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MSN's The Best Seafood Restaurant in All 50 States

The Best Seafood Restaurant in All 50 States

by MSN

Idaho: Chandler’s

When you think of seafood, Boise, Idaho, might not come to mind — but Chandler’s could change that, with a quality statement on the menu that promises all Pacific-sourced seafood is shipped directly to the restaurant within 24 hours of being caught, with lobster tail, abalone, sea bass, and more choices on the menu.

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The 50 Best Steak Houses In America

The 50 Best Steak Houses In America

by Big 7 Travel

Nothing beats a night out at a great steak house; the good news is that the USA is packed with them and steak in America is among the very best in the world.

With such endless choice and so many world class options we decided to pick the best of the best, with one must-visit place from each state.

After finding the best burgers, pizza and coffee in each state, it’s time for a deliciously meaty tour of America. Prepare to drool: this is the best American steak you can eat in 2019…

12. Chandlers – Boise, Idaho

Chandlers cook up not only some of the best steaks in the area, but also world class seafood, wines and cocktails served alongside live jazz entertainment. A truly great place to have a special night out with friends or family. Choose from a large range of cuts which are either slow-cooked or seared to your liking.

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Another reason to love Boise: Local restaurant is 6th most romantic in entire nation

Another reason to love Boise: Local restaurant is 6th most romantic in entire nation

Idaho Statesman / Words & Deeds by Michael Deeds

First, the bad news: The sixth most romantic restaurant in the nation is booked solid on Valentine’s Day.

Now, the good news: The restaurant is in Boise — where there are 364 other days in the year. (Oops, the weekend after Valentine’s Day is basically sold out, too.)

If you’ve lived in Idaho for more than a minute, you’re familiar with Chandlers Steakhouse. It’s a fine-dining icon. But over time, we sometimes forget what we have. Outsiders have to remind us. And during the past few days, the locally owned restaurant at 981 W. Grove St. has been honored by two national websites.

TripAdvisor is a biggie. It’s one of the world’s largest travel and restaurant sites. Chandlers was one spot away from making the top five in TripAdvisor’s inaugural rankings of “The 25 Most Romantic Restaurants in the U.S.” published Jan. 31. What’s cool about this list is that, essentially, it’s by the people, for the people. Millions of TripAdvisor reviews helped drive the rankings. The nation’s most romantic restaurant? Charleston Grill in Charleston, South Carolina.

Chandlers Steakhouse Bar Manager Micah Floyd explains the nuances of the Ten Minute Martini. At Chandlers, patrons can enjoy drinks, fine cuisine and live jazz nightly in Downtown Boise. – By Darin Oswald

A few days later, Chandlers got more love. Food-and-drink website The Daily Meal chose it in an article highlighting “The Best Special Occasion Restaurant in Every State.”

It’s worth noting that Chandlers was named Idaho’s top steakhouse by Food Network, too, in a recent “50 States of Steakhouses” photo gallery. (But that’s not huge news. Everybody knows Chandlers sears a killer rib eye, right?)

Back to the idea of romance. And special occasions.

Here’s what TripAdvisor diners say: “So you know the food is going to be great at Chandlers, but the best part is the atmosphere. They have a live jazz trio that plays every night, romantic lighting, and an ebullience that wafts over you. You can’t help but enjoy yourself.”

The Daily Meal highlights the menu: “The upscale and classy Chandlers is an institution in Boise, Idaho. It features a stylish martini bar, live jazz nightly, and four varieties of beef: USDA Prime from Chairman’s Reserve, natural and organic grass-fed beef from Oregon’s Painted Hills, American Kobe from Snake River Farms, and Japanese wagyu. The 8-ounce center cut American Kobe might just be the single best steak you’ll find in the state, especially when paired with house-made béarnaise and a side of crazy-good mashed potatoes. Chandler’s also happens to have one of the state’s best seafood selections — you just might forget it’s landlocked.”

The national attention must be gratifying for the Chandlers team. Opened in 2007, Chandlers closed at the start of 2017 for a few weeks to remodel, then emerged with hundreds of thousands of dollars of improvements. It’s hard to imagine any Boise restaurant challenging Chandlers for the romance or special-occasion title.

Ultimately, it boils down to atmosphere.

