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Buffalo Dreamer

4.9
4.9
201 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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Booked 7 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Fusion / Eclectic, Farm-to-table

  • Hours of Operation

    Fri–Sun 17:00–20:00

  • Phone number

    (605) 745-6100

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Rebecca Christensen

  • Area

    Rapid City

  • Cross Street

    Minnekahta Ave

  • Entertainment

    null

  • Additional

    Beer, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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Menu

Small Plates

  • Swimming AngelUS$18.00

    organic chicken satay in peanut sauce | collard greens | carrot slaw | puffed jasmine rice

    • Fermented Vegetable PlateUS$16.00

      cultured fennel, apple & juniper | macadamia nut cheese | cumin & chard crisps

      • Heirloom Corn Crusted Fried OkraUS$14.00

        cardamom crème | pickled tomatillo | chili oil

        • Smoked Paprika Ahi Tuna TartareUS$17.00

          lemon crème | red onion & basil | smoked paprika oil | blue corn crisps

          • Thai Style Shrimp CevicheUS$14.00

            shrimp | lemon & lime fish sauce | cavavio chiles | red onion | basil | cilantro

            Entrees

            • Red Wine & Cherry Braised BuffaloUS$28.00

              braised red cabbage | Scottish tattie scones

              • Poached Smoked Wild Salmon & GnocchiUS$32.00

                brown butter & tomato tartare| bitter greens & shallots | balsamic reduction

                • Sumac & Collard Greens WrapUS$26.00

                  sumac tomato jam | macadamia & cashew nut cheese | steamed collard greens | fried jicama

                  • Rio Grande Organic ChickenUS$32.00

                    roasted poblanos & jack cheese | heirloom corn polenta | cardamom tomato sauce | thyme

                    • Filet with ChimichurriUS$36.00

                      filet | beurre monté | chimichurri | forked crushed potatoes | asparagus

                      Dessert

                      • The Horses Have Come BackUS$11.00

                        toasted oats in Scotch whiskey |whipped heavy cream | Scottish heather honey | raspberries

                        • Hibiscus Flower & Blackberry Cashew Crème TartUS$10.00

                          hibiscus flower & blackberry cashew butter crème | almond & oat pastry shell | cocoa nibs

                          • Hawaiian Chocolate TartUS$10.00

                            chocolate ganache | coconut sugar caramel | macadamia nuts | coconut sugar pastry shell

                            • Rose LassiUS$6.00

                              house-made kefir | rose infused agave | cardamom

                              • Coconut Matcha Green TeaUS$8.00

                                with cacao nibs

                                Last updated: 26 June 2019

                                What 201 people are saying

                                Overall ratings and reviews

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

                                NoiseModerate

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                                  RichardS

                                  New York Area

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined 7 days ago

                                  overall5food5service4ambience5

                                  She had the Steak I had the Osso Busco Both were amazing

                                2. CG

                                  CourtneyG

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined 7 days ago

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Meal was absolutely incredible, all the flavors blended together beautifully. Very impressed and well worth the price, will definitely be back!

                                3. SS

                                  SenS

                                  Nashville

                                  5 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  5 reviews

                                  Dined 7 days ago

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Restaurant is small, could accommodate limited guests. Which I see as positive because you get special attention and the food is made fresh. I love the limited selection and the food is amazing. I definitely recommend this place!

                                4. MP

                                  MarkP

                                  Denver

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on 18 September 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience3

                                  Great food. Was a wonderful evening. Will go back.

                                5. DR

                                  DawnR

                                  Denver

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on 16 September 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  The atmosphere was cozy & intimate, the service was gracious & attentive, and the food was delicious, creative and beautifully presented. We very much enjoyed the whole experience.

                                6. KT

                                  KenandTrudi

                                  New York Area

                                  6 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  6 reviews

                                  Dined on 16 September 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  This is currently the best restaurant in Hot Springs by far. The menu selection is so interesting and the food prepared so well. Make sure to make reservations well in advance because this is a highly desired place to eat.

