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Olive Branch Cafe

2501 E D St, Freighthouse Station, Tacoma, WA 98421-1338
+1 253-330-6511
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  • Excellent88%
  • Very good11%
  • Average1%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“egg salad” (6 reviews)
“sandwiches” (18 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
American, Cafe, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2501 E D St, Freighthouse Station, Tacoma, WA 98421-1338
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Cut glass crystal, fancy china, breathtaking chandeliers, antique dolls - and other surprises - stunning! Ate a fabulous combo salad, soup, 1/2 sandwich lunch w/ a live pianist entertaining us. The servers and owner/cook gave us terrific service. The plain exterior fools you. This is...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank suzq2017
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Welcomed with a hug by the hostess, we were soon settled comfortably at our most elegant table. Fabulous tea & delicious food soon followed. And, best of all, the spirit of the Olive Branch is joyous, playful & creative!

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Laura F
Reviewed 11 November 2018

Just got back from my second visit, and wholly recommend this tea house for a nice lunch out with friends in Tacoma. The food is delicious, the environment is lovely and the tea selection is great, but the family-style level of service makes Olive Branch...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank Nick M
Reviewed 9 November 2018

Atmosphere is fabulous and food is awesome. Service a little slow, but so worth the wait. Parking is convenient. Staff is very friendly.

Date of visit: July 2018
1  Thank Stephanie F
Reviewed 7 November 2018

A pleasant place to meet an old friend and spend an couple of hours over tea...or other drink of your choice, except beer. However, the food was boring, something your grandmother might have served...bland and cold when it should have been hot.

Date of visit: September 2018
1  Thank Charles U
Reviewed 20 October 2018 via mobile

Great food, great staff, worth a long trip to come visit! High-quality food as well. Salmon chowder soup to die for!

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank 510vincenti
Reviewed 14 September 2018

Tea at Freighthouse Square? Yes! A traditional tea at the Olive Branch Cafe is a very unique and pleasurable experience. Service is friendly and warm yet efficient. Quality of the sweet and savory sandwiches, salads, sweets and baked goods is exceptional. The atmosphere along with...More

Date of visit: September 2018
1  Thank Levannah
Reviewed 5 September 2018 via mobile

The decorating and atmosphere of the restaurant is what first draws you in. The excellent food and service keeps you there and wants you to spread the word of this hidden gem to all your friends.

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank 133HappyCamper2018
Reviewed 31 August 2018 via mobile

I went here with a fairly large group, not expecting much, considering the exterior of the building (paint peeling in places and generally tired looking). To say that I was pleasantly surprised inside is a big understatement. The cafe/tea house is decorated from front to...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank mcnicolb
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

Our Book Club arranged to meet for lunch at Olive Garden. What a delightful surprise! We had live music played on a grand piano by the musician of the former Pizza & Pipes. The sandwiches and soup were delicious. Those who chose tea got to...More

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank liketotravelII
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14 December 2018|
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Response from Stephanie F | Reviewed this property |
I did not but there are multiple rooms for private parties. Lovely place.
Sue J
11 November 2018|
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Response from Alex M | Reviewed this property |
Nothing specifically gluten free, but they have plenty of salads, soups, and their curry chicken salad is delish and filling. Depending on sensitivity you'll be more than fine!
Sean W
1 June 2018|
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Response from Ritz18meyer | Reviewed this property |
The best place is the small lot across the street - it's free if you go to the restaurant. Second best is on the street. Third best is the large free lot next to the Pierce Transit station. It's a little harder to get to... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2501 E D St, Freighthouse Station, Tacoma, WA 98421-1338
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Tacoma
  • Phone Number: +1 253-330-6511
Currently moving to Freighthouse Station, Hoping to be open mid March or so, will update asap with dates and times :)
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