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Gardner's Seafood & Pasta

111 Thurston Ave NW, Olympia, WA 98501
(360) 786-8466
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Ranked #13 of 295 restaurants in Olympia
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: Seafood, Steakhouse, Pasta
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Dessert
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Dessert
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English first
Olympia, Washington
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20 reviews 20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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69 reviews 69 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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
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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30 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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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Shelton, Washington
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

This used to be one of our favorite restaurants until my husband ended up with a metal clip off of a seafood bag in his chowder! Luckily he realized it before he swallowed it. What could have ended with a trip to the E.R., got us only our drinks comped! Needless to say, we will not be back.

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El Dorado Hills, California
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87 reviews 87 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

In Olympia on business and staying at the Double Tree. Walked across the street and there was Gardner's. My business associate and I wanted just to have some good seafood. What we got was outstandng service and wonderful food! We shared a appetizer of Razor Clams that were just out of this world and was given the sugguestion from our... More

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Fayetteville, Georgia
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91 reviews 91 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

At the end of travel through Olympic National Park I found myself in Olympia and looking for some good food. I googled and found Gardner's Seafood and Pasta just off the interstate and down from the capitol. The location is next to a Hilton property. I was able to find a spot on the street and with a short wait... More

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Boaz, Alabama, USA
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This restaurant was recommended by the Front Desk team at the hotel that we were staying at. While visiting Olympia my co-workers and I ate at several local restaurants and this one was by far the best. From the moment we entered the restaurant we experienced a cozy atmosphere and attentive staff. The menu was very diverse and of course... More

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Prince George, BC
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46 reviews 46 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

Gardner's is old school even if they have made some menu concessions to changing tastes.I am a clam freak and managed to have them both as an appetitizer (razors) and main course. The cook knows how to handle these fussy critters well. All too often they get overcooked but these were very good. Service was friendly albeit a tad slow... More

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Olympia, Washington
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37 reviews 37 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

Expensive and only mediocre. I've been twice and have yet to be impressed. It get's wonderful reviews from other. Largely a seafood menu, which is not my favorite so I always opt for the chicken entre which is generally soaked in sauce and butter.

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