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Traditions Cafe

300 5th Ave SW, Olympia, WA 98501-1015
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good20%
  • Average14%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“lunch” (7 reviews)
“panini” (2 reviews)
“soups” (3 reviews)
Open Now
9:00 AM - 6:00 PMAll hours
Cafe, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
300 5th Ave SW, Olympia, WA 98501-1015
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Liked it so much, went back for a second visit. Great soup/sandwich/salad combos. Only complaint would be that placing an order is really old school, with the cashier taking notes on plain white slips of paper. This introduces delays and occasional confusion. But a great...More

Thank HereticBill
Reviewed 19 July 2017

This restaurant is a "New Age" restaurant. The food is not very good. It's stuck in all of the lefty, new age food fads. It uses local ingredients whenever possible. It has a lot of vegan on the menu. Very little meat. Sweeteners include sugar,...More

Thank Brimsmith
Reviewed 2 May 2017

Traditions is a fine old, Olympia tradition in itself. They offer a really good spread of locally sourced foods, for lunch and dinner as well as coffee-shop drink specials. There is a wonderful fairtrade goods store attached. The best thing about traditions is the regular...More

Thank Bret A
Reviewed 27 March 2017 via mobile

I have had meals at this cafe for 10 or more years. The quality and serving size is inconsistent. I think it is overpriced. I really want to spend my money here but I am rarely impressed.

Thank LaLunaStella
Reviewed 12 January 2017

Great food, music venue and fair trade import shop. Relaxing eclectic, with great food, wine available, and right across from Capital Lake which has a great walking area around it! Long time favorite for lunch.

Thank Elizabeth L
Reviewed 1 December 2016

My daughter likes coming here for lunch so I decided to join her. She ordered a veggie burger which came with a simple salad. She enjoyed hers as usual. I ordered a bowl of the day's soup. It was potato leek with artichoke. It came...More

Thank Tamara S
Reviewed 26 November 2016

They have a great menu and several vegan options. The food is so fresh. I love their vegan enchiladas. They make their own lemon tahini dressing which is incredible. There is always a vegan soup on the menu too.

Thank tinydancr
Reviewed 20 November 2016

It was amazing to find a place where a vegan actually has multiple choices on the menu! I ended up ordering two different dishes because I could not decide and both were absolutely delicious; I cannot wait to go back and try something else! It...More

Thank Kimberly T
Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

What wonderful Fall Saturday lunch. After a bad experience elsewhere we came into Olympia for a downtown lunch. I'd never been to Traditions but heard many nice things. My family ordered from a menu of very healthy choices including quiche, panini, and soups. Food came...More

Thank Bill T
Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

Went to see Fiddle Fest and have dinner!! Food was delicious and hit the spot! The night I went was Fiddle Fest and I was there to catch the REDS perform. Was totally amazed at their abilities and the maturity and intensity I. Which they...More

Thank cybelemc
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
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Open Hours
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 300 5th Ave SW, Olympia, WA 98501-1015
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Olympia
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