Let’s Do Lunch

Let’s Do Lunch!
Photos by Nate Burgher for the Olympia Downtown Alliance. From left to right: Chelsea Farms Oyster Bar, Cascadia Grill, Pizzeria LaGitana, Three Magnets Brewing Co. and Well 80 Brewhouse.
January — the month of resolutions, fresh starts and promises made with the best intentions. Don’t worry – we aren’t going to tell you to work out more or cut down on your food intake. No! Today we’re suggesting that you check off an easy resolution – go out to lunch with a friend, family member or co-worker. Take the noon hour to reconnect, see that special someone face-to-face or hold your director’s meeting outside of the office. Let’s do lunch!
Below, we’ve highlighted five downtown restaurants that offer lunch menus, a fabulous ambiance and delicious food.
Note: Each restaurant follows COVID safety measures and offers a safe and pleasant dining experience – indoor and outside seating available, weather permitting. Please note, hours are subject to change, so please check websites when making plans.
Chelsea Farms Oyster Bar is a relaxed, airy eatery & bar serving seafood, brunch & cocktails in a stylish, contemporary space. Open Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 8 pm.
Learn more here.
Cascadia Grill is that comfy corner haunt with handmade burgers, shakes & other nostalgic eats, plus an extensive tap list. Open Sun-Thur noon to 8 pm and Friday & Sat noon to 9 pm. Learn more here.
Pizzeria LaGitana is a unique pizzeria, with a big wood-fired oven that warms up to the right temperature. LaGitana has no industrial ovens and they do not cook in any metal pan; only on specialized rocks inside the oven. Open Mon – Thursday from 11:30 am. – 8:30 pm, Fri & Sat from 11:30 am – 9:00 pm. and from noon to 8 pm on Sunday. Learn more here.
Three Magnets Brewing Co. is a brewpub with a rustic taproom & bustling eatery featuring unique burgers, snacks & sandwiches. Open Mon – Thurs from noon to 8 pm, and Friday – Sunday from noon to 9 pm. Learn more here.
Well 80 Brewhouse is a “funky” beer brewery built atop a well, serving pizza plus burgers & steaks with signature sauces. Open Sunday – Thursday 11:30 am – 10 pmand Friday – Saturday 11:30 am – 11 pm. Ask about their $9.99 lunch special. Learn more here.Far n

Alfresco Appetites in the South Sound

With the return of the glorious summer sun and a collective yearning for the chance to escape our homes and reconnect with family and friends, we are all looking for an opportunity to catch up over cocktails or celebrate special events with loved ones. Under patio umbrellas or nestled next to a table fire pit, favorite options for dining alfresco abound in the South Sound.


Tacoma boasts an array of restaurants that have amazing water views of Foss Waterway, Commencement Bay, and
the Salish Sea.

The Social Bar and Grill
Located next to the Museum of Glass, The Social Bar and Grill features American food and is perfect for dinners that go past dark with 9 tables featuring fire pits.

The Fish Peddler
With a large patio, The Fish Peddler offers seafood options with a casual and laid back attitude. You can also get fresh fish to prepare at home from their seafood counter.

Boathouse 19 and Narrows Brewing Company
Nestled next to the Narrows Bridge, you can take in amazing sunsets at Boathouse 19 and Narrows Brewing. in the South Sound

Gig Harbor

Just a quick trip across the Narrows Bridge will bring you to the waterfront restaurants in picturesque Gig Harbor.

NetShed No. 9
With stellar waterfront views, NetShed No. 9 is a great place for casual meetups. Make sure to check out the Ooey Gooey Skillet Cookie as a special treat to celebrate.

Morso Bistro
A cozy wine bar, Morso Bistro is a great place to unwind and relax while taking in stunning views of the Harbor.


Octapas Cafe
Next to Capitol Lake you can find the new Octapas Cafe which features Spanish tapas as well as extensive weekend brunch options.

Chelsea Farms Oyster Bar
Run by second generation oyster farmers, Chelsea Farms Oyster Bar offers a menu featuring organic, sustainably farmed oysters grown in the Eld and Totten Inlets of the Salish Sea.

Puyallup and Beyond

Farm 12
Located on a former family-run flower farm, Farm 12 Restaurant and Events is a farm-to-table restaurant that offers a menu made from scratch, often featuring locally grown items.

Toscanos Italian Grill
If you are looking for an upscale patio experience alfresco, look no further than Toscanos. Chef specials and signature cocktails round out a distinctly elevated dining experience.

The South Sound has an extensive array of alfresco dining opportunities where you can feel the summer sun or watch the waves. As always, please call to find out hours of operation and make reservations if needed.


Delicious Take-Out – Just Add Park Bench

The sun’s shining. The park is waiting.
And you’ve earned a treat.
It’s time for some good take-out.
In no particular order — bon appétit!

Crockett’s Public House, with locations in both Puyallup and Maple Valley, offers scratch-made food with a laid-back vibe. Regulars praise its grilled cheese sandwich and tomato bisque, or try the made-to-order chowder and kale caesar salad.

Crudo & Cotto at 2717 North Proctor Street, Tacoma, features mouthwatering appetizers, seafood, a variety of entrees and desserts. “Crudo” means “raw or almost,” and “cotto” is “cooked.” Fresh, complex food includes ingredients like ostrich, marinated carpaccio (red-wine marinated beef dry-cured for 90 days) and hamachi (a raw fish preparation, dressed with olive oil, sea salt, lemon juice, arugula and radish).

