Baylie was an exceptional waitress for our table of 5. She was very attentive and made the evening gathering a success with her service. The food was wonderful, I had the steak , which was tender and cooked perfectly with a tasty sauce and vegetables on the side. My friend tried the squash ravioli which (as always at this restaurant) was delicious.
The only downside was the drinks. :( My Manhattan was not well made and was a very odd color (too much vermouth, too little Makers Mark, not a good recipe), my friend had a White Russian which was very "chocolaty" and just did not taste right.
I would hesitate to go back unless the cocktails were better. The food was definitely worth the drive and the money!
Our first time there last night. Nice atmosphere and environment. Our waitress (Hailey I think) was very friendly and attentive !! Food was cooked perfectly and full of flavor! Will definitely be back!
Great food and people, however, the thing I'll remember most is how cold it was. I wasn't the only one, about half of the diners had their coats on while eating. I would have'd like something after the meal except that I just wanted to get out of the refrigerated space. I highly recommend Water Street, but not in cold weather.
Kept hearing about their great wine list..not very impressed. The glass they brought me (for about $14) seriously was probably 1/3 of a glass. I ordered the burger which was cooked medium rare like I requested. My husband ordered the tenderloin which he enjoyed. The atmosphere was nice and the acoustic allowed for conversation. Overall I thought it a bit pricey for quality and quantity of food and drink.
Chef was terrific. Maria’s service was outstanding...thanks.
The appetizers were excellent (Patagonian shrimp and the Pork belly). Every now and then, we get a dish that is over-salted. But overall, we enjoy our food when dining here.
All in all our experience was good. Waited a little too long for drinks. One of the wines was not that good. It was replaced at no charge. Food also took a little long compared to other tables that were seated after we were. Waterstreet Cafe has always been a favorite. Will go back again.
Good food and ambiance. Service was just ok as our waiter forgot a few requests we had and wasn't as attentive as we would have liked.
Event in the next room (on a Thursday night) made kitchen sloooooooooooow. An extremely long wait after ordering while being plied with offers of more alcohol. Very poor.
Water Street is a great place to meet someone new or rekindle excellent food perfect place to have a private conversation and the service is outstanding
As always, the food was amazing and the service was great. Try the stuffed peppers and the Pork Belly appetizers. Outstanding ! Great entrees and great drinks. Take your out of town friends or business associates. Sure to impress !! While the restaurant isn’t super noisy the side room is quieter.
Waterstreet checked all of our boxes for our Friday night girls dinner. It was quiet, warm, casual and the food was delicious. We will definitely return.
One of my favorite places anywhere. Always comfortable and friendly with wonderful food.
Great place for a date. The service is always exceptional.
Rainy Sunday after T-day and the smell of bacon had my mouth watering as soon as we walked in. Food was great and ambiance lovely
Lovely, as always! It’s our third time having Remi as our server and she continues to help make our date nights magical. We love the ambiance and the delicious fare at this cozy place. We’ll be back.
This restaurant has good, well prepared, food, a nice ambiance as well as very efficient and pleasant wait staff.
Great food, lovely atmosphere, but service was slow.
We had a wonderful time. It was a girls night out with friends and the food and ambience was excellent. I would definitely recommend this place to other friends in the future. The music was really great too.
Birthday dinner for three of us - as always, excellent food, still pricey but I’m happy to pay the price for my taste buds to be happy.
Our server was so so, she may have judged us by our attire. I don’t care to get all gussied up for a good meal. I’m not sure she gets the “don’t judge a book by its cover” saying; I’m guessing she pegged us to be small tippers. Too bad on such a high bill - I’m good at math and understand 20% of a $250 bill is $50. Had she made the night a bit more special she could have earned $60, instead she got just slightly below standard. Problem for her is, she probably told herself “I knew they’d be low tippers”
It was a nice quite meal; arrived 30 minutes before they started serving dinner; had the whole place to ourself for about 30 minutes; they were nice enough to prepare my wife a meal from the dinner menu.
We were delighted with the Waterstreet Cafe!! We were celebrating my husband's birthday with dear friends and we're completely enchanted with the ambience and exquisite food. Loved it!!
Food was excellent but Server was slow to take our order then forgot to place it and our food was delayed. Many sitting around us who were seated after us were served well before us. They did provide a complimentary appetizer while we were waiting but no explanation for the delay or an apology.
