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320 4th Ave W, Olympia, WA 98501-1006
360-753-7000
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great Service; Nice Remodel

The Oyster House is an Olympia staple and after the fire, I wanted to see how the place looked. It was identical, probably for insurance reasons. Having said that, it is a comfortable relaxing place with a nice ambience. On a Friday night, the bar area was packed and I got the last table in the... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 21, 2015
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Seattle, Washington
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Tucker, Ga Usa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 via mobile

We were excited to try the Oyster House whilst visiting Olympia. We were seated at a booth overlooking the kitchen and oh my, did we get a eyeful. There were two employees behind the line prepping and serving food and they were not wearing gloves. They were touching raw food and then ready to eat food, tossing a loose fry... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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38 reviews 38 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

The Oyster House reopened last August after a disastrous fire. I wanted to give them time to "shake down" their new operation, and 7 months seemed like long enough. My husband and I arrived about 7:40 on a weeknight; the restaurant had a good turnout, but was nowhere near full. We began by ordering a bottle of chardonnay, from 5... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

I should have known better, but we had been walking all day, and we were both famished. Initially, we ordered a dozen intermediately priced oysters on the half shell. We were presented with the highest priced ones, which we returned for the ones that we had ordered. The oysters were brackish, and not very good. Next we ordered cod and... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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105 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

The Oyster House is an Olympia staple and after the fire, I wanted to see how the place looked. It was identical, probably for insurance reasons. Having said that, it is a comfortable relaxing place with a nice ambience. On a Friday night, the bar area was packed and I got the last table in the bar. The service, unexpectably,... More 

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Arden
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

went with husband, son,daughter in law, grandson(infant) for lunch. The staff acted like they had never had an infant there before even tho there were other children of all ages. Food was mediocre and service was slow. Will not return.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 via mobile

Since I was visting Olympia wanted to try things that weren't avaiavailable where I am from.Initial seating was very quick but table service was painfully slow. Waited quite some time before getting water or offering of drinks. Place didn't seem overly busy to have the slow service. Food was decent but waiter forgot some of it and had to ask... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

I like fish to taste like fish. The food was too fancy for my taste. Lovely remodel of the restraint, though. It is noisy, even on a quiet night, as we got there after 8:00 pm. Also,beware- we were ticketed in the adjacent parking lot! Didn't know you had to pay to park, and the sign in the dark is... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Yes - it has once again risen from the ashes and most of us consider that to be a miracle!! The Oyster House is a wonderful tribute to the geography and biology and gastronomy of the area.

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Seattle, Washington
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

After experiencing a devastating fire a couple years ago, the Oyster House was rebuilt to as closely resemble the former restaurant as possible - a totally successful venture. Not only is the decor and atmosphere the same as it was for the past several decades, but the food is equally good (as is the service). We've had lunch or dinner... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Great seafood in a relaxed atmosphere. It is popular among the locals and tourists alike. If you like seafood, you will not be disappointed.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 320 4th Ave W, Olympia, WA 98501-1006
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Olympia
  • Phone Number: 360-753-7000

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood

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