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Capitol Cellars

4.1
4.1
1046 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Global, International, Contemporary European

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (208) 344-9463

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Kylan McKee

  • Catering

    Please contact the restaurant directly to inquire about catering, (208) 344-9463, and ask for Logan Smyser Griffin. Thank you.

  • Private party facilities

    The Caucus Room is a private dining room located in our wine cellar which can accommodate up to 20 guests. The prix fixe menus range from $55-$75 per person plus beverages, tax and gratuity. If guests are interested in a restaurant buyout, please contact Logan Smyser Griffin at 208-344-9463 to discuss details.

  • Private party contact

    Director of Operations/GM, Logan Smyser-Griffin: (208) 344-9463

  • Neighborhood

    Boise

  • Cross street

    5th and Main, Downtown, Boise, Idaho

  • Parking details

    Street parking- Monday-Saturday, 8 a. m. - 6 p. m., guests must pay hourly. 6 p. m. - 8 a. m., street parking is complimentary. Lot parking-There are several parking lots located within minutes to Capitol Cellars. Address: 110 S. 5th St., Boise, ID 83702Phone #: 208-344-WINE (9463)

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

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What 1,046 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Boise

    Great for fine wines

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  1. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our food and service was excellent! The value and cost was definitely worth it too.
  2. Veronicac73

    Boise

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for lunch for my Aunt’s Birthday. The service and the food were amazing! Highly recommended!
  3. Lhm7550

    Boise

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience5
    Expensive. Small serving. Should at least serve bread w the meal. Will not be back.
  4. VaughnW

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2023

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    The food and ambiance was nice. However for how costly the food was, our service was lacking. We overheard our waitress mention that it was a slow night, and we were only checked on a couple of times during our visit without proper refills on our water. Our waitress was not welcoming but the host was delightful. Would still come back with hopes of better service.
  5. OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our third trip to Capital Cellars. Consistently excellent service and food.  Excellent wine list as well. hHighly recommend when in downtown Boise. 
  6. TaraK

    Boise

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Food was great, atmosphere was busy but with a calm energy, service was good. We will be back.
  7. Mike

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2023

    overall1food2service2ambience5
    After numerous great meals at Capitol Cellars in the past, we were very disappointed last week. Not enough staff, food poorly cooked and portions greatly reduced. Prices higher.
  8. danadug

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    As a moderately frequent visitor to Boise, I've eaten here many times. I love the old space, and coziness inside but in the good weather its a very nice patio. The food is decent, and the bathrooms are standouts!

    Capitol CellarsResponded on May 12, 2023Hello! Thanks for taking the time to write about us, We're glad to hear you enjoy visiting so often, and we hope to continue serving you. Oh, and yes, we're very proud of our bathrooms! Brandon Stanton Front of House Manager Capitol Cellars

  9. MarcusD

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    It was really loud, but there were prom/graduations or something, so they were really packed and everyone was tipsy. I imagine it was be a very good level if it wasn't those groups there. Food was really good, a tad expensive for what you got. Good portions, good staff. Walked out very happy. The theme is really fun, got our check delivered in the bill of rights.

    Capitol CellarsResponded on May 12, 2023Hey Marcus! Thanks so much for your great review. Yes, it was pretty energetic in the building that night. Quite a few BSU grad parties were out celebrating! We're so glad you enjoyed your experience with us and we were very happy to serve you. Hope to see you again soon! Brandon Stanton Front of House Manager Capitol Cellars

  10. JeffS

    Boise

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a celebration of my wife's and my 20th wedding anniversary. We had such a wonderful time. Our servers, Jack and Liz, made our dinner that much more special. Also, the cocktails provided by Louise were outstanding. Capitol Cellars is our favorite place to dine in Boise!
  11. Laurenn08

    Seattle

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2023

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    This was the third time we have been and it might be the last. The service is rough and the food is just so-so…hit and miss. The value is decent but only bc we are from Seattle and this restaurant is in Boise. Haha. They have good cocktails, salads are small and over priced. Mains are so-so….burger is filling and well-cooked, but chicken was dry and small for the price.
  12. gunner

