Out front, a walk-up fish-'n'-chips-'n'-chowder bar faces Northlake Way. Inside, Ivar's Salmon House is a beautiful cedar replica of a Pacific Northwest longhouse, decorated with native artifacts. The bar, the Whalemaker Lounge, has a sparkly water view and a big lakeside deck, and it does in fact contain whalemakers: two preserved Orca phalli, which Ivar is said to have acquired from the Hells Angels of Alaska. (There's also a pretty damn good happy hour that you can kayak up to in the summertime.) Ivar's doesn't make the best seafood in the city—not by a long shot—but it's a Northwest icon. Stop by, have a drink, touch a whalemaker, and look around.
Ivar's Salmon House
401 NE Northlake Way,
Bar/Happy Hour, Breakfast/Brunch, Family Friendly, Good for Groups, Outdoor Seating, To Go
Full Menu, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Snacks Available, Outdoor Seating