Mt. Rushmore and the Black Hills Restaurants

Like neighboring Wyoming, the Black Hills are not known for culinary diversity, and no matter where you go in this part of the world, beef is king. Nevertheless, thanks to a growing population and increasing numbers of visitors, the area is beginning to see more dining options. Rapid City and Spearfish have an abundance of national chain restaurants, and both communities have local eateries that specialize in Continental, contemporary, Native American, and traditional American cooking. Although dining in Deadwood's casinos usually involves an all-you-can-eat buffet, the tiny town also claims some of the best-ranked restaurants in South Dakota. Don't be afraid to try wild game dishes: buffalo, pheasant, and elk are relatively common ingredients in the Black Hills.

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  • 1. Deadwood Social Club

    $$ | Italian

    On the second floor of historic Saloon No. 10, this warm restaurant surrounds you with wood and old-time photographs of Deadwood. Light jazz...Read More

  • 2. Alpine Inn

    $$ | Steakhouse

    With its pastoral paintings, lacy tablecloths, and beer steins, the rustic Alpine Inn brings a version of old-world charm to the Old West. The...Read More

  • 3. Blue Bell Lodge and Resort

    $$ | American

    Feast on fresh trout or buffalo, which you can have as a steak or a stew, in this rustic log building within the boundaries of Custer State...Read More

  • 4. Botticelli Ristorante Italiano

    $$ | Italian

    With a wide selection of delectable veal and chicken dishes as well as creamy pastas and a palatable wine list, this Italian eatery provides...Read More

  • 5. Carvers Cafe

    $ | American

    The only restaurant at the Mount Rushmore Memorial affords commanding views of the memorial and the surrounding ponderosa pine forest. It serves...Read More

  • 6. Creekside Dining

    $$ | American

    Dine on very good American cuisine at this casual Keystone restaurant with a patio view of Mount Rushmore. Chef Bear's finest dishes are the...Read More

  • 7. Deadwood Legends Steakhouse at the Franklin Hotel

    $$$ | Steakhouse

    In a place where legends aren't taken lightly, this new establishment in the lower level of the historic Franklin Hotel has quickly made a name...Read More

  • 8. Firehouse Brewing Company

    $ | American

    Brass fixtures and firefighting equipment ornament the state's first brewpub, located in a 1915 firehouse. The five house-brewed beers are the...Read More

  • 9. Fireside Inn Restaurant & Lounge

    $$ | American

    One of the two dining rooms here has tables arranged around a slate fireplace; you can also dine on an outdoor deck, weather permitting. The...Read More

  • 10. Golden Phoenix

    $ | Chinese

    Great food, low prices, and relaxed, friendly, and quick service make this one of South Dakota's best Chinese restaurants. The chef-owner, who...Read More

  • 11. Jakes

    $$$ | Eclectic

    Owned by actor Kevin Costner, this restaurant is among South Dakota's classiest dining experiences. Cherrywood pillars inlaid with etched glass...Read More

  • 12. Laughing Water

    $ | American

    With windows facing the mountain sculpture, this airy pine restaurant is noted for its fry bread and buffalo burgers. There's a soup-and-salad...Read More

  • 13. Minerva's

    $ | Eclectic

    A pub and pool room complement this spacious restaurant, next to hotels and the city's largest shopping mall. Specialties include linguine Minerva...Read More

  • 14. Moonshine Gulch Saloon

    $ | American

    Although it's 25 mi south of Deadwood in the middle of a very empty section of the forest, the ghost town of Rochford is worth visiting. Once...Read More

  • 15. Woolly's Western Grill

    $$ | American

    Run by a friendly couple, this place caters to families with its modestly priced menu. It specializes in hand-cut steaks and prime-rib Philly...Read More

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