Olympia Oyster Bar

4.7
144 reviews
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$30 and under
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Oyster Bar
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Olympia Oyster Bar is a neighborhood dedicated Oyster and Wine bar serving small seasonal seafood plates and unique oyster preparations. Each dish is inspired by Chef's Maylin's Mexican heritage and the global flavors of Japan and the Mediterranean.

Olympia’s menu sets out to feature the honest beauty of seafood without over-manipulating it or masking its flavors. The result is a voyage into vibrant colors, fragrant spices, fresh and crisp flavor combinations. Not your typical oyster bar!

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Oyster Bar, Seafood, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 2:00 pm–10:00 pm
Sun 2:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(503) 841-6316
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Maylin Chavez
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
NE Skidmore
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 144 People Are Saying
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1.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Would certainly not recommend. If you want a sarcastic condescending attitude then go here. Our waitress was aweful. Can’t imagine they will be in business long.

Cheviche had too much lime
Oysters were full of shell. Could not even eat them without picking shell out if your mouth. Should have taken a picture. It was pathetic to say the least.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

I took my husband for a date night and had the best time. Our server was fun, friendly and knowledgeable. The food was fantastic! The dressed oysters and mussels/clams in broth were SO GOOD.

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4.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Oysters are amazing. Be warned if you are a larger size person, their chairs are quite narrow.

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

My wife and I loved this place. The oysters were great both raw or creatively cooked with Mexican themes.
Server and beverage coordinator (if that's a proper term?) were both knowledgeable, friendly and passionate about the food and drink and the restaurant. What a treat. The white wine and raw cane rum flights were exceptionally good and paired perfectly with the meal.
Tuesday's have raw oysters at a big discount hence the 5 star for value. Otherwise maybe a 4, but completely reasonable for what you get regardless. We will be back.

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4.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Staying in Portland area for several weeks and this restaurant received excellent fresh oyster reviews. Tasting menu was very pricey but very fresh and good. Oysters, mussels, clams served in very creative and tasty ways. A unique and delicious splurge!

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4.0Dined on June 20, 2018

Ran out of most oysters on oyster night by 7:30 pm

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Olympia Oyster Bar always has a great selection of Oysters. My husband loves oysters , I can eat just a certain amount then I'm done so their side dishes are really really good. I love their specials especially their salads choice. Their selections of wines and bubbly match well with the oysters.

Great place for a late lunch!

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Great waitstaff. Great food.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Amazing food. Seating is a bit rustic- not super comfortable for the 2 hours we were there eating. Oysters well prepared, clean, great dressed oysters! Desert was so good!

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Very fun for a birthday but definitely not budget friendly. Go for the oysters (or take someone who loves osyters)— they can’t be beat locally for selection. Didn’t have lots of options for non-Oyster dishes, but we liked the trout croquets and the goat cheese soaked in oil with orange zest and rosemary. Also had good cocktails and a substantial wine list.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

If you like oysters... Go!
friendly, casual dinner!

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Along with the service being excellent, so is the food. There are so many different way to serve oysters, and I love almost all of them. They taste so fresh that you'd think they just came out of the ocean. They also serve muscles and shrimp. Everything is served raw or cooked. Fabulous variety. Can't wait to go back.

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

We had a wonderful dinner at Olympia Oyster Bar! We sat at the bar and had a great time. We shared the Olympia Platter which was perfect for two people. The mussels, ceviche and trout conserva were notable. The oysters were delicious as well. We can't wait to go back!

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

We had a wonderful Mother's Day there. We were lucky to get a last minute reservation. Everything was fresh and delicious! The wine flight paired well with everything and we have such an amazing time. Even my 11 year old tasted everything; she especially loved the cheese platter. Hope to get back for date night soon!

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Always fun to try the different oyster options. Like the specials and great ceviche. Nice wine selection- had the orange grape style. Would recommend with confidence!

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

An incredibly great dining experience. We arrived at 4 and stayed until 6:30. Happy hour is very generous and there is a great selection of oysters. We also enjoyed the butter leaf salad; perfect with a soft boiled egg and croutons. The dessert was to die for; the lightest creme brûlée ever, offered over fresh strawberries and blueberries.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

We really enjoyed the variety of fresh oysters!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great place for the family with tapa style servings gave us an opportunity to try many dishes. Service was awesome!

