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McMenamins Spar Cafe

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Cafe, American, Bar, Pub
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114 4th Ave E, Olympia, WA 98501-1103
+1 360-357-6444
07:00 - 00:00
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 07:00 - 00:00
Fri - Sat 07:00 - 01:00
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having been a long time denizen of the Spar under the previous management, I had hoped that there would be some improvements once it was taken over by "McMinniums"; unfortunately it is neither an improvement nor all that worth a visit. I was there on a Saturday morning at about 5 minutes before the place opened, found the door open... More 

Thank william k
Olympia, Washington
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food is all right, happy hour is cool, and the staff is usually nice. I mainly like the atmosphere in this place

Thank Ursula B
California Desert, California
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48 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

We shared a pizza, salad and a brownie plus ice cream. All were delicious. They have an extensive beer list and spirits list. Limited wine. The building has been a restaurant since the 30s and a longshoreman bar long before that we were told. It has been lovingly restored but in a way that makes it look like it is... More 

Thank Jltho
Olympia, Washington
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29 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

It's been a while since we tried this place because service was so bad. Had a good experience this time. Food was very good...but expensive for what you get.

Thank RobnLe
Palmer, Alaska
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80 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

We stopped by just looking for a quick breakfast and we're pleasantly surprised. Breakfast was incredibly good and the service was excellent. Would definitely recommend breakfast here.

Thank brookshaines
Redmond, Oregon
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195 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

The food was pretty good as usual. However, each waitress thought we were the other one's responsibility (there were only 5 or 6 tables). Finally, the head cashier came over.

Thank ghodecker
Tacoma, Washington
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

During a visit To Olympia the wife and I decided to have an early Dinner before heading home to "T" town. I have gone to many different McMenamins but not to the Spar. The service was a little slow but the staff was pleasant and the food was typical McMenamins which is to say very good pub food. The restaurant... More 

Thank rwweb49
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Wife and I have been going to spar for breakfast for over 2 weeks. Here on business.and enjoyed the chef's specials immensely.especially the spinach and artichoke Benedict.and this amazing breakfast burrito topped with pulled pork green chili.well on our last day we stopped in to indulge in some great food.well upon the arrival of our server.to tell us of the... More 

Thank tybeedad
Spokane Valley, Washington
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

We were there on Sunday afternoon, there were about 7 tables occupied and a few patrons at the bar. Even so the service was very slow. My date ordered a burger which was average for pub food. I ordered lighter fare: 1/2 turkey sandwich, upgraded to add a small green side salad for a bit more. Big disappointment when it... More 

Thank travels4fun52
Olympia, Washington
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143 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

What are the store for some dinner before starting a night out with some friends before karaoke. My wife got a salad I hook myself up with some tots and we tasted some very nice libations before heading out on the town. Her friends also got some great mixed drinks and amazing service from the bartender's there. This bar is... More 

Thank Andrew B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, American, Bar, Pub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Takeout
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 01:00
07:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 114 4th Ave E, Olympia, WA 98501-1103
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Olympia
  • Phone Number: +1 360-357-6444

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