Welcome To Ivan’s Restaurant

2024 Old Mocksville Road. Salisbury, NC 28144
Serving Dinner Tuesday – Saturday at 5:00 pm
Phone: 704-637-2000


Ivan’s 2023 Menu


Pan Seared Ahi Tuna and Lump Crabmeat

Lump Crabmeat Cocktail

Oysters Rockefeller (6)

Maryland Crab Cake with a Lime Dijon Sauce

Spicy Hot Crab Dip

Baked Brie

Botta Bing Shrimp (6)

Grilled Shrimp (6)

Shrimp Cocktail (6)

Fried Calamari

Spicy Sautéed Mushrooms

Onion Ring Half Loaf 



Beer and Cheese Soup served in a Bread Bouille

Crock of Onion Soup



New York Strip*

     14   oz. Cut


     14   oz. Cut

Filet Mignon*

     6 oz. Petite Cut

     10 oz. Center Cut

Prime Rib* (available on Thurs. Fri. and Sat.)

                         May only be ordered Rare to Medium

     14   oz. Cut

     10   oz. Cut

Our Certified Black Angus Beef is aged for up to forty days.  Then the Steaks are hand cut daily, seasoned just right and grilled. We believe that a truly

Good Steak should be charred on the outside and cooked no more than medium on the inside to maintain its best flavor and tenderness.

We prefer not to cook our Steaks past medium.   However, if you must order your Steak medium-well or well-done, do so at your own risk as we cannot guarantee the quality.


                Rare    ………………..……….Red inside with cool center

               Medium Rare ………………...Red inside with warm center

               Medium …………………..….Light Red to Pink inside

              Medium Well …………..…… Slight hint of Pink

              Well Done …………………No Pink (May we suggest the Chicken)    

Here at Ivan’s we use only the highest quality and freshest ingredients.

If you have any dietary concerns please make your server aware.

We do use peanut oil and Karo syrup in some of our cooking.



Baby Back Ribs                                        

     Half Rack

     Full Rack

     Baby back ribs grilled with our own special barbecue sauce.    

Grilled Breast of Chicken.  

     10 ounce boneless, skinless breast of chicken, grilled slowly and basted

     with your choice of Barbecue, Italian style, Jamaican Jerk, or Cajun.

Beef Kabobs*

     Grilled seasoned pieces of tenderloin beef, bell peppers, onions,

     and mushrooms. This item has limited availability.

Center Cut Pork Chops ( two 8 oz. cuts)*

     Grilled Center Cut Pork Chops served with a Mango Chutney.

Peking Duck Half

       A Half Duck baked and served with an Orange Sauce.



Lobster Tail

   A broiled 8 ounce Lobster tail. Served with clarified butter and Lemon.

Twin Lobster Tails

     Two 5 ounce Lobster Tails. Served with clarified butter and Lemon.

Shrimp Your Way

     10 large shrimp served – Grilled, Fried, Blackened, Steamed (hot or cold),

     Cajun, Barbecued, or Louisiana Style.

Pan Seared Tuna*

   A 8 oz portion of Ahi Tuna encrusted with Sesame Seeds

   and topped with a Ginger Sauce.

Salmon Filet with a Lime Sauce

   A 8oz portion of Salmon grilled and topped with a Lime Dijon sauce.

Blackened Mahi Mahi

   A 8 ounce portion of Mahi served over a bed of sautéed tomatoes,

   artichoke hearts, and asparagus topped with a Citrus Cream Sauce.

Grilled Scallops with a Citrus Sauce 

   U-10 Scallops grilled and served with a Citrus Cream Sauce.



 Filet* & Lobster Tail

     6 ounce Filet and a 5 ounce Lobster Tail

   10 ounce Filet and a 8 ounce Lobster Tail

Filet* & Shrimp

     6 ounce Filet and 5 large Shrimp

   10 ounce Filet and 5 large Shrimp



The following items may be added to your entrée choice.

Half Rack of Baby Back Ribs

Half Breast of Grilled Chicken Your Way

Shrimp Your Way (6) 

Grilled Scallops Half Order 

Lobster Tail 5oz

Lobster Tail 8oz



House Salad         

Baked Potato

Steamed Chef’s Vegetable              

Garden Blend Rice 

Seasoned Waffle Fries               

Sautéed Asparagus

Sautéed Mushrooms          

Sautéed Onions and Peppers


All of our Entrées are served with a House Salad (Garden or Caesar)            
Any entrée that does not have it’s own side you will be given a
choice of a Baked Potato, Fries, Sweet Potato Fries,
Rice, or Chef’s Vegetables.

Sautéed Asparagus, Sautéed Mushroom, or Sautéed Onions and Peppers may be substituted for a regular side with a $3.00 up charge.

Split Plates – We will be happy to split your entrée for $6. Extra regular side and salad.

Salad Dressings:

Vinaigrette, Blue Cheese, Ranch, Italian, Thousand Island, Honey Mustard, Parmesan Peppercorn, French, Roasted Red Pepper Vinaigrette, and Fat Free Ranch.


An 20% Gratuity may be added to separate checks,

Teenagers or younger children without an adult and parties of six or more.

