(kol)

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
After making a huge splash in the downtown dining scene, (kōl) - The cornerstone of the establishment is a massive coal-fired oven (nearly 10 feet wide) that glows with a combination of dancing gas flames and red-hot coal that is highly visible both inside and outside of the restaurant. This provides an incredible backdrop for our exhibition-style kitchen, which in essence, provides dinner and a show. The nearly 1,200 degree oven allows us to prepare unique menu items targeted at today’s more savvy diner, that’s not only looking for great flavors, but also a high nutritional value.
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4.1based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.0
service
4.2
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3.9
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vipAngie
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing cocktails too

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CarolS
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Call ahead if you need gluten free, the burgers include bread crumbs!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Very disappointing

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NancyG
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. Our waiter was outstanding. The atmosphere was great. The best meal out that we've had in a long time.

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OpenTable Diner
Fargo
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was fantastic and the food was amazing

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KenS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Advertised Gluten Free pizza, then of course, were out of it. Then when we tried to order burgers, were told the burgers has bread crumbs -- who makes burgers with bread crumbs? A lazy restaurant does -- so they don't have to make both meat balls and burgers separately. The result, according to one diner in our group who ordered it any way, was a burger that tasted like an Italian meat ball. Very disappointing. Wait staff were great -- doing their best to navigate around a nonsensical menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service from our server.

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jamesD
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

It was ok food portions were small for the price. Service was good

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davidb
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

My ribeye was perfectly done. My wife’s beef tips were not done to her order. Veg was tasty and perfectly done. Service was ok, seemed she was assigned too many tables, but she could only serve from the bar when he could get to it. Bar was understaffed, or he wasn’t focused.
We watched a waiter and his trainee, (entertainment!), he was superficial in his interactions with customers, the trainee was frustrated with the guy, she should be tossed onto the floor to work tables. She will do better than her trainer.
We’ll be back for the pizza! Also, bottled beers are too many-reduce the basics, expand the offerings of on-tap beers-with that, offer up beer/food pairings-like samplers-(May challenge the kitchens work/production pace), but you’d sell more $8-12 food items per beer glass sold, or do a 4 glass flight of 6-9oz - and a set of 4 food item pairings.

David

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AdamM
South Dakota
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had brunch. Absolutely amazing service. Everyone was unbelievably friendly. It was my first time taking my parents. They LOVED it! Thanks!

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BobJ
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambiance is excellent, service was first rate, food was ample and excellent.. The four of us had an array of appetizers and entree’s, each one was as good as the others.. Great wine list, nicely priced, wide selection.. Will definitely return..

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PaulO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good prices, strong drinks and awesome service, what else can I ask for? Keep up the good work!! Will be back

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ASAP
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The food was delicious, very well presented. Service was lacking, took over 20 minutes to get water.

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GregO
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience3

The food was great and the cost was fair. The service was slow (valentines day) and I reserved a sit down table and didn't get one.

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WayneH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The good:
Seated immediately
Nice atmosphere
Good food and appropriate portions
Good service
Menu selections
Good location with easy parking

The bad:
Prices are high

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

As usual the service leaves this restaurant effecting the entire experience. Once waited on this time our server was very nice and rushed our order so we could make it to a play. However we waited 20 minutes to place our order. We got water 15 minutes after being seated and we told that server we needed to get our order in. Five minutes later we gave our drink and food order and received our drinks quickly. We did get our food fairly fast and walked out the door when needed. A month before we were there for restaurant week with friends. That time we got water after 15 minutes, our drink order was taken 27 minutes after being seated and I insisted she take our food order with the drink order so who knows how long we might have waited for that. We only were waited on after I went to the hostess station to complain. The rest of the night the waitress shot me daggers with her eyes. (And I believe she is one of the managing staff ). We ended up each only having one drink ( except the couple who ordered a bottle of wine because she never asked if we wanted another drink). We were some of the last people to finish our meals for the evening even though our reservation was at 6:30 PM. Two of us had a 6 AM flight the next day so we were planning to get out of there much earlier. Food was great but the service needs attention and training.

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Charger1
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It was decent. Good food but for the price I expected better.

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JenniferS
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for fun drinks and amazing food. The salads are among my favorite in rapid city. Always fresh and great combination of ingredients. Pizzas are also good. Love the mixed drinks, too.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderfully prepared dishes and outstanding service and ambiance. We were taken care of by Ohinya who was delightful . The price was moderate for the quality . Also, we noticed how energetic and happy the staff seamed . The open oven was very interesting and you added to the foods flavor. This restaurant is a winner.

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CoJo
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Overall, my friends and I had a good time at kōl. We arrived at noon and had made a reservation. I was unaware at lunch there was no host and we sat ourselves. We had to push two tables together in order to fit us all, which was kind of annoying, but not a big deal. It seemed there was only one server working. And boy was he WORKING HARD. He was super polite, brought us all waters to start and asked for our drink orders. I asked for a sangria and he was slightly confused... I said, you can just use white whine, through some fruit in there and call it a day. lol. A little while later what I got was a super sweet strawberry spritzer. He tried... I'll give him credit. I asked for another glass of white and I split the spritzer between my extra glass and my friends. The pizza we got was also super sweet, so I wasn't a huge fan, but my friend liked it a lot. So again, no complaints, just not the best thing and probably wouldn't order it again. Everyone else got soup/salads and they seemed to love it. Overall, everything went well. I would just recommend the restaurant have more people working on a Friday lunch shift.

