Waterstreet Cafe & Bar

Waterstreet Cafe & Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://waterstreetcafeandbar.com/
  • Phone: 3607099090
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 4:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Jeff Taylor
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: We offer full-service catering. Please contact us directly for more details.
  • Private Party Facilities: 4 private banquet spaces. Seating for 12 to 150 people in various private rooms.
  • Private Party Contact: Jeff Taylor 3607099090

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Legion Way
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Free On street Parking after 5:00pm.
A word from Waterstreet Cafe & Bar
Inviting, affordable and stylish, Waterstreet Cafe and Bar is located in the historic American Legion Building, conveniently situated across from Heritage Park and Capitol Lake in downtown Olympia.

Our food is beautifully presented, using the highest quality ingredients to create delicious, unique dishes. Our menu is generous and diverse, with something for everyone. We offer gracious service in a comfortable setting. We are one of the few restaurants between Seattle and Portland that has been awarded the prestigious Wine Spectator Award. We also offer expertly crafted, classic & seasonal cocktails and a great selection of micro brews on tap.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Waterstreet Cafe & Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
22 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (13)fit for foodies (11)romantic (9)great for outdoor dining (7)neighborhood gem (6)notable wine list (6)good for groups (4)great for lunch (4)scenic view (2)great for brunch (2)late-night find (2)hot spot (1)kid-friendly (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Disappointment
    Olygirl
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We used to love this place, but it has changed. The chicken in the prawn salad was so over cooked it was beyond dry to the point of hard. The salad was boring. The salmon was raw and paired with olives as Aaron component when it should have been a garnish. At $25-35 a plate, I expected much more. Appetizer and dessert were good as was the beer and wine.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • pricey and good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    expensive, and quite good. probably not exceptional enough to warrant the price, but I certainly wouldn't turn down a dinner there
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top Notch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The kind of superior dinning one finds in a major city hidden away in this little home of Washington's state's capitol. A good place to celebrate your twentieth wedding anniversary, and even better place to propose.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great night at Water Street
    allwayseden
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The food and service is consistently great. Living in Tacoma, we don't get down there as often as we like but, it's always worth the drive down. The culinary creativity w/ each plate always impresses.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great summertime dining
    JHRS
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Great weather for their covered patio, started with the meat antipasto then followed up with a cheese course (sold by the ounce). For dinner the steak with broccoli and chanterelle mushrooms. We substituted the truffle pommes frittes for the Yukon potato. All in all a wonderful meal had at a very leisurely pace.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First Time is a Charm!
    Biraalo
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I thought the food and ambience and wait staff were all outstanding. Very pleasantly surprised--it lived up to everything I'd heard.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An Olympia Gem
    OlyCeeDub
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Whether dining inside or out with a lovely view of Capital Lake, this is an ideal location for lunch or dinner meetings. Service is professional and discrete; classically elegant ambience; conducive to business conversations. This would translate well to dinner with family and friends as well, and the wine list looked appealing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Food, Slow Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Title says it all, very slow service, not only for our table but throughout. Not enough servers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed this visit
    Olychick
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    I love Water Street..but we did not have a great meal. My house salad seemed like bagged spinach, no other greens. Overdressed, soggy. The seafood antipasti with fried calamari & mini crab cakes, but no sauce for either in sight. I requested some aioli and was served what tasted like weak ranch dressing. Definitely not great. My companions' dinners were also uninspired - whole sea bass, with the head, tail and bones intact. Really, we don't want to have to bone our own fish, especially at that price. The other diner had a chicken breast dinner; he said it was okay, but also uninspired and not any better than what he would have fixed at home. It was a disappointing evening except for the lovely outdoor table on a gorgeous evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 13 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 270 reviews are from the Waterstreet Cafe & Bar reviews archive.
  • Service and details were very good.
