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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

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Quiet Conversation (10)
Creative Cuisine (8)
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Good for a Date (8)
Cozy (7)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Fun (6)
Healthy (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Business Meals (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Romantic (4)
Seasonal (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Authentic (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Scenic View (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tapas (2)
Waterfront (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Casual (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Spicy (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

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

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Organic, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Gluten Free Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Paleo Friendly, Business Meals, Healthy, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined 6 days ago

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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

Tags: Great for Brunch
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·Dined on November 19, 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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

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

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Great food, lovely atmosphere, but service was slow.

Tags: Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 12, 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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Afternoon Coffee, Authentic, Great Beer, Afternoon Tea, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 6, 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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 (Seattle)·Dined 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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 3, 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!!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Fun, Romantic, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on September 30, 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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 27, 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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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 16, 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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Cubana was delicious. Perfectly cooked and great flavor!

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 9, 2017

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

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·Dined on September 2, 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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Visiting friends

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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 15, 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!

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Fun, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Healthy
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 (Portland)·Dined on August 13, 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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 7, 2017

The food was insipid. Very small menu selection to choose from. Will not return.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Driving thru Olympia with no expectations & found this lovely & very satisfying place to dine! Salads were generous & tasty, fried gnocchi a special treat. Rose wine list was varied & fun & the service on a quiet Thursday nite was very good.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Disabled Access, Local Ingredients, Waterfront, Casual
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vip
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on July 26, 2017

We had a late lunch at an outdoor table overlooking Capitol Lake. We split the watermelon soup to start. I had the Rueben and my husband had an egg dish from the breakfast menu. Food and service were outstanding.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 14, 2017

The only down side of the restaurant is that its menu has too few seafood and vegetarian options. I am not talking about gluten free or vegan.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Organic, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for Groups
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 6, 2017

a wonderful celebration of my recent retirement. Great service, good food and sat on patio on the perfect evening.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on July 2, 2017

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:
Seared Scallops
Pork Belly
Prawns
Steamed Clam
Fried Artichoke Hearts
Calamari
Kim Chi Fries (DELICIOUS and my favorite)

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 16, 2017

We had a wonderful evening and the food was delicious! Our waitress was a little slow but overall ok

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on June 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on June 10, 2017

We are from Seattle and had a date evening in Olympia. We found this restaurant online and chose it. The food was delicious (especially the prawn and scallop appetizers), the service was great, and we had a really nice time overall.

Tags: Tapas, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on June 8, 2017

We were in the area on business. This was a great discovery. Food was very good, ambiance was relaxed yet vibrant and the service was above expectations. Give it a try. If we are in the area again, we will return -

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on May 27, 2017

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.

*Drinks Ordered:
Pilsner

*Appetizers Ordered:
Pork Belly
Fried Artichoke Hearts
Steamed Clams
Kimchi Fries

*Entree Ordered:
Prawn and Grits
Grilled Salmon
Beef Tenderloin 6 oz (Medium Rare)
Seared Duck Breast (Medium)

*Dessert Ordered:
2 Chocolate Torte
2 Spiced Molten Cake
Banana Almond Gelato

Tags: Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Cozy, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 24, 2017

We both had salads for lunch. Everything was fresh. The grilled shrimp was delicious on the green salad and the cobb salad was generous.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Seasonal
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on May 15, 2017

Great dinner and a great way to introduce people visiting town. Very helpful staff.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (Portland)·Dined on April 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (Portland)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Had a great meal for Easter Brunch. Servers were friendly and professional. Food was excellent and very large portions, great value.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on April 1, 2017

The food was good. It was overpriced for what you get. Other local restaurants give you the same options for 1/3 the price. Staff was friendly

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Organic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 30, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and had an excellent meal.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Healthy
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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Delicious and superb service

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 (Portland)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Went with a group (8 of us) and they gave us our own room, and that was great! The food was outstanding, the service was amazing, and the ambiance was nice. Very reasonably priced as well, even considering we had a few drinks, apps, and some had dessert.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 18, 2017

We were six for brunch on Saturday, March 18. We each had a different order, and I believe we all enjoyed our meal. I enjoyed my tostada.

We had an exceptional server who was attentive yet not imposing; that was appreciated. I just wish I had remembered to ask her name.

Note: even with the music turned down, it was hard to hear...I think the room does not provide the best acoustics . It is a lovely restaurant, and I was proud to introduce it to my group.

Tags: Seasonal, Scenic View, Afternoon Tea, Spicy, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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