Katie Downs Tavern and Eatery

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  • 5/5 Star Rating.

Based on 1 Rating

3211 Ruston Way
Tacoma, WA 98402-5334
(253) 756-0771


American, Burgers/Hot Dogs, Pizza
Credit Cards Accepted, Full Bar, Outdoor Dining, Take-out
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The Review

Reviewed by: Jake de Paul

It's going strong after Dr. John Hilger and Mike Ebert opened the tavern - which is now a bar - in the fall of 1982.

The waterfront restaurant and bar serves 6-inch and 12-inch deep-dish pizzas loaded, and we mean loaded with cheese. They offer eight theme pizzas, which they call "classic combinations. You can also create your own pizza. Each pizza is hand rolled and baked for 20 to 25 minutes.

It's a 21 and older joint. Named after original co-owner Mike Ebert's grandmother. Initial orders must be placed at counter, then the wait staff will check on customers after. They accept pizza to go orders. Happy hour is 4-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 p.m. to close Sunday-Tuesday.

Katie Downs serves deep-dish pies so fat and smothered in golden-browned cheese; one slice is enough for a meal. The red sauce is rich and tomatoey - although most folks prefer the white sauce, as in the Rainier with its bay shrimp, artichoke hearts and red onion. The crust is buttery thick and chewy - so tasty that, long after your stomach is full, you just can't stop.

The menu also offers a wide spectrum of choices, from burgers and flat-iron steaks to gulf prawns and chips.

Yea, yea, blah, blah - you have to stand in line to order food and drinks. That is a bitch. However, those memories fade while watching the game (without brats bouncing sausages of the side of your head) or daydreaming about that sailboat drifting past the wall of windows as you spin your fork around and around for a cheese lollipop.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight Friday-Saturday


User Reviews of Katie Downs Tavern and Eatery (1)

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  • 5/5 Star Rating.

Dominique Vega said on Apr. 01, 2011 at 10:35am

I LOVE KATIE DOWNS PIZZA, NOT JUST THE BEST IN TACOMA, BUT IT'S THE BEST EVER!!! They have fantastic customer service and affordable food & drinks.

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