                                7. DC

                                  DavidC

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on 15 September 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Excellent selection. Outstanding beef. Friendly staff.

                                8. GE

                                  GarrettE

                                  New York Area

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on 12 September 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  We had such a wonderful evening at the Buffalo Dreamer. The food and wine was delicious and service was outstanding.

                                9. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on 30 August 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.

                                10. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Western NC

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on 29 August 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Love this place!

                                11. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Minneapolis

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on 13 August 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  As good as always.

                                12. AM

                                  AustinM

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on 9 August 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                13. JS

                                  JenniferS

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on 7 August 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!

                                14. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Nashville

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on 6 August 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

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

                                15. T

                                  Traveler

                                  Orlando

                                  1 review

                                  4.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on 6 August 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.

                                16. SC

                                  StephenC

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on 5 August 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                17. W

                                  Worldresident

                                  Austin

                                  16 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  16 reviews

                                  Dined on 19 July 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.

                                18. BJ

                                  BettyJ

                                  Denver

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on 12 July 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.

                                19. CR

                                  CourtneyR

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on 11 July 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.

                                20. PW

                                  PatrickW

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on 10 July 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.

                                21. S

                                  Schauses

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on 9 July 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.

                                22. KM

                                  KimM

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on 8 July 2021

                                  overall5food5service4ambience5

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

                                23. GS

                                  GregS

                                  South Dakota

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on 8 July 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                24. JP

                                  JanardanP

                                  Tampa

                                  16 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  16 reviews

                                  Dined on 4 July 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.

                                25. BS

                                  BarryS

                                  Las Vegas

                                  11 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  11 reviews

                                  Dined on 27 June 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                26. G

                                  Gmanlvnv

                                  Minneapolis

                                  2 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on 27 June 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!

                                27. PA

                                  PAULH

                                  Minneapolis

                                  3 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  3 reviews

                                  Dined on 6 June 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                28. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  South Dakota

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on 14 May 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!

                                29. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  South Dakota

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on 14 May 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.

                                30. LA

                                  LauriAnne

                                  South Dakota

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on 7 May 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!

                                31. s

                                  sk8gross

                                  Dallas

                                  29 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  29 reviews

                                  Dined on 30 April 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                32. t

                                  terreb

                                  Indiana

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on 30 April 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.

                                33. JV

                                  JoeV

                                  South Dakota

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on 23 April 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.

                                34. SJ

                                  ShellyJ

                                  South Dakota

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on 18 April 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                35. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Tallahassee

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on 18 April 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                36. JW

                                  JanieW

                                  Denver

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on 17 April 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!!!

                                37. D

                                  Drjen

                                  South Dakota

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on 17 April 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!

                                38. MW

                                  MarkW

                                  South Dakota

                                  2 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on 16 April 2021

                                  overall5food4service5ambience4

                                  excellent food, unusual menu, great service in quiet setting

                                39. e

                                  ericae

                                  South Dakota

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on 11 April 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                40. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  South Dakota

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on 10 April 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  The food was absolutely delicious...

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                                Buffalo Dreamer is rated 4.9 stars by 201 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 bookings at the moment.

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                                Booked 7 times today
                                Google Map for Buffalo Dreamer

                                1829 Minnekahta Avenue Hot Springs, SD 57747

                                • Cross Street

                                  Minnekahta Ave

                                • Area

                                  Rapid City

                                • Hours of Operation

                                  Fri–Sun 17:00–20:00

                                • Cuisines

                                  American, Fusion / Eclectic, Farm-to-table

                                • Dining style

                                  Casual Dining

                                • Dress Code

                                  Business Casual

                                • Payment Options

                                  AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                • Executive Chef

                                  Rebecca Christensen

                                • Entertainment

                                  null

                                • Additional

                                  Beer, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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