Waterstreet Cafe & Bar

4.5
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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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RobW
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service

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BillyI
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great drinks and friendly service. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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ErinM
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always my husband and my favorite date night place!

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Dawn
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great service and womderful food. very friendly staff

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KristinaH
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal! Will return!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The occasion was Valentine’s Day dinner with my wife. We are fond of Waterstreet Cafe because our first date was there, many years ago now. I appreciated being seated in one of the side rooms as it was very quiet there and we could easily talk and be heard.

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homeden
Seattle
30 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Good food & service. Great place to get together w friends in Olympia!

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MichaelC
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is a nice place for a quiet meal with a friend. The restaurant is slightly upscale without being pretentious. Outstanding service.

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FredB
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Sandy was great and treated us very well. Food and service were superb. The only slight complaint was we sat on the main floor near the back by the kitchen and had a cold draft on our backs. Still a great experience.

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BevT
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service great. Food came quickly and was not skimpy. Reasonable price.

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CassiusS
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The staff were attentive and professional. The calamari I ordered was a generous serving and perfectly crispy. Remember to bring a light sweater or dress in layers, it can get drafty.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Consistently one of the top three tables in Olympia.
Highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Waterstreet Cafe is one of my favorite Olympia restaurants. The service is excellent and the food is yummy. I highly recommend

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vipOlyDJD
Seattle
26 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely dinner with an old friend. Most of the food was terrific, but Brussels sprouts were way undercooked.

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Wandaful
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Waterstreet Café for an early lunch on a cold rainy day. The cozy ambiance, including a fire in the fireplace, was welcoming, as was our prompt and thoughtful server. I plan to take friends here more often.
However, I watch county health inspections for local restaurants. At times, consistently negative health inspections prompted me to avoid some favorite eateries, such as Aqua Fina months before it closed. As far as I know, Waterstreet is fine, and their food and service were excellent for our lunch.

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BruceS
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time dining at the Waterstreet Café. It will NOT be the last!
...Great food, Great atmosphere, Great waitstaff!

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vipIlovehawaii
Seattle
41 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

We stopped on our way out of town to sit and have a nice lunch does look like it had great options online. But what they had when we actually got there didn’t match much of it was online however part of what we ordered was absolutely delicious and came hot out of the oven in a baking dish. Our other meal came quite cold and soggy because although we were one of only two tables in the whole restaurant what our order was ready from the open kitchen it sat and sat and sat in the waiter never brought it over to our table. I could see that the cook finally had to like get his attention but by the time we got the food it was literally cold and I barely even ate it. We were never checked on again Very disappointing. By the time I got the toasted cheese it was solid and cold.

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OOJesyOO
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I had the steelhead with a nettle pesto last night, and it was cooked perfectly. Loved it! I also ordered the mixed greens salad, and was pleased to see it was a very generous portion of fresh, delicious greens. Have been happy to eat here many times over the years. The food is excellent, service is good. It would be absolutely perfect if the noise level was a little quieter.

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Mymhungry
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have always enjoyed the Waterstreet Cafe. The food and the service are unfailingly excellent.

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Michaelk
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife is the toughest food critic in the world and she's never had anything to complain about here! We love it!

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review
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Good service but food wasn't great. The ceaser salad was good. Cute restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and outstanding service

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Deke
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waterstreet is our go-to spot to celebrate special occasions in Olympia. The menu is always interesting, the food is always delicious -- good, healthy ingredients, local sourcing, seasonal fare, delicious seasonings and taste combinations, with great variety. Plus the service is invariably warm and impeccable.

We mentioned we were celebrating our 32nd anniversary, and were gifted with celebratory champagne. In the past, they've thrown in tasting plates or desserts.

Always a delight. Can't recommend it highly enough.

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vipLesH
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waterstreet has become our go-to place to celebrate events for our small family.
It is a gift for Olympia to have a relaxed place with excellent food, local fresh ingredients, expertly prepared, and served by friendly sweet people.

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SarahF
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, excellent service! The food is high-quality and absolutely delicious.

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sydfish
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great meal! Love this place.

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Man18
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This reservation was made using your App. When we got to the restaurant.
WHEN WE ARRIVED AT THE RESTAURANT, IT WAS CLOSED.
WE ARE VERY UPSET WITH OPENTABLE.

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SuneetB
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we got was excellent, including drinks.

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ConnieK
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Everything from restaurant environment to service to food and drink was spot on and was wonderful. The flavors of the food and drink we're fresh and unique. Very enjoyable experience. Sitting outside and enjoying the fresh air while protected was great too.

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MitchR
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

A very nice restaurant right by Capital lake. Great bar and ambiance and the food is really good.

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TylerE
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down one of the best restaurants in Olympia. The food is incredible, service is always great and the atmosphere is inviting.

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EmilyR
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Salmon was moist and delicious. French fries w hamburger were great but burger was just ok though pink as ordered. Meatloaf was ok but the sauce for it doused the Brussels sprouts, mushrooms, and potatoes, which should have been left to star on their own.

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sydfish
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience all around! Had family in town and wanted to take them for a nice dinner that wasn’t too fancy. They remarked that the food was delicious, with my father-in-law saying the steelhead was one of the best meals he could remember having. Good service and a nice atmosphere that wasn’t too loud.

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AdrienneA
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My favorite Olympia restaurant. The food was very good, though the vegetable melange was too vinegary.

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ChrisM
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very pleasant experience. The food was great and service was outstanding. I will surely be back!

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ShaunM
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great - easily one of the best meals in town and very fairly priced

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MurphyM
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Took my wife there for her birthday on a Friday night and were seated by the kitchen. Our waitress gave us water and came back 10 minutes later to take our drink order. We noticed that there were very few people dining and pretty quiet. Another 10 minutes went by before our waitress, who actually was the
bartender, came back with our drinks. My wife had a question about an item on the menu and she explained what it was and said she would return for our order. Mean while...I took a sip of my Martini...
It was horrible! I could not drink it. When she returned we ordered our dinner and I explained "I couldn't drink Martini , and so I ordered a beer. She returned a few minutes later with my beer and told me that she was sorry but they were out of what I had ordered from the menu. So I had to look at the menu again.
By the time we received our dinner...it was an hour from the time we sat down. All that for Meatloaf and a
Hamburger and a lousy Martini? . The waitress was friendly, but seemed to be working 2 jobs at once. We might go back...but go outside this time.

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Hungrygal
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Olympia! Consistently great! The Fried Artichokes are excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, and location!

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OlyCeeDub
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect spot for a business lunch with guests from out-of-state. The quiet venue and lovely outdoor setting on a warm day provided the perfect atmosphere for conversation, plus we were able to show off all that Olympia has to offer in cuisine, friendly service and natural beauty.

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