Best Restaurants in Rapid City, South Dakota

Rapid City restaurants offer a variety of options served with a side of Midwestern charm


When was the last time you visited a family-friendly pub that would actually keep your kids busy while you enjoy a beer? You’ll find it here. You'll also find Nepalese cuisine, delicious handcrafted pizza and fine dining in a diner-like atmosphere with prices to match. See—and taste—how Rapid City stands out when it comes to dining.

Best Beer and Pizza: Independent Ale House

A warm, casual atmosphere, a diverse offering of handcrafted pizzas and more than 40 beers on tap—what more could you want? Check out the chalkboard at Independent Ale House for the latest beer menu, which changes depending on availability and seasonal offerings. In addition to 40 rotating beers on tap, the restaurant offers more than 145 bottled beer selections. Pizzas include standard choices like the Three Little Pigs (bacon, sausage and pepperoni) and some interesting adaptations. Try the Hasselhoff with ketchup, mustard, hamburger crumbles, cheddar cheese, onions, tomatoes and pickles or the Five-O with barbecue sauce, pineapple, bacon and jalapeno.

Best Diverse Restaurant: Everest Cuisine

Did you know that you could find Nepalese cuisine in South Dakota? Everest Cuisine offers both Indian and Nepalese dishes. Start with the veggie or lamb samosa, followed by biryani, accompanied by clay oven-baked naan—either plain or stuffed with everything from vegetables to cherries. Finish your meal with a traditional dessert of gulab jamun (flour balls soaked in a rose water and sugar syrup). If you have a hard time choosing, stop by for the daily lunch buffet and sample them all.

Best Inexpensive Fine Dining: Tally's Silver Spoon

When Chef Benjamin Klinkel bought Tally’s, which had been in business since the 1930s, he decided he wanted to combine the friendly, down-home atmosphere of a diner with a more refined, fine-dining menu. The result is a service-oriented restaurant with food you’d only expect to find in a five-star establishment. Stop by for breakfast, where you can enjoy classic fare like pancakes or smoked salmon Benedict. The prix fixe dinner menu includes fried chicken, butter-bathed halibut and blueberry bison tenderloin. If you’re new to wine, the wine menu is comprehensive and covers all price ranges. Don’t skip dessert! If you've saved room, try the Buckle My Blue Suede Chouix—a blueberry buckle coffee cake with maple-bacon ice cream and blueberry port.

Best Family-friendly pub: Murphy's Pub and Grill

If you’re looking for a casual place where your kids can play while you enjoy a delicious meal, head for Murphy’s Pub and Grill. This family-friendly pub offers traditional pub food prepared with flair. Try the buffalo meatloaf or gourmet mac and cheese, a recipe made perfect for your little ones. The shepherd’s pie, a pub food staple, is made with marinated lamb. Get a kid-sized shepherd’s pie or satisfy their little appetites with a hot dog, hamburger or grilled cheese. You can relax with a beer or glass of wine, while the kids play with the beanbag toss or life-size Jenga set on the patio.


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