Just up the hill from Tacoma’s Ruston Way amenities is Macaluso’s Italian Restaurant at 5101 North Pearl Street. This family-owned restaurant features authentic Italian food and wine. Diners rave about the house-made focaccia bread and mouth-watering pasta entrees loaded with fresh seafood.

For a quick grab-and-go, just up the road, Central Co-op at 4502 N Pearl St in Tacoma is perfect for a bite on the way to Point Defiance Park, the Ruston waterfront or Vashon ferry. The community-owned grocery store focuses on local vendors and organic, healthy food. Check out the in-house taqueria bar and huge selection of kombucha and regional brews.

Indochine is a feast for your senses, nestled in the heart of a great Northwest cultural center. The flavors of Thailand, China, India, Japan, and Vietnam meld together to produce a wonderful culinary palette that is sure to impress your and your guests’ tastes. To finish your meal, select one of Indochine’s desserts, all of which are made in-house, such as one of their many gelato flavors, Crème Brûlée, Lemon Coconut Cake, or their Nemesis Flourless Chocolate Cake.

At Chicory, the Northwest meets New Orleans. At 111 Columbia Street NW, Olympia, the focus is on locally sourced, seasonal ingredients and natural wine. Try the fried oyster banh mi sandwich, and who can leave behind powered-sugar dusted beignets?

Chelsea Farms Oyster Bar at 222 Capitol Way North incorporates their own locally farmed oysters, clams and geoducks into their specialty seafood dishes. Grab a pound of steamed clams and garlic bread or fish and chips and beet salad and make your own picnic.


Pearl of a Dining Experience: Chelsea Oyster Bar

Chelsea Farms Oyster Bar in Olympia offers its dining patrons a truly special experience — fresh local seafood sustainably farmed at its namesake Chelsea Farms. Owners Shina Wysocki and Kyle Lentz offer their dining patrons an experience that reflects the heart and soul of the family’s shellfish farming legacy. 

Upon your visit, expect an authentic casual-chic Pacific Northwest dining experience. This lovely space, with a recently expanded dining room, allows guests a place to celebrate a unique occasion or meet a friend or two for one of the best happy hours and ‘bites’ in the South Sound. General Manager Amilia Forsberg and her team are known for going the extra mile to make guests feel special. “We love that our customers have made us their destination to celebrate their wedding anniversaries, birthdays, and marriage proposals; we love helping to make the occasion memorable.” says Amilia.

A menu to satisfy the landlubber or the most adventuresome diner, ‘Chelsea’ offers a delectable assortment of fresh food from the sea, as well as a few superbly done mainstays. Discover what many Olympians believe to be the best clam chowder, fish and chips, and burgers in town. Be sure to try the delicate and sweet geoduck tartare. Though geoduck is farmed locally and shipped all over the world, it is a delicacy all too difficult to discover on menus in the South Sound.

Be sure to explore Chelsea Farms Oyster Bar and check out the takeout menu which includes dinners and cocktail kits to go! by Dana Pethia

Olympia at 222 Capitol Way North



amazing smells at 222 market

Opened this past November, 222 Market features local and regional artisans in a European market-style setting. Husband-and-wife owners Gray and Joy Graham say they opened the business to add vitality to downtown Olympia with a fun and inviting marketplace of local and sustainable foods.

As you walk into the quaint but bustling building, you immediately smell fresh bread in the air. The longstanding Bread Peddler bakeshop and café is a great meeting spot and a place to enjoy breakfast and lunch.

Next door, fresh coffee is brewing and pleasantly paired with crepes. The Creperie offers buckwheat crepes made in the tradition of Brittany, France, and from locally sourced ingredients. The refined yet down-to-earth setting makes The Creperie a favorite on our list.

If you smell something sweet, it may be coming from Sofie’s Scoops, where owners Sofie and Chris set out to make gelato the best way they could, from fresh and local ingredients. Gelato in a waffle cone is our favorite.

Meat lovers will appreciate the smell of bone broth upon arrival at the Broth Bar by Salt Fire and Time. For those in need of “healing nutritional support,” says its website, this is a place for “a positive and delicious experience of daily wellness in the form of traditional foods….” With housemade floral kombucha on tap, this is a one-stop shop for wellness on the go.

Pantry at the Market is the place to stop in for a snack or grab items for home. All foods sold in the Pantry are sourced for their locality and their sustainable practices—and of course their flavors!

Stop and smell the flowers, literally, at Fleurae, where owners Carissa and Iana have established a floral design and gift shop. Their beautiful space is packed with fresh flowers, bouquets to go, handmade wreaths, candles, antique pillows and local artisan gifts.

At Chelsea Farms Oyster Bar, the bounty of the local tides is celebrated and sold. Says owner Austin Navarre: “We are providing food that is fresh, local and sustainable” with a menu that changes daily.

Blind Pig Spirits craft distillery offers in-house distilled alcohols from Washington-grown products. Local owners Lesa, Ray, and Fred set out to make a splash in the distillery community by offering small-batch spirits, with quality ingredients. They know that fermentation doesn’t have the best scent, but don’t worry, they say—it’s all part of the process. The in-house distillery features a tasting room, production and bottling facility, and retail sales of its products and branded merchandise.

To experience all the sights and smells of 222 Market, visit 222 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA, 98501