Seattle >Food & Dining > Ivar's Acres Of Clams
1001 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810447.604183 -122.339017
Monday To Thursday From 11:00 AM To 10:00 PM Friday To Saturday From 11:00 AM To 11:00 PM Sunday From 03:00 PM To 10:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Central Business District
After Fifty Years, it's Still A Great Place! – Ivar's is the grand ole standby for phenomenally fresh seafood in a great atmosphere with a phenomenal view! It is elegant but you will not find any uppity waitstaff here; my faher has been coming to Ivar's since the fifties and still loves it!
Best chowder in Seattle – I advise anyone who has guests to visit this location because a) it's the most authentic one in seattle b) the ivars at malls cannot compare for some reason c) if not this location find an ivars that stands as a restaurant on its own, not in a mall. Great fish and chips, great chowder, even better when you eat both at the same time. You can never go wrong with chowder bread bowls and you can avoid getting the prawns. Stick with fish and chips and chowder!
Best Sunday brunch buffet – We?ve recently discovered Sunday brunch buffet at Ivar?s. The restaurant offers great food for a reasonable price: tasty and fresh seafood, delicious deserts, and good selection of other dishes. We took three different sets of friends over there since then and all of them just loved it. We?ve never been to a lunch or dinner at this location so can not compare, but as far as Sunday brunch ? this is our favorite place in Seattle.
Hidden Jewel – Great Service, good value for a view and atmosphere like that. I try to go back there every time I visit seattle.
Embarrasing experience – I brought some friends from out of town since this place was supposedly a very old famous seafood place in the city. The waitress was not very friendly in the first place. Then, she simply brough a clam bake dish without the dungeness crab and said they were out of the crab so they threw in five shrimps instead. She said that without even apologizing for that. So, we sent it back and ordered king crab legs. I have never tasted such bad king crab. They were pure salt. Bad parking, bad service and bad food. Ivar's scored all time low on all three fronts. It was an embarrasing moment for me to bring the out-of-town friends to such a terrible place.
Great Fish and fries? – I recently visited Seattle, and went to lunch at Ivar's. Yes, I thought it was a little cheesy, I had the fish and "chips." I was disapointed, that the chips were fries, although the fish was great. I liked the fact that since we were traveling with my infant granddaughter, they had stoller parking. The service was pretty bad, I felt that the server had too many tables to take care of to give good service. His uniform was filthy. I would not reccomend this place for a romantic dinner, as it is very noisy due to too many tables so close together, and the fact that ther were more noisy children than there were adults. The view was nice, and the restaurant itself was clean.
A Seattle Must Do! – This place has turned around in the last year or so. Ivar's (Acres of Clams) has always been a Seattle staple. You couldn't say you lived here without going to Ivar's. Well some in the past have thought it left something to be desired... I would beg to differ. I am a new found lover of this amazing restaruant on the pier! Their menu is always full of fresh seasonal ingredients and unique new flavors not to mention the old traditional favorites. The staff is very courteous and friendly and you can't beat the location or the atmosphere! They have this new Sunday brunch thing, be prepared to wait because it is so popular! (Which raises the question; if this place is even half as bad as some of the others had said, why do so many people keep going back?)
Even if you've been there before you have to go back... trust me it will be totally new!
Disappointing food – Several of us were in Seattle on business, and had dinner at Ivar's. The reservation was wrong. Nobody seemed to care. The appetizers were mixed. The oysters, calamari and clams were quite fresh and tasty. Salmon cakes and crab cakes were below average. I had sauteed tiger prawns with leeks. Prawns were tough, tasteless, and it was accompanied by a brown glop of potatoes (?). The corn and dungeness chowder was below average and one of my dining companions had the clam chowder which was not very good. The wine list was quite good, but food was marginal and pricey.
An Embarassment to Seattle – As a lover of good seafood and as a born and raised seattle-ite, I am embarrassed that this restaurant would ever be reccomended to anyone looking for the amazing abundance of good seafood this town has to offer. I went with my family for mother's day and was disgusted by the poor quality of seafood- especially for the price. I will never go back there and I would never recomend this restaurant to even my worst enemy.
Freshest seafood in the country! – Ivar's Halibut and Chips is to die for -- fresh, hot and tasty. It is the definitive Seattle dish and experience. Ivar's is the first place I visit every time I'm back in Seattle!
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