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3211 Ruston Wa, Tacoma, WA 98402
(253) 756-0771
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Today
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: Reservations, Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 28
    Excellent
  • 38
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
GREAT, Humming Atmosphere

My friends and I have been coming to Katie Downs for years. The food is OK, not the best, but not bad. We've learned how to navigate the menu. Their bar is great; they can make just about any mixed drink and they have a nice variety of wines and beers. Where they really shine is their view... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
Sarah S
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Tacoma, Washington, United States
Good for:
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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English first
Tacoma, Washington, United States
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

My friends and I have been coming to Katie Downs for years. The food is OK, not the best, but not bad. We've learned how to navigate the menu. Their bar is great; they can make just about any mixed drink and they have a nice variety of wines and beers. Where they really shine is their view, atmosphere, and... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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159 reviews 159 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

A group of us stopped by after Zoolights. It was our first time there. Had very good fish and chips and fish tacos. Served promptly and the portions, especially the fish (cod) were very nice. In midwinter, and rain, we were all inside but on a sunny day the outside seating on the bay would be super.

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Kent, Washington
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18 reviews 18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Invited to a 30-person retirement party to this water-side restaurant, we were treated well by the staff, but with all the commotion of the large party, and the generally-speaking noisy atmosphere, we didn't realize that everyone individually orders their food at the bar area. This, despite the fact that the drink orders were taken by roving waitresses. Small point, but... More 

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Lakewood, Washington
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219 reviews 219 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Katie Downs is reliably good. It has a wonderful spot on the Sound and very good food as well. You order upon your entrance into the restaurant, pay, grab your beverage and then take a seat. They kindly bring your order to you but beware, this place operates as a bar so if you have anyone with you under the... More 

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Kennewick, Washington
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Katie Downs is a tavern-restaurant serving pizza, burgers, seafood, steaks, sandwiches. Katie's Fish Tacos, with char-broiled Alaskan Cod, were great! I didn't try their award-winning pizza, but others told me it's worth another visit for the pizza. It's right on the waterfront but, in the dark, there's not much to see. I will be back!

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Federal Way, Washington
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 via mobile

A laid back casual eatery filled with friends and laughter eating the best food ever. I love a good burger with onion rings...always cooked to perfection. Everything is great on the menu and getting 50% off appetizers stretches your dollar. I go once a month.

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Portland, Oregon
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

I loved the view from this place. The service was not great and the food was not special. It would probably be a fun place to watch a sports event since the entire dining area is filled with huge screens. I can see loving it on a nice sunny day sitting in the outdoor area; we were there on a... More 

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Oregon
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72 reviews 72 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

The service was not the best, but this brewpub is on the water. The happy hour prices were good and the food was above average.

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Tacoma, Washington
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

views, tvs for the sports fan and great food.. have to stand in line to order which can be slow but definately worth the wait

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Tacoma, Washington
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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Took a visiting Nigerian Pastor to a Sunday lunch. On a cloudless, hot afternood, there is no place better than the Puget Sound. The view and boating and activities from inside or outside was wonderful. The food was great, not inexpensive, but it is not a fast food joint. What I would expect anywhere on Ruston Way.

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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
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?