Where to Eat in Ponderay: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Sachiko Swiger

Ponderay is a city in Bonner County, Idaho. The population was 1,137 at the 2010 census, up from 638 in 2000. Ponderay's city motto is "Little City with the Big Future". As of 2012, the city of Ponderay has the highest crime rate in the entire state of Idaho.
Things to do in Ponderay

1. Joel's Mexican Food

229 Church St, Sandpoint, ID 83864-1342 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch +1 208-265-8991
Excellent
76%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 272 reviews

Joel's Mexican Food

Reviewed By Flyfisher59935 - Troy

Being from San Diego, my expectations for good Mexican food is high and Joel’s always comes through when I need a good Mexican dish. Service has always been friendly and have never had a bad or even mediocre meal there. Highly recommended!

2. Evans Brothers Coffee

524 Church St, Sandpoint, ID 83864-1635 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Parking Available Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 208-265-5553
Excellent
72%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 73 reviews

Evans Brothers Coffee

Coffee Roastery and onsite Coffee House. Voted Best Coffee in Bonner County 2014, 2015, 2016. Top 3 Finalist America's Best CoffeeHouse, Good Food Award Winner 2016, 2013. Open air setting with rollup garage door in renovated warehouse by historic granary tower. Professional baristas, pourover brewbar, full espresso bar, local pastries, burritos, food trucks. Free wifi. Easy parking.

Reviewed By Donald E - Newport, Washington

My wife and I have been here several times. My wife usually has a Cappuccino. I usually have a hot Moca Latte. But sometimes I order a Cappuccino. All of their coffees are excellent.Thank you and your wife for continuing to choose Evans Brothers, Donald! We hope you'll stop back in soon.

3. Sweet Lou's Restaurant and Bar

477272 Highway 95, Ponderay, ID 83852-9740 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Free Wifi American, Bar, Contemporary, Pub, Steakhouse, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Late Night SGD 8 - SGD 34 +1 208-263-1381
Excellent
35%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 230 reviews

Sweet Lou's Restaurant and Bar

Located at the base of Schweitzer Mountain Resort you will find home-style comfort food, made with high-quality ingredients, served in generous portions, all at a reasonable price. Add 20 (4K) televisions for great game viewing and a full bar and you’ve found the recipe for Sweet Lou’s success.

Reviewed By Bimster69 - Spokane, Washington

This is a great place to meet friends coming down from the Schweitzer Ski Resort and next to a nice hotel. More bar type offerings than a usual pub and even more restaurant standard fare. Lots of TV's well placed, nice rustic log setting, many...MoreThank you for your business and review! We hope to see you after many Schweitzer trips to come. If your travels bring you back our way in the summer, we'd love for you to join us then too!

4. Starbucks

476864 Highway 95, Ste 1, Ponderay, ID 83852-5000 Wheelchair Accessible Breakfast +1 208-263-5768
Excellent
59%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 12 reviews

Reviewed By GLennox - Thousand Oaks, California

Very friendly folks working here, but, hey, it's in a Safeway. The grocery store locations never quite measure up... But that said, it's a half hour drive to the nearest Starbucks in Sandpoint! So if you want Starbucks, come on in.

For better coffee, try Under the Sun. Great espresso drinks and drip coffee.

5. Panhandle Cone & Coffee

216 N 1st Ave, Sandpoint, ID 83864-1578 Takeout, Seating, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American +1 208-265-8996
Excellent
92%
Good
5%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 97 reviews

Panhandle Cone & Coffee

Reviewed By Alan B - Calgary

They make their own ice cream from scratch. Flavors change regularly. Have an Evans Brothers coffee to go with the cone. The waffle cones are mad right in front of you. Great group of servers and the best ice cream you will ever taste. Watch out cause it is addictive!

6. The Pie Hut

502 Church St, Sandpoint, ID 83864-1483 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Brunch +1 208-265-2208
Excellent
65%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 145 reviews

The Pie Hut

Reviewed By gilplyn - Centennial, Colorado

I have been to this restaurant many times over the years visiting my parents who lived in Sandpoint. Heather is the proprietor of this restaurant and she make the most delectable soup ever! Her pies are excellent as well. I've never eaten anything that wasn't scrumptious. Just know she doesn't take credit cards and prepare to pay with cash. You will not be disappointed!

