dexter F.heart icon on user image
    Dexter FreshmanJanuary 21, 2017
    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! 🐠
  • 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.
  • Odile R.heart icon on user image
    Odile RoujolNovember 11, 2017
    Clam chowder, fish and ships and calamery, peaceful and nice view event if a big room. Just on the pier !
  • Anttiheart icon on user image
    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....
  • 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.
  • Cameron G.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Christophheart icon on user image
    ChristophAugust 2, 2016
    The seafood cocktail makes a great appetizer. The halibut is so tender and buttery. But everything is good.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Александр М.heart icon on user image
    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!
  • 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.
  • Mark B.heart icon on user image
    Mark BAugust 6, 2017
    Pretty good food at reasonable prices for a touristy area along the wharf. Good selection of seafood. Just wish they used larger clams.
  • 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.
  • Anna S.heart icon on user image
    Anna ShainskayaNovember 22, 2019
    Very warm and nice place, spectacular view and amazing food, really good service. Cream Brûlée’ is very reach and creamy.
  • 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.
  • Tammy M.
    Tammy McCrayFebruary 16, 2016
    Beautiful outdoor seating area right on the water. Excellent for sunsets!
  • Rachael P.heart icon on user image
    Rachael PearsonJanuary 22, 2017
    We had the salmon, cod and white chowder. The cod and chowder were by far the best. So fresh and tasty!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Katie Y.heart icon on user image
    Katie YamadaJuly 23, 2015
    Watch out for Seagulls... can't go wrong with the classic fish and chips, best tartar sauce in the world
  • 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.
  • Candice R.heart icon on user image
    Candice RiveraSeptember 8, 2015
    Fish n' chips, salmon poppers, salmon chowder, all delicious! Very spacious and relaxing by the water.
  • 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
  • foreignfern
    foreignfernAugust 3, 2017
    Left for The Crab Pot, because it seemed like the right thing to do. So far, so good.
  • 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.
  • Helen L.
    Helen LuuMay 20, 2014
    Happy hour is from 3-close at the bar. Great fish tacos and oyster shooters. Service was awesome.
  • 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
  • Fernando R.heart icon on user image
    Fernando RevecoJune 3, 2019
    It’s a lot better than it looks from outside. Try the crab cales and the huge fried calamari platter.
  • Shelly S.heart icon on user image
    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!!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Larry L.
    Larry LanglaisJuly 14, 2013
    Halibut & Chips with a little malt vinegar and Ivars hot sauce is delicious!!!
  • Sean M.heart icon on user image
    Sean Maccarone-ReedSeptember 28, 2015
    Fish and chips are what they are known for. Order can't go wrong.
  • Alberto J S M.heart icon on user image
    Alberto J S Moreau DJanuary 18, 2016
    Excellent food and reserve some fries to give to seaguls, excellent opportunity for good pictures
  • 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.
  • Ruth B.heart icon on user image
    Ruth BanburyOctober 20, 2023
    Jason is great, helpful staff, great tasting food, lots of choice
  • 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.
  • Richard E.heart icon on user image
    Richard EfthimJuly 22, 2016
    Chowder is a must. As is the outdoor seating!
  • Yvette S.heart icon on user image
    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!
  • Boae C.heart icon on user image
    Boae ChunAugust 13, 2019
    Fish n chips is awesome. Plus really great view of the waterfront
  • Christopher B.heart icon on user image
    Christopher BuckleyApril 1, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Salmon chowder and cole slaw pair nicely on a sunny day
  • Taylor W.heart icon on user image
    Taylor WinnJanuary 19, 2018
    Everytime I go it brings back a lot of good childhood memories.
  • ᴡ A.heart icon on user image
    ᴡ AnnaarsSeptember 16, 2016
    Good food, friendly service. No tips required, since people are paid like they should be!
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