Every summer we come to McCall at the end of summer with our family. Every year, we need a night of adult only fine dining. I've been to most of the restaurants listed in the other reviews. Some have great food, but none of them touch the Narrows for what I consider fine dining. Dining to me is the whole picture. For example, if you can give me a great steak, but you're serving it in a room where I'm on a small rickety, wood table two feet from my neighbor....that is not my idea of fine dining. The Narrows is an experience from the start. From when you walk through the large front lodge doors the luxury of this special place is obvious. The lobby is tastefully decorated and the Narrows room is framed with floor to window picture windows of the beautiful lake. The table and chairs are substantial, comfortable and not pushed up next to your neighbors.
The menu has something for everyone. In fact, the last couple of years we've indulged in one of the best prepared foie gras dishes we've had anywhere, including San Francisco, Las Vegas and New York. The caesar salad is served with whole baby leaves and is extra fresh and tastefully done. The entree selections will cater to anyone's palate. My wife usually has the halibut special, while I have a premium cut of beef. Dave, the restaurant manager is now a certified sommelier, visited our table many times helping us pick a unique, special wines for our meal. We started off with a Dunham dessert wine in a 375ml to pair with our foie....perfect pick and the harmony was incredible. Then, as we both enjoy hearty reds, we picked a 2005 Husic Cabernet that literally wowed us. It was one of two Husics on their expansive Wine Spectator awarded list, but we wanted to see what the nearly 10 years in the bottle would do....and it was wonderful. As we were both pretty full, we decided to enjoy the cheese plate for dessert. We had a trio of gruyere, manchego and blue. the plate came out with accoutrements only seen in the finest big city restaurants: quince paste, local honey with the honeycomb, almonds and dried fruits. The whole experience was top notch.
Odessa was our server, and she did a wonderful job and took great care of us. Several others worked our table, using team work to make sure all of our needs were met. Dave, the manager, checked on us a few times to make sure all was well and that we enjoyed our special wine selections. It was a great experience and has gotten even better over the last few years.
Again, we've tried almost every top restaurant in McCall. It is our opinion that there is only ONE place to go for a special occasion or a fine dining experience. Many have great food, but if you want an elegant room, fine stemware (not a 14 ounce water goblet for your fine wine), and attentive 5 star service.....look no further than The Narrows at Shore Lodge. We go yearly and have not been disappointed for as long as I can remember. If you truly enjoy the best in true fine dining, don't miss the opportunity to enjoy place!
Chris B, Park City, UT