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Kathmandu Bistro

112 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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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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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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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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Overall ratings and reviews
4.4  based on all time ratings
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipSeptember (Denver)
5.0  Dined 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.

TheGroovySomebody (South Dakota)
4.0  Dined 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! =)

vipSpaceCaptain (Houston)
4.0  Dined 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.

cali4ever01 (South Dakota)
4.0  Dined 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.

Kitten (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined 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.

vipBill (Naples)
5.0  Dined 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.

Susie (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on July 24, 2014

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

SDRRT (South Dakota)
5.0  Dined 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.

vipRutman (London)
4.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (South Dakota)
5.0  Dined on July 11, 2014

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