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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Idaho

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Updated April 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes in Idaho? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favourite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Chandlers Steakhouse restaurant
4.9
4.9 (5068)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Boise
About the restaurant
Chandler’s is a locally-owned, upscale dinner house specializing in prime steaks and jet-fresh seafood located in the Hotel 43 in beautiful downtown Boise. Enjoy a craft cocktail, including the famous Ten Minute Martini, or a glass from our award-winning wine list. Featuring live jazz every night of the week and complimentary valet parking. Chandlers is the recipient of the DiRona award which recognizes distinguished restaurants of North America and is the Treasure Valley's only Forbes Travel Guide Recommended Restaurant. The wine list features over 700 selections and 30 wines by the glass, and we have been recognized by Wine Spectator for our wine list every year since opening, including four consecutive years earning the Best Award of Excellence. We look forward to "meating" you!
Top review
BillG
Dined 3 days ago
Excellent atmosphere with jazz music , food was outstanding! Expensive however very high quality steaks and desserts!! Everything prepared superbly
A photo of Rupert's at Hotel McCall restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1375)
$31 to $50
Regional American (Northwest)
McCall
About the restaurant
At Rupert’s we strive to offer fresh, honest, clean, simple, good value food. James Beard Nominated Chef Gary Kucy places a focus on flavor with quality ingredients and a fondness toward ethnic flavors of the Southwest, Asia, and Mediterranean. Located in the center of town, directly opposite Payette Lake, Rupert's has wonderful views from the patio and dining room.

The service and style in the Rupert’s dining room follows the style in the kitchen. Complementing the cuisine with great value and high quality, Rupert’s offers an extensive wine list, great draft beer selection and full cocktail bar. Our ever changing wine list represents great wines and winemakers from the Northwest and beyond.

Top review
Matts
Dined on Apr 6, 2024
Date night for my wife and i. Very wonderful experience. A little loud as the restaurant was fairly crowded. Food was wonderful. Service was great and will book again
A photo of Anderson Reserve restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1353)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Boise
About the restaurant
Here at Anderson Reserve you can expect a unique one of a kind dining experience. Located inside a beautiful barn in Sweet Idaho you'll experience Fine Country Dining at its best. Built and managed by a family of butchers, the Anderson family is dedicated to continuing the family tradition of providing the highest quality of USDA Prime Dry Aged meats available. Come experience the most flavorful menu in Idaho paired with some of the finest wines and beers from Idaho and around the globe. Follow us on social media for menu and live music updates!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Great experience as always! Will definitely be back again.
A photo of Smokin' Fins | Idaho Falls restaurant
4.7
4.7 (163)
$30 and under
American
Idaho Falls
About the restaurant
Smokin Fins is a regional restaurant concept featuring a unique menu that blends ocean-fresh seafood, sushi and house smoked specialties such as prime rib and slow smoked pork. Smokin Fins truly is the food and beverage destination with something for everyone. Please note that we reserve a large portion of our restaurant for walk ins only, please contact us directly with any questions about availability.
Top review
MarkS
Dined 5 days ago
First visit I had the fins platter and just seemed to me that although I knew everything was fried by the end of the meal the food was getting really oily. Taste was great. My wife had the Peach Halibut, and it was outstanding. We had a Mango Tango roll that was outstanding also. We tried desert and it was great just too big for one person if the waiter would have advised us to share one it would have been just right. We will go back and would recommend it to our friends.
A photo of Terraza Waterfront GRILL restaurant
4.7
4.7 (128)
$31 to $50
Grill
Coeur d'Alene
About the restaurant
Welcome to Terraza Waterfront Cafe, Coeur d' Alene's premier waterfront dining experience, located directly on the scenic Spokane River in the Riverstone District. Terraza is honored to have been awarded multiple Inlander "Best of" awards, including "Best Margarita", "Best Appetizers", and "Best Patio". Featuring a scratch kitchen led by Executive Chef Caleb Hansen, utilizing fresh and local ingredients such as produce, cheese and meats. Terraza has an expansive waterfront patio featuring built in gas fire pits. You can boat to Terraza! There are public boat slips directly below the restaurant. Terraza has an expansive tequila and mezcal selection, try a flight today!
Top review
Cheese
Dined 2 days ago
Amazing service, beautiful views and good indoor ambiance, great drinks, and very good food, especially the Island Skewers. The whole experience felt very elevated, but costs were quite reasonable.
A photo of Fork - Boise restaurant
4.6
4.6 (4068)
$30 and under
American
Boise
About the restaurant
Fork - Boise offers cuisine inspired from the Northwest region using the finest and freshest locally sourced seasonal ingredients. Fork also offers hand-crafted cocktails, a large selection of regional beers and award winning wine list in a rustic yet very warm, welcoming setting. Fork is open for lunch and dinner daily and offers brunch Saturday and Sunday.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
It was an overall great experience! The food was to die for and the pricing wasn’t crazy. Definitely will be going back!
A photo of Acero Boards & Bottles restaurant
4.6
4.6 (184)
$30 and under
Italian
Boise
About the restaurant
Acero Bottles & Boards is now open!
Whether you're looking for your new favorite lunch spot, a special date night, or the best happy hour in town, Acero has you covered. Our specialities include our unique bruschetta boards, upscale flatbreads, and broad selection of craft cocktails, unique wines, and crisp draft beer. WIth a large selection of quality, shareable plates, there is something on the menu for everyone to enjoy.

