My wife and I celebrated our engagement here and have since celebrated many anniversaries, as well. I'm very happy to say that this is the best restaurant in the Boise/Meridian/Eagle area in terms of food, atmosphere, and charm. I've since moved out of the area and miss it dearly -- nothing quite like it anywhere I've been!
went there last night
food was bad
the service was even worse
save your money and go elsewhere
Jeff carries on a wonderful tradition started by Dan of serving Basque bar food that is too good for words... except maybe aupa!
Always great beer on tap, great service, and good greasy food. Why go anywhere else?
I've been in Meridian for a year now and we took our visiting daughter here when she came out last summer. Get there early because there isn't alot of seating. It's basically a dinning area made out of grandma's old house and it feels like grandma and the family are cooking dinner just for you. The employees and cooks are all from the same family (I think), or I got that impression. Nice folks there.
It's plenty pricy but you won't walk away hungry that's for sure. Many of the dishes we hadn't seen before and they let us sample some of the Basque cuisine before we decided to order it or not. We each ordered something different and enjoyed them all. Nice place to go for a nice dinner for too also.
Give yourself a pleasant treat with fabulous food and staff. You'll go back again and again.
Love, love, love this restaurant. The food is authentic and fabulous as are the host, chefs and staff. It's just the place to go for a wonderful evening out. Thanks for being the BEST!
One tasty way to experience a 'taste' of the Basque cuisine is to take in a night of tapas, or to be more pedantic, 'pintxos' at 'The Basque Market.' Not only is it the food, but the wine tasting, as they usually have several wines out to 'sample' before deciding on one to go with dinner. Most are usually quite inexpensive as well. Not only is it the food and drink, but the atmosphere that makes each time there so fun. Seemingly EVERY time that my wife and I have went there, we have struck up a conversation with complete strangers (usually because it's crowded and one ends up in a 'community dining' setting), ending the evening having met some very interesting people!! Word of warning however, just because 'pintxos' are SMALL dishes, don't be surprised to have a tab at the end of the evening similar to going out for a traditional restaurant setting, because if you can eat like I can, your total WILL add up!!
Terrible service. My wife and I went inside to find it quite crowded so we told the waitstaff we would sit outside, where it was totally clear. Sat long enough to make all our choices, watched a group of 6 come up, check the menu. They went inside and came back out like we did, moved some tables around so they could all sit together. Waitress came out, got their drink orders, and left. Waitress served drinks to the six, we watch another couple come out and sit near us. Waitress takes THEIR drink orders and tells us, 'Oh, it'll just be a minute.' At this point we left.
Epi's is just plain wonderful. It is nice to dine at a place where the staff is welcoming.
The folks at Epi's are obviously proud of their restaurant and are happy to work there.
The food is delicious. The halibut, leg of lamb, and meatballs are outstanding. My favorite is the lamb shank that is an occasional special. The soups are comforting and served properly hot. Epi's is a real treat for a special evening.
Bar Gernika, and the entire Basque Block is, ubercool! The vibrant scene, with an assemblage of regulars and 'once in a while patrons' mix and enjoy a taste and feel of Boise's unique Basque foods and ambience. Their taps are excellent, with ever changing tasty brews of the Northwest to wash down the delicious sides of croquettas! The chorizo and lamb offerings are mouthwatering too!
Dined at Leku Ona restaurant on the last night of a 5 day stay in Boise. All previous meals at different restaurants in the city were outstanding (breakfasts, lunch and dinner) - this was very disappointing especially when marketed as "fine dining". Server was unfriendly and about as far from a fine dining experience as you could get. I ordered the Lamb Shank which was not tender even though it was advertised as having been cooked all day. It was covered in a thick over powering gravy (as was most of my plate). I ate about 1/3 of the meal and could not manage any more. Worst meal I've had in many years! Will not be back!
Small, quaint, fresh, family owned. Probably the best restaurant in Meridian. I've taken guests from Wales, Scotland, Australia, and all over the USA to Epi's. Top-notch service, delicious ethnic Basque food, and great atmosphere. Highly original experience in a sea of mediocrity.
Bar Gernika is as much of a staple to the true Boisean diet as the Basque culture is to Idaho. The menu is simple, limited, but with that the beauty of doing everything well shines. My wife and i have never had a bad meal, have always gotten great service and always come away with a new friend and foodie like us. We're always recomending it to all of our friends who frequent the Boise night life, because--let's face it--is there any better drunk food than a spicy lamb grinder and a side of croquetas? That's what i thought. Gernika always has some of the best and highly coveted northwest micros on tap, plus a good selection of imports and domestic brews. Great place, great atmosphere, a must.
Who orders a basque sausage on a roll? Obviously the first reviewer is from Canyon County.
Really, does Bar Gernika even need a review? I can't even count how many times I've gone there and it was never bad. Except for the time I dropped one of my croquetas on the floor. But that was my fault.
Is name calling really appropriate for a restaurant review?
This was really dissapointing. My partner and I ordered a Basque sausage on a roll, and that's what we got. It's the same basque sausage they sell at Winco. After the *[part of this comment has been removed by the administrator]* cook fixed these two uninspired slightly charred "dogs" gave them to the dour server to bring to us, then proceeded to make herself a very nice lunch and sat at the counter eating it. It was awful.
VERY DISAPPOINTED. Don't be lulled into the Boise Basque excitement when the words Leku Ona are mentioned. Perhaps the bar on the first floor serves different and better food than the restaurant on the second floor, but it's hardly worth the price. And the experience doesn't make up for the lackluster offerings of the chef. Menu descriptions good - executed with cafeteria quality. I'm glad I got this one crossed off my list before the friends came to town so I won't make the mistake twice. The descriptions are interesting but the preparation is lazy, and the overall experience is overrated and overpriced and certainly forgettable. There are many better places to fine dine within short walking distance of this establishment - even on the same block! Leku Ona might be worth a visit, but I wouldn't want to eat there. Cheers.
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