Boise, Idaho is not only the state’s largest city, but it’s the cultural capital as well. With a rather diverse culinary scene that combines innovative approaches towards cooking and the best cooking traditions of the Northwest, Boise is has plenty of restaurants for nearly any taste in food and many romantic restaurants for the perfect night out. The city offers a variety of cuisines ranging from Italian and American fare to Japanese and Basque.
Chandlers is an upscale restaurant situated in downtown Boise that specializes in Kobe-style beef and corn-fed prime steaks. The menu also includes fresh seafood, a three-course prix fixe dinner, and dishes from throughout the world. Live music can be heard at Chandlers daily featuring a variety of performers. The Martini Bar open at 4:00pm seven days a week for live jazz, light appetizers, and cocktails, while dinner service starts at 5:30pm every night. Social Hour is available from 4:00pm until 6:00pm Monday to Thursday for the “after work” crowd, offering affordable cocktails and small bites.
981 West Grove St, Boise, ID 83702, Phone: 208-383-4300
ÀLAVITA focuses on local ingredients and freshly made pasta created daily from fresh local farm eggs and Northwest flour, ranging from Linguini and Rigatoni to Pappardelle and Tortellini. The restaurant boasts that it offers “Locally Inspired Italian” due to the fact it sources its ingredients for its simple, yet elegant Italian dishes from the Treasure Valley and Northwest regions. ÀLAVITA is open for dinner seven days a week starting at 5:00pm, however, the bar opens an hour earlier at 4:00pm. The restaurant includes a full bar, along with an extensive wine list and decent beer selection.
807 W Idaho St, Boise, ID 83702, Phone: 208-780-1100
Fork prides itself on providing the local residents and visitors of Boise, Idaho with farm-to-table food that is locally sourced. Creative American farm-to-table cuisine paired with craft cocktails are served within a brick-and-wood, vibrant dining space. Fork boasts a “Loyal to Local” pledge, sourcing as many of its key ingredients from local cheese makers, producers, brewers, distillers, ranchers, bakers, and farmers.
199 N 8th St, Boise, Idaho 83702, Phone: 208-287-1700
4.Kyoto Japanese Steakhouse
© Kyoto Japanese Steakhouse
The Kyoto Japanese Steakhouse is located in the heart of the city of Boise, providing residents with their fill of sushi and other Japanese dishes. Guests will also find a good drink selection from the full bar at the restaurant. While dinner is the most popular meal at the Kyoto Japanese Steakhouse, the restaurant specializing in Japanese cuisine also serves lunch. The menu features “cooked-in-front-of-you” options that include vegetarian, seafood, steak, and chicken in addition to a sushi bar. Lunch is offered on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, while dinner is available six days of the week, closed on Tuesdays.
6002 W Fairview Ave, Boise, ID 83704, Phone: 208-378-8808
© Barbacoa Grill
The Barbacoa Grill is considered to be more than simply a restaurant, and is instead described as “a multi-dimensional concept.” Designed by Martine and Robert Castoro in partnership with Thompson Interiors, Barbacoa Grill is part restaurant, part art gallery, and part museum, appealing to all the senses. The restaurant serves inventive Spanish-American cuisine with steaks cooked on an open-fire grills in a stylish and vibrant setting. Happy Hour with BOGO specials is available daily from 4:00pm until 6:00pm, along Late Night Happy Hour with drink specials on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10:00pm until close.
276 Bobwhite Ct, Boise, Idaho 83706, Phone: 208-338-5000
6.Bardenay Restaurant & Distillery
© Bardenay Restaurant & Distillery
The Bardenay Restaurant and Distillery was the first restaurant distillery to open in the United States, setting a precedent in the industry by combining a distillery with a full-service restaurant and bar. This combination allows the restaurant to create several different handcrafted cocktails made using liquor that is made on-site. The Boise, Idaho Bardenay location produces amber rum and ginger rum, along with rye whiskey and dark rum. Along with many fine spirits, the Bardenay Restaurant and Distillery also offers a food menu with a wide variety of options, including appetizers, tacos, satays, burgers, sandwiches, salads, soups, and much more.
610 W Grove St Boise, ID, Phone: 208-426-0538
© Bittercreek Alehouse
First opening its doors in 1995, the Bittercreek Alehouse is referred to as an “Idaho American” beer bar. The restaurant strives to pair friendly service and thoughtful food with good beer in a comfortable setting in downtown Boise, Idaho. The Bittercreek Alehouse is open from 11:00am until midnight Sunday to Thursday and from 11:00am until 2:00am on Fridays and Saturdays. From 3:00pm until 5:30pm on weekdays, guests can take advantage of specials during the Low Power Happy Hour. Late Night Happy Hour is offered until midnight Sunday to Wednesday and until 1:30am Thursday to Saturday.
