Are Washington State Restaurants Open

Danielle Fletcher
• Tuesday, 29 December, 2020
• 15 min read

As the United States and Canada wrestle with the COVID-19 pandemic, states and provinces continually change restrictions on restaurant dining. This state -by- state guide offers a status check on whether restaurants are allowed to be open for dining in (indoors and out), or whether delivery and takeout are still the norm.

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Keep in mind that local (county, city, and town) guidance may differ from the state, and that many restaurants may not reopen right away even if they are able. Takeout and delivery remains an option in all areas, though, and links are provided in each region on how and what to order.

Restaurants status: Outdoor dining allowed with restrictions All K-12/higher education, health care, and childcare are exempt from the new restrictions and will follow current guidance.

Retail stores, including farmers markets, allowed up to 25% indoor capacity. Table size for outdoor dining is limited to a maximum of six (6) people and two (2) households.

Indoor receptions, wakes or similar gatherings remain prohibited. Indoor recreation and fitness for low-risk sports (dance, no-contact martial arts, gymnastics, climbing) are permitted for practice and training in groups of no more than five (5) athletes.

Appointment-based fitness/training is allowed for 45-minute maximum session with no more than one (1) customer/athlete per room or, for large facilities, per 500 soft. Indoor entertainment establishments such as aquariums, theaters, arenas, concert halls, gardens, museums, bowling alleys, trampoline facilities, wardrooms and event spaces are open for private rentals/tours of individual households up to six (6) people.

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Outdoor entertainment establishments such as zoos, gardens, aquariums, theaters, stadiums, event spaces, arenas, concert venues and rodeos can be open for ticketed events with groups of up to ten (10) people from two (2) households. Jay Inslee on Sunday announced new restrictions on businesses and social gatherings for the next four weeks as the state continues to combat a rising number of coronavirus cases.

Starting at 11:59 p.m. Monday, a host of businesses must close their indoor services, including fitness facilities and gyms, bowling centers, movie theaters, museums, zoos and aquariums. Beginning 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, restaurants and bars will be limited to to-go service and outdoor dining with tables seating no more than five people.

At a Sunday morning news conference, Inslee warned that the state is facing a third wave of the virus that is “trending to be more dangerous than any we have seen before.” While weddings and funerals can still occur, starting Tuesday, ceremonies are limited to no more than 30 people and receptions are prohibited.

Under the new rules, only outdoor visits will be allowed at long-term care facilities and religious services will be capped at either 25% indoor occupancy or 200 people, whichever is fewer. All of Washington’s 39 counties have been paused in either the second or third phase of a four-stage reopening plan that began in early May to lift restrictions on businesses and other activities.

Wilcox said the Legislature should be involved in help for small businesses, and Senate Republican leader Mark Schooler issued a written statement calling for a special session. In recent days, Inslee and health officials had warned that new restrictions were likely in order to slow the trajectory of new cases and to prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed.

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On Thursday night, Inslee and his wife, Trudy, made a statewide televised plea to the public to forego gatherings and holiday travel plans. And on Friday, Inslee joined the governors of California and Oregon in issuing travel advisories urging people entering or returning to their states to self-quarantine to slow the spread of the virus.

Anthony Anton, president and CEO of the Washington Hospitality Association, warned that the restrictions put at risk the jobs of more than 100,000 employees, right before the holidays. “At every step, our industry has partnered with the governor’s office and public health agencies, and the data shows our efforts are working,” he said in a written statement Sunday, noting that less than 1% of coronavirus cases have been traced to restaurants.

“I know we all care about business openings and people getting back to work,” Inslee said during a news conference Thursday. For counties in Phase 3, table size must be capped at five people and total occupancy can't exceed 50%.

There will also be a prohibition on indoor card rooms and movie theater occupancy will be limited to 25% for counties in Phase 3. WashingtonState Health Secretary John Wiseman also announced an expansion of the statewide mask mandate.

