Permanently Closed - Enigma Restaurant

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167 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American

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This restaurant is permanently closed. South Dakota's top fine dining destination offering internationally inspired organic cuisine.
Enigma Restaurant located downtown, provides the perfect location, atmosphere & cuisine for your first meeting of the day over breakfast, your high powered lunch meeting, your night on the town or for that very special occasion. The Enigma Restaurant, a AAA three diamond restaurant, is located at The Rushmore Hotel Rapid City/ Mt. Rushmore. Enigma, is one of the finest of Rapid City restaurants featuring elegant dining, specialty drinks fine organic wines & stylish service. Guests can enjoy our signature "Mystery Dinner" and daily specials.
Enigma Restaurant serves: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Room Service is available for Hotel guests 6:30am-9pm.
Part of the Enigma Restaurant is our, 445 Lounge, a non-smoking, upscale lounge, offering delicious martinis with premium vodkas, fine wines, organic beers, great music and a fun relaxing atmosphere.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Organic
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Monday - Sunday: 6:00am -11:00am; Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm Friday & Saturday 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(605) 716-0600
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Jon Fearon
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Private party facilities
Private room seating up to 35 people. We invite you to book your special event or company party with us.
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Private party contact
Jordan McDonald: (605) 716-7236
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Catering
Booked through catering office only
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Rushmore Road/ Main Street
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Parking details
Free Parking
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
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New England
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2014
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

While, ultimately, everyone in my party seemed to enjoy their food one of us waited for his meal while the others awkwardly started theirs. He waited and waited. - More than five minutes. This is an unpardonable breach of service. I would not give this place a second chance

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DM
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2014
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I were visting the Dakotas and happened to stay at the Adoba Eco hotel where the restaurant is located. We glanced at the dinner menu and, based on what we saw, decided to try it out. We chose the four-course Mystery menu with wine pairings. The food was presented in a gorgeous manner and was delicious. And we tried things we would never have ordered. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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R
London
54 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2014
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We enjoy the quiet atmosphere of Enigma. It's perfect for our 'date night'. On this visit we found the Asparagus Soup to be over salted. We tried the Eggplant Moussaka and felt it really should be listed as a "Deconstructed Eggplant Parmesan." The vegetables where whole and near raw, which was a new experience in eating eggplant. While the accompanying sauces were very good, it's not something we will order again. The bone-in veal was done very well and we enjoyed the balsamic reduction that accompanied it.

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JG
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We dined here on a frigid Saturday night, so the restaurant was really quiet. We had a very romantic date and the scallops were AMAZING.

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London
54 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enigma has struggled over the past year to maintain their once excellent quality. Certainly our meal tonight was a definite uptick from previous meals. Our server was highly attentive and professional. We had the crab cakes, grilled Caesar salad, and the beef tenderloin, which was done to perfection. We also learned there will be a new chef taking over in a few weeks, so we are hopeful the Enigma is on the rebound!

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South Dakota
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2013
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We enjoyed the dinner the food was great! It is on the spendy side but we don't
eat like that all the time so was a nice treat for the 6 of us. The only complaint
was the waitress, she was wonderful just did't get our drinks, dressings, etc
very fast, she would forget. But, it was fine, we weren't in a hurry. The other main
complaint was that we were sat at a table on the north side believe under a vent,
and we were terrible cold, not just a little cold, a lot cold. And we mentioned that to the
waitress and she said she told whoever about it. There are two vents on the ceiling
and when they kick in it is very cold...

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r
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our party of three ordered mahi mahi, elk tenderloin and bone in veal chop. All were AWESOME!!! Wine list is good. Waiter was VERY good. Would go back in a heart beat!!

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South Dakota
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is not my first visit to Enigma and certainly won't be my last. I enjoy going for the exciting and always delicious Mystery Dinner! Wonderful drinks, amazing food, great service, and so much fun guessing what the next course will be.

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London
54 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2013
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Once weekly patrons we've backed our visits off to once a month. Since the management change last June, Enigma just hasn't returned to its former self. The new menu is out and the filet we had was great, as was the grilled Caesar salad. However, the crab cakes have gone from sublime to truck-stop quality. But worse was the service. How do you neglect a table when there are only two full in the entire restaurant? Our server found a way.

