Most Popular Restaurants in Olympia

April 14, 2018 Jana Sager

Birthplace of riot grrl music and home to an energetic independent art and music scene, Olympia is a hub of innovative cultural movements. The nontraditional Evergreen State College draws young pioneers and artists while the surrounding landscape of Puget Sound beckons the environmentally aware to its embrace. With 40 city parks incorporating 963 acres as well as a vast, municipally-funded public art collection, the city is a study in inventive and ecological civil design.
Things to do in Olympia

1. Gardner's Restaurant

111 Thurston Ave NW, Olympia, WA 98501-1043 Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Steakhouse, American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner SGD 20 - SGD 46 +1 360-786-8466
Excellent
76%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 275 reviews

Gardner's Restaurant

Gardner's has been family owned since 1983 and has proven to be the favorite place to dine in Olympia. Gardner's Executive Chef Dan Keith favors the freshest local and seasonal ingredients. Everything is created from scratch, including soups and sauces to an abundance of desserts. With many local wines offered by the glass or by bottle, you are sure to find that perfect pour for any entrée. We hope you join us soon. Make your reservation by telephone or online at Open Table.

Reviewed By Shannon C - Olympia, Washington

This is our go to restaurant for a special occasion. Food is always wonderful and gourmet. Atmosphere is quiet and peaceful. You can always Converse quietly in a lovely ambiance. Highly recommend.

2. 5th Avenue Sandwich Shop

117 5th Ave SE, Olympia, WA 98501-1121 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch +1 360-705-3393
Excellent
72%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 311 reviews

5th Avenue Sandwich Shop

Reviewed By yosemiterisk - Olympia, Washington

We frequent this place and always leave satisfied and happy. The best is the BLT with chicken breast and avocado. They bake everything on site. First rate in every way for a great lunch at very fair prices. True home touch quality.

3. Basilico

507 Capitol Way S # A, Olympia, WA 98501-1206 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Late Night +1 360-570-8777
Excellent
76%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 182 reviews

Basilico

Reviewed By Chris G - Upper Bavaria, Germany

We tried several dishes and most were excellent. We did the 4-course sampler. Seafood appetizer with lemon aioli was a standout. Turkey cutlets with wild berry sauce was a little mushy. The bread was surprisingly disappointing--they should just grab some baguettes at the Bread Peddler. Gnocchi with wild boar was very good. Butternut squash ravioli was over-cooked and could have used more stuffing--they were almost flat--but still delicious. Gelati were perfect, and the chocolate cake with just a hint of chili was great. Wine list was overpriced, but we expected that. Service was attentive and friendly and offered good advice. Would go again for a special occasion.

4. Lemon Grass Restaurant

212 4th Ave W, Olympia, WA 98501-1004 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 13 - SGD 20 +1 360-705-1832
Excellent
61%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 257 reviews

Lemon Grass Restaurant

Reviewed By Tim G - Fairfax, Virginia

We had lunch here one day while visiting with my daughter. We all enjoy Thai food, and this restaurant only reinforced that.

They had all the standard fare, plus some dishes normally seen rarely outside Thailand.

Service was polite and efficient. We will go here again.

5. Dockside Bistro

501 Columbia St NW, Olympia, WA 98501-8229 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Lunch SGD 39 - SGD 39 +1 360-956-1928
Excellent
61%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 252 reviews

Dockside Bistro

Reviewed By ducklakedaniel - Olympia, Washington

We wanted a "special" night out for my wife's birthday. Looked at the "fancy" menu (and fancy prices) and figured this was the place. I am hoping it was an off night because it was far from "special".
Pros: Ambiance. It has that high end bistro feel. Slick and stylish...we were in a booth but that was OK. A view of the marina is always nice. There is a full bar and a stellar wine list. We all ordered seafood and 3 out of four of the plates were well prepared. The server was well educated on the menu and we were seated right away (with reservations and not rushed to leave).
Cons: For the price point of the dishes we all expected more. We are not strangers to fine dining, just not regulars so when we are paying over $25 a plate we are expecting "Wow!" and got "Mmm". This may have been exacerbated by the REALLY Sloowwww service. Our reservations were 6:15 we received our plates at 7:26 and finally the check was finalized at 8:30.
Overall it was fine but nothing "special". For the price point I would have rather gone to a few other places in town.

