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Candle in the Woods, Athol, ID

Candle in the Woods

5.0
5
182 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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Booked 10 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

Menu

One of Our Prix Fixe Menus

Amuse Bouche

  • Steak Smores

    Yes, you read it right... Medium rare locally harvested venison (or tenderloin) steak with chocolate, marshmallows and graham crackers! Everyone is pleasantly surprised when they try this for the first time

    • Lamb-Scicles

      Frenched lamb chops with an espresso sauce over prosciutto wrapped asparagus and potato cake

      • Blue Fun Tuna Tartare

        served with a Rulo Chardonnay from Walla Walla

        • Lobster Ravioli in Sambuca Cream Sauce

          One of our all time fan favorites – lobster (or butternut!) ravioli in a mouthwatering Sambuca cream sauce! Amazing …Accompanied by Dr. Loosen Riesling

          • Bourbon Glazed Salmon

            with Mango Salsa ...served with a crisp, Kuppelweiser Pinot Grigio

            Intermezzo

            • Intermezzo

              Our guests retire to the Game Room with a glass of Isenhower Cellars "River Beauty" Cabernet

              Sweet Surrenders

              • Mixed Berry Souffle with crème Anglais

                These are to die for!

                • Crème Brulee-Stuffed Poached Pear

                  An all time favorite- ...served with Inniskillin 2008 Vidal Ice Wine

                  • Port and Cheese

                    A snifter of 2003 Delaforce vintage port with a small nibble of Smoked Gouda or creamy Fontina

                    • Our flaming "North Idaho" coffee

                      We use only the finest Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee

                      Last updated: February 2, 2022

                      What 182 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
                      • 4.9Food
                      • 5Service
                      • 4.9Ambience
                      • 4.8Value

                      NoiseModerate

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                        Fit for Foodies

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                        Good for Groups

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                        Notable Wine List

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                      1. KB

                        KristiB

                        London

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined 3 days ago

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                      2. SH

                        ScottH

                        Central Coast

                        3 reviews

                        5.0

                        3 reviews

                        Dined 5 days ago

                        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.

                      3. m

                        margiew

                        San Diego

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined 5 days ago

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Best dinner and host! So much better than French Laundry!

                      4. 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.

                      5. ML

                        MathewL

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on May 8, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Great group atmosphere, phenomenal food, overall a great experience

                      6. 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.

                      7. 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.

                      8. B

                        Brange2393

                        Seattle

                        4 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        4 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!

                      9. RG

                        ReneG

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on April 17, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        The food was incredible!!! Best food and atmosphere!!!

                      10. 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!

                      11. 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.

                      12. 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!

                      13. 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.

                      14. 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!!

                      15. MS

                        MatthewS

                        Central Coast

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on April 3, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                        Really fun night with a host of unexpected dishes. Loved the flavor combinations and the inventiveness of many of the dishes. The intimate setting led to a fun night with a good group.

                      16. H

                        Hatchman

                        Seattle

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on March 31, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        This was the second time we have dined here and it was just as good the second time, will definitely be going again. Do not let the negative comments change your mind this is a must-do. All one must do is read all the reviews and this is a perfect example that you can not please everyone.

                      17. LP

                        LisaP

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on March 31, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        We had such a wonderful time. The food was phenomenal! The wine pairings were on point. We loved family style seating and had a great time getting to know our tablemates. We've already made reservations to go back. Cant wait!

                      18. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Boise

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on March 27, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                        If you are an adventurous eater- dont think twice about going! This is the best dining experience ever. Going with a gal pal might be a better option, unless your spouse is into the experience.

                      19. M

                        Michael

                        Seattle

                        12 reviews

                        vip
                        4.0

                        12 reviews

                        Dined on March 18, 2022

                        overall4food4service5ambience5

                        Excellent experience! Dinner was great and overall fun night!

                      20. CM

                        CarolM

                        Palm Springs

                        3 reviews

                        5.0

                        3 reviews

                        Dined on March 16, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        We got in on a cancellation which was great since we wanted to celebrate our anniversary. Food and pairings were fabulous and very unique. To the critic who said the pairings were light, I don’t think I could have drank anymore, just enough to set off the taste of the food.

                      21. JH

                        JanH

                        Tahoe

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on March 16, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Chef Dave and the entire staff made our experience incredible and yes, they treat you like family!

                      22. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Boise

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on March 16, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        The food was fabulous, presentation was excellent and Dave was very entertaining!! This was my second time dining there!

