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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, Late Night, 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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  • 68
    Excellent
  • 52
    Very good
  • 21
    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
good dinner

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
jcvin57
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Cranston, Rhode Island
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
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Lucedale, Mississippi
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21 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

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

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 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

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 20 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 5 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 

Wyoming
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49 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

Hats off to the chef, Max, as the dinner was delicious. The steaks were grilled to perfection and the calamari was the best we have ever tasted. Great Friday night crew. We will return again next time we visit Pocatello.

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

Hat's off to you as well for taking the time to leave us a review! While there are dozens of delicious restaurants in town, we'd like to think that we can hang with the best of them also! It definitely helps having a great staff too! Pocatello Sandpiper More 

helena, mt
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116 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

My husband and I ate here after reading all the reviews. The place is large with seating in the lounge, dining room and patio. My husband had escargot for an appetizer. They were ok but the cheese on top was cold lumps. I had beef filet medalions with portobello mushrooms and gorganzola cheese sauce on linguine. The medalions appeared to... More 

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

First of all, we want to thank you for taking the time to review us. While we are sorry that your overall experience wasn't impressing, we really do appreciate your feedback. All of the concerns that were raised in your review, will be addressed amongst staff so that we do not run into these issues again. We hope that the... More 

Swan Valley, Idaho
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Good selection and service...We have dined at the Sandpiper Restaurant in Idaho Falls more and this was just as good.

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Penticton, Canada
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73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Well located adjacent to our AmeriTel Inn as well as other hotels/motels. Wonderful, trendy decor and atmosphere. Inside and patio seating. Wide selection of seafood and steaks. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our selections, brought to us by our friendly and efficient server Lindsay. When in Pocatello the Sandpiper is a must place to experience.

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

Thanks for taking the time to write about us! We're very pleased you enjoyed your experience with us and we hope you come see us again when you return to our area. Cheers! Pocatello Sandpiper More 

Missoula, Montana
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

We held a board dinner here and they had a separate area for us to seat about 30 people. The food was very good and all of the people who ate had nothing but good things to say about their meal selections. The other plus is that if you stay at the Red Lion Hotel, this restaurant is literally 3... More 

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

Hey Ryan, thanks for choosing us to take on your group. Anytime you need us to host a party for you, give us a call. We're always here for you! Pocatello Sandpiper 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, Large groups, Local cuisine, Doing business, 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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