As growth in Boise kicks into high gear, one of the most rapidly expanding sectors has been the downtown restaurant scene, which is getting more diverse and local-focused by the year. It's also one of the things the city is proudest of, and during the
eighth annual Dine Out Downtown Boise Restaurant Week—which will run Friday, Oct. 26, through Sunday, Nov. 4, this year—the Downtown Boise Association shows off the city's signature eateries like a glowing PTA parent.
The premise of restaurant week is simple. For 10 euphoric days, more than 20 Boise restaurants display their dishes to customers new and old with discounted prices and prix fixe menus in five categories: $10 2-course lunches, $15 two-course dinners, $30-$35
three-course dinners, $39-$55 fine dining dinners and social hours focused on drinks and appetizers. Some restaurants stick to one category, while others—like Bonefish Grill, Chandlers, The Melting Pot, Owyhee Tavern, Meraki and more—offer multiple menus.
"The success of Dine Out Downtown Boise Restaurant Week I think just reflects the kind of city we want Boise
to be," DBA Executive Director Lynn Hightower told Boise Weekly
in an email. "It’s about gathering together with friends and family in a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere
over something we all love—great food. People in Boise have pride in their city and pride in their downtown. Sharing that over an amazing meal on a crisp fall evening has this wonderful, feel-good quality that keeps us loving where we live."
This year, a record 29 restaurants are participating, and they run the gamut in both style and substance. From 25-percent-off social hour specials at Boise Boba to five-course fine dining at Richard's, Dine Out Downtown offers something for just about
everyone—and that's what the DBA is counting on.
"It’s a great way to try a new place or visit a favorite who might be doing something brand new," DBA Events and Programs Manager Karlee May told Boise Weekly
in an email,
adding that in addition to bringing new faces downtown, Dine Out is meant to highlight the state's booming food and beverage industry, which provides more than 20 percent of Idaho's manufacturing jobs.
The local focus of many participating restaurants also helps boost the visibility of Gem State agriculture.
"Agriculture is still the No. 1 industry in Idaho, and nowhere is there a greater showcase for Idaho food products than the restaurants of Downtown Boise," Hightower said. "It’s a privilege to share the bounty of rural Idaho with diners in Idaho’s largest
Foodies can start planning out their hit lists (and making reservations) today using the Dine Out menus from all 29 restaurants, now available on the DBA website. For a quick scan of participating restaurants and their categories, check out the website