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Buffalo Dreamer

4.7
4.7
229 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 3 times today
  • 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

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

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: August 6, 2021

                                What 229 people are saying

                                Overall ratings and reviews

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                                4.7
                                4.7 based on recent ratings
                                • 4.7Food
                                • 4.8Service
                                • 4.6Ambience
                                • 4.4Value

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                                1. TJ

                                  TomJ

                                  1 review

                                  4.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on January 1, 2022

                                  overall4food4service5ambience5

                                  This was our third meal overall, and the 2nd New Years Eve in a row- Last year’s Georgia O’Keefe themed six course will forever be unrivaled. We have never been disappointed and this New Year’s the steelhead and the beef shank stopped all conversation. We loved your delicious coffee paired with the key lime tart. Very creative and delicious. Thank you for such fine dining—we are already looking forward to next year!

                                2. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  New York Area

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on January 1, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  We had no expectations about this restaurant. Reviews were good (best in town) and we decided to give it a try for NYE! We drove an hour to dine here and I’m so glad we did! Food was mind blowing! Every single dish was absolutely delicious, balanced and cooked to perfection! If you are ever in Hot Springs this is a must!

                                3. N

                                  Nancy

                                  Minneapolis

                                  1 review

                                  4.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on December 31, 2021

                                  overall4food5service4ambience4

                                  Grass fed, local tenderloin was fantastic. Entire meal is a heavenly experience!

                                4. R

                                  Rajni

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on December 30, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  It's always a special treat to dine at Buffalo Dreamer! Chef Rebecca always prepares a delectable meal that not only delights your taste buds, but I really appreciate her carefully chosen quality ingredients locally sourced when available and artistic presentation, making it a meal you'll remember. Complimented by her warm, knowledgeable and attentive waitress, Asa this is most definately a special dining experience! Be prepared to wait however, as this type of quality takes time. I recommend reserving your table early if you're seeking a quieter more intimate meal, as this restaurant is quite popular.

                                5. KR

                                  KyleR

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on December 24, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Master chef making artful, delicious food with pleasant, engaging service staff

                                6. SJ

                                  ShellyJ

                                  South Dakota

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on November 21, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                  Small, quaint and food is amazjng! It's a special treat!

                                7. MM

                                  MaryM

                                  South Dakota

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on November 20, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  My husband and I celebrated our 38th anniversary with Soul Food in every way! We were nourished in our bodies with the most delicious meal , dessert , and Buffalo Dreamer Chef and staff filled our Spirits with Sweet Care and Joy.

                                8. DJ

                                  DanJ

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on November 15, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  This Chef is Culinary Institute of America (NYC) trained and your tastebuds will know it. I had a vegetarian option which was delightfully savory with roasted autumn vegetables and just spicy enough. My wife had the tenderloin beef, very tender. Good wine pairings, too. I am so happy that a restaurant of this caliber is open year round in Hot Springs. I'll certainly be back. I bought a gift certificate from the restaurant as I know it will be a great gift for a business partner.

                                9. SH

                                  SandraH

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on November 14, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience3

                                  Amazingly creative and delicious, service was outstanding. Seating was tight, but overall an experience we will return for!

                                10. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Northern MI

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on November 13, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                  Very small restaurant with a phenomenal chef and awesome service. Will definitely go again

                                11. TB

                                  TaylorB

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on November 12, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Fantastic food!! The waitress was very helpful and everything we got was exactly what we wanted!

                                12. C

                                  Cathy

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on November 11, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Had lunch and dinner there. Both fantastic. Thought my husband was going to lick the plate after dinner 👍👍👍

                                13. s

                                  sven

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on October 31, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Liked it well enough to buy a gift certificate for someone else

                                14. RD

                                  RussellD

                                  1 review

                                  3.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on October 30, 2021

                                  overall3food3service4ambience3

                                  The food and atmosphere was very good for Hot Springs sd/

                                15. KM

                                  KayM

                                  1 review

                                  3.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on October 29, 2021

                                  overall3food3service3ambience4

                                  We ate there on Father's Day and had excellent food. Sadly our Steaks this time were tough and fatty. The flavors were really good. For the price, food could have been much better.

                                16. p

                                  paddlefishroe

                                  Denver

                                  1 review

                                  4.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on October 29, 2021

                                  overall4food4service5ambience3

                                  The service was fabulous, very detailed and knowledgeable about the food preparation and ingredients. The area was very small and somewhat loud, but beautiful architecture and design. Decor was fun to look at! Wine selection was excellent and reasonably priced. We had the Australian fish which was fabulous. The oso bucco was very tender with a great selection of vegetables, however the taste of the meat and veggies was overpowered by the blackberry sauce. Somewhat disappointing. We were given a small discount. Overall it was an enjoyable evening. We will be back!

                                17. JH

                                  JessicaH

                                  1 review

                                  3.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on October 10, 2021

                                  overall3food3service5ambience4

                                  Food tasted wonderful, however there were only two options for a main dish, fish or beef. And both entrees came with the exact same sides, smashed potatoes and seasonal roasted vegetables. Where’s the creativity? I had heard such wonderful things about the uniqueness and fun flavors that chef likes to play around with. For a 1st experience I was extremely disappointed and won’t be returning.

