Buffalo Dreamer

4.9
194 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 194 people are saying
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DavidC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent selection. Outstanding beef. Friendly staff.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 29, 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As good as always.

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AustinM
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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JenniferS
1 review
Dined on August 6, 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!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent Service and food. Full gluten free menu was much appreciated.

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Traveler
Orlando
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Nice place food was very good. Seating was terrible looking at blank wall and sliding bathroom door and side view was the kitchen. Waitress very good. Need better seating and more menu choices.

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StephenC
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well worth the visit, these people are truly masters of their craft.

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vipWorldresident
Austin
16 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is truly created by an artistic and skilled chef. I made reservations here for our anniversary. It’s difficult to “wow” my foodie husband. He was thoroughly impressed by the creations. Cardamom was added to chimchurri. The desserts were creative and delicious.
The mussels come in a delectable sauce that we poured over the rice at the end and scooping it into our mouths.

For me it’s important that GF options are available. The entire menu is GF.

My one complaint was that there were other tables and we were seated so close to another couple that we needed to pull the table back for me to get in behind the other woman. That made my husband’s seat practically in the door of the kitchen. If I were an average sized adult I would not be able to sit there because it was that tight. Adjacent to us was an empty 4 top with ample space all around. We should’ve been sat there.

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BettyJ
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Rebeccas is outstanding. Every bite is multidimensional, well balanced and incredibly delicious. She is the best chef I have had the pleasure of dining with. I regularly eat in Denver and Buffalo Dreamer is right there or better than my favorite spots.

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CourtneyR
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The good was exceptional. Both the presentation and the taste was better than anything I have had in South Dakota. We cannot wait to go back and to take our family.

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PatrickW
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We make sure to treat ourselves to the Buffalo dreamer every time we get a chance. We love everything about it. Thank you for being great hosts and a special thanks to the chef. Always making each meal show the love you put into it.

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Schauses
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The small venue was perfect! Isabel was congenial and a wonder restaurant emissary Judy's steak and my braise were both well presented and delicious. We'll keep Buffalo Dreamer and Isabel in mind the next time that we're in Hot Springs.

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KimM
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always such fantastic food and a serene dining experience!!!!

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GregS
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service from Isabel. Food was great and nice selection of wines.

JP
vipJanardanP
Tampa
16 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Buffalo Dreamer is a “Neighborhood Gem” in Hot Springs and Rapid City. We had one of a kind experience from our host Ginny and Chef Rebecca creative cuisine.

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vipBarryS
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a delightful restaurant! Don't miss it when in Hot Springs.

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Gmanlvnv
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I literally thought I was on the set of MasterChef or in the Hell's Kitchen dining room! Service, atmosphere was perfect! Chef was outstanding and very curious how many Michelin stars she should have! Outstanding is a massive understatement!

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PAULH
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and staff. Great experience that I would highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
South Dakota
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down the best place we have dined at in SD! We both had the filet and it had so many different flavors it was amazing. Our waiter was awesome too! Cute small restaurant definitely recommend making reservations!

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OpenTable Diner
South Dakota
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We Love Buffalo Dreamer. Our FAVORITE place in the Black Hills to dine. Every bite is an explosion of flavor.
Same room for dessert and yummy coffee. We appreciate slow dining, sitting and being present with the experience.

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LauriAnne
South Dakota
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really loved my light dinner at Buffalo Dreamer after my day at Moccasins Hot Springs! My salad was so fresh and delightful with local treats and the chicken kabob with rice very delicious. The service was super friendly and I look forward to eating there again!

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vipsk8gross
Dallas
29 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A!!!MAZ!!!ING!!! Incredible food. Fabulous service. This place is out of this world good.

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terreb
Indiana
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Five star restaurant in this small town. Make time to include it on your visit you will not be disappointed! We live in Indiana and go to many downtown restaurants in Indianapolis. This rates right up at the top to where we have eaten.

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JoeV
South Dakota
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delivering more than food, Buffalo Dreamer offers an experience beyond any culinary establishment I've ever been. To even call it simply culinary is an understatement. There is a magical intention and connection here. This will continue to be a location for our most meaningful and intimate celebrations. It's the kind of experience that brings gratitude for your existence to the forefront of your consciousness.

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ShellyJ
South Dakota
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really unique and delicious! Great service and very personal. Love it!

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant with fantastic food. Fresh. Lively flavors. Beautiful.

JW
JanieW
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Combination of flavors were unique and delicious!! The prices were quite high, but our overall dining experience was excellent. Do to the price I would say this is an excellent place to celebrate a special occasion!!!

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Drjen
South Dakota
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were very pleased with the outstanding service we received. They were very accommodating to getting my daughter And I in after I had mistakenly messed up on the reservations online. It was a very neat experience for my daughter and I to get to enjoy together. Thank you for the incredible meal and service! We will definitely recommend buffalo dreamer to our friends and family. Thank you again for being so accommodating for my daughter on her golden birthday! It was an experience we will never forget!

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MarkW
South Dakota
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

excellent food, unusual menu, great service in quiet setting

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ericae
South Dakota
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautifully prepared plates made from healthy, locally-sourced ingredients. Excellent and fun service. Thanks for treating us well, Buffalo Dreamer!!!

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OpenTable Diner
South Dakota
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious...

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tuma
South Dakota
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the steak was overwhelming the rice went well w/it

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SarahT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easily one of the top 4 restaurants in the Black Hills. We are locals of the area and love searching out new and amazing food experiences.

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vipLorijo
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is outstanding! Service is personal and attentive.

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ColoDream
South Dakota
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in the country. The food is delicious, beautiful and made with such care!

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KellyM
South Dakota
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is absolutely amazing. The device was outstanding and personable and the meal was THE BEST we have ever eaten.

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MicaelaS
South Dakota
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Extraordinary flavors and an exclusive dining experience combine to form a memorable culinary adventure.

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FayeB
South Dakota
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you like to surprise your taste buds, this is the place!

FAQs

Buffalo Dreamer is rated 4.9 stars by 194 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.