Capitol Cellars

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Capitol Cellars opened in Boise, Idaho on March 4, 2015. Melinda and Skip Smyser, along with daughter, Logan Smyser Griffin created a restaurant that focuses on serving high-quality, local cuisine and offering a world-class wine list in Boise’s subterranean Belgravia cellar location. Capitol Cellars was selected the Best New Restaurant, in 2015 by the Idaho Statesman, nominated for the Small Business of the Year, Award in 2018 by the Boise Chamber, and has been awarded the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, in 2016, 2017 and 2018. In addition to a world-class wine list, Capitol Cellars has a full bar with featured and specialty cocktails. Capitol Cellars offers lunch and dinner. Capitol Cellars offers patio dining and serves Boise’s best business lunch and an elegant-upscale dinner menu that changes with the seasons bounty.
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saharM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our server was good. However, she wasn’t on top of her game. Filling our water asking if we need anything and checking. It was a busy night though. Overall, everything was good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Boise
8 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Birthday for my lady

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JimS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

This is a mixed review based on a party of 4. My wife and I each had the French onion soup. We both found it to lack the richness that we would normally expect from French onion soup. In addition it was lukewarm. My bolognese pasta with prime rib was bland, barely warm, and the pasta tough. My wife's vegetable salad, except for the lettuce, came with a scarcity of vegetables. On the brighter side, our dining companions enjoyed and were complimentary of their entrees, prime rib and the popsicle lamb chops. The servers were pleasant, but the service slow. It seems clear that our food sat for too long before being served, explaining that items were not warm enough. Be aware that if you choose outdoor seating, you will be on on busy and noisy street.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service from Jake was lovely! Great Covid seating situation outside—might need space heaters soon though!

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Love4Italian
Boise
12 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Overall, we had a good dining experience, but the food quality was not what we've been used to compared with our previous visits, which were outstanding. My husband & I both ordered prime rib (which we've ordered before), I ordered medium rare & my husband ordered medium. Mine was actually medium & my husband's looked well-done. Disappointed, but we'll be back, as we think it may have been an "off" night. With the pandemic, we try to support local businesses, and realize it's been a tough time for restaurants in particular. Hopefully this one will improve it's quality at least to be more consistent.

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Bonaminio27
Boise
5 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

OuR Anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

It wasn’t that busy, but the food came out super slow and served to wrong table. They had to remake. Service was slow. Food was good. Ambiance was good. Liked it better post Covid.

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vipLovesfood
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely outdoor patio with tables well separated. All the staff very friendly and welcoming. Food was delicious! One of the best hamburgers ever and the blackened salmon was great. We were in town for the one evening and could not have found a more agreeable and covid-safe place to dine.

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Kenz
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Capitol Cellars is our go-to if we are hoping for a quiet, romantic, exceptional meal and experience. We especially love that the owner is always on site and visits with us. The staff is friendly and interactive. The food is always delicious. We live the local wines too. Thank you for being a favorite for us.

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vipKyleS
Boise
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful staff and ambience, great food too!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Boise
13 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I attended the ROSE THIS WAY event on the Capitol Cellars patio! We had a wonderful time. Ambiance, food, wine and service were top notch. Can’t wait to try their Saturday brunch and have a Bloody Mary!

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BrianJ
Boise
5 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Two prime ribs and the sides served cold. We returned it and it came back grayish brown like they stuck it in a microwave. We returned again and were never asked if we wanted something else and no apologies were offered. When we informed the manager of our experience he simply turned and walked away. At least the hot dog from the cart on Capitol and main was good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience5

We usually LOVE Capitol Cellars, but this time the bad service really ruined everything. We easily waited 30-45 minutes with empty plates between appetizers and soup/salad, and again between soup/salad and our meal. We were never checked on or updated, and our table wasn’t bussed between courses. They ran out of the appetizer we wanted, the side I wanted, and the dessert we both wanted. It was frustrating that our waitress never even offered to let us know they were running low on the dessert in case we wanted to place an order for of in advance. She also never offered to comp anything, which was odd considering how much they were out of that we asked for, and how long we had to wait between courses. My husband even had to go ask where our food was at one point. Our wine glasses were never refilled, our water was never refilled. It was just a really unfortunate experience. It felt like a waste of money, as it just left us both really frustrated, especially as this was supposed to be a very special date for us that we’d been looking forward to.

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WV005
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Unfortunately, our experience was sub par. Our waiter, who was very nice, seemed to be running the entire restaurant on his own and this reflected in the very slow food and cocktail service. The food arrived very late and to be honest was not reflective of the prices. We won’t be returning.

