Best Places to Eat in Spokane, Washington
Located in the far northeastern corner of Washington state, Spokane is a riverfront city with a thriving foodie scene. Amidst its cultural museums, sculpture park, and waterfall-viewing cable car, you’ll find globally-inspired restaurants, atmospheric gastropubs, and eclectic cafes.
Spokane is the start and end point of many of our bike tours and a great place to spend a few days before or after your adventure. When you’re not delving into the area’s Native American heritage at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture or marveling at Spokane Falls, you can feed your body and soul at one of the following eateries.
We’ve got recommendations if you’re after a high-quality caffeine fix or a leisurely brunch, as well as a handful of options for those with a sweet tooth. As with many areas of the Pacific Northwest, Spokane’s foodie scene has a focus on seasonal and locally sourced produce that we absolutely love.
Coffee and Drinks
Housed within a brick-walled shopfront, Atticus is named after the lawyer in “To Kill a Mockingbird” and prides itself on serving exceptional coffee. You can fill up on their yummy sandwiches and sweet treats shipped in from local bakeries before browsing the inspiring collection of gifts and homewares.
Family-owned Indaba Coffee opened its first store on Broadway in West Central in 2009 and has only gone from strength to strength, now operating five locations across Spokane. Its team is dedicated to roasting single-origin coffee and serving it with love, alongside plenty of tasty treats.
The Arctos Coffee and Roasting Co. purposely keeps its bean selection small so it can focus on consistently roasting it to perfection. It blends Brazilian, Central American, and African beans to create a nutty yet smooth espresso that has regulars coming back again and again.
Ladder Coffee & Toast started out as a weekend gathering on a front porch and now boasts three Spokane locations. At the headquarters on North Monroe Street, its team roasts and produces all of its coffee products, as well as serving up delicious toast created in-house.
Co-founded by Mark Irvin and John Bryant, No-Li Brewing is an iconic brewhouse and restaurant with a relaxed riverside setting. Aside from kicking back with a refreshing IPA, hard seltzer, or creative cocktail, you can feast on hearty gastropub fare and enormous pretzels.
Located in Spokane’s West End, Brick West is a 15-barrel brewery, taproom, and beer garden that has revitalized the local neighborhood. It’s the kind of place that creates community, whether you’re a craft beer enthusiast looking for seasonal sips or want to enjoy a long, leisurely afternoon in the sunshine.
In the heart of downtown Spokane, the One Tree Cider House offers a diverse range of ciders from Yonder Cider, the Snowdrift Cider Co., and Schilling Cider, many of which are available on tap. The enticing menu includes everything from pulled pork nachos to soft baked pretzels and Italian-inspired pizzas.
Boots is a vegan-friendly eatery that has recently moved from its downtown Spokane location to a commercial kitchen at the Thrive Center, which is run by the nonprofit Thrive International. It offers a wide range of gluten-free breakfast options and amazing waffles that have seen Boots garner a dedicated following.
Occupying a retro, diner-themed space, The Yards specializes in comfort food featuring produce from local farms. In addition to brunch bowls and breakfast poutine, you’ll find hearty burgers, sandwiches, soups, and salads.
Chaps is a tiny cafe with a Victorian-inspired aesthetic that serves up homestyle breakfasts and brunches. Fruit-filled pastries and delicious cakes are a feature on the menu, together with cinnamon rolls and tiramisu.
Lunch and Dinner
The Steelhead has long been a cornerstone of downtown Spokane’s dining scene and for good reason. It reliably serves up burgers, smoked sausage, and seafood dishes, accompanied by some of the best-tasting fries in the city.
With four locations around Spokane, Twigs is known for its chef-made American fare and creative cocktails. The bistro prides itself on supporting local farmers and suppliers while offering both gluten-free and vegetarian options.
Occupying a 1916-built steam-generating facility, the SteamPlant is a family-friendly restaurant that focuses on American-style cuisine. Think steaks, pizzas, pasta, or burgers, all washed down with craft beers.
Hailing from the Texas-Mexico border, the De Leon family delivers traditional Mexican recipes with a modern twist. Their street tacos feature slow-cooked meats in homemade tortillas and are accompanied by amazing margaritas.
With its wooded interior and fire pits, The Flying Goat is a quintessential Pacific Northwest eatery. It crafts incredible Neapolitan pizzas, wings, and dumplings that are paired with craft beers from local breweries.
Offering magnificent views across the Spokane River, this local institution has been serving up delicious steaks and seafood dishes for more than 40 years. If you’re a fan of fresh oysters, clam chowder, and prime ribs, you’ve come to the right place.
When visiting Spokane, you’re never far from a Zip’s, with this former drive-in restaurant now boasting seven locations across the city. The menu includes classic burgers, popcorn chicken, and shakes that will hit the spot when you’re after something quick and easy.
Tacos and tequila are what Borracho does best, with this trendy eatery specializing in Mexican street food. With its multiple TVs and massive outdoor patio, it’s also a popular place for sports-loving fans to hang out on game days.
As its name suggests, Hello Sugar is all about sweet treats, with the main focus of this beloved store being donuts. Head to their Kendall Yard location for iced, sprinkled, or filled donuts, accompanied by a “Sugar Rush” slushy.
Located in the Garland District, Mary Lou’s is an iconic diner that occupies a historic milk bottle building. It dishes up freshly-baked French bread and hearty burgers, accompanied by your choice of more than 20 different flavored milkshakes.
From its two Spokane locations (South Hill and Kendall Yards), The Scoop crafts award-winning ice cream and soft serve. There’s a good choice of dairy-free, vegan, and gluten-free options available, with favorite flavors including “mud pie” and “raspberry parade”.