6. Mediterranean Breeze

2302 Harrison Ave NW, Olympia, WA 98502-4543 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Mediterranean, Turkish, Greek, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 360-915-7343
Excellent
68%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 114 reviews

Mediterranean Breeze

Reviewed By Kenny S - Mount Vernon, Washington

While driving through Olympia on a Sunday afternoon, I checked Trip Advisor for good Mediterranean food. We decided to give this place a try and were not disappointed. The food was delicious and the portions were generous. The waiter was great and made some excellent recommendations. We finished the meal with Turkish coffee and baklava. I highly recommend the Mediterranean Breeze if you're in the area.

7. Pizzeria La Gitana

518 Capitol Way S, Olympia, WA 98501-1204 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 360-753-2929
Excellent
64%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 128 reviews

Pizzeria La Gitana

Reviewed By bargain_hunter46 - Bellevue, Washington

Stopped in en route to Seattle - easy to get to from I-5. We had a huge salad, margarita pizza and tiramisu. Everything was beautifully made and served. Service was quite fast considering the number of people in the restaurant. We sat near the pizza oven and it was fun to watch the cooks at work.

8. Anthony's Homeport Olympia

704 Columbia St NW, Olympia, WA 98501-1292 Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Full Bar Seafood, American, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 26 - SGD 46 +1 360-357-9700
Excellent
42%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 309 reviews

Anthony's Homeport Olympia

Reviewed By Batt2 - Weston, Florida

So first and foremost the food was very good! The seafood was obviously fresh and well prepared. However, the prices were reminiscent of mid town Manhattan. $33 for scallops, $7 for a cup of clam chowder? I went with a large group of business colleagues so didn't look at menu ahead of time. To top it off they had a nice list of craft cocktails but I asked about the vodka they used and wasn't happy so the server recommended a local vodka which I tried. She failed to say it would be an extra $3 per drink bringing a martini to $12.50. Again, mid town Manhattan prices! I enjoyed the food, the service was fine, but won't go back.

9. Fish Tale Brew Pub

515 Jefferson St SE, Olympia, WA 98501-1467 Free Wifi, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Parking Available American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks SGD 13 - SGD 29 +1 360-943-3650
Excellent
36%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 384 reviews

Fish Tale Brew Pub

With more than triple its original seating and a kitchen that spans the former brewing floor, the Pub offers a robust menu featuring local meat, bread, and produce. And while the Pub's 24 taps of beer and cider can present guests with a daunting selection, our knowledgeable staff will be there to help find the one that's right for you.

Reviewed By Batt2 - Weston, Florida

Actually went here twice on an 11 day stay in Olympia. The food was very good although the server (same one twice unfortunately) was not very friendly or helpful. Asked for fish tacos with flour tortillas instead of corn, was rudely told no. Asked if the beer list left on the table was all the beers they had or was there seasonal taps that weren't on the menu. Was told that the list on the table "is pretty much everything". Is that like being a little bit pregnant?

Otherwise, the food was worth the trouble of the service. I had the steak salad one night and and the corn tortilla fish tacos another night. Both were very good, along with the chili as a side one night and clam chowder the other.

10. Budd Bay Cafe

525 Columbia St NW, Olympia, WA 98501-8230 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 360-357-6963
Excellent
34%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 613 reviews

Budd Bay Cafe

Reviewed By Jennifer P

Let’s start out by saying the atmosphere was perfect. Overlooking the harbor was so romantic.
They met us at the door (which I am not used to) and immediately sat us (I was rude and followed the hostess-they like to set up your table.) the service was spot.on! I’ve not had service like that in a long time. Very nice, but not to over bearing. The food was right on time!

I had the new prawn scampi (I’ll give it a epic rating) and my husband had the applewood smoked salmon (he even ate the veggies and he doesn’t do that.)

I can’t suggest this enough. Go. And enjoy a fancy gourmet restaurant on very reasonable prices!

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