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Two Distinct Dining Destinations

Two Distinct Dining Destinations

Syringa Japanese Café and Sushi Bar has been satisfying locals since 2007, and since day one, owners Viljo and Autumn Basso have been serving guests the best sushi and modern Japanese cuisine North Idaho has to offer! High-quality, fresh ingredients and wonderful flavors are used in each dish they serve. With a flare for originality and excellence, this quaint little restaurant has set itself apart from the rest.

“We feel so blessed to be a part of this amazing community,” says Autumn. “We are fortunate to have a crew that is passionate about great service and providing our customer with a quality product.”

In January of this year, Syringa moved locations to make its new home in a bigger venue just up the street from their former location (in the former Bistro On Spruce location). Even with the change, Autumn says they are still the same local neighborhood restaurant with the same friendly faces.

The new location offers guests ample parking, has more seating and a private banquet room. They will continue to host beer and winemaker dinners (at both Syringa and The Bluebird), and customers can keep up with upcoming events on their Facebook and Instagram page.

Down the street from Syringa is where you will find The Bluebird, a midtown eatery, which the husband-and-wife team opened in 2016. It quickly gained a large following that continues to grow. In their endeavor, Viljo and Autumn have delivered a casual neighborhood bistro-style restaurant offering a cozy rustic interior, with reclaimed warm rustic wood and metal, and vintage photographs decorating the walls. The Bluebird is an eclectic Northwest bistro—the menu inspired by the couple’s 20-plus years of culinary travels and adventures. Seasonal as much as possible, the menu items change frequently with specials offered weekly, allowing diners to try something new each time they visit.

To accompany the deliciously unique menu, The Bluebird has an outstanding wine list offering incredible selections from all over the world. In addition to the wine, they have a great selection of beer, ciders and sours.

The Bluebird has found its home in Coeur d’Alene’s midtown, and the neighborhood couldn’t be happier. “Our goal was to open the kind of restaurant we like to dine at and bring more dining variety to Coeur d’Alene,” says Autumn. And guests continue to eat it up.

When it comes to what makes both Syringa and The Bluebird distinct, Viljo says, “At each place, we’ve had the ability to create a friendly local neighborhood vibe. The food is unique, the customers are unique and the employees are unique.”

Whether you take a seat at Syringa or The Bluebird, Viljo, Autumn and their staff are ready to serve you and help create a memorable—and delicious—dining experience.

The Bluebird

Midtown Coeur d’Alene

816 N. Fourth St.


Syringa Japanese Café & Sushi Bar

Coeur d’Alene

1710 N. Fourth St.


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