Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
Active Beers: 38
Beer Ratings: 1,926
Beer Avg: 3.62
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Ratings: 33 | Reviews: 25 | Display Reviews Only:
4.08/5 rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
After renovation this place is much improved. A little better service, especially in regards to educating their servers about their beers, and they'd be great.
Fish Tale makes many quality beers, and a few truly great ones. Three of their beers (and some items on the menu too) are even certified organic. Unfortunately they don't bottle everything, so some of my favorites like the Mudshark Porter can only be enjoyed on draft. Note that the beers on tap are even better than bottled, but I'd still like to have them more widely available.
Unfortunately they no longer barrel-age their Poseidon Imperial Stout. (They used to have a red-wine barrel aged 10% beer bottled, and a lighter 8% unaged beer on tap...now they just bottle the 8%)
A highlight is that they've always got one of their beers available on cask. Delicious!
Quesadillas are good, and the fish and chips (especially the salmon) grilled oysters, and smoked salmon sandwich even better.
(Note that if you're looking for more upscale food and don't mind it a bit more pricey, I highly recommend Sorrentos, which is the corner of the the same building. Trule awesome Italian cuisine! )
02-25-2007 01:31:23 | More by udubdawg
4.4/5 rDev +13.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
The Fishbowl is the favorite brewpub of a good friend of mine who lives in the Seattle area. Ive been fortunate to visit this place 3 -4 times when in town to see my friend. Theyve recently remodeled and vastly expanded the pub, so I thought I would take the opportunity to write a review.
The Fishbowl is located in a light industrial area on the southwest side of downtown Olympia. The pub itself is across the street from Fish Tails brewing operation. Inside the newly restored pub is open, airy and bright. The bar is now a U shape, and is rather small, but there is decent seating for 30-40 people at tables surrounding the bar. There is now an upstairs area for dining, but this was closed for a private party on this visit.
The staff is very friendly and helpful. We couldnt find a place to sit, and the waiter quickly spotted that a table was opening and ushered us over to get a seat before anyone else grabbed the chairs. They know their beers, and are quick to help out.
The beers Ive had on site are great. Ive had Poseidon, Leviathan, Winterfish, Organic IPA, and a couple of the beers brewed under the Leavenworth brand. All are quite good. In fact, the beers fresh from the tap are unbelievably good, much better than the same beers from the bottle. Specifically the IPA and Winterfish. Its almost 2 different beers. The bottled versions of both are good. The tap versions are mind blowing.
The food is simple and focused on local ingredients. Smoked and fresh salmon, locally raised mushrooms, and even Ostrich can be found on the menu. Prepared simply, delivered hot, Im always satisfied with my meals.
My friend local to the area is concerned that the new expanded pub has lost some of its charm, and is drawing a more upscale crowd. If it helps this brewery to succeed and grow, Im all for it.
03-14-2006 19:53:52 | More by carln26
British Columbia (Canada)
4.15/5 rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I went to the Fishbowl twice on my vacation; once on the way down to the coast and once on my way up from Portland.
This is a great funky pub that located just off the I-5 in Olympia. Lots of parking and located in a cool neighbourhood. The place is decorated with lots of fish related art and has two levels. The beers are divided into Fish and Leavenworth with the latter only on tap. There is a wide spectrum from the Leavenworth Light to the Old Grumpy barley wine. Almost all first class examples of the styles with the IPA's being a must try. The food is well made and big portions. The nachos are great with the burgers looking very tasty. Good service especially of you sit at the bar.
07-19-2008 04:33:17 | More by canucklehead
3.83/5 rDev -1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Located in the business / industrial part of town , the brewery bar is in a small building. Parking is pretty easy here. The interior is on the small side with lots of fishy decor. The atmosphere has a small town bar feel to it, very casual. Seafood and sandwichs highlight the food menu here, which isn't too bad. Service is friendly enough, but like most brewpubs I've been to the staff is not very beer savvy. Lots of Fish Tale and Leavenworth brews on tap highlight the beer selection, with some 750's of their big beers available to go. They'll fill your growler or container with any of their on tap brews. Last time I visited I got a gallon of the Poseidon stout to go... for $9.95,a pretty reasonable price by any standard.
Worth a visit if only for the great growler prices.
