The Olive Branch Cafe & Tea Room got it's start in 2012 in a small space at South 12th and Proctor Streets in downtown Tacoma. Terry Waller, the owner and operator, provided a wonderful atmosphere of antique furnishings, a delicious day-time menu of food and beverages, and an experience that feels like you're right at home being served by your own family members.
After a period of time in that location, a move to a larger facility not far away was made. This gave more room for patrons, more lavish decorations, and an overall feel of relaxed and spacious dining.
At the beginning of 2015, another move to the current location in the west end of the wonderful old Freight House Square building was initiated. Again, much larger accomodations gives the ultimate in the customer's satisfaction. The restaurant opened here early in April 2015 and Terry and her great staff have since produced a grand and elegant dining establishment. The dining room is spacious, the kitchen and food preparation areas are large. Parking in the lot across the street from our front door is FREE for our guests - please ask for Parking Pass. A Concert Grand Piano and Brian, the pianist, have also been added... playing 5 days a week.
Reservations for groups of 6 or more persons is recommended. Private Room accomodation is available for up to 20 persons, and special times for parties can be arranged.
The Olive Branch has recently received a license to serve wine and other mild alcoholic beverages. This opens up the possibility of being able to establish a Wine Bar - which is still in the planning stages. The room directly across the Freighthouse's main hall passageway is being prepared for that eventuality. Extended hours for dinner service on the weekend evenings is also being considered.
Owner - Terry Waller
Brian at the Grand Piano
A major change to the Freighthouse Square building is just around the corner. Amtrack Corp. has taken over a large portion of the building for it's use as it reroutes passenger rail traffic past the facility. The Olive Branch Cafe will remain as the sole occupant at the West end of the facility and has been given the space currently used as public passage into the rest of the building areas. A project to open up the dining and front service areas is now in the planning stages.