“Atmosphere is a huge component of our product,” general manager Dave Boyle agrees. “The atmosphere is curated from a broader perspective as we work on the jazz (and) entertainment. I think it’s everything from the luxurious leather booths that offer a feeling of your own space, to the dim lighting, to the piano keys, to the glassware. All of that.

“The dining experience is the event,” Boyle adds. “Of course, there’s people that do it on their way to a show or whatever. But when you come in, that table is yours for hours, and it’s your experience.”

Popular dishes at Chandlers are scallops, prime rib and chocolate souffle, according to TripAdvisor.

It’s revealing that reviewers’ taste for live jazz at Chandlers plays a significant role, too. You’re not going to find the same experience elsewhere in Boise.

To treat yourself to “real deal jazz,” as Boyle calls it, catch the Chuck Smith Trio (7:30-10:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays). Singer Emily Stanton adds melodic elegance to the Saturday performances.

Feel free to grab a glass of wine. Chandlers regularly wins Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards.

One more thing, Boise. Can you maybe order a little champagne, too?

That will make Boyle smile.

“I’m just trying to get people to drink champagne more,” he says. “It’s not just a celebratory New Year’s thing. It’s just a fantastic personal beverage. Some markets, Portland, they drink the heck out of champagne. Our market does not get the traction.”

We need to change that. Every day is a special occasion in Boise, right?

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TripAdvisor names Chandlers one the 25 Most Romantic Restaurants in the U.S.

TripAdvisor names Chandlers one the 25 Most Romantic Restaurants in the U.S.

America’s 25 Most Romantic Restaurants, Just in Time for Valentine’s Day

FSR Magazine / Food News Feed by Rachel Taylor

TripAdvisor announced the most romantic restaurants in the U.S. for 2019. This first-time list was based on millions of reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor diners. Rankings derived from the quality and quantity of recent reviews combined with the degree to which the property is romantic.

“As Valentine’s Day is the biggest date night of the year, we have surfaced a list of TripAdvisor diners’ favorite romantic restaurants in America,” says Bertrand Jelensperger, senior vice president for TripAdvisor Restaurants. “Those who aren’t lucky enough to reserve a table at one of these spots can use TripAdvisor to find other highly rated restaurants that are still sure to impress your significant other.”

The 25 Most Romantic Restaurants in the U.S. list is based on reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor diners. The ranking takes into account the quality, quantity and recency of reviews combined with the degree to which a restaurant is deemed “romantic” based on a proprietary algorithm. All restaurants featured have five locations or less, a minimum rating of 4.5 out of 5 bubbles, and have received at least 100 new review submissions between January 2018 and January 2019.

6. Chandlers Steakhouse in Boise, Idaho
What TripAdvisor diners say:

“So you know that the food is going to be great at Chandlers, but the best part is the atmosphere. They have a live jazz trio that plays every night, romantic lighting, and an ebullience that wafts over you. You can’t help but enjoy yourself.”

Popular dishes: Scallops, Prime Rib, Chocolate Soufflé

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Food Network's Best Steakhouses in the Country

Food Network’s Best Steakhouses in the Country

50 States of Steakhouses

Food Network’s Top Places to Eat

Though the decor and menus vary from coast to coast, from Western-style steakhouses to old-school Midwest supper clubs to big-city temples of haute beef, these are the best places to sate your carnivore cravings and enjoy a side of local flair.



With blue lighting in the bar and a saxophone riff floating over the raised high-back leather booths, Chandlers looks and feels like the kind of place that would have live jazz nightly and serve a killer martini. It’s also earned a reputation in Boise (and at its Sun Valley outpost) for its steaks and seafood, offering 13 different cuts of meat, many sourced from local purveyor Snake River Farms. Idaho’s most-famous export gets top billing too, with sides such as leek and fennel au gratin potatoes and pommes frites misted with truffle oil. Oh, and about that martini — it’s called the 10-minute martini and was created by locally famous bartender Pat Carden, who, quite by accident, developed a method of slow-stirring the martini, yielding an exceptionally smooth cocktail. (Ask your server to tell you the story while you wait.) If wine is more your thing, Chandlers boasts a Best of Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator (and the highest ranking in Idaho), with a list of more than 750 labels, a team of certified sommeliers and an excellent selection of wines by the glass.

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Chandlers Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence

Raise a glass to Chandlers Steakhouse; in fact, raise two glasses!

