Tavern at Bown Crossing

4.2
313 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
The Tavern at Bown Crossing is a unique dining experience offering sushi, USDA prime grade steaks, daily seafood specials, burgers, sandwiches and salads. There is a full bar with an extensive wine list, great classic cocktails, sake and draught beers. Happy Hour is available Mon.-Sat. Brunch is served on Sundays from an ala carte menu from 9:30-3 p.m. Our tables range from higher tables in the bar area with a more energetic atmosphere, or booths or a quieter area with lower tables.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Steak, Sushi
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm. Sunday Brunch: 9:30am-3:00pm Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm. Sunday Brunch: 9:30am - 3:00pm.
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Phone number
(208) 345-2277
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Cody Cornwall
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Private party facilities
Our private dining room is available for sit down dinners, business meetings, and family dinners. There is not a room fee if a minimum is spent in food and beverage. The room is located upstairs with upstairs access to a restroom. There is an elevator for handicap accessibility as well. There is a full bar, audio visual equipment, and microphones. Call to inquire about limited menus, minimums and policies.
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Catering
The Tavern can cater business events, receptions, private parties, birthdays,etc. Menus are customized for each event. Bar service available with an off-site permit.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Parkcenter Blvd.
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Parking details
Parking is located along the streets and in the back lots of the marketplace.
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Entertainment
Live music on the upstairs patio once a week during the summer, weather permitting.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 313 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
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4.3
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4.1
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elisa was great, sushi has been amazing lately. Good people at the Tav.

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DR
Boise
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Tavern is one of our favorite spots in Boise. We will be back.

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EP
Boise
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Your menu is okay but 2 pages of sushi? The other most offered option is beef which is okay some of the time. Was glad to see your special was fish that night. Need to offer more options like that. And your prices are high I think mostly because of the neighborhood. Can get same type of menu just as good for far less at other places. Your wine pours are pretty small for the price. service was very good. why I needed a reservation at 4 pm was beyond me.

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BC
Boise
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent American cuisine with Idaho flavor. Restaurant is an active community supporter and member of local Chamber of Commerce, always a positive.

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CW
Boise
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Lots of good food choices and very flavorful.

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LH
Boise
7 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice place for get together or dinner - wife variety of food options !

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G
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service from the staff. Good wine selection and the food is prepared exactly as ordered. A real neighborhood tavern feel to the place; it seems like you can start up a chat at anytime.

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KR
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The angel hair pasta with the lemon tarragon sauce and lobster tail was amazing!!! My mouth still waters just thinking about it!

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WA
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food with generous reasonably priced offerings. Not a quiet cozy nook but not overly noisy either. Prompt friendly service by an attentive server who got the order correct and refilled drinks without us asking. It is all the way across town from our home but we will be back.

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M
Boise
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great! I really need to sit in a low booth and the hostess was very accommodating. I have conditions that call for me to need low, comfortable seating, I am not just being picky. My husband and I eat brunch at the Tavern frequently and there have been times when I have been forced to sit at a high table even when we had a reservation and I asked for a booth. But this last time, they accommodated us - thankfully as we love coming there!

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S
Boise
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Good food and service. However, the air conditioning was broken on half of the restaurant, we had a reservation, but were not given the option to wait for an “air conditioned” table, we were not even told it was out, we overheard the bartender telling other guests. It wasn’t the best experience we’ve had at this location. If we had been notified ahead of time, we could have made more comfortable plans.

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The AC was marginal and it was exceedingly hot. For the quality, meals were overpriced. The salmon was okay, but the halibut was over cooked and salty. The Owyhee Tavern is better quality and ambience.

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EG
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a party of 8 and made a reservation. The place was perfect! Delicious food and happy friendly service. Their happy hour was great although it did seem to take an extra long time to get our food. Will definitely go again, though!

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P
Boise
21 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great dinner to celebrate a birthday. Food and service were great.

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LC
Boise
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The staff were friendly, but the service was slow. My steak was cooked as I asked for it, and my friend liked her fish. The vegetables were nicely done. Our waitress was very nice, but seemed to be rushed. Appetizer course didn't take too long, but salads lagged, and main course was even slower. We had to ask for bread twice. My friend's steak was extremely undercooked, as was my husband's to a lesser extent. He even wondered whether the steaks were frozen, as they were well cooked on exterior but very rare in the middle. My husband's baked potato was cold; the butter had not even melted. We might have sent the steaks and baked potato back to the kitchen for further cooking, but service was so slow we ran out of time; we had to pick up tickets at Shakespeare Festival by specific time. We probably would have ordered dessert (and at least taken it to go) but there was no time. There were definitely some very nice aspects of our meal, but a few too many missteps to recommend to a friend.

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DL
Boise
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

My salmon was barely warm, and lacked the grilled crust I have come to expect at the Tavern. The meat was very soft and lacked flavor. The steamed vegetables that come with the salmon consisted of 3 green beans 2 asparagus and a few slivers if carrots. The loaded baked potato was not warm enough to melt the butter. The finish on the table top was so softened it was sticky and our wine glasses stuck to the table.
The last time I ate here, our waitress asked my friends and I to finish and leave because there were other customers coming in a few minutes.
Both the quality of the food and the service has diminished over the last couple of years. I have not eaten at their downtown location, perhaps the owners cannot maintain two quality restaurants.

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R
Tahoe
16 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Service was good food was fair...salad was average, lamb was to be cooked medium rare two chops were medium and two were rare. Vegetables were over cooked and yam was discolored on top and hard as a rock until you dug into center. Ok for a cocktail but I’d think twice before dinning at this place.