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HeidiR
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I went to Capital Cellars to celebrate our anniversary, and what a great choice it was. The ambiance, service, and especially the food was extraordinary! I hope to be back again soon!

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Jcinbitt
Dallas
23 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our server was very attentive and the food was delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Boise
14 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best patio and prime rib in Boise!

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AnnC
Boise
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Nice outdoor seating options. Definitely plan to return for afternoon wine or cocktails and 1st readings.

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Bodojanbo
Boise
7 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience2

The two of us were both disappointed with our entrees. My husband's pasta dish was liquidy and my prime rib was not tender. My baked potato tasted like it had been cooked long before, quite evident as I skipped the sour cream and grated cheese to expose the potatoe's interior. The creme brulee was excellant, however. Sitting on the patio on the corner of Main and 5th was noisy, and concerning with the number of people walking by within close proximity without wearing masks!

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DeborahB
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch outside was part of a fun Saturday morning downtown. Quiche was delicious! Service was great too!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Boise
14 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Saturday brunch on the new extended patio was wonderful! Thank you Capitol Cellars! Food, service and ambiance were amazing! Can’t wait to come back. We felt safe and could tell they are taking extra precautions to do what’s right to keep people safe.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Was excited to eat here based on previous experiences after not visiting for over a year. Tonight was the last time we will be coming. We were seated and waited 15 minutes before we decided to leave because no one had come by our table. On the way out, the person who sat us wished us a good night. When I informed him that we were leaving because of how long we waited without a server. His only response was sorry. They have great food here and typically have great service but his response sealed my thoughts on coming back anytime soon. I would have been happy to reconsider my decision to leave if his response had been a bit more appropriate

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ConnieK
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Capital Cellars never disappoints. They have reconfigured their inside & outside dining to ensure safe distancing. The menu is diverse and appealing, the food is delicious.

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vipDerekBOISE
Boise
17 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dining experience out on the street level patio here at Capitol cellars! Our server Jake was very attentive, fun to converse with, and timed our meal perfectly! It is always a joy to eat dinner at this great local Boise establishment! Thank you

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vipOpenTable Diner
Boise
14 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had a wonderful date at Capitol Cellars. The service was spot on. We felt well taken care of. The food was flavorful and beautifully presented. They have a full bar which is awesome. Also worth noting, you can tell they have taken the proper steps during covid to keep customers and staff safe. We will be back soon!

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vipSkipS
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Added shrimp to Ceasar salad and it was excellent! Service was attentive but not overwhelming. Brought our own wine and corkage fee was reasonable. I’d go again in a heartbeat!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Boise
14 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Capitol Cellars has gone above and beyond to provide a safe dining experience for guests. I was impressed. There patio is the best in Boise! The food and service were outstanding. Prime rib was amazing. Full bar and extensive wine list. There hours have changed since reopening and they offer lunch, happy hour, Saturday brunch and dinner.

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Tamara
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Salmon was over cooked & risotto & beans were very bland!! Creme brûlée was great!!! Will not go back!!

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vipMelissaT
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, quiet, amazing food and the staff is superb!

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melissah
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service and amazing food and drinks. Upscale yet welcoming vibe. I really enjoy their lovely patio!

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DwightH
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place for a relaxing meal. Fantastic Service

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OpenTable Diner
Boise
7 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful time. Great food. Great service. Will me back.

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Sfmad
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A unique restaurant. Incredible service, excellent wait staff and delectable food. I will definitely return again and again!

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OpenTable Diner
Boise
7 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

THE ESPRESSO WAS INCREDIBLE!!! Would absolutely recommend. The patio was so lovely! Such a nice Saturday morning.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jake made our night extra special! This spot is such an incredible place, with stellar food and perfect service.

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vipcc77
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fabulous, the service was wonderful, and everyone was dedicated to a safe dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a great time at the restaurant! Service and food was great!

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LVaterlaus
Boise
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The service was excellent. The appetizer we ordered was good, but our entrees were both bland and had us looking for a salt shaker that wasn’t there.

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vipAlan
Boise
19 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Capitol Cellars, Logan Smyser and crew continue to shine! Our food was cooked perfectly and was beautifully presented to our table.
Our server, Matt, was the perfect combination of wit, friendliness and efficiency.
I would highly recommend Capitol Cellars if you are looking for one of the top three dining experiences in Boise.
Alan

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Zach
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time and would definitely go back again. Servers were attentive and the food was excellent.

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Capitol Cellars offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (208) 344-9463.

Capitol Cellars is rated 4.4 stars by 653 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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