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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
Closed now
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Tue - Sun 11:00 - 21:00
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Bainbridge Island, WA
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74 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 

Thank John M
Kent, Washington
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 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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24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

My husband and I went to Oly (from Bremerton) for a friend's show so we had our choice of so many places do dine and I'm so happy I picked Dockside. The main reason for my choice was their appetizer of Elk Ribeye Carpaccio. I would drive all day to have that again. It was perfectly sliced and chilled topped... More 

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Caernarfon, United Kingdom
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135 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

We were a little unsure about this restaurant when we looked at the menu online. The emphasis on vegan soup and gluten free chowder made us wonder whether the restaurant was focused on people on special diets, but the rest of the menu didn’t reflect this. We decided to give it a try and were rewarded with the best meal... More 

Thank Mike-Bucks
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Two of the three of us thought the food was terrible and almost sent it back. The service was also poor.

1 Thank pixmaWashington
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

We ate dinner here one night and really enjoyed the quality food in a quaint setting. The food presentation was excellent, and the portions were appropriate.

Thank John S
Lacey, WA
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52 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

Dockside Bistro is our go-to for date night and special occasions. The feel is intimate, the service personal. Menu is full of very tasty items, notably the seafood martini. It's right on the water in Olympia, and most seats have a view of the waterway. It's a sweet little spot conveniently located with parking out front. Do make reservations far... More 

Thank Lisa D
Frederick, Maryland
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591 reviews
308 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 277 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

I walked in without a reservation at 5 PM on a Thursday. I wasn't greeted at the door but followed a sign's directions and walked around the corner towards the bar where I was acknowledged by my host/server. Despite only one other couple being in the dining room, I was only able to choose to sit at one of two... More 

Thank NeoWasHere
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39 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

We got seated even though we didnt had any reservations, that was a major plus! Food 4.5 out of 5. Very tasty and timely! Cleanliness 5 out of 5. Price 3.5 out of 5. Slightly on the higher price range for the area. Overall great place for food and yummy drinks. Perfect for romantic date nights ir family gatherings.

Thank donchz999

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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
Romantic, View, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
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?