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“Delicious food, delightful view, and a dedicated owner”
Review of Dockside Bistro

Dockside Bistro
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Ranked #11 of 349 Restaurants in Olympia
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$30 - US$30
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, View, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Columbia Ave NW
Olympia, Washington
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38 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Delicious food, delightful view, and a dedicated owner”
Reviewed 30 March 2014

We dine at Dockside several times each year, and it never disappoints. Lunch or dinner, the food is always excellent. We love the salmon BLT and fish tacos at lunch; any seafood you order for dinner will be fresh and perfectly cooked - not something you can necessarily say about most restaurants. The view is quite lovely, overlooking the marina. And our favorite aspect of the restaurant? The owner. She is kind, gracious, and committed to the community, sometimes hosting events with the proceeds going toward a person or organization that has suffered a loss - often the type of loss that doesn't make it to the front page of the newspaper, but is "front-page news" to the person or organization that has suffered. So become a regular...you'll not only get consistently good food, sometimes with a pairing of flavors you might not have thought of, but you may also have an opportunity to contribute to a worthy cause in OlyWA.

  • Visited February 2014
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English first
Olympia, Washington
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145 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Super dinner, nice resteraunt”
Reviewed 19 March 2014 via mobile

Outstanding dinner mid-week. Seafood cocktail, elk carpaccio both exquisetly done. The pear Gorgonzola ravioli was yummy. The seared sea scallops were done to perfection. Scallops being about the easiest thing to cook too much/too little; the dinner a testament to the kitchen. Service was timely and friendly. Key lime pie was also very good. Fun view over the docks. The wine list was decent, could have had a more extensive Washington selection, but certainly good choices.

Visited March 2014
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Food was daring and perfectly executed.”
Reviewed 11 March 2014 via mobile

I'll go ahead and say the food was excellent. No complaints at all. The service was good,not exactly fine dinnings idea of perfect, but not bad. She never brought bread (but she mentioned it twice) water service was slow and she wasn't super familiar with some of the ingredients in the dishes, going to the back to ask the chef instead of knowing on her own. In fact she may have been the only server so that could explain it. But the food more than made up for it. Elk carpaccio and scallop/pork belly app were amazing. We ordered three entrees because we just couldn't deside. Lamb, elk and scallop were all perfectly cooked. We ate every bite and regretted nothing. Nice size wine selection, plenty to choose from. Pairings we picked were a great complement.

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank Misohungry711
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Olympia, Washington
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44 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Romantic dinner”
Reviewed 4 March 2014

This is a wonderful romantic restaurant for special occasions. The food is excellent and staff is attentive.

Visited December 2013
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Thank RNBOATER
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Olympia, Washington
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Our new favorite”
Reviewed 8 January 2014

I visited twice over the holiday season, once for our anniversary and again with friends. The seafood Martini was a surprise as it is served hot, and enough to share. I also had the lobster bisque which was a small serving but plenty of lobster. I had the halibut served with fresh greens and gnocchi. There was plenty to take home and was a second dinner. I highly recommend trying the Jack Daniels Olympic Mountain ice cream, rich and creamy with a hint of bourbon. My dining partners had the elk duo and rack of lamb, and raved about both. The service was attentive and friendly. Because we were there in December we could not fully enjoy the bay view, but the holiday lights across the bay and on the boats at the marina made up for missing the panoramic views, While the prices were to the high side, every bite was worth the expense.

  • Visited December 2013
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2 Thank retcnm
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