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Buffalo Dreamer, Hot Springs, SD

Buffalo Dreamer

4.7
4.7
298 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

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

What 298 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • South Dakota

    Best Overall

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    Best Food

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    Best Service

  • South Dakota

    Best Ambiance

  • South Dakota

    Best Value

  • South Dakota

    Fit for Foodies

  • South Dakota

    Healthy

  • South Dakota

    Neighborhood Gem

  • South Dakota

    Notable Wine List

  • South Dakota

    Romantic

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  • South Dakota

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  • Rapid City

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  1. A

    Alex

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    These may have been our best meals ever. Three of us had dinner and we were all amazed by the flavors. Make a reservation as we saw people turned away. It’s a small place. You will not be disappointed

  2. R

    Resa

    South Dakota

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Never have I ever been disappointed! Loved my meal & what of my husband’s he would share! As always I got all the deserts offered! Thank you

  3. S

    Shelly

    Minneapolis

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The food was to die for. We absolutely loved it....it was like a symphony of flavors, I will dream about it for a very long time. They only thing that we didn't like, was it was kind of hot in the restaurant. The spa area was much cooler, which I thought was odd.......but the food.........................awesome!!

  4. ER

    ElizaRae

    South Dakota

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Buffalo Dreamer is a true delight. We had so much fun, almost ordered the entire menu! Everything was fresh and all the flavors are bright and pop! Chef Rebecca always delivers her heart and soul and we are lucky for it.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    South Dakota

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The food and wine were great. Service was excellent.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall2food5service3ambience1

    It wasn't quite what I was expecting, I should have researched more before going. I would like to say the food was off the hook, but he vibe is not what I think of for South Dakota, more like Boulder... So it was a struggle to stay, but we felt like we should because there isn't really another option in Hot Springs. I'd say the clientele was happy, but seemed like displaced travelers looking for this type of thing. Could be my perception was skewed, but I think the look we got when we showed up was, "Are you sure you have reservations..." When asked, "Do you have reservations..." I had my reservations alright, but we enjoyed the Buffalo Braise and made the best of the situation. If the ambience is as important to you as the food then take note, if you don't want the Boulder experience, this will not be for you, but if you want good food that happens to be gluten free then this is the place for you.

  7. t

    tarheel

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had the 5 course chef’s meal for our 51st anniversary. Delightful food and service.

  8. K

    Kristi

    South Dakota

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Buffalo Dreamer's watermelon-jalapeno salad and bison entree is delicious!

  9. SK

    SteveK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Pretty serene place with very tasty locally sourced food. The chef was accomplished and thoughtful with her menu. Every plate was made to order and while very beautiful and delicious, it did take a bit to get our food. The costs of everything these days has made going out to eat a special treat and this place is special indeed.

  10. DV

    DainiusV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great meal!! All plates, from appetizers to dessert, were beyond expectation. Delicious blend of flavors. We enjoyed a cheese plate, jalapeño salad, steak, lentils and rice and an amazing strawberry dessert. Waiter was polite, attentive and friendly. Ambiance was chic yet comfortable. Recommended for all for a quiet, romantic evening.

  11. WL

    WendyLynne

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The restaurant was beautifully decorated. The Food was excellent and unique. They even kindly split all the dishes for us since my husband and I were sharing everything. They went way beyond to make the meal beautiful and enjoyable. Would highly recommend!

  12. l

    lydia

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything from the food to the ambience was amazing!

  13. CP

    CarsonP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Top 5 best meals of my entire life. We had the bass, lamb, cheese plate and watermelon jalapeño salad. Unbelievable!

  14. e

    erica

    South Dakota

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Maybe my 13th time dining. Incredible food, wine, and service as always. The flavors are unsurpassed!! Thank you!!!!

  15. R

    Russ

    South Dakota

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Tasty but uses a lot of different types of herbs and spices.

  16. EM

    EliM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    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

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    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.

  18. D

    Dreamjunkie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  19. R

    Rella

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    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.

  20. CO

    CathrynO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always enjoy the choices and quality at Buffalo Dreamer.

  21. 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!

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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!

  30. KD

    KimD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  31. 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!

  32. 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!

  33. 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

  34. 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

  35. 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.

  36. 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!

  37. 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!

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food and delightful ambiance!

  39. RK

    RoseK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A lovely experience, great venue and excellent food.

  40. 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.

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 4.7 stars by 298 OpenTable diners.

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Booked 3 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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