Everyday’s Special

Our scheduled menus are Prix Fixe, meaning that the menu (which changes daily) for the evening, the majority of the wines, and the price, is set a few times per year. Each dinner we prepare is original, and reflects the ingredients most in season, as well as the inspiration Chef Dave has for that meal and that group of friends. Our evenings follow a basic format that has become a favorite of our guests. We serve between 12 – 14 (sometimes more!) exquisite small plate courses, all paired with great wines to create a unforgettable dining experience!

During “Dining in the time of Corona…”

We are open!

We are to pleased to be able to see our tribe – old and new – and welcome you back to the Candle!

Covid affected us personally, and we are glad to be back, healthy, and having fun. 

That said… 

Our crew is following the mask and glove mandates, as a courtesy to our guests (and ourselves!), and we are socially distanicing our guests, as requested, and we are asking our guests to be mindful of spacing, and to use best hygiene practices, including using our specially made sanitizers etc. 

As we spend the majority of your evening drinking and eating, as per PHD, we are not requiring masks at the table, though if you choose to wear them in the restaurant or on the patio, you are more than welcome (we do!).

We are doing everything we can to maintain the Candle “Experience” that everyone has come to love and enjoy, while doing our best to keep everyone safe.

Thank you for your understanding, patience and grace during this challenging time for everyone, and we are so thriilled to welcome you!


Our limo picks you up, and a short drive later, you are ready for an evening to remember… a total dining experience…

Recipient of the prestigious “North Idaho Life 5 Star Award”

FInalist at Chef Battle National FInals

Recipient of Spokane Culinary Guild “Best Private Dining”

Winner of Judge’s Choice and People’s Choice Award, North Idaho Culinary Competition

Recipient “Best Of” (Two Goblets) Wine Spectator Award of Excellence

Dinner here is more than just a meal, it is an entire experience that you will not soon forget. Casual Elegance in a beautiful, North Idaho setting, welcome to an unforgettable evening. Enter as strangers, leave as friends!

Our dinners are 12 – 14 course, prix fixe menus, with each course perfectly paired with an outstanding wine from our award winning cellar, one of the best in the entire northwest.

Our evenings are “Reservation Only,” though we are occasionally open for “drop in,” tapas style options. We also host private groups of 8 – 24.

We also offer a few special, “Highlight” theme evenings, including our “Dinner of a Lifetime” in December!

Be ready for a superb evening of relaxed, casual elegance, complete with fun in our game room and outside patio. We also have luxury limo service at very reasonable rates from Coeur d Alene and the surrounding area.

Are you ready for a wine and dining experience you will remember for a lifetime? If so, we look forward to having you as our guests at Candle in the Woods!

Read what people are saying about Candle in the Woods


We’ve been blessed to have eaten at several of the restaurants rated in the top 10 in the world, and we enjoyed our experience at Candle in the Woods as much or more than any. – Bill H.

Truly on of the greatest dining experiences anywhere in the world! – Tony W

The best and most memorable food experience of my life! – Michelle H

One of the most amazing meals we have ever had and we’ve eaten in some of the worlds best restaurants!  ~ Tony and Jen B.

Wonderful! Worth every penny and more! ~ Don T.

Unbelievable! What a fantastic experience! The food and wine were great, but the friendliness and the warmth we felt were what made it special! ~ Bob & Lois M.

Our Dinners

Our dinners are one sitting, and we ask our guests to arrive promptly between 5:50 – 6:00 pm, unless otherwise instructed. We eat Family Style, so we all eat at one table together, though we do socially distance as requested during Covid. Our scheduled menus are Prix Fixe, meaning that the menu for the evening, the majority of the wines and the price is set a few times per year, though our guests are invited to choose special bottles off our wine list.

Dessert is usually served around 9:30 pm, though we invite our guests to enjoy our game room and stay as long as you like – once you have walked in our door, we consider you family!

Our “regular” dinners (there’s nothing “regular” about our experience!) are $140/pp, which includes 12-14 small, gourmet courses, as well as all your wine! A fantastic value for all you receive!

