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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
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Sun - Thu 07:00 - 00:00
Fri - Sat 07:00 - 01:00
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Olympia, Washington
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405 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My family and friends all day the same thing about this restaurant: "I have never had a good meal here". But, we still go. Outrageous prices for breakfast. Quality varies significantly.

Thank WhirledTraveler4Peas
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The best pub food in the area. Love their seasonal beers and ciders. If you have never tried a "nitro" beer, ask about it! VERY SMOOTH. They change up their menu every so often. Really good fish tacos, burgers, and Cajun Tots. I like there clams better than most of the seafood places in town.

Thank J1165FBjanem
Tustin, California
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79 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I first ate here as a young ROTC cadet at Ft Lewis, WA in 1973. Besides being well maintained over the years it remains a cool, funky, old time restaurant with great food, service and cocktails. The blueberry pancakes are excellent as well as all of the dinner, lunch and breakfast items. Relive some old Oly history and enjoy a... More 

Thank SpartacusScrimshaw
Seattle, Washington
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Limited menu, not a good value considering the price vs quality and portion, slow service due to inefficient workflow. With all the great, cheap places in this town, I'll never come back.

Thank Navagante
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

Love their fish 'n chips! Great atmosphere and friendly staff. During warm months there is outside seating.

Thank Becky M
Olympia, Washington
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145 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017 via mobile

Hit up the Spar for some libations before dinner on our date night. Wife had a nice red and i had the pom cider. Service was quality and servers were very friendly. The Spar continues to be one of our go to restaurants.

Thank Andrew B
Olympia, Washington
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485 reviews
178 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017

I am an old timer. I have been to various McMinamin's locations and the old "Spar" probably a hundred times. It took a little bit to get used to the ownership change but i did in fact get over it! A lot of stuff is good there but my favorite is Bacon Burger and Fries.....that's all I need! I recommend... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

I love this place for breakfast. They have great omelets, french toast, sausage and the rest. But for me the best thing is the connection with a time gone by. There's a full bar and cigars are offered for sale behind the counter. Live it up!

Thank Pepi25_11
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

We haven't really been there during the daytime for a sit down dinner, but this is where we always end up on nights when we go out for some drinks. Not only can you get some drinks here (although pricier than other places in town) but it's one of the few places that are open late at night. 11 pm... More 

Thank Jani B
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150 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

This is a strange review for me. There isn't a category or slot that it fits into. You will have to go see and judge for yourself and I hope you do. The Spar goes back a long time. There used to be another one in Aberdeen where my father honed his skill at alcoholism. it was beautiful but closed... More 

Thank abearfellow

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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
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Groups
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?