Off-Campus Dining

Spokane, WA
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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Downtown is in walking distance, but there really aren't that many great places to go and eat.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I do not go out a lot

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of places near by. Easy to get downtown too for nicer options.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Downtown there are chains such as Olive Garden, PF Changs and Red Robin. There is also a really good family owned restaurant called Luigis. Then on Division St there are lots of asian food places, and an outback steakhouse, and a GU favorite, Tomato Street (cheap, fun, sit-down Italian food).

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Without a car there aren't a ton of off campus dining options within walking distance. However it is easy to access downtown spokane but it takes about 20 min to walk there if you are willing. Depending on the price range food costs middle of the road to very expensive, but it depends on the restaurant you choose. Having a car really opens up the options for dining, and there are more than enough places in Spokane to choose from so finding a place to eat is not a problem. Student discounts don't really exist, but some places take Bulldog bucks which are the same as real cash but your parents can purchase them.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 743rd
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost
  • 812nd
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Iain Bernhoft
Seattle, Wash.
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The off-campus dining scene for Gonzaga students can be divided neatly into two categories: restaurants adjacent to campus and restaurants downtown. There are some real gems next to campus, but not much diversity. On the east end, you can find greasy breakfasts, light cuisine, and the pizza/calzone powerhouses.

Despite the limited selection, the vast majority of students eats at these establishments. However, downtown (a 20-minute walk or five-minute drive) offers high-quality, reasonably-priced restaurants by the fistful. The absences in the Spokane restaurant scene that are felt by Gonzaga students are the lack of student discounts and a dearth in late-night dining. However, Spokane rewards those who persevere and go the extra mile to seek out good food. There are excellent Moroccan, Russian, and Greek places that await those who are willing to go a little out of their way. Likewise, most of the nice restaurants won't charge too much—you can find a great meal for under $15 at more than a dozen places, all within 25 minutes of campus.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
Best Asian
  • Bangkok Thai
  • P.F. Chang's China Bistro
Best Breakfast
  • Kalico Kitchen
  • Ultimate Bagel
  • Wolffy's Hamburgers
Best Coffee
  • Dutch Bros. Coffee
  • Starbucks
  • Thomas Hammer Coffee
Best Dessert
  • Froyo Earth
  • The Melting Pot
Best Healthy
  • Pita Pit
  • Ultimate Bagel
Best Late-Night
  • Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches
  • Pita Pit
Best Mexican
Azteca Mexican Restaurant
Best Pizza
  • David's Pizza
  • Pete's Pizza
Best Wings
  • Flamin' Joe's
  • Hooters
Best Place to Take a Date
  • The Melting Pot
  • P.F. Chang's China Bistro
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Catacombs Pub
  • Clinkerdagger Restaurant
  • Mizuna Restaurant & Wine Bar
Other Places to Check Out
  • Atilano's Mexican Food
  • Atticus Coffee & Gifts
  • Casa de Oro
  • Chairs Coffee
  • Chili's Grill & Bar
  • Clover
  • Cold Stone Creamery
  • Davenport Hotel
  • Ferguson's Café
  • Geno's
  • Great Harvest Bread Co.
  • IHOP
  • Kay Lon Garden Restaurant
  • Luigi's Italian Restaurant
  • Madeleine's Café & Patisserie
  • Main Market Co-op
  • McDonald's
  • Mustard Seed
  • Noodle Works
  • Olive Garden
  • The Onion
  • Outback Steakhouse
  • Perkins Restaurant & Bakery
  • Phonthip Style Thai Restaurant
  • Pizza Oven
  • Red Lobster
  • Red Robin Gourmet Burgers
  • Rincon Tapatio
  • Rocket Bakery
  • Scratch
  • Shakey's Pizza Parlor
  • Shari's Restaurant & Pies
  • Sonic Drive-In
  • South Perry Pizza
  • Subway
  • Suki Yaki Inn
  • Japanese Cuisine
  • Taco Time
  • Tomato Street
  • Twigs Bistro & Martini Bar
  • Zip's Drive-In
Did You Know?
Daunted by difficulty of sampling the multitudinous local restaurants? At "Pig Out in the Park," a festival held every Labor Day weekend in Riverfront Park, you can try a ton of them in the same place! Live music and arts-and-crafts displays accompany the mass gorging.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Huckleberry's Natural Market
