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“Under-cooked Pork, Charcoal Cabbage and Missing Salmon.”
Review of Bistro on Spruce

Bistro on Spruce
Ranked #77 of 260 Restaurants in Coeur d'Alene
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed March 1, 2014

First with the positive. We had a very professional server. She was friendly, adult and efficient.
We had the Pork Rib Eye Chop and the Smoked Salmon Ravioli. The pork was pink inside as filet style. This may be gourmet somewhere but not in our house.
The knee slapper was a slab of raw cabbage complete with stem that looked as if it had been passed over with a butane torch. The complete one side was burn black and crusty. Nice trick but we didn't buy it so our server brought a side dish that was to be the 'grilled' cabbage mentioned in the menu. It turned out to be same chopped raw cabbage in a vinegar solution.
Could not find any salmon so decided menu must have said 'salmon colored'. Then after reading the menu online later we realized that it was not salmon and capers and onion filled ravioli but salmoncapersonion filled ravioli. Another nice trick, especially as the palomino sauce completely overpowered everything.
We are kicking ourselves for not just paying for our wine and walking out as soon as plates arrived but were exhausted from a day of power shopping.
A seating suggestion:
If you are being taken to one of the two booths in the back and you see the large table in front of them filled then decline as the noise will come right in at you.
Another suggestion:
BEFORE you order make a trip to the washroom and before you take the few steps down, look both left and right. It's not pretty.

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Reviewed February 18, 2014 via mobile

Great experience! We often stop for lunch on our way home to Seattle in Cda. This by far our best choice yet. We didn't want sandwiches(although they looked delicious).
I had a polenta with fungi and beef. Speechless ! Probably the best polenta I've ever had. We also tried the soup of the day and clam linguini and for dessert Irish car bomb, very tasty! Will return!

Thank Bingitt
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Reviewed January 9, 2014

Many restaurants in this area come and go, particularly ones not owned by the local resort, but Bistro on Spruce is predictable, consistent, has a well-trained and friendly staff and always, a good menu which varies dependent upon the season. It's one of our favorites and we go here more often than any other in town. Good for lunch, dinner and brunch.

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Thank Jane S
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Reviewed January 8, 2014

Met with friends for a birthday dinner gathering, my first visit to this Bistro. Cozy atmosphere, delicious fare. Two ordered lamb and found it delicious. Two ordered shrimp and grits (who'd have guessed that grits could be so creamy and fantastic). We arrived in time for tapas, and the Mediterranean veggie dips and the calamari were wonderful. I enjoyed a chardonnay that I'd not had before, but unfortunately can't remember the name. Others enjoyed tasty micro brews. I will go here again, can't wait to try the halibut tacos tapas. They must be fantastic. Though the place was busy, we enjoyed a booth and noise level was very tolerable. Also noted a nicely enclosed meeting area that could be rented for larger groups. Waitress was a bit scattered getting our order right, but the entire meal and dining experience was fabulous.

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Thank runninghorse10711
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Reviewed December 16, 2013

Great Food and drinks. Atmosphere is really nice. People are great! Good location. Only been here once but liked it.

Thank JameyCunningham
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