    612F1
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The only negaitive about this restaurant was the salads, both the cesar and the mixed green. Wife and son had the cesar and neither liked it, I had the mixed green and it was very boring.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food. Slow service
    LaughingTravellerVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Loved it. Nice space. Service was very very slow. Food is exceptional
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place to celebrate
    keith
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    My wife won the Olympia School District of the Year award and we celebrated at her favorite restaurant! The 6 of us had a great time and the food was wonderful!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The best in Olympia area
    BigC
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    My spouse and I have come here 5 times now and every time is the best. I even came here for lunch and it was worth it. This place is awesome and recomend thier happy hour. The best place ever. Food and drink and atmosphere is top notch. Can't wait to come tomorrow.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasantly surprised
    samiam
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    For sure great food and service. Location real good area in Olympia next to waterfront park.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    This is a small but outstanding restaurant. I have never had a bad meal or bad service at Waterstreet Café and often recommend it to people. There appears to be an outside eating area but everytime I have been there, the weather would prevent outside dining. If you like outstanding food and an outstanding wine list, you will like Waterstreet Café & Bar
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My husband and I have not
    Karen
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    My husband and I have not stopped talking about our luck in finding this restaurant. We loved the special drinks, the side dishes were innovative, the main course, tops! We can't wait to come back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very happy!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    We decided to go to a nice dinner for our 15th anniversary! Waterstreet cafe was amazing! We had a great evening! I would gladly go there for date night anytime!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An evening with class
    Olzen
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    The number one restaurant in town with an excellent staff and an excellent location for an evening of JAZZ.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly recommend
    Unionmaid
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    Great little place near the capital. My husband and I shared the duck and pork belly appetizers which couldn't have been better. He had the burger and I had the lasagna. We were both very satisfied with our meals
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • After Work Meeting Locale
    OlyNoKaOi
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    Met some ladies there (6 of us altogether) for an after-work meeting. We are professional women, but this was a gathering to discuss planning a future social event. It was the perfect venue. Both the meat and cheese platters were beautiful and exquisite, and the wine list was interesting and varied, but not TOO long. Even the "house" red (wine) was fantastic! We will be hosting a dinner there in the next couple months, which I have arranged or been to with other groups, everything from an office function to my niece's wedding reception. Their service is always impeccable and friendly, not stuffy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesomeness in Shades of Gray
    TAnnan
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    The muted colors of this restaurant belie the vibrant and colorful menu and wine selection. Great place to go and have a romantic triste with someone you love.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Food in Olympia!
    olydiner
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We are always amazed at the quality, and uniqueness of the food at The Waterstreet Cafe. Everything is fresh and so flavorful.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner, great food!!
    Mdemarco
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We arrived at 745 for an 8 o'clock reservation. We were seated instantly. We ordered a bottle of wine and were given an awesome wine presentation. We ordered appetizers and entrees. I ordered the Rib-eye with Mashed Potatoes, my wife ordered the Lasagna and Mushrooms with Aioli. Everything was delivered to the table on time. Our glasses were always full. The food had amazing flavor and texture. I ordered my steak medium-rare. That is exactly how it came. The portion sizes were huge. I ended up taking half of my steak home. Our waitress was extremely nice. She suggested menu items for us. She also took care of a large portion of the dining room without neglecting any table as far as I could tell. Thank you for a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • too noisy!!!
    Olychick
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    When there is a loud group in the bar, the booths adjoining are impossibly noisy. When the leg. is in town, it always seems way too noisy in the whole restaurant (or any other time it's especially busy). Get some thick velvet drapes, or hang fabric panels SOMEWHERE...I'm tired of not being able to hear others in my party when dining at Water Street. Generally I love the food, but this night ordered a small plate of pork belly and it was so sweet as to taste like dessert. Way too sweet for my taste. So this wasn't the best experience I've had at Water Street, altho the burgers my companions had were outstanding and the service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience!
    Electronikat
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    My boyfriend and I came here for date night. The only complaint I have about the place is that it took a little while for someone to come to our table when we first sat down. It was a little awkward. Plus we were seated right next to this giant bread bowl but we're never offered any. However, once our server started helping us the experience was fantastic. The antipasto dish was wonderful, and my cioppino was delicious! My boyfriend liked his boar lasagna as well. I don't know if we would make this a place to visit weekly (it was a little pricey), but it was the perfect place for our date. Great atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinning excelence
    Olzen
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    The best dinning experience in South Sound. Excellent staff and over the top menu and wine list. Once a month late night music is best show in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A wonderful dining spot in Olympia
    jandc
    Dined on 1/13/2014
    My wife and I had a chance to celebrate our third anniversary here. The attentive service, the wonderful, varied menu and the beautiful setting made for a special evening. The wild boar lasagna and the pork cheeks were dishes as good as we've had anywhere and we soaked up the wonderful demi glacé surrounding the brussels sprouts with extra bread... it was that good! When the staff found out about our anniversary, they even brought us champagne... what a nice touch! We'll definitely be back the next time we're in Olympia.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1/7/14
    photonerd8
    Dined on 1/7/2014
    Everything was great except for the moderate service. The seater forgot to get us two menus and then it took a while to get another one. I didn't feel like we had one particular waiter because for each different thing--water, drinks, appetizer, and dinner--were all served by different people which I did not find to be particularly helpful. I would come here again for a special event, however we were the youngest group, which is something one should note. Many people were locals and the waiters knew them by name.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It has been better
    OlyEater
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    The chicken and waffles both were cooked to death. And I'm not sure it belongs on the menu. The meatloaf was good but in the past has been excellent. Always a good wine list. Service was good despite an awkward question from one server whether we had a reservation (after we were seated and eating). This place needs to up its game to charge it's prices. It has been better and can be a real gem. It's needs to find itself again. Noise level is quiet and perfect for conversation. Ambience is fine dining and not the best for children.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place!