                      23. SF

                        ScottF

                        Boise

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on March 12, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Our party enjoyed a private table. I can’t think of one bite I didn’t enjoy and the pairings with wine we felt collectively were spot on. The staff was incredible as was the entertainment. I can’t think of a dining experience I have enjoyed more. We will definitely be headed back.

                      24. P

                        Petunia

                        Boise

                        1 review

                        4.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on March 12, 2022

                        overall4food4service4ambience4

                        The evening revolves around a chef curated tasting menu which is on par with tasting menus you can get in the big cities. For this neck of the woods, it is very good. It is not a romantic restaurant per se as it is all about the food and multiple courses coming at you, rather than having a nice meal quietly with your loved one.

                      25. DB

                        DavidB

                        Boise

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on March 9, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Fantastic evening with my wife. Food and wine was amazing. This is something we will have to budget for every year. Super creative chefs and again amazing wine.

                      26. L

                        Lena

                        Boise

                        2 reviews

                        5.0

                        2 reviews

                        Dined on March 5, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Always a fun experience at Candle in the Woods! It is by far the best food ever and such a special date night out.

                      27. DM

                        DeverieM

                        Boise

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on March 4, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        It was an amazing night. The food was wonderful. Being that I have a gluten allergy. They were able to accommodate that. And the food was amazing. Each meal was full of flavor and really was amazing. My husband also is not a alcohol drinker. And they accommodated that as well with optiobs close to what everyone else had. The chef was down to earth and gracious, funny to boot. The other members of the staff were so kind and made sure that our experience was enjoyable. The staff at Candle in the Woods really know how to treat their guest. Comfort, relax, and treatment that makes you want to come back for more.

                      28. NB

                        NancyB

                        Hawaii

                        18 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        18 reviews

                        Dined on March 4, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        The most amazing dining experience I have ever had, on every single level. I have eaten in different countries including Italy and Greece. I have eaten at 5 star restaurants in NY and CA and Seattle. This is not just dining. It is an amazing 5 hour experience. Chef Dave is the best! He is a great story teller, is funny and irreverent. Be prepared to laugh and eat and eat and laugh and drink and eat and laugh some more. Amazing. And if you partake, take the limo.

                      29. BV

                        BobbiejoV

                        Minneapolis

                        1 review

                        vip
                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on February 26, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Amazing experience! Will do it again for a special occasion!

                      30. JC

                        JessC

                        Portland

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on February 25, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Such a wonderful experience! We will be coming back for special occasions in the future!

                      31. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Hawaii

                        2 reviews

                        5.0

                        2 reviews

                        Dined on February 24, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                        We had a wonderful evening with friends, impressed by the effort made by the entire team

                      32. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Boise

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on February 10, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        One of the best culinary experiences of my life so far! Everything presented from this 14 course meal kept topping the next. The wine pairings were absolutely spot on and went perfectly with the courses. The chefs stories between courses as well as the little recesses were perfect compliments to the cuisine. Every course surprised me from the presentation to the abundance of flavors. I still smile thinking about how much we enjoyed our time at the Candle in the Woods and can’t wait to visit again for our Anniversary.

                      33. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on February 6, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        You cannot have a better experience than Candle in the woods! It is an experience not just a meal. Out standing in every way

                      34. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on February 5, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Remarkable in every facet. Prepare to have your socks knocked off!!

                      35. S

                        Shae

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on February 5, 2022

                        overall5food4service5ambience4

                        This was an amazing experience! We had 15 courses and they were served at the perfect times. I am not an adventurous eater, but did make myself try all 15 courses. The only thing I wasn’t a fan of was how many fish courses there was. They were able to make an accommodation for me and made me feel so special and included. The service was awesome as well. Just a really fun time.

                      36. BK

                        BillK

                        Seattle

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on February 5, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        One of the most memorable dinners we’ve had, both for the food and service. Chef Dave and crew make you feel like part of the family, and serve up amazing and creative courses narrated by Dave’s informative and sometimes bawdy humor. We enjoyed every course and look forward to returning.

                      37. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Phoenix

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on February 4, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        This was more than a dinner, it was an event to remember! We have already made reservations in August and plan to go again in December. Definitely worth the high price!

                      38. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Boise

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on February 2, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Best dining experience that I’ve ever had. We try to go once a year as we are very lucky to have a place like this in our area.

                      39. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on January 30, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Christmas gift from my son.

                      40. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Hawaii

                        4 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        4 reviews

                        Dined on January 30, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Best dining experience I’ve had in years

                      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 182 OpenTable diners.

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

                      Make a reservation

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                      Booked 10 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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