Elkins Resort on Priest Lake

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$30 and under
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American
Elkins Resorts head Chef, Graham Byxbee, is renowned for his delicious creations that look as good as they taste! Experience our signature herb and parmesan Halibut or our famous 12oz NY pepper steak. We serve fresh fruits and vegetables along with the highest quality cuts of meat and fish prepared with colorful, savory sauces to bring you a dining experience that you will surely rave about.

Open breakfast, lunch and dinner, in the summer months we invite you to relax by the lake with a meal or one of our famous Huckleberry Daiquiris. The lodge & Trapper Creek Lounge offer free wireless internet, 3 flat screen TV’s, air conditioning and a commanding view of Priest Lake and Chimney Rock. July and August offers Sunday Night movies on the lawn, Karaoke Tuesday night and live entertainment in the lodge on Friday nights.
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SaraD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and service awesome, you cannot beat the views

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SheroL
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! We love it at Elkien’s!

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JohnE
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Elkins! Their Food, their Service, their Hospitatlity and Ambience are top notch. The patina on the old logs give it the Old Lodge feel and double sided fireplace fully ablaze makes it very comfy/cozy in the Winter.

The Double Lobster Tails on Risotto Special for Valentines Day was beautifully presented, sweet and tender and my Wife had the fall off the bone, tender and sooo flavorful Short Ribs on Rice. And to top it all off, we shared the Dessert Special, Bananas Foster over a fresh Belgian waffle...wow!

Our Server was friendly and did an outstanding job of timing it all perfectly.

The Wine list by the Bottle is extensive with many good ($$) and great ($$$) Vineyards represented, even the wines by the glass are well represented.

We are very fortunate to live close to Priest Lake and this outstanding old Resort on the Lake.

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Cathy
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent
Nice atmosphere view of the lake
Friendly efficient staff

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Davidl
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service are awesome! Right on the lake. During the summer they have a deck and for the fall,winter & spring months sit by the fire and enjoy the food and lake

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner was outstanding

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AmyC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Pretty good. One of the halibut dinners was overcooked. Son wanted steak caesar and we were charged for steak dinner and full size salad; would have been nice to know what we were going to pay for especially when we didn’t get the accompaniments that came w entree. Margarita was odd; tasted mostly like booze but wo the buzz.
Chicken picatta was yummy. Desserts were through the roof!

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DerekM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVE Elkins and can’t wait to go back. Food and ambiance is AMAZING!!!

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Barb
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Elkins ambience and the food is always delicious and unique. It does get noisy when busy but it’s still worth dining there!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Miso Salmon was reliably excellent and swordfish special was outstanding. Tyler was personable and provided attentive service.

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KatieE
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BEST customer service and delicious food. Highly recommend for all points.

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AmandaB
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family and friends dinner on vacation

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vipTheMster
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out waiter Colin was wonderful. Fun and efficient. The manager Cricket was wonderful, accommodating our large party of 11 on a busy Saturday night.

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MarylouS
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and customer service! A wonderful evening out!

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Anniversary26
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter was outstanding and the various entres our party of 4 had, were superb!

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HeidiD
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elkins never disappoints. We have been coming for years. We were a bit early, 15 minutes, and were promptly seated. Service was seamless. The menu has something for everyone - vegetarian to meat eater. The meals were well prepared and presented. Don't pass up the huckleberry crisp. Can't wait for the next opportunity.

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BradleyD
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I highly recommend their New York strip with pepper gravy.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Mother’s Day brunch & the food was excellent. The staff in the buffet were super busy, but still very kind.

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MarshaU
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elkin's honored our request for a table with a view of the lake, best view in the restaurant. The food was fantastic, especially the huckleberry crepes and omelets. The staff was most friendly.

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glennb
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food. Oh the food.
You have beaten any and all on the lake.
Fantastic service. The server was a joy .

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KennethM
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food. Great service. Would give our meal 5 stars. Will definitely be back. The morrel mushrooms were so good as well as the veal, salmon, halibut, and seafood pasta. Our party of 8 was impressed.

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Kramer
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elkins resort as a whole is awesome!
We visited for holiday from New Braunfels Texas
And loved it. We’ll be back!

Elkins Resort on Priest Lake
Responded on January 26, 2019

So glad you found us! We look forward to your return.

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vipLarryW
Seattle
43 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Without a doubt one of the restaurants we have been to in all of the Northwest. You would have to go to Seattle to exceed it.

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KimT
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal I've had in years. A very special atmosphere for our 41st anniversary celebration.

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DanO
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Wine - expensive but local choices offered, Reeder Bay Red - chosen and paired well with our meals

Appetizer - flat iron steak strips - excellent

Entrees: Shrimp Scampi - fair presentation, too much pasta, bland flavor, needed more lemon to brighten up the profile. The shrimp were more steamed that grilled, no grill marks and just minimally done - less salt and more pepper, thyme, basil, oregano, olive oil, lemon/citrus flavoring...no plate sauces aside from the angel hair pasta...No vegetable sides offered....