    Goodfoodseeker
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Wonderful innovative food. Great service and ambiance. Definitely a place to go for celebrations!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Find
    FromCalifornia
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    We were here on Christmas Eve and will definitely be back. My husband and I have recently moved from Orange County Ca. in search of a dream location with a slower pace, less people and beautiful scenery. We found all in the South Puget Sound area of Olympia. However, with less population density came fewer fine dining opportunities close to home. What a welcome surprise in the Water Street Cafe! The food was outstanding. The ambiance was that of a sophisticated, lively little bistro, with knowledgeable wait staff and an extensive wine list featuring an abundance of Washington State wines. We look forward to exploring the menu and the wines on many future visits, and agree that we have found our new favorite Olympia restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Christmas eve tradition
    TWagner48
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    We have made visiting Waterstreet an annual Christmas Eve tradition for several years. It has become one of the highlights of our Christmas celebrations. We were very pleased again this year.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a Treat
    rlm90
    Dined on 12/17/2013
    Four of us had our Christmas lunch at Waterstreet and again were delighted by the amazing prawn salads we had and the impeccable service. The drinks were excellent as were the desserts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trusting the staff
    Roger
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    My wife and I went to the Waterstreet without a firm idea as to what we wanted for dinner. We just told Sarah to have the chef make us dinner. We were quite happy with the endive salad, the surf and turf entrees he made for us as well as the wine pairings supplied by our waitress Sarah. It was a fun evening and we will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • midweek dinner
    olyatty
    Dined on 12/4/2013
    I had dinner with 4 others including two from Los Angeles. Service was great and the steaks were very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So bright!
    Hungrygal
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    The food was wonderful and fresh, seasonal. Service was very nice. The problem was that we got put in the room to the left as you come in. Tables are around the perimeter of the room, with one large table in the middle. Our table happened to be right under a glaring spotlight from the ceiling, way too bright! Sunglasses would've been appropriate. It really did take away from the meal. Also we left our coats on. It was chilly in that corner. If I had to sit in that area again, I would skip the meal and find somewhere else to go. The rest of the restaurant area is appropriately lit and inviting. The restaurant really needs to cozy up that room. It is a major detractor to sit where there is an intense light beaming down on your table!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/6/2013
    First time. Everything was great. Prob new fav restaurant in oly. Only negative, too loud for a romantic dinner
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Tiffany
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    My husband and I came here on a friends suggestion. I'm pregnant so I didn't get to enjoy wine or cocktails but the food was superb! Was a little expensive but worth every cent in the end. The service was also great they were very attentive!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely meal at Waterstreet
    JoeF
    Dined on 10/23/2013
    My wife and I had a lovely meal at the Waterstreet. We've been there before, several timess, and it's never disappointed us. Nice menu, interesting and eclectic wine list, and very capable and thoughtful service. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary dinner
    goodeater
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    We celebrated our 40th anniversary with friends who have the same anniversary date and wanted somewhere special. The online menus were intriguing so we chose Waterstreet Café and Bar. The food was phenomenal! Our server was friendly and helpful until we declined dessert and then she deserted us for quite some time, leaving us waiting for our bill. She finally stopped by again and responded fairly quickly when asked for the check but it was a disappointing end to an amazing meal. The food was very good, seasoned uniquely and presented beautifully. The wine selection was vast and the specialty drinks were intriguing. Other than the noise level, overall a lovely dinner.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.