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About 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.

501 Columbia St. NW #B
Olympia, WA 98501
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Northwest, French American, Fusion / Eclectic

Hours of Operation:

Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 9.00pm.

Cross Street:
Columbia Ave NW

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(360) 956-1928

Website:
http://www.docksidebistro.com/

Parking Details:
Free parking immediately adjacent to the restaurant and boardwalk is available at Percival Landing North

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

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Dockside Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.5

service

4.4

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4.5

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4.2

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Quiet

94% would recommend it to a friend

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Scenic View (10)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Authentic (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Every dish we ordered was expertly prepared. The dinner hit all the right notes.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Food, service, atmosphere was very nice. Had salad and appetizers and wine and all were fantastic.

Tags: Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on January 3, 2018

Truly the best meal we have had here in Olympia since we moved here two years ago!

Tags: Organic, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Authentic, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Seasonal, Healthy
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Busy night, New Year’s Eve
Service slow, food not hot
Normally this place is great, I’m chalking this up to New Year’s Eve

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 (Portland)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We like to have time between courses but service was to slow, food was good. Waitress was very pleasant. Overall it was an enjoyable experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We hadn't been to Dockside in quite some time and decided to go for dinner on New Years Eve with another couple. All of our dinners were excellent and the service was good. We will certainly be returning.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Honestly I was not very happy going here for me second visit. the waiter refused to even look at my fiance when telling us about the specials, menu, etc.. also he was a bit slow and would not check in with us when checking the table he had to walk past us to get to. I was a waiter and that is wasted effort. The food was ok. I was very excited to have the Elk carpaccio. I guess the definition of carpaccio has changed as the elk was not 100% raw. As one of my favorite dishes I was flabbergasted it was cooked. Live an learn. I am sure Dockside does many things great. I just caught the ones that aren't.

Tags: Waterfront
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on December 30, 2017

This Restaurant’s Owner, Staff, Food is exceptional ! Hands down the best Restaurant in Olympia. The food is excellent .....flavors, presentation ....it’s a gem ...

We go there often In the last 10 yrs .....and it NEVER disappoints ...

Truly a unique dining experience !

Highly recommend ...


StellaV - OLYMPIA, WA

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great food, great atmosphere, relaxing making for a very enjoyable dining experience

Tags: Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Waterfront
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

We would suggest that the lighting illuminating the restaurant name be brighter. We passed the restaurant by several times before realizing that this dimly lit place was our destination. Inside the theme of too little light continued. This actually made reading the menu hard. Neither of the two people who we dealt with from start to finish were especially warm and welcoming. In thinking about it later we wondered if there was ageism going on, but later decided that maybe there was some sort of crisis that evening. For example, that they were short -handed on a very busy evening. Despite this we enjoyed ourselves, mainly because on this night we were celebrating out 50th wedding anniversary and whatever we do together we enjoy.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Great, perfectly paced service and outstanding food! We are looking forward to our next visit.

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

My daughter and I came to Olympia just for a night away and chose to eat, for the 3rd time, at Dockside. Never have we been disappointed. The food is the best you can get - the service so very professional and accommodating. We had scallops and thought we had died and gone to heaven. I had the Humboldt Fog salad and my daughter had the Caesar Salad and both were unbelievably good. Highly recommend.

Tags: Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

We were 6 celebrating 2 friend's birthdays. Everyone had a different dish, and all were very pleased! We do regret leaving a smaller tip than was called for. We miscalculated on the entire bill and only left 1/2 the amount. Our waitress was excellent - very accommodating. Is there a way to make it up? Thank you.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Always excellent in every way. We almost always do special events here. I feel kinda' unadventurous about that, but they're always so good.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 3, 2017

This was our first time here and they completely exceeded our expectations. This was a last minute decision so called in our way to see if there was available seating. We were disappointed when the person who answered the phone said they were “booked solid, all night.” When I checked Open Table it indicated availability within the half hour so we booked it. The restaurant was very busy but a few tables were opening up. The young lady who seated us at a perfect table was remarkably gracious, courteous and very kind. Our server was outstanding answering our questions about menu items without clinging to us. The food and wine selections were phenomenal and presented throughout our meal with true artful professional. We are so impressed and look forward to many more great experiences at Dockside Bistro!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 15, 2017

We chose Dockside Bistro to celebrate my girlfriend's birthday. We ordered the Calamari starter, that came with 3 dipping sauces which were excellent. The duck was also very good as well as the scallops. Our waiter, Joshua, was very attentive and we received our drinks and food orders without feeling we had to wait. I chose to leave a 20% tip for our waiter's good service using the suggested amount for a 20% tip (listed on the merchant copy of the receipt). I later discovered that the recommended amount for a 20% tip wasn't accurate When I calculated my actual tip percentage, it turned out to be 21.8%.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Cozy, Great Beer, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Wonderful atmosphere for visiting with family -- quiet, intimate and elegant. The menu was a perfect combination of PNW cuisine with choices for a variety of appetites. Wine list complemented the food choices.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