926 S. Monroe St.
(509) 624-1349
Daily 7 a.m.–10 p.m.
933 E. Mission Ave.
(509) 482-1987
Daily 5 a.m.–1 a.m.
Yoke's Fresh Market
210 E. North Foothills Drive
(509) 325-5611
Daily 6 a.m.–12 a.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Azteca Mexican Restaurant
Food: Mexican
245 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.
(509) 456-0350
Price: $10–$15
Cool Features: All-you-can-eat taco nights
Bangkok Thai
Food: Thai
1003 E. Trent Ave.
(509) 325-8370
Price: $10–$20
Brooklyn Deli & Lounge
Food: Sandwiches
122 S. Monroe St.
(509) 835-4177
Price: $5–$10
Cool Features: Discounts for GU students, also a bar
Catacombs Pub
Food: European, Italian
110 S. Monroe St.
(809) 838-4610
Price: $15–$25
Cool Features: Features live music, classy decor
Clinkerdagger Restaurant
Food: American
621 W. Mallon Ave.
(509) 328-5965
Price: $15–$30
David's Pizza
Food: Pizza
2911 E. 57th Ave.
(509) 290-5080
Price: $10–$20
Food: American
2022 N. Argonne Road
(509) 891-2467
Price: $8–$15
Dutch Bros. Coffee
Food: Coffee/tea
1306 N. Division St.
(509) 326-0115
Price: $3–$8
Europa Pizzaria & Bakery
Food: Italian
125 S. Wall St.
(509) 455-4051
Price: $10–$20
Cool Features: Late-night dining in a classy lounge
Flamin' Joe's
Food: American, wings
7015 N. Division St.
(509) 465-5052
Price: $8–$15
Frank's Diner
Food: American
1516 W. Second Ave.
(509) 747-8798
Price: $5–$10
Cool Features: Housed in an old luxury railway car
Froyo Earth
Food: Frozen yogurt
172 S. Division St.
(509) 455-8000
Price: $3–$8
Food: American, wings
16208 E. Indiana Ave., Spokane Valley
(509) 924-9464
Price: $8–$15
Jack & Dan's Bar & Grill
Food: American
1226 N. Hamilton St.
(509) 487-6546
Price: $8–$15
Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches
Food: Sandwiches
105 E. Mission Ave.
(509) 327-3278
Price: $5–$10
Kalico Kitchen
Food: American, breakfast
2931 N. Division St.
(509) 326-7144
Price: $5–$10
The Melting Pot
Food: Fondue
707 W. Main Ave.
(509) 926-8000
Price: $15–$30
Mizuna Restaurant & Wine Bar
Food: European
214 N. Howard St.
(509) 747-2004
Price: $15–$30
Cool Features: Patio seating, otherworldly vegetarian cuisine
O'Doherty's Irish Grille
Food: Irish-American
525 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.
(509) 747-0322
Price: $8–$15
Cool Features: Live music and pleasant outdoor seating
P.F. Chang's China Bistro
Food: Asian
801 W. Main Ave.
(509) 456-2166
Price: $8–$15
Pete's Pizza
Food: Pizza
821 E. Sharp Ave.
(509) 487-9795
Price: $10–$20
Cool Features: Fantastically loaded and juicy calzones
Pho Van
Food: Vietnamese
2909 N. Division St.
(509) 326-6470
Price: $5–$10
Cool Features: Giant bowls of noodles, a change of names and ownership on an almost yearly basis
Pita Pit
Food: Sandwiches
818 E. Sharp Ave.
(509) 483-7482
Price: $5–$10
Rock City Grill
Food: American
808 W. Main St.
(509) 455-4400
Price: $10–$25
Rockwood Bakery
Food: Coffee, pastries
315 E. 18th Ave.
(509) 747-8691
Price: $5–$10
Cool Features: Couches aplenty, located right next to Manito Park
Satellite Diner & Lounge
Food: American, diner
425 W. Sprague Ave.
(509) 624-3952
Price: $5–$10
Cool Features: Great for late-night dining and munchies
Soulful Soups
Food: Soup
117 N. Howard St.
(509) 459-1190
Price: $5–$10
Cool Features: Eight soups daily to warm winter days
Food: Coffee/tea, sweets
1217 N. Hamilton St.
(509) 482-7623
Price: $3–$8
Steam Plant Grill
Food: Continental
159 S. Lincoln St.
(509) 777-3900
Price: $15–$30
Cool Features: Wi-Fi hotspot, located in a renovated steam plant, beer from the Coeur d'Alene Brewery
Taste of India
Food: Indian
3110 N. Division St.
(509) 327-7313
Price: $5–$10
Cool Features: Daily lunch buffet full of good food
Thomas Hammer Coffee
Food: Coffee/tea
210 W. Pacific Ave.
(509) 535-4806
Price: $3–$8
Ultimate Bagel
Food: Sandwiches
1217 N. Hamilton St.
(509) 487-4630
Price: $5–$10
Wolffy's Hamburgers
Food: Burgers
1229 N. Hamilton St.
(509) 487-1587
Price: $5–$10

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 45 responses

Very poor
  • Cost
  • Convenience
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Student discounts
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

How would you rate the diversity of off-campus dining options?    Based on 47 responses

  • 11% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 13% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 51% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 26% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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