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Dockside Bistro

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501 Columbia St NW, Olympia, WA 98501-8229 (Columbia Ave NW)
+1 360-956-1928
11:00 - 21:00
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Tue - Sun 11:00 - 21:00
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Tacoma, Washington
1 review
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

To celebrate our son's 22 birthday, we chose this place for lunch. We knew nothing about it except that it had some good reviews online. It was one of the few sunny afternoon's this spring and the dock was filled with strolling people and the restaurant was mostly empty - just one other table had customers. The meal was perfect.... More 

Thank ut0pia929
Olympia, Washington
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56 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a hidden little gem, that I had forgotten about but recently rediscovered. Variety of lunch selections and specials with varying prices so everyone was pleased. Only one waiter during both recent visits and he could have given better service and sold more wine and desserts if he had the time. Overall nice lunch place that offers something for... More 

Thank lkchome
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57 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As first experiences go, this was not a good one. We were impressed with the ambiance upon arrival. We ordered drinks to include a glass of cabernet sauvignon and the Evergreen and the mussels as an appetizer. The drinks were perfect and I recommend the Evergreen if you are a fan of grapefruit and gin. We ordered our dinner and... More 

Thank Sandra V
Andover, Massachusetts
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017

I visited this restaurant on a trip to Washington from Boston to visit my daughter and her husband. They are new to the area and hadn't been to any fine dining establishments yet. I found this listing on trip adivisor and was so happy we chose this restaurant! It is right on the water, and the atmosphere inside is quiet... More 

Thank Astinson
Washington State
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25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

I visited the Dockside Bistro on a quiet Saturday in January for lunch with another couple, and I'm glad we did! Pretty views of the marina and the bay, even in the rain, complete with a Blue Heron. The tidy, cozy restaurant was rather quiet for a Saturday, and we had a table next to the window so we could... More 

1 Thank Mikota_Mikota
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58 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017

Let's be honest: there are not a whole lot of top notch restaurants in Olympia. This restaurant is an excellent big fish in this small pond. We dined here on New Year's Eve, having the set menu five-course meal with wine pairings. Four of the five choices offered a choice of three of four different dishes for that course. While... More 

Thank David F
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

A small, almost quaint restaurant located on the water in Olympia. The views were not what brought us to the restaurant, rather the proximity to our Doubletree Hotel right across the street. The wine list was good, with the appetizers and entres quickly served with good taste and portion size. A good restaurant that is reasonably priced.

Thank Jerry F
Bainbridge Island, WA
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74 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 December 2016

Many diners praise Dockside Bistro as one of Olympia's premier restaurants, but our first-time experience there went steadily downhill after a promising opening of two excellent cocktails (an Evergreen with gin, a vodka martini with basil). Every other offering that followed was flawed. The signature appetizer of seafood martini (no alcohol included, just served in martini glass) had some fine... More 

1 Thank John M
Kent, Washington
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 14 November 2016

This restaurant has earned the title of Bistro.. small ,quiet along with fantastic ambient lighting makes this a gem of a restaurant.. hard to come by in a large city..since we didn't know which wine to choose we asked for recommendations and and the one chosen for us was superb with my lamb and my husbands elk dish.. .. the... More 

Thank Ulsternana
Olympia, Washington
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2016

We love this place. Well worth a special night out. The scallops and duck are my favorite. The seafood martini is to die for. They have a GREAT wine selection also. This is our favorite restaurant in Oly.

Thank jackiemcki

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, View
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 501 Columbia St NW, Olympia, WA 98501-8229
    (Columbia Ave NW)
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Olympia
  • Phone Number: +1 360-956-1928

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?