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1400 Bench Road, Pocatello, ID 83201
(208) 233-1000
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4:30 pm - 10:00 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, Late Night
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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Good for:
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions

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Visitor rating
  • 60
    Excellent
  • 47
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
excellent dinner

Steaks oscar is simply awesome. The fish is always fresh and top of the line. Pricing is reasonable for such great food.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
Jack L
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Idyllwild, California
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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137 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Pocatello, Idaho
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

The house salad is amazing and the Piper Penne is my favorite. I have also had the King Crab before it was by far the best in Pocatello.

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Boise
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I dine at the Sandpiper every time I'm in Pocatello because I know it's going to be consistently good. This time was no exception. The meal was very good and it's a nice atmosphere to have a meal and chat with friends. In my opinion, you can't go wrong dining at the Sandpiper.

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Elko, Nevada
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

My hubby and I enjoyed a great dinner. I love that they have health conscious menu options as well as indulgent meals. I had the ahi with baked sweet potatoe and my husband enjoyed a scallop dinner. Both were perfectly prepared. Our server was delightful and very helpful in chosing a wine. Will definitely be back for more great dinners... More 

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Missoula, Montana
Top Contributor
283 reviews 283 reviews
176 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Their fresh bread and olive oil saute are so good and fresh baked sweet potatoes cannot be beat. How many eating places do you know that offer whole sweet potatoes? Everything is good and it is a most relaxing, friendly place. You''ll enjoy dinner here whether or not you sit in the main dining area or bar. And, you will... More 

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

Elaine, thanks for the great reviews that you have left with us. We are really happy that we can be your go-to when you come to Pocatello and look forward to taking care of you in the future! Hopefully, we see you soon! Pocatello Sandpiper More 

Idyllwild, California
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Steaks oscar is simply awesome. The fish is always fresh and top of the line. Pricing is reasonable for such great food.

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

Thanks Jack for the nice review. Very much appreciated. Come see us again when you're in town. Cheers to you! Pocatello Sandpiper More 

Montana
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Excellent food. The swordfish, scallops, and prime rib were absolutely the best. We search out fine dining and we were not disappointed. On the down side, the chicken Oscar was over cooked. Ok wine list. A couple of Walla Walla wines, which are always a safe bet. Prices are modest for this quality. The server was pleasant but not overbearing.... More 

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

Hey Steve, thanks for taking the time to tell people about us. We're pleased that your overall experience with us was nice. At the same time, we would like to apologize for the Chicken Oscar not being prepared properly. We want and hope that every experience is absolutely perfect. But since it wasn't, we would like to invite you back... More 

San Jose
Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

This restaurant was among other local hotels, so we made our reservation for party of 10 (4 adults and 6 teens) and were seated on time. The place was very crowded with other large parties, so at times we had difficulty talking across the table; it was hard for the teens to not ignore the adults drinking and being loud.... More 

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

Thank you so much for this feedback. Often times when customers are dissatisfied and we aren't made aware of the issue, then we have no idea on where we need to do some fine tuning of dishes and training of our staff. We're so sorry that we couldn't get it right the first time but we promise that these mistakes... More 

Pocatello, Idaho
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Food is always great, atmosphere is nice. I think everyone would enjoy this restaurant for a Date Night. It is not a kid friendly place. Dinner is a bit expensive but worth the price. You will love Sandpiper.

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

Susan, thank you for taking the time to write a review about us. We're pleased to hear that you enjoy the atmosphere and your dining experiences at the Sandpiper. We definitely strive to be the "date-night go-to" for all of Pocatello and the surrounding areas so thank you for recognizing that our efforts are working. If there is anything you... More 

Pocatello, Idaho, United States
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Once in a while it is good to be reminded that the old places have been there a long time for a reason. The Sandpiper does a lot of things very well. Good service, good food, good atmosphere. They won't get a Michelin star, but we always have a good meal in a very pleasant environment, and even the larger... More 

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

Thank you John for taking time to write this nice review. We completely agree with your review title... you won't leave hungry! We are happy to know that you enjoy the food, atmosphere and service. One thing is for sure, we have been getting busier every year! Yet, handling the volume of guests that come our way, is something that... More 

Boise, Idaho
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

I had the sirloin oscar style. Still licking my lips. It was delightful. Atmosphere was cozy and the staff were friendly.

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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: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions

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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