State & Lemp

4.6
438 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
Welcome to State & Lemp. We are a small contemporary American restaurant featuring an ever evolving prix fixe menu based on seasonal goods. Our menu and restaurant showcase local and regional farmers, ranchers, artists and craftsmen. We also offer a carefully selected 5-course wine pairing.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Wed, Thu 7:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 6:30 pm–12:00 am
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Phone number
(208) 429-6735
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Christian Phernetton
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Catering
State & Lemp is able to cater large or small events. Please call to discuss options.
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Cross street
Lemp
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Parking details
State & Lemp has a private lot, as well as street parking. If you require special assistance with adequate notice we will gladly accommodate.
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Public transit
Valley stop in front of building.
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Special events & promotions
State & Lemp is perfectly set up to host special events. Please contact Remi McManus directly to discuss details.
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 438 People Are Saying
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KD
Boise
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. We enjoyed the atmosphere and the food was so delicious and exciting to try everything!

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TB
Boise
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

Too expensive, too noisy, very small portions, do not like having another table 4 inches from our table.

I was still hungry when we left.

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T
Boise
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique and memorable flavors and combinations. Looks like they are changing things up here in the near future. Hope they continue the tasting menu.

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DH
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perhaps the most fantastic dining experience I’ve ever had.

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RM
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

It was good overall. I heard this is a new chef/owner but wanted to give it a try regardless as I was visiting from out of town. He is young and he got 3 out of the 5 courses spot-on and was great at explaining each meal and fielding questions. The manager was great as she took the time with every table and did her homework with every guest prior to our arrival to make a great birthday night.

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CM
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience! We loved it. The food was amazing and completely local.

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PB
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at State & Lemp with the new owner & chef at the helm. I’m happy to report that our dinner was spectacular! Multiple times since we’ve talked about when we can go back. Many items on the menu were grown in the owner’s garden, others sourced locally. Wine pairings were on point. Go eat here! You won’t be disappointed!

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D
Boise
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

This was our first visit under new ownership. Having eaten here several times over the last 3-4 years (regular and Supper Club seatings), we were really disappointed. This visit we had 9:00 Supper Club reservations. The amuse and first two of five courses were very good. Wine pairing pours were significantly smaller than all previous visits (maybe 2oz each). Portion sizes very small including the main course. We actually were hungry when we left. Only 3 of 5 food courses were explained and only 2 of the wines were described (despite there only being 2 two-tops and 2 single diners in the entire restaurant). Service was very rushed (welcome champagne finished, five courses eaten, check paid and out the door by 10:15). Sadly, we don't plan on returning anytime soon.

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PH
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the whole experience from the food to the people we ate with. All top notch.

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HM
Boise
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

If you are into culinary experiences this is an absolute must while in Boise.

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MM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My guest and I were absolutely blown away by our experience. The thought and detail that went into the dishes and pairings was wildly evident. The staff was passionate and knowledgeable about everything they served. Price point was more affordable than a comparable experience in any other city. Highly recommend, 10/10 evening.

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LH
Boise
7 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very good food, should consider if special set-up for seating (no privacy) is suited for the planned occasion.

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RB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed the menu and farm-to-table choices, charming setting, and . The price was fair for the extensive, delicious selections;wine samplings with each course were refilled glasses generously, and staff was very friendly.
Having also enjoyed high-end farm-to-table evenings at Herb Farm (Woodinville) and smaller venues, I think staff here could up the ante with a slightly longer, extensive discussion of the menu and wine pairings. While they did share a bit, it was more perfunctory. Its too bad the owners don't have time to share time with the guests.

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JT
Boise
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Even with new owners the flavor and vibe has continued. I’ll have to try another meal and different menu options to give a more thorough review. At State and Lemp your tastebuds never know what to expect except goodness.

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R
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

State and Lemp was pretty great for Boise, if this was in NYC my rating would be a 3-4 hence my rating but in Boise it could be a 5.

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M
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A Unique Gem in Boise.
The menu is fixed and the price is high, but very with it. There are 5 courses with wine pairings as an option. You can view the menu on the restaurants website. The small space makes for an intimate dining experience where you will get to know your fellow diners.
Everything tastes amazing! One of the reasons for this is because this is a farm to table restaurant. The portions aren't big, but satisfying. The servers explain what you are eating before each course and there are culinary surprises along the way.
Cannot wait to go back!

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OT
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic and unique. A special restaurant with wonderful food.

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BF
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was exceptional. Every dish featured perfectly balanced flavor combinations, with ingredients prepped to maximize flavor and texture. Flavors that you wouldn’t expect to go together married perfectly. Each dish was beautifully plated and brought a new intense palate experience. My only two complaints are that the chairs are very uncomfortable and the tables are too close together. Not a complaint, but just be aware, the portions are small - you are paying for quality, not quantity. If you hurry through your meal or don’t pay attention to what you are eating, you will not experience the value. Don’t expect to be over full at the end. Expect to be satisfied.

