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Buffalo Dreamer, Hot Springs, SD

Buffalo Dreamer

4.8
4.8
283 Reviews
$50 and over
American

Guest must be 18 +

Balancing flavor in food is always a journey and a work of art. To create food alchemy is to get in touch with the ingredients, feel the little creative nudges, follow your instincts, take risks, have courage and just allow.

At Buffalo Dreamer, Chef Rebecca Christensen is a relentless perfectionist, pursuing harmony in American cuisine as she brings together food flavors and recipes from absolutely everywhere.

Located at Moccasin Springs, an ancient mineral spring with newly renovated soaking pools, Buffalo Dreamer offers the transformative experience of food prepared with love and deep intention. Come dine with us and rest awhile. You just might feel the spirits of the majestic buffalo that once bathed, wallowed and fed in this historic and sacred site.

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Booked 8 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Fusion / Eclectic, Farm-to-table

  • Hours of operation

    Fri–Sun 5:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (605) 745-6100

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Rebecca Christensen

  • Private party facilities

    We would love to host your private event. Please visit BuffaloDreamer.com for your requests!

  • Neighborhood

    Rapid City

  • Cross street

    Minnekahta Ave

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Beer, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

We purchase local, wild and organic as much as possible. Ask server about gluten-free and sugar-free options. Beer and wine available. Menu subject to change without notice

Small Plates

  • Swimming Angel$18.00

    organic chicken satay in peanut sauce | collard greens | carrot slaw | puffed jasmine rice

    • Fermented Vegetable Plate$16.00

      cultured fennel, apple & juniper | macadamia nut cheese | cumin & chard crisps

      • Heirloom Corn Crusted Fried Okra$14.00

        cardamom crème | pickled tomatillo | chili oil

        • Smoked Paprika Ahi Tuna Tartare$17.00

          lemon crème | red onion & basil | smoked paprika oil | blue corn crisps

          • Thai Style Shrimp Ceviche$14.00

            shrimp | lemon & lime fish sauce | cavavio chiles | red onion | basil | cilantro

            Entrees

            • Red Wine & Cherry Braised Buffalo$28.00

              braised red cabbage | Scottish tattie scones

              • Poached Smoked Wild Salmon & Gnocchi$32.00

                brown butter & tomato tartare| bitter greens & shallots | balsamic reduction

                • Sumac & Collard Greens Wrap$26.00

                  sumac tomato jam | macadamia & cashew nut cheese | steamed collard greens | fried jicama

                  • Rio Grande Organic Chicken$32.00

                    roasted poblanos & jack cheese | heirloom corn polenta | cardamom tomato sauce | thyme

                    • Filet with Chimichurri$36.00

                      filet | beurre monté | chimichurri | forked crushed potatoes | asparagus

                      Dessert

                      • The Horses Have Come Back$11.00

                        toasted oats in Scotch whiskey |whipped heavy cream | Scottish heather honey | raspberries

                        • Hibiscus Flower & Blackberry Cashew Crème Tart$10.00

                          hibiscus flower & blackberry cashew butter crème | almond & oat pastry shell | cocoa nibs

                          • Hawaiian Chocolate Tart$10.00

                            chocolate ganache | coconut sugar caramel | macadamia nuts | coconut sugar pastry shell

                            • Rose Lassi$6.00

                              house-made kefir | rose infused agave | cardamom

                              • Coconut Matcha Green Tea$8.00

                                with cacao nibs

                                Last updated: February 1, 2022

                                What 283 people are saying

                                Overall ratings and reviews

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                                4.8
                                4.8 based on recent ratings
                                • 4.9Food
                                • 4.8Service
                                • 4.7Ambience
                                • 4.6Value

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                                1. EM

                                  EliM

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined 3 days ago

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Rebecca is a wizard with food each part of the meal paired perfectly together. One of the best meals I have had. the chimmichurri was the best

                                2. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  New York Area

                                  1 review

                                  1.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined 4 days ago

                                  overall1food1service2ambience2

                                  We ordered a salmon and a rainbow trout for a fish. Both were extremely dry. Two others in our party ordered beef. One was on the regular menu and the other was the special for the evening. Dietary restrictions that the waiter was made aware of were completely disregarded. She ended up extremely sick! And it took an hour and a half to get our meals. Which were prepared incorrectly. Not a happy experience.

