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Olive Branch Cafe

Ratings and reviews

Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2018 Winner

Food and ambience

Local cuisine, American, Cafe, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Business meetings

Location and contact

Currently moving to Freighthouse Station, Hoping to be open mid March or so, will update asap with dates and times :)
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Brunch
American, Cafe, Soups
Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Surprised with a Queen’s tea Saturday for a few ladies from Olympia. The experience was quite, elegant and delightful. No need to dress up but could if we had planned too. They enjoyed each phase of the six course experience. We shared two large pots...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank 437tonyal
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This is such a wonderful place. The warm greetings from the staff, the ambiance of the place decorated entirely with antiques, the piano being played live. There is nothing around like it. The Tea selection is extensive, and you have the option of hot or...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank jesters01
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First visit and what a delight. Like stepping back in time. The ambiance, the pianist, the staff, and the food were all sensational. I totally recommend this place.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank dianehA6450DT
Reviewed December 12, 2018

Cut glass crystal, fancy china, breathtaking chandeliers, antique dolls - and other surprises - stunning! Ate a fabulous combo salad, soup, 1/2 sandwich lunch w/ a live pianist entertaining us. The servers and owner/cook gave us terrific service. The plain exterior fools you. This is...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank suzq2017
Reviewed December 6, 2018 via mobile

Welcomed with a hug by the hostess, we were soon settled comfortably at our most elegant table. Fabulous tea & delicious food soon followed. And, best of all, the spirit of the Olive Branch is joyous, playful & creative!

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Laura F
Reviewed November 10, 2018

Just got back from my second visit, and wholly recommend this tea house for a nice lunch out with friends in Tacoma. The food is delicious, the environment is lovely and the tea selection is great, but the family-style level of service makes Olive Branch...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank Nick M
Reviewed November 8, 2018

Atmosphere is fabulous and food is awesome. Service a little slow, but so worth the wait. Parking is convenient. Staff is very friendly.

Date of visit: July 2018
1  Thank Stephanie F
Reviewed November 6, 2018

A pleasant place to meet an old friend and spend an couple of hours over tea...or other drink of your choice, except beer. However, the food was boring, something your grandmother might have served...bland and cold when it should have been hot.

Date of visit: September 2018
1  Thank Charles U
Reviewed October 20, 2018 via mobile

Great food, great staff, worth a long trip to come visit! High-quality food as well. Salmon chowder soup to die for!

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank 510vincenti
Reviewed September 14, 2018

Tea at Freighthouse Square? Yes! A traditional tea at the Olive Branch Cafe is a very unique and pleasurable experience. Service is friendly and warm yet efficient. Quality of the sweet and savory sandwiches, salads, sweets and baked goods is exceptional. The atmosphere along with...More

Date of visit: September 2018
1  Thank Levannah
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December 13, 2018|
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Response from Stephanie F | Reviewed this property |
I did not but there are multiple rooms for private parties. Lovely place.
Sue J
November 11, 2018|
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Response from Alex M | Reviewed this property |
Nothing specifically gluten free, but they have plenty of salads, soups, and their curry chicken salad is delish and filling. Depending on sensitivity you'll be more than fine!
Sean W
May 31, 2018|
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Response from Ritz18meyer | Reviewed this property |
The best place is the small lot across the street - it's free if you go to the restaurant. Second best is on the street. Third best is the large free lot next to the Pierce Transit station. It's a little harder to get to... More
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