(I'm only reviewing the restaurant, as we did not stay here)
When travelling through the area a year ago, tired of truck stop food, the South Fork lodge came highly recommended. We stopped and could tell that This Was The Place --- only to find that a private party had rented out the entire facility for the weekend and so the restaurant was not open.
Fast forward a year later when traveling the area again --- we came without reservations on a busy night, but they fit us in. A gorgeous setting overlooking this ridiculously scenic river. We sat in a lovely high-ceilinged dining room.
Overall, they strike that difficult balance of being fine dining but in a outdoor-oriented casual setting. Service was excellent, friendly, attentive. Menu was upscale but did not overreach. My lamb was excellent. My wife's salad with trout was similarly good.
Highly recommended, and I have to imagine the lodging is excellent as well!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A stunning wilderness location, and the finest dry fly fishing waters in the USANatural Retreats South Fork Lodge rests on a dramatic bend of eastern Idaho's world-famous South Fork of the Snake River in scenic Swan Valley. This stunning wilderness location offers a perfect blend of rustic elegance, outstanding activities and exceptional hospitality. The unique setting, first–class amenities, and Natural Retreats' dedication to customer service all combine to provide a truly memorable experience for guests. Whether relaxing at the lodge, taking advantage of a guided activity through The Outfitters, enjoying a Starbucks coffee at the Storehouse, or sitting down to dinner at The Riverside Bar And Grill, The South Fork Lodge will exceed your expectations. The 65 miles of the South Fork of the Snake River is known by many as one of the best tailwater and dry fly fisheries in the US, and The Outfitters offers unparalleled unique guided fishing on these waters. Natural Retreats Concierge service is happy to arrange horseback riding, rafting, hiking, and kayaking for all guests who want to explore these adventures. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- South Fork Lodge By Natural Retreats Swan Valley, Idaho