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Kindness

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87 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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Kindness is a family-owned and -operated restaurant located in The Owyhee�s elegant hotel lobby. It serves generous portions of new American style, or �kicked up� comfort food, such as seared scallops with pancetta. Other Kindness dishes include Garden City Bar Prawns, panko-crusted Puget Sound prawns and beef coulette steak. Vegetarian options include homemade gnocchi made with butternut squash, quinoa salad or the Muscular Vegetarian, made with kale, zucchini, red onion and fresh mozzarella.

Kindness serves a popular brunch menu with bottomless mimosas on weekends. The restaurant offers gluten-free options and accommodates larger groups. Catering is also available for private parties and special occasions.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation

Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 2:00pm
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00pm Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(208) 629-7444
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Anna Tapia
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Private party facilities
We have several private dining options for parties of up to 340. Call for more information.
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Catering
Catering is where we started; Chef Anna takes special care to make every catered event unique and special.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
12th and W. Main
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Parking details
Street parking and paid lot parking available.
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Public transit
Bus Stop at the intersection of 12th and Main St. Across the street from our restaurant.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.9
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Noise · Moderate
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2.0Dined on March 27, 2016

The food was good! The atmosphere was good but we waited until 5 minutes before we left to get our drinks and we're still charged 30$ for mimosas. Ordered 3 milks and got two and the waitress said she would bring it right back and never came. Slow service.
I think they underestimated how busy it would be and did not have enough staff. Not a great experience, probably would not go back.

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4.0Dined on March 13, 2016

I love Kindess brunch. Great food. Great service. Sad to see it go away.

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2016

My friends and I meet for brunch on a monthly basis at different restaurants around town. None of us had ever been to Kindness before but I am so glad we tried it. We loved the location, atmosphere and selection on the Sunday brunch buffet and the flight of mimosas was great! I will definitely be back and will recommend Kindness to others!

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2016

Not a welcoming place at all. First the hostess should try a smile and
Good morning". Food was just OK as we remember the old Sunday buffets. Should have a chef actually cooking like omelets, slicing ham, etc. The fruit selection was poor and in general the entire selection of the buffet was limited. Very disappointed and will not return. Good luck.

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3.0Dined on January 10, 2016

Was charged full price for a 3 year old--really? Three empty warming trays for most of the visit meant some of us missed some of the primary entrees completely. Had hoped for the lox tray that used to be a feature of the Owyhee buffet--that's gone. Food was only sort-of warm, nothing was hot. The pastries were good; the boursin eggs were tasty (even if only warm), and the bacon (I got the last two strips and it remained empty for the rest of the visit) was excellent, again, even if not nearly hot enough. The cheese selection was good. We might be back, but...there are lots of places to eat breakfast in Boise. I really wanted to be happier with this one, we used to love brunch at the Owyhee.

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2015

This was our first visit. Great food. Excellent service. We'll definitely be back.

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3.0Dined on December 29, 2015

Good downtown location with plenty of available parking on the backside of the Owyhee Hotel. Large south-facing windows, which will make day-time dining fun. Our waiter was very attentive and made excellent appetizer recommendations. The Harvest Soup with locally grown butternut squash was incredible. The Lobster Mac'n'Cheese was good and I was pleasantly surprised with a lobster claw on top. My wife had the vegetable burger. It was well prepared and presented, but the seasoning were not to her liking. We enjoyed our evening.

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4.0Dined on December 27, 2015

We were unable to make reservations for more than 4 on Open Table so 4 is all that showed up for brunch and there were only two other tables occupied when we got there and two more tables showed up in the hour we spent at Kindness. I have enjoyed their dinner options a couple of times and the food is fantastic when it is cooked fresh. Hostess service has always been less than welcoming and servers have been hit and miss. They were missing utensils on the brunch table for shrimp and cheese and fruits. The selection was adequate but quality of food was again hit and miss. Server was positive and energetic but not very attentive to removing plates. Environment was cold mostly due to the large windows . I would probably try brunch here one more time but if I had the same experience I would probably stick with my other Boise Favorites who seem to appreciate customers more.

