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About Richard's

Richard’s is Boise’s newest fine-dining restaurant located in downtown Boise. A modern take on regionally inspired Italian/Mediterranean cuisine; Richard’s celebrates the integrity of ingredients, sourced locally when possible, and prepared simply to showcase the natural flavors of the products. Their service staff is recognized as one of the best in town, with many years of professional serving experience in the Boise area and beyond.

Chef Richard Langston has had a loyal following in Boise since taking the helm as chef at Amore Restaurant in 1993. From there he opened his own restaurants in Boise including Richard's Bakery, Richard's Across the Street, and Richard's Café Vicino. Chef Richard Langston was a 2014 semifinalist for the James Beard Award and a graduate of the California Culinary Academy.

500 S Capitol Blvd
Boise, ID 83702
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast
Mon–Fri 7:00 am–11:00 am
Brunch
Sat, Sun 7:00 am–2:30 pm
Bar
Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–11:00 pm
Fri, Sat 11:00 am–12:00 am
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Happy Hour
Daily 3:00 pm–6:00 pm
Dinner
Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

Cross Street:
Myrtle

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(208) 472-1463

Website:
http://www.richardsboise.com/

Parking Details:
On-site parking garage available for Richard's patrons.

Executive Chef:
Richard Langston

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Banquet and event facilities located in the Inn at 500 Capitol include table seating for groups up to 100 people. The 2nd floor location includes a balcony and bar overlooking downtown Boise and the state Capitol.

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

A Boise tradition: brunch and dinner on Christmas Eve from our regular menu.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

We're serving a special 6-course Prix Fixe menu for New Year's Eve $75 per person; wine pairings available for additional $30

Richard's Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Quiet

92% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (49)
Good for a Date (46)
Good for Anniversaries (45)
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Creative Cuisine (44)
Fit for Foodies (32)
Good for Birthdays (30)
Romantic (29)
Quiet Conversation (27)
Business Meals (25)
Local Ingredients (25)
Pre/post Theatre (25)
Notable Wine List (17)
Authentic (16)
Cozy (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Great for Lunch (15)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Worth the Drive (15)
Sunday Lunch (13)
Great for Brunch (12)
Casual (10)
Comfort Food (10)
Fun (10)
Seasonal (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Healthy (8)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Organic (6)
People Watching (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great Beer (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Boise)·Dined 2 days ago

We did enjoy our visit. I had made the reservation at least a month in advance, knowing how busy you always are, and forgot to specify a booth or “nice “table. We ended up facing the kitchen and by the entrance to the bathrooms and service bar. I will take the blame for that but learned a lesson.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Experience was good, good food, similar to the prior experience, atmosphere was good for a relatively new environment. We enjoyed the evening after having some questionable input prior to the visit, we're glad things seem to be running much more smoothly. It was a Sunday night, so the quiet might have had a reason. Overall, we enjoyed the evening and will plan to return.

Tags: Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Good service and food . Love this place

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

As always Richards lives up to the reputation. Easy to get to and easy free parking ..just a hassle free experience in a great location.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Boise)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We had a wonderful dinner at Richards! The ravioli was better than any I’ve ever had! That includes Italy. The service was excellent and the staff were very friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. We’ll definitely tell our friends of our fabulous dinner!

Tags: Cozy, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Boise)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Food was great. Admittedly I had expected more.

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 (Boise)·Dined on December 3, 2017

One of my favorite Boise restaurants. The food is so well prepared and delicious that we look forward to coming here. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all unique and delicious! The staff is the best!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Excellent service! I want to take this opportunity to commend our server "Justine". She made us feel special. Mostly because of Justine I will be back and will recommend Richard's to my friends. Thank you Justine!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Romantic, Seasonal
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Excellent service and quality food. Great way to start date night.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Boise)·Dined on December 2, 2017

As always, Richard's was superb. It was my friend's first experience and she was delighted. You have another fan. She plans to bring her husband to dinner in the near future. Kathy

Tags: Healthy, Comfort Food, Authentic, Business Meals, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Boise)·Dined on November 30, 2017

All together a fine dining experience, food-wise, at our table. What became a HUGE disappointment, for a classy restaurant was the REALLY loud threesome at a table directly across from our booth.

I should have immediately asked for another table but hate to be "that customer." I WISH the hostess had observed the noise level of this threesome (the restaurant was not terribly busy) prior to our arrival - we had a reservation - and anticipated that a couple celebrating a special occasion may not want to be seated near a loud threesome discussing their business moves for all to hear. Yikes.

I am certainly not giving up on Richard's - one of my favorite places - but staff may want to review my comments and think about this "sort of thing."

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 27, 2017

The cabernet was very good. The bread was plain white baguette, cold, dry and tasteless, sliced very thin and served with only olive oil on the side. The tomato basil soup was tasty. My date loved the steak but my pork was tough and bland. The bed of Brussels sprouts was very good, but the fingerling potatoes were bland, dry and boring. The cheesecake was outstanding. Overall I found the experience positive but overpriced.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Boise)·Dined on November 24, 2017

It was our Thanksgiving dinner. Very boring. Bad menu selections. No options

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 24, 2017

This was our first time at Richard's, which was disappointing. It was Thanksgiving and they had a prix fixe menu, which I was unaware of since I booked via Open Table. The rib eye was ok, but not great. The sides were horrible, as was the olives and odd dip with the bread before our salads came out. However, the great service and ambiance on top of knowing it wasn't a normal day for them leads me to believe I'll give it another chance.

