11 Restaurants in Sun Valley You MUST Visit After a Day on the Slopes

From Simple Juiceries to 5 Star Establishments, These Are the Eateries That Make Sun Valley’s Food Scene So Special

Known for its mountains and ski resorts, Sun Valley is a destination for movie stars, film buffs, and thrill seekers alike. Some of its most popular peaks, Bald Mountain and Dollar Mountain, boast a pretty much line-free experience at life all season long. With a 26,000 square foot family center, there are plenty of amenities and attractions for visitors of all ages to enjoy!

But whether you’re hanging out with the kids or hitting the double black diamonds, you’ll need to refuel at some point. Sun Valley is home to a diverse range of restaurants, featuring fresh and gourmet dining options that would entice even the pickiest eater. And though Sun Valley is a rather resort-y area, the restaurants come in all different price points – so there’s something delicious to fit every budget.

Dining and Activities in Sun Valley, ID

With year round activities – yes there are just as many fun things to do in the summer as there are in the winter – Sun Valley is the ultimate destination.

During the winter months you can ski on the mountain slopes, and during the summertime you can go hiking, biking, fishing, and golfing. On top of these fun physical activities, they also have cool things that guests can do indoors. You can always go see a show or enjoy what they have to offer at their day lodges. Each of the lodges offer different foods and activities. 

At the River Run Day Lodge, they serve wood-fired pizzas, salads, and sushi, and at the Warm Springs Day Lodge they serve great breakfasts and lunches along with fresh baked cookies each day. At the Seattle Ridge Day Lodge, you’ll find grilled steaks, fish, and burgers for lunch time, and at Carol’s Dollar Mountain Lodge, they have breakfast and lunch that will work for just about everyone. If you’re looking for food outside of the lodges, it will not be difficult to find. Sun Valley has a few great restaurants that serve up great views and amazing options. If you want a great breakfast, lunch, or dinner, make sure to stop by one of these great Sun Valley restaurants!

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1.Konditorei Bakery and Cafe

Austrian inspired cuisine and bakery.

1 Sun Valley Rd | Sun Valley | sunvalley.com/dining/konditorei

Konditorei Bakery and Cafe is an Austrian inspired restaurant that serves fresh baked, locally sourced, and fair trade foods. They have pastries, organic coffee, and delicious hot cocoa. They also offer classic dishes for anyone interested in something other than continental cafe fare. Their dishes are made to bring you to an alpine state of mind and are served in a chalet inspired dining room. 

This bakery and cafe incorporates sustainability into every part of its practices. The manager has been recognized as a hero when it comes to sustainability by the NSSA. They also received a 3-star certification from the Green Restaurant Association. Energy efficient appliances are used as well as the locally sourced food. They also spread the word of sustainable practices to other nearby restaurants. So if you visit Konditorei, you’ll be supporting some great practices. 

On the menu, you’ll find Austrian biscuits and gravy, bacon chilaquiles, and nutella crepes and waffles on the breakfast menu. On the lunch menu, they have chicken and spaetzle soup, chicken salad croissant, and a konditorei cobb salad. They also have a really large selection of drinks. They have coffee, cocktails, beer, wine, and soft drinks. 

“Hands down one of the best breakfast spots I've ever been to. Amazing food! I was blown away at the presentation and flavor! I can't recommend this place enough! I also was so grateful for the vegetarian options!! The atmosphere can't be beat!”–Yelp Review 

2. The Roundhouse

Lunch restaurant with amazing views.

It’s amazing to get to enjoy this amazing view during lunch. Image courtesy of Foursquare.

1 Sun Valley Rd | Sun Valley | sunvalley.com/dining/the-roundhouse

The Roundhouse is America’s original mountain top dining experience. It sits on top of Bald Mountain atop the roundhouse express gondola at 7,700 feet of elevation. This restaurant has been around since 1939, serving up amazing views, great meals, and warming drinks the whole time. It is a seasonal restaurant that typically operates during the winter months. 

At the Roundhouse, you can enjoy your lunch by a warm fire. So much of what they offer is meant to keep you warm as you take a break from enjoying the slopes outside. If you’re having lunch at this restaurant, you may have to take a ski lift to get there. To have access to the restaurant, you either have to take the ski lift or get a foot traffic pass to enter. During dinner time, they like to offer a four-course prix-fixe dinner you’ll be glad not to miss. 

On the menu, you’ll find starters, salads, and sandwiches. If you’re in the mood for a sandwich, some of your options are the Cubano, a lamb burger, and a smoked salmon BLT. Their starters and salads include melon gazpacho and roundhouse caesar salad. They also have a long list of wines and beers to choose from. 

