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“First time Dining Experience @ Gardners”

Gardner's Restaurant
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Ranked #2 of 367 Restaurants in Olympia
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$15 - US$35
Cuisines: Seafood, Steakhouse
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: Gardner's has been family owned since 1983 and has proven to be the favorite place to dine in Olympia. Gardner's Executive Chef Dan Keith favors the freshest local and seasonal ingredients. Everything is created from scratch, including soups and sauces to an abundance of desserts. With many local wines offered by the glass or by bottle, you are sure to find that perfect pour for any entrée. We hope you join us soon. Make your reservation by telephone or online at Open Table.
Reviewed 7 September 2017

Out of the way location in Olympia down by the Waterfront and across from the Doubletree Olympia Hotel I stay @ frequently. Quiet atmosphere, attentive staff and good food were the order of the night. I was impressed with the quality and presentation; but will warn you that the meal can be a little pricey. Not outrageous but definitely something that got my attention. I've only been back a couple of times over the past 2 years but it's definitely worth the experience.

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Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

Small but reliable Olympia restaurant near Percival Landing. I'm not sure how long it's been open but I remember our first visit back in 1990 and it was great then. Our most recent visit was in August and it was a pleasure. Good food, good wine and great service.

Thank inchild
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Reviewed 23 August 2017

A good dinner experience is just that -- an experience. It's the food, it's the wine, it's the company you share the meal with, it's the ambiance, it's the smile a staff member gives you as you walk to your seat, it's the enthusiasm the waitress brings to your discussion about what to order. Sometimes it's about finding a gem of a restaurant when you totally weren't expecting it. It's the whole thing, and Gardner's simply hit it out of the park for me in all regards.

I do not live in Olympia, but travel here periodically. I've passed by this restaurant a few times and didn't give it much thought. But when the door opened, a romantic gem was found inside. If I lived out here this is where my wife and I would eat when we're looking for a nice, romantic evening together. I ate here with a work colleague, but I could still appreciate the intimate ambiance this small room created.

My meal consisted of Calimari for starters. Fresh. The Aioli was a perfect match. I ordered the Seafood Trio, which consisted of prawns, scallop, dungeness crab, onions, and mushrooms. The garlic, lemon and butter fit well. All fresh. I can't say which bite was my favorite - the first or the last. My dinner with my colleague was eaten in silence, both of us enjoying each and every bite.

A large dessert tray was brought around for us to drool over. My meal was absolutely perfect and didn't want to ruin it by eating too much, but the desserts looked fresh and unique, as well.

Can't give Gardner's a high enough rating.

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Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

Good food and well prepared. Just not equal to the cost. There are other options as good or better for less money.

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Reviewed 10 July 2017

We had a very nice dining experience at Gardners service was excellent. We had not been here in years so was pleasurable to go again. It was not at all as I remembered it, it's a quaint little place and the excellent service along with dessert tray was probably the claim to fame of Gardners.

Thank Cindyxxx
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