Top review
PaulaSvip
Dined 4 days ago
Service was stellar and above average by far. Food was all pretty good! A few flying buggies by our corner of the place, but it’s the season.
A photo of Trillium restaurant
4.5
4.5 (652)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Boise
About the restaurant
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Trillium offers a locally-inspired, regionally sourced American menu that favors classic tastes and chic presentations, allowing the food — comprised of fresh fish, grass-fed beef, and local organic produce — to take center stage.

Join us for Happy Hour in Trillium every week, Sunday through Thursday from 4pm to 6pm with half off appetizers and $4 well drinks and draft beers!

Enjoy complimentary valet parking for up to 3 hours when you dine. Trillium also provides complimentary wireless internet access, and a private dining room that may be reserved upon request. Seasonal outdoor dining options are also available.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
One of the best food I’ve ever eaten and best customer service I’ve ever had
A photo of The Lively restaurant
4.5
4.5 (478)
$31 to $50
American
Boise
About the restaurant
Located just blocks from the Capitol Building, we'll welcome you with graceful, genuine hospitality into our home. Our culinary experience draws its inspiration from the bounty of the region. Our classic cocktails are sophisticated and our craft cocktails are beguiling. Our hope is simple- to invite you again and again to eat, drink and be lively.
Top review
AdamW
Dined 7 days ago
This place is nothing short of magical. Every time, every meal we eat here is perfect and we look forward to it as a special treat. The really big positive stuff - the wait staff is amazing. Knowledgable, friendly, and very patient. The menu is short, but every item on it is just amazing. Cocktails were perfect, and wine recommendations were right on the money. Speaking of money - I expected to pay approximately 30% more than we ended up paying for our meal, and I almost felt as if I was robbing the place. The Lively is in a two-way tie for my favorite restaurant in Boise, and it's a well-deserved honor.
A photo of Jakers Bar and Grill - Meridian restaurant
4.2
4.2 (282)
$30 and under
Steakhouse
Meridian
About the restaurant
***Please contact the restaurant if you are unable to make a reservation online at (208) 288-0898.***

At Jakers every occasion is a celebration. We welcome you to a comfortable family dinner, an intimate dinner for two, or to meet a group of friends for Happy Hour in our bar. Please contact the restaurant for large party reservations.
We have an extensive menu specializing in the highest quality Hand Cut Steaks, Seafood, Charbroiled Sirloin Burgers, Sandwiches and Fun Food. Our Drink Menu features Margaritas, 3oz Martinis, 9oz. wine pours, as well as Fun Signature Cocktails. We have wines by the Glass and a nice selection of Draft and Bottled Beer. There is a Smart Plate Menu with smaller portions and lower prices. Jakers has Kids Menus packed with fun activities as well as both Vegetarian and Gluten Free menus.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 4 days ago
We had a new server, his 2nd day and he was awesome
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