Ivan’s Restaurant founded in 1989. The restaurant’s name comes from our father (Joe Ivan) who loved good food but hated having to drive an hour to get it, so, we decided to build Ivan’s here in our home town. Our goals are to serve great steaks, seafood, ribs, and chicken with the highest quality, to give the best service possible, and to do it in a very relaxing and casual atmosphere. We all are here to ensure these goals and offer you an open line to let us hear what we can do to make your dining experience more enjoyable.
Joe Sims, General Manager

Gift Certificates available in any denominations.

We honor all Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.
We cannot accept Personal Checks.

Our Main Dining Room is seated on a first come first serve basis. For groups of 8 or more we do ask that you call us in advance so that we may prepare a table for you. We do have a private dining area that can seat up to 14 people.

This area must be booked a week in advance. For more information or comments please feel free to call us daily between 3:00 – 9:00 PM Tuesday through Saturday.

2024 Old Mocksville Road
Salisbury  NC

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Article On Ivan’s

March 21-210-21, 2002

At Ivan’s, you don’t have to leave town for fine dining

Where can you go to get choice steaks, aged and hand-cut daily and grilled to perfection, or grilled breast of chicken-Jamaican Jerk style, grilled shrimp Louisiana style or bouillabaisse?

A place where the atmosphere is casual yet classy and the service is first-rate?

Drive to Charlotte — or beyond?

You can enjoy fine dining, and excellent food and beverages right here in Salisbury at Ivan’s.

The restaurant is located one and a half miles past Rowan Regional Medical Center on Old Mocksville Road, and this establishment has been serving Rowan County diners for 12 years.

The Sims families, in partnership, own this restaurant of understated elegance.

Joe Sims, the general manager, tells of Ivan’s origination.

“We opened the restaurant so dad would stop driving an hour to go eat in a high-quality restaurant,” he explains.

His dad, Joe Ivan Sims –for whom the restaurant is named — traveled for 30 years with his job and hit all the best restaurants along the way.

“All the things these restaurants did well, we wanted to do here,” Joe says.

The rustic setting, ample wood d/cor and outdoor prints in the dining room make for a comfortable atmosphere.

The bar area has a hunting lodge feel to it and a good selection of fine wines and brews.

Ivan’s original concept was for ribs and steaks only, explains Joe, with blackboards on the wall describing the menu.

“Our customers gradually urged us to offer more fine dining and high-quality steaks,” Joe says. Thus the tablecloths, expanded menu and featured items.

Steaks are one of Ivan’s most popular specialties.

They cut all their own steaks and the meat has to be aged 45 to 90 days, more toward 90, Joe adds. Cooked Pittsburgh style, which means seared as quickly as possible to keep in all the juices, plus a few of Joe’s secret touches, the steaks do taste terrific.

I had a 6-ounce filet mignon ($19.95) which was cooked to perfection. It came with a salad, fresh made bread, and choice of fries, baked potato and rice or vegetable medley. Prime Rib is available Thursday through Saturday and runs from $17.95 to $20.95 depending upon the size. You can also order New York strip (14-ounce, $23.95), ribeye ($21.95) or Porterhouse (24-ounce, $29.95). Steaks may be ordered seasoned with Jamaican Jerk, too.

Featured items change monthly and include, for example: Bouillabaisse Ivan ($10.95), Salt and Pepper Catfish strips (appetizer, $6.95), scallops saut/ed in a white wine garlic sauce ($18.95) or a 10-ounce tenderloin filet with Ivan’s broil sauce ($25.95). All entrees are served with fresh-baked bread, salad and your choice of a side dish.

For those who love seafood, Shrimp Your Way is popular — 12 large shrimp served grilled, fried, steamed (hot or cold) barbecued or Louisiana style ($17.95) or grilled tuna, salmon, or Mahi-Mahi seasoned with Jamaican Jerk, if you like ($17.95). Baby-back ribs ($14.95 for a half rack, $18.95 for a full rack) are grilled with Ivan’s own special barbecue sauce. The grilled breast of chicken basted with your choice of barbecue, Italian style, Jamaican Jerk or Cajun was tender and delicious ($13.95).

The appetizer menu is also vast. Each item could be a meal in itself. Maryland crab cake served with a lime Dijon sauce ($8.95), fried calamari ($6.95); spicy saut/ed mushrooms ($4.95) are just a few of the items. The beer and cheese soup ($5.95) is also very popular.

Joe doesn’t mind if folks want to split dinners, either.

The dessert tray that comes after the meal will have you drooling — so be sure to save room. The Bailey’s Irish Crme cheesecake is the most popular, followed by a white chocolate raspberry cheesecake (my favorite), or a chocolate bourbon pecan pie. Desserts range from $3.95 to $4.95 and are sinfully good.

Ivan’s also has a children’s menu with such items as cheese sticks ($2.95), corn dog and fries ($2.95), chicken tenders and fries ($3.95) or shrimp tenders and fries ($4.95). Drinks are 75 cents and ice cream is 95 cents.

So you don’t have to leave town to enjoy fine dining. At Ivan’s, you can get superb food in a relaxed atmosphere, not “dash and dine,” as Joe mentions. The wait staff is attentive and makes you feel like you are number one.

To Joe and his well-trained staff, the customer is number one.

“We love serving people and making them happy,” Joe says.

This tradition is alive and well at Ivan’s.

Robin Perry is a freelance writer living in Rowan County

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