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Gardner's Restaurant

111 Thurston Ave NW, Olympia, WA 98501-1043
+1 360-786-8466
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  • Excellent77%
  • Very good14%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • 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 19 October 2017

Meet our friends for a Birthday Celebration. The staff and food was excellent. A five out of five on the kind service. This isn't our first rodeo here. We've been going to Gardner's since the original owners, 30 years ago? Time flies, "new owners" but...More

Thank Dwnptrl
Reviewed 11 October 2017

Legend has it that someone at the factory where I work ran up such a large bill taking a new prospective worker to dinner here on the company credit card, that new policies governing the use of company credit cards were developed soon afterwards. Gardner's...More

Thank Glomared
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

Excellent food. Great flavors , and a great selection. Was a nice surprise! Prices were a bit high, but not too bad. Worth a trip to try!

Thank lorinehallc
Reviewed 28 September 2017 via mobile

Outstanding dinner, excellent service, perfect ambiance - by far the best of three different upscale dining establishments where we had dinner. Will definitely return. Five stars.

Thank Dean B
Reviewed 15 September 2017

So, I may not be the least biased person writing this review. My husband and I went for our anniversary - although this is viewed as one of the popular local restaurants we were one of only 3 tables. We selected the "best" seating based...More

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274JJJ, Owner at Gardner's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 18 September 2017

We are sorry that you didn't enjoy your visit. As a small family business, we strive every day to ensure that our guest have a memorable dining experience. We are known for excellent service, so we are quite shocked to hear this. We do have...More

Reviewed 10 September 2017

First of all, the place looks fine from the outside. Very clean and lots of parking. But yes, once inside, the atmosphere is great. Lots of spacing, soft but uplifting music, good lighting. Then the service starts, and from the first contact, you just know...More

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274JJJ, Owner at Gardner's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 18 September 2017

Thank you so much for your review! We work very hard to make each guest feel special and hope their meal is perfect. We are so happy to hear that your evening was memorable, and we certainly hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 8 September 2017

Gardner's is all about serving excellent food in an atmosphere that allows you to concentrate on enjoying the food and your companions. No TV screens. No cutesy drawings or remarks on the menu. Nothing to distract you. The interior is understated and sophisticated; the food...More

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274JJJ, Owner at Gardner's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 18 September 2017

Thank you so much for your kind words. It pleases us greatly to hear that you enjoyed your evening so much, it is certainly what we work towards. We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 7 September 2017

Out of the way location in Olympia down by the Waterfront and across from the Doubletree Olympia Hotel I stay @ frequently. Quiet atmosphere, attentive staff and good food were the order of the night. I was impressed with the quality and presentation; but will...More

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Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

Small but reliable Olympia restaurant near Percival Landing. I'm not sure how long it's been open but I remember our first visit back in 1990 and it was great then. Our most recent visit was in August and it was a pleasure. Good food, good...More

Thank inchild
Reviewed 23 August 2017

A good dinner experience is just that -- an experience. It's the food, it's the wine, it's the company you share the meal with, it's the ambiance, it's the smile a staff member gives you as you walk to your seat, it's the enthusiasm the...More

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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
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, 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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