Ivar's at 5910 Lake Washington Blvd is open just in time to enjoy a casual bite on the patio while summer is still here. Previously Kidd Valley (which is owned by Ivar's), the layout is reminiscent of its former self, with a clean new interior and extra outdoor seating. I was pleasantly surprised, for a fast-food fish spot the kids working in there went out of their way to be helpful and accommodating and the food was all really good. I'm pretty sure nothing on the menu was over $12. We all especially loved the salmon chowder and my kids were over-the-moon that the cornbread muffin that came with the salmon tasted just like a cupcake. Here are a few snapshots of our food:
I also love that Ivar's has their own parking because you know it's not always easy in Kirkland, especially when the weather is nice. There were plenty of spots when we rolled in at 8:45pm. Hours there are 10:30am to 10pm. The views were amazing, and what a nice way to spend under $60 for our family's dinner that was delish ready in less than 10 minutes. I asked my new friend, Rachel, to write up her review for me, since she's already a regular at this new location.
Here's her summary (thanks Rachel!):
My family has always been HUGE fans of Ivars restaurants. So when we heard a new Ivars Seafood Bar was coming to Kirkland we couldn’t wait to check it out. We all ordered something different including, Ivars famous fish ‘n chips and mouth-watering clam chowder, Caesar salad with a hefty serving of Dungeness crab, fish tacos and a side of corn bread! It was all very delicious. The restaurant was packed with smiling faces – not to mention very clean, the staff was friendly and our food was brought out relatively quickly considering we were there opening weekend. We opted to take our food to go and picnic across the street at the very convenient Houghton Beach Park. However, they have plenty of indoor and outdoor seating and soon to come beer and wine. We will definitely be return customers.