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The Bair Bistro at The Bair Drug & Hardware

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1617 Lafayette St, Steilacoom, WA 98388-1325
+1 253-588-9668
20:00 - 14:00
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Tue - Sun 20:00 - 14:00
Fri - Sat 16:00 - 20:00
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Don't go here if you are looking for prompt, speedy service. This place is to be enjoyed without rushing. Just sit and enjoy this local treasure, make your own soda and simply enjoy the well prepared food.

Thank Jeremy D
Olympia, Washington
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Everything is homemade. I had the largest Monte Cristo sandwiches I have ever seen. The bread was homemade and cooked to perfection. The biscuits and sausage gravy are homemade and served in large bowls with 2 eggs and home style potatoes. The staff was very polite. The place is a historical museum from the late 1800's. Everything was very clean.

Thank 242mark1
Topeka, Kansas
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Saturday morning breakfast. The restaurant was about half filled. The wait staff was friendly but we soon learned it wasn't sincere. No coffee refills (we went to the counter to serve ourselves.) One employee was having breakfast while patrons were waiting. We waited almost 30 minutes on our food and found our food had been waiting on us, on the... More 

Thank Karmen C
Steilacoom, Washington
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

Such a cute spot! Memorabilia from past incarnations as a hardware store, a pharmacy, and a post office. The menu is good, and the kitchen usually does a decent job, but service is very "hit or miss." On good days, it is friendly, prompt, and professional. On bad days, your juice never arrives, you are brought cold coffee, and your... More 

Thank TPN423
Steilacoom, Washington
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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

Had a mimosa and Gary's breakfast. Food was great, service friendly and I love the atmosphere. They were busy so we sat at the bar. Comfy bar stools!

Thank nikibee
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

Awesome! Eat here every time we visit. Love the short stack pancakes and Root Bear float. The location is perfect. It overlooks the water and the building and old timey artifacts from the old soda/pharmacy days makes this the perfect place for a delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner. Any history buff will get a kick out of it! Truly worth... More 

Thank Kathy L
Lacey, Washington
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

Like others have stated, long waits are a risk here. A group of three of us visited on Saturday and arrived at 11:50. We had a fifteen minute wait for a table. that was fine, as we walked around a bit. However we had to wait an hour for our lunch to arrive, merely soup and sandwiches. They had four... More 

Thank Deskandchairs
Olympia, Washington
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98 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2016

On the plus side - Steilacoom is heaven in our opinion. Many times in summer months we've walked passed this place, charmed by those seated out on the porch and having a lovely view of the water and mountains. Another plus to this place is the wait staff who are extremely pleasant and accommodating. A third plus is the setting... More 

Thank Jane S
Lakewood, Washington
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115 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2015

the old style drug store lives. the theme is authentic. the food is good and the wait staff is local and friendly.

Thank genejohnson2015
Phoenix, Arizona
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2015

We had to walk out of this restaurant. We were finally sorted but after 15 minutes the servers hadn't even said hello or provided menus. Service was slow to nonexistent. To bad as the place was so cute and quaint with so much character.

1 Thank Kathryn P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$13
Healthy, American, Cafe
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Seating, Waitstaff
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Open Hours
20:00 - 14:00
20:00 - 14:00
20:00 - 14:00
20:00 - 14:00
20:00 - 14:00
16:00 - 20:00
20:00 - 14:00
16:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1617 Lafayette St, Steilacoom, WA 98388-1325
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Steilacoom
  • Phone Number: +1 253-588-9668
The Bair Bistro is a family style restaurant within the historic Bair Drug & Hardware Living Museum.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?