                                3. D

                                  Dreamjunkie

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined 6 days ago

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Absolutely amazing service and food. Great menu choices for vegetarian or pescatarians.

                                4. R

                                  Rella

                                  Seattle

                                  2 reviews

                                  2.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined 7 days ago

                                  overall2food4service1ambience4

                                  The steelhead entree was excellent: the appetizer peppers were not. With just 3 appetizers and 3 entrees to choose from, we placed our order in 5-10 minutes. Besides having only 1 server to tend to all of the tables to simply get water while we hungrily waited, it took an excessive 1.5 hours to get out entree! Won't be back.

                                5. CO

                                  CathrynO

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on May 16, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Always enjoy the choices and quality at Buffalo Dreamer.

                                6. m

                                  mkahl

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on May 15, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Chef Rebecca knocked it out of the park with this place - relaxing environment, attentive service, and fantastic food combinations that will rock your world. I can't wait to come back again!

                                7. CS

                                  CandaceS

                                  New York Area

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on May 8, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  We’ll be back! It was such a treat to dine here. The food was fantastic and we really enjoyed the servers.

                                8. A

                                  Alaska

                                  1 review

                                  4.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on May 7, 2022

                                  overall4food4service5ambience4

                                  Great food! We went for both lunch and dinner after spending the day at Moccasin Springs. Lunch- we both had the burger and it was perfect, didn’t even need a side. Dinner-The side plates are amazing, try all of them. Main entrees are perfectly proportioned so that you have enough room for dessert! Also try all of them. Order a coffee just for yourself you won’t be disappointed. A must go to spot for Hot Springs and the Black Hills in general.

                                9. RM

                                  RonM

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on May 4, 2022

                                  overall5food4service5ambience5

                                  Nearly everything was perfect. The only thing not perfect was the beef in the braised beef I ordered. Afterwards I looked up braise in the American Heritage Dictionary. Browning and then simmering in a small amount of water. I asked the server about the dish and I thought he indicated a piece of meat thicker than a steak, taller. What I was served had bite size pieces of beef apparently boiled to the extent they easily fell apart. Taste of boiled beef. Not a favorite for this guy who likes pink prime rib. Other people like it, I know. With what I had I couldn’t tell if a piece included a piece of fat except by feeling it in my mouth. The taste of what was served with the beef and the tastes of everything else delighted and reminded us of why we like to go to restaurants that have chefs. Buffalo Dreamer definitely made it to our options list. I have already recommended it to one friend, and I shared your prices as well. Ah, for special occasions, for sure! Next time we’ll try the spa next door first for the afternoon, before dinner.

                                10. BR

                                  BeReal

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on April 24, 2022

                                  overall5food5service4ambience5

                                  Always amazing and such a great gem! We will be back.

                                11. HH

                                  HayleeH

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on April 24, 2022

                                  overall5food5service3ambience4

                                  Mind blowing food. Attention to detail, & playing with dishes that wow. Thank you for the treat.

                                12. NS

                                  NicoleS

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on April 24, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  The best lamb chops I’ve ever had! So impressed with this little gem. Would recommend to anyone! They have about 7 tables so make sure to make a reservation. Perfect for date night after the hot springs.

                                13. J

                                  Jane

                                  South Dakota

                                  1 review

                                  4.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on April 23, 2022

                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                  Buffalo was a little tough with Sinew but flavor was good. Wish there was a chicken option again.