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Linda
South Dakota
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! I can’t wait to go back. Atmosphere relaxing.

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katierose
South Dakota
12 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food and service were very good but we felt completely rushed. They rushed the food out like they were trying to get us in and out. We did not appreciate that. We wanted to relax with a drink a bit before dinner. I’m sure it because if restaurant week but still no excuse for that. Food and servers were great.

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PennyW
South Dakota
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Delicious food. Excellent atmosphere.

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JosephineC
South Dakota
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food1service2ambience3

My husband and I are both well-traveled residents of Rapid City. We were quite disappointed by our dinner at (kol) as the menu looked great. I was hungry for pizza and ordered the Farmer Joe’s Chicken pizza which was advertised as a pizza with smoked chicken, red onions, mushrooms and bacon. What I received was a pizza overloaded with oily cheese, two or three minuscule pieces of chicken (needed my reading glasses to discover them), three thin slivers of mushroom and tons of chunks of ‘bacon’ (fatty salty pork belly, actually). The crust was great but it was a gut-bomb even though I only ate part of it. My husband also only ate part of his dinner, but we both decided to throw away the leftovers the next morning.

The two servers that waited on our table were both rather surly and did not look or act like they wanted to be at work the Friday evening we were there.

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OpenTable Diner
South Dakota
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Slow service. Especially from the bar. Dirty plates never picked up. My chair so tight to the table behind that it was uncomfortable. Told them it was our anniversary on app but no one at the restaurant said a thing.

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OpenTable Diner
South Dakota
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I always love going to KoL! Executive Chef Joshua Cumiford and his team put out great food! The salmon dinner is the best that I've had! GM Tristan Barnard and his staff make each visit a treat! I will back for dinner this week!

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vipJerry
Pittsburgh
108 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Despite a reservation, given probably the worse table in the restaurant. Food was OK, but servings rather lean. Service was fine, despite poor table quality.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Poor service

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JenaK
South Dakota
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing!!! Love the menu with it’s unique flavor combos!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
69 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

While the food was excellent, we found the service sadly lacking! We each ordered an appetizer, and a salad entree at the same time. Within a minute or two after our appetizers arrived, the server brought our salads. Not only was there insufficient space on the table, we’d barely lifted our forks for the appetizers. The server retreated, only to appear again in about five minutes with the salads! Once again, we asked that he wait until we had finished the appetizers. Finally, he got it right and replaced the empty plates with the salads. Unfortunately, this was the only service we received. No water refill, checking on how we were doing, or asking if we needed anything more.

The ambience of the restaurant was “high cool” with very modern lighting and large columns of black, grey and brown wood, circled by glass that looked like linen cloth. High ceilings were painted black and the light fixtures were pot lights above the tables and some large fixtures in the bar area. The open kitchen was interesting, but there wasn’t any sense of intimacy in the place. Too bad....what could have been a spectacular experience was only so-so. But - the food is worth a second visit!

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PamelaT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. We had Sunday brunch there and enjoyed the Bloody Marys and Mimosas as well as the Nutella French Toast, Scotch Eggs, and Corned Beef and Hash. We will be back.

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oldbikeman
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Seating was quick and the service was great. Food was excellant.

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MariahK
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The apps (burrata caprese and soup) were fine. The pork belly entree was twice the size it should've been. It tastes ok but only bc it's drowned in accoutrements. The rib eye was not a rib eye... it was a weird round red colored meat... ordered medium rare, it was borderline raw. No seasoning. We're not local but have no interest in revisiting if we return to rapid city in the future. Recommend the chef try their food and adjust portions. Also, stacked chairs by our table was weird...

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ElizabethK
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Would was ok, service was terrible. Only saw our server twice throughout the meal. Waited way too long for our drinks

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vipfoodluver51
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for foodies. Always great service. Love the pork belly!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Reservation for low top was not honored. The hostess did not listen when I said I had a reservation, instead she ignored even looking at what was chosen. This was in part because there was almost nobody in the restaurant so she just wanted to seat us and avoid looking at her iPad. The jerk wings had little flavor and the pizza wasn’t much better than a Costco take and bake. At least it was inexpensive.

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sdmurch
South Dakota
10 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We made an early reservation as we had to leave kol by 7:00 pm. We each ordered salads. It took about 45 minutes to get our food. There were two other tables who had gotten there after we did, and they got their food long before we did. I finally asked the server where our food was, and he said it was on the way. I told him we have to leave at 7:00. We didn't get our food until 6:45. I thought that was way too long for salads (also had a 1/2 sandwich with mine).

The food was very good once we got it.

The wait was disappointing.

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PaulS
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and excellent food. Will be there again on next trip to Rapid City.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Service was very slow. Food flavor was just meh

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vipcasey
New Orleans
16 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal at kol's in Rapid City. The food was delicious and we really enjoyed the chocolate mousse! Our waiter was excellent-a great experience all around. Would highly recommend this restaurant!

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(kol) offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (605) 791-1600.

(kol) is rated 4.1 stars by 76 OpenTable diners.

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