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Waterstreet Cafe & Bar

4.3
463 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Perfect For:
  • Good for a Date
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  • Neighborhood Gem
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Comfort Food
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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


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Phone number
(360) 709-9090
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jeff Taylor
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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.
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Private party contact
Britton Barner: (206) 849-1860
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Catering
We offer full-service catering. Please contact us directly for more details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Legion Way
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Parking details
Free On street Parking after 5:00pm.
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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
What 463 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.4
service
4.4
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Waterstreet Cafe has become our 'go to' restaurant in this area. They have an excellent menu that changes often enough to remain interesting. The food is well prepared, the staff is very friendly. We will return often.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The food and service were great - it's one of the reasons we continue to come back. The noise level was a little high this time, but there are more secluded areas in the restaurant. If quiet is what you prefer, you might want to request that in advance.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Generally quite excellent,however the wine list is conspicuously overpriced even by restaurant standards. I’ll be happy to return.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Great ambiance and fantastic food! Has become one of our favorites. Highly recommend. 👍

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Hidden Gem, we will be back. Went their for Easter Brunch and the food was great!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Despite being at the restaurant for Happy Hour, we ordered off the dinner menu. Gluten free options were evident and the substitutions allowed were scrumptious from salads through scallops and desserts. Nice drink, wine, and beverage menu. We had a very good server (aside from a bit too much cologne that did not mix well with food flavors) and great meals. All in all our anniversary was spent quite pleasurably at the Waterstreet.

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2.0Dined on March 31, 2018

May have been because of how early we ate (4:30pm, in hopes of beating the dinner rush), but service was inattentive and apathetic. It felt like we were inconveniencing our server by asking her to do her job. All table service was devoid of eye contact, and every verbal exchange was rushed and unhelpful. Server would ask about removing dishes and silverware while already reaching over us to grab them, and just made us feel like we were holding up her evening.

On top of that, our food (my lamb pasta dish and my wife's scallops) were good, but nowhere near the nearly $100 we paid. Were hoping for a special evening to top off our honeymoon weekend, but were sorely disappointed despite this restaurant's glowing recommendations. Will not eat here again.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Girlfriend weekend. They let us take our time, did not feel rushed, excellent food and cocktails.

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4.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Very good customer services

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Baylie was an exceptional waitress for our table of 5. She was very attentive and made the evening gathering a success with her service. The food was wonderful, I had the steak , which was tender and cooked perfectly with a tasty sauce and vegetables on the side. My friend tried the squash ravioli which (as always at this restaurant) was delicious.
The only downside was the drinks. :( My Manhattan was not well made and was a very odd color (too much vermouth, too little Makers Mark, not a good recipe), my friend had a White Russian which was very "chocolaty" and just did not taste right.
I would hesitate to go back unless the cocktails were better. The food was definitely worth the drive and the money!

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Our first time there last night. Nice atmosphere and environment. Our waitress (Hailey I think) was very friendly and attentive !! Food was cooked perfectly and full of flavor! Will definitely be back!

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2.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Great food and people, however, the thing I'll remember most is how cold it was. I wasn't the only one, about half of the diners had their coats on while eating. I would have'd like something after the meal except that I just wanted to get out of the refrigerated space. I highly recommend Water Street, but not in cold weather.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Kept hearing about their great wine list..not very impressed. The glass they brought me (for about $14) seriously was probably 1/3 of a glass. I ordered the burger which was cooked medium rare like I requested. My husband ordered the tenderloin which he enjoyed. The atmosphere was nice and the acoustic allowed for conversation. Overall I thought it a bit pricey for quality and quantity of food and drink.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Chef was terrific. Maria’s service was outstanding...thanks.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

The appetizers were excellent (Patagonian shrimp and the Pork belly). Every now and then, we get a dish that is over-salted. But overall, we enjoy our food when dining here.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

All in all our experience was good. Waited a little too long for drinks. One of the wines was not that good. It was replaced at no charge. Food also took a little long compared to other tables that were seated after we were. Waterstreet Cafe has always been a favorite. Will go back again.

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3.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Good food and ambiance. Service was just ok as our waiter forgot a few requests we had and wasn't as attentive as we would have liked.

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3.0Dined on January 18, 2018

Event in the next room (on a Thursday night) made kitchen sloooooooooooow. An extremely long wait after ordering while being plied with offers of more alcohol. Very poor.

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5.0Dined on January 7, 2018

Water Street is a great place to meet someone new or rekindle excellent food perfect place to have a private conversation and the service is outstanding

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4.0Dined on January 6, 2018

As always, the food was amazing and the service was great. Try the stuffed peppers and the Pork Belly appetizers. Outstanding ! Great entrees and great drinks. Take your out of town friends or business associates. Sure to impress !! While the restaurant isn’t super noisy the side room is quieter.