People will now be required to wear face coverings in any “common spaces, not just those in publicly accessible places.” Over the past month, coronavirus cases across the state have continued to rise as most counties have started to reopen.

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Inslee earlier this month put a pause on the state's reopening, barring any counties from advancing to a subsequent phase. Residents in Phase 3 counties now have to limit their social gatherings to 10 people or fewer.

Over the past month, younger people in their 20s and 30s have made up a significant portion of the positive cases of the virus. Inslee has said several times over the past few weeks he could put additional restrictions back into place if cases of the virus continue to rise.

“We cannot rule out the potential for another stay home order this year, and perhaps not in the too distant future.” A poll released earlier this week found a majority of voters surveyed across the state think officials should pause reopening or reimpose restrictions as the virus continues to spread.

Jay Inslee on Thursday announced additional restrictions on restaurants and bars across Washington as cases of the virus continue to rise across the state. Governor Jay Inslee released a four-phase plan on Monday and included in its second phase was a set of requirements on how customers would be allowed in again.

For restaurants offering dining-in service, they will now have to keep a record of patrons' phone numbers, email addresses and time in to help with contact tracing. The Steel head Diner, owned by Kevin and Teresa Davis, is closed on March 8 in Seattle, Washington.

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“When a virus is caught up in an air stream, it has the potential to move much further than six feet,” Professor Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg told CBS News' Omar Villa Rica. Moving forward, Wymelenberg said buildings' air systems would be part of the conversation on how to keep people safe from COVID-19 and other viruses.

“Today is the most dangerous public health day in the last 100 years of our state’s history,” Inslee said, noting that average daily COVID-19 cases across Washington have doubled in the last two weeks, and continue to rise exponentially. He and his wife Trudy discussed new concerns about the pandemic in a public address Thursday, urging all Washingtonians to cancel holiday gatherings through the end of the year.

In King County alone, there has been an average of more than 400 cases a day and hospitalizations have increased dramatically over the past week. Nine months into a pandemic, restaurants and bars in Washington have been in this spot before, but no doubt the rollbacks will have a significant impact.

Inslee addressed the economic toll COVID-19 measures have taken, and committed an additional $50 million to help businesses and workers with a combination of grants and loans, although details weren’t revealed yet. One lesson that has been brought home by the COVID-19 crisis is that Olympia loves its restaurants.

And with the governor’s stay-at-home order taking its toll on businesses far and wide, lots of local readers want to step up and help. So here is a list of the local restaurants The Olympian is aware of that are offering grab-and-go or delivery meals during this unusual time.

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If you own a restaurant that is open but not on this list, or if you’ve visited a restaurant that is open but isn’t here, shoot us an email at news@theolympian.com with the important details, so we can add them. Ash Sushi: This downtown Olympia restaurant is open for takeout at 106 Legion Way SE.

AYA Sushi: This west Olympia eatery is taking full menu to-go orders for pick-up. Basilica Pastorate Italian: The downtown Olympia restaurant is taking to-go orders from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

The shop at 4419 Harrison Ave. Suite 108, Olympia, is also selling flour, milk and eggs. Brewery City Pizza: All three locations remain open for take out and delivery.

Order online or call Tum water at 360-754-6767; west Olympia at 360-754-7800; or Lacey at 360-491-6630. The Brick on Prosper: It’s open from 10 am to 8 pm and has curbside pickup and take-and-bake pizzas to go.

Bud Bay Café: Serving a limited menu, with curbside pickup available. Menu is at http://s1o.co/fa9c34 Located at 525 Columbia St NW, Olympia.

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Buzz’s Bar & Grill: Open for take out with new menu items each day posted on Facebook. Casey Mia: Limited hours of noon to 7 p.m., and downtown Olympia restaurant will be closed Sundays.

