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Dockside Bistro

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501 Columbia St NW, Olympia, WA 98501-8229 (Columbia Ave NW)
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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5 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Two of the three of us thought the food was terrible and almost sent it back. The service was also poor.

Thank pixmaWashington
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We ate dinner here one night and really enjoyed the quality food in a quaint setting. The food presentation was excellent, and the portions were appropriate.

Thank John S
Lacey, WA
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47 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Dockside Bistro is our go-to for date night and special occasions. The feel is intimate, the service personal. Menu is full of very tasty items, notably the seafood martini. It's right on the water in Olympia, and most seats have a view of the waterway. It's a sweet little spot conveniently located with parking out front. Do make reservations far... More 

Thank Lisa D
Frederick, Maryland
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591 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016

I walked in without a reservation at 5 PM on a Thursday. I wasn't greeted at the door but followed a sign's directions and walked around the corner towards the bar where I was acknowledged by my host/server. Despite only one other couple being in the dining room, I was only able to choose to sit at one of two... More 

Thank NeoWasHere
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016 via mobile

We got seated even though we didnt had any reservations, that was a major plus! Food 4.5 out of 5. Very tasty and timely! Cleanliness 5 out of 5. Price 3.5 out of 5. Slightly on the higher price range for the area. Overall great place for food and yummy drinks. Perfect for romantic date nights ir family gatherings.

Thank donchz999
Delafield, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016 via mobile

The restaurant is located with a view of the marina and the mtns. The food & wine were excellent. It was an early week night and the restaurant wasn't super busy, but the service was slow. I felt like I was in Europe. Hard to get waiter's attention in such a small restaurant. I would go back but maybe tell... More 

Thank Worldtraveler6191
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016 via mobile

Great service and excellent food. Always a pleasure to eat here. We start off with a cocktail then several appetizers. Next comes soup(wonderful gazpacho) then wine with our entrees. Finish up with port and dessert. An evening to write about!

Thank Matt M
Olympia, Washington
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24 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

If your looking for that someplace special you will have found it here. Ambiance, menu and service come together. If dinner is a bit steep you will find lunch a good place to start to tease your palate for a dinner in the future. A good selection is offered in the menu that will suit most.

Thank cpethia
Olympia, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

Small and cozy Percival landing place for lunch and dinner. Excellent menu with daily seafood specials. Service is excellent. Food outstanding.

Thank ResultsInc
Steilacoom, Washington
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2016

Wonderful seafood! Paired with a great wine list -- what a find! The chef is amazing, and her Pacific Rim fusion influences are delicious.

Thank TPN423

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$30 - $30
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Scenic view, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 501 Columbia St NW, Olympia, WA 98501-8229
    (Columbia Ave NW)
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Olympia
  • Phone Number: 360-956-1928

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