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Donn’s Kodiak Grill completely EXCEEDED my expectations. This is not a typical side-of-the-road run down diner where all you get is bagged salad and fried food. It’s completely the opposite. Tucked away on top of a hill on Hwy 21 just past Lucky Peak damn, this is a neat and cozy lodge diner with high end, impressive food. Down home and upscale have never looked so good together.

Visit Donn’s Kodiak Grill

12342 Highway 21
Boise, ID 83716

Atmosphere: 4 out of 5 stars
The historic Hilltop Cafe has been beautifully remodeled into a rustic lodge diner. Cozy, comfortable and clean.

Family Friendly: 3 out of 5 stars
I had two cranky kids with me and the Kodiak Grill did their very best to accommodate all of us. They do have a kids menu and brought out crayons. Due to another large party we were unable to get a highchair, but they did find a booster for us. Definitely equipped to handle kids, but not my first choice for the little ones.

Service: 5 out of 5 stars
The server and owner, Danarae were extremely accommodating and cheerful on a busy Friday evening. Our food was served hot in a timely manner, our drinks were always filled. The Kodiak Grill has a warm down-home feel that can largely be attributed to the friendly staff. Danarae and staff take great pride in their restaurant and it is evident by the way they conduct themselves. I felt like my Mama was taking care of me all night and making sure my dinner was just how I liked it. I watched each customer come through the door and be greeted in a similar manner.

Food: 4 out of 5 stars
Our yummy appetizers included potato skins, nachos (large enough to be a meal for two in and of themselves), tasty guacamole and cheese sticks for the kids. The entrees were tasty and aesthetically pleasing: Steak and Seafood Pinwheels, Cajun Fish and Seafood Linguini, Stuffed Grilled Chicken and my favorite the rib eye steak. The entrees were served with perfect al dente vegetables and to die for mashed potatoes. My darn kids were really misbehaving by this point and I was devastated (not an exagerration, I feel very strongly about chocolate), not to be able to sample their desserts. The dessert menu was huge and they had an option to choose a small portion of FIVE different desserts of your choice. I still hear the brownie sundae and cobbler calling to me from up Hwy 21.

Price: 3 ¾ out of 5 stars

Burgers and sandwiches priced at $10-$12. Entrees averaging $13-$16. Steaks and ribs over $20. The price was higher than I expected, but the quality of the meat and homemade ingredients was equally high. Danarae stressed that all their dishes are homeade from the very best ingredients. You can rest assured that you’re only getting the best at the Kodiak Grill. Plus, the price point actually would work pretty well with the $25 gift certificate and a $35 minimum purchase.

Chef Guy Fieri recently visited Donn’s Kodiak Grill and will be highlighting them on Monday June 8th in a special segmant of, “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” around Boise, ID. Check out Kodiak Grill on Fri, Sat and Sundays when they have live music on the patio.
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