Culinary Genius In the Mountain State Of Idaho

Everyone knows that Idaho is famous for potatoes. Unfortunately, that fame could lead you to believe that this beautiful state lacks the culinary arts. You could not be more wrong! The capital city of Boise is home to extensive and diverse dining choices. Also, the stunning resort town of Couer d'Alene is teeming with fine dining options. Even the small towns throughout this mountain state are home to an eclectic selection of fantastic restaurants that will entice you to come back for more. Here is a small sampling of dining locales that offer incredible food and an exceptional experience.

1. Chandlers

Number one on this list is one of downtown Boise's most famous restaurants. Chandlers has a swanky jazz club atmosphere from another era with its dark leather booths and tables covered with classic white linen adorned with retro lamps. Chandlers are famous as a steakhouse and for providing incredible customer engagement. Additionally, they feature live local entertainment that only enhances the feeling that you have stepped back in time to an earlier and much more elegant time.

2. Bella Aquila

Idaho is a stunning state, so you absolutely should when you can combine fine dining with the enjoyment of some breathtaking views. Bella Aquila is undoubtedly known for its upscale modern Italian menu but is equally famous for its stunning setting. The restaurant offers outdoor dining with spectacular views of its waterfall or tables overlooking the Idaho River. They're also renowned for some very creative cocktails, so arrive for your reservation early and enjoy one before dinner.


3. B.J.s Bayou

You may not associate Idaho with Cajun food but tucked away in the small town of Roberts, and you'll find some of the best bayou food you've ever had. Along with a plate of jambalaya, you'll also enjoy the New Orleans atmosphere, complete with a few live alligators. The restaurant is housed in a historic building and is famous for being haunted. So if you happen to be in the area around Halloween, B.J.s offers some unique haunted entertainment that will make the evening deliciously thrilling.

4. Barbacoa

Another culinary surprise in Boise is this fantastic eatery. The restaurant features Latin American food, and the chefs are known to be creative geniuses. They are famous for their table-side meal prep and bar-side seating, allowing guests to watch their chefs prepare their incredible food. Barbacoa even has outside dining on a lovely deck and even more dramatic outdoor seating on the roof. But you may want to make reservations for indoor seating at this restaurant because it is famed for its artistic decor that features local artists and artisans who have created stunning works of culture and art glass for the restaurant.

5. The Haven

Another unexpected treat located in the town of Ketchum is this mobile restaurant. That's right. The Haven is a food truck. But in line with the trends in many major cities on the east coast, this food truck offers an authentic dining experience. The Haven is known for using local organic foods whenever possible and creating an upscale comfort food vibe that changes with the seasons. The owners are also available for event catering, so if you love their food, you can have it served at your next get-together.


As you can see, there is no shortage of excellent food, a fantastic atmosphere, and stellar customer service in the state of Idaho. So, if you are planning to visit Idaho anytime soon, be sure to do a little research and include some dining experiences in your itinerary. The state is full of restaurants that are worth a detour to enjoy.