We highly encourage reservations for parties up to 8, reservations are required for parties of 8 or more.

Looking for a unique and special place to host your next event? Our restaurant has several seating options available for a variety of sized parties including a private room that seats 36.
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Olympic Room for Events & Large Parties

Looking for a unique and special place to host your next event? Our restaurant has several seating options available for a variety of sized parties including a private room that seats 36. With our experienced staff and attention to detail, we can help you create an event that your guests will never forget. Contact us today to learn more about our large party dining options.

Experience Cynara. You’re going to want to add dining at the new Cynara to your 2022 bucket list. This new restaurant, owned by well-known Olympia restauranteur Christian Skillings, Cynara’s Mediterranean-inspired menu is made from scratch, with plenty of seasonal offerings to keep you coming back all year.”

Happy Hour Eats at Cynara

Happy Hour Food starting at $4 with beverage purchase | Available daily 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. | Bar seating only (first come, first served)

We have great Happy Hour food featuring our Grilled Onion Burger for just $4. Royal ranch beef, grilled onions, muenster cheese, arugula, pink peppercorn aioli, fries! See you soon!

*Beverage purchase is required for each person ordering happy hour food. Bar seating only. Limited availability. Other limitations may apply. Not available to go. Not available with other discounts or offers.

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Adventures in Gin at Olympia’s Cynara

A mentor once told Olympia’s Cynara Restaurant & Lounge owner Christian Skilling that one drank gin in the summer and scotch in the winter. With well over 60 gins on hand, Cynara brims with possibilities for summer cocktails. A crisp, classic gin tonic might come to mind. Cynara has a featured one that’s topped with an atomized spray of gin. You could consider expanding your horizons. There’s an ocean of gins just waiting for you to dip your toes, but you might want to jump in tongue first.

Our Story

Restaurant owner Christian Skillings is a native son of Olympia. As a boy he enjoyed lunching downtown at the five-and-dime with his grandmother. After attending art school in Portland, Skillings returned to Olympia to make a life. He craved a creative workplace—where locals could talk and gather, be treated well, and enjoy the serendipity that happens when inspired food and people come together.

He opened the Iron Rabbit Restaurant & Bar in 2005. A sister restaurant, Cynara Restaurant & Lounge, opened in 2020.

Sustainable, healthy, indulgent

We’re all of these things. Since the beginning we’ve sourced produce, meats, and seafood from regional farmers and growers whenever possible—to ensure excellent quality and support our local food system.  We treat our crew well, with career training, fair pay, benefits and a living wage.

We’ve kept our footprint smaller through recycling, composting and energy-efficient appliances.

Most importantly, our cooks are creative—preparing dishes from scratch that take your dining to a new level.

Proudly, Olympia

Olympia is our family. That’s why we support groups like the Family Support Center, the Olympia SymphonyGRuB, West Olympia Farmers Market, Olympia Family TheaterHarlequinYWCAStonewall Youth, and Senior Services for South Sound.

Hello Cynara

Cynara means artichoke in Greek. Beside their healthy deliciousness we nod to other ancient Greek ideals:

  • Harmony of body, mind, and spirit
  • Reciprocity among people
  • Beauty, of the body and the soul
  • And of course, food and wine!

Come dine with us!

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