Dining and Cuisine - Sandpoint

Dining in Sandpoint

Sandpoint offers residents and tourists alike an expansive array of dining options, ranging from blue-ribbon facilities to casual cafés.

Whether you’re in the mood for a hearty pasta dish or prime rib, you’ll find an extensive range of dining options in Sandpoint. The mixture of fine dining establishments with relaxed diners and pubs allows residents an unprecedented range of choices when it comes to deciding their next meal. 

Health-conscious individuals will have their pick, and those who prefer a sophisticated dine-in atmosphere will be happy to notice several upscale establishments scattered across the region. Take in scenic waterfront views from outdoor patio seating in the summer or cozy up near a roaring fireplace in the chilly winter months; Sandpoint doesn’t skimp when it comes to providing variety. 

Classic Italian Cuisine

  • Arlo’s Ristorante: Enjoy classic Italian cuisine at this comfortable local restaurant. Pair a glass of wine with one of their specialty flatbreads. On the weekends, Arlo’s regularly hosts live music performances.
  • Ivano’s Ristorante: Ivano’s is an ideal spot for a date night as this rustic, romantic location has an extensive wine list and is consistently ranked as one of Sandpoint’s best local restaurants. 

Casual Dining

  • Sweet Lou’s: Sweet Lou’s is a local favorite—and for good reason. This comforting establishment is an institution in comfort food and late-night dinners. Located at the base of the Schweitzer Mountain Resort, Sweet Lou’s serves heaping portions for affordable prices.
  • Pack River General Store: Pack River is an eclectic market that in addition offers the most delicious comfort cuisine and catering services. As a Sandpoint tradition from 1974, the Jacobson family has elevated an idyllic shop into the desired food destination. 

Surf & Turf

  • Chimney Rock Grill: Hand-dipped fish & chips, burgers, hearty pasta, and high-quality steaks are all on the menu here at Chimney Rock Grill, located at the Schweitzer Mountain Resort. Relax in a cozy, lounge-style dining room, sit at the bar, or recline on the outdoor patio during the summer months. 
  • Forty-One South: The Lodge at Sandpoint is home to “the best restaurant in Bonner County,” a.k.a. Forty-One South –– a romantic, waterfront dining experience unlike any other in the area.
  • Trinity at City Beach: Dine on the water at this upscale, elegant eatery overlooking a picturesque lakefront vista. Trinity is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with varied menu offerings like Cajun mac & cheese, pulled pork enchiladas, hearty Reuben sandwiches, and more. 

International Cuisine

  • Beet & Basil: This unique Sandpoint institution specializes in global street food. Created by Chef Jessica Vouk and her exceptional team, Beet & Basil provides a mixture of bold international flavors combined with local flare. Try the Kung Pao cauliflower starter; you won’t be disappointed. 
  • Jalapeños: A colorful, warm, and friendly Mexican restaurant splashed with Central American decor, Jalapeños is the go-to spot for authentic Mexican cuisine and frosty, flavorful margaritas. 
  • Squeeze Inn: This funky, eclectic hotspot isn’t technically in Sandpoint, but it’s not a far drive, and it’s such a unique destination that it’s more than worth going out of your way to visit. A family-owned restaurant, Squeeze Inn offers guests an exciting dining experience complete with a rich global fare. From homemade ravioli to savory lamb shanks, they’ve got a little bit of everything on their menu!

Pubs & Breweries

  • Eichardt’s: A neighborhood staple, Eichardt’s is where you’ll find Sandpoint locals flocking daily for their rotating specials, upstairs game room, live music, and delicious garlic fries. 
  • MickDuff’s: MickDuff’s is a family-owned brewery and restaurant touting 100% natural, handcrafted beers on tap, high-quality menu items, and daily specials. The adjoining beer hall regularly features live music, fun events (like trivia night!), seasonal corn hole, and competition billiards. 
  • Laughing Dog Brewing: Laughing Dog is a small-town local brewery that consistently serves award-winning beers like their top-selling Huckleberry Cream Ale and Pacific Northwest IPA. Their taproom is a favorite for friends and family to gather, listen to live music, and sample tasting trays.
  • The Fat Pig: Masa cakes, Pig Fries (sharp cheddar cheese sauce, pork belly crumble, pickled jalapeños, and scallions layered over fries), and mouthwatering fresh-ground turkey burgers are all on the menu here at The Fat Pig. A cozy pub with a brick interior, this local tavern is known for serving great food alongside a perpetually rotating beer and wine list.

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