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South Dakota
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2013
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Went there on an anniversary date and it was very romantic. I believe we were the only other ones eating there at 8 pm on a Sunday night. They had just gotten a new menu and we had the elk and a seafood pasta. The elk was super tender, but the sauce wasn't very good on top. The seafood pasta was pretty good it had shrimp and scallops. Definitely don't think any of the food was up to par with the price.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2013
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

We have been to here several times.I had better service as McDonalds. The food was ok, not outstanding like in the past.My hubby and I had the mystery dinner.To start we had to asked to order drinks. With having the mystery dinner, the waiter did not tell us what were eating I had to ask .My hubby has a gluten allergy which I told open table prior he had no idea so I told him when we got there. With the main course, he brought us an unknown side, I asked him again what were were eating he said couscous, gluten intolerant folks can not eat that, which was fine because it was flavorless.Waiter forgot our forks for the dessert so we sat there for several minutes looking at the dish,which was not that great any way. Very frustrating.

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LD
South Dakota
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2013
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

My husband and I ate here because we had a coupon and were EXTREMELY disappointed in the quality and flavor of the food. The waiters were alright, but seemed to be in their own world. I had always wanted to try eating at this restaurant, and am very upset that I did. A complete waste of money and time.

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South Dakota
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2013
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

When we walked in I had high hopes after viewing the menu the day before. Unfortunately the service left quite a bit to be desired. Once our server warmed up to us (about 15 min later) he was ok, but sadly never did meet the expectations I had with the price and quality of the menu. We ordered the Mystery Dinner for Two which was actually quite fun and adventurous, and delicious. Although I was hoping for better service, overall it was a good experience.

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FS
South Dakota
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my husband here for his birthday. We had the four course mystery dinner and my husband said it was the best meal he'd ever eaten. The flavor combinations were surprising and delicious! The wait staff was fantastic, too.

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R
London
54 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2013
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Enigma went through a management change at the beginning of the summer of 2013. Many of the familiar faces are gone and we, too, took a several month hiatus. We returned this week and were pleased to be greeted by a former host, Peggy, and enjoyed a great meal. We had the salmon creeps, Caesar salad, and beef fillet, all done perfectly. We now stay away from the crab cakes as, sadly, they no longer use fresh crab. Back in the day they were the best that could be found anywhere! It's gratifying Enigma is able to keep up with their food quality. Finding a new staff that will sustain their tradition of excellence will be the challenge.

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New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2013
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Service was good. Everything else was just okay

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Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2013
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

The service was good, however the food was terrible. I know the food was organic but that does not mean it should not be tasty. I ordered a basic steak & potatoes. The steak was riddled with fat which made it inedible. They need a new chef!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Armando, our server, was spot on. Very pleasant, professional service, perfect timing, and knew the menu very well. Ate here as the last meal on a very special 3 week trip with my daughter. Although we had some very good meals along our journey, this was the only place the meal was excellent start to fininsh. Maryland crabcake appetizers were made correctly. My pork tenderloins on quinoa and her elk dish, and shared dessert custard and fresh fruit all excellent and presented beautifully. We moved our reservation to an earlier time slot with no problem. Quiet so we could talk over our adventures and unwind before our trip home. What a wonderful place to finish out our vacation!

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Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Maybe the best martinis I've ever had. An extensive list of them, too. Great crabcake appetizer. Scallops were out of this world, as was steak. And dessert was also awesome. The only complaint I had was salad -- the lettuce wasn't so good, but this was a minor detail. Also, they knew it was our anniversary and didn't do anyting for that. But otherwise a wonderful experience.

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e
San Francisco
213 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2013
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Our waiter, Joel was excellent, but we found out the restaurant is in between a new chef and new management. Meals are being prepared by the old line chefs until a revamp occurs. It was ordinary but potential is there for improvement.

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South Dakota
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always have a great experience when we dine at this restaurant. Wonderful service, outstanding food and very accommodating. Especially great when there are special occasions and reasonable prices for amount of food/options you receive on the brunches!

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London
54 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2013
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Even with the recent change in management the Enigma still delivers consistently good food. We would, however, suggest you stay away from the once wonderful crab cakes. They have become very inconsistent and the days of using big chunks of fresh crab seem to be over. The Elk Medallions are still one of the best things on the menu along with the grilled Ceasar Salad.

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Denver
13 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

For us, the menu was just the right size: a lot of items that looked good and it didn't take 5 pages to present.