                                14. SP

                                  SydnieP

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on April 23, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  This was the best restaurant my husband and I have been to. It is so worth going to and grabbing a bite to eat! The staff was amazing and the cook makes delicious food!

                                15. KD

                                  KimD

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on April 22, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  The food was outstanding! This restaurant is worth the drive!!!

                                16. d

                                  dogwoodgirl

                                  Minneapolis

                                  3 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  3 reviews

                                  Dined on April 22, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  I really did not expect something of this quality in a small town. The food was outstanding, the service was not fast but considering that 1 server handles the entire floor it was reasonable. I loved the open plan kitchen and watching the chef at work. My meal was fabulous. My only regret is that I didn't have room for dessert!

                                17. DF

                                  DominickF

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on April 17, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  We finished off a perfect day at the spa with an incredible meal at this intimate spot. The service was wonderful, the food was heaven and what a memory!

                                18. CK

                                  ConnieK

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on April 16, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  This was far above our expectations. The food was amazing. We will go back

                                19. JR

                                  JenniferR

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on April 15, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  The flavors of fresh herbs and spices exploded with magic. Great waiter Exceptional food Great matcha dessert

                                20. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  South Dakota

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on April 10, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  From the short wait all the way to the last sip of wine, we loved our experience. The ambiance was amazing and the perfect setting for calming conversation. The wait time for our meal was perfect and almost scripted it flowed so smoothly and at an amazing pace. Never did we feel rushed or in a waiting period. Our waitress was knowledgeable and gave us the right amount of attentiveness. She had an amazing gift of reading our table and allowed us to our conversation while still being ready to come over and offer assistance. The “water ninja” was also my favorite. There was a gentleman who slipped in and out refilling our water without us really noticing.

                                21. MO

                                  MaryO

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on April 4, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  We were passing thru town and looking for a spot for dinner and happened upon this gem. It is small and intimate and the food was outstanding. I wish we had more time to explore the spa, but it will be a spot to come back to next time we are in the area!

                                22. DG

                                  DeborahG

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on April 2, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Hands down the best dining experience in the Southern Hills and beyond!

                                23. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on April 2, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Delicious food and delightful ambiance!

                                24. RK

                                  RoseK

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on April 1, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  A lovely experience, great venue and excellent food.

                                25. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Omaha

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on March 26, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Amazing experience and food. Perfect way to wrap up an afternoon of soaking at Moccasin Springs. If you are visiting Hot Springs it would be silly not to have at least one meal at Buffalo Dreamer. Highly recommended.

                                26. TA

                                  TerryAndJuli

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on March 26, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Love this restaurant!! So grateful to be introduced to it by friends. The FOOD from small plates-main into the desserts are incredible! It’s such a treat for us 🤩

                                27. RR

                                  RavenR

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on March 21, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  This was the most decadent meal my husband and I have eaten here yet! The wine, the cheese platter (I still think about it) and the entree - fantastic. :)

                                28. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Charleston

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on March 21, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  What a gorgeous place. We had an amazing experience! We will be back!

                                29. SE

                                  ShellyE

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on March 19, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  This was our first visit and we were not disappointed. The space is small and intimate and surprisingly quiet. We had wonderful staff and the smells were divine….the food was as good as the wonderful smells and we will definitely be back!

                                30. MS

                                  MaryS

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on March 18, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  We had a wonderful experience dining at Buffalo Dreamer for my husband's birthday. Our server was very attentive and the food was wonderful. It was as beautiful as it was delicious! We will definitely be returning in the future.

                                31. GH

                                  GailH

                                  South Dakota

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on March 18, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Such a great experience every time! The atmosphere, amazing fragrances from the kitchen and the very best menu options~ DELICIOUS!!! Can’t wait for my next trip to Hot Springs, highly recommend.

                                32. JC

                                  JudyCH

                                  South Dakota

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on March 17, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  This small restaurant has everything: a beautiful view of the red sandstone hills, mule deer grazing, and gorgeous South Dakota sky; cozy and friendly atmosphere; professional and friendly server; and- most importantly- high-quality food, beautifully plated and skillfully cooked. It's well worth spending a little more!