05-25-2005 19:01:23 | More by beerceller99
4.15/5 rDev +7.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
4/19/12 - Visited the Fish Tale Brew Pub while on vacation after a long day on Hurricane Ridge.
It was a busy Thursday night and we seated ourselves next to some dude heavily engaged in his electronice device, after asking him if the seats we wanted were occupied and seeing his reaction on his face, we decided to sit elsewhere. The group of people we chose to sat next to wound up being rude and self-involved to the point where we wondered if we had stumbled into some dimension where the ego is all that exists. Luckily the patrons were the worst part of this visit.
Our patient waitress talked to us about some of her favorite brews so we decided to try Soundkeeper Organic Pale Ale. I had tried an organic beer from Deschutes the day before and was pleasantly surprised by the presence of flavor and lack of gimmick so once again I was happy with my choice to go with organic beer on recommendations. I liked it so much I went with their organic IPA to join my Wild Salmon & Chips which was tasty and fresh. Since I had to drive back to Seattle after dinner I convinced my wife to order the Hodgson's DIPA to go with her Fishbowl Salad with smoked salmon and she quite enjoyed the unusual pairing. Fair prices, quality service, above-average pub fair and diverse beers will keep me coming back here next time I am in town.
06-02-2012 02:49:19 | More by Hopmodium
3.93/5 rDev +1.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5
Had to make a trip to Fishbowl as an homage to the maker of some of the finest PacNW beers - Leviathan, 10squared, and the highly coveted Poseidon. Needless to say, my hopes were rather high.
Located just a few blocks away from the main street in Olympia, it's but a short walk to the State Capitol building. From the outside, Fishbowl looks much like many other small brewpubs replete with it's own back loading dock. Nothing very memorable.
Inside, the decor obviously was themed to match the Fish theme as there were a number of fish-like pictures and a fair sized tank with a few fishes in it. The room we were in was pretty small sized - large only to accommodate 5-8 people at the bar and only a few tables aound the room - but there appeared to be another room next door that was undergoing to work. Expanding, maybe?
The food, too, was fish themed, though there were also a few items for the non-seafood fan. Alas, the pretzel I had was...pretty poor (soggy and no flavor) and the food me wife had was described as bland. Quite a shame.
In addition, while the bird behind the bar was pleasant when we asked questioned and fairly knowledgable of the beers, she didn't really do anything to make me happy to be there besides bring me what I ordered.
But there is the silver lining to a visit to the Fishbowl - their oh-so impressive beer! I had few of their beers that are not bottled - Dunkleweizen and Harvest Ale - and thought they were lovely. I wish they had more of their beers on sale at reasonable prices (their Old Woody and Monkfish were all they had and each was $5 MORE than I can get 'em in Portland!), but what they had to drink were very, very good.
All in all, I don't think I'd detour very far to go back for another visit. While I LOVE their beer, the Fishbowl is pretty average.
10-19-2004 20:19:30 | More by weefisheads
3.6/5 rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$$
my local brewery is a place i don't visit often, mostly because they make average beer. granted it is organic, or most of it, but that does not mean you have to make a beer that tastes merely ok. they have their fish lineup, consisting typically of about 7 beers, as well as the leavenworth line that they bought a few years back, which is another 6 beers or so. i only come here to see what they have on cask, which occasionally is awesome, like 10 squared or leviathan, but more likely it'll be the mudshark porter which is ok. they do beer to go, and growlers, but not of everything. they also have 3 ciders on tap, one of which, the dark and dry, is of incredible flavor. however, i just found out that they make their cider from concentrate, which hardly counts. it makes me a little sad. the food is pubby, and on the good side of pubby. personally, i always get the emu burger, because its the only place i know that'll serve me ground emu on a bun. cooked, too.
03-13-2010 05:15:18 | More by olympuszymurgus
2.98/5 rDev -23%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I visited the pub with my son and his friend. I was excited to try and carry out a quantity of Monkfish Ale which is only produced during in limited batches. I arrived after checking to make sure the Ale was "in season" only to be told that they did not have any at the pub for sale (none for carry out, none in bottles for sale at the pub and none on tap)! The wait staff seemed hurried and not very knowledgeable about the brewery products that were available so I ordered dinner and a pint. The food was good but not great and the service was fair but not good. I doubt I will ever try the pub again.
09-12-2007 22:07:36 | More by dnichols
Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub in Olympia, WA
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