Saturday, April 19, 2008

North Idaho's Favorite Floating Restaurant: Cedars






Arrive By Boat & Dine While You Float:


We wanted to share a dining experience that is "Too Good To Miss" when you visit this area.
This restaurant actually floats on 600,000 pounds of concrete pods which encase a core of Styrofoam. It's located at the mouth of the Spokane River on Blackwell Island in Lake Coeur d'Alene. Cedars Floating Restaurant opened in 1965 and was replaced by the current building in 1991.

Imagine sitting down with a great cocktail or a glass of wine from their extensive collection & fabulous Hors d'oeuvres, (a favorite is the phyllo wrapped baked brie with Huckleberry preserves & thinly sliced Granny Smith apples layered on top with toasted foccacia bread) on the terrace of a restaurant that is actually floating on Lake Coeur d'Alene. Check it out...you can arrive by boat and actually dock right at the restaurant, or arrive by car and walk across the 100 foot long covered foot-bridge, then dine indoors in the rustic wood beamed main dining room or out on the terrace. While you watch all the boat and beach activities on the Lake, you could be enjoying a Salad Bar that offers every condiment you can think of, including candied walnuts, and boasts the areas famous Huckleberries in a dressing. That is just the beginning, our guests rave about the Sea Scallops pan seared in a Gorgonzola Cream Sauce & the Pistachio Encrusted Halibut and the 14 oz. New York Steak finished with a brandy peppercorn cream sauce...and..Oh...the Desserts!!

By the way, if it starts to cool off while you're dining on the terrace, the wait staff will bring you a wonderful lap blanket and light the outdoor heaters.

Things To Consider:
  • Open year round, serving cocktails at 4 p.m. & dinner starting at 5 p.m.
  • Outdoor terrace open in the summer
  • Bring your camera and get some great photos of ducks and a variety of water craft
  • Attire runs the gamut from casual boat attire to suit and tie
  • Reservations recommended 208-664-2922 http://www.cedarsfloatingrestaurant.com/

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