Dockside Bistro
Dockside Bistro

Dockside Bistro

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.docksidebistro.com/
  • Phone: 3609561928
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00.
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental, Northwest
  • Executive Chef: Laurie Nguyen
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Dockside Bistro & Wine Bar is available for private parties, featuring unique and specially designed menus to meet the needs of your special event.
  • Private Party Contact: Laurie Nguyen 3609561928
  • Entertainment: Dockside Bistro, with our focus on jazz, periodically hosts premier local and regional jazz and blues performers. Please visit the Events Page at our website at www.docksidebistro.com for upcoming music events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Columbia Ave NW
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Free parking immediately adjacent to the restaurant and boardwalk is available at Percival Landing North
A word from Dockside Bistro
Dockside Bistro & Wine Bar, established in 2007, focuses on locally sourced produce, seafood and game with the intent to provide a vibrant culinary experience to the diner. Chef Laurie Nguyen brings the culinary traditions of her native Vietnam to bear on traditional Continental and Northwest cuisine to create exciting and unique culinary creations. We take particular pride in featuring daily fresh and ever changing seasonal appetizers and entrees. In addition to top-shelf mixed drinks, Dockside Bistro also has an extensive list of over 130 different wines from the Pacific Northwest, California, Europe, New Zealand and Australia. As with our locally sourced produce, we take particular pride in hosting established and emerging wineries from the exciting wine scene developing in South Puget Sound. Please join us for an exceptional dining experience in our warm, waterfront setting.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNorthwest
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Dockside Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
82 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (51)fit for foodies (49)romantic (47)special occasion (47)notable wine list (36)neighborhood gem (32)great for lunch (14)great for outdoor dining (11)good for groups (8)hot spot (3)late-night find (2)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Excellent dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We took our daughter and her husband for her birthday, and we each had something different from the menu--squash ravioli, salmon, duck, and sea scallops. Portions were small, but very delicious. Service was good. We had dessert as well--the creme brulee was wonderful. They have a very long wine list, for wine aficionados.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Foodies glad to be there
    EatingOutagain
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Sunday night too busy for good service. wait staff warm friendly and unable to manage-ordered rice,never came. Wait staff forgot.Waiting for friend, wait staff walked by our table. I had to call to my friend who was embarrassed by walking by me. I ask
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Don't know why it took us so long to find this gem. Nice quiet place, with great service and wonderful food choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Surprise!
    SupriseDine
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We went for the first time for Bosses Day and was pleasantly surprised by not only the atmosphere but our server was great and the food delicious! The other surprise was the place was empty! It will be a new spot we will frequent!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    wonderful food and service for our special anniversary dinner. they even had a very nice card signed by the staff. thank you so much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • localfoodie
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Food is very fresh local and seasonal. This is the fifth time I've been here and have never had food that is less than amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meal and wine
    Wine2cheese
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    This restaurant was exceptional. From the wait service to the food and wine, everything was wonderful. The wine list was very good and wine we selected was excellent. We will go back.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SteveVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Enjoyed the food and window view while dining. Would return here when back in town.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Awesome Service
    foodie
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    My first time at this restaurant. The Elk carpaccio was incredible, as was the Elk Duet. While the food was great, the entire staff was even better. From the time I walked in until I left, they made sure that I was well taken care of and that I mattered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Great Service!
    Marcelina
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Our party of 3 sat at a window table, with a nice view of the marina and boardwalk. The service was excellent. When I couldn't decide on a wine our server let me sample a couple of varieties. She made excellent recommendations. We each tried something different; duck, elk and halibut. Each was cooked to perfection. The crab chowder is always excellent! We were able to take our time with our meal without feeling rushed. As a side note, the women's restroom is one of the nicest I've ever been in. I love everything about this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Intimate Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    First time there, wonderful food, nice environment. We will definitely be back again.. We had lunch, want to come for dinner sometime. Really fresh food, nice menu, service was spot on!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    AmandaLS
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Wonderful food and service. Perfect place to celebrate our 2 year anniversary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A must go!
    Newdaynewbeginnings
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The food was very very tasty and the staff was really helpful with the menu without judgement.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing meal
    bcolwel
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Have eaten at Dockside several times since the converted to a full service restaurant and have aways found it of good quality. Last Tuesday I took 2 friends to dinner there, expecting the usual professional standard food. I and one friend ordered the sea scallop entree, the a steak. The appetizer, salad and dessert were as expected. The scallops were sauteed, nicely browned, and RAW inside. It was obvious that the chef? didn't know how to prepare a basic dish such as sauteed scallops or didn't check their doneness before serving. I sent most of mine back with a complaint-with no reaction from the kitchen or our server.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden gem of Olympia!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Had the Pear Gorgonzola Ravioli. Amazing!! Excellent service. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top notch
    Ninjafood
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This is a place that my wife and I regular. The food is outstanding and the wait staff is phenominal (as always). We hade the Calamari and dungeness crab dip as appetizers. My wife have the Lamb rack and I have my all time favorite, The Elk Duet. I will continue to recommend this restaurant to all of my friends and colleagues.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow
    SuzieQ
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We had reservations, were promptly seated and had our orders in, drinks served probably within 15 minutes. Cut to an hour and 15 minutes later and we still did not have our food, our drinks were empty and other tables around us were getting served, eating and then leaving. After an hour and a half, our food finally arrived, the waitress offered no apology of any kind for the wait. The others in my party had fish and they said it was good - definitely not great. My butternut squash ravioli was overcooked - almost as if it was sitting under a heat lamp for an hour. I could hardly chew it. I know others have had a good experience, but I would certainly never recommend this place. If the waitress been more apologetic it would have helped some.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A little disappointed
    Senior
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Beautiful setting and pleasant service. The starters were very good, but the entree (halibut) was rather dry and not particularly tasty. We had a creme breulet for dessert and were not impressed with it. Very pricey.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LovechocolateVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The view.. Awesome!!! The ocean almost at your feet. The service great! Make sure to make a reservation especially if you want an oceanview table and even then they will make you wait anyway. The good very good, we had the kale salad with salmon-delish, appetizer shellfish yumm!! Saw some sliders go by, looked yummy too. I also like the bar area.. Cozy. Had trouble with desert though.. Not a great selection
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dockside Bistro
    Andy
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    An amazing lunch at Dockside Bistro...the fish tacos are to die for. Service was professional, efficient and friendly. Ambience was warm and inviting and, of course, the view never lets us down. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food choices
    MCars
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Good selection and Great wait staff! Our dinner was served cold and undercooked. Would still recommend going...
