It’s that time of year again and the party is back! Next Tuesday, March 19, hungry seafood fans can catch a “reel” deal at Ivar’s Seafood Bars and full-service restaurants in celebration of what would have been the o-fish-al 114th birthday of Ivar Haglund, the restaurants’ iconic flounder. Throughout the day, fans who purchase one regularly priced entrée and wish Ivar “Happy Birthday,” will receive a second entrée of their choice – from a special birthday menu – for just $1.14. In addition to the birthday discounts, Ivar’s will also treat the first 114 guests at each location to a celebratory pineapple coconut mini cupcake dessert made by Cakes of Paradise in Seattle.

(Photo Credit: Ivar’s)

Plus, fans can get in on the birthday action and honor Ivar by donning a custom mask cut-out of the flounder himself! A limited supply of masks will be available at all Ivar’s Seafood Bar and full-service locations, excluding stadiums, as well as to download online at Guests who post their photo wearing the Ivar mask to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, tag Ivar’s Restaurants, and include hashtag #IvarBday will be entered into a sweepstakes for a chance to win a $114 Ivar’s Gift Card. The birthday contest begins March 11 and ends March 22. Additional rules and details are available at

Ivar Haglund began the popular restaurant chain bearing his name in 1938, when he opened a fish and chips stand at his aquarium, which was located on the Seattle Waterfront at Pier 3 (now Pier 54). He was well known for his popular radio ditties as well as his comical stunts such as clam eating contests, taking advantage of a train car syrup spill and creating an Ivar’s clam postage stamp. He passed away in 1985 just shy of his 80th birthday. The history behind Ivar Haglund can be found on Ivar’s website.

(Photo Credit: Ivar’s)

The birthday bargain is available all day on March 19 at any of the 20 Ivar’s Seafood Bars located throughout Washington state, excluding stadium locations. Most Seafood Bars will have extended hours of 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. to accommodate the influx of hungry revelers, with hours varying by location. Ivar’s Acres of Clams on the Seattle waterfront, Ivar’s Salmon House on north Lake Union and Ivar’s Mukilteo Landing overlooking Possession Sound, are also putting on party hats to dish out the birthday deal.

Sample birthday menu items include: 3 piece Fish ‘n Chips; Halibut ‘n Chips; Jumbo Prawns ‘n Chips; Sourdough Bread Bowl with Ivar’s would-famous clam chowder; Grilled Northwest Coho Salmon; Salmon House Seafood Medley; Pier 54 Cioppino and Ivar’s Classic Dungeness Crab & Bay Shrimp Louie.

(Photo Credit: Ivar’s)

To view the special birthday menus and details on the participating locations, please visit:

About Lesley Kilp

Lesley is the founder and editor of What's Up NW. Prior to creating, she was the Seattle city editor for For both publications, Lesley has covered fashion shows, openings, and local charity events.  She has written numerous articles shining the light on local businesses, encouraging readers to always shop local.

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3 Comments on “Celebrate Ivar’s 114th Birthday on March 19”

    1. Yes! March 19, 2020 is next Thursday, but this article you are referring to is from last year. 🙂 Mr. Ivar would be 115 years old this year!

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