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Gardner's Restaurant

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111 Thurston Ave NW, Olympia, WA 98501-1043
+1 360-786-8466
16:30 - 20:30
Closed now
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Tue - Fri 17:00 - 20:15
Sat 16:30 - 20:30
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Duluth, Minnesota
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58 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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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338 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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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3 reviews
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 

Thank 82kalik
Chicago, Illinois
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128 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Decent enough place, not great by any means. Kudos for the service, though. But what irritated me is this: My wife and I find American portions often too large. So we will order an appetizer each and split an entree. And we drink enough cocktails and wine so we are not scrimping on the bill. "Shared plate" fees piss me... More 

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Lakewood, Washington
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

We had a memorable first experience at Gardener's. We plan to come back once a year for our anniversary. My husband had the rack of lamb, he said it was better than mine, lol, and I am a very good cook. Cocktails are good too!

Thank Doreen T
274JJJ, Owner at Gardner's Restaurant, responded to this review

We are so pleased that your first visit was such a good one! We look forward to serving you again on your next anniversary. More 

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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

The service was very personal and attentive; the food and wine very delicious. There are a limited number of tables, but worth making the reservation, as the ambiance is cozy and friendly. We went for an anniversary dinner and loved everything about it.

Thank Jordance2
274JJJ, Owner at Gardner's Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to review your dining experience with us. And we are very happy that your evening was enjoyable. We look forward to serving you again! More 

Los Angeles, California
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Not being familiar with the city of Olympia, we were fortunate to dine at Gardner's. The restaurant is small, so reservations are encouraged. The atmosphere is quiet and romantic, in my opinion. Our meals of seafood linguine and scallops were well prepared and tasty. The service was very timely, courteous and professional. Thank you, Tiffany. We recommend this restaurant and... More 

Thank dah_s2013
Lacey, Washington
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

Have always had an excellent dinner and top notch attentive service every time I have eaten at Gardner's. The atmosphere is relaxed and the decor is rustic, yet it still feels like you're going out to an elegant dinner, not just grabbing a burger at a sports bar. Last trip was to celebrate our anniversary and our meals were delicious!

Thank PNWSwede

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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
US$15 - US$35
Steakhouse, Italian, American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?