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Dockside Bistro, Olympia, WA
Dockside Bistro, Olympia, WA
Dockside Bistro, Olympia, WA
Dockside Bistro, Olympia, WA
Dockside Bistro, Olympia, WA

Dockside Bistro

4.4
4.4
1253 Reviews
$31 to $50
Northwest
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Northwest, French American, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 9.00pm.
  • Phone number
    (360) 956-1928
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Laurie Nguyen
  • 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: (360) 956-1928
  • Neighborhood
    Olympia
  • Cross street
    Columbia Ave NW
  • Parking details
    Free parking immediately adjacent to the restaurant and boardwalk is available at Percival Landing North
  • Additional
    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,253 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

1,253 Reviews
  1. SandiL

    Seattle

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    First time visit to Dockside. I ordered the black cod with green curry and it was fantastic! Perfectly cooked and overall a very flavorful dish. My only complaint is the atmosphere of the restaurant itself. One server who manages check in, orders, drinks, and expediting food. She was great, don't get me wrong, but when you're the only one it can mean slower service (especially when stuck making chit chat with other customers). The inside is very tired, and would benefit greatly from a remodel and maybe at least one other person working front of house. Again, the food was wonderful, but I almost walked out after I saw how dated the restaurant itself was.

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  2. GorgeCoach

    Portland

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I dine along the I 5 corridor about 3/4 times per week. I have enjoyed Dockside and consider it to be in my top ten grouping. The dining experience is fabulous. WaitStaff was lovely. And they had Cote' d Rhone on per glass pour, really nice waterfront location. Ample parking. It is perhaps the great romantic spot in the Puget Sound area.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dockside Bistro hit it out of the park today. Unbelievable meal today, ahi tuna and Elk appetizers were amazing. Black Cod with forbidden rice was superb. Wine selection was very nice. 

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best meal I’ve ever had! The new owners are very kind and made us feel so special. The food was out of this world! We will definitely be back!

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  5. CoreyG

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I absolutely love Dockside Bistro. The ambiance is fabulous, the staff are amazing and it is hard to find a better meal in Olympia.

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  6. CoreyG

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of my favorite places in Olympia, especially good if youf guests are hearing impared, not to much background noise for hearing aids.

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  7. MikeC

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great meal with wonderful dock side (literally) view!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing Filet Mignon. Potatoes were simple but exceptionally well prepared. My husband had duck breast that he raved about. My father in-law had a 1/2 rack of lamb (6 ribs!) and picked the bones CLEAN.

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  9. daveG

    Seattle

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Service for four guests took two and one half hours. Restaurant was half full when we arrived at 6:15. Salads were delivered 45 minutes after they were ordered. When the food finally arrived it was not up to expected temperature. Nobody finished their meal. Very expensive for poor service and mediocre food.

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  10. DennisR

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very satisfied in all aspects of our dining experience. That’s why we continue to dine here!

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  11. Melissa

    Seattle

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is not the same after the previous owner/chef departed. We usually will go for the elk duet, duck, and seafood martini. Seafood martini is still just as delicious but noticed they have less sauce than before. The duck was disappointment because the “sticky” rice was soggy. Elk was a bit dry. Therefore it doesn’t have that 5 star taste as we were hoping for after coming annually for 7 years. Also, they removed my favorite drink from the menu :( I don’t know if we’ll be coming back again after this experience, unfortunately.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service and Food excellent, even for foodies a gem for Olympia

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  13. Maria

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Pleasant and very professional people. Pleasant ambiance quiet enough to hold a conversation! Food was was very good and well prepared and presented. Will return.

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  14. KristiL

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our experience was wonderful. The person who waited on us made us feel special

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  15. GaryB

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My family celebrated my 84th Birthday at the Dockside Bistro and none of us were disappointed. It was a special night and the service, followed by the food and dessert was very special and all were happy. The reservation made provided a table to fit all. Thank you Docside Bistro and staff for memorable evening.

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  16. BrandonO

    Exclusive

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Wasn’t too impressed. Food was alright, options were limited.

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  17. MEng

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had such a wonderful Valentine's here! It was a fantastic 6-course meal, and the staff is so attentive and caring. They truly want to give you a personal experience and the food is unbelievable. We love this place and look forward to coming back time and time again.

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  18. Matthew

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The service was a slow to start—it took 10 minutes to get a glass of water and another 15 minutes for my first cocktail. I had a dirty martini which was well made. For my meal, I had the crab cake and prawns appetizer and scallops entree. The shrimp in the appetizer were slightly overcooked (a bit chewy); the crab cake and scallops were fine.

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  19. DougS

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    restaurant was quite cold and the staff turned the heat up when won\men put their coats on and the service was slow even prior to a larger group showing up. The wine selection is much smaller almost to the point of why bother and the food was not as good as previous visits

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  20. ChristinaM

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband's scallops were outstanding. My calamari was not crisp and tasted greasy. My braised pair salad had a meniscal amount pears and far too many greens. I would not order either again. My 007 Martini was superb.

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  21. SantosR

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best experiences I had in dinning. Staff was great and the atmosphere was quiet and relaxing. The food was exquisite and the drinks were very good.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Arrive 15 minutes early to our reservation. Was no problem. They had a table ready for us. Service was great. Food was delicious. Pricing is a bit expensive. 

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  23. Rhodabe

    Seattle

    81 reviews

    5.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The meal was delicious. We all started with Seafood Martinis, then two of us enjoyed duck breast and one had scallops. All was wonderful. This is our very favorite spot to bring out-of-towners, as the restaurant’s standards are high.