Sea Bass - excellent, great flavor profile & plate sauces. Rice and asparagus completed the dish. We both should have ordered this...

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BretO
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was excellent and our server Erin was amazing. Great experience!

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Gretasparty
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The shrimp scampi was low in flavor, overdone. The fish in the seafood pasta was overdone and dry. My son with celiac, who ordered only GF food, had a bad reaction-not good. Celiac disease is no joke. The veal osso bucco was good.

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PamP
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our cabin was comfortable with everything we needed to cook our own meals.
However, the food is so good in the dining room you likely won't want to. We had a breakfast, a lunch and a dinner and all were excellent.

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JenniferH
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect Mother's Day Brunch Buffet. I think our waitress was Sherry? and she was great! Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A beautiful winter wonderland. The cabin was rustic but elegant. Would love to try staying here during the summer months. Restuarant had excellent service with friendly waitresses. Food choices were ranged from traditional to specialized dishes. Loved the ambiance.

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JamesR
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding, about the 5th. time in the past few years, still great food, service always great. Our anniversary this visit spent the weekend there, food ever meal great, service professional and personable

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MaryannL
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice dinner and very good service

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2017
Overall3food1service3ambience4

Not worth the prices of the food. Wasn't quality. No flavor.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2017
Overall1food5service5ambience5

Shocked that they charge us a Resort Fee when we just went for dinner! (We were not staying at the resort.)

As a result, they missed out on our larger group dinners. (More business for Hill's Resort.)

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great service. Outstanding food. Wonderful view.

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StephanieK
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elkins never disappoints! The menu is extensive, any and all huckleberry fusions can be found the the waitstaff is attentive without being obtrusive. The view of the Priest Lake just enhances the experience and is always a family favorite when we are in Northern Idaho.

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Grant
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2017
Overall3food5service4ambience2

My wife and I decided to dine here for our anniversary. It was a Monday night, but we made a reservation anyway. When my wife and I arrived, we were seated at a table one foot behind a table of twelve, and 2 feet in front of a table of four. While it appeared they had attempted to maximize their floor space by putting tables "edge-to-edge", this was in itself not the most prevalent problem. The problem was that both tables were extremely loud with several children. When the waitress came over to ask about specials, she had to shout over both tables, and I had to ask her to repeat herself several times (as an example of noise level). Personally, I think the table of twelve should have been moved to a private room, or given more space between them and others. Elkins seemed quite full for a Monday evening, and I realized that they were seating people only in one area of the restaurant (likely due to staffing).

Once their food came, thankfully, the large table quieted down some, and the smaller table left. My wife and I started enjoying our meal, until children and parents (yes, multiple parents) proceeded to start using the "door" which our table was blocking (not sure why the door or table were there, but both should not have been) and bumping our table going in and out of said "door" to play frisbee. Several times the frisbee hit the large glass door or windows and was extremely unnerving.

Thankfully, the food was excellent, the wine pairing was well recommended, and the dessert and aperitifs were splendid. The waitress, was very kind, and God bless her, had to deal with several tables, including the large one next to us, as it appeared Elkins was vastly understaffed for such a large amount of people on a Monday night.

Although the food was excellent, the overall experience was more akin to a Golden Corral, due to the noise level. Also, the restaurant was quite rustic and beautiful, but any element of ambiance was lost in the noise and constant disruptions.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience2

We had made reservations on July 26th or 27th for a table for 2 for Aug 5th and noted it was our anniversary through open table. We arrived early and were going to wait in the bar if table was not ready and they said our table was. The hostess took us to a table that was three table rows back from the window and seated us. By the dance floor. She said that she would take another look at the listing because the tables in front of us were open. I believe 3 table by the window were open at the time and then even a couple tables in what would be the second row open. We did not see her again. We felt like we were put at a table that would have been open if no reservation was made. Most of those tables remained empty for 45 minutes while we were there. Our meal was good and our server was fine also. Just felt like we were put back by the kitchen door and where there was a lot of traffic. Thought we would have had a nicer table since it was our anniversary and had the reservation. No mention to us about our anniversary either. I realize now I should have asked for a window seat at the reservation time. Just thought I would pass our experience on to you.

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vipCBSB
Salt Lake City
17 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never disappoints! This is the very best food at Priest Lake with great wine, great service and a great wine list.

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vipNickname
Phoenix
149 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2017
Overall4food5service2ambience4

This was a very special 61st anniversary celebration and we'd made reservations far ahead and actually went to the restaurant to request a window table which we did not receive. We've been coming to Elkins for over 20 years every summer, so this was a disappointment. Our waiter said he'd been there for 7 years, but it seemed he may have just recently begun waiter duties. He dropped silverware off the plates several times, he served the entrees to the men first, same entree. The eldest and the honorees were served last. We are very sorry to see this happen to one of our formerly favorite restaurants at Priest Lake. The food was good, fortunately, especially the sea bass special.

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Elkins Resort on Priest Lake is rated 4.8 stars by 45 OpenTable diners.

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