They’ve also just opened Just’s next door, offering ice cream and frozen custard from noon to 8 p.m. Fridays through Sundays, takeout only. Character’s Corner: This neighborhood tavern at the Steamboat Island exit is serving takeout from noon to 8 p.m. Daily specials.

Chelsea Farms Oyster Bar: The restaurant has reopened to offer takeout from 1-7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Their to-go menu features a variety of bottles of wine and “cocktail kits.” Feed the whole family with a meal kit, including slow-roasted pork shoulder with Dijon mashed potatoes, house pickles, corn muffins, and wild onion butter.

You can also purchase manila clams by the pound or oysters by the dozen. Current carry out special is $4.99 for a large pizza or an order of bone-in or boneless wings, while supplies last.

Cooper Point Public House: The pub has converted to a drive-up restaurant with a limited drive-thru menu. They do have a drive-thru but are not fast food, so customers need to call their orders in ahead of time at 360-456-1560.

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Dockside Bistro & Wine Bar: Offering a menu of casual cuisine for takeout and delivery. You can order by calling the restaurant, emailing docksidebistro@msn.com or texting 360-584-4226.

Pickup is available in the restaurant, 501 Columbia St. NW, Olympia and through the takeout window that opens onto the Percival Landing boardwalk. Dos Germans: The Mexican eatery at 222 Market (222 Capitol Way N, Olympia) is open for takeout.

Reagan’s: The drive-thru is open, offering Big Tom’s and Goop, plus you can get delivery through Uber Eats, Postmates and Grubhub. El Scrape Canting in Tum water : The Mexican restaurant is open for take out or delivery through Grubhub from 3 to 8 pm seven days a week at 5409 Capital Blvd SW, Tum water.

The caterer also is setting up a special Pop Up Grocery Shop this weekend for Mother’s Day in collaboration with Sysco Foods, offering staple pantry items, restaurant quality meats, seafood, dairy and dry goods as well as in-demand cleaning and disinfecting supplies. Contact-less curbside pickup will be from 11 am to 3 pm Saturday, May 9, at its Tum water location.

Emperor’s Palace : The Chinese restaurant, which has locations in west Olympia and in the Lacey area, is doing deliveries, to-go service and curbside pickup of its full menu, as well as beer, wine and individual bottles of hard liquor. The west Olympia location is at 400 Cooper Point Road SW and can be reached at 360-352-0777.

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Far East: The eatery at 218 Fourth Ave. W., which serves Thai, Chinese, and Vietnamese dishes, is offering its full menu for take-out orders from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday to Friday and noon to 7 p.m. Saturday. 5th on 4th Sandwich Shop: Drive-thru is open noon to 6 p.m. weekdays with regular menu options.

Fresh ii West Olympia : The healthy, fast, casual restaurant is taking to-go orders and deliveries through Uber Eats, Grubhub and soon DoorDash, curbside delivery and pick-up through our Fresh ii App, and phone orders 360-350-6538. Fresh ii is at 1200 Cooper Point Road SW and open 11:00-7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 11-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Fuji Japanese Restaurant:Open for takeout at 123 East Bay Drive NE, Olympia. German Diner: The restaurant is open for takeout at 8910 Martin Way E, Lacey.

The Gyro Spot: The downtown Olympia Mediterranean takeout joint has made some improvements to better protect customers and employees and is now open 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Hannah’s Bar & Grille: In addition to serving to-go food, you can also choose from their beer fridge which also has red and white wine bottles available for purchase.

Hot stone Authentic Korean:Open for takeout at 119 Fifth Ave SW, Olympia. Jasmine Thai Lacey: This Asian eatery at 4315 Sixth Ave.

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Jean-Pierre’s Three16: The Tum water fine dining establishment is offering takeout with a weekly curb-side pickup menu. Prefer Apple Pay, Venmo or cash, but will take credit cards if needed.

Jim Bob’s Chuck Wagon: Takeout is available from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at both its locations, at 4011 Pacific Ave SE, Lacey, 360-491-5090, and at 35119 WA-507, McKenna, 360-458-5050. Prefer customers call in order and pay with a credit card to speed up the process.

