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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
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.
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”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Waterstreet has been a staple in downtown Oly for many years now. Ive had some mediocre experiences over the years, but the last two trips - especially my most recent were fantastic. The food and drink were solid and the service was great. The outdoor seating area itself is casual and nice, it's just a shame the only real scenery is the parking lot. But on a weeknight or weekend, it's not very noisy.
I've only been to this place a handful of times and usually the food is really good and service was fair. However, today wasn't the best service and food tasted less flavorful. We went during happy hour for the first time, starving and pretty much ordered everything on the menu since the menu was limited. Our server was slow and keep forgetting to refill water or bringing certain items requested such as lemons for water or utensil. We were seated outside, which was nice and it wasn't busy for the the server to be slow. No matter how good the food is, if service isn't good, it can leave a bad taste in your mouth. I will go here for dinner and not during happy hour.
Happy Hour Menu:
Fried Artichoke Hearts
Kim Chi Fries (DELICIOUS and my favorite)
The Waterstreet Bar & Café was a wonderful experience in Olympia, WA. The person at the door was outgoing & friendly. Service was outstanding and food was tasty and well presented. We were there on a business outing, but this is a great place for special occasion or meeting for a casual meal.
Went here for a late dinner, the weather was great and we sat outside. We can see above the table sitting across from us had a spider web that was collecting its meal for the month. Other than that, our food was flavorful and delicious.
Fried Artichoke Hearts
Prawn and Grits
Beef Tenderloin 6 oz (Medium Rare)
Seared Duck Breast (Medium)
2 Chocolate Torte
2 Spiced Molten Cake
Banana Almond Gelato
Very noisy restaurant with kitchen also open to restaurant. Service excellent. Food menu was different with several options. Bar menu was priced very well and would return to eat there rather than restaurant. Could be great spot during summer months when eating outside on patio is an option.
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