We used to live in Olympia and I tried hard to like this place but never could. We moved away a while back and were in Olympia again last week visiting. Friends asked to meet us at Hearthfire and while I wasn't excited about it we agreed.
First, the food. Standard NW-style steaks and seafood. Nothing bad on the menu, but nothing really inspiring, either. Ahi is good, but again, no Wow! factor. The Kobe burger is a good choice if you don't like fish, and their flank steak is commendable. Service is hit or miss; sometimes great, sometimes you wonder if your server went home. That said, when at our table, everyone has always been friendly and courteous.
Second, the architecture. Hearthfire Grill is either freeze or fry inside, and definitely fry outside (in season). Yes, the views are great, but the impressive walls of glass make for a real oven on the deck and the west side of the restaurant in the summer. Plus, people inside must always fiddle with the shades to keep from being blinded by the sun. It's not uncommon to see diners wearing sunglasses inside. To make up for the heat on the west side, the east side is air-conditioned to the point of being very uncomfortable. If you get a booth in the middle, look up. That's an airplane-hangar sized AC unit directly above you and you will be blasted by it throughout your meal. The place is cold, too, in winter, though. Why that giant vent can't throw some heat in January is beyond me.
We've been in Hearthfire maybe half a dozen times and have honestly never been comfortable, no matter what time of year. To me, the just-above-average food isn't worth it. Go for the view - it truly is Olympia's best - but be prepared to freeze or fry.
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