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111 Thurston Ave NW, Olympia, WA 98501
(360) 786-8466
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Good for:
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 67
    Excellent
  • 18
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
This is our go to restaurant for special occasions

Gardner's is our first choice for birthdays and anniversaries. Great food, friendly staff and a quiet atmosphere. It's a smaller restaurant, so plan ahead. Note: I almost didn't write this review as it's difficult enough to get reservations. :)

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 4, 2015
Ron L
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Olympia, Washington
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Dessert
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98 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Chehalis, Washington
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 NEW

I have been to Gardner's many times before, and had a fantastic meal. It is on the high end, for Olympia, but usually you don't mind paying for excellent food and service. My husband had never been, and he choose this for his birthday. We started with a special offier of a cheese plate appetizer. It was excellent! Presentation, taste,... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Gardner's is our first choice for birthdays and anniversaries. Great food, friendly staff and a quiet atmosphere. It's a smaller restaurant, so plan ahead. Note: I almost didn't write this review as it's difficult enough to get reservations. :)

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Portland, Oregon, United States
Top Contributor
108 reviews 108 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

When you arrive and look at the outside of this place, you will wonder...... But go inside, where the dining room is both spacious and cozy, calm and elegant. Then order anything on the menu from the gracious, friendly, and accommodating staff. Everything we've had there has been delicious... My husband declared the seafood fettuccine the best he's ever had!... More 

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Olympia, Washington
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Not much on the outside, but definitely go in for a well prepared dinner in a cozy environment. Wonderful seafood and great service.

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Olympia, Washington
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This place is always great and has been around for ever ! The pasta is always great and the cioppino is always great!

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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Gardner's is a small, cozy romantic spot to have great seafood. They have a limited menu and are a bit on the pricey side, but we've never had anything there we didn't like (and the warm rolls with herbed butter while you're waiting for your meal are to die for!) if it's a weekend or there's a show in town,... More 

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Seattle, Washington
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I can't tell you how many people I've talked to that drove past Gardner's and either missed it or discounted it. What a mistake! This is a hidden gem. Inside is an inviting décor, cheerful and helpful staff, and great food. Whether a special occasion for two, or entertaining guests/friends, we've never regretted Gardner's. Once you go, you'll become a... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

One of Olympia's best kept secrets. Food always great. Seafood is one of their specialties. Great for a romantic dinner or small groups of friends.

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Olympia, WA
Top Contributor
107 reviews 107 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

This restaurant offers a classic dining experience. The curb appeal is not great but inside is lovely, the service is outstanding, food is excellent and they offer some fun, unique cocktails. One of the few restaurants these days that is not ala carte--your entree comes with a salad, rolls and choice of starch (when we were there it was a... More 

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Washington State
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We have never been disappointed here. It's more expensive than most, but worth it. The food is wonderful and done to your liking. The service is very professional - attentive but not intrusive, informative but not pretentious, friendly not smug. The atmosphere is calm, subdued, and perfect for a couple or small group to spend a wonderful evening together. When... More 

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274JJJ, Owner at Gardner's Seafood & Pasta, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your feedback. We are delighted that your experience was so positive. We work very hard as a team, and so all of us here at Gardner's greatly appreciate hearing that your evening turned out so special. We look forward to your next visit! More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 111 Thurston Ave NW, Olympia, WA 98501
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Olympia
  • Phone Number: (360) 786-8466

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Seafood, Pasta

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?