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Syringa Cafe

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7743 Highway 12, Kooskia, ID 83539
+1 208-926-4300
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

My husband and I thought it would be a lovely drive to take the Lolo Pass, with the fall foliage at its peak, and have a great lunch at this highly recommended restaurant. We drove 130 miles and were starved upon arrival...and it was CLOSED! We were there during business hours...but it was CLOSED. No lights, no people, no lunch.... More 

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Thank Sn0b
Peter G, Manager at Syringa Cafe, responded to this review

Hello, We are sorry to hear that you have driven so far to find us closed. We have limited hours of operation during the season covering core meal times and Unfortunately we are a seasonal establishment hence completely closed for winter. We publish that information in our cafe and on our website and on social media. I am sorry you... More 

Kooskia, Idaho
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

As locals who've experienced fine dining at varied locales, my husband, friends and I return often to Syringa Cafe to enjoy well prepared good food. The setting, along the Wild & Scenic Middle Fork Clearwater, is wild and beautiful, and the cafe staff can't be beat for friendliness and service.

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Thank wildginger2016
Peter G, Manager at Syringa Cafe, responded to this review

Dear Wildginger :) Thank you very much for your kind review and your support through out the season. We are so happy to hear that Syringa Cafe is your go to destination for good food and service. Looking forward to seeing you next spring! Warm Regards Ela Sezer River Dance Lodge Manager More 

Salem, Oregon
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

Just a nice friendly local place attached to the River Dance Lodge. Our meals were good and I had the special which was a sloppy joe so nothing too exciting. But, the dessert was this sublime huckleberry pie made locally from a recipe, since 1962. Just a lovely blend of tastes, not too sweet, not tart, and with the ice... More 

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Thank John P
Peter G, Manager at Syringa Cafe, responded to this review

Hi John, Thank you very much for taking the time to do this kind review. Nice to hear that you have enjoyed the meal and our signature Huckleberry pie. It was lovely to visit with you as well and I am glad you have enjoyed our conversations. Hope to welcome you again in the near future. Warm Regards Ela Sezer... More 

Nampa, Idaho
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

We had a great dinner at the Syringa Cafe. Our sever was really nice and we loved the Pie! I wish they had been open for breakfast too.

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Thank Mary V
Peter G, Manager at Syringa Cafe, responded to this review

Hi Mary, Thank you very much for your kind review. Nice to hear that you have enjoyed the food, the pie and the service. Looking forward to having you here again in the near future. Warm Regards Ela Sezer River Dance Lodge Manager More 

Lynnwood, WA
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424 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 236 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

Our dinner at Syringa Cafe was exceptional, and the perfect blend of spectacular outdoor setting, homey atmosphere, friendly and welcoming staff, and top-notch cuisine. It was one of the best, if not the very best, meals we had on our two-week Yellowstone road trip. We were promptly seated by our super-friendly server, and after drinks orders were taken, we got... More 

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Thank dunadan
Peter G, Manager at Syringa Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your wonderful review. We are so pleased to hear that you have really enjoyed your entire experience here at Syringa cafe from the moment you have set down until you leave. We are looking forward to having you again in the near future! Warm Regards Ela Sezer River Dance Lodge Manager More 

Orlando, Florida
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

Wonderful gourmet lunch served by Ela who could not have been nicer. Fresh and gourmet offerings. Treat yourself and try this cafe!

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Thank 2Hemi
Peter G, Manager at Syringa Cafe, responded to this review

Hello! Thank you for taking the time to post a review for the Syringa Cafe! We are happy to hear you "treated" yourself to a gourmet experience with us. We look forward to you visiting again soon. Regards, Ela River Dance Lodge Manager More 

Lewiston, Idaho
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

Tamer Sezer, Cordon Bleu chef, is fabulous. I had the falafel platter. Delicious, best in the West. Great presentation on attractive china -- the falafel patties each had a perfectly off-center dab of thick mint sauce. The ramekin of hot sauce was not too hot and very tasty. My wife prides herself as a BLT connoisseur and said the BLT... More 

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Thank Rhett D
Peter G, Manager at Syringa Cafe, responded to this review

Hello Rhett! Thank you for the kind review after visiting us for lunch yesterday! We are pleased to hear that our BLT is top notch and that your take-away kofte was delicious. No spoilers, but YES our Kobe beef burger is pretty spectacular! We look forward to seeing you and your wife again soon. Warm Regards, Ela River Dance Lodge... More 

Baltimore, Maryland
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615 reviews
215 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 245 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

This unassuming cafe offers a surprisingly international menu, with things like Indian butter chicken and falafel. Everything is homemade and very tasty. The huckleberry pie was amazing. Beer and wine are available. Service is friendly.

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Thank Wanderlust777
Peter G, Manager at Syringa Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to do this kind review. Glad to hear that our menu was a pleasant surprise for you and you have enjoyed the food and friendly atmosphere. Looking forward to having you back in the near future. Warm Regards Ela Sezer River Dance Lodge Manager More 

Portland, OR
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341 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 304 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

The River Dance Lodge's Syringa Cafe is a very good, very attractive restaurant, no question about it, and I think it would be regarded as such in either Portland or Seattle. There is indoor and outdoor seating. One of the attractive aspects is that some menu offerings are Middle Eastern dishes, and they are exceptionally good. I had the best... More 

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Peter G, Manager at Syringa Cafe, responded to this review

Dear George, Thank you very much for taking the time to do this kind review. Lovely to hear you have liked the setting as well as the meals. Looking forward to having you here again in the near future. Warm Regards Ela Sezer River Dance Lodge Manager More 

DC
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63 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016

We stayed nearby at Reflections Inn and enjoyed dinner at the Syringa Cafe. Both the food and the service were excellent. Thanks for a very nice evening.

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Thank Ellen H
Peter G, Manager at Syringa Cafe, responded to this review

Dear Ellen, Thank you so much for taking the time and write a kind review for Syringa Cafe. Glad to hear that you have enjoyed the food and the service. Looking forward to having you here again soon Warm Regards Ela Sezer River Dance Lodge Manager More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$25
Cuisine
American, Cafe
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7743 Highway 12, Kooskia, ID 83539
  • Location: United States  >  Idaho (ID)  >  Kooskia
  • Phone Number: +1 208-926-4300
Description
The Syringa Cafe is our onsite restaurant featuring Mediterranean and Northwest Regional fare with an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients. Savor homemade huckleberry pies, a variety of traditional entrees including fresh fish, meats and healthy salads or enjoy one of our Mediterranean specialties. Whatever your preference, your meal can be complemented by a delicious selection of wine and microbrews. Open seasonally

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