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Gardner's Seafood & Pasta

111 Thurston Ave NW, Olympia, WA 98501
(360) 786-8466
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Ranked #12 of 301 restaurants in Olympia
Cuisines: Seafood, Steakhouse, Pasta
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Dessert
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Dessert
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English first
Rochester, New York
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58 reviews 58 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

My wife and I had dinner here. The meal was excellent, the service was excellent, and they even gave us a discount because we said nathan at the Swantown Inn had sent us to the restaurant. The reason it is not a five star for me is that the tables are rather close together and it lacks the ambiance of... More

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Olympia, Washington
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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

For our 42nd Anniversary, we decided to try Gardner's Seafood and Pasta. I was pleased when we were given a table for two that was somewhat private....separated from the noise of the dining room. While the salad was tasty with various greens, fresh peas, sunflower seeds and a garlic dressing.....the rolls warm and crusty, we were disappointed with our entrée,... More

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Olympia, Washington
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

My wife and I celebrated my 50 somethingish birthday there last night. Our wait was a very personable and friendly woman named Renee. The place has only 11 tables and has a very personable feel in both the ambiance and the behaviour of staff. The food was outstanding. We started with stuffed mushrooms for an appetizer. Yumm. I had the... More

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REPUBLIC
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70 reviews 70 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Joined my coworkers at a conference for dinner at this small, intimate restaurant. Tucked on a back street corner in downtown Olympia, it looks fairly unassuming from the outside. But the customer service and the quality of the food is outstanding! I enjoyed the crab with bacon and cheddar cheese casserole, which was very good, with creamy fettuccini as a... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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36 reviews 36 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

I was staying at the Doubletree near the capitol building in Olympia. Gardener's is just across the street. Nice, well lit interior with modern wooden furnishings. The staff was excellent, the food was excellent and it was a very nice time. I would take friends or business associates to this place any time.

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North Bethesda, Maryland
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43 reviews 43 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

The outside of Gardner's doesn't look like much. But, the inside is wonderfully maintained and creates a cozy, romantic atmosphere (even though I was there with a group). The service was wonderful, with excellent suggestions and engagement. The food was also excellent. Highly recommend.

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Olympia, Washington
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20 reviews 20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

We love the food here...the chefs consistently put out good food, often with a pairing of flavors you won't find elsewhere. My husband swears this is the only restaurant he knows of that can produce perfect razorclams every single time...something to do with Leon, we think:-). I typically have one of the shrimp dishes - always a treat - and... More

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Vancouver
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68 reviews 68 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014 via mobile

We were staying at the Doubletree and decided to give this place a try. From the warm greeting at the door to the time we finished our meal the service was great throughout. While some might think the place to be a little pricey we found the prices to be well within reason; the menu selection is varied enough to... More

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Olympia, Washington
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

Was disappointed in the food. It was OK but far from wow. the Cioppini was mostly steamers. there was mystery chunks of very chewy something's, that looked like imitation fish. not one piece of salmon or halibut. 1 big shrimp and two scallop. The Roo was good. the dinner rolls tasted to be 4 days old. the pecan desert was... More

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Blaine, MN
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56 reviews 56 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

What a nice surprise we had when we had dinner at Gardner's. As we parked our car and looked at the exterior of the building, we were wondering what we were in for. Once inside, we found a little gem of a restaurant in Olympia. What we enjoyed the most in that rustic interior of a restaurant is the outstanding... More

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