246 N 8th St, Boise, ID 83702, Phone: 208-429-6340
© Camel's Crossing
Carmel’s Crossing is a stylish and approachable upscale restaurant located in the Hyde Park historic district in the city of Boise. The restaurant offers a hyper-seasonal menu that changes fairly frequently and includes locally sourced and innovative cuisine. Customers will find an assortment of small plate options during the restaurant’s Happy Hour, offered Tuesday to Friday from 4:00pm until 6:00pm and from 9:00pm until 10:00pm, such as a corn pancake served with seared rockfish and serrano pepper aioli. Camel’s Crossing is closed on Sundays and Mondays and opens at 4:00pm Tuesday to Friday and 5:00pm on Saturdays.
1304 W. Alturas St, Boise, ID 83702, Phone: 208-385-0250
© Capitol Cellars
Capitol Cellars opened its doors in the city of Boise, Idaho in March of 2015. The restaurant was founded by Skip and Melinda Smyser with the help of Logan Smyser, their daughter, with a focus on providing local, high quality cuisine, in addition to a world-class wine list in the subterranean Belgravia cellar location of Boise. Capitol Cellars was selected by the Idaho Statesman as the 2015 “Best New Restaurant” and received the Wine Spectator “Award of Excellence” the following three years. The restaurant offers lunch, brunch, dinner, and a happy hour and contains a full bar and patio area.
110 S 5th St, Boise, ID 83702, Phone: 208-344-9463
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© Cottonwood Grille
The Cottonwood Grille is nestled along the Boise River and serves seasonal Northwestern cuisine, fresh seafood, Double R Ranch beef, and farm-fresh wild game, accompanied by an extensive wine list featuring over two hundred wines. The Cottonwood Grille is open for lunch and dinner every day of the week, as well as for brunch on Sundays. The restaurant also offers a happy hour daily from 3:00pm until 6:00pm and from 11:00 until 6:00pm on Saturdays. Cottonwood is often ranked as one of the Treasure Valley’s top three restaurants by the Idaho Statesman for fine dining, outdooring dining, and seafood.
913 W. River St, Boise, ID, Phone: 208-333-9800
11.Cucina Di Paolo
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Cucina Di Paolo strives to provide its guests with flavorful, delicious, freshly prepared food that is focused on classic regional Italian dishes, as well as comfort food of the northwestern region of the United States. The restaurant boasts utilizing only the freshest ingredients available from as many local farmers and producers as possible. Established in 1993, Cucina Di Paolo makes nearly everything completely from scratch, including their lasagna sauce that is slow roasted for hours, and offers “take-n-bake” dishes. Cucina Di Paolo is open Tuesday to Friday from 11:00am until 7:00pm and on Saturdays from noon until 6:00pm.
1504 Vista Ave, Boise, ID 83706, Phone: 208-345-7150
Eureka! Boasts an “All-American” culture through offering unique experiences, a daily “Hoppy Hour,” weekly events, a rotating and inventive craft beverage and beer program, weekend brunch, and small-batch whiskeys. The restaurants menu features American cuisine, including gourmet burgers, accompanied by one of the city’s best whiskey bars and craft beer selections. The daily “Hoppy Hour” at Eureka! is offered from 2:00pm until 6:00pm and from 9:00pm until close. Eureka! is open Monday to Thursday from 11:00am until midnight, 11:00am until 1:00am on Fridays, 10:00am until 1:00am on Saturdays, and 10:00am until midnight on Sundays.
800 West Idaho St, Boise, ID 83702, Phone: 208-286-4410
13.Goodwood Barbecue Company
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The Goodwood Barbecue Company came from a dream and a vision of two longtime friends in 1999. The pair wanted to open a “dinner-house that would revisit the day of owner-operated restaurants.” The foundation of the restaurant is food made fresh daily from scratch from a menu focused on the unique style of cooking known as closed-pit cooking, and the staff aim to provide all customers with efficient, caring, and timely service. The Goodwood Barbecue Company restaurant is open Sunday to Thursday from 11:00am until 9:00pm and from 11:00am until 10:00pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
7849 W. Spectrum St, Boise, ID 83709, Phone: 208-658-7173
14.Luciano's Italian Restaurant
© Luciano's Italian Restaurant
Luciano's Italian Restaurant is a popular local hole-in-the-wall dining spot in Boise, Idaho that serves Italian cuisine. The restaurant provides an affordable, casual, but still classy dining experience inspired by Tuscany and featuring made-from-scratch classic dishes from both both Southern and Northern Italy, along with a few surprises. Luciano’s also boasts an extensive, yet “pocket friendly” wine list to go with its dishes, including house wines available on tap from Walla Walla, Washington’s Proletariat Wine Company. Luciano’s Italian Restaurant is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, opening at 11:00am Monday to Saturday and noon on Sundays.