7. Hoot Owl Cafe

30784 Highway 200, Ponderay, ID 83852-9706 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Diner Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 208-265-9348
Excellent
62%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 112 reviews

Hoot Owl Cafe

Reviewed By Eleanor K

This cafe is not fancy but our meals were great. Not greasy and perfectly prepared. The server was pleasant and efficient. We were directed here by a local who was adamant that this was "the best place in town for breakfast" - he actually redirected us as we were going into another place!

8. Baxters On Cedar

109 Cedar St, Sandpoint, ID 83864-1408 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Dinner, Lunch SGD 12 - SGD 31 +1 208-229-8377
Excellent
73%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 254 reviews

Baxters On Cedar

Baxters on Cedar is an Up Scale Pub serving American Cuisine. From our half pound burgers and local farm salads to the Fresh Wild Halibut. We use the freshest local ingredients when ever possible and we are here to serve you as our guests! Give us a try... you will love it! Rich and Tommy your hosts.

Reviewed By Chip L - Sandpoint, Idaho

This is one of the most consistent, high quality restaurants in North Idaho. The Lamb sliders are exceptional as is the lamb when on the menu. As Baxters is a small place, the menu changes frequently. There is usually a fish or vegetarian entree special. Not a place for Gluten free. The bar downstairs is a great cozy place to hang prior to your meal.

9. Spuds Waterfront Grill

102 N 1st Ave, Sandpoint, ID 83864-1375 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Accepts Credit Cards American, Soups, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast SGD 7 - SGD 16 +1 208-265-4311
Excellent
50%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 236 reviews

Spuds Waterfront Grill

If Spud's is one thing, it's fresh. Fresh in the sense that we make everything from scratch, from every dressing, sauce and chutney, to elaborate soups and outstanding desserts. Spud's is also fresh in the sense in that our classic menu is continually reinspired by worldly flavors, regional style and seasonal ingredients. We adore the sophisticated touch of the West's best restaurants, and honor the casual comforts of small town North Idaho. Located in picturesque downtown Sandpoint, Idaho, Spud's Waterfront's reputation extends beyond the shores of Lake Pend Oreille as an excellent restaurant for locals and travelers alike. Dock your boat on the boardwalk, bike up from the beach, pull in on your way to the mountain, walk in before catching a show at the Panida.

Reviewed By Mrsfrisbe - Houston

Good basic food and a nice view weather permitting. Sandwiches and soup is best, very good in fact. But surprisingly for an Idaho restaurant named Spuds, the potatoes are just ok - but really nothing to brag about. I'll go again it's a tough place...MoreHi MrsFrisbe - Thank you for your nice review. We agree, parking can be tough. You get to "stroll" through town. Thanks for coming in. Hope to see you again soon.

10. Fiesta Bonita

700 Kootenai Cut Off Rd, Ponderay, ID 83852-9808 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Mexican Lunch, Dinner +1 208-263-6174
Excellent
51%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 55 reviews

Fiesta Bonita

Reviewed By Shayla S - Kalispell, Montana, United States

This is the first mexican restaurant we have gone to here. Going to jalapeños tomorrow. The restaurant is in the home depot parking lot across from Walmart. Most of the staff and cooks are mexican. No complaints on the taste of the food. The menu is very large but the portions for the combos seem small compared to other mexi restaurants. They do have "mondo" plate combos that looked large. I had a taco salad. Mostly salad, no beans and it was smaller than tbells. It was like $2 worth of stuff for like $8 or $9, can't remember. Hubby had the #12 which was three things; a tostada, chili reano and an enchilada. No beans or rice, just the 3 things so more like an appetizer then a meal because it was all smaller then what we are used to. We stopped at tbell on the way home to get more food. The restaurant is clean and the staff very friendly. You get chips and small dips when you sit down, but end up asking for more 5 minutes later. The prices were good, like I think if you just go in and order the mondo plates and plan on spending $45 for two it will be worth it. It's kinda cramped for kids at dinner time.

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