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4.0Dined on December 15, 2015

Nice meal, we'll definitely be back. Our party had two orders of the evening's special (filet, one rare, one medium) and two orders of the chicken and mushroom pappardelle. All of the entrees was cooked properly and very tasty. The duck confit potato skins weren't amazing: the cheese overpowered the duck, but weren't bad. Our server was well informed about the menu (one gluten intolerant person in the party), and was polite, helpful, and attentive. Coffee and desserts after the mains were nice cherries on top. Very good!

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4.0Dined on December 13, 2015

This was a great place to have brunch. It was a bottomless; perfect for those with a mighty hunger. The food was quite a bit better than your typical bottomless brunch; crab benedict, semi-traditional eggs benedict served on a risotto cake, bacon, sausage, crab claws, shrimp, and a nice variety of fruit, cheese, and sweets to name just a few of the offerings. The bottomless mimosas were terrific and had a very good champagne to orange juice ratio. The service was pleasant and efficient.

Overall, it was a great experience. Highly recommended to anybody looking for a new place to enjoy a higher-end brunch without breaking the bank.

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1.0Dined on December 12, 2015

We have been to KINDNESS three times in the past year...two for dinner and one for
brunch. THEY HAVE THE MOST UNENTHUSIASTIC ALMOST RUDE WAIT STAFF IN BOISE....THEY
ACT LIKE THEY ARE DOING YOU A FAVOR. (The following morning we went to a bakery/cafe place called BACON...and everyone in there was cheerful and helpful.

Because our experience of KINDNESS has been consistently unpleasant we don't plan on ever
going back.

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2.0Dined on December 6, 2015

Arrived at 10:30 for brunch. The food would have been good had it been fresh. But most the buffet trays were nearly empty and the ones that weren't looked like they had been sitting out all night. The chairs were very uncomfortable. They felt like something you would expect in a school cafeteria. The staff were all very friendly, but not in much of a rush. I think we waited about 15 minutes with empty plates and glasses on the table before they came over with the check. Our server did show me how to fold the Christmas tree napkins. That was very nice of him. I'll be doing that for my Christmas table!

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4.0Dined on November 28, 2015

Kindness is overall an excellent restaurant. I just don't understand why the chairs are plastic. It takes something away...

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3.0Dined on November 21, 2015

Although the title of this review would implicate that I had only been to 'Kindness' once before, I have actually been there on about four or five occasions now since they have opened. They were actually better earlier in my opinion. We went with friends on one occasion for lunch on a Saturday, and it was 'not so good.'
I don't think one could go wrong in ordering any of the various burgers, as the meat used in the burger (brisket and short ribs) is top notch - very flavorful - and cooked properly by the kitchen too. The obligatory fries that one must have with a burger are also consistently good, but should come with a more inventive dipping sauce than your pedestrian 'Heinz,' especially when so many other restaurants these days make their ketchup in-house! Savory, spicy mayo sauces are the best for fries though!

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5.0Dined on November 14, 2015

Good food, greta service.Don't forget to check out the Penthouse upstairs after dinner.

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5.0Dined on November 14, 2015

This restaurant is situated in a classic Boise location. The vibe at the bar is kind of whimsical and quirky, which we like for a bar, but we delayed trying Kindness because we felt it might be too light hearted to be serious about the menu. We were very mistaken. They hit it out of the park. Our table ordered beef, pork, seafood, and a salad. Each dish was thoughtful, delicious, and well presented. The menu was not overly large, but the variety on it kept everyone happy, as did the quality. Although the bar kind of abandoned the historic flavor of the property, they really retained it well in the dining area. It kind of had a 1930's understated feel to it. We loved everything about the dinner. We lingered long enough enjoying our dinner to where we were almost late for the symphony.

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1.0Dined on November 13, 2015

We were seated promptly (had a reservation), but it took about 10 minutes to acknowledged by our server. We ordered an appetizer and meals, and received our appetizers within a reasonable time. We waited for over an hour when the server said it would still be another 10-15 minutes until our food would be ready, because they were busy. We couldn't wait any longer, and left. First time experience and likely will not return.

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5.0Dined on November 13, 2015

Phenomenal food! Dinner was so good we decided the desserts must be too good to miss, so we boxed half of our dinner and indulged. That turned out to be a great idea, as we had fantastic desserts and leftovers to die for. We'll be back!

