Cynara: Elegant and Unique Local Cuisine

No longer just a diamond in the rough, Olympia’s Market District & Waterfront offers a brilliance that can be seen in its thought-provoking public art, swanky living, retail, and dining establishments. Allow us to introduce one of the favorite new local hang-outs: Cynara. Located in the new Harbor Heights luxury apartments building on Columbia, Cynara brings forth a cuisine that Olympia has been hungry for.

While invoking a Mediterranean vibe, ‘Cynara,’ the Greek word for artichoke, offers diners a taste of Pacific Rim cuisine. Always eager to discover new flavors, owner Christian Skillings and his culinary team have created a phenomenal menu that consistently delivers. Cynara provides cuisine that is elegant and unique, while maintaining an approachability for all to enjoy. “After fifteen years of success with the Iron Rabbit in West Olympia, we were ready to be a part of the exciting downtown Olympia Marketplace community,” Skillings says.

The dining experience at Cynara is much like eating a fresh artichoke. Petal by petal, diners peruse the menu. Foods on the menu are locally sourced whenever possible and offer delight for the herbivore and carnivore alike. The signature grilled artichoke hearts are served with pink peppercorn aioli, hazelnuts, and mint. A feast for the eyes as well as the tastebuds, customer favorites include the Chicken Veronique, Lamb Stew, Bone-in New York steak, and the Cauliflower entrée served with hazelnuts, apricots, and honey, then finished with a pomegranate balsamic.

Guests will discover a fabulous selection of local and international whiskies, unique aperitif and cocktail creations, plus rotating wine and beer offerings. Be sure to try Cynara favorite, the Dosewallips cocktail. Take-away orders and curbside pick-up are offered as well, so you may take your Cynara delights home for enjoyment.  To find hours, seating information, and a menu, visit the Cynara website.