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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.
Olympia, WA 98501
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We offer full-service catering. Please contact us directly for more details.
Free On street Parking after 5:00pm.
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
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
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.
We were so impressed with our wonderful and scrumptious meal, the perfectly attentive service and the comfortable, understated beautiful ambiance of this restaurant! We were celebrating my moms birthday and loved being able to just relax with my parents, with out being rushed to leave. It felt like we were in a comfy living room - so very welcoming. It happened to be a day reaching the high 90's here - they were so thoughtful to tie a fresh linen napkin on the door handle on their giant beautiful wood entry door - so it was easy to open with out being hot on your hand. Thank you for making us love every minute of our visit! We'll be back 😊
My wife and I ate here before walking to a show at the Harlequin theater last week, and it was a great getaway and a lot of fun.
This was a special occasion for us, and we tried a lot of items from the menu. Every plate was beautiful and the food was delicious. We left the restaurant very satisfied and happy that we chose the Waterstreet Cafe for our evening.
We tried a lot of things: three starters, two soups, two entrees, and dessert, and they were universally delicious.
Some standouts from the evening:
Fried Baby Artichoke Hearts - This was way different--and way better--than I expected. These are not battered and deep-fried, the outside of the artichoke itself forms the crispy exterior. It looked like it would be stringy artichoke leaves, but when you put it in your mouth it just melts away. The mix of crispy, creamy, and tangy made sure they didn't last long.
Curry Cauliflower Sweet Potato Soup - Oh my gosh, order this. You will be so happy. I don't really know what else to say, other than my wife stole half of it from me.
Beef Tenderloin - Ordered medium-rare. The meat was perfectly seasoned and cooked. The asparagus were perfect. It has some funky wine-based sauce with mushrooms that I didn't like on the side, but that was a minor flaw on an otherwise delicious dish.
We had another great meal at the Waterstreet Café. Our only complaint was finding parking (there was a big event going on next door). The pace of this restaurant is mellow - so expect to be able to have a nice laid backed meal, do not be in a hurry & just enjoy the food & drinks. I had a wonderful plank cooked salmon & my husband was treated to a fabulous coconut coated rockfish.
From the seared Yellowfin tuna to the marvelous butternut squash ravioli, the dining and service were a delight. When there are not a lot of diners, the ambiance is lovely, however when the place is full, it is extremely difficult to hear someone directly across from you talking. An absolute disaster if you have elderly or people with hearing deficits, or a large party. This has been the situation at Waterstreet for years, so we avoid coming with large parties.
There were five of us and we were excited when we saw the appetizer (bruschetta). This turned out to be the best value of the evening. Enough for five people and each ingredient fresh and plentiful. Caesar salad was also good but a bit overdressed. Of the main courses, the chicken was uninspiring, as was my pork stew. The lamb burger was very good but had to be sent back because it was not medium rare (it was rare). The side salad was quite uninteresting - need to decrease greens and add something of color and taste.
There are quite few upscale places in downtown Olympia, Waterstreet Cafe is one of them. From decorous staff to excellent food and drink options. I certainly found the two page dinner menu a focus on quality rather than quantity approach (Don't take me wrong there is no paucity of good options) and most definitely visit it again with much alacrity.
This was a recommended restaurant from a local. I expected that much. A difficult restaurant to find without signage, I found it via address online. Food was good. Service needed help. I didn't know there was a "Happy Hour" and not made aware by waitstaff. Not to fault, the food was good.
We've been eating at Waterstreet for years. There have been a few changes and this time we had one of our best meals anywhere - ever! We enjoyed a combination of small bites and salads that were delicious. We are looking forward to returning sooner than later!
happy hour in the bar is a great deal. nice "small bites" menu selection. We were able to sample several dishes instead of ordering a main entree. definitely would do that again. place gets busy quick. nice they open at 4:30 for those of us that like to eat a little earlier
Had an exceptional meal and the service was great. Only one problem, it was so noisy that I could not hear my dinner guest when she spoke. Much needs to be done with the acoustics in the dining area. Simple heavy drapes on one wall would do it and maybe a similar treatment on the ceiling. Pretty easy to do and will reward the guests and owners with return visits.
