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Dockside Bistro

501 Columbia St NW, Olympia, WA 98501-8229
+1 360-956-1928
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good25%
  • Average7%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“seafood martini” (16 reviews)
“duck” (16 reviews)
“pesto gnocchi” (3 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
501 Columbia St NW, Olympia, WA 98501-8229
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Reviewed 2 October 2017

Excellent food and service. Beautiful view next to the harbor and the marina. Busy yet quiet enough for conversation without having to strain. Very fresh seafood.

Thank John_BShermanOaks_CA
Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

Bad birthday dinner all around. All four of us agreed this place was very bad. The greeting was sterile, there seemed to be a rush by the waiter for us to order, the food was mediocre at best and the room seemed dirty. We were...More

Thank Xavierrette
Reviewed 16 July 2017

We wanted a "special" night out for my wife's birthday. Looked at the "fancy" menu (and fancy prices) and figured this was the place. I am hoping it was an off night because it was far from "special". Pros: Ambiance. It has that high end...More

Thank ducklakedaniel
Reviewed 13 June 2017

We chose this restaurant for my birthday dinner because of the fantastic reviews. Reserved a table online and put in the notes that it was my birthday. No acknowledgement of birthday at all. Oh well. No biggie. Waiter, Benjamin, was nice, but had some larger...More

Thank BrananMike
Reviewed 8 June 2017

We headed north to Olympia last minute from Portland (after the CA coast).... Looking over Trip Advisor, Dockside was further down on the list but one of us wanted a fillet. There we went. BEST meal of our past week! Phenomenal chef/owner, spectacular food. Great...More

Thank jgrinsurance
Reviewed 25 May 2017

Delightful to sit by the window and people watch on the boardwalk. First time for dinner here, although we have eaten lunch here twice before. They have switched their schedule to dinner only and Happy Hour from 2-5 on weekends. The female chef is off...More

1  Thank kayaklady2
Reviewed 24 May 2017 via mobile

Best meal in WA. The cheese plate appetizer was fabulous. My husband and I had the halibut special. Outstanding. Quiet, classy ambiance. Bombay Saphire martinis perfect. Nice wine list. Attentive, knowledgeable and well groomed servers. 🤗.... Coming back for my birthday. Thank you Benjamin💕

Thank cbell_13
Reviewed 2 May 2017 via mobile

better food than most of this type, nice harbor view. servers were very polite even though we stayed and chatted.

Thank David D
Reviewed 1 May 2017

4 of us had dinner at the Dockside Bistro last weekend and had a very good experience. We liked the ambience, the staff was friendly and efficient, but it seemed they could have used another wait person. We were told the kitchen was down one...More

Thank Farq51
Reviewed 26 April 2017

To celebrate our son's 22 birthday, we chose this place for lunch. We knew nothing about it except that it had some good reviews online. It was one of the few sunny afternoon's this spring and the dock was filled with strolling people and the...More

Thank ut0pia929
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Questions & Answers
17 July 2017|
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Response from cbell_13 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Kathy, I recall Dockside is known for seafood. There were salads on the menu, but maybe if u call ahead they can prepare a vegan dish so u all can enjoy this lovely restaurant.
23 August 2015|
Response from Olydon | Reviewed this property |
Hey RN I am just a customer and am not sure but I am sure any phone call to them after 4 on weekdays can help. 360-956-1928 Oly Don
Barry W
1 June 2015|
Response from sabrinak55 |
The back half of the elk
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, View
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 501 Columbia St NW, Olympia, WA 98501-8229
    (Columbia Ave NW)
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Olympia
  • Phone Number: +1 360-956-1928
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