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Bar, Pub, American
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1800 W Fairview Ave, Boise, ID 83702-5123
+1 208-344-7691
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McKeesport, Pennsylvania
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186 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were all settled in the Red Lion after a long drive from SLC. We just wanted a couple of nightcaps and unwind before going to bed. There is a free shuttle from the Red Lion to anywhere downtown but we saw Characters and decided to try it. Fantastic! It's like a 70's sports bar ..nothing fancy. They serve some... More 

Thank Diane C
Tempe, Arizona
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017

Great options for beer. I had the rib eye steak, medium rare. The steak was thinner than I'm used to for that cut, but it was flavorful. Many choices for great beer. Patrick, the Bartender, was AWESOME! Great personality, attentive & FUN!

Thank Kim H
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016 via mobile

Whether you're staying at the Boise Red Lion hotel or just coming in for a drink and something to eat, this place is great. It has several local brews on tap as well as many of your favorite beers. The food menu here is outstanding as well and many of the items pair together very well. It also offers a... More 

Thank thomas j
Austin, Texas
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108 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2016

Hotel bar/restaurant features burgers, etc. and beer. Good service, friendly staff, reasonably prices.

Thank austintomtraveler
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217 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016

Came in to the hotel late and had a light dinner and drinks while we watched the hockey game. I wouldn't go out of my way to eat here but while staying at the hotel it was convenient, had a good selection of dishes and good service.

Thank Degan W
Reardan, Washington
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250 reviews
161 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 279 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2015 via mobile

Staying at the Red Lion Hotel and they have two restaurants: Coffee Garden and Characters. Coffee Garden is breakfast and lunch (6:00am - 4:30pm). Characters is dinner and lounge (4:30pm - until closing). They're clearly the same restaurants & staffed by Red Lion Employees. Had breakfast here this morning and as other reviewers have noted they are clearly understaffed. Only... More 

Thank Bolero49
Sweet, Idaho
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35 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2014

It is a fun place to hang out with friends, watch a game, play some pool or just have some drinks. The service here is always really slow though. We stay at the Red Lion every year and always frequent this bar/restaurant. Each year they assure us that there will be better service in the bar area however we have... More 

Thank Driftboatchic
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2014

This bar normally has pretty good bar food. This time the toppings on the nachos was a bit sparse for the $9 charge.

1 Thank Donna R
Boise, Idaho
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2014

1 server on duty. Was absent from the area for the first 5 minutes I was sitting and then gave the impression I just wasn't a priority (more of an annoyance).

1 Thank M D
Boise, Idaho
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2013

We went to Characters for dinner and drinks last night but could not get anyone to wait on us. The cocktail waitress would make eye contact, then turn her head as though we were not there. Apparently, it was not her section. We started up to the bar to order, then the bartender came out and met us. We ordered... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Bar, Pub, American
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1800 W Fairview Ave, Boise, ID 83702-5123
  • Location: United States  >  Idaho (ID)  >  Boise
  • Phone Number: +1 208-344-7691

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?