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Buffalo Dreamer, Hot Springs, SD

Buffalo Dreamer

4.9
4.9
382 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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2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 6 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 382 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseModerate

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  • South Dakota

    Best Overall

  • South Dakota

    Best Food

  • South Dakota

    Best Service

  • South Dakota

    Best Ambiance

  • South Dakota

    Best Value

  • South Dakota

    Innovative

  • South Dakota

    Neighborhood gem

  • South Dakota

    Romantic

  • South Dakota

    Good for special occasions

  • South Dakota

    American

  • Rapid City

    Most Booked

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  1. CW

    CoraW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been to Buffalo Dreamer Resturant twice in the last couple months and Loved It! The food and experience is fantastic!!! Wish I lived closer.
  2. AJ

    AngJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food is amazing. A bit expensive but well worth it. A true culinary experience. The chef is wonderful and so is the staff. Never a disappointment going there!
  3. BB

    BrianB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Lovely place with delicious food right next door to the hot springs. Though a little pricey, still a great experience.
  4. MM

    MaryM

    South Dakota

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our Anniversary dinner was incredible! The space is calm and inviting, sweet soft conversation and the smells of magical foods that heal and recharge body and Soul ! Buffalo Dreamer is our favorite location to celebrate special occasions, or simply gather with family and friends around the most delicious food in the Black Hills!!!
  5. LC

    LynnC

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Welcoming, warm, delicious and creative menu… we’ve already made another reservation for later in the week. What a wonderful restaurant in Hot Springs!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great little place reservations is a must for sure, chef has a wonderful pallet, great flavors, great service will go again
  7. KM

    KatherineM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food was amazing - it was a really nice experience.
  8. A

    Appleyards

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best meals I’ve ever had. Excellent service that was attentive but not invasive. It was absolutely great.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    South Dakota

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our top favorite restaurants in the hills. Never disappointed in taking the time to come to Hot Springs from Rapid to enjoy a dinner and top notch service at the Dreamer.
  10. JB

    JamieB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The perfect ambience and meal after a day soaking in the hot springs. My waiter was friendly, the cheese and fruit plate delish. Can’t wait to go back when I’m in the area again.
  11. DJ

    DaveJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a 3 course meal. All 3 were on point! Service was phenomenal as well. Highly recommend!
  12. ER

    ElizaRae

    South Dakota

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best use of local flavors in the Black Hills! We enjoyed a local beef braise this time around, that bone marrow is pure magic!
  13. RF

    RoseF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and atmosphere!!!! The presentation was amazing! Definitely make a reservation ahead of time, it’s so worth it!
  14. T

    Treese

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always an amazing meal. Flavors are out of this world. Plus, you can always get gluten-free.
  15. AB

    AlisaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious! Can’t wait to come back. Thank you Rebecca and staff!
  16. MD

    MelissaD

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jaime was great, food was amazing and I always get to try new things there. Thank you so much!
  17. JS

    JulieS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Meal was fabulous - everything had superb flavor. Lavender apple berry crisp was a bit off for my taste but that would not prevent me from returning.
  18. AG

    AdrianeG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Modified vegan options and amazing local, fresh food? So good!
  19. KS

    KarlaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great food! Beer could be a little colder and served in cold glasses.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything from the service to the food was excellent. There was not a bad bite to be had and we would have gladly kept eating if we had the room. This chef is a special talent.
  21. JC

    JudyCH

    South Dakota

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 3, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience2
    This is a charming restaurant with excellent food. I have been here a few times, and usually the service is professional and efficient. However, this time, our server nearly ignored us, didn't give us any information about the food or wine and, when I asked her to check on why our dinner was taking over an hour to come out, she seemed annoyed. Very disappointing.
  22. MG

    MelissaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The waiter was friendly and attentive. The food was delicious! It was suggested we get a small plate first due to the wait of the main course which was definitely the truth but very yummy! The only frustrating thing I had was you couldn't hear your company to have a conversation while waiting unless you were really to raise your voice. The main course had three selections...fish, beef, or vegan...so although small choice selection that rotates frequently it was delicious and pair well with each other!
  23. TD

    TimD

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food and service. Ambiance is also good. Acoustics, not so good as it filled noise level increased almost hard to hear a conversation with dinner partner. Price is a bit steep, not over the top, but close.
  24. SJ

    ScottJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Amazing food - beautiful location. Would definitely remmend.
  25. KR

    KarenR

    South Dakota

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great good, great service, beautiful but the 2 tables for 4 are by the kitchen and air conditioner so it’s cold and loud. Definitely worth going to but would be good up tweak this. If in Hot Springs a must to go to.
  26. BJ

    BonnieJ

    Naples

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is not for you if you are in a hurry. Order a delicious appetizer and a glass of wine and enjoy your quiet respite.
  27. MB

    MarciaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our visit to the Buffalo Dreamer so much. It was more than we expected. James greeted us very warmly and advised us about the menu which was small but varied. We selected our wine first and I was very pleased to see a Pinot Noir from the Eola Hills in OR, my favorite area. We then had a cheese plate which was so beautiful, we almost hated to eat it. But I'm glad we did because it was delicious and it was a nice way to wait for our entrees which were mouthwatering indeed. I had the steak with chimichurri and my husband had the chicken with peanut sauce. They were both fantastic with every bit having different flavors. The Lemon mash was out of this world. Yes, we will be back and will recommend to our friends.
  28. R

    Roxane

    South Dakota

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have eaten there twice. Honestly, the best meals I have ever eaten in my life.
  29. SW

    SheilaW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was incredible. Our service was great. Small dining area so quite noisy when full. Enjoyed very much and highly recommend.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    South Dakota

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Whether you take in the hot spring pools or not, this place is absolutely fantastic and worth the trip. These 100% gluten-free small plates, main dishes and desserts are better than anything I’ve ever had. Easily my new #1 restaurant!!
  31. B

    Baruch

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a one of a kind experience for those who can process love imbued in their food. I have eaten there more than once & everytime the energy of love & peace is so present. If love is not your interest then you probably will be disappointed
  32. LS

    LeasaS

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and service. Particularly enjoyed the fresh produce!
  33. RW

    RachelW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    This was the best meal I have ever eaten. Chef Rebecca does an amazing job pairing flavors with each of her items. I highly recommend trying all of the small plates. We ate the steak which was very tender and shared a tart desert. 10 out of 10.
  34. BC

    BrunoC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience. Food was amazing. Great culinary experience
  35. J

    Jeanette

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    the food was spectacular!!!! The chef took care of me with allergies to dairy
  36. r

    rich

    South Dakota

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chef Rebecca’s preparation was incredible. James and Stephanie worked well as a team and our meal was served quickly and hot. It was a wonderful experience. You can eat anywhere but if you want to dine go to the Buffalo dreamer. We truly enjoyed our experience.
  37. TA

    TerryAndJuli

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Buffalo Dreamer!! Favorite place to go dine in not only Hot Springs, SD but our favorite restaurant Ever.
  38. A

    Abby

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Top 5 restaurants I ever went to. A must to go to. Amazing food, huge chef is truly talented, atmosphere beautiful, and kind attentive staff.
  39. AC

    AliciaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Perfect for a celebration dinner! Top notch experience and food quality!
  40. R

    Riley

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The cheese plate was amazing and beautiful. Best food I've ever had.

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 4.9 stars by 382 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 6 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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