Best Restaurants in Boise

Posted by Kevin Hughes on Sunday, June 19th, 2011 at 1:12pm.

Idaho's State CapitolIdaho, the Gem State, has a population of 1,567,582; Boise, its capitol has 205,671 residents, climbing to 616,500, (39% of Idaho's entire population) when one includes Boise's metro area. Not only is Boise real estate popular, but so is it's dining. Residents here are young, have money to spend.  As a result, Boise is well-served by the restaurant scene.  The following is a list of Boise's best restaurants, divided into the following categories: Fine Dining, Ethnic, and Informal / Casual.

Fine Dining

-Bardenay Restaurant & Distillery
(610 Grove Street / 208-426-0538 /
Bardenay became the first restaurant in the U.S. to sell cocktails made with house-distilled spirits. "Bardenay", which in sailor slang means "cocktail," is one of four Wine Spectator Award of Excellence wine list winners in Boise, and serves a regional menu of fish, pork and beef, at very reasonable prices ranging from $8.50-$22.95.  Rum Pepper Steak, 14 ounces of ribeye broiled with Bardenay Rum and a green peppercorn demi-glace, topped with Roquefort. is a highlight. The wine list is fine, with choices from around the world, and a strong regional collection.
-Angell's Bar & Grill
 (999 Main St. /208-342-4900 /
Angell's serves aged steaks and chops, and fresh seafood. Signature Prime Rib, roasted with a mustard seed and sea salt crust is recommended. Dinner prices range from $18-$31, and the Wine Spectator award wine list features regional and California selections, always served in Riedel stemware.
-Chandler's Steakhouse
(981 West Grove St in Hotel 43 / 208-383-4300 /
Chandler's serves Kobe-style beef, broiled in an 1800 degree Montague oven.  Entrees range from $27-$39, which makes the Sunday prix fixe three-course option ($27) a spectacular bargain.  The wine list, for twelve years running, a Wine Spectator winner, is substantial, features collections from Washington and California, as well as the area's best selection of quality French offerings.
-Cottonwood Grille
(913 W. River St / 208-333-9800 / 
Cottonwood Grille occupies a spectacular space alongside the Boise River.  Featuring a focused menu emphasizing northwest regional  cuisine, with dinner ranging from $14-$31, the restaurant serves fresh salmon, trout, pork, poultry, steak, and a few interesting game dishes: pheasant, buffalo, elk.  The Wine Spectator award wine list emphasizes an ever-changing array of diverse regional wines.


-Gernika Basque Pub & Eatery
 (202 S. Capitol Blvd. / 208-344-2175 /
Gernika's is famous for "Beef Tongue Saturdays," - served in a tomato/pepper sauce with onions and garlic.  In 2008, Food and Wine singled out the pub's Chorizo sandwich for its excellence. Boise, interestingly, has the fifth-largest Basque population in the world. 


-Flying Pie Pizzaria
  (6508 Fairview / 208-345-0000 & 4320 State St. / 208-384-0000 /
Flying Pie is simply one of the best pizza place in a city full of them.  Serving eighteen specialty pizzas, the place was even featured on Travel Channel's "Man vs Food", and showcased their Triple Habanero pie.
-Goldy's Breakfast Bistro  
 (108 S. Capitol Blvd / 208-345-4100 / www.goldysbreakfastbistro .com)
Goldy's might be America's best breakfast spot.  Bon Appetit and the New York Times have raves. Serving everything from scratch, the place is renowned for hollandaise, pancakes, waffles, and fine coffee.  With just 56 seats, they will call a customer's cell to inform of a table becoming available.
Boise, ID is a hot spot for real estate, dining, and many more things that make it a great choice for your new Idaho Home.


Kevin Hughes

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