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An Idaho Gem

Photo courtesy: Brad Frerkson.

With 75 years of combined hospitality experience and a reputation that has carried over to being noted as the Best Restaurant in Sandpoint, Forty-One South has favorably entertained its diners in magnificent form with its sweeping lakefront views, classic gourmet American dishes and continuous service of excellence.

When you first walk in you will be immediately welcomed and feel the warm, rustic but elegant vibe. As the sun dips below the horizon on Lake Pend Oreille, the year-round panoramic lake and mountain views from inside and out become nirvana to its visitors. The multiple outdoor patios make this a great stop for summer dining which also offers easy access boat-up docks for its lake cruising fans. The wintertime offers its visitors the same service of excellence and tasteful dishes but in a cozy and warm indoor environment. The inside boasts a lodge feel with a roaring fire in a beautifully set large stone fireplace that accompanies its guests fresh off Schweitzer. Wintertime diners can also enjoy the gorgeous lake views from inside while participating in one of their monthly wine dinners.

The extensive wine and spirits selection, fresh seasonal menu and the desire to source locally farmed goods makes the food just as much of an experience as visiting the restaurant itself. Catering to those with special dietary concerns and the willingness to be flexible for their customers’ needs helps open the doors to those who seek out fine lakeside dining but have restrictions. Popular menu items such as The Crab Bisque, Smoked Filet Mignon or Steelhead Trout are what bring the visitors back time and time again. Don’t forget the tempting dessert menu which features a Peanut Butter Mousse Cake, Southern-Style Bread Pudding and a Flourless Chocolate Torte, just to name a few. Forty-One South also provides a tasty children's menu that is focused on classic kid favorites that are delicious and will appeal to even the most finicky eaters.

Don't want to sit for a full meal? Forty-One South also provides a happy hour bar menu with the same flavorful options as the dining room but in a more casual setting while still providing a memorable experience. The many offerings here truly make this a crowd-pleasing destination.

Most recently being noted with a Certificate of Excellence through Trip Advisor, Forty-One South proves repeatedly it will satisfy the masses. The owner Cassandra Cayson has owned Forty-One South for nearly 10 years now and takes pride in the service that she and her team consistently provide to their many repeat visitors.

Offering full-service catering for weddings and special events also makes this a great place when seeking out a setting to gather your family or loved ones. Hours vary by season, and reservations are recommended to guarantee a perfectly orchestrated dining experience.

So, the next time you travel into the area, or for those who happen to live right here in Sandpoint, be sure to take the easy drive over The Long Bridge and see what all the excitement is about at Forty-One South.

Forty-One South

The Lodge at Sandpoint Sagle

41 Lakeshore Dr. 208.265.2000

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