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Gardner's Restaurant

111 Thurston Ave NW, Olympia, WA 98501-1043
+1 360-786-8466
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  • Excellent76%
  • Very good14%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“casserole” (6 reviews)
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Steakhouse, American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
111 Thurston Ave NW, Olympia, WA 98501-1043
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful food, great ambience, personalized and attentive service. It's our favorite place to go for special occasions.

Thank Kristy K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I had the best scallops, in preparation and pairing. Steak was also cooked perfectly. Staff was helpful and very attentive. Gardner’s is always a home run!

1  Thank Horselover5506
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Outstanding service, a fabulous selection of desserts, dinner was delicious. Atmosphere was great for our romantic evening away. Parking was the only challenge as we had to deal with Harbor Days traffic.

Thank Andrew B
Reviewed September 3, 2018

We love this place. The food is outstanding. We loved the baked oysters and usually order the scallops. The service is excellent.

1  Thank Jim L
Reviewed August 28, 2018

What a disappointment! We had a reservation and were there on time. We are a retired couple and were dressed nicely. We were given what to us seemed to be the worst table...in the entry path by the open kitchen doors with the servers going...More

1  Thank ltdVenice
274JJJ, Owner at Gardner's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded August 28, 2018

We are so sorry to hear that you were not completely happy with your experience. As a small family business, we strive every day to make each guest feel welcome. With only 11 tables, there's just not a lot of room in our little dining...More

Reviewed August 10, 2018

You wouldn't walk into the restaurant just looking at it from the outside. Once inside it's a very nice - but not fancy - place. The service is good and food excellent. My wife and I visited on a Friday night. We didn't have a...More

Thank David C
274JJJ, Owner at Gardner's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded August 28, 2018

Thank you so much for your kind words. As a small family run business, we truly appreciate the feedback as we strive to make each night special for our guest. We hope to see you soon!

Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

Great food and great service the staff were great,drinks awesome atmosphere was nice and will be back again.....

1  Thank magpie250
274JJJ, Owner at Gardner's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded August 28, 2018

We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your experience with us, and we do hope you come back again soon! Thank you!

Reviewed July 29, 2018

We have been going to Gardner's for special occasion dinners for 30 years.For a local restaurant to still be in business that long is saying something. Always top of the line, mouth watering food. Even the green beans were over the top. Fresh and local.

Thank Lori L
274JJJ, Owner at Gardner's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded August 28, 2018

Thank you so much, we love to hear of our guest returning year after year. We will continue to try our very best to make each experience as good as the last!

Reviewed July 11, 2018

We have been to Gardner's several times in the past 8 years. It has never disappointed us. This time was no exception until we had dessert. I ordered the seasonal apricot cobbler (or crumble) and it was exceptionally tart. My sister's praline dessert was delicious...More

Thank olytravelers2016
Reviewed July 9, 2018 via mobile

Having eaten at Gardner’s twice before, my husband and I chose it for an anniversary dinner. Unfortunately, we were disappointed this time. One item we ordered was not available, which would have been fine, except that we weren’t informed until after forty minutes of waiting....More

Thank Jordance2
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July 16, 2017|
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Response from Sarah S | Property representative |
I'm sorry, but we don't usually have vegan offerings. One option we could do is pasta with veggies and an olive oil based sauce.
Mary Jane S
April 8, 2017|
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Response from andreae707 | Reviewed this property |
The state capital building and the marina are all within a very short distance.
August 28, 2015|
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Response from OlyJones | Reviewed this property |
The menu is posted on line at the restaurants website. The menu looks to me as though your family member will find several choices.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$35
Restaurant features
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
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
5:00 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.
4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 111 Thurston Ave NW, Olympia, WA 98501-1043
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Olympia
  • Phone Number: +1 360-786-8466
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.
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