Mizuki Ramen & Malaya: The restaurant is open and serving takeout at 120 Fifth Ave SW, Olympia. Los Compares Mexican Restaurant: This downtown Tennis eatery is offering lunch and dinner via delivery, takeout and curbside drop-off.

Lemon Grass: Takeout and delivery available at all three locations: 212 Fourth Ave. W., Olympia; 5801 Capitol Blvd SW, Tum water; and 8101 Pinault Dr NE, Lacey. Hours are 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays in Olympia; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and noon-8 p.m. Saturdays in Tum water; and noon to 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays in Lacey.

Phone numbers are 360-705-1832 (Olympia), 360-705-0055 (Tum water), 360-459-9511 (Lacey), or visit the website thelemongrassrestaurants.com Log Cabin Bar and Grill: The Lacey eatery is open for food (steaks, burgers, sandwiches) and drinks (beer, hard seltzer) for takeout from 11 am to 9 pm.

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Mayan Mexican Restaurants : All three locations are open for takeout. When customers purchase a Combo Meal through the McDonald’s app, their kids will eat for free through May 31.

Second’s: All four locations of this Italian sub shop are now open for pick-up orders or delivery through Door Dash. SE, Lacey, 360-459-0213 ; 1018 Capitol Way S. Suite 101, Olympia, 360-534-0240 ; 111 Tum water Blvd SE Suite 107, Tum water, 360-528-3292 ; and 2527 Marvin Road NE, Lacey, 360-688-7919.

Mediterranean Breeze: The west Olympia eatery is offering curbside pickup at 2302 Harrison Ave NW. Miss : Hawks Prairie and Lacey Boulevard locations are open 11:30-8 p.m. daily.

The Hawks Prairie location has a drive-thru and the Lacey store is offering curbside pickup. Place online orders at http://www.misofitfastfresh.com/ and also find Miss on Uber Eats for delivery.

They also offer free in-house delivery on “Family Pack” orders for household meals. For $20 (after tax), your donation will be used to deliver meals directly first responders that week.

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Mud Bay Coffee: The drive-thru is open at 1600 Cooper Point Rd SW, Olympia, for coffee drinks, tea, sandwiches, Main Street Cookies, and pastries. They also work with delivery services Uber Eats, Grubhub, DoorDash, and Postmates.

Nike Teriyaki: This family-owned restaurant is still open for business, offering takeout and delivery. Find the limited menu on its Facebook page, then order ahead at 360-753-7000.

Pelegrín’s: The Tum water Italian restaurant is offering a full lunch and dinner menu (but no breakfast) for to-go or curbside pickup orders. Customers also can get appetizers and desserts; bottles of wine are half off.

South Bay Dickerson’s BBQ: It is up and running for curbside pickup 4 to 7 pm Wednesday through Saturday. They suggest you place your order ahead of time due to the difficulty of getting product right now.

Stone Creek Wood fired Pizza:Open for takeout on a modified schedule. Taquería la Exquisite: The eatery at 430 Legion Way SE opens daily at 10 am for takeout.

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Hours are noon to 9 pm through the makeshift pick-up window (a door with a table on the threshold). Wagner’s Bakery and Café: The longtime and beloved German bakery has reopened, offering its usual donuts, maple bars, cinnamon rolls, Danish, cinnamon bread and sandwiches.

Well 80: The brewpub at 514 Fourth Ave E, Olympia, offers grab and go, and has parking spots on Franklin Street for drive-up service. They are offering a limited menu, but customers can still get burgers, pizza, salads, fries and tater tots.

Audio’s Teriyaki: Serving a full menu for take-out orders between 11 am and 8 pm Monday through Saturday. Located at 3430 Pacific Ave SE, Olympia, in the Olympic Square Shopping Center near Albertson’s.

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