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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: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 91
    Excellent
  • 42
    Very good
  • 12
    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
Haley was an awesome server!

We had such a great time and the food as always was top notch. We go to restraints expecting to have a great time and are never dissatisfied. I guess if you go to determine if they are worthy, then you will leave never satisfied. We have been here over a year ago and they remembered us, and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
Jholt619
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

We had such a great time and the food as always was top notch. We go to restraints expecting to have a great time and are never dissatisfied. I guess if you go to determine if they are worthy, then you will leave never satisfied. We have been here over a year ago and they remembered us, and where we... More 

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Bend, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

The menu in the window advertised oysters on the half shell at a certain price and that together with high ratings drew us in. Once inside the oysters were a different price but we split an order with four of us anyway and they were good. One special for an appetizer was Poke and ordered by two in the party... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

This restaraunt is right across from the Doubletree Inn where I was staying. Very convient. It is right on the water at the Marina in a very pleasant location on the boardwalk. The service was excellent. They have a very good wine list, and great menu. I had the duck which was excellent. I highly recommend this restaraunt.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We drove to Olympia to see the capital early evening and took a chance on the harbor-side wine bar. We were welcomed pleasantly, and served a very nice small dinner without wine (we were driving). Salads with shrimp and crab were perfect for a light dinner and we really enjoyed this small place. We recommend avoiding travel to and from... More 

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Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

No alcohol served outside! Waah. We walked across the street from our motel looking forward to sitting on the dock and having dinner here. We were told that they can't serve alcohol on their patio. That was rather disappointing- but our seating inside made up for it. However we were told we needed to vacate our seat by an hour... More 

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seattle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Dockside Bistro is the smallest, most intimate, waterfront restaurant in Oly town. Perfect for a special occasion. Here, you can relax and take your time. The Copper River salmon is excellent. Service is excellent. Ambiance, excellent. Go for the delicious northwest cuisine, the waterfront view, and for a smaller, lovely place to talk.

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Olympia, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

There is a nice group of restaurants down on the dock and this of course had a nice view and great walk around the area. Nice selection of food and i have had 5 or 6 different ones and all were wonderful. I recommend this place

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

I wish there was an above average rating in between average and very good. Dockside is not very good but it certainly is above average. Good sustainable ingredients, well prepared, nice location, excellent service but unfortunately at very high prices.

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Greenfield, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Service good, food average, nice venue. Nice, easy walk from the Governor Hotel. We started to sit outside - which was preferable - but the night air chilled and the staff was very accommodating in bringing us to a nice table inside.

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Seattle, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Was attracted to this restaurant since Kobe beef burger was on the menu. There were about 17 diners at 12 tables with only one server. The server earned his pay but service suffered. Burger was nothing to write home about....tasted like a previously frozen burger. Bun was sweet and had no substance, so burger fell apart. Restaurant does not serve... 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: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Doing business, 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?