The 10 Best Restaurants In Spokane, Washington

Photo of Sarah Lantz
9 February 2017

Spokane, Washington, nestled on the Spokane River and west of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, is named after the Spokane tribe (Spokane meaning ‘Children of the Sun’ or ‘Sun people’ in Salishan). It was a historic trading post and eventually became a popular settlement with the completion of the Northern Pacific Railway. Its historic downtown and parks are beautiful to visit. Spokane also has a lively restaurant scene, from which we’ve picked our favorites.

Pizza topped with coldslaw and pulled pork at The Flying Goat | © Visit Spokane/Flickr

The Flying Goat

Charcuterie, Pub, Restaurant, American, Italian, $$$
Santé Restaurant & Charcuterie
Santé Restaurant & Charcuterie | © Orin Blomberg/Flickr
Serving Neopolitan-style charred crust pizza, the Flying Goat is a popular pizza place with a woodstone oven. They make their pizzas with daily fresh made dough and house made sauces. The atmosphere is pub style and friendly, with outdoor seating on their patio. They have fifteen beers on tap, as well as wine, and their beer selection includes an Indian Pale Ale brewed right here in Spokane by No-Li Brewhouse.

Santé Restaurant & Charcuterie

Bar, Charcuterie, Restaurant, American, French, Vegetarian, $$$
Mizuna in Spokane
Mizuna in Spokane | © Lesley and Troy/Flickr
A restaurant that values sustainable living, Santé prides itself on serving food prepared without antibiotics, hormones, pesticides, and GMOs and partners with local farmers for its supply of fresh, organic ingredients. Their dinner entrees include dishes like ‘Pork Loin’ with quinoa, kale, and broccoli and ‘Pasta’ topped with smoked salmon. They’re friendly to vegans and vegetarians, and most dishes can be prepared for specific diets. Besides main courses, their bar serves tasty charcuterie boards to pair with their wines.

Mizuna Restaurant and Wine Bar

Restaurant, Bar, Wine Bar, Fusion, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free, American, Contemporary, $$$
Mizuna is one of Spokane’s finest restaurants, serving a seasonal menu using organic, fresh, and local Northwest ingredients. Situated in the heart of downtown Spokane in a turn-of-the-century building with marble tables and warm lighting, Mizuna is a swanky place for a night out. Their menu includes dishes like ‘All Natural Painted Hills Flat Iron Steak’ with gorgonzola fingerling potatoes, ‘Duck Leg Confit’, and ‘Pan Seared Sea Scallops.’ They also have a vegetarian menu, like the ‘Tuscan Risotto Cakes’ that are gluten free, and ‘Cauliflower and Eggplant Samosas.’


A 40-year-old restaurant overlooking the Spokane River, this is a classic American grill that serves juicy steaks and flavorful seafood. It’s located in the Old Flour Mill on the North Bank of the Spokane River in beautiful, historic downtown Spokane. Their menu features dishes like ‘Wild Mushroom Ravioli with Braised Short Rib’, ‘Asiago- Almond Crusted Scallops’, and ‘Twice-Roasted Fresh Herb-Stuffed Chicken.’ They also list daily specials depending on the season.
Address & phone number: The Flour Mill 621 W Mallon Ave Spokane, WA USA +1 509-328-5965

Milford’s Fish House

With specials like Taco Tuesday featuring fresh fish tacos (the most fun night of the week) Milford’s is a relaxed and social place to eat and have a good time. Their seafood is extremely popular, especially dishes like their calamari. The atmosphere is a throwback to simpler times, with dark-stained wooden booths and warm lighting.
Address & phone number: 719 N Monroe St Spokane, WA USA +1 509-326-7251


Bakery, Cafe, Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, $$$
A 1912 farmhouse in Spokane, Washington, owners Celeste and Gina converted the building into a bakery and restaurant that is now Chaps. Their dinner menu includes tasty plates like Flat Iron Steak complete with mashed potatoes and vegetables, Chicken Curry, Beef Stroganoff, and Lamb Chops. If you’re craving American comfort food, look no farther than Chaps to fill your tummy.

Steelhead Bar & Grille

Bar, American, Beer, Pub Grub, $$$
Manito's taps
Manito's taps | © The Purple Turtle, Inc./Flickr
A great place for whiskey and red meat, Steelhead Bar & Grille serves heart-stopping and delicious dishes like Whiskey Pepper Steak, Chicken Parmesan Alfredo, and the Bison Burger. Their steelhead trout dishes are also signature, and they serve traditionally serve a filet with seasonal vegetables. Finish your meal with a glass of whiskey. They sell a variety of Bourbon, Scotch, Irish, Northwest, Canadian, Tennessee, and Rye whiskies.

Manito Tap House

Gastropub, Pub, Restaurant, Diner, Pub Grub, $$$
A locally owned, eco-friendly gastropub, Manito Tap House serves food made from the best ingredients. Their dishes include Green Chile Mac & Cheese, Smoked Cauliflower Gnocchi, and The Smoked Gouda Burger. They also have fifty beers on tap, cleaned and maintained according to the Draft Quality Manual of the Brewers Association, and bottles of beer from all over the world, depending on your tastes. Their cellars have over 20 cases of rare beer.

Frank's Diner

Diner, American, Vegetarian, $$$

A diner inside a 1906 observation train car that served as a presidential car up until 1931, Frank’s Diner is more of a journey than a meal. Cooking nearly everything from scratch and purchasing local sustainable products whenever it’s possible, Frank’s Diner is a place to order your American breakfast favorites, including ‘Fried Green Tomatoes and Eggs,’ sandwiches, and burgers like the ‘Jalapeno Pepper Jack Bacon Burger.’ Breakfast can be ordered in two sizes, for those who want something lighter than the typical heart-stopping American diner breakfasts and for those who go big or go home.

Picabu Bistro

Bistro, American, Mexican, Thai, Cajun, $$$
Serving tasty dishes like ‘Cilantro Hummus’ appetizers, ‘Louisiana Black Bean Chili’ salads in house-made dressings, and entrees like ‘Desert Lime Chicken’ served over black bean chili and polenta, Picabu Bistro is a break from the many steakhouses and seafood restaurants in Spokane. They keep a flexitarian menu with dishes that can easily become vegan or gluten free. It’s a little gem in Spokane, friendly and with a cool, relaxed vibe.

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