About State & Lemp
Welcome to State & Lemp we are a small contemporary american restaurant featuring an ever evolving prix fixe menu based on seasonal goods. Our menu and restaurant showcase local and regional farmers, ranchers, artists and craftsmen. We also offer a carefully selected 5-course wine pairing.
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Wednesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
$50 and over
AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
State & Lemp will cater special events for special people on special occasions. Please contact Remi McManus directly to discuss details.
State & Lemp has a private lot, as well as street parking. If you require special assistance with adequate notice we will gladly accommodate.
Valley stop in front of building.
Private Party Facilities:
State & Lemp is perfectly set up to host private functions. Please contact Remi McManus directly to discuss details.
Private Party Contact:
Remi Mcmanus: 2084296735x
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
State & Lemp is perfectly set up to host special events. Please contact Remi McManus directly to discuss details.
State & Lemp Ratings and Reviews
What to say about State & Lemp? OH how I ...
What to say about State & Lemp? OH how I wish we had known in advance how this restaurant operates, because the surprise factor colored our experience for the first part of this meal. When we arrived, we were greeted with a glass of champagne and felt a bit like we were crashing a private party - but no, that's how the restaurant works. S&L takes a limited number of reservations for a prix fixe menu that is themed. Seating is sort of family-style, with a row of tables running through the small space. There is a placecard at each table, so seating is pre-set. You're shoulder-to-shoulder with your neighbor. The service is swift but not rushed, the food is amazing, but the presentation a bit on the "precious" side: small and artistic. Wine is paired with each course. Noise level is loud. Thankfully our neighbors were incredibly interesting, and therefore our final night in Boise was in lovely company.
After the "what the heck is this?" surprise wore off we enjoyed ourselves and had a wonderful meal. The staff honored our no-meat request and we made new friends. Would we go back? Yes if feeling adventurous; no if seeking a quiet meal and private conversation.
For a truly exceptional dining experienc ...
For a truly exceptional dining experience, State and Lemp is a perfect choice. The staff is polite, warm, knowledgable about the food and wine, and very efficient. The chef prepares creative, unique, aesthetically-pleasing courses that are just the right size. The wines choices compliment the food. The food is sourced locally. The small dining area is inviting and cozy. My husband and I will definitely be back for another wonderful dining experience.
On our first visit to State & Lemp, we c ...
On our first visit to State & Lemp, we celebrated our 29th anniversary. Both the food and service were exceptional! We were greeted to the dining room with a glass of champagne and seated at a long table next to other guests. Contributing to the delightful evening were the conversations we had with the fellow diners on either side of us. It was truly a wonderful evening of great food, great service and great conversation.
If you fancy yourself a foodie and like ...
If you fancy yourself a foodie and like to be surprised by your food, this is an amazing place. It is a totally different dining experience than a typical restaurant. They do a great job combining exciting flavors, ingredients, and textures.
The meal and while dining experience was ...
The meal and while dining experience was fabulous, as it always is. The food and wine pairings are spectacular and the whole team does a great job. We enjoy meeting other people who are also vested in an excellent culinary experience.
You can't get out of this place without ...
You can't get out of this place without running a full gamut of delightful textures, colors, flavors, and shapes. Extremely thoughtful wine pairings. This meal's standout was the octopus: a huge hunk of tender tentacle was perfectly cooked and was just luscious with the GrüVe. Great company with neighboring tables. Jay, Remi, and staff put on such a welcoming and engaging meal. High fives!
Great food, good service, so-so ambiance ...
Great food, good service, so-so ambiance. If you are looking for a great meal experience State and Lemp delivers. However, if you are wanting a quiet table to reminisce with your significant other then you should probably look elsewhere. The tables are small and VERY close together. I was literally closer to the two people on either side of me than my spouse across the table. I even bumped elbows with the gentleman on my right a couple of times. Also, once all the conversation begins, the room is small enough that hearing the person directly across from you can be challenging.
Jay and Remi have created something trul ...
Jay and Remi have created something truly special at State & Lemp. The food is consistently creative and outstanding, the wine pairings spot-on, the service perfectly orchestrated, and the ambience and local art masterfully curated. We've now dined at State & Lemp with friends from across the street, across the country, and across the globe who all agree that it's one of the best dining experiences out there. Thank you Jay, Remi, and Kris for sharing your love and talent with all of us here in Boise!