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AM
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was fairly tasty but not outstanding. 5 small courses and wine pairing optional for an additional fee. I think this might be a once a year or once every couple of years dining experience for us, $160+ for 2 not including drinks or significant portions is a bit steep. I would be happy to pay for food and an experience that would blow me away, I guess I was just expecting more. We did enjoy the group dining aspect. Talking to new couples having the same experience was very fun.

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DH
Boise
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my daughter here for her birthday. Everything was wonderful! The food and wine pairings were beautiful, tasty and surprisingly filling. The service was superb. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and I will definitely be back!

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JM
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing experience. Loved everything about the place, people and food. It’s unfortunate that a group of idiots can ruin an amazing evening. S&L you were fantastic. The group next to us, not so much.

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FB
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

State and Lemp is by far the most sophisticated restaurant in Boise. The food was artfully presented and every taste is a delight. The wine pairings are perfect as well. The new owners have stepped in and are flawlessly maintaining the high quality cuisine. State and Lemp has beautiful decor, and well appointed space, but the noise level is a bit much for our tastes, and hearing capacity. It would be perfect if they could install a bit of sound-dampening fixtures.

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TC
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable! Outstanding! One of the best experiences I've had in years.

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PL
Boise
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The community table and 9:00 seating provided very little opportunity for me to converse with my wife on her birthday. It all felt a little bit rushed and conversation was dominated by the party to my left. At one point I had to suggest we not talk about anything political, even though we both support similar political ideals. I believe it would be a better place for a absolute with no real opportunity for intimacy on a special occasion.

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s
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 4

We were on vacation and an accaintance in Boise recommended restaurant. It is indeed unique but my husband and I thought the portions were extremely small, a little far out in ingredients and the dessert was awful.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible and special place that lived up to all its hype. Took my sweetie here to celebrate selling my house. I'll never forget this special dinner.

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JH
Boise
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very unique fine dining. Each dish is meticulously prepared with the finest and unique ingredients. Definitely a special place to take someone on a special occasion.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good meal. Small portions

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N
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Swan Song Dinner. They were surly playin our song last Thursday - thanks S&L — see you in your next reincarnation.

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RH
Boise
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very easily the best food in Boise. You will have flavors and ingredients that you can't fine anywhere else. You will walk away wishing you could eat like this more often. Some of the dishes (like the Zabuton steak) really are a once in lifetime experience. This is a bucket list type of restaurant, a must go.

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M
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Komori and his crew make magic happen. They are truly gifted.

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OT
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Noisy, definitely not what we expected. Food was different but not as tasty as we would have expected either. Community table again was not what we expected or wanted for our anniversary. Overall disappointed.

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J
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

When the best “course” is wine or bread, you know you’re in trouble. Presentation was beautiful, service excellent but menu needs work. Chef needs to focus more on taste. Courses should not feel so contrived. Lamb was over-cooked & dessert was a pizza. Time to get rethink.

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OT
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing night

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V
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this place from the moment we entered the restaurant was nothing like I expected. Upon entering we were greeted with a sparkling wine and asked to wander around to look at the art. It was the artist's featured there that evening who were the muse for the menu. As we located our seat there was a very special little card that said State and Lemp welcomes [our names] and it also said Happy Anniversary, because that's what we were celebrating. It was really lovely. I ordered the wine pairing and really enjoyed the small pour to go with each of the five courses. After each dish was plated and served, someone stood at the end of the table and talked about the ingredients and why this dish was picked based on an interview with the artist. So different, right? As far as the food, hardly anything appeared to resemble what I'm used to seeing, but after tasting it, the flavors came through. Everything was lovely - it was as if we were dining at the home of a good friend. A good friend who prepares food v-e-r-y w-e-l-l that is. At the salt bowl was a little spoon. You know those spoons people collect from different cities and states. Well ours was Las Vegas and the waiter told us that's where we're going next. It was a really cute conversation piece. He received a bunch I understand from his grandmother. I thought everything was really lovely and enjoyed myself immensely.

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s
Pittsburgh
11 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique culinary experience! Great personal attention, themed meals.

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SK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding experience. Excellent food, very creative menu. Good wine pairing. Superb service.

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TF
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Worth it! Quality service. Creative art and food married into tasty dishes. Great conversations with neighbors sitting next to us on both sides.

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RW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super solid. Worth the trip if you are craving a fun and personal dining experience. Great food & wine pairings. These guys have got a really great thing that you should get out and enjoy.

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J
Dallas
19 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This is a great value for molecular gastronomy!

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