Sometimes you’re just craving some tasty crab, grilled salmon, or crispy cod and you know it’s time to hit a seafood restaurant.
Luckily, Boise is filled with incredible seafood restaurants that cater to all kinds of tastes! Chefs and restaurateurs alike bring the freshest seafood and pair it with their own unique flavors to make unforgettable dishes. So today we’re going to be talking about the six best seafood restaurants in Boise.
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276 West Bobwhite Ct | Boise | barbacoa-boise.com
There's a reason Barbacoa Grill is on the top of this list. They offer such an incredible experience that it's unforgettable. Let's start with the inside of the restaurant, There are so many eclectic decorations from the wall art to the light fixtures. No matter where you turn, there's something unique to look at. Barbacoa boasts that it’s a multi-dimensional concept that's a museum, art gallery, and a restaurant giving you a one-of-a-kind experience.
That's just the inside. Barbacoa is a restaurant that rests on the side of a small park lake which means that they have an outdoor patio with a water view. The patio is covered by canvas so it blocks the sun from you. There are bistro lights to illuminate the patio at night and there's even a lounge area if you want to kick back, relax, and look out at the lake while you eat.
So we know we sold you on the setting of Barbacoa. Let's talk about the food. They have a wide and varied menu with a lot of options. We recommend the Idaho Trout made on a rosemary cedar plank. The food is delicious, the atmosphere is incredible, the surroundings are out of this world. Barbacoa is truly a one-of-a-kind experience.
"We loved this place! The ambiance is a real Latin American fusion, the food is incredible, and the service is impeccable. Can't say enough about Barbados. It's now our number one restaurant in Boise!" - Yelp Review
981 W Grove St | Boise | chandlersboise.com
Ready for another restaurant that delivers an amazing experience? Chandlers is an upscale steakhouse and seafood restaurant where every table is covered in a white cloth, the comfortable leather chairs are cozy to sit in, and the warm lighting and decorations give it an inviting atmosphere. They also have live jazz playing often so make sure to check out their entertainment schedule before you go.
Chandlers has offered a fine dining experience since they opened their doors in 1994. They're located in Hotel 43 in downtown Boise and are a locally-owned restaurant. Not only do they serve the highest quality stakes, seafood, and craft cocktails, they also have an extensive wine list with over 700 selections.
They have several specialty options to choose from when it comes to food including a vegan and vegetarian option. To start off with, share the Tower of Tuna, a colorful appetizer that's sure to delight the table. For entree, try the Alaskan halibut which is seared to perfection. The presentation of the food is creative and the experience is unforgettable.
"Went to chandlers to celebrate a friend's birthday! We were seated right away, and can i just say the service was impeccable! Food was amazing and so were the cocktails! I love this place and how beautiful it is inside. Music in background at the bar was just the right touch!" - Yelp Review
1603 N Main St | Meridian | kahootzsteak.com
Seafood and cold ale? Yes please! Kahootz offers delectable dishes using the finest ingredients, carving their own fresh steak and seafood, and crafting the food by hand. Their dressings, desserts, and more are housemade. They offer 43 draft beers as well as a fine selection of wines.
Kahootz was started by two friends, John Forsberg and Joe Anderson. John wanted to combine the comforts of homestyle cooking with the expertise of professional chefs. Joe Anderson, a chef who's been in the culinary industry for over 20 years, wanted to use his professional expertise to delight Boise. Together they've come up with a menu that's healthier than the common pub food and extremely tasty.
While they have a regular menu, they also have a weekly menu with new dishes and specials to try. So make sure to take a look at both menus before choosing any of your meals. Whatever you choose to order, you'll leave happy and satisfied.
"This place is OUTSTANDING! We were greeted by super friendly staff, and the menu was awesome. I had the handmade truffle pappardelle special and hubby had the crab topped ribeye. Everything was DELICIOUS! Everyone come and eat here!!" - Yelp Review
801 W Main St | Boise | luckyfinsrestaurant.com
Lucky Fins is a casual restaurant but with an elevated vibe to it. The inside has modern light fixtures hanging from the ceiling, a brick interior, and TVs playing sports on the walls. They also have a really cool waterfall feature at one end of the restaurant that's mesmerizing to watch. If you'd like to eat outside, there’s an outdoor patio with canvases and bistro lights.