The food was good but don't bring a big appetite, very small portions for the price.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

They were incredibly thoughtful, including a signed birthday card waiting at the table

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

The food was very good. My only complaint was that the "crab chowder" didn't have anything to do with crab. It was ok soup, but it wasn't crab.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on October 30, 2017

Scallops were perfectly prepared as was the steak. Although it wasn't particularly busy and the waiter did a good job, they could have improved service by having an additional server. One of my favorite restaurants in Olympia, night time it's a romantic spot for a date, and love the water view and boats during the day.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 30, 2017

This was our first experience here and we were very impressed with our service and the food is outstanding! Creative menu that is high quality at a very reasonable price. Cannot wait to go back!

Tags: Organic, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion, Vegan, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

This was our first time to Dockside Bistro and we absolutely loved it! We were there celebrate my husband's birthday. He's a real foodie and raved about the food, atmosphere, everything! He had the seafood martini (appetizer) which was delicious! It was served warm in a martini glass and really looked yummy. I thought he might lick the glass! We both had the beet salad which was totally delicious. I had scallops for dinner that were so tender and tasty, and the sauce was to die for. My husband had the duck for dinner that he proclaimed was some of the best duck he'd ever eaten. We go out for dinner quite often so we have lots to compare this meal to. It was, by far, the best meal we have eaten in a very long time. We also appreciated the quiet, cozy atmosphere and our very nice waiter.

Tags: Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Absolutely wonderful! Great wine recommendations and all five of us thoroughly enjoyed our entrees from seafood to my awesome braised short ribs!

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 15, 2017

My husband and I tried Dockside Bistro for the first time this last weekend. The restaurant was welcoming and very comfortable. The service was good, but our server could have been a tad more attentive when it came to our beverages needing refreshing. The food was exceptional. Everything we had was delicious! Just a note, because it is a finer dining establishment the portions are smaller, so I suggest ordering all three courses.
We will definitely be back to the Dockside Bistro. If you go, you won't be disappointed.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View, Business Meals
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Love the food and the service. We had a window seat viewing the dock it was fun. I was looking for a nice romantic quiet place to talk and this was the place! we will be back!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Excellent food and service - as always! The pistachio crusted halibut is one of my favorites. Thanks for your attentive service and a wonderful evening!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Food was nicely prepared however portions were very small. Prawn dish had two medium size shrimp. Waiter errantly tabbed us for a bottle of wine that was $20 more than we had ordered. Removed from bill, but no real remorse.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Wonderful meal and great service.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 1, 2017

This was our first, certainly not last, visit here. The food was delicious and perfectly prepared. Service was prompt. Wine list was not overwhelming but good selections.

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 (Portland)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Pretentious to the eye, with nice waterfront views. The food is overpriced and as is usually the case with restaurants that are struggling for the upscale reputation, quite small portions. Service was mediocre, waiter seemed controlled and in interacting with him in a humorous manner he remained quite droll. Won't return for a second round at those prices, one shot was more than enough.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 24, 2017

As always, the food was terrific and the whole experience was extremely satisfying.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Casual, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Simply great food, properly prepared. Everything was prepared as requested. Dietary needs were honored. Server was attentive and very knowledgeable about the food and it's preparation. We will be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Excellent menu. Service on this particular occasion was not as good as I've had in the past.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on September 17, 2017

They were very gracious when my granddaughter spilled and broke a goblet of water. I was so grateful.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Elk carpaccio was dandy. Halibut was cooked to perfection (ironically, my wife and I had just been railing against halibut as most everyone cooks it to a wood-like texture.) Service outstanding. Nice view of the harbor. Thumbs up all around!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Dockside Bistro is always a great experience! I can't say enough about the beautiful touch that Chef Laurie has with fish. Her food is always creative, flavorful, and beautifully presented. Thanks for an amazing evening!

Tags: Special Occasion, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic
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·Dined on September 8, 2017

Best meal I have ever had! My husband and I traveled by speedboat from upper sound, and had the Elk plate. Cant wait to make the trip again.

Tags: Romantic, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on September 7, 2017

We go to Dockside Bistro often over the years, it's our go to favorite Restaurant by far in my opinion the best Restaurant in Olympia and surrounding area.

The ambiance, food ,service excellent !

An amazing Owner always giving back to the Community

Tags: Cozy, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 7, 2017

My husband and I came here for our anniversary and I were very pleased. The server was knowledgeable and friendly, the food was exquisite, and I loved that they used fresh and local ingredients. My only issue was the "Basil Martini" that tasted like black licorice. Definitely was not a fan. We will definitely return, just order a different drink.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Authentic, Cozy, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating
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