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Gardner's Restaurant

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111 Thurston Ave NW, Olympia, WA 98501-1043
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Shelton, Washington
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50 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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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University Place, Washington
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32 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We were meeting a friend who was staying at the adjacent Doubletree to this was very handy. I had been warned by my research that the exterior was very plain and it was but the interior was open and airy and pleasant. My lasagna was too squishy but my friends had fish which they applauded. The insalata caprese was quite... More 

Thank Leatherneck6693
Olympia, WA
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

A great place for a special occasion or out with friends. More expensive than other places which prohibits going on a regular basis.

Thank TravlersOlympia_WA
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5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We hadn't eaten at Gardner's for quite a few years and it was nice to visit again. We ate cioppino and a meat dish, which we certainly enjoyed. My only hesitation is that Gardner's tends to employ more traditional recipes that rely on heavy ingredients, such as cream and butter. This makes for a heavy meal. A lighter approach would... More 

Thank David H
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This is considered THE high end restaurant in Olympia; not sure why. There is no view and one window in the whole place. It is a dark rustic wood ambience. Service is excellent. The food is old style, buttery, greasy, overly sauced foods. They have a decent wine list and also serve cocktails. This wouldn't be my first choice for... More 

Thank Xavierrette
Seattle, Washington
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118 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Just went there for dinner again. Service is always great, but the food was not up to par. My salad was floating in dressing, my chicken piccata was like shoe leather. My husband had the pork chop with peaches, and wanted it as recommended, sliightly pink, but it was super well done. I guess we should have sent it back,... More 

Thank cupperr
Phoenix, Arizona
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52 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Right across the street from the doubletree so an easy choice for business travelers. Food and service is good.

Thank DMP3131
Great Malvern, United Kingdom
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246 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 253 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Called in on the off-chance of getting a table on a busy Saturday night. The staff were extremely welcoming stating they would accommodate us. The exterior of the building may be a bit bland and could easily be overlooked however it has an extremely comfortable romantic well-designed interior. The razor clam starter was delicious as was my main course of... More 

Thank gowerguy
Olympia, Washington
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Remarkable evening. Food was excellent lasagna and cioppino superb. Service was excellent very attentive. At a birthday dinner and they put a candle in the desert. Suggested excellent pairing with the wine. Ambiance was very nice considering the older establishment and outside doesn't reflect the warm and excellent interior atmosphere

Thank Tom J
Olympia, Washington, United States
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great food. Never had a bad meal here. Quaint place with good service. A local favorite. Great seafood.

Thank Karyn E

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$15 - $35
American, Italian, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 111 Thurston Ave NW, Olympia, WA 98501-1043
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Olympia
  • Phone Number: 13607868466
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?