There’s no shortage of local bounty for a Boise chef to play with — Idaho trout, steak and potatoes are just a few standouts — and the open kitchen at Emilio’s prepares these locally sourced products with creative Western flair. Situated within The Grove Hotel in the center of downtown Boise — just steps from the CenturyLink Arena, Boise Centre convention facility, Basque Block and State Capitol — Emilio’s offers innovative American fine dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
If you opt to eat at Emilio’s for dinner, consider making an evening of it from happy hour through dessert. Begin the evening with drinks by seating yourself in the contemporary lounge, across the hotel lobby from the main restaurant. Treat yourself to the signature grapefruit martini, which the seasoned bartenders mix with freshly squeezed grapefruit.
In the white-tablecloth dining room, take advantage of tasty twists on traditional American fare by starting with the lobster-tail corn dogs or the macadamia portobello fries. Follow that with one of a variety of soup or salad options, and then indulge in the local flavors that make up the restaurant’s main courses. Ask for a recommendation, and your server will likely nudge you toward that steak from an Idaho ranch or a dish featuring regionally caught seafood. And just as you’re starting to wind down toward the end of the meal, a fully stacked dessert cart will appear alongside your table, showcasing the sweet options available that evening — these excellent treats rotate daily, so look for a seasonal special such as the roasted apple gingerbread cobbler.