We went to Ivar's to get both a great location to dine at and some local seafood. We showed up an hour early for our reservation, and even though it was very busy, we didn't have to wait long to be seated. (Note: our earliness was a result of Pike Place Market closing at 6 on a Saturday!)
Because of our party size we were not seated at a window table, but the water view was still excellent.
We started off with the Dungeness Crab and Goat Cheese Dip, which was a cheesy delight. The greatest disappointment of the evening was the House-Smoked Bacon Wrapped Fresh Alaska Halibut. We have never been served such thin pieces - anywhere. That was a shock. The chowder and other items were enjoyed.
What really stood out was the service. It was what brought our rating from a 3 to a 4. The waitstaff was attentive and friendly. One even had to rescue the lid from a ketchup bottle that had accidentally taken a flying trip to the floor of a nearby table. He was discrete and very nice, especially considering he had to also clean up the ketchup that flew across the floor with the lid. Our water glasses stayed full, and our waiter even checked to find out where the best sourdough bread we have ever had was from. (it was baked by the Essential Bakery.)
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