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Candle in the Woods, Athol, ID

Candle in the Woods

5.0
5
209 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary French / American
Gournet wine and dinner experiences for discerning clientele.
10-12 course small prix fixe dining experience, each course paired with wine from our award wining cellar.
Recipient of the prestigious North Idaho Life 5 Star Dining experience award (only 2nd ever presented)
Recipient of Spokane Culinary Guild "Best Private Dining" award
Winner People's Choice Chef's Battle Northwest
Winner Judge's Choice and People's Choice award - North Idaho Culinary Competition
Enjoy time in our Game room or near the firepits in our outside patio in between courses - we welcome you to what has been described as one of the best dining experiences in the world.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary French / American, Italian, Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

    One seating at 6:00pm on select days

  • Phone number

    (208) 664-0135

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    David Adlard

  • Catering

    We do catering for groups from 8 - 200, based around your needs and budget!

  • Private party facilities

    We do private parties for groups up to 24 for dinner, and up to 36 for wine and appetizers.

  • Private party contact

    David Adlard: (208) 664-0135

  • Neighborhood

    Coeur d'Alene

  • Cross street

    5751E. Highway 54

  • Parking details

    We have onsite parking as well as an available limo service.

  • Entertainment

    We have entertainment for select events! Please contact us for details.

  • Additional

    Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

What 209 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

5.0
5 based on recent ratings
  • 5Food
  • 5Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.8Value

NoiseModerate

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    Best Overall

  • Idaho

    Best Food

  • Idaho

    Best Service

  • Idaho

    Best Ambiance

  • Idaho

    Best Value

  • Idaho

    Fit for Foodies

  • Idaho

    Good for Groups

  • Idaho

    Notable Wine List

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  1. KD

    KirstinD

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing dining experience. Something you will always remember.
  2. BT

    BeaTee

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a fun experience! David and his staff are amazing and the food was both intriguing and delectable.
  3. JS

    JamesS

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best dinner experience of my life. That pretty much sums up my feedback. The food was delicious and interesting. The wine pairings were amazing. The family style dining and listening to the chef was a blast. A dining experience that you will remember for life.
  4. DM

    DeborahM

    Boise

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a party of 8, celebrating the bride to be. The food was delicious and presentation along with explanation and wine pairing exquisite. Tina, the bride to be, was grateful beyond. The evening proceeded our expectations. Chef David included Tina in helping out with some of the dishes. The staff was amazing, courteous and customer please. Thank you, Candle in the Woods for a most memorable evening. Debbie Martin
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was not just dinner, it was an EXPERIENCE ! We walked away full, happy and feeling like we have known the chef and all the guests for a long time. We had such a good time and even though I HATE seafood, I ate every last bite of the seafood dishes. They treat their guests as family. We will be back for sure and have already had many friends book an evening since we told them about it.
  6. N

    Ns8ible

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This was probably the the most interesting meal I have ever had! Under any other circumstances, I wouldn't have opted to eat many of the course, but I kept an open mind and repeated the mantra in our heads " just put it in your mouth" :) and WOW! AMAZING!!
  7. JJ

    JayeJ

    Boise

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our second time at Candle in the Woods it’s such a fun evening. We look forward to it every time. The food is always very creative and fantastic. The wine pairing is great. The sommelier, Nicole, really knows her wines. The whole experience was fantastic. I will be back.
  8. RS

    RachelleS

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There are not enough superlatives to describe an evening at Candle in the Woods. The food is creative and brilliantly prepared, and the portion sizes were perfect for the length and cadence of the meal. Wine pairings were thoughtfully considered and further elevated the food. Although I could go into detail of each course served, I will keep this review to reasonable length and just assure the reader that each dish is uniquely delicious and will delight you. Perhaps my biggest surprise of the evening was the incredibly fun atmosphere created by Chef Dave and his team. They were playful with the food but also with the guests, and I cannot remember laughing as much through a meal as I did last week. Come with an open mind and take the advice of the sign next to my table "Relax and Accept the Crazy." Thank you Chef Dave and team for an amazingly memorable evening.
  9. CS

    ChelseaS

    Boise

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I appreciated the experience a lot. The other guests, the workers, the food, the entertainment, everything was a lot of fun.
  10. JA

    JoyA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Can’t describe how amazing this experience was. We will definitely be coming back. It was not cheap on paper but really when you realize how amazing of a life experience it was and how delicious and memorable it was it probably should be more expensive. Thank you chef Dave and staff.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wife’s birthday
  12. N

    Nelsons

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing experience. Must go! Infusion of flavors were incredible.
  13. MT

    MaryT

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a very special evening. We are already planning when we’ll return.
  14. EN

    ErinN

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    I hate to be one of the non-5 star reviews, but it was a lot of hype for an overall ok experience. The limo service we requested didn’t happen (due to staffing). The food was different….some bites (and that’s all you get) I thought should have been served warmer. The wine pours were not a pour, they were a sip. There was no offer to even order a glass or bottle of wine. Lastly the commentary throughout the whole dinner was too much. Not more than 3 minutes of downtime to enjoy the company of whoever you came with. Is it worth the $169 each person? Maybe. Go there knowing you won’t be full, or tipsy and maybe sick of being yelled at all night. But it was FUN, right?
  15. l

    leeaxx

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing, chef David Adlard and his staff, are absolutely wonderful! The whole experience from start to finish , is unbelievable! I highly recommend this place!
  16. FF