11 N. Orchard St, Boise, ID 83706, Phone: 208-577-6415
15.Owyhee Tavern - Steak and Seafood Restaurant
© Owyhee Tavern - Steak and Seafood Restaurant
The Owyhee Tavern is a steakhouse and seafood restaurant situated in the beautiful downtown area of the Boise in Idaho. The restaurant is open from 11:00am until 10:00pm Monday to Thursday, from 11:00am until 11:00pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and from 9:30am until 10:00pm on Sundays. The Owyhee Tavern Steak and Seafood Restaurant provides a comfortable seating area for enjoying a quick appetizer or a craft cocktail during its weekday Happy Hour, offered 3:00pm until 6:00pm Monday to Friday. The restaurant also boasts that they are “passionate about every aspect of our guests’ dining experience.”
1109 Main St. Boise, ID 83702, Phone: 208-639-0440
16.Red Feather Lounge
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The Red Feather Lounge has been viewed by many as a celebration of the contemporary American lounge since it first opened its door to guests in 2002. The restaurant serves seasonal American fare, along with fresh and unique interpretations of a number of classic cocktails. The Red Feather Lounge offers lunch from 11:00am until 5:00pm Monday to Friday and from 2:00pm until 5:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays, while brunch is available on the weekends from 8:00am until 2:00pm. Dinner and a late night menu are served seven nights a week, along with a weekday “Handbuilt Happy Hour.”
246 N 8th St, Boise, ID 83702, Phone: 208-429-6340
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At Richard’s, in the bustling city of Boise, Idaho, the chef-owner provides his own take on Italian-inspired dishes in the heart of the downtown area. Richard Langston, along with his team, strive to share the culinary philosophy of celebrating the integrity of ingredients of the season and source their ingredients locally whenever possible. At Richard’s, the dining experience is enhanced by a noteworthy selection of wine, a stylish setting, sophisticated service, and well-crafted cocktails. The award-winning wine list includes both new and old world wines from Washington, California, Oregon, Spain, France, Italy, and even Idaho, representing the state’s burgeoning wine industry.
500 S Capitol Blvd, Boise ID 83702, Phone: 208-472-1463
18.Saint Lawrence Gridiron
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The Saint Lawrence Gridiron is a bustling “New American” dining spot that serves crafted cocktails and elevated food within a rustic-chic setting. The menu served at Saint Lawrence Gridiron changes frequently and follows very few rules. The key, original concept of the restaurant is to serve food that pairs well with beer and bourbon. The Saint Lawrence Gridiron is open Tuesday to Friday from 11:00am until 11:00pm and from 9:30am until 11:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Brunch is served on the weekends from 9:30am until 2:00pm on both Saturday and Sunday.
705 W Bannock St, Boise, ID 83702, Phone: 208-433-5598
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19.State & Lemp
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Epek is a one-of-a-kind restaurant in the city of Boise that provides a fine dining farm-to-table experience and aims to revolutionize its customers’ relationship with food. The eatery is a small kitchen in the city that is pioneering the concept of agrarian cuisine. The flavorful menu available to guests is designed from “seed-to-table” with ingredients grown, harvested, and then prepared by a team of self-proclaimed “culinary rebels.” Epek is open five days a week, Tuesday to Saturday, for dinner from 5:00pm until 10:00pm. The unique restaurant is closed on Sundays and Mondays.
2870 W. State St, Boise, ID 83702, Phone: 208-429-6735
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20.The Basque Market
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The Basque Market first opened in December of 2000 in the downtown area of Boise, on the Basque Block. The restaurant quickly became the city’s leader when it comes to Basque catering, famous for its preparation of large paellas. Guests can even watch staff preparing a paella from beginning to end on the patio of The Basque Market on Wednesdays and Fridays at 12:00pm. Customers can enjoy an affordable meal consisting of meat and seafood paella, along with some fresh baked bread and sangria or wine. A Paella Dinner is offered on Thursday nights, except for the first Thursday.
