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“Great food with a view”
Review of Budd Bay Cafe

Budd Bay Cafe
Ranked #4 of 349 Restaurants in Olympia
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Olympia, Washington
Level 5 Contributor
46 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Great food with a view”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

The restaurant is right on the boardwalk with outside seating available. Inside, tables are in front of the huge windows and booths are across the isle on a slightly elevated platform so every seat has a great view of West Bay Marina. The dining room is fairly quiet and you can have an intimate conversation without feeling like the next table over is listening to you. There is also a small bar area adjacent to the main dining room.

Service is great and the food is excellent. Last visit we started off with crab cakes that were very tasty. For an entrée I had Blackened Salmon with twice-baked garlic mashed potato, perfectly done asparagus, and a very nice dinner salad. My wife had the combo Crab and Shrimp Louie. Both meals were excellent and the Louie was exceptional. We did not have wine, but there is a fine selection of Northwest wines available.

Because of the location on the marina, the atmosphere is classy but not pretentious. You can dress as casual or formal as you want without feeling out of place. Prices are reasonable for a quality dining experience and I highly recommend it for couples, friends and special occasions. It is family friendly but definitely not a bargain for families with lots of kids.

  • Visited May 2014
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English first
Olympia, Washington
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Not what it used to be!”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

I started going to Budd Bay in the 90's-and it was the best! My husband and I tried to feel good about it but the last time we were there--food was just food! Staff were new to us and not as friendly--but when we would go for lunch-the bartender named David was always awesome. The minute we walked in he would say "hey guys-how are you" but same old menu-not as friendly-and we haven't been there for months!

  • Visited June 2013
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Olympia, Washington
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great time out”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

Went there for a family get together, big family 12 adults. We had cocktails before dinner, then a great meal, some had dessert. The service was great, price good, relaxing.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank magpie250
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North Bethesda, Maryland
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Comfortable place, excellent food, good ambiance”
Reviewed May 18, 2014

The mood lighting in this restaurant is great. Large place, but the layout doesn't make it seem cavernous. Very comfortable for small or large groups. The white prawns were huge and delicious. Overall, enjoyed the meal and the ambience.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank Eman R
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Seattle, Washington
Level 6 Contributor
149 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
“Just OK”
Reviewed May 10, 2014

Salmon was good, service was very good but my salad was awful due to what they said was one of their signature dressings, a tomato pesto which was all oil and no flavor whatsoever.
Baked potato was dry, I think it had been baked awhile ago.

Visited May 2014
Helpful?
Thank DumbDog
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