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2017

Waterstreet checked all of our boxes for our Friday night girls dinner. It was quiet, warm, casual and the food was delicious. We will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on December 13, 2017

One of my favorite places anywhere. Always comfortable and friendly with wonderful food.
Love it!

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4.0Dined on December 9, 2017

Great place for a date. The service is always exceptional.

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5.0Dined on November 26, 2017

Rainy Sunday after T-day and the smell of bacon had my mouth watering as soon as we walked in. Food was great and ambiance lovely

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

Lovely, as always! It’s our third time having Remi as our server and she continues to help make our date nights magical. We love the ambiance and the delicious fare at this cozy place. We’ll be back.

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1.0Dined on November 17, 2017

This restaurant has good, well prepared, food, a nice ambiance as well as very efficient and pleasant wait staff.

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4.0Dined on November 16, 2017

Great food, lovely atmosphere, but service was slow.

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2017

We had a wonderful time. It was a girls night out with friends and the food and ambience was excellent. I would definitely recommend this place to other friends in the future. The music was really great too.

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4.0Dined on November 5, 2017

Birthday dinner for three of us - as always, excellent food, still pricey but I’m happy to pay the price for my taste buds to be happy.

Our server was so so, she may have judged us by our attire. I don’t care to get all gussied up for a good meal. I’m not sure she gets the “don’t judge a book by its cover” saying; I’m guessing she pegged us to be small tippers. Too bad on such a high bill - I’m good at math and understand 20% of a $250 bill is $50. Had she made the night a bit more special she could have earned $60, instead she got just slightly below standard. Problem for her is, she probably told herself “I knew they’d be low tippers”

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5.0Dined on October 3, 2017

It was a nice quite meal; arrived 30 minutes before they started serving dinner; had the whole place to ourself for about 30 minutes; they were nice enough to prepare my wife a meal from the dinner menu.

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5.0Dined on October 2, 2017

We were delighted with the Waterstreet Cafe!! We were celebrating my husband's birthday with dear friends and we're completely enchanted with the ambience and exquisite food. Loved it!!

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3.0Dined on September 29, 2017

Food was excellent but Server was slow to take our order then forgot to place it and our food was delayed. Many sitting around us who were seated after us were served well before us. They did provide a complimentary appetizer while we were waiting but no explanation for the delay or an apology.

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5.0Dined on September 26, 2017

We were eating an early dinner as we had just flown in from the East Coast and our bodies thought it was 8 pm when it was only 5 pm in Olympia. The place was empty at that early hour, so we sat at the bar for a drink and decided to have our dinner there as well. Haley was our bartender and server, and she was super. She knew the menu and was so pleasantly efficient.

We had some excellent steamed clams in garlic butter, a nice soup and beet salad, and our entrees were some great meatloaf and prawns and grits. A truly superior dinner for a couple of road warriors. Haley's personality was the difference though in making this not just a great dinner but a memorable one.

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2.0Dined on September 15, 2017

We have been dining at Water Street Cafe since they opened. My meal on this occasion was very disappointing. I ordered the Halibut, which came with Lobster Mushroom (whatever that is), and since I don't like Lobster, I asked for rice instead. The fish was over cooked, so much that I had to use a knife to cut through the outer crust of the fish. It was served with really skinny asparagus, and they were either too woody to eat, or they were charred to the point of just tasting like char, not asparagus. In fairness I will add that my husband had a shrimp dish which he said was really good. I think Water Street has gotten way over priced for their quality (fish was $38). Tried to leave a review on their web site but there isn't a way to do it, not even an email to send to the manager. I did not want to send the dish back or complain because we were with a co-worker of my husband and didn't want to ruin the dinner.

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4.0Dined on September 13, 2017

Cubana was delicious. Perfectly cooked and great flavor!

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5.0Dined on September 9, 2017

Great atmosphere, great server, great venue on an unexpected and dining out. Will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on September 1, 2017

We did a road trip to BC and had stopped at this place for dinner on our way there and back:) The food is really good and we were pleasantry surprised. I had their halibut special that was delicious and my husband loved the duck. They have a small happy hour menu and the food choices were great and prices even better. Loved the fried gnocchi. Nice selection of wine and cocktails too, we will definitely be back again when and if we are in the area.

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5.0Dined on August 17, 2017

Visiting friends

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5.0Dined on August 14, 2017

We have been coming to OLY for 15 years and this is the first time our friends suggested Waterstreet and WE LOVED it better than any restaurant we eaten at in OLY!

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4.0Dined on August 12, 2017

Amazing Washington wine list, featuring top and hard to find wines at reasonable prices, plus a nice selection of other wines. They also had a very nice seasonal Rose menu of Rose from around the world at good prices. The menu is compact but there is something for everyone. The cheese course options are interesting, tasty and reasonable. Service was very pleasant, friendly and professional. Kitchen was a little slow, but the results were very nice. We had the beef tenderloin and the seared duck, both of which were nicely cooked and good sides included. The space is comfortable, with nice touches.

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