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely place for great food
    Priorygirl
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Dockside is a lovely place with an elegant ambiance and great food. The filet was beautifully cooked and the appetizers amazing--artful and delicious. This place is a neighborhood gem!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dockside Bistro
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had a wonderful time having lunch this past Saturday and our server was excellent. It was nice and quiet, the cocktails and wine was great. We will be back for another special occasion soon. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very impressed
    Cornfed
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food was astounding! Great healthy choices with the taste to back it up! Strongly recommend dockside bistro to anyone!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Unique menu, fabulous food, and terrifice service!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Meal!
    MCSB28117
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We tried this restaurant based on positive recommendations on Open Table - we were not disappointed! Our waitress was friendly and attentive. We had a wonderful bottle of wine (Oregon pinot noir), the bread and dipping oil were amazing and the filet mignon was delicious, with a very flavorful sauce. My husband had the seafood chowder and sea scallops, both of which he really enjoyed. At first the shades were down to block the setting sun, but once the shades were up we enjoyed a nice view of the harbor. The restaurant definitely has a cozy, comfortable feel - nice enough for a special event, but also relaxed enough that we didn't feel out of place in our casual clothes. If we are ever back in Olympia, we will definitely go again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I have been there twice now, and both times the food was way better than average nice resturant. I will make this one of my first choice resturants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • katbob62
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    As always Dockside delivers. Food is fantastic & service perfect!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pleasant surprise
    Nick
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Stopped in for lunch after some business meetings. Made a reservation as a precaution but it wasn't really needed. Very enjoyable meal, had a large bowl of clam chowder and some pan-fried halibut on tacos. Friendly service.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely dinner
    olyfoodies
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Everything was excellent. They needed another waitress as ours was managing a very busy restaurant and no one could have kept up.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • chuck
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We now go at least once a month. It is that good!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great chef & locally-sourced items
    jmc1
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Superb soup and salad and bread to start. Excellent albacore from Washington State, prepared medium-rare as we requested, and served with noodles and lovely broth. First-rate!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent ambiance
    dp08161950
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Special event for my wife. The staff was exceptional, the elk was superb, the view was breathtaking, the wine selection was great and the experience was memorable.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lunch
    olynewbiefoodie
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We were a party of two and opted to sit inside for lunch only because alcoholic beverages are not allowed at the outside seating and we wanted a glass of wine with our lunch. We opted for the special; oyster tacos and halibut tacos. The halibut was good, under seasoned though, as were the condiments that came with. I would go back for dinner, not having eaten here before, to choose from a more extensive dinner menu and its options. There were only a few other tables filled during the time we were there.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food
    Yummyfood
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Stop into this unassuming treasure for a delectable dining experience. Utilizing the freshest ingredients and unique Northwest meats and fish the chef always amazes and leaves my mouth happy. I have not had a dish I did not enjoy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite in Olympia
    Okeedoke
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We always look forward to eating at Dockside! It's absolutely our very favorite in Olympia, and its food, staff and ambiance are above reproach. We trust the wait staff to recommend the best wine pairing with our dinners and we're never disappointed. Also, the view on the Percival Cove and marina are literally stunning. Why would you eat at a chain restaurant when you have this gem in Olympia? We love Dockside!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • TomDavis
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Exellent food. Consistently creative and well presented. Always pleasant to take a walk on the boardwak and look at the boats, afterwards. We take all our out-of-town guests there. Made reservations for my wife's birthday and there was a card on the table when we arrived- classy touch - and no tacky birthday singing. Would have liked to take advantage of the flowers option, but put my same day order was too late to honor (my bad). A bit pricey, but, in this case, you get what you pay for. NOTE: If you're a cheap tipper (less than 20%) please dine somewhere else, as this place is a neighborhood gem I would hate to see change.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A gem in Olympia
    Rickraff
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Dockside Bistro scores on all counts: great food, varied and uncommon options, terrific service, excellent wines, and nice ambiance. It inches up toward pricey, but not too badly, and let's face it -- you get what you pay for. And at the Bistro, you truly get a memorable and terrific meal for your dollars. One tip: in ordering how you'd like your meat cooked, err on the more-cooked side. My duck, which I requested medium rare, seemed more like rare (which I'd prefer to overcooked, so it was still good); I suspect medium would have been what I consider medium rare.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 44 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 284 reviews are from the Dockside Bistro reviews archive.
  • Special Occasion
    murph
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    We had a wonderful evening of dining at Dockside Bistro. This is a great place for a special occasion, such as a birthday or anniversary. Food was perfect, and the service was impeccable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Local Gem
    Foxy
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Although Olympia is not long in the excellent department, we think this is one of the best in town. We had dinner there on Father's Day and, although it was early in the evening, the restaurant was very busy which made for the service being a bit slow. That said, the food was worth waiting for. One of our party had a elk, prepared in two ways and was thoroughly enjoyable. Wine recommended by our server was a hit! This was our third visit to Dockside Bistro and they have not failed to provide a delightful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.