Excellent. My father and I went there on a whim. We were looking for a good steak, but didn't want to go to The Mill and now that Lardos has really gone downhill, we thought we would give Steamers a try. The food was excellent. I had a filet which was very tender. The meal came with two different vegetables and bread and salad. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a upscale meal in McCall.
However, you get what you pay for. For that quality of food, I wouldn't say that it was overpriced, but it wasn't free either.
The two best restaurants in McCall ID are The Mill and Steamers. To compare them, we decided to eat at both on consecutive nights. And I post this double review under both properties.
The Mill is an old, established restaurant with a grand history. It has a long, distinguished track record in fine dining. The wine list is above average. There is ample parking. We went Valentine’s Day and had 7 pm reservations. The place was swamped and we were seated 40 minutes late, but there were comfortable waiting areas near the bar around a blazing fireplace. Service was good, considering the holiday. We had prime rib (which was very nice and not overdone), plus a ribeye steak (which was a bit overdone and had a strange streak of gristle running through it). The salad was excellent. The baked potato was huge. Vegetables were OK. Ordering wine was cumbersome because the waitress has to wait for the bartender to bring it out. Dinner for two ran well over $100, and that is more than it was worth any time but Valentines. All in all, this was the second best meal in McCall.
Steamers (www.SteamersRestaurant.com) is located downtown at the big curve. Parking might be a challenge sometimes. The place was empty, as would be expected the day after a holiday. Service was quick, professional, and friendly. The wine list was quite good and we selected a previously-unknown South African vintage. One of the specials was the pate terrine, and we found it to be most excellent – world class. And we recommend the pear and walnut salad as a great change from tossed greens. As the name implies, most of the restaurant specials feature ocean fish or shellfish. Instead, we chose Idaho rainbow trout and lamb. Both dishes were expertly prepared and the spicing enhanced the dish rather than covering it up. This was by far the best meal in McCall and at two thirds the price of The Mill. It was also the second best meal we had in Idaho, right behind the prestigious Sun Valley Lodge. I agree with most of the posters here that Steamers is your best local choice. The chef knows his stuff.
I recently visited this restaurant and while the food is very good I must say that the service is unprofessional and the atmosphere is schizophrenic to say the least. The waitress brought our food with her hands! Leaving behind fingerprints on the plate. Our waitress was also so busy that she barely looked at us while delivering our food. The atmosphere of the restaurant is very random, old fence and roulette wheels mixed with fishing and european bistro motif. The floor I will say is the worst! It is so uneven in spots that I nearly broke my ankle just walking to the restroom. This restaurant has nice food (which it ought to for the price!) but the servers are unprofessional in their food handling, something unexpected for a fine dinning establishment, and the floor is down right dangerous.
My wife and I recently took a little trip up from the Treasure Valley to McCall for our anniversary and were hard pressed to find a decent restaurant on a Monday evening. Most of the higher-ends were closed as most up scale restaurants normally are on Mondays in McCall.
After consulting various locals and other visitors and the handy restaurant guide at Hotel McCall we narrowed our choices to The Mill and Steamers.
Now let me say this; I am a fan of The Mill, possibly the best steak in McCall, however we had never been to Steamers so we decided to give it a shot.
And boy were we glad we did.
Nestled on Lake St. in snowy downtown McCall Idaho Steamers is a quaint seafood restaurant serving up what appears to be Pacific Northwest cuisine, and they do a fine job.
We started off with the Baked Scallops Parmesan, it was outstanding, now I am not the scallop fan that title belongs to my wife, but jeeze, these things were good. They were served up in a scallop ramekin. The scallops were cooked perfectly in garlic butter and topped with melted parmesan cheese.
For dinner I had the Lamb and Trout dinner, it was excellent, probably not the best lamb I have ever had, but it was very enjoyable. The 4 lamb chops and half trout were served up with side of scallop potatoes and steamed broccoli. I was most impressed, a dish that represents Idaho if I have ever seen one.
Ok, here is where we get to my wife�s main course; she had the Wild Salmon Filet. Hear me out on this one; this was the best salmon that either my wife or I have ever had. It was perfect in every way. Nose, size, texture and most importantly; taste. The salmon filet was poached and then placed upon a nest of spinach and then the whole thing was topped off with a dill and caper butter sauce. The spinach complemented the salmon excellently, it was bar none, the best fish we�ve ever had (yeah, that means I had some of my wife�s salmon!).
For desert we had a cr�me brulee cheesecake, yeah, a cheesecake that taste like cr�me brulee, why they dared to combine the two best deserts out there is beyond me, but they did and the outcome was extremely tasty. The whole cheesecake concoction was topped off with a simple caramel sauce.
So you want to know what I didn�t like about our whole Steamers experience; yes, you�re right, there has to be something. Well my only complaint would be that their wine list is a little lacking. This isn�t to say that it�s bad, but personally the northwest offers up some outstanding wines that would work perfectly with Steamers fare.
So, if you�re headed up to McCall and are looking for somewhere to eat check out Steamers, the service, the atmosphere and most importantly the food were all top notch.