There’s nothing better than enjoying a delicious meal in a beautiful setting. But while some of Idaho’s best food comes from restaurants that aren’t much to look at – and while one should never judge a restaurant by its cover – sometimes, it’s nice to celebrate a special occasion in a restaurant that is as lovely as the food. To dine in luxury, style, and class, if you will. Here are some of Idaho’s most beautiful dining spots, both inside and out! In no particular order:
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Bella Aquila, Eagle
Waterfront, filled with waterfalls, and seemingly a part of its own garden oasis, Bell Aquilla is an outdoor lover's dream.
Address: 775 S Rivershore Ln #100, Eagle, ID 83616
2. Barbacoa, Boise
This Latin-art Noveau is, for the artistic and creative soul, an absolute dream dining space. Elegant, unexpected, warm, and lively in all the right ways, you'll find yourself dining beneath the tempting tresses of Medusa herself (crafted by local artist Delia Danta), captivated by the crystal glass bar, and the rustic chic-eclectic art that may or may not come to life when you least expect it. Of course, the food is so pretty you might just have a hard time digging in!
Address: 276 Bobwhite Ct, Boise, ID 83706
3. Baxters on Cedar, Sandpoint
The magic of Baxters is easy to see the moment you step inside the hip, urban-styled space. Industrial touches combine with sleek lighting to create an ambiance that is nothing less than straight out of the big city, with food to match.
Address: 109 Cedar St. Sandpoint, ID 83864
4. Cristina's, Ketchum
Tucked away in sunny, relaxig Sun Valley, the atmosphere of this local treasure is mountainesque and positively refreshing. The charming, salmon-colored house on a small street in the world famous ski resort of Sun Valley, Idaho makes for a trip back to chef/owner Cristina's childhood in Tuscany, with food that is nothing short of to-die-for.
Address: 520 Second St E, Ketchum, ID 83340
5. Coq d'Or, Eagle
Nestled away in downtown Eagle, this upscale French-inspired restaurant oozes inspired elegance. Fresh flowers, chic, modern touches, and glistening finishes create a high end dining experience that feels like a bit of royalty here in Idaho.
Address: 176 S Rosebud Ln, Eagle, ID 83616
6. The Narrows at Shore Lodge, McCall
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While waterfront views are no stranger to the refreshing lake town of McCall, The Narrows within the breathtaking Shore Lodge resort is particularly incredible. Sumptuous furnishings, flawless cuisine, and idyllic waterfront views will absolutely make you never want to leave.
Address: 501 Lake St. McCall, ID 83638
7. Forty-One South, Sagle
If a waterfront, log-style mountain cabin isn't enough to make you swoon, the roaring fireplace, swanky decor, and warm interior just might. Fresh, Northwestern fare, elegantly plated adds a romantic, high-end touch.
Address: 41 Lakeshore Dr, Sagle, ID 83860
8. Vintage, Ketchum
When it comes to beautiful settings without the waterfront aspect, Vintage is hard to beat. The garden-like exterior is as cozy as it gets while the neat, fresh interior is a welcome retreat in the heart of this mountain town. Plus, fresh ingredients to boot.
Address: 231 Leadville Ave, Ketchum, ID 83340
9. Cottonwood Grille, Boise
This beautiful restaurant, set along the Boise River in the heart of downtown Boise, has boasted one of the most romantic atmospheres in the valley for years. The lush waterfront patio is particularly appealing in summer, but the warm, lodge-like interior and massive fireplaces is the perfect complement to the Idaho cuisine: fresh game, local fish, and meat entrees form the staple dishes here.
Address: 913 W River St, Boise, ID 83702
10. Beverly's, CDA
Coeur d'Alene's top-rated restaurant has earned its reputation. Sitting on the 7th floor of the Coeur d'Alene Resort, the endless lake views through 360-degree windows are just the start!
Address: 101 E Sherman Ave Coeur D Alene, ID 83814
11. Chandler's, Boise
Boise's original steakhouse is glamorous, jazzy, and full of ambiance. Fresh mood lighting, elegant decor, and a smooth club feel is the perfect centerpiece to Boise's downtown dining scene - with mindblowing cuisine that is equally flawless. This gem consistently tops national lists for good reason.
Address: 981 W Grove St, Boise, ID 83702
12. Michel's Christiania
As legend has it, Ernest Hemingway dined here so frequently that he had his own table. But historical literary celebrities aside, this mountain gem is a French-inspired, elegant gem whose mood lighting and French countryside flair begs to be appreciated by candlelight. The towering cathedral window overlooked the mountains is a true focal point treasure, and the food? Fantastic, original, and delectable!
Address: 303 Walnut Ave, Ketchum, ID 83340
13. Angelo's Ristoriante, Coeur d'Alene
This delicious, Italian restaurant in the heart of CdA isn't just delicious - it's gorgeous as well. Soft lighting, a warm-colored interior, rich floral arrangements, and stellar wood finishes creates an atmosphere that forms the perfect complement to the amazing pastas and entrees.
Address: 846 N 4th St, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814
Do you remember your last unforgettable meal in a picture-perfect setting? We’d love to hear about it! There are so many beautiful settings to choose from, it’s nearly impossible to go wrong if you’re searching for a new date-night or special-occasion spot.