According to Wine Spectator, the Best of Award of Excellence certifies that the restaurant’s wine list displays excellent breadth across multiple wine-growing regions and pairs wines well with the cuisine. Making the list verifies that a restaurant is a destination for serious wine lovers, as it shows “a deep commitment to wine, both in the cellar and through their knowledgeable service staff.”

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Chandlers DiRōNA Achievement of Distinction in Dining

Dining at a DiRōNA Awarded Restaurant

Distinguished Restaurants of North America has been awarding restaurants since 1992. Out of over 300 restaurants awarded that year, we still have more than 50 that are in operation today. Currently, there are almost 700 Awarded restaurants across North America including 4 in the Caribbean!

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Chandlers selected one of America’s 50 Best Steakhouses for 2017

Chandlers named one of America’s 50 Best Steakhouses for 2017

Love a good steak? Then these shrines to meat should be on your list. From grand Las Vegas carnivore temples helmed by world-famous chefs to old-school Middle-American chophouses where a rib-eye is preceded by a visit to the salad bar, from clubby Chicago dining rooms loaded with mahogany and brass to New York institutions with now-household names, America has no shortage of great steakhouses. These are the 50 best.

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Chandlers re-opens, celebrates 10 year anniversary

Chandlers re-opens, celebrates 10 year anniversary

The 10th anniversary celebration event for Chandlers Steakhouse, which included a ribbon-cutting and re-grand opening, was held on May 25 at the restaurant at 9th and Grove streets. More than 200 people attended the event and a donation was made to the Women’s and Children’s Alliance.

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Things will look a bit different when diners visit Chandlers, which recently updated its look and completely overhauled its kitchen. Kyle Green Statesman file photo

Fine dining restaurant Chandlers Steakhouse is preparing to reopen

If you’re craving a juicy rib-eye at Chandlers Steakhouse on Valentine’s Day, you’re out of luck.

They’re booked full — “and then some,” owner Rex Chandler jokes.

But if you’re jonesing for a Chandlers fix sooner than that, all you have to do is make a reservation. Boise’s top fine-dining restaurant, which closed Jan. 1 to remodel, plans to officially reopen Monday, Feb. 6.

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The new roof is getting built over the lounge and bar at Chandlers Steakhouse. Photo by Teya Vitu.

Chandlers Steakhouse renovations will create late-night jazz club

Rex Chandler is renovating his Chandlers Steakhouse because he says the 38-year-old structure needs it. But while he’s at it, Chandler plans to create a late-night jazz club/supper club in the lounge area with supper service from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Chandlers at downtown Boise’s Hotel 43 shut down at the end of the year for a near $1 million renovation that fully remodels the bar, lounge, entrance and kitchen and “subtly” improves the dining area. Chandler expects to reopen in the first week of February.

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Boise Weekly Highlights Chandlers Renovation

Boise Weekly Highlights Chandlers® Renovation

Speaking of New Year’s renovations, Chandlers Steakhouse is ushering in 2017 with a “major refresh.”

According to a filing with the city, Chandlers is enlarging its dining area more than 160 square feet by incorporating part of what was once elevated patio seating, as well as renovating its 25-year-old kitchen.

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Chandlers Advanced Sommelier awarded by the Court of Master Sommeliers

Chandlers Steakhouse Wine Director Achieves Advanced Sommelier Status

We’re excited to announce that the Chandlers Steakhouse Wine Director, Ryan Robinson, recently became an Advanced Sommelier awarded by the Court of Master Sommeliers, making him one of only 1200 in the Americas, Australia, and New Zealand, and the first from the state of Idaho to do so. The esteemed accomplishment is yet another example of our commitment to industry excellence.

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Chandlers Serves The World’s Best Beef

Chef David Knickrehm in Idaho’s Sysco Kitchen talks with Rex Chandler and Chef Luis Flores about Chandlers using the world’s best beef. Chandlers restaurant is known for their prime steaks, and sources their beef from four main sources; USDA Prime (considered to be the benchmark in the US grading system), American Kobe (combination of Wagyu and Black Angus, which is richly marbled), Japanese Wagyu (directly imported from Japan, and it is the most marbled steak available – absolutely the prime), and also a natural, organic grass-fed beef from Eastern Oregon.

