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“What a wonderful surprise” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Picabu Bistro

Picabu Bistro
901 W 14th Ave, Spokane, WA 99204-3821
509-624-2464
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Ranked #46 of 823 Restaurants in Spokane
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $20
Cuisines: American, Vegetarian
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Providence, Rhode Island
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“What a wonderful surprise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 via mobile

Searching for something light and different, so I decided to try the Picabu Bistro. Entering the small(15 tables or so) restaurant, I had no idea of the great surprise I was in for. The food was superb, the choices so varied that it was hard to choose, and the atmosphere and staff made the experience one I will not soon forget. This will become a "must visit" every time I'm in Spokane.

Visited July 2014
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Hilo, Hawaii
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“Innovative menu”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Picabu Neighborhood Bistro is definitely a neighborhood type of restaurant, in a strip mall in a very nice neighborhood in Spokane. We were traveling through the city and had read recommendations about this small restaurant. The food was well prepared. We had the chicken and corn potstickers and the Rueben sandwich. The pot stickers were very good, soft and not rubbery, therefore fresh. The Rueben sandwich was on a roll that had the toughness of ends being used, did not have enough meat and was not toasted crisp. This might be the way they like their Rueben but does not fit the Rueben style of sandwich and should not be called that. It was good tasting but did not taste up to the Rueben name. Service was very good and the atmosphere was modern and inviting.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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“Lee”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 via mobile

One of my favorite places for out of town guests for a nice inexpensive meal. Can be busy but usually don't have to wait very long

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“Great place for lunch or dinner and not a chain restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

We came here only because of the "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives" show with Guy Fieri. It was located next to Rosaurs grocery store. The restaurant location isn't the best, with very little natural lighting. The lunch cost was on the high end: one appetizer (angry shrimp), cactus burger, and the chicken corn cilantro potstickers. With tip and tax: $40+

With that said, we thought the food was very unique and delicious. The cactus burger was plenty big, came with clam chowder that was very good (full of clams). Just the right spicy sauce and nice angus beef burger.

Pot stickers were on the savory side. Didn't taste too much of the cilantro. Dipped in the soy sauce made up for the savory taste. Probably should eat this before the cactus burger. Good to see a neighborhood bistro make national recognition.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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“Had to try it.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

We chose to eat here because we saw it on "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives." The menu is limited but everything we had was delicious. The restaurant is small and cute, staff was friendly.
We started with the Southwest calamari. It was good but nothing special. I would probably skip it next time and try something else.
Then we had the fire pasta and marinated philly steak wrap. Both were yummy but the steak wrap was super yummy. Me and my husband ended up splitting our orders so I could have some of his wrap. The beef was some of the most tender I've ever had.
Unfortunately, we probably won't be back in Spokane for awhile but if we ever are we will eat here again.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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