We offer limo service directly from your home for a nominal charge if you would rather not worry about driving.

The Wine List

We are one of TWO Idaho restaurants to win the prestigious Best of Wine Spectator Award of Excellence (Two Goblets) for 2016-17! We are very proud of our wine cellar, which boasts one of the largest wine collections in the Pacific Northwest, with some of the finest, rarest wines in the world. We have almost 1800 different labels, 4200 bottles and over 200 international varietals. ]Whether its a 1961 Bordeaux or a rare Lafite, a 1994 Cabernet from Napa Valley, a Walla Walla Chard, an Australian Shiraz (including several vintages of the amazing Grange), a Moldovan sherry or a vintage port, we have the wine for you.

Meet The Chef

Dave is an award winning chef who has been cooking literally since he was a child, and brings an enthusiasm and love for cooking that is evident in his cuisine. He was recently seen on Food Network, and may be on again very soon! Along with two of his culinary students, they recently won the Chef’s Battle Northwest, and competed in the National FInals in Las Vegas in Februrary.

Besides his work at the Candle, he is a regular guest chef at various food festivals and developed and instructs the acclaimed “Mise en Place” Culinary Kid’s Academy at the Culinary Stone.

Dave is a multiple Ironman finisher and many time marathon runner, adventure racer, mountaineer, author, event organizer and podcaster, and apparently gets bored easily. He has a very health conscious outlook in the preparation of the meals, making them as low in calories as possible, while keeping the flavor and taste as the main goals. The Candle uses fresh, organic, local ingredients wherever possible, and the cuisine transcends easy definition, being best defined as “contemporary, modern and original,” based on the best ingredients in season.

He and his wife Lisa have a daughter Delaney, who is already helping Dad in the kitchen, as well as being a top tier rock climber and Ninja Warrior competitor!


Cooking Classes

Charitable Giving

Whether its a party of 2 or 100, a wedding or a business dinner, CITW can help you make every event special! With a wide range of menu and price options, we can provide you with the perfect meal for any occasion, either as a buffet or a sit down, fully served, multi-course meal. Prices range from $20/pp to “The Skys the Limit,” depending on menu and wine choices. Contact us for more information!

We also provide some of the most enjoyable cooking classes ever, at your place or ours! You and your guests will put on aprons, pick up utensils and pitch in as we prepare up to 4 courses, with wine included, learning little techniques and trade secrets along the way. Laughter is a must! Prices are $70 per person, all inclusive. (Sadly, we are currently not doing classes, due to Covid)

Dave is also a regular presenter at the Culinary Stone in Riverstone, as well as head chef and instructor for the Culinary Kids Academy!

Candle in the Woods supports several local events by donating entire gourmet dining experiences for as many as 8 people, and valued at as much as $2000 or more. Several of the worthy charities we have supported include:

Kootenai Medical Foundation Festival of Trees
The Culinary Apprenticeship Program at the Broadmoor Hotel, Colorado Springs
Hospice of North Idaho
North Idaho College Athletic Program
Childrens Village
Holy Family
and others…


Wine Club

Our long-awaited COOKBOOK project is in final production! “Casual Elegance – A Season at Candle in the Woods” is truly beautiful, coffee table-worthy addition to evey foodie’s library! Please sign up now to get one of the first, autographed copies upon release!

We invite you to join the “Candle Wine and Cellar Club!” We are acclaimed for our wines and, in particular, our wine pairings, and we want to share that love and passion with you! 5 different tiers to meet everyone’s tastes and budget, with unique, boutique and AMAZING wines from around the world, just like we serve at the Candle!


5751 E. Highway 54

Athol, Id. 83801

(Take Exit 449 off Hwy 95 north, turn west, and proceed about 1/2 mile, and we’ll be on the right. If you cross the tracks, you’ve gone too far!. We’re about 25 minutes from Coeur d Alene)

Call/Text: 208-664-0135 (Text works best!)

Email: Dave@candleinthewoods.com

Join Us for Dinner!

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Thank you! We look forward to having you for dinner!