The food was exceptionally good. I hadn't been here in several years and was delighted to find that everything was even better than I remembered. My husband was especially impressed with how good the food was. It was his birthday, and it was perfect. Thank you very much!
We celebrated our 17th anniversary with dinner at The Water Street Cafe on Saturday. It's the second time we've been in, and our second wonderful experience. Our server, John, was fabulous. He was knowledgable and attentive, but not smothering. He suggested wonderful wines and even held one of the specials for me so we could eat in courses. My only complaint was the tomato bisque was a little too acidic for my taste. Everything else was spot on! We had pork belly with grilled apples and blue cheese, a roasted beet salad, the bisque and a perfectly cooked steak special. My favorite though, was the creme brûlée with fig compote. After dinner we took a lovely walk by the lake. Thank you for helping us celebrate! We look forward to coming in again soon!
The last time I ate at Waterstreet Cafe, I told myself would be the last time I ate at Waterstreet Cafe. But I was meeting some friends who I had not seen in years and the restaurant was very close for them. So I relented.
The evening started off well enough with the wait staff giving us time to catch up without hounding us to place orders for food. We did order drinks and water arrived at the table in regular intervals.
But the real problem began once our dinner orders were placed. Our waiter entered the Bermuda Triangle and food & drink orders disappeared between our table and the kitchen. Truffle fries that should have arrived hot and glistening, arrived as a tepid clump resembling a blooming onion and tasting like peppered big league chew.
Twenty minutes after the removal of the clump and fearing that the dinner salad I had also ordered was about to wilt, my companions asked for their food. To their surprise it was up. The coconut crusted snapper looked tropical and out of place in this restaurant. My friend who ordered it was not impressed. The steak special looked beautiful. The meat was well cooked and the presentation was exceptional. The only thing that marred the long awaited arrival of the food was the arrival of the salad as the meals were being finished.
And the entire time, they kept pouring water. So at least we were hydrated. The kitchen did offer us dessert as a way to apologize. We all settled on the same dessert - an apple crumble - because we feared different orders would crash the system.
We agreed that our waiter was charming - though little overwhelmed - and it was obvious that something was not right that night. But around us people were being seated, ordering and had eaten and left. We were still there with full water glasses, a dinner salad and a vague sense that the rest of the food was somewhere on the planet.
So, the last time I ate at the Waterstreet Cafe and Bar will be the last time I eat at the Waterstreet Cafe and Bar.
We were a group of 6 who were looking for a good New Years Eve dinner and good company. Well, the company was good but the poor wait person was stressed and overworked ( I had to ask 3 times for my wine and finally she said...." Sorry" and did not charge me for it). The food was just OK and the place loud ( which I guess we should have expected on NYE). But, did not expect the restaurant to be so short staffed etc. We have had good experiences in the past so will return but hope next time is better...otherwise, we may change our mind about another visit.
My sister and I took my Mother to Waterstreet for her 77th birthday. The food was fantastic and the service was wonderful. All of the staff were very attentive without overwhelming us; there was no rush between courses and she seemed to know what we needed before we did! It was like service used to be; you can tell they take great pride in their work and it shows. It was a very enjoyable experience.
Normally we don't order main entrees due to excellent appetizers that are more than enough so that we still have room for their yummy deserts, but chose an entree this time. The cocoanut fish was perfect and my husband's rustic meat float very good. Only issue, which is a good one, we had enough left overs for dinner at home the next night!
This is a great spot to eat a bunch of the appetizers. My husband and I got a charcuterie plate and cheese plate and throughly enjoyed our meal. We were so full from the two plates and wine we couldn't get a dessert. It was a fun evening trying such a beautiful mix of bites.
