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Gardner's Restaurant

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111 Thurston Ave NW, Olympia, WA 98501-1043
+1 360-786-8466
4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Tue - Fri 5:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Sat 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Onalaska, United States
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is our favorite restaurant in Olympia. From the outside you will never believe what comes out of such a small kitchen. What they do there is amazing. The atmosphere is very pleasant and relaxing. They go out of their way to provide you with great service and the food is always delicious. We try something new most of the... More 

Thank Daryl V
Olympia, Washington
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We don't get there too often but when we do we are never disappointed. The food was excellent and the service great. They have a new feature which I like. Instead of telling you the specials of the night they are printed on a small menu. Each dish is explained and the price given. Even the cocktail special is mentioned.... More 

Thank Eilene258
Olympia, Washington
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My brother was in town for a visit, so of course we wanted to take him out for a nice dinner. We always love Gardners and this was no exception. My brother had never had razor clams before, so we started w/them as an appetizer. He had the tenderloin steak w/mushroom sauce and huckleberry bread pudding for dessert. He said... More 

Thank Horselover5506
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20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My wife and I made our way down to Gardner's (we eat there on a semi-regular basis) to see what's new. As usual, the atmosphere, wait staff and food went above and beyond. It's always a 5 star experience there. If you know Olympia, you know that there is a real problem with attitude at most places, where they act... More 

Thank DGS3
Seattle, Washington
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35 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We've loved this restaurant for 20 years, our recent visit was very disappointing. The food came out cold, poorly seasoned, and just simply not good. I don't know if the kitchen was having a bad night, or staff turnover? The wait staff was as always excellent, our complaint was with the poor quality food. I will wait it out and... More 

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

We appreciate your feedback. We always want our guest to leave happy and full. If there is ever an issue with your visit, please let your server know and it will be remedied to your satisfaction. We look forward to serving you again soon. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2017 via mobile

We love Gardner's! The steak is amazing and I love the seafood fettuccini too. Those meals come with a salad and a veggie side, which are all delicious. This is also a great place to go for dessert and some wine; the best in town in my opinion. A quiet and romantic ambiance makes Gardner's the a perfect date night... More 

Thank BLT117
274JJJ, Owner at Gardner's Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind words! We strive to make each visit special, and love that your evening was so memorable. We hope to see you again soon! More 

Seattle, Washington
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2017

From the easy online booking from the website, all the way to when you are leaving, Gardners is great! It can be busy around 7, so we make sure to book a table in advance. The hostess is always ready for us. The servers are very knowledgeable about the local wines and also serve great cocktails. I get the razor... More 

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

We are so glad to hear that your experience was such a pleasing one. We strive to make each guest happy and content and greatly appreciate your feedback. We too like the ease of online booking for our guest! More 

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42 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2017 via mobile

You pull up to a old building in downtown Oly by the waterfront......seems scary!!! But dont be afraid you will not forget your time in this amazingly romantic, delicious food and beautiful atmosphere. Make a reservation because it was busy, but well staffed and they are all so friendly and perfectly attentive. Price is a little heavy but well worth... More 

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

Thank you for your kind words. We do try to make it a warm and cozy atmosphere coupled with delicious food....and we are very pleased that you had that experience. We hope to see you back soon! More 

Olympia, Washington
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2016

there was one couple there alone who had a great seat. The seating arrangement is strange. We were placed by the rails over looking the entrance. No one else came to the rest while we were there. We though maybe because we did not have reservations why we sat there. I had some sort of steak which was very strong,... More 

Thank gogo1210
Duluth, Minnesota
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74 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2016 via mobile

Don't be fooled by the outside. Mushroom ravioli was fabulous. We stayed across the street.... Wandered in, and were summarily amazed. Fabulous service, superb food and wine. Then go for a walk at the harbour to help erase the guilt.

Thank Rich H

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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, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings
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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