Best Local Fine Dining


In a repeat from last year, Best of Boise voters again selected the exact same fine dining establishments in the exact same first-, second- and third-place slots. Barbacoa, with its lavish decor and titillating ambiance leads the pack. Its presentation (featuring plenty of fire and sizzle) can't be beat for theatricality and its menu is a bona fide tour de force—from guacamole made at your table to grips of steak options and desserts including orange fig panacotta and campfire smores. Barbacoa's tagline is "stimulate your senses." And how.

2nd Place: Chandlers Steakhouse and Seafood—If you're looking for dinner a la Mad Men, Chandlers is your spot. The menu boasts items like oysters Rockefeller, escargot, veal picatta and, of course, steak—the latter which has earned Chandlers national acclaim. Order up a classic cocktail and take in some live jazz. We'll call that the very definition of "fine."

3rd Place: State and Lemp—One of Boise's truly innovative—dare we say, daring—dining experiences has to be State and Lemp. Launched with the commitment to a prixe fixe menu and limited, communal seatings, dinner at State and Lemp comes courtesy of James Beard Award nominated Chef Chris Komori. Looking for world-class gastronomy but don't want to hop a flight to some major metro? Head to the corner of State and Lemp streets.

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