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This property has identified as Veteran-owned and Women-owned.
PRICE RANGE
$6 - $17
CUISINES
Cafe, American
Special Diets
Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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Reviewed February 24, 2020

The atmosphere at the cafe is very welcoming and comfortable. I enjoy coming here for the vibe. I really wish the menu offered specific vegan options though. I hardly eat at the cafe due to this. If there was a more vegan friendly menu I...would frequent the restaurant more.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed October 14, 2018

I like this place. It's got a definite old school hip feel to it and the food is a lot more orgo than I'm used to but is tasty and fun and they feature some truly great music.

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed October 6, 2018 via mobile

The import shop is amazing, fairly priced, and a smorgasbord for the eyes. The attached cafe offers tasty paninis, soups, and salads, and is wonderfully quirky in it's own rights. A friendly and fun place. The hours are a little loop limited, so make sure...you don't miss it!More

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed September 14, 2018

This is as much a coffee and dessert spot as a restaurant for meals. It's cosy and casual, and the food is good -- mostly salads & sandwiches. We enjoyed the live music -- gentle accoustic guitar.

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed July 27, 2018

We were at the farmers market and shopping downtown. Stopped for lunch. Enjoyed a Siciliano panini with Prosciutto ham, Havarti cheese, fresh Roma tomatoes and fresh basil pesto. Shared a full sandwich it made a nice lunch for 2. The iced tea is very good.

Date of visit: July 2018
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Reviewed January 26, 2018

Lots of homemade, organic, natural, vegan - you name it! Folksy atmosphere - where the locals eat. Awesome one-of-a-kind gift shop with it.

Date of visit: December 2017
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Reviewed January 15, 2018

Traditions has been in Olympia for years. Small, unassuming and good. We went for dinner and music. A singer named Lavon performed and was very good. The space where the restaurant is located is a bit small, and their entertainment always seems to sell-out. The...food is fresh and made on the spot. Panini sandwiches and a small selection of pasta type items are served. If it weren't for the entertainment, I don't think I'd ever go there just to eat, but given the quality of the performances, I'd recommend it every time.More

Date of visit: January 2018
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Reviewed January 1, 2018

Traditions Restaurant and shop is an interesting restaurant. It is very Bohemian/Hippie experience type restaurant. The shop os all about free trade. A fun place to browse. The have a small menu. You order at the counter and they bring it to you. One of...their popular dishes are soups. A favorite is the Ginger Carrot soup. They offer soups daily. They also have some good sandwiches and several desserts. Several vegetarian items are offered. Very simplistic restaurant across from the lake. They offer poetry readings some evenings.More

Date of visit: December 2017
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Reviewed November 15, 2017

Liked it so much, went back for a second visit. Great soup/sandwich/salad combos. Only complaint would be that placing an order is really old school, with the cashier taking notes on plain white slips of paper. This introduces delays and occasional confusion. But a great...atmosphere including on one visit, an excellent pianist!More

Date of visit: November 2017
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Reviewed July 19, 2017

This restaurant is a "New Age" restaurant. The food is not very good. It's stuck in all of the lefty, new age food fads. It uses local ingredients whenever possible. It has a lot of vegan on the menu. Very little meat. Sweeteners include sugar,...honey, and xylitol.More

Date of visit: July 2017
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Reviewed May 2, 2017

Traditions is a fine old, Olympia tradition in itself. They offer a really good spread of locally sourced foods, for lunch and dinner as well as coffee-shop drink specials. There is a wonderful fairtrade goods store attached. The best thing about traditions is the regular...performances of local artists and interest groups that take place l week long. If you are walking around Olympia and need a short rest with coffee, head for traditions and enjoy.More

Date of visit: May 2017
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Reviewed March 26, 2017 via mobile

I have had meals at this cafe for 10 or more years. The quality and serving size is inconsistent. I think it is overpriced. I really want to spend my money here but I am rarely impressed.

Date of visit: March 2017
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Reviewed January 11, 2017

Great food, music venue and fair trade import shop. Relaxing eclectic, with great food, wine available, and right across from Capital Lake which has a great walking area around it! Long time favorite for lunch.

Date of visit: January 2017
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Reviewed November 30, 2016

My daughter likes coming here for lunch so I decided to join her. She ordered a veggie burger which came with a simple salad. She enjoyed hers as usual. I ordered a bowl of the day's soup. It was potato leek with artichoke. It came...in a glass bowl that was steaming. Also, two slices of toast were on the side. I picked up a piece of toast and dipped it into the soup and brought it to my mouth expecting it to be rather hot. Rather not. It was very tepid. I stirred the soup around and felt the bowl. The glass bowl was barely warm to the touch. I tried my soup again and it was just tepid. I looked at the place where I ordered it from and there was a line. So, I decided not to hassle with having them put it back in the microwave again. The more I ate it the more I realized I was familiar with the soup. It tasted just like "Imagine's Potato Leek" soup. I could not taste any artichoke or see any artichoke at all. On the wall that I was facing it talks about eating "real food" -- what I was eating did not fit the description on their wall. It was a processed premade food item heated in a microwave and not even to a desirable temperature. Hopefully, someone from the café will read this review and change the way they offer soup. It is not hard to make a delicious, organic soup that is actually hot. My daughter will continue to go back. Me, I have checked that one off my list.More

Date of visit: July 2016
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Reviewed November 26, 2016

They have a great menu and several vegan options. The food is so fresh. I love their vegan enchiladas. They make their own lemon tahini dressing which is incredible. There is always a vegan soup on the menu too.

Date of visit: November 2016
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Traditions Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4