A Quintessential Spokane Dining Experience: Mizuna

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Are you looking for a delicious lunch or dinner restaurant that everyone will like, serves good, clean food and is in downtown Spokane? Then you might want to check out Mizuna. Mizuna refers to itself as the quintessential Spokane dining experience for locals and visitors and, after 23 years in business, we would agree!

We visited Mizuna during lunch, after we finished up shopping downtown. There are many good places to eat in downtown Spokane now, but as a fan of Mizuna’s from 10+ years ago, I knew we had to see if Mizuna kept up with their high standards. We weren’t disappointed!

image of Wine bar area in Mizuna
Wine bar area in Mizuna

Mizuna Spokane Location and Hours

Mizuna is located in downtown Spokane, at 214 N. Howard and is open from:

Lunch:

Monday-Saturday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Mid-Day:

Monday-Saturday: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Dinner:

Monday-Saturday: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Sunday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Options for Everyone

One of the things we loved about Mizuna was their focus on both vegetarian and meat-eater meals. Often, restaurants will try to do one or the other, and usually fail at the one they’re not as focused on. As a vegetarian, I’m used to being disappointed by many restaurants offering “vegetarian” fare (notable exception: Mizuna and Cascadia!)

Not so at Mizuna: Mizuna is able to focus on making amazing, delicious and varied vegetarian dishes while not dropping a beat when it comes to meat-eater meals.

Take, for instance, the 12:01 Burger Blake ordered. This burger came with bacon, avocado, grilled onions, tomato, lettuce, aioli and a side of chili – all of which was 10/10 delicious according to Blake!

image of 12:01 Burger from Mizuna with bacon, avocado, grilled onions, tomato, lettuce, aioli
12:01 Burger from Mizuna with bacon, avocado, grilled onions, tomato, lettuce, aioli

Since this was so good, my falafel probably was just going to be so-so, I assumed. I was wrong! The entire falafel meal was very flavorful. Falafel can be a dry dish (balls of sawdust, basically) if not well made, but Mizuna’s falafel was exceptional. It had a ton of flavor and the cucumber-chili drizzle was the right amount of kick and moisture to the meal.

image of Mizuna falafel with tomato, greens, chevre, cucumber-chili drizzle and fries
Mizuna falafel with tomato, greens, chevre, cucumber-chili drizzle and fries

You can see Mizuna’s menus for lunch, mid-day and dinner here to get a feeling of what they typically offer, and be rest assured there are always one or two vegetarian options during lunch and mid-day.

Mizuna Spokane is a Must-Visit

If you are looking for a downtown lunch or dinner restaurant, Mizuna is an excellent choice. It’s also a great place to bring visiting guests, especially if you want to show them around downtown Spokane (and you should!)

Mizuna is slightly more spendy than some restaurants downtown and may not be the best place for large families, as seating is tight. It’s excellent for date nights in downtown Spokane, however!

There are plenty of chain restaurants to go in downtown Spokane, but be assured Mizuna is a local place that you can feel confident taking guests and family. Mizuna truly has something for everyone.

image of Inside seating area of Mizuna
Inside seating area of Mizuna

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