608 W. Grove St, Boise, ID 83702, Phone: 208-433-1208
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© The Brickyard
The Brickyard is situated within the historic downtown of Boise, Idaho, located inside the original Idaho Statesman building. This fine dining steakhouse prides itself on both its excellent service standards and quality of the cuisine it serves to guests. Dinner is served at The Brickyard Monday to Saturday beginning at 5:00pm, although a Happy Hour is offered Monday to Friday from 3:00pm until 6:00pm. Happy Hour specials include half-off lounge beverages, including cocktails, wine, beer, rum, vodka, tequila, and an extensive bourbon and scotch selection. A small bites menu is also available during Happy Hour.
601 Main St, Boise, ID 83702, Phone: 208-287-2121
22.The Stagecoach Inn
© The Stagecoach Inn
The Stagecoach Inn is an old-fashioned steakhouse that serves cocktails and traditional homestyle cuisine in a comfortable setting. The restaurant is known for its prime rib, jumbo prawns, banana cream pie, and of course, steaks. It also boasts a knowledgeable staff. The various steakhouse-style salad dressings served to guests at The Stagecoach Inn are made from scratch and include buttermilk ranch, zesty Italian, and creamy Roquefort dressings. The steakhouse is open from 11:00am until 10:00pm Monday to Thursday, from 11:00am until 11:00pm on Fridays, and from 4:00pm until 11:00pm on Saturdays.
3132 W Chinden Blvd, Boise, ID 83714, Phone: 208-342-4161
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23.Tucanos Brazilian Grill
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Tucanos Brazilian Grill offers guests a dining experience that is rich in heritage and flavor. Churrasco, the tradition of grilling in Brazil, is a fusion of European and South American cultures. At the restaurant, vegetables and meats are carefully chosen to ensure that only the freshest of ingredients are used in its cuisine. The meat is tastefully seasoned before being grilled on skewers over the open-flame grills. Tucanos Brazilian Grill is open Monday to Thursday from 11:00am until 10:00pm, as well as on Fridays and Saturdays from 11:00am until 11:00pm. It is closed on Sundays.
1388 South Entertainment Ave, Boise, ID 83709, Phone: 208-343-4300
© Willowcreek Grill
The Willowcreek Grill is tucked away along the Boise Bench, offering guests unique Asian and Latin influenced and Northwest inspired American pub fare since it first opened its doors in 2004. Diners can relax on the restaurant’s patio during the summer months with a hand-crafted half-pound burger and a refreshing local craft beer or enjoy one of the house-made hearty soups by the fireplace during the winter. The menu at Willowcreek Grill includes a variety of gluten-free and vegetarian options in addition to burgers and other meat and seafood dishes. Those interested in sushi can find creative rolls at Raw.
2273 S Vista Ave #150, Boise, ID 83705, Phone: 208-343-5544
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24 Best Restaurants in Boise
- Chandlers, Photo: Chandlers
- ALAVITA, Photo: ALAVITA
- Fork, Photo: Fork
- Kyoto Japanese Steakhouse, Photo: Kyoto Japanese Steakhouse
- Barbacoa Grill, Photo: Barbacoa Grill
- Bardenay Restaurant & Distillery, Photo: Bardenay Restaurant & Distillery
- Bittercreek Alehouse, Photo: Bittercreek Alehouse
- Camel's Crossing, Photo: Camel's Crossing
- Capitol Cellars, Photo: Capitol Cellars
- Cottonwood Grille, Photo: Cottonwood Grille
- Cucina Di Paolo, Photo: Cucina Di Paolo
- Eureka!, Photo: Eureka!
- Goodwood Barbecue Company, Photo: Goodwood Barbecue Company
- Luciano's Italian Restaurant, Photo: Luciano's Italian Restaurant
- Owyhee Tavern - Steak and Seafood Restaurant, Photo: Owyhee Tavern - Steak and Seafood Restaurant
- Red Feather Lounge, Photo: Red Feather Lounge
- Richard's, Photo: Richard's
- Saint Lawrence Gridiron, Photo: Saint Lawrence Gridiron
- State & Lemp, Photo: State & Lemp
- The Basque Market, Photo: The Basque Market
- The Brickyard, Photo: The Brickyard
- The Stagecoach Inn, Photo: The Stagecoach Inn
- Tucanos Brazilian Grill, Photo: Tucanos Brazilian Grill
- Willowcreek Grill, Photo: Willowcreek Grill
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