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Gardner's Restaurant

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111 Thurston Ave NW, Olympia, WA 98501-1043
+1 360-786-8466
17:00 - 20:15
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Tue - Fri 17:00 - 20:15
Sat 16:30 - 20:30
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Seattle, Washington
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35 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We've loved this restaurant for 20 years, our recent visit was very disappointing. The food came out cold, poorly seasoned, and just simply not good. I don't know if the kitchen was having a bad night, or staff turnover? The wait staff was as always excellent, our complaint was with the poor quality food. I will wait it out and... More 

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274JJJ, Owner at Gardner's Restaurant, responded to this review

We appreciate your feedback. We always want our guest to leave happy and full. If there is ever an issue with your visit, please let your server know and it will be remedied to your satisfaction. We look forward to serving you again soon. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

We love Gardner's! The steak is amazing and I love the seafood fettuccini too. Those meals come with a salad and a veggie side, which are all delicious. This is also a great place to go for dessert and some wine; the best in town in my opinion. A quiet and romantic ambiance makes Gardner's the a perfect date night... More 

Thank BLT117
274JJJ, Owner at Gardner's Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind words! We strive to make each visit special, and love that your evening was so memorable. We hope to see you again soon! More 

Seattle, Washington
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

From the easy online booking from the website, all the way to when you are leaving, Gardners is great! It can be busy around 7, so we make sure to book a table in advance. The hostess is always ready for us. The servers are very knowledgeable about the local wines and also serve great cocktails. I get the razor... More 

Thank Wren S
274JJJ, Owner at Gardner's Restaurant, responded to this review

We are so glad to hear that your experience was such a pleasing one. We strive to make each guest happy and content and greatly appreciate your feedback. We too like the ease of online booking for our guest! More 

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42 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

You pull up to a old building in downtown Oly by the waterfront......seems scary!!! But dont be afraid you will not forget your time in this amazingly romantic, delicious food and beautiful atmosphere. Make a reservation because it was busy, but well staffed and they are all so friendly and perfectly attentive. Price is a little heavy but well worth... More 

Thank Brad B
274JJJ, Owner at Gardner's Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words. We do try to make it a warm and cozy atmosphere coupled with delicious food....and we are very pleased that you had that experience. We hope to see you back soon! More 

Olympia, Washington
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016

there was one couple there alone who had a great seat. The seating arrangement is strange. We were placed by the rails over looking the entrance. No one else came to the rest while we were there. We though maybe because we did not have reservations why we sat there. I had some sort of steak which was very strong,... More 

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Duluth, Minnesota
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74 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

Don't be fooled by the outside. Mushroom ravioli was fabulous. We stayed across the street.... Wandered in, and were summarily amazed. Fabulous service, superb food and wine. Then go for a walk at the harbour to help erase the guilt.

Thank Rich H
Olympia, WA
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

This is a restaurant for a special experience. Really good food and quality dining experience. This is the place to treat yourself in Olympia.

Thank patownsend
Olympia, Washington
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352 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

Wife and had dinner and it was special. Two very nice cocktails followed by salad, entree (Pork chop-special), and dessert. Each course was well prepared, presented, and of a nice size. Way too many options for dessert to want to choose just one, and they are made on-site. Definitely need to go back. Reservations recommended. Service was friendly, attentive, and... More 

Thank Hal72
Olympia, Washington
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

The best fine dining in Olympia!! Excellent service every time we"be been. We had our anniversary today and they were extra thoughtful.

Thank Ashley M
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

This is one restaurant in the Olympia/Lacey area that my family feels safe going due to many food allergies. They make each dish from scratch and listen carefully to your concerns. We have now eaten here three times without any issues and it is truly a blessing to have at least one nice place we can together that is close... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 15 - USD 35
Steakhouse, American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 20:15
17:00 - 20:15
17:00 - 20:15
17:00 - 20:15
16:30 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 111 Thurston Ave NW, Olympia, WA 98501-1043
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Olympia
  • Phone Number: +1 360-786-8466
Gardner's has been family owned since 1983 and has proven to be the favorite place to dine in Olympia. Gardner's Executive Chef Dan Keith favors the freshest local and seasonal ingredients. Everything is created from scratch, including soups and sauces to an abundance of desserts. With many local wines offered by the glass or by bottle, you are sure to find that perfect pour for any entrée. We hope you join us soon. Make your reservation by telephone or online at Open Table.

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