                                33. A

                                  Adripingel

                                  Las Vegas

                                  5 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  5 reviews

                                  Dined on March 13, 2022

                                  overall5food5service4ambience5

                                  We were impressed with the food combinations and every plate was a explosion of wonderful flavors.

                                34. ML

                                  MichaelL

                                  South Dakota

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on March 12, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                  Unbelievable restaurant. Some of the best food I've ever had.

                                35. a

                                  angie

                                  South Dakota

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on March 10, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Delicious from appetizer through dessert!! A wonderful experience.

                                36. a

                                  acarr

                                  South Dakota

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on March 6, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                  I've seen reviews that say there is an hour wait, and we probably did wait an hour`for the entrees, but a cheese plate ordered and drinks were served during that time. And was worth the wait. Just know that if you go there for dinner, you should not expect to be served real soon. If you don't have the time, then don't go. The food was unbelievably amazing, probably the word for it would be exquisite. 2 of us had a pasta with mussels and vegetables, and tbh I couldn't really see everything in it because it was so dark in the restaurant. But whatever all was in it was delicious. One thing-We were right by the door and it was very chilly at our table and I think that table is just too close to the door in general. Also, I don't mind dimly lit, but it was so dark I could hardly see what I was eating. That's why I give a 4 *for ambience. For value-I give a 4* because for this area and the average income, it's pretty costly in relation to that. But I understand that for food of this quality it would cost more than the average restaurant around here. .

                                37. BM

                                  BillM

                                  Denver

                                  1 review

                                  3.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on March 6, 2022

                                  overall3food5service4ambience3

                                  This was not my typically pleasant visit. It took over an hour to get my food. It was delicious when it arrived but because of the long wait and an engagement that I needed to attend, I ordered desert and coffee as soon as the entrée arrived. Desert arrived without my coffee which is why I ordered it in the first place. Coffee never arrived as there were problems with the machine. I had things packed up and left. Sad to say it was not enjoyable.

                                38. KM

                                  KMae

                                  South Dakota

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on March 5, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  A healthy, calm and wholesome find in the heart of the Black Hills. Warm people, peaceful atmosphere and a meal that fuels the body and feeds all the senses. Love the dusting of “Black Hills gold” on the dishes.

                                39. JT

                                  JanelleT

                                  South Dakota

                                  2 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on March 5, 2022

                                  overall5food4service5ambience5

                                  Completely worth the experience and a return trip!

                                40. DB

                                  DavidB

                                  Montana

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on March 3, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Tremendously good food in a quiet, relaxed atmosphere. Our waitress was delightful, helpful and incredibly professional. This is definitely on the expensive side of meals, but it is a true gourmet experience that you rarely find in the Black Hills and is worth every penny.

                                Safety precautions

                                • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                                  • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                • Screening

                                  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

                                FAQs

                                Buffalo Dreamer is rated 4.8 stars by 283 OpenTable diners.

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                                Booked 8 times today
                                Google Map for Buffalo Dreamer

                                1829 Minnekahta Avenue Hot Springs, SD 57747

                                Additional information

                                • Cross street

                                  Minnekahta Ave

                                • Neighborhood

                                  Rapid City

                                • Hours of operation

                                  Fri–Sun 5:00 pm–8:00 pm

                                • Cuisines

                                  American, Fusion / Eclectic, Farm-to-table

                                • Dining style

                                  Casual Dining

                                • Dress code

                                  Business Casual

                                • Parking details

                                  Private Lot

                                • Payment options

                                  AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                • Executive chef

                                  Rebecca Christensen

                                • Additional

                                  Beer, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                • Phone number

                                  (605) 745-6100

                                • Private party facilities

                                  We would love to host your private event. Please visit BuffaloDreamer.com for your requests!

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