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About Waterstreet Cafe & Bar

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.

610 Water Street SW
Olympia, WA 98501
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: 10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Seven Days a Week

Dinner: Sunday-Thursday: 4:30pm - 9:00 p.m.;
Friday-Saturday: 4:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Bar Menu: 2:00 p.m. - Close Seven Days a Week


Cross Street:
Legion Way

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(360) 709-9090

Website:
http://www.waterstreetcafeandbar.com/

Catering:
We offer full-service catering. Please contact us directly for more details.

Parking Details:
Free On street Parking after 5:00pm.

Executive Chef:
Jeff Taylor

Private Party Facilities:
Waterstreet Café offers several private dining rooms. We can create the perfect setting and catered menu for any event from a cocktail reception to a breakfast meeting, buffet and family style dinners to formal plated dinners.

Private Party Contact:
Britton Barner: (206) 849-1860

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Waterstreet Cafe & Bar Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Local Ingredients (9)
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Cozy (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Good for a Date (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Fun (6)
Healthy (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Seasonal (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Bar Seating (4)
Casual (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Romantic (4)
Business Meals (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Authentic (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Tapas (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Waterfront (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Good for Groups (1)
People Watching (1)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 27, 2017

We have gone to the restaurant several times and have always enjoyed our meals. My son took me for my birthday lunch and it was quiet and we had a wonderful time.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 26, 2017

Food was ok, seemed like it took a long time to prepare one burger and a salad with 2 shrimp.
Did not care for the bacon jam+some sort of cheese on the burger, and I am a bacon and cheese fan of most varieties - like it was too sweet and stinky at the same time. 2 Shrimp Fava Bean salad was way over priced for the size of the 2 shrimp.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Had an awesome time with great food !! Would recommend it to friends and family! We will definitely be back.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Afternoon Coffee, Great Beer, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Scenic View, Vegan, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Seasonal, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Authentic, Outstanding Value, Great for Lunch, Organic, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly, Great for Brunch, Afternoon Tea, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Worth the Drive
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 14, 2017

As always, Waterstreet was amazing on our last visit. The food is always delicious and the drinks are wonderful. Thank you for helping us celebrate our anniversary!

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas, Cozy, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Happy Hour
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Waterstreet Cafe is our favorite restaurant in Olympia! The food and service are always outstanding. The servers always make our experience memorable, they truly focus on the details. By far the best food we've had in Olympia, be sure to try the pork belly and creme brulee! Thank you for making our Valentine's Day very special. <3 <3 <3

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Portland)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Really enjoyed every meal at Waterstreet! Best service in Oly! Great location, comfy setting, terrific cocktails and creative cuisine.

Tags: Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 14, 2017

We dined here on Valentine's Day and it was delightful to say the least... the food was amazing, cocktails amazing and so was the waitress. We have dined here in the past but its been awhile since our last visit. As we dined and the meal kept getting better and better, we couldn't remember why we waited so long before returning. At that point, we decided to put it on our date night list of places we love to eat. See you all soon.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Great Beer, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Spicy, Bar Seating
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 14, 2017

The meatloaf was recommended and was excellent! Great atmosphere and awesome menu!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 13, 2017

I'm a repeat patron of Waterstreet Grill for 3+ yrs. Location is beautiful, the building (exterior and interior) are classy, rustic and inviting.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 13, 2017

Celebrated my birthday here. I had the meatloaf and my date had the tenderloin. Both of them were excellent meals. The atmosphere is charming and the service is attentive and pleasant. Highly recommended!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 12, 2017

Great server (Haley) who made it right when one of our orders was not cooked as ordered. Very good atmosphere. Like most places, a bit noisy if you have hearing issues but otherwise comfortable. Easy parking out front. Clean and well cared inside and out.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 2, 2017

Very Olympia. Oh damn. I need 50 characters. Let's see. How about very, very Olympia.

Tags: Good for a Date, Vegan, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 28, 2017

The food was wonderful. Our waitress, Bree, was outstanding! The Open Table process was easy to manipulate and user friendly.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 11, 2017

I was vacationing in Olympia and needed a high quality, cozy and quaint place to treat my mother and sisters. I was referred to Waterstreet Cafe and was delightfully satisfied with our service from step A-Z. Reservations were very easy to make via 'open table' which I was guided to when I googled "Waterstreet in Olympia". We were greeted warmly by our host and quickly escorted to our table. Anthony Modest was our server and he was both kind and accommodating to each and every need we had. It wasn't hard to leave him a good tip!

I could go on. Waterstreet Cafe is definitely a gem in the small town of Olympia. I would recommend this venue for any special occasion or even simple every day dining.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Afternoon Coffee
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 31, 2016

I recommend absolutely everything from the private large spaces to the cocktails. The food was amazing!!! Cauliflower appetizer, sirloin entrie, Italian meatloaf and duck were fabulous. I do not recommend the vegan Cajun Mac , too spicy, needed salt and the texture was off. All food and drink where an 9/10 but the mac was 3/10. Highly recommend!!!!

Tags: Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 20, 2016

always a great dinner and evening food is delicious and service is alway great

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 18, 2016

Outstanding service, nice handmade cocktails. The menu doesn't seem to have changed in years & they were out of a couple of items. I had lamb ragu, others in my party the mac & cheese (which didn't seem at all like mac & cheese) & meatloaf. The food was good but it is a more competitive marketplace now & I think they need to step up the dining a bit. Not many options on the menu. The food was tasty but not something I'm writing in my memory book.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 11, 2016

Went here for dinner for the first time. I like the ambience of the place and the fireplace. We sat against the wall near the kitchen and I like seeing how open and busy the kitchen is. Our waiter was nice and service was a little above average. We were served bread with balsamic vinegar and oil.

