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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

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

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Seasonal (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Bar Seating (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
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Romantic (4)
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on July 13, 2012

A wonderful meal, but a bit pricey.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 12, 2012

The food was delicious but the portions were smaller than I expected - my $24 plate of butternut squash ravioli had about 8 ravioli, for example. My party of 6 spent over $300, but we were not the largest party in the restaurant and the service was not especially attentive. Our water glasses sat empty for 10+ minutes. We had to ask for 2nd cocktails. We had little kids with us, but we weren't offered a kid's menu. They clearly have a kid's menu because they offered the "kid's version" when we ordered. It was a little loud for our party of six. It just felt overpriced. It was not a Fine Dining Experience. I don't mind spending money on a great dinner at all, but I am a little put out by spending so much money on a "good" dinner.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on June 22, 2012

We love Waterstreet! It's definitely our favorite spot for special occasions (or even run-of-the-mill meals). We took some friends there who had never been and it was exactly as fantastic as we promised it would be. Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on June 18, 2012

Great server! She had great recommendations, very attentive.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on June 17, 2012

We have dined at the Cafe many times over the years and have had consistently fine meals with reasonably valued wine pairings. The primary reason I am commenting on our last experience is because of the exceptional server we had (unfortuantely I don't recall her name). The wait staff have always been courteous and professional but this server provided especially good customer service. She did not rush us, she provided knowledgeable recommendations, but what was most impressive, she took my wife's cocktail back and asked the bartender to modify it for taste, stating "No problem- I want to be sure you enjoy it." Wow- you don't hear that very often!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on June 8, 2012

While we enjoyed our dinner, we were not overly excited about the selection and thought the prices were a bit high.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on May 26, 2012

Loved the restaurant. The food tasted good and was beautifully presented. Will recommend to others and go here again!

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View
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 (Seattle)·Dined on May 19, 2012

My wife and I are are still in love with this establishment - we have always had outstanding service and quality food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on May 18, 2012

The service and food were excellent, with great presentation. The restaurant has a romantic ambience. We'll definitely be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 13, 2012

We went for Mother's Day with our daughters. Enjoyed the food and wine, and had a great time.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on May 13, 2012

Awesome View, across from a wonderful park, next to the water with a picturesque view of the capital building. Great food, Great service and a good menu.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Hot Spot
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 (Portland)·Dined on May 9, 2012

Had another great dinner at Water Street Cafe. We had a wonderful private table in the corner at the back of the room. We warmly welcomed when we arrived. Service was superb as it has been in the past. Greatest challenge is deciding what to order. We started with the antipasti platter; delicious & huge! My friend had the coconut crusted snapper which she loved (spicy). I had the the lamp chop which was wonderful & came with sweet potato gnocchi (only "complaint" was not enough lamb; 1 chop). Superb wine list too.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on May 5, 2012

This is normally one of our favorite places in Olympia but last time we ate there we were disappointed. We had a pasta dish & pizza. Both of our dishes were just o.k. We will go again & hope we'll have tastier food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on April 27, 2012

Try it - it's a nice place. Can be noisy when busy though. Really good wine list, food is good.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List
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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 18, 2012

Overall pricey for quality of food and choices.
Ok atmosphere. If you are local to Olympia this place is probably one of the few which can fit special occasion atmosphere if you don't to drive to Tacoma

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 31, 2012

Olympia is not the dining capital of the pacific rim. Waterstreet Cafe has a pleasant menu and great wine selection. The venue is varied and there are several private rooms. The dishes were spotty. Some were quite good (the goat cheesecake is outstanding) while others were ordinary.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 31, 2012

Scallops and shiitaki coconut snapper were excellent.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 24, 2012

We had a fabulous waitress! She was attentive and made a great wine suggestion. We'll be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on March 23, 2012

Love the late night eats...eclectic menu and great value. Their wine by the glass is never dissapointing.

Tags: Late-night Find, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 22, 2012

We dined on a Thursday night. The restaurant was not crowded. Although we had a reservations we were given a center table with uncomfortable chairs rather than one of the sleek, comfy booths. The waiter was pulling double duty as the bartender, mixing his own drinks, which perhaps explains his brusque, distracted manner. The oyster appetizer was tiny. The main courses were all adequate although quite overpriced. The restaurant was loud, even though it wasn't full and the bar was almost empty. All in all, a marginal experience not worth the expenditure.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 15, 2012

Way too noisy - like a rowdy bar. Food was mediocre, especially for the price.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 12, 2012

We had a quiet and enjoyable evening. Karen, our server, was attentive and competent, but not intrusive. Food production was timely and the plating was visually appealing. The only small criticism pertained to my albacore tuna entree. While it was served lightly seared and rare per my request, the center of the cuts was slightly cold on the palate and not warmed as I would have liked. That criticism notiwthstanding, overall, a good evening.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 10, 2012

Their March menu was very diverse. Everyone enjoyed their selections. The coffee was bitter (although freshly made), so I had to add a few salt crystals to tone it down. I mentioned it to the waitress, but she had no explanation. The noise level made it difficult to converse with our friends. Still, our friends thanked us several times, saying, "Good choice" (of restaurants).