“Another visit to the Roundhouse and another exceptional experience. We made reservations for Valentine's Day lunch and it was fabulous. Don't miss this wonderful experience as the food is just delicious and tasty at the Roundhouse. Enjoy!”–Yelp Review

3. 5B Fruit

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511 Leadville Ave N | Ketchum | 5bfruitid.comLooking for some homemade, healthy foods to fuel up for all of the adventure Sun Valley has to offer? 5B Fruit is a sustainable business serving up some of the best sandwiches, smoothies, juices, and wellness shots around

Be sure to try the colorful Fruity Toodle – with mint, mango, and chia seeds, it packs a delicious punch! You also can’t go wrong with a nutrient packed smoothie bowl – it has all the nutrients you need to make the most of your outdoor activities in the area.

“A favorite place for us and many of the locals. The bowls, smoothies or the food is all fresh, healthy and delicious. The guys behind the counter are awesome and always helpful. Don't miss 5B. It's worth the visit” – Yelp Review

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4. The Ram

A restaurant that celebrates old styles and foods.

This will make for a really filling and tasty dinner. Image courtesy of FourSquare.

1 Sun Valley Rd | Sun Valley | sunvalley.com/dining/the-ram

The Ram is Sun Valley’s original restaurant. It has been serving customers a great experience since 1937. The venue has been modernized in recent years, but has still kept up its historic charm. You’ll feel as if you traveled back in time in more than one way when you’re at this restaurant. Along with the historic ambiance, they have a pianist that plays throughout your meal and the “Heritage menu,” a collection of historic dishes.

The menu has many unique offerings. For starters they have Spanish octopus and sunchoke chevere tart. For a main course you can have the duck yolk ravioli, Alaskan halibut, or the beef tenderloin. Or you can try out the heritage menu and eat the way people did at The Ram in decades past. Try the pork tenderloin schnitzel or the Hungarian goulash. They also have a great list of drinks along with desserts like strawberries & cream and sticky toffee pudding.

“It's Open. It's Open. Don't miss the Ram which opened in 1937. Wednesday night is one of the heritage dinners, Schnitzel, and it's like you are in Bavaria Germany. Among lots of other amazing plates, a beautiful music from the piano man or hitting the bar,  all adds to this amazing culinary experience. Go and enjoy!”–Yelp Review

5. Gretchen’s

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner restaurant.

This meal is definitely worth visiting a restaurant for. Image courtesy of OpenTable.

1 Sun Valley Rd | Sun Valley | sunvalley.com/dining/gretchens

Gretchen’s restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day. It offers a relaxing indoor and outdoor feel with easy access to the terrace in the summertime. It's also named after the first American to win an Alpine Olympic gold medal, Gretchen Fraser. She was an amazing athlete just like Gretchen’s is an amazing restaurant.

Some of the favorites of Gretchen’s menu include biscuits and country gravy, huevos rancheros de inez, and the Denver omelet. You can also try a croissant sandwich, the Sun Valley granola parfait, and steel cut organic oatmeal. Their sides include a half grapefruit, hash browns, eggs, and maple sausages. They also have a great choice of beverages. You can try the hot apple cider, chai tea latte, or hot chocolate.

“I would recommend this place for convenience, professionalism & good portions. Whether staying at Sun Valley Lodge or not... come here for the lovely ambiance, the gracious staff, & the quality food. I was particularly impressed that they served us right before closing... as we'd just driven a full day to arrive just in time... kudos to all!”–Yelp Review

6. Sun Valley Club

Lunch restaurant with exceptional wrap around views. 

200 Trail Creek Rd | Sun Valley | sunvalley.com/dining/sun-valley-club

The Sun Valley Club is one of the best places in Sun Valley to enjoy lunch. It offers some of the best views. It has a wrap-around patio that overlooks Bald Mountain, the Sawtooth Putting Course, and the Trail Creek Driving Range. It has an open air atmosphere that feels casual. It's a great idea to check this place out if you’re in Sun Valley. 

Sun Valley Club’s menu offers starters, salads, and mains. As a starter, you can get hummus, shrimp cocktail, or the soup of the day. The salads include the clubhouse shrimp louis, apple & prosciutto, trail creek caesar, and for a main you can have chicken souvlaki, Vietnamese pulled pork, and the clubhouse burger. They also have a great selection of non-alcoholic beverages like chai tea and coconut water. 

