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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Boise

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Updated April 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes in Boise? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Chandlers Steakhouse restaurant
4.9
4.9 (5072)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Boise
About the restaurant
Chandler’s is a locally-owned, upscale dinner house specializing in prime steaks and jet-fresh seafood located in the Hotel 43 in beautiful downtown Boise. Enjoy a craft cocktail, including the famous Ten Minute Martini, or a glass from our award-winning wine list. Featuring live jazz every night of the week and complimentary valet parking. Chandlers is the recipient of the DiRona award which recognizes distinguished restaurants of North America and is the Treasure Valley's only Forbes Travel Guide Recommended Restaurant. The wine list features over 700 selections and 30 wines by the glass, and we have been recognized by Wine Spectator for our wine list every year since opening, including four consecutive years earning the Best Award of Excellence. We look forward to "meating" you!
Top review
BillG
Dined 6 days ago
Excellent atmosphere with jazz music , food was outstanding! Expensive however very high quality steaks and desserts!! Everything prepared superbly
A photo of Anderson Reserve restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1354)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Boise
About the restaurant
Here at Anderson Reserve you can expect a unique one of a kind dining experience. Located inside a beautiful barn in Sweet Idaho you'll experience Fine Country Dining at its best. Built and managed by a family of butchers, the Anderson family is dedicated to continuing the family tradition of providing the highest quality of USDA Prime Dry Aged meats available. Come experience the most flavorful menu in Idaho paired with some of the finest wines and beers from Idaho and around the globe. Follow us on social media for menu and live music updates!
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StefanieA
Dined 1 day ago
From the moment they open the door for you - and yes, they actually open the door for you - it was wonderful. Our server was Jim and he couldn’t have been more accommodating and helpful. We started on the patio, decided it was a bit chilly, and got no attitude when asked if we could move inside. Food and beverages were wonderful. The chartruittre board (however you spell that) was exceptional. Ever had sage cheese, us either, but we did here. Yes, you will spend some dollars for dinner but well worth it.
A photo of Kyoto Sushi & Japanese Steakhouse restaurant
4.8
4.8 (200)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Boise
About the restaurant
Kyoto has become Treasure Valley's favorite Teppanyaki/Hibachi and Sushi restaurant for over 30 years. The chefs demonstrate their skills while cooking from-scratch meals for you table-side and the staff make you feel right at home. Come join us in our new beautifully remodeled restaurant.
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TracyA
Dined 7 days ago
We had a great time celebrating a birthday. Great service by everyone.. even won over my picky 13 year old and that's rare!
A photo of Ling & Louie's - Meridian restaurant
4.7
4.7 (61)
$30 and under
Asian
Meridian
About the restaurant
Ling & Louie's Asian Bar and Grill is for people who want to have fun and enjoy a unique dining experience. Serving Modern Asian Cuisine with American Flair, our chefs use traditional Asian cooking techniques and ingredients in non-traditional ways to create bold, craveable flavors that appeal to all tastes. Enjoy a variety of wok-fired favored that are inspired by a fusion of Chinese, Thai, Japanese and American cuisines.

With an upbeat atmosphere, an innovative bar and friendly service, the cuisine at Ling & Louie's pairs perfectly with our selection of signature cocktails, craft beers and hand-selected wines. Serving Lunch, Dinner, daily Happy Hours and a fun-filled Weekend Brunch, Ling & Louie's redefines what Asian restaurants are expected to be.

Reservations are offered for our main dining room; please feel free to place a reservation with us through open table or by calling us at 208-888-5000