                                18. LR

                                  LisaR

                                  South Dakota

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on October 9, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  The atmosphere, service and wine list were outstanding. Then came the food! My friend and I were amazed with every bite, the flavor combination was exquisite. I am excited to go again.

                                19. H

                                  Heartland

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on October 8, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Spectacular !!! Food was outstanding and service was great

                                20. JF

                                  JennyF

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on October 6, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  My husband and I celebrated our anniversary at Buffalo Dreamer ! The food was incredible as always!!!! Asa is so sweet and personable, we loved having her as our server!!!

                                21. MS

                                  MikeS

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on October 3, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Everything was wonderful. If I could change one thing it would be that it didn't take 2 hours but, I'll be back

                                22. GW

                                  GWD36217

                                  Minneapolis

                                  17 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  17 reviews

                                  Dined on September 30, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                  Great locally sourced food. Organic at its best. Thanks

                                23. JC

                                  JaniceC

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on September 29, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  I only found this place because I went to the Moccasin Springs Spa. Since it was my birthday, I was looking for a special place and it fit the bill😊 It was the perfect choice. We reserved for 5 pm because I read in some reviews that the meal would take some time since there was only one chef. We ordered everything at the same time to keep the flow of the meal. The appetizer was our favorite part of the meal. It was the cheese/nuts/fruit with some kind of honey glaze👏👏 The small size was the perfect amount since we had the main course coming. My husband got then Buffalo tacos and I got the steak ... both were perfect. The portion sizes were huge and I had to offer some slices of steak to my husband. We chose the ice cream for dessert. It had some espresso and hard cherry chocolate on top with gold flakes. It was a cool concept and it tasted good but did not have that wow effect in taste as the other dishes. Overall.., it was wonderful. I was so impressed, I decided to stay for lunch the following day while there for the spa. The chicken was an amazing value. 2 pieces of baked chicken was $5. I decided to treat myself to their popcorn with a honey glaze and lavender sprinkled on top. ( this cost more than the chicken😂 at $6! All was worth it. ) If we are ever in Hot Springs again, we will return. Thank you to the Chef as well as her staff.

                                24. MY

                                  MikeY

                                  South Dakota

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on September 26, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  If you want to eat here, I suggest you call ahead for a reservation! A small venue with big flavor!

                                25. MT

                                  MeganT

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on September 26, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  So insanely delicious. The flavors are outstanding and so fresh. We will definitely return!

                                26. DD

                                  DinkyDairy

                                  Des Moines

                                  2 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on September 24, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  This was a great dining experience. Everything from the service to the atmosphere and each course of the meal was exceptional. Plan your trip around a reservation at Buffalo Dreamer.

                                27. K

                                  Kris

                                  Indiana

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on September 24, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Wonderfully fresh menu, beautifully prepared and attentively served.

                                28. RS

                                  RichardS

                                  New York Area

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on September 19, 2021

                                  overall5food5service4ambience5

                                  She had the Steak I had the Osso Busco Both were amazing

                                29. CG

                                  CourtneyG

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on September 19, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Meal was absolutely incredible, all the flavors blended together beautifully. Very impressed and well worth the price, will definitely be back!

                                30. SS

                                  SenS

                                  Nashville

                                  5 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  5 reviews

                                  Dined on September 19, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Restaurant is small, could accommodate limited guests. Which I see as positive because you get special attention and the food is made fresh. I love the limited selection and the food is amazing. I definitely recommend this place!

                                31. MP

                                  MarkP

                                  Denver

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on September 18, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience3

                                  Great food. Was a wonderful evening. Will go back.

                                32. DR

                                  DawnR

                                  Denver

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on September 16, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  The atmosphere was cozy & intimate, the service was gracious & attentive, and the food was delicious, creative and beautifully presented. We very much enjoyed the whole experience.

                                33. KT

                                  KenandTrudi

                                  New York Area

                                  6 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  6 reviews

                                  Dined on September 16, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  This is currently the best restaurant in Hot Springs by far. The menu selection is so interesting and the food prepared so well. Make sure to make reservations well in advance because this is a highly desired place to eat.

                                34. DC

                                  DavidC

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on September 15, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Excellent selection. Outstanding beef. Friendly staff.

                                35. GE

                                  GarrettE

                                  New York Area

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on September 12, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  We had such a wonderful evening at the Buffalo Dreamer. The food and wine was delicious and service was outstanding.

                                36. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on August 30, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  The flavors were incredible - delicate unusual combinations that are absolutely delightful. Service is always great and the ambience can't be beat. Buffalo Dreamer is a gem that rivals the best restaurants in any big city.

                                37. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Western NC

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on August 29, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Love this place!

                                38. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Minneapolis

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on August 13, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  As good as always.

                                39. AM

                                  AustinM

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on August 9, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Food was amazing and the waitress was absolutely stunning. 10/10

                                40. JS

                                  JenniferS

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on August 7, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  If you love flavor and I mean like nuance and savoring smells and clean spices, then this place is for you! I cannot tell you have much I enjoy every bite, every time! The seasonal dishes are fantastic and Chef Rebecca keeps it interesting!

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                                Buffalo Dreamer is rated 4.7 stars by 229 OpenTable diners.

                                Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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                                Booked 3 times today
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                                1829 Minnekahta Avenue Hot Springs, SD 57747

                                • 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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