Wow, ok a bit shocked with this one. The restaurant was pretty empty and we asked if that was normal bc after sitting down, reading the menu, it seemed like how could they stay open on Mondays with so few people. That's how we started talking with our server, Mat. He told us last Monday was packed and you just never know Ok, so he told us the specials and suggested a few things. My partner and i are not regular wine drinkers but for some reason we went for it. He let us taste a bunch and we finally decided on one. We ordered our meals and chatted. When the food came i was shocked. The ceaser salad was massive , The, the gnocci i special ordered (just the why i wanted it ) came and it was massive too. I had a full lunch to take home but not becuase i didn't like it. The food was AMAZING!, My GF got a steak done to perfection and she is a big foodie and knows her stuff. WE were so happy and impressed ,, and all the while mat was great as a server. AT the end it,we were stuffed, and it was just our table, but Mat reassured us to take our time, ( because we had asked if should we hurry and go for closing) - so we perused the desserts just for fun and then and hung out enjoying the atmosphere and our full and happy belly's. WE used a coupon from the ent book, fyi, but our server still treated us like royalty. GREat spot. wish i had gone early, will definitively go back. NOTE< not just mat was great, but the guy you seated us and anyone we came into contact with. A huge difference from the previous week when we went to a restaurant in yaletown where we were extremely dissatisfied. I still have to write that review.. but the waterstreet cafe gets 5 stars
I have had both lunch and dinner at Water Street Cafe before and you can always count on it being very delicious, served so expertly, and a great atmosphere. Long ago, breakfast was offered on Sunday mornings and that was so wonderful with the fire going and the chill outside. Wish it was back!
My husband and I celebrated our 1st anniversary at Waterstreet Cafe. We ordered cocktails and the meat antipasti to start our dining experience. We enjoyed the antipasti and are looking forward to ordering it again. There was a great variety of meats, pickled veggies, olives, bread and fruit on the board. For dinner my husband ordered a roasted chicken dish and I ordered an ahi tuna dish. Both dishes were cooked to perfection and accompanied buy fabulous roasted veggies. For dessert, we shared the molten lava cake which was a perfect way to end our meal. Left handers beware: if you order the lava cake, be careful of the cast iron dish the dessert comes in when you are scooping out the yumminess. Although we appreciate that others were enjoying their meals and the company that they were with, the acoustics are not great in the dining room. There were times we couldn't hear each other over the conversations and laughter of other tables. Overall, we enjoyed our dining experience and will return in the future.
Food was really good. Service was slow, even though they were not busy at lunch. Lots of open tables. Not the right place for a quick lunch but it is worth the wait. Also they have meeting rooms for groups. We did a dinner here earlier and it was also very good.
We've been to Waterstreet for dinner a handful of times, and it has always been good, if not always great. This visit was certainly our best to date. We tried a number of the signature cocktails; all of them were quite good, though the Tempest was our favorite. We got the cheese plate as an appetizer and the selection that arrived was delicious and quite generous. We split the Zabuton (steak) entree and ordered two sides to share with it, beets and carrots. The entree and the sides were perfectly cooked, well-seasoned, and very tasty. We finished with desserts, including the Chocolate Molten Cake and the "Doughnut." Both were good and a nice finish to a great meal.
We love the meat and seafood antipasti. Plenty (read: almost too much :)) of good nibbles for four people. Talked about doing lunch with our grown kids and ordering those again and the cheese one. Service was leisurely--we were neither ignored nor pestered. Four of us ate outside (6:30 reservation) the day before Father's Day and sat where we could see Capitol Lake. Wonderful weather, no sun in our eyes, and not too loud!
Portions for the price paid were small. There was no side salad, no bread. The roasted brocolli that came with the meal was very chewy, which ended up being OK because the extra chewing gave me the sense that I had eaten more than I actually had.
Both I and my guest disliked the shape of the forks....they were fairly flat from tines to stem.
I came there to order the tomato soup, which I've had before and liked very much. But they did not offer that the day we were there. Was told by the waitress that they change their offerings nearly every day.
Overall, not a good value for my money.
We love Water Street. It's a well kept secret in Olympia; but it's easily the best restaurant around. They have an extensive wine list. I don't know of any other restaurant that offers whiskey flights. The cheese antipasto is always flavorful and interesting. I love the fried polenta entree. The plate presentation is beautiful. Every time we go, the menu has something new. Service is usually fantastic; but this time was a little slow due to several college graduation groups.
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