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Gardner's Restaurant

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111 Thurston Ave NW, Olympia, WA 98501-1043
+1 360-786-8466
5:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Closed now
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Tue - Fri 5:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Sat 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one restaurant in the Olympia/Lacey area that my family feels safe going due to many food allergies. They make each dish from scratch and listen carefully to your concerns. We have now eaten here three times without any issues and it is truly a blessing to have at least one nice place we can together that is close... More 

Thank 82kalik
Chicago, Illinois
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125 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Decent enough place, not great by any means. Kudos for the service, though. But what irritated me is this: My wife and I find American portions often too large. So we will order an appetizer each and split an entree. And we drink enough cocktails and wine so we are not scrimping on the bill. "Shared plate" fees piss me... More 

Thank RML1
Lakewood, Washington
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a memorable first experience at Gardener's. We plan to come back once a year for our anniversary. My husband had the rack of lamb, he said it was better than mine, lol, and I am a very good cook. Cocktails are good too!

Thank Doreen T
274JJJ, Owner at Gardner's Restaurant, responded to this review

We are so pleased that your first visit was such a good one! We look forward to serving you again on your next anniversary. More 

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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The service was very personal and attentive; the food and wine very delicious. There are a limited number of tables, but worth making the reservation, as the ambiance is cozy and friendly. We went for an anniversary dinner and loved everything about it.

Thank Jordance2
274JJJ, Owner at Gardner's Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to review your dining experience with us. And we are very happy that your evening was enjoyable. We look forward to serving you again! More 

Los Angeles, California
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Not being familiar with the city of Olympia, we were fortunate to dine at Gardner's. The restaurant is small, so reservations are encouraged. The atmosphere is quiet and romantic, in my opinion. Our meals of seafood linguine and scallops were well prepared and tasty. The service was very timely, courteous and professional. Thank you, Tiffany. We recommend this restaurant and... More 

Thank dah_s2013
Lacey, Washington
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Have always had an excellent dinner and top notch attentive service every time I have eaten at Gardner's. The atmosphere is relaxed and the decor is rustic, yet it still feels like you're going out to an elegant dinner, not just grabbing a burger at a sports bar. Last trip was to celebrate our anniversary and our meals were delicious!

Thank PNWSwede
Olympia, Washington
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

You'd better have reservations for Gardner's. They have a limited number of tables, but if you can get in the food is great, the service is great and it is well worth the visit. I take my wife there for special occasions, the most recent being her birthday.

Thank Ghery1952
Olympia, Washington
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016 via mobile

Always fabulous food and superb service. My husbands's first choice for special occasion celebrations.

Thank sshadie
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016 via mobile

The food and service here unparalleled in Oly! This is the place to go for quality food prepared beautifully. Make this your spot for that special dinner!

Thank Dana Lin V
Shelton, Washington
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53 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016 via mobile

Hubby surprised me with reservations here. Had never heard of it. Small, quaint, cozy atmosphere. Very friendly and efficient servers. Food delicious while a little on the heavy side. Seafood fettuccini delicious but could have been a little saucier. Caesar salad good and not overdressed. Hubby's steak with Marsala sauce a delight. Huckleberry martini very nice. Creme Brûlée very good.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$15 - $35
Steakhouse, American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 8:15 pm
5:00 pm - 8:15 pm
5:00 pm - 8:15 pm
5:00 pm - 8:15 pm
4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 111 Thurston Ave NW, Olympia, WA 98501-1043
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Olympia
  • Phone Number: +1 360-786-8466
Gardner's has been family owned since 1983 and has proven to be the favorite place to dine in Olympia. Gardner's Executive Chef Dan Keith favors the freshest local and seasonal ingredients. Everything is created from scratch, including soups and sauces to an abundance of desserts. With many local wines offered by the glass or by bottle, you are sure to find that perfect pour for any entrée. We hope you join us soon. Make your reservation by telephone or online at Open Table.

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