    Boise

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Our reservation was for 4:00 PM. When making the reservation, we weren’t aware that steaks and Prime Rib aren’t available until after 5:00PM. Our server gave me a generous pour of wine to try and compensate for the lack of steak availability. Service was great. The manager had a staff meeting with the servers near the front door/service area within our view and earshot which negatively impacted the ambiance. The food we had was very good although we would have liked a steak.
  13. EmilyW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Me and my husband went to dinner here for our anniversary. The food was absolutely delicious and great portion sizes. The staff were so friendly and were wonderful! And not to mention, the atmosphere was very romantic and just how we liked it.
  14. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2023

    overall3food5service1ambience5
    Service was incredible slow.food was amazing but don’t order a salad as an entree, it’s smaller than an appetizer
  15. ChristinaG

    Tahoe

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and friendly and fun staff! We enjoyed our date night ☺️
  16. Laura

    Boise

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a charming restaurant, inside and out! Best patio in Boise! The menu was creative and tasteful, exceptional wine and cocktail menu, service was top notch. I read others’ reviews before dining. Let’s be real-restaurants’ food costs have increased, therefore menu prices have to increase too…Inflation. So, let’s be a little more understanding in this day and age. I thought prices were fair, especially compared to other restaurants in downtown, Boise. A dining experience at Capitol Cellars is unique and exceptional. I look forward to my next time here!
  17. MarkW

    Memphis/West TN

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience. Friendly staff. Great food. Nice evening for my final night in boise.
  18. RedLady55

    Boise

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food is exceptionally good, portions aren’t large but are perfect size (a plus for me). The prices are fair for the quality you get! The service was attentive and professional and great. The restaurant is beautiful and cozy and I do enjoy it. However, it was so loud I could hardly hear my family across the table. I find that to be a deterrent unfortunately. Not sure how this could be changed and seems a pervasive problem everywhere nowadays.
  19. DateNight

    Denver

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We were in and out in an hour and 15 minutes. Two glasses of wine, Pinot noir$14 each, and a Manhattan $15 to start. I'd ordered soup along with the tuna special $38. My wife got the petite prime rib $38. I had to ask for the soup after my meal had arrived because it wasn't sent out. So just a slight delay in service and timing. The tuna was perfectly seared and was a different, but very good sauce and prep than I have ever had before. My wife said her prime rib was good, but needed the horseradish, which was nice and strong, to help add some flavor to the meat. We finished with a vanilla creme brulee $10.43, that was good. Will we go back, yes, this was our second time in a week as we stopped in for lunch. My bill was $150 after taxes.

    Capitol CellarsResponded on April 28, 2023Thanks so much for joining us! Sorry to hear about the delay in your soup service, but happy to hear everything else went well! Looking forward to seeing you again soon!

  20. JebB

    San Antonio

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2023

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    We had a wonderful visit to Capitol Cellars in October. This follow-up visit was a completely different story! The restaurant must be under new management or something. I can't believe the quality has fallen off like this in such a short period of time. We were seated at a 2 top were one chair was half into the walkway to the back room. Our reservation was at 5:30pm. After sitting down and receiving water we waited 12 minutes for the waitress to take a drink order. I walked up to the host stand where the wait staff was congregated to order a bottle of wine. I had to ask about specials that were not on the menu. Caesar salad was very dry almost no dressing. The prime rib was mediocre at best. Again, this was a completely different experience from our prior visit.
  21. Olja

    Boise

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Overall, it was nice experience but they sit us at tiny table in corner, we could bearly fit ( and we are not obese people)
  22. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Birthdays were recognized and celebrated. The service was excellent. Some of our dishes were cold and overcooked, but some of it was excellent - the preparation and recipes unique and delicious. The restaurant was extremely busy which was likely a factor. The staff was attentive.
  23. TeresaY

    Boise

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    As always, it was a delight to dine here. Coming for an early dinner allows a quieter ambience and the ability to better appreciate the surroundings and chat with servers. Prime rib is great!
  24. OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were extremely impressed by both the service, atmosphere, and offerings. The cocktails were also amazing. We were well cared for.
  25. NicoleF

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2023

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Service was goood but food was way overpriced for what you got/ lack of flavor. We went for my husbands birthday and they didn’t even mention it or do anything special for him though when they called to confirm they mentioned it. Bill was high for what we got so little Disappointed for sure
  26. OpenTable Diner

    Boise

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ambiance absolument exceptionnelle. Service 5 étoiles, choix de menus incroyables et emplacement idéal pour une simple soirée en couple.
  27. Celestek