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3.0Dined on November 12, 2015

Kindness is a quaint restaurant and the food was AMAZING! REALLY!!!!

We had the crab cakes with Tai chili sauce to start and then, the lobster Mac and cheese and salmon. The lobster mac and cheese was the BEST I've had other than another establishment in Redmond WA. The wine list is good. The waitress was not very attentive for us. It wasn't busy and we still needed to wave her over. So did another table. The ambiance was stark (European style) however, I would rather their food be amazing than the atmosphere amazing and lousy food. Their food was absolutely worth our giving them a try! With so many choices in Boise, Eagle, Meridian, etc it was a wonderful dining experience and we will be back! We are there on a Friday and the very next day, we were telling our tiger foodie friends about it... While eating at another restaurant. Keep it up Kindness! We will be back soon! Clay & Jacque Young, Eagle ID

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2.0Dined on November 7, 2015

Went for dinner on a Saturday night. We had an early reservation so the restaurant had only a few occupied tables...but within an hour or so it was close to completely full. The hostess took us to one of the worst tables in the place (thought we had dressed ok)...when we asked to move to one of the more comfortable places she reluctantly agreed...but wanted us to return to the hostess stand. Our waitress started out strong...greeted us in about five minutes and let us know it was still happy hour. From there things went downhill. We ordered salads. Both came with no salad dressing. When we flagged our waitress down about ten minutes later and asked for salad dressing she asked if we both wanted some...what? We ordered the beef and lamb entrees. About twenty minutes after ordering we were informed that the chef had issues with the mashed potatoes, a side that came with the beef and we had a choice of waiting another twenty minutes or have a substitute in place of the potato side. I am not sure how you go wrong with mashed potatoes...but apparently it happened. We skipped the starch. My beef entree was very good...perfectly cooked with a nice sauce and good roasted brussels sprouts. The lamb chops were also good but the sides it came with were average. For dessert we had a very poor example of a chocolate tart...tasteless crust and passable chocolate filling. No one ever checked to see how our meals were or if we needed anything. The wait staff seemed well-intentioned but poorly trained. I think the menu was interesting and the entrees quite good but too many things went wrong to go back.

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4.0Dined on November 5, 2015

My spouse and I took advantage of the Dine Out Downtown Boise event. This entailed a Prix Fixe menu of 3 courses.

The best part of our experience was our server, Jennika. She struck the right balance of being very attentive without "pestering" us too often.

Before the first course, the she offered us some bread, a delightful focaccia served with olive oil, multi-colored peppers and herbs. It was so good that we had a 2nd serving and filled up more than we should have.

My spouse ordered a glass of Malbec. She found it to be a bit "stale" tasting, as if the bottle had been open for too long. I ordered a local beer that was on tap, Snowboarder Porter from Boise Brewing. It was great!

The 1st course had a choice of salad or soup. My spouse enjoyed the salad. It included local organic greens, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds with a balsamic and local honey vinaigrette. I loved the soup! It was the highlight of the meal! The menu said it was a "butternut squash with apple soup with a hint of cayenne and pure maple syrup." It was a full bowl, and very filling!

For the 2nd course, my spouse tried the petite medallions of beef, marinated with roasted garlic and set atop rosemary mashed potatoes and crispy Brussels sprouts. Every morsel was delectable! I chose the local lamb T-bones, which were marinated in rosemary and garlic, served atop roasted red pepper Israeli couscous and grilled lemon broccolini. The couscous was a nice starch. The broccolini was too charred for me, with a strong charcoal flavor. The lamb T-bones were OK. I don't think I've ever had the T-bone cut of lamb before. It had more fat and gristle than I had expected. I would try a different main course next time.

The third course was listed as ""Pastry Chef Choice desserts." Ours was a pumpkin mousse. It was richer than I had expected. Maybe it was the second serving of bread and olive oil, but we were feeling stuffed by the end of the meal.

I am looking forward to trying Kindness again.