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 9, 2012

Loved the cheesecake. Meatloaf was a little dry but look favor. Probably wouldn't have been dry if it would have been earlier in the night

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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 1, 2012

We were early. Not very crowded. Attentive wait staff. Caesar salad only fair. Sweet potato ravioli great!

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 4, 2012

The best steak I ever ate, cooked perfectly! Thank you! Your tuna rocks as well!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 28, 2012

Maybe we just set a high expectation from this restaurant given the reviews. Maybe we didnt order the right one. We ordered some pasta with shrimp and the lamb shank for the main course, tempura and creamy potato soup for the appetizer. We liked our appetizers, I must say. With the pasta, it's not restaurant-made. You can tell if you're a foodie. The sweet potato gratin that came with the lamb shank is good! but the lamb itself is not. It's too bland. I had to use the au jus to give it any flavor. For the price we paid in this area, we expected better quality. We think, it's not a 5-star quality. Sorry to say this.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2012

We've dined here many times while visiting from out of town and while it was always among the best in Olympia, that was faint praise. But this last dinner, everything worked. Our waitressas knowledgable and friendly, the food was well-prepared and tasty, the service right on time without being pushy, the setting (which always was pleasing) remained delightful--not too close to other diners. In short, best dinner we've ever had at this already nice place.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 15, 2012

I loved the food and as always great service. We enjoyed a special and unique 100+ yr old port at the end of our meal. Wonderful!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 5, 2012

I had the beef cannelloni and my husband had the filet mignon. Both dishes were very good. I was quite pleased and surprised at how good the food was, because this was our 10 year anniversary dinner and the restaurant itself didn't look all that impressive inside. The decor didn't match the prices on the menu. We also shared the molten lava cake and that was delicious as well. Although I do not understand why they would have goat cheese, cheesecake. Who eats that?! That kind of food should be served at a specific kind of restaurant that has entrees with French influences. Not a place like Water Street. I think simple and familiar desserts that are delicious are the better way to go. Ex. A regular cheesecake with choice of seasonal fruit.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 31, 2011

Great restaurant, we always have wonderful meals and great service at Waterstreet.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 31, 2011

The food is always presented elegantly and tastes delicious. Georgia was a wonderful waitperson and added her own grace and charm to the evening. There is enough space between tables to fully enjoy the person, or persons, you came to share your evening and dinner with without competing with the noise of the people next to you. Waterstreet Café embodies all the elements needed for a splendid and special evening.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 30, 2011

I was a bit disappointed in the other evening's experience. Our reservation was for 7, we were seated at about 7:05 or so and did not receive our first drink until 7:40. The waitress notified us they were short-handed and I do not blame her for the problematic experience. Other than it taking about 30 minutes to receive our drinks, we enjoyed our time.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 24, 2011

First time experience with satisfaction for our 28th wedding anniversary. Waitress was helpful at reccommending the right bottle of wine, based on our particular tastes. Not the best place to go for a quiet romantic dinner, due to being "kid" friendly and a bit too much ambient light, at least in the side room, but food and service was terrific. Gets an enthusiastic nod for a great dining experience. A bonus is to walk across the street and stroll around the lake after dinner.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 23, 2011

We had a great time. Food was delicious, wine was lovely. It's such a cute place....I wish I could say that over half our group didn't end up with sour stomachs later that night : (

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 21, 2011

My husband and I chose this spot for a date night. It was prefect for a romantic dinner for two. The wine list was great and the waitress was very helpful in helping us find one we would like. The food was good and comes in adequate portions. The price does make this a special occasions only option but it is a good option for a private romantic option!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 20, 2011

Always a wonderful experience. The surroundings, the food, the service - thank you!

Tags: Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 17, 2011

Very much enjoyed the ambiance. Service was very well paced and we did not feel hurried. Food quality/presentation were outstanding. Overall, it was a fine dining experience certainly on a par with Gardner's

We did find it pricy however, $10/$11 for a glass of reisling I find a little stiff. Other wines by the glass were pricier than other fine restrauants in the area. Entries were also $2/$4 more than the competition.

It's very definitely a special occasion type destination.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 15, 2011

Menu was a little pricey but the food was amazing. I had the Mac and Cheese. Above and beyond any Mac and Cheese I've ever had. I'm still dreaming about it. Yum. Service was good and quick and it's really a cute little restaurant.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 25, 2011

Menu is too diverse, nothing is done well. No signature dish.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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