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Katie Downs

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3211 Ruston Wa, Tacoma, WA 98402
(253) 756-0771
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 41
    Excellent
  • 44
    Very good
  • 20
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Should have visited this place sooner!

Boy were we disappointed to find this place at the end of our stay in Tacoma. Nice views right on the water. The pizza was really good As was the Cobb Salad that I had. The fountain drink cups are huge and bottomless. Their clam chowder was good and on my second visit I tried the shrimp salad. It... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 21, 2015
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Olympia, Washington
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35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

We've been coming here for years. We bring out of town guests here in the Summer as it's built out over the waters of Puget Sound and the views are spectacular, or at least they used to be. They've now got several large flat screen tvs that hang down over the windows. Some genius decided to put the biggest one... More 

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Thank Kathleen2cats
Albemarle
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015 via mobile

Boy were we disappointed to find this place at the end of our stay in Tacoma. Nice views right on the water. The pizza was really good As was the Cobb Salad that I had. The fountain drink cups are huge and bottomless. Their clam chowder was good and on my second visit I tried the shrimp salad. It was... More 

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Thank hafnhafnc
Montpelier, Vermont
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

Had dinner and drinks here. Awesome location, right on the water. Seat yourself, order yourself, and staff bring your food to you. It's a laidback atmosphere, so no frills here. I was surprised at first, but really appreciated no one trying to up-sell me anything. Come here if you want an uninterrupted evening with friends.

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Thank shoutbecause
Tacoma, Washington
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

Nice tavern on Ruston Way. Great view of Commencement Bay both form the inside seating and deck. Good food with a friendly atmosphere.

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Thank Alessandra W
Tacoma, Washington
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49 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

If you can capture the few great afternoons/evenings that have a limited breeze and decent weather, it is a breathtaking place to sit and enjoy a beer or glass of wine with a deep bar menu. If you are inside, it is loud and there are sports TVs everywhere. So the winter months are less optimal. Food and drink are... More 

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Thank Jeanne H
Tacoma, Washington
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55 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Great Rest/Bar atmosphere. Every seat has a water view. Happy hours are worth the trip! Try the manilla clams but everything is good.

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Thank Mike1720
Gig Harbor, Washington
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89 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

The views from the deck are great. You can see Mt Rainier as well as much of Puget Sound and the Port of Tacoma. Food and service are typical bar. Staff was pleasant.

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Thank 741lolo
Spanaway, United States
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76 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Katie Downs continues to shine in quality and service! Arriving on a Friday about 5, we found deck seating and ordered food and drinks. My husband had the breaded shrimp and I had my favorite Halibut with a salad and fries. Both dishes were outstanding, and of a better quality and price point than we've experienced at other Tacoma restaurants.... More 

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Thank Patti G
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107 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

The staff members were absolutely fantastic. Truly. Super friendly and they explained that we could seat ourselves and then place our order for food at the bar. The "micro beers" list was...a joke. Most were probably *technically* microbrews because they come from relatively small breweries...but they were not craft beers that one would want to drink if you truly appreciate... More 

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Thank sharding23
Lakewood, Washington
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110 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

walk across a small bridge into a restaurant that is literally on the water, of Puget sound. whether inside the spacious room or out on the deck you'll be enjoying 180 degrees of beautiful water scenery. cold beer and American menu, from pizza to nachos to burgers to seafood are featured at a reasonable price

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3211 Ruston Wa, Tacoma, WA 98402
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Tacoma
  • Phone Number: (253) 756-0771

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Pizza, American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Scenic view
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 12:00 am

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