10 Best Places for Appetizers in Idaho

Whether you’re looking to kickstart your appetite or you’re sharing a few bites with friends, appetizers are one of the most dynamic parts of a meal. They’re not just starters, sometimes they can be the star of the show. Try bacon-wrapped shrimp, tuna tataki, and more at the best places for appetizers in Idaho. 

Bittercreek Alehouse, Boise, ID

When you’re in the mood for great appetizers, only one place in Boise will do: Bittercreek Alehouse. Known for their perfect pairings of Idaho-American beer with tasty food, their appetizer list will leave your mouth watering. We recommend trying the duck fat bacon popcorn, but you can’t go wrong with anything you order.

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Elevation 486, Twin Falls, ID

Elevation 486 serves “food and spirits for the new west,” according to their website. Accolades include number one rankings, featured articles in magazines including Sun Valley and on the Food Network, as well as numerous awards. The dinner menu has absolutely delicious appetizer options, including baked Dungeness crab, shrimp, and artichoke dip, a citrus shrimp cocktail, and an elevation spinach salad that will make you want to finish all of your veggies.

Ling and Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill, Meridian, ID

Ling and Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill in Meridian, Idaho is a recipient of the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence as well as 46 five-star reviews on Yelp. According to their website, the restaurant “concept is centered around Ling and Louie… a firecracker of a gal from Shanghai and Louie… an All-American guy from Toledo.” The restaurant serves modern Asian food with American comfort flavors, meaning there’s always an appetizer for just about anyone. If you can only choose one, we recommend the crab wontons. 

Café Tuscano, Pocatello, ID

Portneuf Valley Brewing in Pocatello, Idaho has been providing tasty food, craft beer, and a live music venue since 1996. The pub menu has a large smorgasbord of appetizers to try, but the antipasto tray sticks out as a winner.  

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Fu-Ki Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar, Post Falls, ID

Feeling up for dinner with an Asian flair? Want to get drinks and appetizers before the main course? Then those in Post Falls, Idaho would do well to consider Fu-Ki Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar. The tuna tataki and sushi samplers off of their appetizer menu are delightful. 

Da Pineapple Grill, Rexburg, ID

Da Pineapple Grill in Rexburg, Idaho offers Hawaiian dishes with Asian influences. They’ve been in business for over ten years offering signature rolls and appetizers like gyoza, lettuce wraps, and manapua (steamed pork buns).

Nectar Restaurant and Wine Bar, Moscow, ID

Nectar Restaurant and Wine Bar in Moscow, Idaho features “mind-blowingly awesome food and one of the only full bars with hand-crafted cocktails in the downtown area,” according to their website. Their appetizers, listed as shareables, include can’t-miss items like lil mac and bacon wrapped shrimp skewers.

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Daft Badger Brewing, Coeur d'Alene, ID

Daft Badger Brewing in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho has some of the nicest staff in the Hayden Lake area in addition to the tastiest apps. If you’re a bacon lover (who isn’t?), then you simply must try their smoked bacon marinated in a huckleberry chipotle glaze and “fortified with our imperial stout,” as written on their menu. 

Teton House, Menan, ID

Teton House in Menan, Idaho is located in the historic Menan Bank. The ambiance is almost as good as the food. Their snake river nachos, described on their menu as a platter full of ground beef taco meat, or smoked, sherried chicken on corn tortilla chips with melted cheese, will keep you coming back for more. 

The SnakeBite Restaurant, Idaho Falls, ID

The Snake Bite Restaurant is one of Idaho Fall’s most loved farm to table restaurants. According to their website, they’ve been voted locally over the years as the “Best American,” “Favorite Lunch Spot,” and “All Around Top 10” restaurant in the area. Go for their Shoshone shrimp grits or mesa fall fries for your first dish. 

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