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2.0Dined on October 30, 2015

Could be a great addition to dining options, but misses the mark. The menu has some interesting options, however, the portions are far too large, the platting/presentation were awkward, and the starters and entrees arrived at the same time. Hosting at the entrance was not welcoming and had the feel of a fast food diner, rather than what would be more common in a restaurant in this price range. Beautiful windows seemed to retain the historic frame of the building, but the view is of the parking lot.

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3.0Dined on October 30, 2015

We tried Kindness during the Dine Out Boise, and chose our meals off that menu. The wines were fine, but the soup could have been warmer, and the steak salad could have been a bit lighter on the bleu cheese. The service was very attentive without being intrusive and very friendly. We will likely try it again just to rule out an off night.

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5.0Dined on October 23, 2015

It's not always easy to find restaurants in Boise that will take reservations, but I was able to book a table for seven people on a Friday night, thanks to Open Table. The folks at Kindness treated us like royalty. The food was amazing. Be sure and order the Risotto Croquettes as an appetizer. The portions are generous and everything was cooked perfectly. The prices are reasonable for the quality and there is a good range from under $10 to $32.

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3.0Dined on October 9, 2015

We have been to kindness before, and this time around we did not have as good of an experience. The service was very slow, unprofessional, and inexperienced. We hope that this is just a temporary blip on their radar screen.

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2.0Dined on October 9, 2015

We were excited about dining at Kindness after enjoying their catering, but the experience ended up quite disappointing.
I think our server may have been hired off the street that afternoon, no training or menu knowledge.
There were 6 of us, 2 had the pork shank which was excellent, I had the salmon which was seasoned well but very over cooked and the risotto was completely unedible. My husband had the beef medallions and while the presentation in a bowl look great trying to cut very tough steak in a bowl proved to be a pain even after requesting a steak knife. The steak salad was also served in a bowl with the same tough steak.
The meal was over an hour to arrive at our table, fortunately we had ordered the croquettes which were quite good.
We had to flag down someone to clear our salad plates and when we finally paid and were ready to leave the main course plates had still not been cleared.
Hopefully we just experienced a bad night, but I don't see us returning.

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5.0Dined on October 6, 2015

My wife and I had an early dinner at Kindness on a weekday. It is a great place. Rather quiet the night we were there, perhaps not enough people know about it. The fall menu was excellent with local sourced ingredients and beverages. The specialty cocktails were also amazing.
Go check it out, you will be happy!

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5.0Dined on October 5, 2015

The service was great and really friendly. On top of everything yet not distracting. Food was really good too. Had a really pleasant evening.

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5.0Dined on September 3, 2015

Finding the Kindness restaurant was a very nice surprise. The setting in the Owyhee building was perfect because the dining room architecture is magnificent . The signature wall that is designed using push pins was awesome. Best, but not least, the food was delicious and the presentations were pleasing. Our waiter was excellent. It's a little pricey but worth it.

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4.0Dined on September 1, 2015

The lunch menu is small, but very diverse, and everyone in our 10-person group found something they enjoyed. The portions are large - plan to take some home. Having some grown-up comfort food on the menu is always a good idea.
The décor and 'feel' are trendy. Yes, those are indeed S&P shakers.
The downtown location is excellent, accessible by foot to the entire downtown core. We walked, but parking looks to be pretty easy.
It was nearly empty during the lunch hour when we visited, I really hope people hear about It and give it a shot.

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5.0Dined on August 26, 2015

My friend and I had dinner here one evening. We found the ambiance just fine, the French bread and spicy oil superb, the main course of Bouillabaisse and fish most excellent, and we enjoyed dessert and coffee after. Great dining spot with attentive service.

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5.0Dined on August 25, 2015

It's a simple restaurant. When you first enter it feels like a nice school cafeteria. That's a good thing but it doesn't really feel like you're at a buzzing, big-time restaurant. The tables and chairs are very cafeteria like and don't look that inviting. Not a problem but it could do with few more to make it feel complete and more exciting.

This service is professional and intelligent. Much more professional and attentive than Ruth Chris's in Boise. The cocktails are nice too.

The food is big. Almost enough for two people. Food is really their strength. Nice presentation and quality ingredients. The food is some of the best in Boise. Much better than the popular Fork Restaurant.