    Boise

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great as always and service was wonderful, very attentive on a very busy night, we always enjoy our evenings at Capitol Cellars.
  28. DianeJ

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Every staff member was fabulous! As with previous times, the food was so delicious. My husband had the lamb and I had the prime rib, both of which were cooked perfectly.
  29. Boisetreasure2

    Boise

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Risotto is the best I've ever tasted, but the 2 top tables are quite small albeit beautifully set. Excellent menu.
  30. OpenTable Diner

    Boise

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We loved it! The downstairs space is very cozy and we were sitting near a small space heater so we didn’t get cold at all. The Brussels were good, the lamb chops were absolutely brilliant! We ordered a Sangiovese wine which was very passable for the price. Our waitress seemed to be a little less knowledgeable about the wine menu than we would have wished but she was otherwise very good.
  31. JoelB

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Perfect for a romantic date. We loved it. It became our special place.
  32. SethT

    Boise

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came in with my family and sat in the back room with the wine. Food and service were absolutely fantastic. Elizabeth did a wonderful job. Will definitely be going back!
  33. JasonE

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    My husband and I were traveling from out of town. The last reservation we could get was 8:45 so we made an 8:30 reservation that evening after we checked into our hotel. The only thing we thought was good was our Brussels that we ordered as an appetizer. My French onion soup was room temperature, our drinks were mediocre, and my salmon was average. My husband’s burger was well done when he requested medium/rare we sent it back and it came back medium/well. Our service was even worse. Our waitress, Mia, wasn’t thrilled to be there or serve us. Never checked on us, and had to get another employee’s help with sending back my husband’s burger. So disappointing. We won’t be back.
  34. Alan

    Boise

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and the food was cooked perfectly. All of our guest enjoyed the experience. Beautiful job Logan and crew! Alan Head
  35. SkipS

    Seattle

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Joined in Capitol Cellars 8th anniversary celebration and it was wonderful!!! May they continue to bring JOY to dining
  36. BethS

    Boise

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    We liked this restaurant but I can’t say we loved it. It was really loud the entire time we were there. Our waitress was ok but not what I expect in a fine dining restaurant. They were out of lamb chops and were offering lamb shanks instead so my husband ordered the ravioli and it was ok but had entirely too much sauce and the portion was rather small for the price.
  37. OpenTable Diner

    Boise

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2023

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    Food average. Portions small. Overpriced
  38. Laura

    Boise

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent cocktails, beautiful setting, wonderful service, tasty food-I loved the presentation. Bravo, Capitol Cellars! We look forward to coming back.
  39. OpenTable Diner

    Unspecified

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I dined at Capitol Cellars for lunch and the food was so delicious. The setting was elegant and cozy. The staff was friendly and attentive. I can’t wait to come back!
  40. OpenTable Diner

    Boise

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2023

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Even after changing to a preset menu for Valentines Day, they overbooked and underperformed across the board. The food was horrible, service almost nonexistent and way overpriced. We had reservations at 6:30 - booked months in advance and ended up leaving without dessert 2 hours later. No one at the restaurant communicated with us or apologized for anything which I believe a good restaurant would do as it was clear we weren’t the only one’s disappointed.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

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

Capitol Cellars is rated 4.1 stars by 1046 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today
Google Map for Capitol Cellars

110 S. 5th St., Boise, ID 83702

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    5th and Main, Downtown, Boise, Idaho

  • Neighborhood

    Boise

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Global, International, Contemporary European

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street parking- Monday-Saturday, 8 a. m. - 6 p. m., guests must pay hourly. 6 p. m. - 8 a. m., street parking is complimentary. Lot parking-There are several parking lots located within minutes to Capitol Cellars. Address: 110 S. 5th St., Boise, ID 83702Phone #: 208-344-WINE (9463)

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Kylan McKee

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

  • Phone number

    (208) 344-9463

  • Catering

    Please contact the restaurant directly to inquire about catering, (208) 344-9463, and ask for Logan Smyser Griffin. Thank you.

  • Private party facilities

    The Caucus Room is a private dining room located in our wine cellar which can accommodate up to 20 guests. The prix fixe menus range from $55-$75 per person plus beverages, tax and gratuity. If guests are interested in a restaurant buyout, please contact Logan Smyser Griffin at 208-344-9463 to discuss details.

  • Private party contact

    Director of Operations/GM, Logan Smyser-Griffin: (208) 344-9463

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