The last year has been tough, but our Rowan County original restaurants are tougher. As dining rooms continue to reopen, we want to highlight a few of the many local restaurants that make our destination an original place to visit and eat. We’ve created a series of some of our many favorite original restaurants in Rowan County. Up next, Ivan's Restaurant.


After traveling for work for 30 years and enjoying fine dining around the country, Joe Ivan's Sims and his son, Joe, opened Ivan's Restaurant in 1989 to bring fine dining to Salisbury. They set out to do all of the things that other, larger fine dining restaurants do well. Joe runs the restaurant to this day, even after his father's passing. Ivan's is his passion and he loves making people feel at home.


Ivan's offers a rustic atmosphere with wood decor paired with white table cloths, creating a unique experience. The bar area feels like a hunting lodge and offers fine wines, beers and cocktails. Ivan's is most known around town for their steaks. All of their meat is cut in house and must be aged 45 to 90 days. They cook their steaks Pittsburgh style, which means it is seared as quickly as possible to preserve the juices. There's also a few family secrets to cooking their meat, but we can't share those. 


Their menu offers much more than just steak. They offer chicken, Mahi-Mahi, salmon, ribs, scallops, tenderloin filet, tuna, crab and so much more. Every menu on the item is cooked to order with every touch you'd expect at a fine dining restaurant.


Your meal will begin with bread and a salad of your choice. You'll be offered a small sorbet to cleanse your pallet prior to your main course. Once you've finished your meal, a dessert tray will be offered. It's impossible to say no to their mouth watering cheesecakes and pies. 


While Ivan's strives for a fine dining experience, they also want to create a family atmosphere. Children are welcome and a kid's menu is available. 


At Ivan's you'll receive an exception experience in a relaxed atmosphere. For Ivan's staff, the customer in always number one, and they don't want you to dine and dash. Relax and stay a while, because at Ivan's it'll feel like home.


You will find Ivan's Restaurant at 2024 Old Mocksville Ave, 1.5 miles past Novant Health Rowan Medical Center in Salisbury. Their hours are Tuesday through Thursday 5-9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 5-9:30 p.m.


Ready to show Ivan's Restaurant and our other Rowan County original restaurants how much we value them in our community? We are. That’s why we’re hosting the Local Eats Contest. Yep, we’re giving away two $50 Visa Gift Cards per week just for dining at one of our Rowan County local businesses.


Entering is simple:

-Dine at one of our original Rowan County local restaurants

-Share a photo of your experience and tag us on…

Facebook: Visit Rowan County, NC

Instagram: @VisiRowanCountyNC

Twitter: @VisitRowanNC

-Contest runs from March 22, 2021 to May 3, 2021.


1 post = 1 entry, and there’s no limit to how many times you can enter! 2 winners will be chosen at random every Monday morning at 10 a.m. and will be contacted. This contest has no affiliation with Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Do not give any personal information to accounts that may pose as Rowan County Tourism. Our accounts are Visit Rowan County, NC on Facebook, @VisitRowanNC on Twitter and @VisitRowanCountyNC on Instagram. We will never ask for your credit card or any other type of payment information.