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The Lively, Boise, ID

The Lively

4.6
4.6
487 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Located just blocks from the Capitol Building, we'll welcome you with graceful, genuine hospitality into our home. Our culinary experience draws its inspiration from the bounty of the region. Our classic cocktails are sophisticated and our craft cocktails are beguiling. Our hope is simple- to invite you again and again to eat, drink and be lively.

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2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 13 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Continental
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (208) 209-5503
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Chef Edward Higgins
  • Neighborhood
    Boise
  • Cross street
    5th and Bannock
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Experiences

  • Spring into Summer Lively Brunch!

    $50.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Jun 2, 2024 only
    Spring into summer with the Lively's exquisite brunch experience! Indulge in decadent delights like savory duck confit and sip on bubbly refreshments as we celebrate the coming summer season. Join us for a luxurious afternoon of culinary delights and Lively company! Ticket includes brunch and a glass of bubbly. Additional bottles of bubbly and caviar service available upon request.
    Spring into Summer Lively Brunch! Photo
  • June's Afternoon High Tea

    $50.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Jun 8, 2024 only
    Enjoy a relaxing Saturday afternoon out with our Lively Afternoon Tea service! This delightful monthly event includes a choice of fine organic tea and an abundant selection of handmade sweet and savory goodies from our culinary team. Caviar add-ons and gluten free options are available and can be selected at booking. Cocktails and champagne are available a la carte during the event. Greet the weekend with friends in style in our bright, beautiful dining room. Tickets are limited and go quickly, so book today!
    June's Afternoon High Tea Photo
  • July's Afternoon High Tea

    $50.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Jul 13, 2024 only
    Enjoy a relaxing Saturday afternoon out with our Lively Afternoon Tea service! This delightful monthly event includes a choice of fine organic tea and an abundant selection of handmade sweet and savory goodies from our culinary team. Caviar add-ons and gluten free options are available and can be selected at booking. Cocktails and champagne are available a la carte during the event. Greet the weekend with friends in style in our bright, beautiful dining room. Tickets are limited and go quickly, so book today!
    July's Afternoon High Tea Photo

What 487 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Idaho

    Best Ambiance

  • Idaho

    Romantic

  • Boise

    Best Ambiance

  • Boise

    Great for fine wines

  • Boise

    Romantic

  • Boise

    Good for special occasions

487 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome experience was very happy with all aspects

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  2. Texan

    Houston

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place for a celebration or just a really good meal!!

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  3. Brian

    Boise

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, service and ambience. Large parties can make the room a bit loud, but it is a great place to dine or try a craft cocktail.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was very good and the young woman who seated us was friendly and polite. The waiter was terrible. He rushed our order, seemed annoyed when we asked for descriptions of dishes, kept interrupting our conversations, and continually tried to upswell us. He also requested to clear the table before everyone was finished their meal. When he came to take our dessert and further drink order, we expressed a desire to wait ( we just wanted to sit and talk). He was back 5 minutes later! This was on a Thursday night, not a busy Saturday night, where you may be looking to turn over tables. At a restaurant of this caliber, I would expect a waiter to be better trained.

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  5. BettyC

    Boise

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We attended a special event dedicated to the chef’s cultural roots. The quality of the ingredients & service was impeccable. There were a few mis-steps probably due to it being a well-attended event & the challenge of serving a large group at the same time (no silverware on the table, many guests contended with table legs, the main course being a little undercooked). It also would have been nice if a suggested wine pairing would have been offered. Having said that, the staff was well skilled in suggesting appropriate glasses of wine with each course. We will definitely dine at the Lively again.

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  6. MargaretB

    Cincinnati

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience. Food and service were outstanding.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    This has always been one of our go to restaurants however our last experience was sub par. The service was incredibly slow and my wife’s pasta entree size was a joke; definitely not worth the cost. They used to do a birthday surprise experience if you put it in the reservation notes and only after awkwardly asking if they still did it, were we offered some dessert but it was hard to tell if it was based on the slow service and small portion size or if I reminded them. It’s always nice if they see the reservation notes and make it a surprise so a little disappointing this go around.
    The LivelyResponded on April 30, 2024
    We sincerely apologize that your visit did not meet your expectations Saturday Night, thank you for taking the time to share your experience. We regret to hear that the service was slow, and the portion sizes did not meet your expectations. Our goal is to provide our guests with a memorable dining experience, and we are disappointed to hear we fell short. Regarding the birthday surprise, we apologize. We do offer this experience for guests who note it in their reservation. We will review our processes to ensure that these requests are handled more smoothly in the future. We would like the opportunity to make things right, please feel free to reach out to us at info@thelivelyboise so we can discuss your experience further and hopefully regain your trust in our restaurant.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Boise

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really tasty food but very expensive and not a lot of food small plates but every bite is special. Good drinks and excellent staff, friendly and knowledgeable staff. Overall a great meal just expect to pay a lot.

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  9. JayS

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    These folks are total pros. All of it was top shelf, food, service, all of it.

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  10. TimothyR

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and ambience were wonderful. However, our server went awol several times and did not remember when certain guests ordered refills on drinks etc. He started out fine but as the evening proceeded his service fell off precipitously. Made a wonderful night with clients somewhat disappointing. Would have expected better given the restaurant’s other ratings. Just goes to show bad service can ruin a good meal.
    The LivelyResponded on April 24, 2024
    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed the food and ambience at our restaurant. However, we're truly sorry to learn about the issues you experienced with our server. We strive to provide exceptional service to all our guests, and it's disappointing to hear that we fell short of that standard during your visit. Rest assured, we are addressing this matter internally to ensure that it doesn't happen again in the future. We value your patronage and hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back for a more seamless and enjoyable experience.

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FAQs

The Lively offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (208) 209-5503.

The Lively is rated 4.6 stars by 487 OpenTable diners.

The Lively does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 13 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Lively

505 W Bannock St, Boise, ID 83702-5917

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    5th and Bannock
  • Neighborhood
    Boise
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Continental
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Chef Edward Higgins
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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