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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
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11:00 - 21:00
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Tue - Sun 11:00 - 21:00
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Washington State
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I visited the Dockside Bistro on a quiet Saturday in January for lunch with another couple, and I'm glad we did! Pretty views of the marina and the bay, even in the rain, complete with a Blue Heron. The tidy, cozy restaurant was rather quiet for a Saturday, and we had a table next to the window so we could... More 

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Olympia
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41 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Let's be honest: there are not a whole lot of top notch restaurants in Olympia. This restaurant is an excellent big fish in this small pond. We dined here on New Year's Eve, having the set menu five-course meal with wine pairings. Four of the five choices offered a choice of three of four different dishes for that course. While... More 

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Thank David F
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15 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A small, almost quaint restaurant located on the water in Olympia. The views were not what brought us to the restaurant, rather the proximity to our Doubletree Hotel right across the street. The wine list was good, with the appetizers and entres quickly served with good taste and portion size. A good restaurant that is reasonably priced.

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Bainbridge Island, WA
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74 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

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 

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Kent, Washington
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

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 

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Olympia, Washington
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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.

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Bremerton
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24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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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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40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 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 

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washington
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5 reviews
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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.

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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.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Cuisine
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, View, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 21:00
Saturday
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?