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Dockside Bistro

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501 Columbia St NW, Olympia, WA 98501-8229 (Columbia Ave NW)
360-956-1928
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 112
    Excellent
  • 49
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 4
    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
Delicious Dinner

We had a delicious dinner here. Although we didn't have reservations, they found an empty table for us. Even on a week day night, the place was almost full. We appreciated the fine dining and the view of the water. The wait staff was attentive but left us alone so we could talk.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
AcornOwl
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Ithaca, New York
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Ithaca, New York
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had a delicious dinner here. Although we didn't have reservations, they found an empty table for us. Even on a week day night, the place was almost full. We appreciated the fine dining and the view of the water. The wait staff was attentive but left us alone so we could talk.

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Thank AcornOwl
Washougal, Washington
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146 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We followed Trip Advisor's lead to the Dockside. Enjoyed a terrific late lunch on a quiet Saturday afternoon. Upon entering, you have to turn to the left, where you'll find yourself in the dining room; then head towards the bar to find a waitress or hostess to seat you. We were seated in a cozy booth & proceeded to count... More 

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Thank Gloria L
Olympia, Washington
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34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Delicious gourmet food, great cozy environment with a fantastic view, great for intimate dates or special occasions. It's advertised as a wine bar so they have a fantastic selection but their food is absolutely amazing.

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Thank swedishballerina
Olympia, Washington
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Small, intimate dining on Olympia's waterfront pier. Excellent NW cuisine. Occasional live Jazz. This restaurant has slowly emerged into our favorite go-to place for our anniversary.

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Thank susanhZ9586NN
Olympia, Washington
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Before I start this review, let me state that I am a long time Olympia resident and longtime customer of this restaurant. Date of visit, 01/31/2016. Time of visit 6:00pm. My wife and I decided to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary at our "go to" restaurant, Dockside Bistro, but left with huge disappointment and will not be coming back there... More 

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Thank Lance L
Post Falls, Idaho
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31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped by without a reservation but they were able to get a table by the water. The food was wonderful and the service outstanding. Great wine selection and able to accommodate my wheat allergy with a fabulous gluten free crab chowder.

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Thank PostFalls
Gig Harbor, Washington
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36 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The first time I ordered their salmon BLT and it was wonderful. Atmosphere is about as perfect as you can get - small, kinda dim, cozy, on the water, a bit upscale. I was so impressed I arranged to go with three girlfriends a few weeks later. Three of us had issues with our meal. One ordered fish and chips... More 

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Thank Babs319
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17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Been here numerous times, every time we come to Olympia, and they never let us down. Had a very nice lunch and a bottle of wine. Halibut fish tacos was a perfect size, and blackened perfectly. My wife had razor clams and chowder, which she both enjoyed greatly. Great place for business.

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Thank Jholt619
Carlsbad, California, United States
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33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015 via mobile

This small, intimate restaurant on the dock is a delightful surprise. We were there for lunch. The menu was varied and many of the dishes would be considered fine dining. The service was a bit slow but with good friends and a full bar waiting wasn't a problem. More a romantic adult atmosphere it probably not be good for small... More 

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Thank 419Kathy
Olympia, Washington
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229 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

This is an intimate special occasion restaurant on the boardwalk. The food is always well-prepared and delicious. The seafood martini is a fabulous appetizer - assorted seafood with vermouth served in a large martini glass. We recently took out-of-town guests here for dinner. They were impressed! I had the pear, Gorgonzola ravioli with prawns. It may sound like a strange... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 501 Columbia St NW, Olympia, WA 98501-8229
    (Columbia Ave NW)
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Olympia
  • Phone Number: 360-956-1928

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Scenic view, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?