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Pioneer Saloon

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320 Main St N, Ketchum, ID 83340
+1 208-726-3139
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9:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night
Description: For some The Pioneer Saloon is the first restaurant to head to when coming...
For some The Pioneer Saloon is the first restaurant to head to when coming into town and the last place to go before leaving. For others, it's where they met their significant other, perhaps over a bar marg. The Pioneer Saloon, renowned for perfectly aged, tender and flavorful beef, is typical of an earlier Idaho where ore wagons rattled down Main Street and business was done with a handshake and a drink. Natural woods, mounted game, and period firearms help recreate an authentic saloon atmosphere. Duffy and Sheila Witmer have been the sole owners of the Pioneer Saloon since 1986. Today, with their children, Alyson, Chloe and Dillon, they strive to honor a historical classic while bringing new ideas to Ketchum's restaurant scene.
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Good for:
Bar scene
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 110
    Excellent
  • 77
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great! so get there early

On a recent visit to Sun Valley, we did the tourist thing and tried twice to go to the Saloon for dinner. First time we arrived at 6:30pm and there was an hour wait. (!) Second time, we arrived at 5:15pm and had to wait until 5:30 for the dining room to open. But it was so worth it as... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
bigdog1234
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Worcester, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Late Night
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217 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Worcester, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

On a recent visit to Sun Valley, we did the tourist thing and tried twice to go to the Saloon for dinner. First time we arrived at 6:30pm and there was an hour wait. (!) Second time, we arrived at 5:15pm and had to wait until 5:30 for the dining room to open. But it was so worth it as... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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392 reviews 392 reviews
242 restaurant reviews
150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

I went here with my wife who has been here many, many times. They have a family home just a few miles away. I had the bone in ribeye and I have to say that it was the cheapest bone in ribeye that I have ever had. Typically you will pay well over $50 for one at a nice steakhouse.... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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41 reviews 41 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

We went to The Pioneer Saloon the first night of our trip (Saturday) because of the TA reviews and we wanted to experience local charm. We arrived shortly after 5:00 since they don't take reservations and we read the comments about wait times since they seat people on a first come first served basis. When we arrived, we met a... More 

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Bend, Oregon
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

This place is of course a must do in Ketchum when there. I love it, but it was my girlfriends (we are 60) first time. I love that is has not changed ANYTHING since the 70's. She thought it was tired. My prime rib was great. Her fillet medium rare was dry. I tasted it, it was. Too bad. Pio... More 

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Houston, Texas
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42 reviews 42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

The Pioneer is always our first stop when we arrive in sun valley. We always have the artichoke as an appetizer, but you need to order it early as they sell out fast. We also enjoyed the filet and huge potato. My son had the shrimp and chicken grill and he loved it. The Pioneer is loved by locals and... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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112 reviews 112 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Fun place with good drinks and a full on western vibe. Food was decent and the staff were very nice. Worth it for drinks for sure.

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Durango, Colorado
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

I sat at the bar and enjoyed lively conversation, GREAT margaritas & really good food. A must stop when you're in Ketchum!

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Canberra, Australia
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170 reviews 170 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015 via mobile

A great night had at pioneer. The place gets very busy, though you'll probably find a place at the bar to wait for a table. Free chips salsa while sitting at the bar. The food was cooked perfectly, the service very good. Definitely worth a visit.

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Huntington Beach, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

As the locals call it the “PIO” old western style bar and restaurant, free chips and salsa at the bar and the restaurant is first come first serve so be ready for a wait. Well worth going to

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Helsinki, Finland
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36 reviews 36 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 via mobile

Nice atmosphere and great food. We had prime rib and a cowboy steak. Both were excellent. Only minor issue was the speed of the service. In this case it was too fast. You could barely finish the starters when mains allready were served. Also it kind of felt that we were thrown out from the restauran with hurrying up. Well... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 320 Main St N, Ketchum, ID 83340
  • Location: United States  >  Idaho (ID)  >  Sun Valley-Ketchum  >  Ketchum
  • Phone Number: +1 208-726-3139

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

For some The Pioneer Saloon is the first restaurant to head to when coming into town and the last place to go before leaving. For others, it's where they met their significant other, perhaps over a bar marg. The Pioneer Saloon, renowned for perfectly aged, tender and flavorful beef, is typical of an earlier Idaho where ore wagons rattled down Main Street and business was done with a handshake and a drink. Natural woods, mounted game, and period firearms help recreate an authentic saloon atmosphere. Duffy and Sheila Witmer have been the sole owners of the Pioneer Saloon since 1986. Today, with their children, Alyson, Chloe and Dillon, they strive to honor a historical classic while bringing new ideas to Ketchum's restaurant scene.
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?