Dinner With A Side Of I Do's: For Restaurants, Proposals Are Good Business

Dinner With A Side Of I Do’s: For Restaurants, Proposals Are Good Business

If you work in a restaurant, marriage proposals are good for business. Happy couples lift the mood in the entire dining room and often turn into lifelong customers. That once-in-a-lifetime experience for them is pretty routine for restaurateurs.

High-end restaurants with nice decor can count on someone popping the question every week or two.

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The Very Best Steakhouses to Try in Every State

The Very Best Steakhouses to Try in Every State

There may be no more purely American food than the epic slab of meat known as a steak. Sure, the Argentines and Australians have their own take on it, but nothing says “US of A” like devouring a piece of beef bigger than your head in the bold attempt to get your name on a plaque.

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The Hawaiian Connection

The Hawaiian Connection

It’s 5:30 in the morning, but Rex Chandler is already up and waiting in line at Honolulu’s public fish market, and he’s as excited as a kid about to be admitted to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. The sounds and smells of the open sea and fishing boats unloading their catch assault his senses, bringing back memories of his 20-plus year run as the king of seafood at his Waikiki restaurant, Nick’s Fish Market, which began his 40 year career in fine dining.

That career extended through Newport Beach, where The Rex Restaurant was rated the best seafood restaurant in southern California 11 years running. When he moved to Sun Valley in 1993, where Chandler’s became a fine dining icon for over 15 years, he had to forego his passion for seafood because it was all but impossible to get fresh, prime fish to Idaho. Still, he harbored dreams of one day being able to share his love of Hawaiian seafood with his new-found home.

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Chandlers Celebrates Wine Spectator's “Best of Award of Excellence”

Chandlers Celebrates Wine Spectator’s “Best of Award of Excellence”

Chandlers Restaurant today announced that for the third consecutive year the downtown Boise fine dining destination has been awarded the Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence.  Company founder Rex Chandler said Chandlers is honored to be the only restaurant in the state of Idaho to receive this prestigious award not only once, but three times.

“We think this third recognition, being so challenging to achieve at all, let alone in back-to-back competitions, places Chandlers among the world’s outstanding fine dining experiences,” Chandler said.

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‘Culinary King of the Mountain’ Returns With New Lineup of Top Idaho Chefs

The kitchen is heating up once again as Idaho’s top chefs prepare to battle it out for one of the Gem State’s most sought-after titles, Culinary King of the Mountain. On April 11, McCall’s Shore Lodge will host the cooking competition as part of the resort’s second consecutive Spring Culinary Festival, April 10-12. Joining the iconic resort’s own Executive Chef Steven Topple will be Chris Kastner of CK’s Real Food in Hailey, Idaho; Wiley Earl of Àlavita and Fork restaurants in Boise and Aaron Wermerskirchen of Juniper on 8th, also in Boise.

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5 Things Forbes Loves About Idaho

Start your meal off at the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended restaurant with Pacific oysters (choose from Kumamoto and Shigoku) on the half shell before indulging in items like the surf and turf (Aussie tail and a petit filet mignon with asparagus hollandaise and pommes frites) or pan-seared Atlantic sea scallops served atop truffled potato cakes with shiitake mushrooms marinated in a buttery citrus sauce. Salivating yet?

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Basil Hayden's Bourbon Whiskey

Basil Hayden’s Bourbon Whiskey – Best of Boise, Among Other Things…

The restaurants and bars in the City of Trees — Boise, Idaho, that is — boast appropriately beautiful woodwork, rambunctious yet overly courteous staffs, and craft cocktails which speak to the town’s once rough-and-tumble Western ways as much as they speak to the posh, cosmopolitan environs which infrastructure of industry and economy have brought to the place. After spending some time there, I found the best way to experience the town’s sprawling night life was to walk from place to place, watering hole to watering hole, before laying your head to rest for the night.

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Ben Burdick Trio with Amy Rose

Jazz, soul, RnB and more with one of the Northwest’s finest jazz guitarists, Ben Burdick, and his talented trio, along with the smooth vocals of Amy Rose singing a delightfully fresh selection of songs in a sultry jazz style.

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The John Jones Trio

John Jones is one of Idaho’s best-kept secrets– a stellar guitarist with an absolutely golden voice, a huge repertoire of tunes from classic jazz to funk, soul, R’n’B, and a perfect trio to match his versatility, with Mike Seifrit on bass and Jon Hyneman on drums.

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