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Sandpiper Restaurant

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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
  • 56
    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
Most recent review
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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133 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Idyllwild, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

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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Montana
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

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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San Jose
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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
31 reviews 31 reviews
17 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
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13 reviews 13 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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Huntsville, Utah
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

We went here with another couple for my girlfriend's birthday and it was a great place. We had the sampler appetizer and it was very delicious. We tried their fish special, the ono fish, and my girlfriend had another fish entrée that were delicious. I had the clam chowder with my meal that was ok. It was not one of... More 

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Ogden, Utah
Top Contributor
310 reviews 310 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

The New York steak for $22.99 was quite small and had grizzle in it. This was the big steak which was only 8 ounces. The dinner salad was an extra $4.00 and the meal did not include bread. The battered shrimp for $19 was quite good. The portions were quite small for the money.

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Pocatello, Idaho
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015 via mobile

The food and service is always excellent. I will continue to eat there at least one time per week. This is the only fine dinning in Pocatello

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Pocatello, Idaho
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

We had dinner her on Christmas Eve and Rod was very accommodating. My parents have a difficult time navigating stairs so he set a table for our part of 6 in the lounge area close to the handicapped accessible door. The service was great and the food was very good. The atmosphere was very relaxing and didn't feel that we... More 

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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, Seafood, Steakhouse, 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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