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DF
Boise
30 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Six of us had a delicious lunch yesterday with Bailey as our server. She is very competent, friendly, and attentive without getting in the way of conversation. Each of us had something different and we all thoroughly enjoyed our meal. My only criticism is how close this corner booth is to the table for four next to it.

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OT
Boise
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Tavern is always wonderful!!! It is one of our favorite restaurants!!!!

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KM
Boise
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We took my father-in-law here for dinner while he was visiting and they were very nice about accommodating our request to sit on the patio. The menu consists of typical Northwest contemporary American fare. I had the Sirloin Salad which was good but nothing to write home about, especially for $14.

I would come back for a drink and apps sometime but in general it's pretty expensive for pretty average food.

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PP
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food , service by Kelly was great, could have been a touch cooler temperature-wise.

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OT
Boise
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The rooftop patio was beautiful and the food was great

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CT
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and food as always. Best sushi in Boise.

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H
Boise
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The service was good. Good selections. Pricing ok. Beer/Wine options ok. Nice seating both inside and outside. The food was good with a nice presentation. I was pleasantly surprised.

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MS
Boise
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 5

2nd time now I have stated this. The pot roast nachos need more than a few pieces of meat. I don't want to pay for a big plate of chips and cheese.

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D
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service! We had sushi for an appetizer and all ordered different entrees. Two types of fish and an amazing chicken dish.

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LH
Boise
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I haven’t been there in awhile and my friend and I were disappointed with the food. I had the salmon entree and my friend had the shrimp and chicken scampi. Her chicken looked and tasted inedible and it was swimming in oil. My salmon was also too oily. The baked potatoes were good but for $80 with tip I expect more. Ambiance and service are very nice.

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E
Boise
19 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great evening, awesome burgers. Good wine selection, good cocktails.
A fun evening, with a great waitress.

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M
Boise
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I love the Tavern and the girls are lovely and helpful......But, it seems things have changed. My husband and I used to ALWAYS get the booth we wanted, we ALWAYS got wonderful service.....but last Sunday, my daughter took me for brunch using the ONLY reservation that we could get at 2:15 and we were only allowed 8 items on the menu. Not cool. We had to go nextdoor to Flatbread. And the last 3 times that I've gone, they have seated me at high tables. I don't look or act disabled, but I am. I must have a booth. I'm sorry but I am an advocate for disabilities.

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OT
Boise
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

If you’d like sushi with the rest of your table order it a half hour before everyone else. Then, you may get to eat with everyone else. I sat and watched the entire table of 5 finish their meals before my roll even hit the table.

On top of that there’s a contest to anyone who can actually find any fish in the mass of rice they bury it in.

First time, last time. Shame.

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CA
Boise
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food as always. Sushi, halibut special, BBQ bacon cheeseburger, and bone-in pork loin were devoured by our group of 5. Keep up the exceptional work!

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EC
Boise
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite!

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NP
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

The sushi was awful rice was old and warm not cold, the waitress was acted totally put out we were there, our food took for ever and it was my husbands birthday so the entire experience was a huge disappointment. I was shocked when I got my bill way to much for what we got especially the special which the waitress didn't bother to tell us the price. This was our second time there we were looking forward to it, because the first time was great but we will not go back or recommend to anyone we know. :(

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LD
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

This was our first visit to the Tavern at Bown Crossing. We were seated in the bar at a little high table very close to the tables on each side. We could hear their conversations but not our own. What I was disappointed in was that we were not given a choice between being seated in the bar or in the other room with tables. As we hadn't been to this restaurant before we were unaware until we walked out that there was a whole other room with normal tables and space in between them. Had we known that before we sat down we would have requested that room. But the hostess did not ask us, she just directed us to the table we ate at. By the way, we also do not drink so we do not like to sit in "bar" situations to eat.

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M
Boise
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the Tavern! I am there twice a month or more. My only complaint would be that when I make a reservation and ask for a booth, there is a reason. I always got a booth until recently. I have RA and psoriatic spondylitis and it is difficult for me to not be able to stretch out my left leg, etc. If I am not in a booth. I will have to go elsewhere if they refuse to accommodate me, and It's my favorite restaurant.

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OT
Boise
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

For my wife’s birthday. The total experience was very good. Our server was very nice but it was obvious that no one trained her how to serve wine. Fortunately we are not wine snobs and took matters into our own hands. We live nearby and want you to be successful.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday brunch... great selection and the food is great.

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FD
Boise
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

We went for my wife’s birthday. It was noisy, which we don’t mind except for the fact that they sat us at a pub table in the middle of the bar area, so that made it feel very chaotic. Drinks were great. The cheese plate was ok, the items on it didn’t seem to go together, it felt like something was missing. Dinner was very good, steak perfectly cooked and the the price point would be fine except that the atmosphere didn’t fit. I certainly wouldn’t expect to pay what I did for dinner at a sports bar, which is what it felt like when we were there.

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KM
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

One member of our group is a vegetarian, and didn’t realize the salad she ordered came with bacon bits.
Our server took it away and was back in a few minutes with a replacement, minus bacon bits. This was a going away lunch for a co worker; we were able to share and reminisce and become a little emotional :-( without feeling like we were on stage.
Great food, atmosphere and ambience!

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TJ
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Holly was such an outstanding waitress and made our anniversary dinner wonderful!

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