Presentation was also a "thumbs-up". Items that were supposed to be hot were HOT. We split both the salad and the appetizer and the wait staff did the portioning table-side. Nice.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Easter Brunch Buffet. Find This Restaurant Through An Online Search. I Would Recommend To Everyone Visting Rapid City

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Fargo
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous in every respect! Wondefully creative & inspired menu.

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South Dakota
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Mystery dinner was terrific, the entire group had a wonderful time and the food was outstanding! We will definitely be returning to this restaurant in the future.

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London
54 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2013
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We return again and again to Enigma. We appreciate the friendly service, the emphasis on organic foods, and the overall quality and presentation of their food. They are definitely one of the best eateries in South Dakota.

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South Dakota
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my wife's and I second visit to Enigma...twice blown away with the service, food was out of this world on both visits...we are looking forward to the Mystery meal on our next visit!

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Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and went for Valentines day, 2013. The ambiance was out of this world. They made very table into a two person table with rose petals on the table. The staff was friendly and just plain outstanding. We always go here for special occasions but this time they really outdid themselves. The food was amazing. The lamb osso busco was fall off the bone. I did not need a fork. My wife had the lobster tail and it was equally as good. They proved once again why this is our "special" place to go.

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South Dakota
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We absolutely loved it. We had been there once before and came back on our way through town. Our server was one of the best I have ever had. The only complaint was that we got cold in the restaurant. It was a fabulous evening and we loved the food. We plan on coming back and bringing some family and friends.

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2013
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

Disappointed,
I have been to Enigma many times, always a good experience until the last one. The food was poorly cooked and it took forever to get our meals. I don't understand it. Maybe a new chef or new management, but definitely not up to par.

If I go back another time I expect much better.

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Oklahoma City
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2013
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Food was average at best. Service ws the same. Food appeared to be prevoojed and warned to order. Disappointing experience.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2013
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a very good time and will return again when we are back in the area. Our waitress was top-notched in helping us celebrate our anniversary with the decorating of our table to her advice on the food choices, which was excellent. If your looking for a romantic place to go to the Enigma is it.

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South Dakota
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved making a reservation through this site for Enigma! The staff were very friendly and welcoming. The table that was reserved for us, was decorated very nicely and waiting for us! It was a very special night thanks to the decorations and wonderful Mystery dinner! Our waiter Josiah was great! He was very on top of our courses and took our plates away when we were finished with each course.

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South Dakota
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2012
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was top notch, professional and very attentive. The food was AMAZING!!!!

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South Dakota
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2012
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

I went because I was impressed by its website and online menu.
Has the stuffy atmosphere of a place that takes itself too seriously. Empty at one on Saturday--completely empty except for our party of three. Indifferent wait staff who served while wearing his soiled kitchen apron and had no recommendations for white wine selection as he himself "preferred to drink reds."
The tomato basil soup tasted like slightly embellished canned soup. I ate no more than a couple spoonsful. The spinach salad with goat cheese and pecans was delicious. The creme brulee was passable. The bill for two salads, soup, a bowl of three cheese pasta, wine and one brulee was $70.
I chalk it up to experience but won't go there again and won't recommend it to others

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Denver
8 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2012
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

part of dish was so salty I couldn't eat it....and I am a big fan of salt

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South Dakota
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2012
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing...I arrived late and they held my table, they also stayed after hours so me and my date would be able to eat a full meal... I recomend this to anyone and everyone looking to treat someone special to something special

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Denver
15 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2012
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

It started out great. The restaurant set up the table special for our anniversary. We ordered the mystery 4 course dinner for 2. Down hill from there. It took 1 hour and 5 minutes for the 1st course of three shrimp to come out. In between we had asked for bottled water and another glass of wine which neither was brought to us. After 1hr and 45 min the entree was served. I was very excited because as the menu put it I was going to challenge my senses, and a delight for my palette. I was served a hamburger patty with mashed potatoes and veggies. That's right a $96 dollar meal consists of salsberry steak. The manager came out and said she would bring us something else. It was a little better (fish and elk medallions) but both were overcooked.

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London
54 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2012
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Enigma just rolled out their new menu and it has some fantastic dishes. We thought the crab cakes were to die for, even if you we're presented them in a Maryland eatery! They are some, if not the, best we've ever eaten. The grilled Caesar is definitely a step up and well worth ordering. The Chai Pork is absolutely delicious. We look forward to our next meal to see what culinary pleasures await us with the rest of the menu!

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