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315 Martinis and Tapas Located in the historic Greenbriar Inn, 315 Martinis and Tapas is an elegant yet casual answer to fine dining. Open at 3:15 pm Tuesday through Saturday, small plates feature everything from sesame-encrusted yellowfin tuna to coconut curry shrimp and a bruschetta that's hard to beat. In the summer, the outdoor seating is the place to be. The cold months mean snuggling up for bites by the fireplace — not a bad option, either. 315 Wallace Ave., Coeur d'Alene • 208-667-9660 •

Bistro On Spruce Bistro on Spruce is a lovely little neighborhood bistro located in Coeur d'Alene's happening midtown. This is where discriminating locals come to find a menu that's incredibly diverse, with offerings like smoked salmon ravioli, shrimp and grits and stuffed poblano peppers, and an atmosphere that begs you to linger. Look for the $4 tapas menu (Monday through Saturday), or go crazy and spring for some of the $5 small plates. 1710 N. Fourth St., Coeur d'Alene • 208-664-1774 •

Ruins What Ruins lacks in size it more than makes up for in big flavors and a killer vibe. The menu changes weekly here, so one day you might delve into some salmon and beets with a side of shredded brussels sprouts, and the next it might be a perfectly sized cheeseburger with house-made pickles, or scallops with king oyster mushrooms. Don't be afraid of change; embrace it at Ruins, along with a tasty craft cocktail. 825 N. Monroe St. • 443-5606 •

Safari Room The little sibling of the Davenport's Peacock Room, the Safari Room mimics the Gilded Age splendor of the original while projecting a Hemingway-style masculinity. The drink menu is huge; the top-shelf selection is extensive. The food offerings span breakfast, lunch and dinner; as you'd expect from The Davenport, the quality is exceptional. 111 S. Post St. • 789-6800 •

Satay Bistro One of Coeur d'Alene's best dining experiences is located, improbably, between Taco Bell and the Long Ear music store. Satay offers a wide selection of wines, an upscale fusion menu and plenty of elegance. You can enjoy trademark satays (meaning skewered, grilled meat) like filet beef with shiitake mushroom demi-glace or Red Chili Scallops. They also serve a range of salads, pasta dishes and steaks, and the menu is always evolving, making return visits a must. 2501 N. Fourth St., Coeur d'Alene • 208-765-2555 •

The Wandering Table  Chef Adam Hegsted brings the concept behind his traveling supper club to a location in Kendall Yards, where the restaurant's tapas-style menu of small plates lets diners experience a variety of flavors and venture a bit outside their comfort zone. The chef's tasting menu option lets guests name the amount they want to spend per diner, and a customized menu is created on the spot. 1242 W. Summit Pkwy. • 443-4410 •

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