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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: Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 30
    Excellent
  • 39
    Very good
  • 13
    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
Fun Sunday Lunch

We enjoyed a delicious lunch here yesterday. I had the fish tacos which were excellent. My husband had the shrimp salad which was good. The service was excellent and the view can't be beat. We were even surprised to find the daffodil boat parade going by the restaurant. We can't wait to return.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
Anne B
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Auburn, United States
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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69 reviews 69 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

The location and views ant be beat! The pizza is excellent, as is the two shrimp appetizers. My husband also loves the fish tacos and halibut/chips. Go for happy hour and find some good deals on food/drinks. We love to sit on the patio on warm days -- heaters are available on the patio for cooler times. The wait staff... More 

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Auburn, United States
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44 reviews 44 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We enjoyed a delicious lunch here yesterday. I had the fish tacos which were excellent. My husband had the shrimp salad which was good. The service was excellent and the view can't be beat. We were even surprised to find the daffodil boat parade going by the restaurant. We can't wait to return.

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Covington, WA
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Tried their happy hour after a day of exploring Point Defiance. Arrived just before 4:00 and was able to get a table by the window. The greeter explained that you order at the bar & keep a tab open then waiters bring you your food which was fine. View was great & enjoyed the resident one legged sea gull and... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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18 reviews 18 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Right on the water, cool scenery, basic menu. Calamari appetizer is huge plenty to share and please share very rich! Cocktails are good, menu is varied. They do not take American Express...

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Tacoma, Washington, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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184 reviews 184 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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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25 reviews 25 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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
112 helpful votes 112 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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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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?