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4.0Dined on April 9, 2018

A kitchen with a deep respect for ingredients, but who would have thought a seafood house would put out such a fine mushroom entree? Would've been happier if we could have gotten oysters per piece, but a minor quibble. Fine service from Hannah, too.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Went here on a Saturday afternoon and enjoyed their Portland Dining Month selections. The oysters were prepared three ways and all were fresh and good. The ceviche for the second course was good but not my favorite as far as ceviches go. The last course, mussels and clams in garlic butter sauce were also good. Their oysters are their specialty and they were great. The person who helped us select our wine was extremely informative on picking something that we both would enjoy, that would pair well, and in telling us the origins of the label.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Drove up from Eugene to meet my daughter for Saturday lunch date. Food and service was fantastic! Our server was both friendly and helpful. Creative oyster menu, and they were all superb! Great wine/bubbly pairing to go along with the meal. The smoked goat butter that was served with the bread is so good! Who needs bread. Very reasonably priced. Casual neighborhood location.

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4.0Dined on March 28, 2018

The service was great! We went in for the March Dinning and portion was good. We enjoyed our meals and had ordered the Tues special Oysters Plate as well and was not disappointed.We arrived almost an hour early for our 7.30 reservation and was sat immediately.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

We ate here for March dining so it was affordable.
The service is great we'll go back for oyster Tuesday.

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4.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Private seating or having booths as an option would enhance the experience.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

The oysters were excellent. The spices that the chef attend were out of this world. We tried it for the first time with Portland Dining Month and definitely worth every penny and more. The mussels and clams were cooked in a red spicy broth which brought such great flavor to the seafood. The broth itself was good on it's own. The ceviche was very flavorful and a great sharing dish. We will definitely come back.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

This was our first time here! Being a foodie and my boyfriend being obsessed and picky with his oysters. Nothing compares to Elliot’s in Seattle for them so when we heard they had oysters and one of the best we had to try! Our waitress that night sOooo awesome! Super helpful and I’m glad we went with her suggestions! We got one portland dining month, sea board, prawns! And the barrel X wine for myself. It was so good! And we just found out that they have happy hour ?! We will definitely be back soon! Thank you for a great experience Olympia oyster bar!!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We always enjoy dining here. Our server, Simon, was knowledgeable and attentive. He looked like he enjoyed what he was doing and we enjoyed him. The food was well presented and extremely delicious. After the three set courses, we proceeded to get another dozen of those wonderful Olympia oysters, some grilled shrimp, and a pear creme brulee. We will be back!

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Loved it. Went for Portland Dining Month. I hadn't really seen the menu. Didn't realize it was basically all shell fish, much of it raw. Great wine list for oysters, ceviche and clams/mussels. Would HIGHLY recommend if you love oysters and shellfish. Excellent selection. No frills. Down to earth. Relaxed environment.

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4.0Dined on March 19, 2018

I went for Portland Dining Month and the value was great for the type of food it was! I really enjoyed the oysters.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Had friends in town and just had to bring them here. We have never been disappointed and definitely wasn’t this time. Simon our server is so knowledgeable and such a nice guy he made the experience great. Highly recommend to everyone.

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4.0Dined on March 12, 2018

The oysters were, as expected, wonderful. While I prefer my oysters plain, maybe with a squish of lemon and salt, the aguachile was phenomenal. Light, cucumber-y, fresh and delightful. It was tasty and a great compliment to the oyster itself. My 8 year old was sufficiently impressed to eat multiple. :-) Their bucket of shellfish didn't disappoint either. Wine list - and by the glass choices - were good; the beer and cocktail menu was good. Our server made great recommendations for our drinks. Service was friendly and great, if not a bit slow (but the good kind of slow where you have everything you need and they kind of just leave you alone with your date). We will come back.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Went for the Month of March Dining offer. Came away appreciating the waitress help with wine and food selections that capped a wonderful evening. Highly recommend the Olympic Oyster Bar!

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Amazing food and even better service. Had an amazing time. Would definitely go again

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3.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Food was good but overpriced. Good ambiance. Server was busy and messed up my drink order. I would not come back

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Took a friend to dinner. The food was excellent as well as the service. Highly recommendable

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Food and staff at this place are first rate. The service is terrific. They do limited things superbly and don't try to be all things to all people.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

I've been here twice; The 1st was a rare date night with my partner, the food was great more expensive than I would pay again but the seafood was so fresh and really imaginative. The 2nd was for Portland dining month, it was outstanding. We did some add on and got drinks the total was still a great price for what we got. Everyone that worked there were so kind and friendly hard workers. I honestly might go again for the special this month because I can't stop thinking about how great the experience was.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

This was our second time, and it was very good. Very charming and comfortable atmosphere. Great variety and the dressed oyster options were unbelievable. We had a great time!

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Our dinner was delicious. The seafood stew was the best I’ve ever had. We will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Interesting preparation of oysters and great drinks!

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