Ivar’s Acres of Clams

Written by on September 23, 2015 in I Eat Seattle, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(www.ivars.com/locations/acres-of-clams) – Pier 54 on the Seattle Waterfront, Washington


How I heard of this place: It’s been here forever. I’ve seen it numerous times on plenty of walks along the waterfront. It’s been remodeled from top to bottom. And the first time I’ve entered the establishment’s doors was on this dinner with my husband (and son) and his colleague (and husband) from Montana.

Ivar's Straight On

Type of cuisine: To satisfy your craving for Northwest seafood, our chefs have created award-winning preparations to reflect the season’s bounty, yet still showcase Ivar Haglund’s world-famous original recipes. Choose from wild Alaska salmon, deep-water halibut, Alaska King Crab, Dungeness Crab, jumbo prawns, manila clams and weathervane scallops, just to name a few.

Ivar's Foyer Complete

Be sure to check out our Pier 54 Fish Bar, which offers take-out service of Ivar’s classics including award-wining fish ‘n chips, chowder and other seafood favorites. As part of the local lore, feel free to feed a few fries to the seagulls. It’s a photo opportunity worth sharing!

Ivar's Lobby Seating

Ambiance: An extensive space, seemingly with room for every tourist in the city,

Ivar's Bar

Ivars’ newly remodeled space is clean,

Ivar's Kitchen


Ivar's Dining

and complete with expansive views of Elliot Bay.

Ivar's Dining with a View

What I ordered: I was most interested in the Chowder Sampler ($9) for 4-ounces each of the Northwest-style White Clam Chowder, Salmon and Corn Chowder, and NW Seafood Chowder to start,

Ivar's Chowder Trio

but was happy to partake of the selection of shellfish from Penn Cove. Our two selections: Coconut Curry Mussels ($16) in a yellow curry coconut sauce with green onions and cilantro

Ivar's Mussels

and Classic White Wine Clams ($16) in a garlic broth with shallots, carrots, celery, onions, wine and butter.

Ivar's Clams

In our party of five (four eating adults), we had one order from the Classic Ivar’s menu, Ivar’s World-Famous Fish ‘n Chips ($18 for a three-piece of Alaska True Cod) served with Ivar’s signature tartar sauce, cole slaw and French fries,

Ivar's Fish 'n Chips

one House-Smoked Bacon Wrapped Halibut ($39) in a sherry wine vinaigrette, served with seasonable vegetables, garlic roasted baby Yukon Gold potatoes,

Ivar's Bacon Crusted Halibut

and two of the Grilled Wild King Salmon ($38) with roasted grape tomato and Spanish sherry vinaigrette, arugula and prosciutto salad.

Ivar's Salmon

We couldn’t pass up dessert, nor leave the excellent company, so indulged in three selections, including Midnight Chocolate Truffle Cake ($9): a chocolate chiffon cake, chocolate mousse, crème angelus, caramel sauce, and Snoqualmie Irish Cream ice cream (which we had to substitute for French vanilla as they had already run out),

Ivar's Chocolate Dessert

the Strawberry Rhubarb Pie ($9): flaky pie dough filled with a traditional strawberry-rhubarb filling topped with Snoqualmie French Vanilla ice cream (which we substituted for blackberry),

Ivar's Cobbler with Ice Cream

and one order of Snoqualmie Ice Cream in French Vanilla.

Ivar's Ice Cream

On a return visit, Sunday, 10 July 2016: Our friends were visiting from Arlington, Virginia and were in the mood for seafood on the waterfront. We walked to Ivar’s from their hotel and enjoyed a delicious meal! To start, one order (shared) of the Mens Room Red Penn Cove Mussels ($15): Uli’s Mens Room Original Sausage, Silver City Ridgetop Red Ale, charred fennel, sun-dried tomatoes, fresh oregano, garlic butter sauce,

Ivar's Acres of Clams Men's Room Penn Cove Muscles

and the Summer Berry Salad ($8.50): vanilla bean vinaigrette, strawberries, blueberries, (only cherries, red and Rainier), mixed baby greens (looked and tasted more like butter lettuce), fennel toasted almonds, French goat cheese.

Ivar's Acres of Clams Summer Berry Salad

For our main entrées, two orders of the Simply Grilled Wild Coho Salmon ($27 each) served with butter smashed Yukon gold potatoes and seasonal vegetable.

Ivar's Acres of Clams Simply Grilled Wild Coho Salmon

And for my husband, Ivar’s World Famous Fish ‘n Chips ($21 for four pieces): Alaska True cod, long-line and sustainably caught by Alaskan Leader Seafood, served with coleslaw.

Ivar's Acres of Clams Ivar's World Famous Fish 'n Chips

What I loved: The melt-in-your-mouth salmon in its incredible, light and flavorful sauce, the coconut curried mussels (what!?!), and the strawberry-rhubarb pie.

Why I loved it: It’s a beautiful space with gorgeous sunset views, perfect for a casual family or large, business get-together, a date night with your special someone, or a spot to stop and share a meal with a good friend.

Ivar's Acres of Clams Simply Grilled Wild Coho Salmon

Cost: High ($18 – $39 per dinner entrée)

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