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Richard’s is Boise’s newest fine-dining restaurant located in downtown Boise. A modern take on regionally inspired Italian/Mediterranean cuisine; Richard’s celebrates the integrity of ingredients, sourced locally when possible, and prepared simply to showcase the natural flavors of the products. Their service staff is recognized as one of the best in town, with many years of professional serving experience in the Boise area and beyond.
Chef Richard Langston has had a loyal following in Boise since taking the helm as chef at Amore Restaurant in 1993. From there he opened his own restaurants in Boise including Richard's Bakery, Richard's Across the Street, and Richard's Café Vicino. Chef Richard Langston was a 2014 semifinalist for the James Beard Award and a graduate of the California Culinary Academy.
Boise, ID 83702
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday
7:00 am – 11:00 am
Saturday and Sunday Brunch
7:00 am – 2:30 pm
Monday – Friday
11:30 am – 2:30 pm
5:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Sunday – Thursday
11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Friday & Saturday
11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Monday - Friday
3:30 pm - 6 pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
On-site parking available. Downtown lot parking is also available.
Private Party Facilities:
Contact us at (208) 472-1463 to reserve our private dining room or larger banquet facilities.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Banquet and event facilities located in the Inn at 500 Capitol include table seating for groups up to 100 people. The 2nd floor location includes a balcony and bar overlooking downtown Boise and the state Capitol.
Richard's Ratings and Reviews
We were anxious to try this most recent incarnation of Richard's, given our familiarity with and love of his previous restaurants. Service and ambience were both spot on. The food felt a bit like it had been phoned-in, however. Good, not great, not mind-blowing in any sense of the word. The complimentary bread and olive oil starter tasted like a baguette from Whole Foods across the street--very average. I had the tuna crudo--good, but pricy for the portion. Same with the house salad--good, not great, and small for the price tag. I ordered the risotto next, thinking an appetizer and a salad would almost fill me up, but not so. I should have either skipped the salad and had the risotto plus an entrée, or skipped the risotto and had an entrée. I was still hungry when I finished the three courses, truth be told. Now I am not a 100-pound lady diner--for such a guest, what I ordered would have been plenty, but if you have a hearty appetite, be prepared to spend a lot of money here to get full. My wife's halibut portion was fine for her, but for the price, it was small--a 2" by 3" rectangle on a bed of ravioli. The brown butter sauce was very light--almost runny, but tasty. So, will we go again? Doubtful. Boise's foodies should try it since it is a Richard's, but for me, once was enough.
I ordered the flat iron steak and my husband ordered paella. When our food finally arrived, the paella was steaming hot, but my steak was barely warm. I didn't end up eating it anyway because it was tough and completely lacking in flavor. There was also another patron in the restaurant wearing a hawaiian shirt and shorts. It would be nice if there was a least somewhat of a dress code, given the prices being charged for the food.
This was our first visit to Richards in the new location (Inn at 500). The interior and atmosphere are lovely, and the restaurant is surprisingly quiet.
Our server was very courteous, and the entrees were nicely prepared (Rigatoni and Pappardelle); however, the ordered appetizer was forgotten (no big deal), and they were out of Romaine lettuce for Caesar Salad (also not a big deal). Since we missed the appetizer, we decided to try a piece of the seasonal Apricot tart for dessert. It was delicious!
Although self-parking is available, we used Valet. It worked very well. We'll definitely put Richard's into the rotation.
Date night for hubby and I. Very friendly staff, not too noisy like some restaurants and had some wonderful food! We split their house salad which they kindly gave us two plates and it was just delicious with their creamy green olive dressing-I won't split that next time, it was so good! Hubby had the papradelle with rabbit ragu. It was okay, as it was a little bland and some of the root vegetables were slightly tough. I had the portobello mushroom entree which was outstanding!! Both entrees were very generous portions . Most customers were casually dressed but I would say this place was classy--will definitely return!
My wife & I have eaten dinner here 1/2 dozen times but this time was totally different.
Sadly, my meal was not good. I didn't send the scallops back but probably should have.
We were entertaining our friends from out of town and celebrating a birthday and that seemed more important.
Had our anniversary dinner here and we both really enjoyed our meals and experience. The flat iron steak was fantastic and my wife had a chicken dish which she really enjoyed. The wine by the glass was very good, in fact the waiter allowed me to try a new wine which I ended up getting. The service was perfect, not too fast and not too slow. Bread with your meal was a nice touch too. Desert was very good , chocolate hazelnut type mousse.
