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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.

Richard's Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (52)
Good for a Date (46)
Good for Anniversaries (45)
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Creative Cuisine (42)
Fit for Foodies (35)
Good for Birthdays (34)
Romantic (30)
Pre/post Theatre (28)
Quiet Conversation (28)
Local Ingredients (27)
Business Meals (24)
Notable Wine List (22)
Cozy (17)
Worth the Drive (16)
Authentic (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Great for Lunch (14)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Bar Seating (12)
Great for Brunch (12)
Gluten Free Options (11)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Casual (10)
Fun (10)
Happy Hour (9)
Seasonal (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Healthy (8)
Organic (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Good for Groups (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Hot Spot (5)
People Watching (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Great Beer (2)
Tapas (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
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 (Boise)·Dined 5 hours ago

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

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 (Boise)·Dined 2 days ago

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 4 days ago

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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·Dined on October 18, 2017

What a great surprise! Loved the atmosphere, the staff, and the FOOD! Incredibly imaginative food and the taste experience was phenomenal . My water glass was never empty, neither was my wine:) I true Gem in Boise's Downtown.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Boise)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Delicious. Had another skillful waiter who helped make the experience even better. Whoever is training / hiring the waitstaff, congrats! And the food and ambience are first rate. Thank you.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Organic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Breakfast for 4 people was $80 with one shared appetizer and 4 coffees. The price would seem to match the atmosphere but there were some aspects of our breakfast with old friends that detracted from the value. We had three traditional breakfasts of Egg's, toast, country potatoes and coffee. (My wife opted for a specialty breakfast sandwich which she truly enjoyed.) Here is what disappointed me: 1. We have a Britta filtered water jug at home. Also. we drink a lot of bottled water because we travel so often. Maybe that makes us sensitive to poor tasting water. What we got in our water cups (all four of them) was horrible tasting to the point that none of took more than the first sip. I am assuming that the water source was the same for the coffee because we could taste the same foul tasting water through the coffee. Our breakfast potatoes were room temperature. The place was full, so we assumed there was a pan of breakfast potatoes in the back that were just sitting on the counter. Two of us ordered baguette toast rather than traditional white, wheat, or sour dough toast - the three small slices were not enough to have a small bite of toast with each bite of egg. On the bright side, our server was happy to bring us more baguette toast free of charge but the 15 minute wait meant that our eggs were now as cold as our country potatoes. Our waitress never returned to check on us after she delivered our meals so we couldn't order alternative drinks to replace our water and coffees. The good: the peppered bacon was thick and tasty and cooked to our individual specifications. The atmosphere was warm, cozy and classy. Our bruschetta appetizer was tasty and came quickly. The country potatoes, although not hot, were tasty and attractive. I am sure we will Richards again. I think we will try to bring our own water and coffee though.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Afternoon Coffee, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

aside from having to wait 15 min. for the drinks order to be taken, everything else was great as usual.(must have been short staffed in the bar)

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Special Occasion
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 (Boise)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The menu is very small with few offerings. Some people in our party had difficulty selecting an entree as there were few at dinner time. Not enough variety. Chicken dish offered was dark meat..white meat was not an option. One diner in party ordered shrimp linguini and received 2 shrimp on his plate. Desserts were few. One member in our party disliked nuts and cheesecake. There was no option for him. Even the gelato offered was cheese flavor. Nuts were on many desserts. Better options would have been nice for picky eaters.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

They really went above and beyond service. It was such a delightful experience and the food was so tasty!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Exceptionally fine service. Excellent wine list. We were less impressed with food.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Excellent, as always! Richard's food is always on a cut above, and the restaurant vibe is both elegant and energetic.

Tags: Quick Bite, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Great for Brunch
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 (Boise)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Never disappoints. With more plant-based diners including myself, I am glad they have some options that are delicious. The portabello mushroom entree was fantastic. But a wonderful menu with variety and the best in service, always.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Vegan, People Watching, Healthy
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 (Boise)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Dinner at Richard's is always such a pleasure! Last weekend we were celebrating a special birthday with my Mom and I must say that everything was exceptionally exceptional! Everything was perfectly and beautifully prepared (thanks Kevin and crew!) and Justine went above and beyond to make sure our evening was wonderful. We usually don't order dessert but splurged this evening on the new lemon tart (out of this world with the gold spun sugar on it!) and the delicious and perfectly textured hazelnut gelato. My Mom was getting full and when I suggested she take the rest of the lemon tart to go she refused saying that she was eating every bite then and there. Thanks Richard and staff for another wonderful evening!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Organic, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Authentic, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Romantic, People Watching, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Healthy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Kid-friendly, Fun, Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List
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 (Boise)·Dined on October 8, 2017

So nice! Service was exemplary. Food was delicious. Good flavors and so fresh. Will definitely be returning soon!!

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 (Boise)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Excellent brunch! All of our meals were fabulous, plus, Richard's even had really good gluten-free toast. We'll be back soon!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Thanks for having the lovely bottle of Proseco on wine list.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Boise)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Richard's is back and we're so grateful! The food is outstanding, the ambiance great and the staff are friendly and on cue. Can't wait for our next dinner or Sunday brunch there.

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 (Boise)·Dined on October 3, 2017

The food at Richard's is ALWAY's exceptional. The new restaurant is appealing and more centrally located with its own parking lot. The staff is great and knowledgeable about the food. Which I find handy since I often blindly order one of the specials. Because they NEVER fail to be amazing. If you haven't been here put it at the top of your list of Boise restaurants.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Burgers were lukewarm at best. The waitress forgot our appetizers and gave them to us for free. The rest of the food was delicious and it felt like a classy restaurant overall. I will go there again

Tags: Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

Outstanding experience with delicious food, fine wine (we actually brought our own) and conversation that we could actually hear. Justine was our superb waitperson so the evening was remarkable and every request was met beautifully. We love our urban living and neighborhood gem.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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