Still looking for a special place to take your special someone for a romantic night out? Or maybe you’re trying to impress the in-laws, your boss, or even just treat yourself to a stunning view of Idaho’s breathtaking scenery over some delicious and flawlessly plated food.
You’ve come to the right place.
From picturesque mountainscapes and lakeside panoramas, to romance-worthy ambiance inside and out, here are 7 more incredible Idaho restaurants that are set in some of the most beautiful spots in the state – and offer the views to prove it.
1. Forty-One South, Sagle
A warm fireplace, a creative yet sophisticated menu, mountain ambiance, and a picturesque setting on the edge of Lake Pend Orielle combine to make Forty-One South the "best date spot in Idaho." This stunning lakeside restaurant also offers multi-level and patio seating when the weather permits, to make waterfront dining even more of a treat for the senses.
2. Canyon Crest Restaurant, Twin Falls
Perched on the edge of the Snake River Canyon, Canyon Crest is a local wedding venue favorite as well as a restaurant that offers up some rather magical views of the gorge. While sky-high dining on the rim of Southern Idaho's most iconic locales is a phenomenal experience, Canyon Crest also appeals to the palate with unique and inspiring dishes that melt in your mouth and complement the vista panorama.
3. The Floating Restaurant, Hope
Lake Pend Oreille's only floating restaurant just got even more lovely with a recent renovation and stunningly modern, open views of the marina. A variety of exceptionally prepared dishes and huckleberry favorites make for a delicious meal, but the colorful sunset views alone make this hidden gem a must-visit.
4. Angler's Riverfront Restaurant, Island Park
With a picturesque setting on the banks of Henry's Fork -- a fly fisherman's paradise -- Angler's Riverfront Restaurant is a stunning complement to an already cozy stay in Eastern Idaho. Owned by a local husband and wife team, Anglers' revamped menu offers true, Northwest comfort fare in a rustic setting that showcases incredible sunset views over the river and the majestic Teton mountains.
5. Elkins Resort, Preist Lake
If the spectacular sight of Priest Lake's crystalline waters, tree-filled landscape, and snow-capped mountains doesn't sway you to give this romantic Northern Idaho restaurant a try, diners also rave about the Huckleberry Daiquiris, sophisticated regional menu, and upscale, creative presentation. Cozy and innovative, full length windows and a getaway vibe ensure that Elkins will truly take your dining experience to another level of destination ambiance.
6. Bardenay, Coeur d'Alene
According to lore, "Bardenay" is a term used to describe mixed cocktails -- something this classy but casual rustic Idaho chain has come to be known for, in addition to their in-house brewed spirits. But for a lovely, leisurely day out and boasting vibrant window wall views of the Riverside Park pond, in addition to cozy fireplaces warming up the wood interior, Bardenay is more than a few steps above your average bar and distillery in terms of ambiance and delectable fare. Bardenay favorites include unique presentations like the Ahi Burger and epic back-bar showmanship that is sure to impress as much as the waterfront views do.
7. The Anchor, McCall
For adventurous foodies looking for highly unique menu items made to order and served overlooking the glorious expanse of Payette Lake, The Anchor will no doubt deliver an unrivaled aesthetic experience, as well as delight the palate. This small-town mountain restaurant serves up an expansive menu that features everything from kangaroo and bison, to a seafood mix poki and frog legs, and has earned quite a reputation for big-city fare that complements its picturesque lakeside setting.
Gorgeous! Do you know of any other Idaho gems with amazing views, lakeside or otherwise? If you missed
Part 1 or need a few more options for an unrivaled dining experience, be sure to check out the rest of our restaurant series and tell us about your experiences below or on our Idaho Only Facebook page.