Kathmandu Bistro

4.4
112 reviews
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$30 and under
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Indian
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Kathmandu Bistro is a snug eatery that serves traditional South Asian dishes in a pleasant setting. The restaurant is located inside a historical 1886 building featuring brick walls and hardwood floors. The eatery serves a range of authentic Indian, Nepalese and Tibetan food items.

Guests can choose from a large selection of food items at Kathmandu Bistro including chicken, vegetarian, fish, lamb, buffalo, goat, scallops and lobster. In addition, the guests can order appetizers, soup, salads, and home-made desserts. Popular food items served at the Kathmandu Bistro include meat samosa, fresh garden salad, aloo gobi, tadka daal, shrimp biryani, and Kathmandu momo dumpling that is served with special Nepalese chutney.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Indian, Nepalese
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Hours of operation
Open 7 days a week
Lunch Buffet from 11:00am-2:00pm
Dinner: 5:00pm-9:00pm,

You may order off the menu during lunch hours as well
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Phone number
(605) 343-5070
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering
Call for availability.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Mt. Rushmore Road
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Parking details
There is plenty of street parking along both sides of Main St (a one-way street).
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Public transit
In the summer a trolley car runs from the civic center to the historic downtown. Otherwise, there is parking along both sides of Main Street which is a one way heading west.
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Entertainment
The Kathmandu Bistro dining experience.
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Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.4based on all time ratings
4.5
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4.2
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4.0
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5.0Dined on September 4, 2014

We found this restaurant on Open Table so we decided to try it out. The food was outstanding. Everything was seasoned perfectly and hot when it arrived at our table. I would recommend to anyone that visits Rapid City to try for something different that is delicious.

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4.0Dined on August 30, 2014

The food here is phenomenal! Service was slow but it was understandable due to the fact that they make each order as it is being ordered - nothing pre-made (so they say and I believe them). Despite the longer wait for food I will still frequent this restaurant for the food is great and the people working there are super friendly and nice! =)

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4.0Dined on August 22, 2014

The food is really authentic and terrific. They were very busy but there were no short cuts in the food preparation. The garlic nan was the best I have ever had.

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4.0Dined on August 16, 2014

I was a little wary to try Kathmandu because I was worried all of the food would be spicy, but I was gladly proven wrong. The food has amazing flavor and nothing is too spicy unless you order it that way. I want to have the goat curry every day of my life!!! The menu looked like it took pictures off the internet to show what the food may look like, so when you got your meal it looked different, but I didn't mind once I tasted it. I thought it was fun to be adventurous in a city that is known for their meat and potatoes.

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2014

We have been coming to this restaurant once a week since it opened. We love it! We have been to Indian/Curry restaurants around the globe and find ours, in little ole RC, to be the best. The people are always pleasant and kind and the food is fabulous. The wine list keeps getting better.

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2014

Four of us were in Rapid City for the evening and were delighted to find Indian food superior to what we have eaten in major cities throughout the US and Europe. We knew we were in the right place from the aromas when we walked in, and the food was even better than the aromas. One eggplant dish (don't recall the name) was spectacular, and the lamb vindaloo was the best I've eaten. High quality ingredients, perfectly prepared, well presented, and excellent attentive service make Kathmandu a real 5-star find.

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2014

Since returning from overseas, this is absolutely the best Indian food I have found anywhere.

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2014

We had the chicken tikki masala and the chicken chilli with garlic naan. It was all excellent. I recommend the iced tea, which is nicely spiced and refreshing.

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4.0Dined on July 12, 2014

I have never had a disappointing dish here. We had the Tandori Chicken and Rack of Lamb, along with a samosa and some Naan bread. It was all delicious. The only downside was that our server' slack of command of English made any dialogue about the menu that was out of the ordinary a bit difficult.

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2014

Absolutely delicious food. Never tried Nepalese food before and I look forward now to having it again... Very soon!

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2014

Fantastic Indian/Nepalese food. Be sure to get naan with your meal. Their moderate spice level is fairly spicy. Rice pudding for dessert is a great way to cool the palate.

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4.0Dined on July 1, 2014

Staff was great with group of six to include 3 children (10 yrs, 6yrs, and 6 yrs). Staff were welcoming and took good care of us considering with this mix most meals turn chaotic. Meal was quick and delicious, especially for the kids. Thank you!

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2.0Dined on June 29, 2014

While the seasoning was good, most of the meat in the mixed grill was blackened. The shrimp were inedible. And most of the platter was chicken, no fish. So I would guess the person grilling needs training.

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4.0Dined on June 22, 2014

Food here is always good. I tried the goat curry for something different. The goat was good, tender and not gamey. The mixed grill platter got rave reviews. The portions aren't huge but they are plenty for a meal. Wine prices very reasonable. Always a good meal here. Nice little outside seating area for warmer evenings.

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4.0Dined on June 21, 2014

Had reservations at 7 and they were nice enough to let us in early even though they were packed, it was greatly appreciated. The service was great and the food was spot on fantastic. Very busy but would definitely be worth a wait. If you've never tried Indian, this is a great place to start.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2014

amazing restaurant to find in Rapid City, South Dakota

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2014

Fast service, friendly staff, food came out amazingly fast, great place. Food was incredible!

