Syringa Café - Riverside Dining

We will be open for the 2016 season on April 29th.

We are excited to announce that Tamer Sezer is returning to the Lodge for the 2016 season!  Tamer was our chef from 2004-2007 and has spent the last eight years living and working in Australia where he also attended the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School from where he now holds a Commercial Cookery, Certificate IV Diploma.  Tamer's roots from Turkey, one of the greatest cuisines of the world, combined with travels to southeast Asia and other parts of the world, have nurtured a broad range of recipes and culinary fusions.  From comfort foods to traditional Mediterranean dishes, to Japanese/French fusion, all with a Northwest twist, you are sure to be delighted with his menu. 

You will enjoy a unique dining experience at the Lodge's onsite restaurant, the Syringa Café, serving healthy Northwest style cuisine and featuring our famous homemade huckleberry pie.

In planning for your stay, or restaurant reservation, here are a few things you need to know:


The Syringa Cafe is open Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. as a classic buffet.  Walk-ins are welcome!  

From Monday to Friday, breakfast is served by reservation for our cabin guests only, from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. If your activity is scheduled for 8:00 a.m. breakfast will be served at 7:00 a.m. Reservations for breakfast need to be made by 7:00 p.m. the night before. Breakfast is served as a bountiful buffet for $10 per person. Tax and gratuity are not included.


The Syringa Cafe is open for lunch daily from 11am until 3pm. Walk-ins are welcome!  Our menu features salads, soup, pastas, fish, meat and vegetarian options. Reservations for lunch are not required, but appreciated. Call the lodge directly at 208-926-4300. We have our legendary huckleberry pies by Lorraine and other delectable desserts.

Lunches are provided on all daily activities. Otherwise, box lunches may be ordered in advance to enjoy in your cabin or take with you if you’re exploring on your own. 

Lunch Menu


We will be open for dinner seven days a week between April 29th and September 5th, 2016 from 6pm to 8pm. Our menu features salads, soup, pastas, fish, meat and vegetarian options. We have an extensive wine list and beer in bottles and on tap. Due to limited seating, reservations are recommended but not required. To make dinner reservations, please call the lodge directly at 208-926-4300.  From September 6th until we close October 9th, the restaurant is closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Dinner Menu

For our lodge guests who are with us on an all-inclusive package, dinner is served family style with one seating. Dinner begins with appetizers at 7:00 p.m. We offer a four-course meal, served family style. Each evening there is a set appetizer, salad, main course, side dish and dessert along with non-alcoholic fountain beverages and coffee or tea.  

Sample Package Dinner Menu

Please Note: Any guests staying at our cabins that are not part of an all-inclusive package are encouraged to make meal reservations with our office at the time of the reservation.  You can wait until you arrive at River Dance Lodge but because of limited seating we may not be able to accommodate you.  The nearest grocery store is 15 miles away and we do not sell food items in our souvenir shop, so we welcome you to make reservations and enjoy our meals at the lodge dining room. 

May – June Lochsa Season Special

On Friday and Saturday during the Lochsa rafting season of May and June, those rafting with us return to the Lodge sometime between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. For the next couple of hours we show photos from the day’s rafting excitement in the lodge dining area. Beer, wine, other beverages and light appetizers are available for sale during this time. Then, for those with reservations, we serve dinner. This begins at 7:00 p.m with appetizers.


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