The Ivar’s chain has several other locations, the most notable Ivar’s Salmon House (401 NE Northlake Way, 206/632-7223, 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Sun.–Thurs., 11 a.m.–11 p.m. Fri.–Sat., $22) on Lake Union. It’s in a cedar facsimile of a Native American longhouse, with historic photos and Tlingit carvings on the walls and dugout canoes hanging from the rafters. This is a fantastic waterside location with an outside deck (summers only) looking across the lake to downtown Seattle.
If you’re only looking for nibbles stop by the Whale Maker Lounge at the Salmon House for happy hour (free hors d'oeuvres 4–6:30 p.m. Mon.–Fri.), and to check out the rather intimidating (for men at least) killer whale "whalemakers." You're more likely to get a window seat here than in the restaurant.
Chandler’s Crabhouse (901 Fairview Ave. N., 206/223-2722, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. and 4–9 p.m. Sun.–Thurs., 4–10 p.m. Fri.–Sat., $40) is on the south shore of Lake Union with views north across the lake. The specialties here are crab dishes of all sorts, including a flavorful whiskey crab bisque. This is dependably good seafood in a busy waterfront setting. It’s a great place to watch the seaplanes landing and taking off.
© Ericka Chickowski from Moon Washington, 8th edition