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Boise Restaurants Ready To Host Your Graduation Celebration Dinner

Last updated November 30, 2021 by Mariah Hebbeln

Graduation is here, Congratulations! You’ve walked the walk, your diploma is in hand, and now it's time to celebrate! If you’re looking for a place to sit down, eat some yummy food and drink some great drinks, there’s plenty of spots in the Treasure Valley with the space to host you and your guests.

We’ve gathered restaurants and breweries that can accommodate every budget. Whether your party is as simple as a slice of pizza and a couple of beers, or a fine dining experience with your nearest and dearest, there is a place for you to celebrate! Each of these Treasure Valley businesses has the seating needed to comfortably sit a party of 10 or more and is within a walk or short ride of the Extra Mile arena, where graduation is held.

Here are our tips to make sure you have the graduation party you want:

  • Make your reservation in advance.
  • For groups over 10 people, call ahead to assure that the restaurant can accommodate your party.

Low-Budget Restaurants

  • Idaho Pizza Co
  • Westside Pizza
  • Casa Mexico
  • Jalapenos
  • Golden Corral
  • Flying Pie Pizzeria

Mid-Budget Restaurants

  • Andrades
  • Rembrandts
  • The Ram
  • Olive Garden
  • Louise's Pizza & Italian Restaurant
  • Wingers
  • Mai Thai
  • Juniper
  • Tupelo Honey
  • Sockeye Brewing
  • Bittercreek
  • Diablo and Sons
  • Western Proper
  • Bardenay
  • Fork

High-Budget Restaurants

  • Chandlers
  • Bacquet's
  • Richards
  • The Lively
  • Kin
  • Melting Pot
  • Coa de Jima

Breweries in Downtown Boise

  • Payette
  • Lost Grove
  • Meriweather
  • Mad Swede
  • Boise Brewing
  • Western Collective
  • Barbarian Brewing
  • Meriwether Cider House
  • 10 Barrel Brewing

Day-After Graduation Brunch

Keep the celebrations going with some day-after graduation brunch! Check out our blog on the Treasure Valley best breakfast and brunch spots.

10 Must Try Brunch Spots in Boise

Where to Have Drinks After Dinner

Many Boiseans love to head downtown and hit the local bar scene. If you’re visiting the Valley for a loved one's graduation and want to drink with the locals, you can’t miss the Boise Strip.

Nicknamed by the residents, the Boise Strip is a stretch of downtown bars that are all along Main St. These bars include:

  • Mulligans
  • Humpin’ Hannah’s
  • Amsterdam Lounge
  • Strange Love
  • Cactus Bar
  • Pengilly’s
  • Whiskey Bar
  • Silly Birch

A few gems that are off the beaten path but are well worth the diversion.,

  • The Handlebar
  • The Mode
  • Suite 104
  • The Devils Den
  • Space Bar
  • Press & Pony
  • Hops & Bottles
  • Ochos

Read more on a few of these bars here:

Boise Bars That Craft With Intention

Sights to See in Downtown Boise

  • The Idaho State Capitol
  • The Basque Block
  • Boise City Hall
  • The Grove Hotel Boise River Crack
  • Freak Alley
  • The Boise River
  • Idaho Black History Museum
  • JUMP
  • Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial
  • Abraham Lincoln at Julia Davis Park
  • Cherie Buckner-Webb Park

To learn more about these Boise landmarks, check out our page:

Visit Boise's Top Spots

Where to Take Graduation Pictures

Be sure to snap some pictures in your cap and gown to mark the occasion! There are plenty of beautiful places across the Treasure Valley to get your picture taken, but these are our favorites,

  • Julia Davis, Ann Morrison, or Kathryn Albertsons Park
  • The Boise “B” at the Boise State Admin Building
  • The Boise River
  • Boise Depot
  • Freak Alley
  • The Idaho State Capitol
  • Table Rock
  • MK Nature Center
  • Cherie Buckner-Webb Park
Boise Restaurants Ready To Host Your Graduation Celebration Dinner

Hotels In Downtown Boise

Need a place to crash during graduation for visiting family. Check out this extensive list of hotels that are near or a short drive from Extra Mile arena and Downtown Boise.

  • Hampton Inn & Suites Boise - Downtown
  • Inn at 500 Capitol
  • The Grove Hotel
  • Residence Inn Boise Downtown/City Center
  • Residence Inn Boise Downtown/University
  • Hotel 43
  • Hyatt Place Boise/Downtown
  • Modern Hotel and Bar
  • Stay Alfred at the Fowler
  • Hilton Garden Inn Boise Downtown
  • Boise Guest House
  • The Franklin House
  • Home 2 Suites by Hilton Boise Downtown
  • Courtyard by Marriott Boise Downtown
  • TownePlace Suites by Marriott Boise Downtown University
  • Red Lion Downtown
  • Holiday Inn Express Boise - University
  • The Riverside Hotel
  • SpringHill Suites by Marriott Boise Park Center

Congratulations again on either being a graduate of a local high school, university, or community college! Cheers to the next chapters of your lives and all the amazing doors that graduation can open for you. We’re glad you were a part of what makes Boise so special. Stay up to date with other local news, stories, and other Boise articles at the page below:

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