Traditional American elegance in downtown Boise
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 before dining on contemporary American fare with a Northwestern twist.
Our Inspector's Highlights
• As you then turn into Emilio’s, high ceilings and art deco style make the restaurant feel upscale and spacious.

• The soft combination of light blue and brown hues throughout the dining room has a calming effect that makes it easy to make yourself comfortable.

• The tables in the restaurant are arranged far enough apart that you feel like you own your space — conversations rarely waft from one table to the next.

• Those who prefer to ignore the outside world while dining can do so easily, since not a decibel of the noise outside makes it into the restaurant.
Things to Know
• Emilio’s sits just inside the entrance to Boise’s The Grove Hotel, three blocks south of the Idaho State Capitol, at the corner of Front Street and Capitol Boulevard.

• The downtown Boise restaurant caters to locals and visitors alike by serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Morning favorites are available starting at 6 a.m., except for Sunday when the eatery opens at 7 a.m.

• While the décor at Emilio’s is elegant, its ambience is unpretentious, resulting in relatively casual dress among many of its patrons. Expect to see much of the crowd in stylish jeans, fostering a look that feels comfortably trendy rather than completely casual.

• Visit OpenTable.com to book your spot at Emilio’s. If you arrive without a reservation and a host is unable to find you a table immediately, you can seat yourself in the lounge across the hotel lobby until a table is available.
The Food
• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• Breakfast brings a bevy of options such as almond French toast, smoked salmon Benedict, smokehouse chicken crepes and other morning favorites.

• The restaurant remains open for lunch each day, offering midday fare ranging from ahi tuna burgers and chimichurri steak wraps to roasted turkey ciabatta sandwiches.
The Chef
• The kitchen at Emilio’s is helmed by executive chef Chris Hain, a Boise native and veteran of the city’s finest restaurants and country clubs.

• Hain brought his affinity for Northwest cuisine to Emilio’s where he works to source the best local ingredients for his globally influenced menu.

• Diners at Emilio’s enjoy signature dishes that chef Hain has become known for, including the American Kobe beef pot roast, highlighted with a porcini cream sauce and bacon asiago mac and cheese or the indulgent Idaho smoked trout poutine, to name but a few.
Getting There
245 South Capitol Boulevard, Boise, Idaho 83702
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