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Ivar's Acres Of Clams - 30 Reviews - 1001 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA - Family Restaurants Reviews - Phone (206) 624-6852

Ivar's Acres Of Clams

1001 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 624-6852
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Ivar's Acres Of Clams - Seattle, WA


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Consistently good and fresh seafood and nice wine list. If you can score a window seat your kids will love watching the boats, Olympics,...


Well, we were tourists from Texas and wanted to try a restaurant on the water. We chose Ivar's and did not think it was very good. First, the drinks we wife had a C...

Get a seat near fireboat pier 6/2/2012

Consistently good and fresh seafood and nice wine list. If you can score a window seat your kids will love watching the boats, Olympics,... more

Decent Sunday Brunch Buffet, Dinners are good 4/28/2011

The regular menu is above average fresh seafood. Especialy enjoy the Sunday Buffet (all you eat) Brunch.\r Nice selection of Sunday brunch seafood and they refill the food trays quickly wit fresh hot entrees. Good view of the Puget Sound. more

A slight case of bait and switch 6/14/2010

My wife and I went to Ivar's fior dinner and were delighted to see a sign on the check in desk saying that wine was half off on Monday and Tuesday. The wine menu also had that footnote on its wine by the glass list, and as it was Monday, we ordered 2 glasses of wine. The meal was delcious but the overall feeling of bliss was spoiled when the check arrived listing the wine at full price. We pointed tthis error out to the server who said that only bottled wine was half price. He then produced a printed paper lising only wine by the bottle. We pointed out to him that we had never seen that paper before and that he should look in the bound wine menu which was on every table and which we had ordered from. He looked and seemed surprised and said he would show it to the manager. After some discussion, they did refund half the cost of the wine, but they refused to admit to a mistake. I asked if all of the people I had seen drinking wine by the glass would be told about this error, they never made a comitment except that things would change tomorrow,\r \r \r \r Pros: Delicious food Cons: If you don't read your bill you could be over charged more

Red Lobster + Huge Markups - Portion = Ivar's Acres of Clams 2/13/2010

Easily my worst dining experience in Seattle or any other American city. I had guests from overseas with me, and I felt like a second class citizen! The server took our order then forgot about us. While we waited, tables all around us were turning like crazy. We were about to walk out when they brought the food out with half hearted apologies. Everything felt fake and unprofessional. I will not be going back. more

Brunch was far from great 2/23/2009

My wife and I drove up to Seattle from Portland for a romantic weekend. We went to Ivar's Acres of Clams for Sunday Brunch based on it's reputation.\r \r I was very excited about this as I'm a huge seafood guy. I have to say, however, that the brunch as average at best.\r The clams and mussels were a bit cold.\r The Eggs Benedict and breakfast sausages were very cold. In fact the hollandaise sauce on the eggs benedict had thickened....\r \r The oysters were good and the crab legs were good.\r \r The $3 bloody mary was literally tomato juice and Vodka.\r \r I'd like to visit Ivars again and dine when it's not Brunch time so I can try their regular menu. The Brunch I'll not be back for.... Pros: Their Regular Menu has potential...I'll be back to try it next time Cons: The Brunch as not Great more

After Fifty Years, it's Still A Great Place! 2/7/2009

Ivar's is the grand ole standby for phenomenally fresh seafood in a great atmosphere with a phenomenal... more

After Fifty Years, it's Still A Great Place! 2/7/2009

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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 an... more

Overrated 10/20/2008

I've lived in Seattle for the past 5 years and have never been to the Ivar's ""sit-down"" restaurant (Acres of Clams). I've been to the stands outside and had their fish and chips which I always thought was good food so I decided to take some out of town guest to eat inside the actual restaurant. Bad mistake- the waitress was horrible. First the waitress kept talking to us like were on a game show and after she saw the confused looks on our faces finally brought it down a couple of decibels. Then we found the menu to be very limited and all 4 of us ended up ordering off of their anniversary special menu. Thank god for that menu or we would have all had a $16.95 plate of fish and chips (note- we could have gotten it outside at the stand for $5.99). The food itself was on par with what you would find at Red Lobster, the atmosphere left a lot to be desired and our waitress ended up throwing away my sisters post cards that she purchased before dinner in the restaurant's gift shop. All-in-all, my advise is to skip the actual restaurant and just eat outside at the stand for $5.99. Pros: On Elliot Bay (kind of a view) Cons: bad service, mediocre food, overrated more

Spud Fish and Chips on Alki 8/20/2008

Since Ivor's now ownes Spud's you would think the food would continue to be as good as it was in the past. No so! more

Food was good, service was bizarre 8/1/2008

\r Food was well prepared, but uninspired.\r Our server acted as if he could not have cared less about us.\r When we indicated that we didn't want the expensive special he lost interest entirely.\r Took forever to bring our drinks.\r Forgot my wife's appetizer entirely. He wanted to cancel it, and seemed disappointed that we still wanted it.\r He was totally lacking in friendliness, perhaps he should consider a different line of work like foreclosures. more

Best Fish and Chips, Best Clam Chowder, Best Salmon in Seattle 8/7/2007

This is hands down the best seafood restaurant in Seattle! Dined here with my wife and in-laws. Spectacular view on Pier 54. Beautifully styled restaurant and no need for a reservation (we did go on a Thursday). My wife had the fish and chips- the best she ever had in her life (and they were fried in 0 trans fat canola oil!) My in-laws had halibut and salmon, respectively. They raved about taste, quality and presentation. I had the trio of salmon, halibut and prawns and it was simply the best seafood meal I have ever had. Everything was perfect! We all tried the clam chowder- AMAZING! Now I know why they have been in business of something like 60 years. It will be the first meal we have on our next trip back to Seattle!! Do yourself a favor and go to Ivar's! You will not be disappointed with this restaurant! Pros: View on pier 54. Taste and presentation of food were superb! Cons: None. more

Taste you will never forget. 3/29/2007

Never visit the Lakewood WA location of Ivar's. They have been told to only issue a maxium amount of napkins. The workes takes breaks without washing their hands upon returning from outside. I start eating at this location and find it to be so different from the smaller locations. I wish it was someway I could talk to the owner of that location. They are making me where I don't enjoy going to Ivar's like I have enjoyed it in the past. more

After Fifty Years, it's Still A Great Place! 3/4/2007

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! more

Best chowder in Seattle 2/23/2007

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! Pros: Great fish and chips and chowder Cons: Is a little more pricey because it's on the waterfront more

Best Sunday brunch buffet 11/19/2006

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. Pros: Location, view, Sunday brunch Cons: Bad parking more

Hidden Jewel 10/19/2006

Great Service, good value for a view and atmosphere like that. I try to go back there every time I visit seattle. more

Embarrasing experience 8/9/2006

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. Pros: Not much. Maybe the location? Cons: Bad food, bad service, bad parking. Hooray. more

Great Fish and fries? 7/27/2006

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. Pros: View, Child friendly Cons: Ambience, parking service more

A Seattle Must Do! 7/18/2006

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?) Pros: Great for large groups or romantic dates. Cons: sometimes the wait more

Disappointing food 2/16/2006

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. more
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  • Hours:

    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
  • Payments:

    Master Card, Discover, American Express, Visa
  • Neighborhoods:

    Central Business District, Downtown