Sun Valley Dining Guide

Here’s a list of my favorite restaurants in Sun Valley:

  • Best of Ketchum: Riccabona’s ($$$$) (map). Formerly Felix’s, Steve Riccabona purchased the restaurant and has continued its tradition of welcoming charm, friendly and attentive service, and simply terrific food. If you’re looking for a great night out, Riccabona’s is not to be missed.
  • Best Date Night: Michel’s Christiania ($$$$) (reviews) (map). Fine French cuisine in an intimate setting, Michel’s is a Ketchum landmark. Best French onion soup anywhere! They also have a great bar if you just want a cocktail and light appetizers.
  • Best “gotta go” Tourist Spot: Pioneer Saloon ($$$) (website) (menu) (reviews) (map). Known for its prime rib and baked potatoes, the “Pio” is another Ketchum landmark. No reservations and very popular, so get there early or be prepared to wait at the bar. The portions are huge so come hungry! Full of neat memorabilia showing Ketchum history.
  • Best Comfort Food: CK’s Real Food ($$$) (website) (menu) (reviews) (map). CK’s is a relaxed eatery in Hailey serving regional northwest cuisine. CK’s uses local organic produce when in season, and also works with local ranchers for their meats. They feature a daily “slow cooked” entree that is not to be missed, literally melts in your mouth.
  • Best for Families: Rico’s Pizza and Pasta ($$) (website) (menu) (map). Simple — but good — pizza and pasta and very reasonably priced. Try their lasagna, some of the best around. Casual atmosphere, lots of families and very kid-friendly. This is a great place to go with the kids and not have a stressful dinner.
  • Best for Appetizers: Sun Valley Wine Co. ($$) (map). This is a terrific wine shop in the heart of Ketchum that also doubles as a wine bar. Couches and comfy chairs in front of a roaring fire, with a few tables to either side, this is the perfect late afternoon escape. Grab a bottle of wine from the extensively-stocked wine racks and order a tasty panini or antipasto plate. More likely than not, you’ll see the owner running around the shop; he clearly loves what he does!
  • Best Burgers: Grumpy’s ($) (reviews) (map). A local favorite for great burgers and beer. The burgers are huge, fast and fresh and the atmosphere is laidback and local. Paired with their classic schooner of beer (32 oz!), this is the perfect afternoon treat. Just don’t whip out your cell phone, Grumpy’s is a place to unwind and disconnect (they don’t even have a phone). Remember to order at the bar, there are no waitresses at Grumpy’s.
  • Best for Groups: Sawtooth Club Restaurant & Bar ($$$) (website) (menu) (map).
  • Best Lunch: Perry’s ($$) (map).

One Response to “Sun Valley Dining Guide”

  1. Steve Peck Says:

    You are wrong about Riccabona’s – it has gone so far downhill it can’t even be considered fine dining any more – I ate there this winter and will never go back!
    The service is not what it used to be and the food was nothing – I could have done better in my little kitchen in the condo I rented. And the artwork needs a little adjustment and the big black piano should go away!! What an eyesore!

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