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Toots
Dined on Mar 25, 2024
Everything was great from making a reservation, the food, service, quality of food. Our group will definitely be eating at one of your locations again!!
A photo of Fork - Boise restaurant
4.6
4.6 (4072)
$30 and under
American
Boise
About the restaurant
Fork - Boise offers cuisine inspired from the Northwest region using the finest and freshest locally sourced seasonal ingredients. Fork also offers hand-crafted cocktails, a large selection of regional beers and award winning wine list in a rustic yet very warm, welcoming setting. Fork is open for lunch and dinner daily and offers brunch Saturday and Sunday.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
It was extremely busy so it made sense the service wasn’t amazing like it had been before but overall I will continue to go back to the fork!
A photo of Acero Boards & Bottles restaurant
4.6
4.6 (187)
$30 and under
Italian
Boise
About the restaurant
Acero Bottles & Boards is now open!
Whether you're looking for your new favorite lunch spot, a special date night, or the best happy hour in town, Acero has you covered. Our specialities include our unique bruschetta boards, upscale flatbreads, and broad selection of craft cocktails, unique wines, and crisp draft beer. WIth a large selection of quality, shareable plates, there is something on the menu for everyone to enjoy.

Top review
TracyD
Dined 1 day ago
We stopped in here before going to some live music at Neurolux around the corner. We ordered the pick four bruschetta board and it was delicious! I do wish the bread was a little more toasted and warm but it was still really good. We also shared the way meatballs and they were so tender, they would melt in your mouth. They had the perfect amount of spice and were served with some crusty bread that was amazing! I also had the casas pino Grigio and it was one of the better ones I’ve had. It was only $9. Great price! My date had an old fashioned and it was perfectly made with clear craft ice cube and perfect mix. Our server was very sweet and attentive. She explained the menu very well and helped us make our choices as we had never been in before. We will definitely be back and we’ll be bringing friends and family.
A photo of Trillium restaurant
4.5
4.5 (652)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Boise
About the restaurant
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Trillium offers a locally-inspired, regionally sourced American menu that favors classic tastes and chic presentations, allowing the food — comprised of fresh fish, grass-fed beef, and local organic produce — to take center stage.

Join us for Happy Hour in Trillium every week, Sunday through Thursday from 4pm to 6pm with half off appetizers and $4 well drinks and draft beers!

Enjoy complimentary valet parking for up to 3 hours when you dine. Trillium also provides complimentary wireless internet access, and a private dining room that may be reserved upon request. Seasonal outdoor dining options are also available.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
One of the best food I’ve ever eaten and best customer service I’ve ever had
A photo of The Lively restaurant
4.5
4.5 (478)
$31 to $50
American
Boise
About the restaurant
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.
Top review
AdamW
Dined on Apr 11, 2024
This place is nothing short of magical. Every time, every meal we eat here is perfect and we look forward to it as a special treat. The really big positive stuff - the wait staff is amazing. Knowledgable, friendly, and very patient. The menu is short, but every item on it is just amazing. Cocktails were perfect, and wine recommendations were right on the money. Speaking of money - I expected to pay approximately 30% more than we ended up paying for our meal, and I almost felt as if I was robbing the place. The Lively is in a two-way tie for my favorite restaurant in Boise, and it's a well-deserved honor.
A photo of Ling & Louie's Asian Bar and Grill-Boise restaurant
4.5
4.5 (154)
$30 and under
Asian
Boise
About the restaurant
Coming Soon!
Top review
GaryH
Dined on Apr 10, 2024
Party of four ate at Ling & Louie's last night. All were happy with food and service. Impressive menu, and impressive view of the river. Too bad we don't have more of that in Boise.
A photo of Jakers Bar and Grill - Meridian restaurant
4.2
4.2 (282)
$30 and under
Steakhouse
Meridian
About the restaurant
***Please contact the restaurant if you are unable to make a reservation online at (208) 288-0898.***

At Jakers every occasion is a celebration. We welcome you to a comfortable family dinner, an intimate dinner for two, or to meet a group of friends for Happy Hour in our bar. Please contact the restaurant for large party reservations.
We have an extensive menu specializing in the highest quality Hand Cut Steaks, Seafood, Charbroiled Sirloin Burgers, Sandwiches and Fun Food. Our Drink Menu features Margaritas, 3oz Martinis, 9oz. wine pours, as well as Fun Signature Cocktails. We have wines by the Glass and a nice selection of Draft and Bottled Beer. There is a Smart Plate Menu with smaller portions and lower prices. Jakers has Kids Menus packed with fun activities as well as both Vegetarian and Gluten Free menus.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 7 days ago
We had a new server, his 2nd day and he was awesome
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