Lovely addition to the Boise restaurant scene. Am anxious to return to try more items on the menu. The halibut entrée was one of the best preparations I've ever had. The ravioli was perfectly done. The scallop appetizer was the perfect beginning, the Caesar salad included anchovies on the side and the selection of wine by the glass was far more interesting than most restaurants. Amelia was attentive and an outstanding server.
We visited Richard's for the first time to celebrate a special event - our anniversary. The hostess was the highlight of our visit - she was nice, knew of our special event/reservation, and seemed genuinely happy for our special evening. Otherwise, the food was good but not great, the service was the same. We would come back for a drink and perhaps dessert at the bar, but probably not for dinner again. Several other better food options in the city.
I don't frequently leave reviews but for this one I needed to. This was our first time there with a group of 6 people. We eat out a lot so we understand quality and this place was t close to meeting it. The service was poor and slow. The server was nice but not personable. She didn't come back by a lot and when we ordered a bread appetizer they were already sold out of it at 11:30 am in the morning! Hard to find places sold out before noon and the location wasn't even busy.
The food we did get was tasty but much of the stuff before it was so poorly done it really took away from the meal. The orange juice was a bit expensive as was another one of the appetizers but the meal was reasonably priced. I wouldn't recommend as there are many locations within walking distance of this one with MUCH better service in the downtown area.
This was the first time we tried Richard's in the new downtown location, but we had enjoyed dinners at the previous 8th and Fort location several times. I feel that the quality was not as good this time. We made a reservation and had to wait several minutes (not a problem) for what was promised to be "a lovely booth table." It was actually a table next to the busiest section of the restaurant. Then we waited too long for the server to show up, for which she apologized.
We ordered drinks - the wine was great! We ordered the olives as an appetizer, but they weren't as lemony as I had hoped. They appeared to be olives from a grocery store olive bar with some added lemon zest. I had the Paella which arrived in a small too-hot-to-touch cast iron pan. It remained too hot to eat for about 10 minutes. It wasn't actually paella because the rice and little hard pieces of chorizo were obviously cooked separately from the fish. The shellfish was grilled but overcooked, and the fish was very dry and tasteless.
I'm disappointed because I used to love Richard's - previously Café Vicino.
My wife and I celebrated our anniversary at Richard's, and as usual, the food was superb and the service was excellent , even though they were short staffed. We usually don't drink wine or beer, but my friends tell me that they have a great, extensive wine selection. The atmosphere is quiet enough we could actually talk to each other! Highly recommended.
Food was fairly good and our waitress was good, but there were several mistakes like bring us salads we didn't order, not knowing about happy hour menus items and in the entire restaurant there was only one other group and they were seated right next to us.
I just expected more from a higher-end, fine dining experience.
Food was good pricey for me but good fresh and not something that was made in advanced and warmed up the kinda place you go on a date or special occasion not an everyday thing hats off to the staff the staff is what made it a fun night for us everyone was always happy smiling and very easy to talk to and more then willing to make you happy every time we looked back at the kitchen people were happy to be there and showed great attitude to each other as they worked they will be the main reason we will be returning
The appetizers were quite good, especially the grilled shrimp which were large and well-seasoned. My wife had the salmon which she really enjoyed. My canneloni was also tasty and less robustly seasoned than I expected. The entrees were large enough that we both had take home boxes which were great the next day.
My husband and I were celebrating our 36th wedding anniversary. We have always been fans of Richards various restaurants. Many years ago we often ate at Richards in Hyde Park, then Richards across the street. It was fun to return to his wonderful food. We felt like celebrities with staff members coming over to wish us well and just chat for a moment . My daughters had sent flowers over as a surprise knowing we were dining there. A pleasant surprise to be seated at our booth and nicely placed by the staff. We had full course dinners and the bill was extremely reasonable for the quality and quantity of all the fresh ingredients. Again, thanks for a wonderful evening. We plan on coming back again. Special thanks to Katie the manager and everyone else working there that evening.
wonderful experience...dining was easy..not rushed. Wait person knowledgeable and easy to talk to. The entire wait staff looked at ease and flowed easily. I liked looking into the kitchen.
Parking and access was easy. I love risotto and it was perfect! I also love sorbet and although it was more like ice cream, I enjoyed it
My steak was the best I've had in a long time. Very tender, and flavorful, and not super lean and tough. I'm tired of dry, tasteless steaks. This one had a nice amount of fat distributed throughout (not a big hunk on the side). The veggies were yummy as well, and as usual, the wine and port were exquisite. We had a great time to visit.
Always a fan of Richard's food. It is consistent in taste & quality. The parking at the new location is frustrating. The interior when not full is great but when at capacity is too noisy. The wait staff that Richard has had for years are outstanding. The new younger staff need some serious training.
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