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Gardner's Seafood & Pasta

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111 Thurston Ave NW, Olympia, WA 98501
(360) 786-8466
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5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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  • 91
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  • 22
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 3
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  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Delightful , standby

Has been in Olympia for years Wonderful seafood , great seafood fettuccine Friendly service Apple crisp ! Easy to find and parking

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
Michael T
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

My wife had been wanting to eat here for some time and we were both anticipating big things, but sadly we were disappointed. My favorite item of the night was the salad that accompanied my entree. My wife enjoyed the cheeses on the cheese plate we ordered. Quality ingredients, but altogether not worth the cost of admission.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Has been in Olympia for years Wonderful seafood , great seafood fettuccine Friendly service Apple crisp ! Easy to find and parking

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

The fresh fish special was wonderful and the green beans were cooked perfectly. Steamed clam appetizer is a must. Staff was very friendly and helpful. The Dubliner cocktail was excellent. Recommend making reservations on weekends though we got in no problem on a Wednesday evening. Does get a little noisy when full, but the bistro atmosphere is quite nice.

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Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

This has been our "special night" restaurant for years! The food is always incredible and the staff treats us like family. I have never had a bad meal here!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

We've heard about Gardner's for years & finally got the chance to enjoy a meal here. The seafood & vegetables were very fresh, the service was friendly and prompt. A definite treat was the calamari appetizer- the most tender we've ever had, and the delectable pecan crisp dessert. The atmosphere was cozy, yet lively with every table full in this... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Very impressed with this restaurant. From the outside, it's hard to tell what you will be getting into. But once inside, enjoy. Service, drinks, meals, desserts were all excellent. Our server was one of the owners, I believe. The building itself was an old union hall we were told. Very few of the tables, chairs, etc., match, but that was... More 

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Castro Valley
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

While in Olympia, we needed a place to eat. We read the reviews on Gardner's and decided to try it. What a great little place. Easy to get to and lots of parking. Make reservations because the building is small and people frequent often. I had the Chicken Parmesan and it was the biggest piece of chicken I have ever... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015 via mobile

This restaurant has great servers, most excellent chocolate martins and generally, food elevated above the norm. Just do not order the bread pudding as it is dry, bland and not of the same caliber. Which made it more disappointing. Gardner's is definitely a place for lingering, savoring, indulging. Very fresh ingredients, beautifully crafted platings and imaginative preparation. One of the... More 

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

Thank you so much for writing a review. We always love to hear from our guest. We are very happy to hear that you had such a nice evening at Gardner's. We also greatly appreciate the feedback on the bread pudding. We will look address it right away, and we hope you enjoy your dessert much more on your next... More 

Woodinville, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

This place is a puzzle: it looks like a hole in the wall restaurant from the outside; the inside none of the tables match (but the chairs at least match). It has low ceilings with the pipes exposed (which is so popular in restaurants these days, but I don't know why). It is pretty noisy in there when it is... More 

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

Thank you so much for your feedback, we love to hear from our guest. We agree, it's a funky little building! Gardner's still rents this historical building, it used to be a longshoreman meeting hall many years ago. So not much can change. So we strive to give the best service and meals. We are so glad you enjoyed your... More 

Oakville, Washington
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

The food was wonderful, so was the atmosphere. The service was great, our server Kirsten was marvelous very helpful and friendly. I would recommend Gardner's to everyone. Went there for my husbands birthday.

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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: Doing business, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
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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