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  24. WillG

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The appetizers were all outstanding and items that are a bit much to make at home. The salads also incredible. Service was perfect and Courtney is a pro! Highly recommended

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  25. BobC

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was very good. Our server was very helpful and made our meal very enjoyable.

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  26. taster

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Blackened Cod was outstanding! Friendly service, beautiful ambiance.

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  27. HoldenB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good food. To me, five stars means the greatest restaurants of the country but if we are just talking Olympia, this could definitely be the best. Very friendly too.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was competent, but not more than that. The host greeted us warmly and quickly. They sell the bread before you even sit down. It turns out that I’m modest role is a six dollar “bread service“. The staff was OK but nothing extraordinary. The bill came as a QR code, which was an interesting and accurate metaphor for the service that we got. It worked, but it wasn’t personal and it required a bit from us to make it nice. 

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  29. HeidiA

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything from my ginger old fashioned, the ahi tuna special appetizer, pork tenderloin and black cod specials, and key lime pie was amazing. This place is special because you won't find food like this anywhere else in Olympia!

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  30. SarahH

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I've been to Dockside before for a drink and dessert and the wine and creme brulee was excellent. This time when we were there for dinner they were understaffed (most tables full and one person there to wait tables and bartend), so the service, although polite was really slow and some of our food wasn't hot anymore when we got it. The food although good, wasn't excellent as I'd expect for a $40+ entree. I'd suggest Dockside for an appetizer, dessert, or good glass of wine, but not a full meal.

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  31. HeatherR

    Seattle

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I was disappointed unfortunately on this fourth visit to Dockside. I have always gone for special occasions, and this one was for my birthday. My companion and I were greeted immediately and seated in a comfortable booth with menus at the ready. It started out wonderful. Karen, our server, was initially attentive, but being the only server on the floor, was soon inundated with guests. Despite this, she was responsive and as quick as she could be. My concerns: when I got up from the booth to take a call, my napkin fell to the ground. My companion reported that Karen scooped that same napkin up and put it back on my side of the table before I returned. Gross. The food was not as hot as the plate was (I ordered the duck breast--adequate portion, just not too warm by the time it arrived). The birthday dessert I ordered (double chocolate volcano cake) was more of a flavorless soft cookie--no runny warm chocolate running out at all. Karen looked at it and said, "Ehh", and took it away, offering some replacement "balls?" but returned with , "none left". Not much of a consideration that I was celebrating my birthday, had the candles ready, but she was busy I think. I don't think this will be on my list any longer for special occasions...but I always suggest others that read the reviews give it a try and if the same issues arise, it may be what is routine for the restaurant. Bon Apetit!

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  32. CoreyE

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    We made a reservation for our anniversary on a Saturday night. When we came to the hostess station, it took several minutes before anyone greeted us. Once at the table, we were asked if we wanted bread. We did and the host went on to the kitchen after getting us some water. It took at least 20 minutes before our server came by to take our food and drink orders. Once the food came, we felt it was good quality and plated well. The server came back at the end of the meal with the dessert menu. We opted out and were able to pay the tab at the table, which was quick. All the employees were nice, but it would have been better if they were a little more attentive. They were also having problems with the heat so it was a bit chilly. Hopefully, this is temporary and it gets resolved soon. They didn't even mention or explain the situation.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Room temp was too cold Everything else was awesome.

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  34. SeagullSevenEleven

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    As always everything was great,except the Room Temp !\ I was not comfortable and had to put my coat back on !!

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  35. Private

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The food has really gone down hill. We gave it another shot, and it got even worse. Service is friendly, but so slow. (Good luck getting a second cocktail) Not enough staff for the tables, and the servers also make the drinks….. which slows it all down. A real bummer, we used to go here once or twice a month.

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  36. MichaelM

    Miami

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great place to go for a special occasion where the noise level is subdued and the food is just one savory dish after another. The drinks are tasty and even the bread is crunchy and flavorful. It's a pricey place, no doubt, but if you're a wealthy pensioner then you have no worries. Otherwise, I won't return unless I have another special event with just a few people. Once nice thing is that the servers do not rush you, at all. Our dinner lasted about 2.5 hours. Nice!

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  37. sandrab

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Though our table wasn't ready for a while, we were sat at the bar and attended right away. Our host was gracious and polite, our server was very wonderful, she made us feel welcome and went above and beyond. Even the owner spoke with us and shared her thoughts. The drinks were memorable and delicious. The food was great! I really love trying new things. Dinner was amazing, I especially enjoyed the appetizers (we had the oysters & the special ahi tuna). And the lobster duet Dinner was devine, though the ravioli was slightly tough. Honey liked his cod but didn't care for the texture of the gnocchi (I thought it was good, the pesto was bright and so good). Overall I loved every minute of our time there and will definitely have to add this restaurant to our celebration list.

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  38. DavidH

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A very pleasurable dining experience. Excellent food and wine and a knowledgeable and conscientious wait staff. Most of all it’s very quiet even when full. Highly recommended.

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  39. CatherineC

    Seattle

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Courtney our server was a delight as were all the dishes we ordered.

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  40. Roysfan

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    excellent food and outstanding service! Wonderful seasonal specials.

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FAQs

Dockside Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (360) 956-1928.

Dockside Bistro is rated 4.4 stars by 1253 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Dockside Bistro

501 Columbia St. NW #B, Olympia, WA 98501

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Columbia Ave NW
  • Neighborhood
    Olympia
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 9.00pm.
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Northwest, French American, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Free parking immediately adjacent to the restaurant and boardwalk is available at Percival Landing North
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Laurie Nguyen
  • Additional
    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (360) 956-1928
  • 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: (360) 956-1928
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