Restaurant Rave: Ivar’s Salmon House

If you know me, you know how much I love salmon. So much so, in fact, that I tweeted about it:

I suppose there are worse things to be obsessed with, potential for mercury poisoning aside. But salmon is everywhere out here, as it is a locally caught fish–there is even a Salmon Homecoming Festival that I definitely have to check out! Seattleites and Washingtonians LOVE their salmon.

Ivar's Salmon House

Ivar’s Salmon House

My parents’ last day here, we went to a local salmon place we found a few days previously. It looked like an awesome venue right on Lake Union, and, as seafood lovers, we were really excited to give it a try. The name of the restaurant was Ivar’s Salmon House, and from the moment we arrived it did not disappoint. The inside and outside of the building were decorated in the style of Pacific Northwest Native American Art (think: totem poles and canoes), and the interior was HUGE. However, all of this paled in comparison to the outdoor patio where we chose to dine–right on the water of Lake Union, where you could take in views of the water and the city, watching boats go by as you enjoy your delectable fish entree. The only real negative was that the I-5 bridge was not far away, so you could hear cars whizzing by, but even that did not put much of a damper on the atmosphere.

Northwest Tribal Art-Inspired Interior of Ivar's Salmon House sets the stage for their authentic Salmon experience.

Northwest Tribal Art-Inspired Interior of Ivar’s Salmon House sets the stage for their authentic Salmon experience.

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The waterfront patio of Ivar's Salmon House was the perfect venue for eating seafood!

The waterfront patio of Ivar’s Salmon House was the perfect venue for eating seafood!

If the views were all this restaurant had to offer, I would still recommend this place to a friend–the views were spectacular. However, the food was absolutely fantastic. I ordered the Coho “Silver” Salmon, which comes with a papaya-ginger glaze, shallot roasted fingerling potatoes, and sautéed spinach. Wow, what a meal. I had to keep closing my eyes to ensure that the food was actually good and it wasn’t just the atmosphere that was altering my palate. But, indeed, this salmon was fantastic–among the best I’ve ever eaten. Their salmon was prepared using a special Native American method that gives the salmon a subtle smoky flavor–cooking it over an open fire of just Alder wood.

The Coho "Silver" Salmon. Delicious beyond words.

The Coho “Silver” Salmon. Delicious beyond words.

All in all, it was a wonderful, quintessentially Pacific Northwest experience. I would HIGHLY recommend this restaurant to anyone, local or tourist.

x. M

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