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Sweet Lou's Restaurant and Bar

$$ - $$$American, ,
477272 Highway 95, Ponderay, ID 83852-9740
+1 208-263-1381
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  • Excellent35%
  • Very good44%
  • Average15%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“bison ribs” (7 reviews)
“burger” (21 reviews)
“fries” (15 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 10:00 PMAll hours
American, Bar, Contemporary, Pub, Steakhouse, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
477272 Highway 95, Ponderay, ID 83852-9740
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

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...More

Thank Bimster69
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have had lunch there several times and I have enjoyed the Bacon Burger and they make a great grill cheese sandwich that I got with bacon! Nice family oriented restaurant, good place for a good meal!

Thank DeanC529
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Always a good meal here. Friendly service and good pricing. They have the best sweet potato fries and grown up grilled cheese sandwich.

Thank Lana G
Reviewed 7 December 2017

While traveling on business I had dinner at Sweet Lou's. It was a Monday night and the NFL was on so I sat at the bar to watch the game. To my surprise, the bartender advised there were football specials and handed me a game...More

Thank Mike M
Reviewed 17 November 2017

The food here was pretty decent. It was a little loud since there are TVs on everywhere but if you are just going out for a bite to eat it is pretty good.

Thank christi400
Chad F, Owner at Sweet Lou's Restaurant and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 25 November 2017

Thanks for sharing Christi. Yes, there are TV's everywhere so it can be a bit energetic when a popular game is on. I hope we see you again.

Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

The most superb Western Burger I’ve ever had! Added bacon and avocado! It is a big one!!! Service with Jenny was top notch! Glad we stopped!

Thank Alecia M
Chad F, Owner at Sweet Lou's Restaurant and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 25 November 2017

Thanks Alecia! Great idea! The Western Burger with avacado & bacon! I'll share your compliment with Jenny. We hope to see you again.

Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

Great service, great food, amazing brews. My husband and I absolutely LOVED the environment and hope we can come back!!!

Thank Laurel S
Chad F, Owner at Sweet Lou's Restaurant and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 25 November 2017

Thank you Laurel. We really appreciate your kind words and hope we see you again!

Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

When traveling we avoid the chains. Like to experience the local flavors and atmospheres. Sweet Lou's is that place.

Thank Candi B
Chad F, Owner at Sweet Lou's Restaurant and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 5 November 2017

Thanks for sharing, Candi! We hope to serve you again.

Reviewed 1 October 2017

Solid place not on the Interstate sort of in the middle of nowhere. I teeter between four and five circles but fully recommend it. Perhaps not the dining experience of your life but good food and multiple menu choices. For road-stop casual dining next to...More

Thank jettybetty
Chad F, Owner at Sweet Lou's Restaurant and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 5 November 2017

Thanks for the 5 Stars, Betty! We hope your travels take you back this way again.

Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

My husband ordered the ribs and said they were dry and over cooked. He ordered the baked potato with butter and sour cream and when asked for extra sour cream ( because the initial portion was so little) we were charged for it. Come on......More

Thank Chris E
Chad F, Owner at Sweet Lou's Restaurant and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2017

Thank you for your business and feedback, Chris. We're sorry the ribs weren't perfectly cooked. Most sauces and extra condiments are no charge and we'll take a look at our policy of charging for extra sour cream. It's great to hear that our service was...More

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Questions & Answers
15 March 2017|
Response from Chad F | Property representative |
Yes, we do offer gluten free hamburger buns. Please call or ask your server about other gluten free options.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$26
American, Bar, Contemporary, Pub, Steakhouse, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 477272 Highway 95, Ponderay, ID 83852-9740
  • Location: United States  >  Idaho (ID)  >  Ponderay
  • Phone Number: +1 208-263-1381
  • E-mail
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.
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