We we're lucky to find this place traveling thru rapid city on out way to Yellowstone. Compareble quality to restaurants back home in DC.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2014

Great food as always! Wonderful service! I have recommended this place to my friends!

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2.0Dined on June 7, 2014

The food in general was very good but we were overall very dissapointed. My husband specifically informed the waitress that he had an onion allergy. His mixed grill was served on a bed of onions. Our childrens beverages were not served until they had already received their dinners. At a reputable restaurant, these items would have at least been discounted. No apology from owner walking around. The server had my daughter reach over to the other side of the table to take her hot food bowl. I was so eager to have my children experience fine dining. We were greatly disappointed. The only good coming from this poor experience is that my husband and I might save money in the long run since the kids would prefer to stay home to eat from now on!

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2014

We had spent a month on business in South Dakota and had eaten our share of great steak. On our last night in town, we decided to try something different and ended up at Kathmandu. The food--both the Indian and Nepalese dishes--were fantastic. Great spice, great flavor. The naan basket (including cheese-stuffed naan) was a great addition. The staff were very sweet. We would definitely go again.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2014

This was our first visit to Kathmandu. We went for my Mothers Birthday and had a wonderful time. The food is the best Indian food I've ever had. The service was super friendly. I'm looking forward to having the buffet probably this week.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2014

Amazing Indian food. I tell all my friends. Very authentic Indian food.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2014

A great place for a birthday or any other occasion. Great food - unique and not like any other restaurant in town.

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2014

Excellent food and atmosphere. It is almost too quiet. I wouldn't mind a little background music. I have eaten there twice and would be quick to recommend the Lamb Bhuna or Butter Chicken.

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4.0Dined on February 16, 2014

Menu had lots of choices. Very reasonably priced. Most dishes were $14. Bottles of wine are 50% off on Sundays. Enjoyable dining experience. They were not real busy, just hope enough people give it a try that the restaurant can make a go of it.

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4.0Dined on February 15, 2014

Very nice authentic food.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2014

The food was delicious -- I had the Butter Chicken and my husband had the Lamb Curry (they were out of a lot of dishes, including the Pheasant Curry that my husband originally wanted). We would definitely come back to try other dishes too. The service, however, was quite slow. I don't know if that was just because it was Valentine's Day, or if that's normal, but they could definitely use more staff.

Overall, though, a good experience. The food was worth the wait.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2014

The food was amazing but it was obvious that they needed more wait staff. It was a good 15 minutes after we sat down before anyone came to take our order. The food came quickly but again, we did not have anyone stop at our table again until we asked for the check. The wait staff was very good but obviously overworked the night we went there. Not sure if this is the norm because this was our first visit but we will definitely be back.

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1.0Dined on January 18, 2014

We wanted to try this restaurant. Made a reservation and arrived 10 minutes early for it because we had tickets to a play later. Smelled great when we walked in. Ordered an appetizer and my husband ordered a glass of wine. 45 minutes later we had received neither. We finally left without eating because we needed to get to the theatre. Need to hire more staff. Unfortunate because we were excited to eat there. Won't be back.

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5.0Dined on December 6, 2013

Great Indian and Nepalese food, reasonably priced. Super service. There's at least ten other things on the menu we want to try. We'll definitely be back. It was night-time and 0F and people were still walking in. Obviously a local favorite too.

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5.0Dined on October 25, 2013

Fabulous, distinctive cuisine with great ambiance & service. I love eating at places like this who serve foods I don't know how to make myself that taste great. We'll definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on September 17, 2013

Second time there and the food was superb.

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5.0Dined on September 11, 2013

Very authentic! Delicious spices and lavers!

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3.0Dined on September 1, 2013

The food was good but the service was a little slow. The wine list is very limited. The ambiance was okay. I would recommend it for anyone wanting to try Indian fare in do town Rapie City.

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4.0Dined on August 27, 2013

Reasonable prices. Large servings. Polite and attentive wait staff. The chicken tikka misala was perfect. If you like Indian cuisine you'll be well satisfied.

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5.0Dined on August 27, 2013

Went there the other night and had the best dinner. I had the tandoori mushrooms and a curry chicken dish. Can't wait to go back. The menu has so many dishes that I would like to try. Service was great. Our waiter explained the dishes and was attentive. Awesome!

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3.0Dined on August 17, 2013

We are frequent visitors to Kathmndu and are fans of their great food. We are concerned about the consistency and quality of their service. They seem to have a high turn over. Almost every time we go there are new servers and they don't seem to be familiar with the menu or especially efficient. The server we had on our last visit was especially lacking. We hope they can get control of their front of house.

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4.0Dined on July 27, 2013

We enjoyed the food, it seems quite authentic. However we ordered mild and it was very spicey hot. It was way too hot for some of us to eat so one of the entrees was taken of our bill.

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2013

The food here is .top notch. Especially love the lunch buffet where you can try a lot of different things. Very efficient and friendly staff. We will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2013

Kathmandu Bistro was a definite highlight of our Dakota vacation adventures. It was so good, we happily drove over 70 miles one way to go there again.

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