Drinks Ordered:
Arnold Palmer

Appetizers Ordered:
Tuna Tartare - (Love tuna! But very disappointed in this, just plain and boring)
Steamed Clams - (Meaty and delicious but a little salty)
Pork Belly - (Delicious)

Entree Ordered:
Painted Hills 8 oz Beef Tenderloin (Cooked Medium Rare, delicious!)
Seared Duck Breast (Cooked Medium Well, Yum!)

No Desserts Ordered

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 10, 2016

Water street is reliable, tasty, and I recommend if you're looking for a more refined but not stuffy dining experience in Olympia. And the outdoor area when it's not too cold is great. For a long-established restaurant, though, the service can be really spotty--everyone is nice and welcoming, but this is the third time I had so-so service. Nothing outlandish, just sometimes being forgotten about, food sitting under the lamp for a while since the server seemed to get distracted and forget, taking forever to get water at the start, and having to ask for the bill several times at the end. It just makes the overall experience a little glitchy, though I will still go back (again and again). I just have to always be ready to be patient, and it's not a great option if you need to be somewhere after.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 8, 2016

Avoid meatloaf sandwich. Others in my party enjoyed the Cubano sandwich. Service only average. Nice decor.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 27, 2016

One of my go to fine dining restaurants. High quality cuisine, reasonably priced. The chef knows his meats, most especially beef, duck and lamb.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 26, 2016

Four of us Had a wonderful dinner for my husband's birthday. Very attentive staff. Fabulous tenderloin

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 21, 2016

The semi-regular business dinners I coordinate are always held in one of the private dining rooms near the restaurant entrance. The service is great and the food never disappoints.
I've also held a retirement party in the Wine Room (private room to the back of the restaurant). This was a really special event -- the room was completely private, the service was exceptional, matched only by the quality of the food and drinks.
I highly recommend this location for lunch, dinner, as well as special events!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Casual, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 18, 2016

Delicious food, generous portions, spectacular service

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 16, 2016

Service was great

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 12, 2016

I always enjoy the good food, wine and ambience. It is a great place to take my friends and family. I have never had a meal that I didn't thoroughly enjoy. Thank you!

Tags: Tapas, Vegan, Disabled Access, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2016

Thank you for such a wonderful dining experience. Everything was on point!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Fun, Romantic, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Outstanding Value, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 1, 2016

music annoying, background/kitchen noise too loud.
love the fireplace

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 19, 2016

Great ambiance and a creative menu. The Italian Meatloaf is served in an ample portion and is very savory. Service from the time we walked in the door to leaving was friendly, warm and prompt.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 11, 2016

We go for my birthday and we have the cheese plate and salads and I try some of your specialty drinks. The drinks were great but the cheese plate wasn't as good as usual. The cheeses were okay but weren't as varied as we have had in the past. The surprising hot condiment was not anticipated. The olive medley was excellent. Service was good and we like sitting outside.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 29, 2016

Meat loaf was excellent, so was the wine! Sat outside and we were the only one

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 26, 2016

I always enjoy the food at Waterstreet Café. Thoughtful and tasty meals. I'm always pleasantly surprised by what I get. and ---- just the right amount of food to make me happy.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on August 22, 2016

This was a first visit here for a girlfriends' lunch date. We walked past it several times since there wasn't a sign anywhere on the door or out front that said Water Street Cafe. I finally asked a young man headed into the yoga studio around the corner.
The inside was very clean and smartly decorated. I assumed this would be a busy location for lunch, but there were only two other couples there for lunch besides us. The waitress was cordial, but did offer to let my girlfriend borrow quarters for parking, although she ended up not needing them.
I had a goat cheese creamy bisque soup and butternut squash ravioli. The food was good, but not exceptional. My girlfriend had a steak salad, but didn't say if it was very good or not.
I will probably try the restaurant one more time to decide if it is worth being a regular place for lunch dates.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 13, 2016

I have been to this restaurant many times and have always enjoyed the food. This time was to hear the musical group, and we were not disappointed, with neither the food nor the music. Our waitress was efficient and delightful.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 2, 2016

We were passing through town and came up this restaurant. We both enjoyed everything about the restaurant. We are outside and the restaurant wasn't packed, so the noise level was quiet. The clams were perfectly cooked, beet salad was filling and flavorful-a very nice portion. My husband had the coconut crusted snapper, which he liked. The peanut butter and chocolate tart was delicious.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 1, 2016

Five of us met. Each one enjoyed a delicious meal with excellent service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 21, 2016

Enjoyable evening. A large and noisy group moved into the table next to us, and it made it very difficult to hear. we were able to move our tables down a bit, but it was still very noisy. We were outside, and the loud voices next to us made it difficult for us to hear ourselves talk.
Our waitress was great, but overworked as it was just her and one other waitperson.
Food was great.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on July 18, 2016

The food and service and always wonderful. Also i love the music. Very back ground and high end lounge sounding. Great atmosphere

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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 12, 2016

Always a treat! Appreciate the emphasis on what is fresh and in season. Love that there is always something new to discover on the menu! Nice service combined with wonderful food makes this a favorite destination for my husband and I.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on June 29, 2016

It had been awhile since our last visit and selected for our Anniversary celebration. First and foremost; Staffers are cordial, attentive and delightful. Service was excellent, kudos to Keli. This was the saving grace for a rather mundane meal. We were told of a revised, minimal menu which was found lacking. Very light on seafood offerings. We settled on a Snapper dish and Roast Duck. Presentation was appreciated, but otherwise unremarkable. The highlight of the meal was the Steamed clams appy for its flavor, but it too was minimal in approach. We prefer to patronize our local establishments and will likely visit Water Street again. More likely for Happy Hour and the Bar menu selections, given the limitations of revised dinner menu.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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