Lucky Fins’ mission is to bring great quality and great-tasting seafood at an affordable price. Not only that, they strive to provide local ingredients to their dishes. The menu items are creative with diverse flavors that are influenced by Mexican, Asian, and Northwest cuisines. You'll find one-of-a-kind dishes at this locally-owned and operated restaurant.
Their menu is fairly large with many gluten-free options. You'll find appetizers, sushi, sandwiches, burgers, tacos, entrees, and way more. We recommend the Lucky Platter which is coconut shrimp, beer-battered shrimp, and battered cod served with fries, Fuji apple slaw, orange sauce, and tartar sauce. You'll be back to Lucky Fins before you know it.
"Great food and drinks! I would eat here again. We started with the Brussels Sprouts. Healthy and delicious. They are famous for their fish and chips. My son really enjoyed. I had the quinoa salad with vegetables. This dish was perfect for a vegan but I added salmon. Super healthy. It had a great homemade dressing and the vegetables were tender yet crisp. The Prickly Pear Margarita was sweet with a hint of tartness but not too sweet!!" - Yelp Review
8799 W Franklin Rd | Boise | jalapenosidaho.com
Mexican seafood anyone? Established in 2006, Jalapeños bar served locals delicious Mexican food and delightful drinks. They quickly grew and within a few years established two more restaurants. To this day, Jalapeños Bar & Grill remains a locally and family-owned restaurant with three siblings operating one location each.
Jalapeños Bar and Grill is hard to miss thanks to the vibrant yellow building. The inside is comfortable and welcoming with colorful walls and even some lively wall paintings and wall art. While the environment is casual, they offer an unforgettable surrounding that transports you to a different world.
They serve a huge variety of Mexican fare so make sure to take your time looking through the menu. Since the focus is seafood, we'll be taking a look at the seafood section of the menu. We recommend the Abuelita’s Special which is grilled fish fillets covered with spinach, onions, tomatoes, capers, wine lemon sauce, and cheese sauce. From the fun environment to the flavorful food, you'll enjoy your meal at Jalapeños.
"Had a great time at Jalapeños tonight for Cinco de Mayo. Great service as usual and margaritas are awesome!!" - Yelp Review
1117 E Winding Creek Dr #150 | Eagle | bacquets.com
I bet you didn't think a French restaurant would wind up on this list. Surprise! Bacquet's was established in 2008 and was opened by chef Frank Bacquet and his wife Michelle. Frank hails from France and is a very artistic chef with unique culinary ideas. He brings delicious ingredients and turns them into a work of art.
Bacquet’s is such a fun restaurant with vibrant orange walls, romantic chandeliers, interesting French wall art, white tablecloths, and an atmosphere you won't forget. It is an absolutely gorgeous restaurant making it perfect for a dinner date. They also have an outdoor patio with umbrellas covering the tables.
The menu changes frequently depending on chef Frank’s inspiration and seasonal ingredients. So we can't recommend any particular dishes because who knows what the menu will look like when you visit. Nevertheless, we can say that they offer a delicious menu with appetizers and entrees. Don't forget to peruse the drink selection to pair with your meal.
"If you haven't been here you don't know what you're missing! Order the escargot (you're welcome in advance), the food, staff, owners are all amazing. This is five star food served in an establishment that will make you feel like you've stepped into a restaurant in Europe, and French cuisine that will give the best restaurants in LA a run for their money!" - Yelp Review
So the next time you're craving seafood, you have six of the best seafood restaurants in Boise to choose from. These restaurants are highly rated, very popular, and offer a different experience. Not only do they serve the freshest seafood, but each place also offers you something special. You could go to each one of these restaurants and experience something totally different each time. Which restaurant do you want to visit first? Leave us a comment below.