“We were there in September so we were able to sit outside on the patio overlooking the golf course and Dollar Mountain. That alone is worth the visit but the food was fabulous. I highly recommend this restaurant for the view and food!”–Yelp Review 

Sun Valley is a place where families can have lots of fun out in the sun and snow. Before and after all that fun, everyone is going to need something to eat, and thankfully Sun Valley has many great options for food. The resorts offer food during the early parts of the day, and nearby restaurants offer great food all day. As long as you go to one or more of these restaurants during your trip, you certainly won’t be disappointed!

7. Shorty’s Diner

Step Back to the 50s At This Vintage Americana Diner!

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126 S Main St | Hailey | shortyshailey.com

If you ever wanted to be a Greaser or a Pink Lady, now’s your chance! You can live out your 1950s dreams at Shorty’s Diner in Hailey… John Travolta not included, unfortunately.

After Bruce Willis demolished the old western-themed soda fountain in Hailey in 1994, this place recreated the experience not far away. Steeped in local history, it offers a fun themed vibe and tasty diner style food. This is one spot you definitely don't want to miss!

“My life will never be the same... my husband and I both had the Crunchy French Toast breakfast special. It was so, so good. Our waiter was prompt and polite, we would 1000% come back. Also loved the 50's diner decor!” – Yelp Review

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8. Village Station

Italian and American fare with great menu options. 

1 Sun Valley Rd | Sun Valley | sunvalley.com/dining/village-station

Village Station serves up Italian and American cuisine. They offer seating indoors and outdoors, so you can enjoy their food in the perfect atmosphere for you. They also offer curbside pickup for customers who can’t enjoy a meal inside the restaurant at the moment. This restaurant offers daily happy hour deals on food and drinks. You can get $6 beers, draft wines, and margaritas along with $9 burgers and appetizers at half off. 

Their menu contains starters like breaded four cheese ravioli, caprese flatbread, and pomodoro gratin. They also have salads and burgers that include a chicken and avocado salad and the mushroom swiss burger. And then there are the pastas, pizzas, and entrees. You can’t go wrong when you order spaghetti bolognese, seafood fra diavolo, or the meat lovers pizza. 

“Outstanding! I stumbled across an ad for Village Station on Instagram and their interior looked beautiful so I looked up the menu online and was surprised that the prices were so reasonable. The restaurant was upscale and tasteful with classic Sun Valley touches. We loved it.”–Yelp Review 

9. Smoky Mountain Pizzeria & Grill

Local Favorite “Legitimate” Pizza for 25+ Years

200 Sun Valley Road | Ketchum | smokymountainpizza.com

Patio with views of Mount Baldy? Pizza, salad, and entrees? The original location of  your favorite pizza chain? What more could you want!

Be sure to try the XXL Ketchum Combo for the true SMP experience – pepperoni, mushroom, bell pepper, and olives. Smokey Mountain Pizza & Grill is also known for its awesome gluten free offerings!

“Best food EVER!!! Yes, you definitely want to eat here. There is seriously something on the menu for everyone!!! Don't miss out!! ” – Yelp Review


Fancy Fare for a Special Night Out in Sun Valley


231 ½ Leadville Ave S | Ketchum | ketchumidaho.org

Sometimes, you just want to kick back and enjoy the finer things in life. And when you get the craving for something fancy in Sun Valley, you head to Vintage. With beautiful indoor and outdoor dining and a menu packed with mouthwatering options, it has all the ingredients for an amazing evening.

Visitors can’t get enough of the shrimp tamales, halibut, pecan crusted chicken, or watermelon salad – so consider adding one to your order when you stop in!

“Very few restaurants offer what Vintage has in our area. The chef is top notch and every plate is decorated like a painting and of course so so delicious. For sure on the high end in pricing but certainly we'll worth it especially for special occasions. Enjoy this gem in our backyard.” – Yelp Review

11. Il Naso

Classic Italian Cuisine in Sun Valley, ID


480 Washington Ave | Ketchum | luposunvalley.com

Open seven nights a week, Il Naso offers up some of Sun Valley’s best seafood, organic food, and grass-fed beef. Enjoy fine food and wine and a little bit of luxury at this excellent establishment. Locals love the scallops, wild boar lasagna, burrata, and florentine steak. It’s no wonder this place has been voted the best Italian restaurant in the Sun Valley area!

“I've lived here for almost 2 decades, have rediscovered this restaurant all over again It is quite delicious and I highly recommend it.” – Yelp Review

That’s a  wrap on our list of the best restaurants in beautiful Sun Valley.

Sun Valley is a place where families can have lots of fun out in the sun and snow. Before and after all that fun, everyone is going to need something to eat, and thankfully Sun Valley has many great options for food. The resorts offer food during the early parts of the day, and nearby restaurants offer great food all day. As long as you go to one or more of these restaurants during your trip, you certainly won’t be disappointed!

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