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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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Olympia, Washington
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food is excellent, the space is small, the wait servers and management are snobbs and really don't like people who want to have a good time.

Thank Skipg36_11
274JJJ, Owner at Gardner's Restaurant, responded to this review

I have to say I am blown away by this review. We have never had a negative comment regarding our service. It sounds like something happened that we were not aware of. We would like to know what happened, so please give us a call so we can rectify the situation. More 

Level Contributor
20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had the special halibut yum. Great service you need to make a reservation if you want to get in this place. Little pricey but not any different then red lobster. Great 👍 food.

Thank phillips810
Post Falls
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Gardners doesn't look like much from the outside, but once you walk into the tiny Olympia restaurant, you will know you are somewhere special. The restaurant is within walking distance of the boardwalk, so after you enjoy a gourmet meal with excellent service, you may want to take a stroll. Gardner's is a one of a kind place with outstanding... More 

Thank Janet P
Level Contributor
7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Awesome food! Prepared & presented just right! A bit pricey but food & service is well worth the price.

Thank Pat L
Freeland, Washington
Level Contributor
213 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We dined here for our wedding anniversary, and it was a lovely experience. I had a seasonal cocktail and salad to start. Enjoyed a good meal, then finished off with dessert. Service was friendly and lovely, too.

Thank Gina V
Kihei, Hawaii
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71 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We haven't been to Gardner's for years, mostly because it use to be so hard to get into to (if you didn't reserve a table a week in advance). I told my husband I wanted to go out to some place that had really good food...eell in Olympia that's not an easy task! I was shocked he reserved a table... More 

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

We are sorry that you didn't have a better experience. One of the owner's is always available each evening to address any issues. And we gladly will find another entree for you to try. We only serve the freshest ingredients and have had a very positive response to the specials you mentioned, so we apologize. One of the drawbacks of... More 

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3 reviews
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Sarah and her team have put together a fantastic menu that will surpass the expectations of your guests. The dining environment is quaint and relaxing and is well supported by professional and friendly servers. I have held family functions and large work functions with this great group of professionals and highly endorse them for your next dining adventure.

Thank Jerrod K
Olympia, Washington
Level Contributor
26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

This quaint little restaurant will blow you away. The food is spectacular, the service is amazing and the dessert will bring you back every time. Hands down my favorite place to go for any special event or if you just feel like being spoiled!

Thank andreae707
Olympia, WA
Level Contributor
8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Enjoyed a nice dinner with great friends. I had the seafood trio, cooked to perfection. The restaurant was very busy Saturday evening. The ambient noise in the room made it a little difficult to hear conversation. The wait staff was very attentive and our meals were served in a timely fashion. Will definitely return, maybe next time we'll have dessert.... More 

Thank penny66
Shelton, Washington
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59 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

A hidden gem! Excellent decor, servers fantastic, good wine and the food was fabulous. Will return and we have recommended to many.

Thank RoweBoat27

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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, 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
Business meetings, Romantic, Local cuisine, 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?