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 (Boise)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Service was excellent and Richard's is a pleasant place to eat. However, the ribeye steak was delicious but almost impossible to eat because it was so tough.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Modern with great table and glassware. Quiet room good for conversation. Convenient parkinh

Tags: Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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 (Boise)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Amazing food and service was good. The noise level was low.

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 (Boise)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Disappointing. Tasteless brussel sprouts and overdone parsnips. Small portions for the price. Service too quick to remove finished plates before the rest of the table. A bit cool in the room.

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 (Boise)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The food was especially tasty and well-prepared and there were adequate vegetarian options. The wine list though not overly extensive, provided something for a broad range of tastes. Our service was excellent and overall, we had a lovely experience. We will be back.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Would recommend the bar - drinks were really good and bartender attentive and friendly.
First time to dine at Richards - was disappointed at the service. We had to ask the bus girl to get our waitress as we just sat and sat waiting to place our order. Our waitress would just disappear and it was not busy at all ( maybe 4 tables occupied). Once the food came - she did not come back and check on us. Food was over salted for our taste - but was presented nicely although portions were small

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Service was okay. Arrived early but seated 20 minutes late. Octopus was like chewing a piece of rubber and lacked any flavor. Hostess was rude and sarcastic.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

The food was delicious and creatively prepared. We'll be back!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Boise)·Dined on November 11, 2017

This was our third visit to the "new" Richards and will probably be our last. We had mixed experiences on our first two visits, so this was the tipping point. It's a nice and new location with great potential for an upscale experience, but it's a bit boring. There's just no pulse! No music, no life in the bar area, pretty sedate. One thing that really bothers me at a "finer" restaurant is when a runner delivers your meal without any presentation - just drops it off and off he goes. So there was a great discrepancy between what our expectation was of what we would get compared to what was described on the menu. Starting with the Beet salad? It was mainly wilted "spring mix" that I'm so tired of getting at the local Winco, with a few dices of what tasted like canned beets, some crumbles of feta and a couple of walnut pieces. My duck was served on top of a disproportionately large and overspiced (cumin?) garbanzo patty that would have sufficed as a meal by itself - if you're a vegan...! My wife's pappardelle was just OK - nothing to brag about. And then how about maybe having the chef or maitre'd stop by the table and talk food with us - has never happened in the three times we've been there. Much better depth of service at Barbacoa or Chandlers, both of which "talk up" their food and are genuinely interested in your experience (plus the waiters actually know how the dishes are prepared...). Sorry, we give our dining experience a C- overall...

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great food!

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 (Boise)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We loved the ambiance, the service was good but the food was average.

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Food was very well prepared and service was excellent

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

this is fine dining. great service and creative cuisine. great wine list and wonderful atmosphere. If you want a steak house menu this is not your place. But it is a truly wonderful restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Romantic
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 (Boise)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The food was good, along with the service. The drink prices were pretty high but not surprising for a restaurant that is linked to a hotel. However since our group only purchased beer and wine during our dinner, it was a little disappointing that the cost was over twice as much as grabbing a drink at the White Dog brewery across the street which would have had a larger selection to choose from. But nice ambiance for getting a group together to take in the theater or other professional stage performance.

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 (Boise)·Dined on November 3, 2017

As always great - risotto was superb & always love the house salad. Nice to see some familiar faces from old location too !!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Boise)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Excellent service, good food, decent prices in a pleasant atmosphere

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Though the service was good and the atmosphere nice, the food was really disappointing. I had Paella which was over cooked and the Halibut in it actually tasted as if it had gone bad. I was fearful to eat the pieces of halibut. My husband had the Prosciutto wrapped Chicken which had fair flavor but it was too over cooked to truly enjoy. In general the menu seems over priced for the quality. On another note, I do sincerely appreciate the labeling of and attention to gluten free options. That and the nice wine list may be the things that bring us back to give Richard’s one last chance.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Boise)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We love Richards! We have never had anything be less than perfect before the last visit. This time, one of our party did not get their food exactly as it was ordered and one of our party got Sturgeon that was somewhat "fishy" smelling and tasting. I do not know if it was a service failure or the kitchen who did not get the order right. Obviously it was the kitchen that served the fish. We will go back, just sad to have perfection tainted!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The food was good but lukewarm. The service was abysmal.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Mediocre food, terrible lighting in bar, good parking, poorly dressed clientele, odd menu.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Enjoyed a wonderful meal with perfectly paired wines preceded by extraordinary cocktails in the bar. Desert was out of this world! Overall it was a fantastic meal with old friends in a charming setting. Love the new location!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Fabulous. Our waitress Shelly was super attentive, knowledgeable, and very kind.

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 (Boise)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Perfect lunch menu for a friends’ get-together! Varied menu choices and eclectic wine menu. Would like to see a few more Idaho wineries represented.
Lovely city location and vibe.

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Local Ingredients
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 (Boise)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Halibut and duck were moist and tender which was very good, done just right. These two dishes can easily be overdone in a restaurant. Well prepared dishes, but lacking some ingredient to make them truly outstanding. Service was impeccable! Focaccia bread served before dinner had excellent taste and texture.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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 (Boise)·Dined on October 23, 2017

We all enjoy the main course when we have lunch at Richard's, but the undeniable draw for us to return over and over is the exquisite dessert menu. There are more gluten-free options for dessert than any restaurant I've visited in Boise, and each of them is incredibly delicious, divine, and beautifully presented. My friends who can enjoy gluten speak just as highly of the other dessert options.

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Nice bar. Great food and service! Will definitely be back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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