Overall, a great restaurant and probably one of the best you can visit in Boise, Idaho. I will definitely visit again.

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5.0Dined on August 19, 2015

Nothing to complain about. Clean, fresh, friendly, and modern. But you only care about the food. Started off with the crab cakes, which were great. A nice crisp on the outside, but buttery soft on the inside. Best I've ever had.
I got the Lamb T-bones with cous cous and broccolini. Lamb was cooked perfectly medium, tender, and flavorful. Cous cous was good, but it was my first time trying it, so I can't compare it to anything. The brocolini was fantastic; crispy ends, char flavor, and a hint of garlic.
The wife had the Ribeye with cheese mashers and grilled kale. Meat was also a prefect medium, although I didn't care for the flavor, my wife loved it. We both enjoyed the kale, something neither of us normally likes, and the mashed potatoes were very good.

Overall, a favorite place to dine in Boise. Bit on the pricier side, but good ribeye and lamb usually is (~$75 for the above foods, before tip). All their food is locally sourced, from "constantly hugged" stock.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2015

We enjoyed an intimate dinner. Our server was very attentive and cheerful.

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4.0Dined on August 8, 2015

We were looking for a very good new restaurant to get some variety to our Boise dining routine. Kindness more than met our expectations---the food was outstanding, service excellent, and parking was easy. While the menu is on the shorter side we found many excellent choices for all six people in our group. This restaurant will definitely become part of our dining routine in the future.

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4.0Dined on August 1, 2015

Kindness has only been open for one year, and they have kept a low profile until now. The chef is obviously very talented, and she has developed a menu of very intriguing and creative items. The scallops appetizer topped with crispy prosciutto and sitting on a bed of puréed asparagus was wonderful. The ribeye entrée was simply huge and perfectly prepared. The sides are definitely not your run-of-the-mill sides, and we found ourselves eating every last bit of them. They also have a great cocktail menu with many unusual preparations available for selection. The restaurant was not very busy, because many people still don't know of his existence. The servers were impressively knowledgeable and quite attentive.

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3.0Dined on July 30, 2015

I really did have a fantastic time. Expecially because of the company I was with. Our server was inexperienced, couldn't pronounce the names of the food/spirits properly, was excessively checking in and interrupting our conversation. However he was very eager to please worked very, very hard to ensure that we had a good time and I cannot but appreciate his efforts. I had the special which happened to be a prawn and potato rustica/salad of sorts with olives and an assortment of other vegetables. It was a odd combination, however I am always willing to try something new and creative. Seasoning was wonderful, however I was a bit disappointed that my prawns were dramatically overcooked. The dish felt a bit like a kitchen sink. I will be returning to Kindness to try other menu items and indulge on the great cocktails. The space is beautiful! Light, bright and airy but still a gentle and intimate.

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2015

We went to an early dinner at Kindness, mainly to take advantage of the 1,000 point booking. To our delight we had an amazing dinner. It started with two very good cocktails: a Manhattan and an Old Fashioned. Definite mixology at work by the bartender.

We shared our appetizer, salad and entree. Thank goodness we did so as the portions were huge!

The appetizer was a lobster tostada with black beans, shredded greens, and pickled onion salsa dressed with a chipotle sauce. Very very good. That was followed by a wilted kale salad with goat cheese, a lot of goat cheese which we love. Most restaurants when they say goat cheese in the salad includes about 1 tablespoon overall. Not this one. There was at least a half a cup of goat cheese with some type of sweet, mustard dressing.

The entrée was incredible. Seared ahi tuna encrusted with black sesame seeds. It was on top of a bed of green coconut curry with edamame, crunchy bacon cubes and some type of baby greens. We had enough of the salad and entrée to save and eat the next day.

The service was very good and we lacked for nothing. We highly recommend this restaurant and will be back soon.

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2015

One of my new favorite dinner spots in Boise! The food is flawless, the presentation is gorgeous. I would highly recommend Kindness to anyone who appreciates great food!!

Brunch is also great- fantastic bloody marys, and the French toast is to die for!

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2015

Had brunch to celebrate a friends birthday and she loved it! Our server was on point the whole time. The food was great. It was a great experience all around!

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