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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, Dessert, Reservations

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  • 87
    Excellent
  • 39
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 3
    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
Nice Northwest Cuisine

I selected this restaurant based on a recommendation by my B&B host and online reviews. The food was excellent and creative. I can't recall ever before having a house salad accompanied by gourmet garlic fries, but I sure enjoyed them. The seafood bouillabaisse was outstanding. The only drawback was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
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San Francisco, California
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Local cuisine
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San Francisco, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

I selected this restaurant based on a recommendation by my B&B host and online reviews. The food was excellent and creative. I can't recall ever before having a house salad accompanied by gourmet garlic fries, but I sure enjoyed them. The seafood bouillabaisse was outstanding. The only drawback was the restaurant seemed a bit understaffed. My server was rushed and... More 

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Illinois
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14 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

We were visiting from California and our only requirement was "a restaurant with oysters". I researched the area and made a reservation at Dockside Bistro. We ordered a dozen and enjoyed them very much. They are served on pebbles. We then shared a wonderful goat cheese salad, then my partner had soup and I salmon. Great place and our waitress... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

After hearing and driving by this restaurant for a couple years now, we decided to give it a try on our anniversary. Wow! We will not drive by again as it was way more than what we anticipated. The food was beautifully executed and looked the part also. We were treated like special guests which is not necessary but was... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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36 reviews 36 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

I recently went here with a friend. We had great food and good service. It is a nice place for a special occasion.

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Belfair, Washington
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83 reviews 83 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

We celebrated our wedding anniversary at the dockside. Our first visit to this amazing restaurant. Unable to decide which wine we wanted the server brought samples of our selections. I had the pistachio crusted halibut which was the best I've ever had. Hubby had the rack of lamb that was perfect. Romantic ambiance Reservations required. Pricy but worth it

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Freeland, Washington
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192 reviews 192 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

We were happily surprised by this place. We had passed by it many times, not knowing what was inside. A well crafted meal, we could tell the chef really cares about what is put on the plate and how it's presented. A beautiful way to celebrate!

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Olympia, Washington
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We often celibrate our anniversary here. We go because there are surprises on the menu,the wine is excellent and the service is special

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Olympia, Washington
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

It had been at least a year since I have been there! Like the title says BEST FOOD in Olympia!!!!!! It is a little on the fancy side but the food is totally amazing!!! THIS PLACE ROCKS!!!!

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

We went to Dockside Bistro for a special celebration. The atmosphere was quiet and the view over Budd Bay on Puget Sound was wonderful. I had halibut that was perfectly cooked. My husband had the duck breast and thoroughly enjoyed it. There are times when we miss the fine dining of the east coast or Seattle. No more! Dockside Bistro... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015 via mobile

Had dinner with friends at this eatery last night. The oysters were fresh and firm. Duck, scallops, and lamb were well prepared with a nice presentation. The wine list is extensive. Try the Walter Deacon Syrah, it's very smooth. Finish with a slice of key lime pie and a glass of Port. The place was crowded and the service was... 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: Doing business, Special occasions, Romantic, Entertaining clients, Local cuisine
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?