These guys don't mess around! From the m ...
These guys don't mess around! From the moment you walk into the door the service is impeccable. Their service is not stiff but a casual, down-to-earth approach that makes you feel at home. The food comes in waves of incredibly matched subtle flavors... I just kept getting blown away by each dish! The wine is paired perfectly with each course. Just an overall wonderful experience. I can't wait to go back!
The food and service left nothing more ...
The food and service left nothing more to be desired. The food was creative, well prepared and presented and the pairing with the wine was excellent. The service was very attentive and not at all intrusive.
However, the noise level was excessive, conversation was difficult. Some sound suppression like wall coverings or curtains would have absorbed some of the echoing. It will keep us from coming back.
This place is incredible! Chef Kris is ...
This place is incredible! Chef Kris is a true artist and magician, Remi and Jay and the rest of the team make this such a great experience and truly unique, raising the bar way high for the Boise foodie/local food movement scene. Always wind up meeting interesting dining companions and having great conversations along with the incredible food. Such a good time, when I ate there last week I also bought a gift certificate for friends to go in the future!
Incredible. Wine pairings were thoughtfu ...
Incredible. Wine pairings were thoughtfully chosen and outstanding. We loved the judicious use of gelatins throughout this evening's courses. The razor clams hidden under the tomato gazpacho (this review is two weeks late- am I remembering that right?) were delightful. The egg and corn course was a crowd favorite, and everyone thought this dish looked the best (fried corn threads, right? they were bursting out around the yolk perched atop the corn. It was beautiful!). Salmon Garganega/chardonnay was my favorite pairing, though I was out-voted by friends who liked the pork pairing even more. Dessert was a home-run, with the rosemary sauce standing out a favorite flavor of the evening. High fives all around. Bonus points for a meal so good that *I can still remember these things two weeks later*.
State and Lemp offers a unique dining ex ...
State and Lemp offers a unique dining experience in Boise. My wife and I loved all five of the courses on their prixe fixe menu, but the Salmon and Cherry Tomato dishes really stood out as excellent. The service and atmosphere were excellent. Highly recommend for any special occasion.
State & Lemp has been a great addition t ...
State & Lemp has been a great addition to the Boise restaurant scene. The creative use of local ingredients is second to none, and the restaurant staff are all enthusiastic about the creations. For anyone looking for an "out of the box" dining experience Id highly recommend this restaurant.
Another outstanding dinner! The first co ...
Another outstanding dinner! The first course centered on wild currant was inspired, with complementary sweets, salts, and savories permuted among textures ranging from crispy fried trout skin to silky crème fraîche. This was followed by one of our party's favorite courses, a cherry gazpacho (with matcha ice cream, am I remembering that right? just incredible) that was perfectly paired with a rosé. The pork belly - pinot noir and beef - rouge pairings were complimented as well. Dessert proved to be the evening's winner: Simply stated cake, curds, sweet honey and savory olive oil. Overall, high fives all around.
Having completed our third visit, I think claiming consistently delicious food at State & Lemp is easily defensible. Two themes that are now emerging are that (1) the wine pairings are also consistently thoughtful, and (2) soups and emulsions are an especially strong suit here. This place is becoming a favorite for special occasions and for blowing the minds of visiting friends.
This was a wonderful evening. The menu ...
This was a wonderful evening. The menu is Prix Fixe. Which is always a fun way to experience new ideas for food and wine paring and using herbs, flowers, grains and vegetables that one would normally not have around the house. Sitting next to a very young connosseur (11) was the highlight for me. I would love to book the whole room for an evening someday. If you are looking for a unique experience in Boise. It is a must do.
Wow. My date and I were blown away by this place. We are adventurous diners. The creativity of the menu and use of ingredients can only be compared to a fine restaurant in NYC, Paris or Copenhagen. Unexpected for the north end of Boise, ID.
The wine pairing is a must. They match each course perfectly. Some reviewers said that they left hungry. Those people came to eat...not dine. There is a Pizza Hut across the street for eaters. We did NOT leave hungry. The price can be limiting for some but it is an experience that was worth every penny.
I cannot wait to return to see what they come up with next!
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