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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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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