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Gardner's Restaurant

111 Thurston Ave NW, Olympia, WA 98501-1043
+1 360-786-8466
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  • Excellent74%
  • Very good15%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Steakhouse, American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
111 Thurston Ave NW, Olympia, WA 98501-1043
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Reviewed 24 February 2017

This is our favorite restaurant in Olympia. From the outside you will never believe what comes out of such a small kitchen. What they do there is amazing. The atmosphere is very pleasant and relaxing. They go out of their way to provide you with...More

Thank Daryl V
Reviewed 24 February 2017

We don't get there too often but when we do we are never disappointed. The food was excellent and the service great. They have a new feature which I like. Instead of telling you the specials of the night they are printed on a small...More

Thank Eilene258
Reviewed 24 February 2017

My brother was in town for a visit, so of course we wanted to take him out for a nice dinner. We always love Gardners and this was no exception. My brother had never had razor clams before, so we started w/them as an appetizer....More

Thank Horselover5506
Reviewed 23 February 2017

My wife and I made our way down to Gardner's (we eat there on a semi-regular basis) to see what's new. As usual, the atmosphere, wait staff and food went above and beyond. It's always a 5 star experience there. If you know Olympia, you...More

Thank DGS3
Reviewed 18 February 2017

We've loved this restaurant for 20 years, our recent visit was very disappointing. The food came out cold, poorly seasoned, and just simply not good. I don't know if the kitchen was having a bad night, or staff turnover? The wait staff was as always...More

Thank lodgingproreview
274JJJ, Owner at Gardner's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 22 February 2017

We appreciate your feedback. We always want our guest to leave happy and full. If there is ever an issue with your visit, please let your server know and it will be remedied to your satisfaction. We look forward to serving you again soon.

Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

We love Gardner's! The steak is amazing and I love the seafood fettuccini too. Those meals come with a salad and a veggie side, which are all delicious. This is also a great place to go for dessert and some wine; the best in town...More

Thank BLT117
274JJJ, Owner at Gardner's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 22 February 2017

Thank you so much for your kind words! We strive to make each visit special, and love that your evening was so memorable. We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 14 January 2017

From the easy online booking from the website, all the way to when you are leaving, Gardners is great! It can be busy around 7, so we make sure to book a table in advance. The hostess is always ready for us. The servers are...More

Thank Wren S
274JJJ, Owner at Gardner's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 22 February 2017

We are so glad to hear that your experience was such a pleasing one. We strive to make each guest happy and content and greatly appreciate your feedback. We too like the ease of online booking for our guest!

Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

You pull up to a old building in downtown Oly by the waterfront......seems scary!!! But dont be afraid you will not forget your time in this amazingly romantic, delicious food and beautiful atmosphere. Make a reservation because it was busy, but well staffed and they...More

Thank 627bradb
274JJJ, Owner at Gardner's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 22 February 2017

Thank you for your kind words. We do try to make it a warm and cozy atmosphere coupled with delicious food....and we are very pleased that you had that experience. We hope to see you back soon!

Reviewed 22 December 2016

there was one couple there alone who had a great seat. The seating arrangement is strange. We were placed by the rails over looking the entrance. No one else came to the rest while we were there. We though maybe because we did not have...More

Thank gogo1210
Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

Don't be fooled by the outside. Mushroom ravioli was fabulous. We stayed across the street.... Wandered in, and were summarily amazed. Fabulous service, superb food and wine. Then go for a walk at the harbour to help erase the guilt.

Thank Rich H
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17 July 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
9 April 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.
29 August 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
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 8:15 PM
5:00 PM - 8:15 PM
5:00 PM - 8:15 PM
5:00 PM - 8:15 PM
4:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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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