    FredF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Candle is so much more than dinner it is a truly amazing experience.
  17. MW

    MattW

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I don't want to spoil the experience I strongly suggest going.
  18. SC

    SerahC

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an amazing dinner with 13 amazing courses. Chef Adlard was an amazing host and presented an amazing evening for everyone and spent time talking to each guest individually multiple times throughout the night. The quality of the food is well worth the price and you’ll have an amazing night!
  19. DH

    DianeH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everyone in our group has commented that our evening at the Candle in the Woods was the "Best" dining experience we have ever had. Dave was very entertaining and made each of the fifteen guests feel special. Five stars are not enough for the food that was served; every bite was superb; the wine pairings were excellent and educational.
  20. BS

    BrettS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding dinner!! what an amazing restaurant concept, your invited into their "home" for a dinner of a lifetime, multiple courses with wine!
  21. S

    Sawyerm

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you Candle in the woods! The fastest night we had for a long time! Food was excellent! Our group was fun, and presentation was beautiful! Certainly a fantastic experience! YES, we will return!
  22. VW

    ValerieW

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Definitely a do over . We loved the greeting and the service was excellent with great food and wine pairing and entertaining as well. We cant wait to share this event with out of town guests . Quite the culinary and wine experience .
  23. SJ

    SharonJ

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The most amazing dining experience. The food and service were top notch and extremely friendly.
  24. S

    Schultzies

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the moment you arrive at the restaurant, you are warmly welcomed by the owner with drinks in hand. You are escorted to the back patio with firepits, warm blankets, games and initial conversations with other guests. Once the bell rings and you are taken to your table, the food and wine experience begins. Definitely a place for foodies and amazing wine tasting. With the stories told and information about each course, it makes for a memorable event. Definitely worth trying.
  25. JM

    JillM

    Anchorage

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous experience. Excellent food, wine pairing and service. I look forward to going back.
  26. KB

    KristiB

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always an amazing experience with great food, great wine and great service. An experience you won't forget.
  27. SH

    ScottH

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chef Dave and his staff were spot on even though illness had them understaffed! You would’ve never known it if he hadn’t told us…the food is beyond your wildest expectations! Hurry get your reservation, Saturdays are booked through the summer.
  28. m

    margiew

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best dinner and host! So much better than French Laundry!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This experience was so awesome!! We celebrated our 15 year anniversary and we will remember this night forever. Everything was absolutely perfect.
  30. ML

    MathewL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great group atmosphere, phenomenal food, overall a great experience
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Magnificent! More than I could have even imagined. I’ll be gloating for years over this experience.
  32. TP

    TomP

    Denver

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a blast celebrating our 41st wedding anniversary
  33. KR

    KimR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing night! This was a great experience. More than just great food.
  34. B

    Brange2393

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have had this reservation booked since November for my birthday. I've heard such amazing reviews and this place went above and beyond. This isn't your typical dining experience. Upon arriving they take your coats and purses and are given sangria and shown upstairs were there's a homey atmosphere and games for the boys in our group to be entertained with while us gals chatted. The owner was super funny and outgoing he chats about each dish and wine so this is not a romantic dinner for two lovers to chat but to explore new food and wine. The outdoor space was lovely with the gas fireplaces and blankets and oh my goodness the wine! So much of it, the price can come across a bit much but let me tell you it is worth every DIME. This is not just a restaurant but an experience. I am not much of a seafood lover but was happy and excited to try small servings and find what I like. I tried my first scallop and caviar and tuna tartar and wow! They replace your wine glasses and silverware and are like ghost while doing it. Exceptional experience was had by all. Would go here again for a special occasion in a heart beat! Thanks candle in the woods for the great wine, food, and fun entertainment. Cheers!
  35. RG

    ReneG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was incredible!!! Best food and atmosphere!!!
  36. JS

    JodyS

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent dinner experience! So many great courses and combinations of flavors. Chef David's discussions about each course or whatever he chose to discuss was a highlight as well. Loved every moment and looking forward to another opportunity to visit in the future!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    An amazing experience! The staff is very friendly and interactive. It is set up family style so you have the opportunity to get to know other guests; many of whom are return guests. Even though I am not a fan of wine, I do love food and would go again. Definitely in an odd location, but you kind of forget that while there.
  38. CN

    ChrisN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    In a word, 'AMAZING', there were soo many creative and unique crafted dishes, I was stuffed by the tenth course and there were 14 total!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a unique and memorable experience. The food and wine was superb. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for an upscale dining experience.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Most outstanding restaurant in the PNW. It’s a must for anyone looking for a total dining experience! 10/10 must go again!!

FAQs

Candle in the Woods offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (208) 664-0135.

Candle in the Woods is rated 5 stars by 209 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 Candle in the Woods

5751 East Highway 54, Athol, ID 83801

Additional information

  • Cross street

    5751E. Highway 54

  • Neighborhood

    Coeur d'Alene

  • Hours of operation

    One seating at 6:00pm on select days

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary French / American, Italian, Mediterranean

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    We have onsite parking as well as an available limo service.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    David Adlard

  • Entertainment

    We have entertainment for select events! Please contact us for details.

  • Additional

    Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

  • Phone number

    (208) 664-0135

  • Catering

    We do catering for groups from 8 - 200, based around your needs and budget!

  • Private party facilities

    We do private parties for groups up to 24 for dinner, and up to 36 for wine and appetizers.

  • Private party contact

    David Adlard: (208) 664-0135

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