There is no shortage of great restaurants in Boise. Our food scene is as diverse as it is delicious. Looking for a restaurant to celebrate a special occasion or just to enjoy one of the many fine dining experiences offered in Boise? Here’s where to go.
981 W Grove St, Boise, ID 83702
Located in Hotel 43 in beautiful downtown Boise, Chandler’s is one of Boise’s premier downtown steakhouses. They offer over a dozen selections of hand-cut and trimmed steaks ranging from corn-fed Midwest prime to Japanese A5 waygu to organic grass-fed beef. Their seafood is flown in several times a week from Alaska and Hawaii. They are also a full-service wine bar, have over 700 selections on their wine list and offer live jazz music seven night a week. A night at Chandler’s is certainly one that you won’t forget!
Must try: One of their famous ten-minute martinis and a filet mignon a moelle
Richard’s Restaurant & Bar
500 S Capitol Blvd, Boise, ID 83702
Chef and owner Richard Langston is no stranger to the restaurant scene in Boise. He has brought his love for locally sourced ingredients to his newest venture, Richard’s. He sources locally whenever possible and prepares his food in a simple way to showcase the natural flavors of the product. Both their food menu and cocktail menu are seasonally-driven, using the freshest ingredients. They also boast 22 wines by the glass and offer many local wine and beer options.
Must try: Oven roasted halibut
110 S 5th St, Boise, ID 83702
The name of this restaurant is certainly not deceiving. This family-owned restaurant is located in the cellar of one of Boise’s historical buildings, The Belgravia. Capitol Cellars is known for serving a great business lunch and an elegant-upscale dinner that changes seasonally. Their charming patio, unique dining space, and extensive curated wine list are perfect for any occasion.
Must try: The Senator’s prime rib
800 W Main St Suite 110, Boise, ID 83702
From your first impression to your last bite, your experience at Ruth’s Chris will be managed with detail-driven perfection. They specialize in custom-aged Midwestern beef that is served on a sizzling 500° plate so that it stays hot throughout your meal. Located in the heart of downtown Boise on 8th Street, Ruth’s Chris boasts an impressive patio and dining room. Along with an extensive menu and a killer happy hour, Ruth’s Chris is the perfect spot for an elegant meal.
Must Try: Filet with au gratin potatoes
601 W Main St, Boise, ID 83702
A staple in downtown Boise, known for its classic wood & brick interior, The BrickYard serves up some of Boise’s best steak and seafood. Their many offerings of Idaho potato side dishes and tableside salad hand tossed right at your table are just a few reasons to check out this establishment. If that isn’t convincing enough, their famous dueling piano show every Friday and Saturday night starting at 10 pm is an absolute must-see in downtown Boise.
Must Try: Snake River Farms American Wagyu Beef Tenderloin and their tableside salad
999 W Main St Suite P101, Boise, ID 83702
If you’re looking for an elevated foodie experience in Boise, Kin is your go-to place. They offer unique prix fixe meals with a curated beverage pairing that changes monthly. Tables are by reservation only so be sure to snag yours early to experience this culinary pleasure. Their bar is also open Wednesday through Sunday serving their infamous noodles, cocktails, and more.
Must try: Easy – its a prix fixe menu, so no choices necessary, but absolutely try the noodles if you ever get the chance
807 W Idaho St, Boise, ID 83702
They have a simple philosophy here at Alavita – “Loyal to Local,” which is why they are always updating their culinary and liquid creations based on the seasons. Their dedication to fresh, uncomplicated and relatable ingredients has allowed them to put a new twist on Italian fare that is inspired by local ingredients. Everything from their menu to the name of their restaurant (meaning “to life”) to the space itself has been well thought out to reflect the true nature of their restaurant: a place to celebrate life and to be a part of their family.
Must try: Start with the burrata and finish with the black ravioli
505 W Bannock St, Boise, ID 83702
One of Boise’s newer fine dining restaurants, The Lively takes pride in not only serving exceptional food, but providing an atmosphere that lives up to their philosophy of welcoming you with grace and genuine hospitality into their home. Their food is familiar, yet sophisticated, and incorporates many locally sourced ingredients. If you’re looking to grab a drink before your meal – be sure to check out Bar Gibbon on the lower level of The Lively or their speakeasy, NO. 40, open on Saturdays by reservation only.
Must try: ½ roasted chicken and the coffee & donuts for dessert
276 Bobwhite Ct, Boise, ID 83706
Slightly outside of downtown Boise lies a hidden gem – Barbacoa. They claim to be a multi-dimensional concept – more than just a restaurant…also a museum and an art gallery. The word ‘Barbacoa’ quite literally means an open-fire grilling process which explains the presentation of their steaks which are served to you on a sizzling platter called a “hot rock.” Barbacoa will dazzle you with their impressive menu, their great cocktail list, and their unbeatable atmosphere.
Must try: table side guacamole and any one of their steaks served on a ‘hot rock’
1109 W Main St, Boise, ID 83702
While many locals of Boise come to the Owyhee Tavern for their amazing happy hour or extensive brunch menu, they also specialize in steak & sea. They pride themselves on casual fine dining and exceptional customer service. Located in the heart of downtown, you can’t go wrong with the Owyhee Tavern as a place to celebrate a special event.
Must try: American wagyu or the Hagerman trout