We were eating an early dinner as we had just flown in from the East Coast and our bodies thought it was 8 pm when it was only 5 pm in Olympia. The place was empty at that early hour, so we sat at the bar for a drink and decided to have our dinner there as well. Haley was our bartender and server, and she was super. She knew the menu and was so pleasantly efficient.
We had some excellent steamed clams in garlic butter, a nice soup and beet salad, and our entrees were some great meatloaf and prawns and grits. A truly superior dinner for a couple of road warriors. Haley's personality was the difference though in making this not just a great dinner but a memorable one.
We have been dining at Water Street Cafe since they opened. My meal on this occasion was very disappointing. I ordered the Halibut, which came with Lobster Mushroom (whatever that is), and since I don't like Lobster, I asked for rice instead. The fish was over cooked, so much that I had to use a knife to cut through the outer crust of the fish. It was served with really skinny asparagus, and they were either too woody to eat, or they were charred to the point of just tasting like char, not asparagus. In fairness I will add that my husband had a shrimp dish which he said was really good. I think Water Street has gotten way over priced for their quality (fish was $38). Tried to leave a review on their web site but there isn't a way to do it, not even an email to send to the manager. I did not want to send the dish back or complain because we were with a co-worker of my husband and didn't want to ruin the dinner.
Cubana was delicious. Perfectly cooked and great flavor!
Great atmosphere, great server, great venue on an unexpected and dining out. Will definitely return.
We did a road trip to BC and had stopped at this place for dinner on our way there and back:) The food is really good and we were pleasantry surprised. I had their halibut special that was delicious and my husband loved the duck. They have a small happy hour menu and the food choices were great and prices even better. Loved the fried gnocchi. Nice selection of wine and cocktails too, we will definitely be back again when and if we are in the area.
We have been coming to OLY for 15 years and this is the first time our friends suggested Waterstreet and WE LOVED it better than any restaurant we eaten at in OLY!
Amazing Washington wine list, featuring top and hard to find wines at reasonable prices, plus a nice selection of other wines. They also had a very nice seasonal Rose menu of Rose from around the world at good prices. The menu is compact but there is something for everyone. The cheese course options are interesting, tasty and reasonable. Service was very pleasant, friendly and professional. Kitchen was a little slow, but the results were very nice. We had the beef tenderloin and the seared duck, both of which were nicely cooked and good sides included. The space is comfortable, with nice touches.
The food was insipid. Very small menu selection to choose from. Will not return.
Driving thru Olympia with no expectations & found this lovely & very satisfying place to dine! Salads were generous & tasty, fried gnocchi a special treat. Rose wine list was varied & fun & the service on a quiet Thursday nite was very good.
We had a late lunch at an outdoor table overlooking Capitol Lake. We split the watermelon soup to start. I had the Rueben and my husband had an egg dish from the breakfast menu. Food and service were outstanding.
The only down side of the restaurant is that its menu has too few seafood and vegetarian options. I am not talking about gluten free or vegan.
The Waterstreet has been a staple in downtown Oly for many years now. Ive had some mediocre experiences over the years, but the last two trips - especially my most recent were fantastic. The food and drink were solid and the service was great. The outdoor seating area itself is casual and nice, it's just a shame the only real scenery is the parking lot. But on a weeknight or weekend, it's not very noisy.
a wonderful celebration of my recent retirement. Great service, good food and sat on patio on the perfect evening.
I've only been to this place a handful of times and usually the food is really good and service was fair. However, today wasn't the best service and food tasted less flavorful. We went during happy hour for the first time, starving and pretty much ordered everything on the menu since the menu was limited. Our server was slow and keep forgetting to refill water or bringing certain items requested such as lemons for water or utensil. We were seated outside, which was nice and it wasn't busy for the the server to be slow. No matter how good the food is, if service isn't good, it can leave a bad taste in your mouth. I will go here for dinner and not during happy hour.
Happy Hour Menu:
Fried Artichoke Hearts
Kim Chi Fries (DELICIOUS and my favorite)
We had a wonderful evening and the food was delicious! Our waitress was a little slow but overall ok
The Waterstreet Bar & Café was a wonderful experience in Olympia, WA. The person at the door was outgoing & friendly. Service was outstanding and food was tasty and well presented. We were there on a business outing, but this is a great place for special occasion or meeting for a casual meal.