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1400 Bench Road, Pocatello, ID 83201
(208) 233-1000
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4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: The first inkling of an idea for the Sandpiper Restaurants came to...
The first inkling of an idea for the Sandpiper Restaurants came to original founder Bob Angell as he lounged on the beaches of California. While attending college he enjoyed watching the sandpipers darting in and out of the surf, and after graduation Bob moved back home to Boise, Idaho, where he opened the first of many Sandpiper Restaurants in 1971. From its humble beginnings in Boise, the Sandpiper grew until there were locations in Oregon, Arizona, and a total of four in Idaho. After several owner and management changes, there are currently two locations still open in Idaho. The Idaho Falls location was opened in 1974 by Ron Obendorf, who is still the manager. The Pocatello location opened in 1975 and has been managed by Rod Russell since 1985. Rose Anne Voigt came on as a member of the management team in 1995. Always intended to be casual fine dining restaurants specializing in steaks, seafood and pastas, the Sandpiper Restaurants continue to enjoy great popularity. Our guests have consistently bestowed us with Best Restaurant, Best Steak and Seafood, Best Fine Dining, and Best Date Place awards. Both locations offer outside dining during the beautiful Idaho summer and fall, as well as facilities for larger gatherings.
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  • 55
    Very good
  • 22
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
One of the better venues in Pocatello

My wife I and frequently join friends at the Sandpiper on Friday evenings. The Sandpiper is not necessarily the best restaurant we've ever been to, or the best food we've ever eaten, but for Pocatello it is the best choice. The food and service is consistently good. Don't expect craft cocktails... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
Chuck Z
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Pocatello, Idaho, United States
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
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Pocatello, Idaho, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

My wife I and frequently join friends at the Sandpiper on Friday evenings. The Sandpiper is not necessarily the best restaurant we've ever been to, or the best food we've ever eaten, but for Pocatello it is the best choice. The food and service is consistently good. Don't expect craft cocktails, the mixology is limited. The bar area could really... More 

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Stansbury Park, Utah
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

I read the reviews and planned on eating here for dinner. We were in town for my wife's birthday and staying at The Black Swan Inn which I highly recommend. When we first arrived in town we went to a local attraction and I asked the lady working there about the Sandpiper she said there were better places. Yeah, boy... More 

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Pocatello, Idaho
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

The drinks were great, and the chowder was pretty good. I tried the panko fried gouda and the dry rub ribeye, but neither really had any flavor to speak of. It was just so bland. Great bar, though!

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Lucas B, Social Media Optimizer at Sandpiper Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to write us a review! While we are happy that you enjoyed the drinks and the bar, we would hope you would have had the same experience dining with us. We have a passion for delivering quality food, made with fresh ingredients, so we sincerely apologize that we did not meet our own standards. We... More 

Hailey, Idaho
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10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

There is no other choice in Pocatello for quality food and service. The food is consitantly good year over year. There is a low turnover in staff that speaks to the quality of management. As a business traveler I can count on excellent food and being treated well at Sandpiper whenever I am in Pocatello.

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Lucas B, Social Media Optimizer at Sandpiper Restaurant, responded to this review

We are very happy to hear that our staff has consistently made you feel welcome over the years. We have one of the best crews around! Pocatello Sandpiper More 

Tyler
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I stopped here for a nice meal after a long drive. Well worth it as the food was excellent and cooked to perfection. I had steak and loaded baked potatoes. I was here early on Fri and glad. There is a bar and apparently a little like "Cheers" as the bartender seemed to know quite a few of the patrons... More 

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Lucedale, Mississippi
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Restaurant was right next door to hotel so we could just walk over. We were met at door by friendly staff member and quickly shown to a table. Service was good and the steaks were delicious!!!!! While we were eating the manager came over to our table to check on us......very nice touch......I always like this!! He did this to... More 

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Lucas B, Social Media Optimizer at Sandpiper Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the really nice review! We are thrilled that you had a good time and we hope to see you again soon! Cheers! Pocatello Sandpiper More 

Cranston, Rhode Island
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

My husband had the prime rib,cooked perfectly and I had the trout. We had loaded potatoes (figured we had to as it was Idaho after all) and they were great. I tried the huckleberry margarita but it was a bit sweet for my taste. It was too hot to eat outside but I could see that it would be lovely... More 

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Oregon
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Our meals were all well prepared and our server was way efficient! The prices are a bit higher than we expected.

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Los Angeles
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

We really enjoyed our dinner at this very popular restaurant. I had the fresh Idaho trout and my husband had a steak. Both were delicious. The fresh bread comes with a dipping plate of EVOO, roasted garlic and grated cheese. Delish! We were too full for dessert but the couple at the next table ordered raspberry cheesecake and they seemed... More 

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Lucas B, Social Media Optimizer at Sandpiper Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for writing this nice review! Hope to see you again in the future for more delicious local trout and a juicy, tender steak. Cheers to you and your husband! Pocatello Sandpiper More 

Oxford, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Seems like a chain on first entering, and may be, but stick with it. Scallops and Ahi tuna starters delicious. Steaks were lovely and cooked (unusually in this part of the works) as requested. Highly recommended

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Lucas B, Social Media Optimizer at Sandpiper Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to write a review about us. We are most definitely locally owned and operated and have been since we opened our doors in 1975. While there is a Sandpiper in Idaho Falls as well, we'd like to think of ourselves as different than most chain restaurants because of the high quality food and drinks, but... More 

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Additional Information about Sandpiper Restaurant

Address: 1400 Bench Road, Pocatello, ID 83201
Phone Number: (208) 233-1000
Location: United States  >  Idaho (ID)  >  Pocatello
Open Hours:
Monday 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday 4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 9 - 35
Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Seafood, Pasta

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1400 Bench Road, Pocatello, ID 83201
  • Location: United States  >  Idaho (ID)  >  Pocatello
  • Phone Number: (208) 233-1000

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 9 - 35
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Seafood, Pasta

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Doing business, Large groups, Romantic

Description

The first inkling of an idea for the Sandpiper Restaurants came to original founder Bob Angell as he lounged on the beaches of California. While attending college he enjoyed watching the sandpipers darting in and out of the surf, and after graduation Bob moved back home to Boise, Idaho, where he opened the first of many Sandpiper Restaurants in 1971. From its humble beginnings in Boise, the Sandpiper grew until there were locations in Oregon, Arizona, and a total of four in Idaho. After several owner and management changes, there are currently two locations still open in Idaho. The Idaho Falls location was opened in 1974 by Ron Obendorf, who is still the manager. The Pocatello location opened in 1975 and has been managed by Rod Russell since 1985. Rose Anne Voigt came on as a member of the management team in 1995. Always intended to be casual fine dining restaurants specializing in steaks, seafood and pastas, the Sandpiper Restaurants continue to enjoy great popularity. Our guests have consistently bestowed us with Best Restaurant, Best Steak and Seafood, Best Fine Dining, and Best Date Place awards. Both locations offer outside dining during the beautiful Idaho summer and fall, as well as facilities for larger gatherings.
Open Hours
Monday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
4:30 pm - 10:30 pm

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