You’ll have no trouble finding fantastic restaurants to dine at here in South Dakota. Sometimes, however, you will have to endure a wait to get in. When your stomach is growling and you’re seriously craving some delicious cuisine, the minutes waiting can really drag on. But none of that matters once you’ve finally conquered the waves of crowds and are seated indulging in a fantastic meal. (Even if 10 minutes felt like 100.) The following are 10 restaurants in South Dakota that can be hard to get into, but they are entirely worth the wait, every single time.
1. Colonial House Restaurant & Bar
Founded in 1981, this restaurant is loved for its delicious breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and desserts! From tasty chicken fried steaks to Caramel Pecan French Toast, the Colonial House Restaurant & Bar does it all, and you’ll never leave hungry. You HAVE to try their homemade tiramisu.
2315 Mt Rushmore Rd, Rapid City, SD 57701
2. Craft Fusion
Owned by SDSU alumni, this restaurant is committed to only using the freshest of ingredients to create hand-crafted dishes patrons go crazy over. Pictured is the Cajun Beef Po’ Boy Sandwich. It features a fresh French style hoagie loaded with slow roasted beef, lettuce, locally grown tomatoes, and garlic Parmesan aioli finished with a Cajun onion gravy. Are you hungry yet?
610 Medary Ave, Brookings, SD 57006
3. Mad Mary’s Steakhouse
This phenomenal local steakhouse is a huge hit. Try their perfectly cooked prime ribs or steaks, and you’ll never even consider visiting another steak joint ever again. Yes, they’re THAT mouthwateringly delicious.
110 E Dakota Ave, Pierre, SD 57501
4. Original Pancake House
This restaurant is so amazing that their menu has gained national acclaim for its originality. Their Pumpkin Pecan Pancakes with Minnesota Wild Rice Sausage will rock your world.
2713 W 41st St, Sioux Falls, SD 57105
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This family style restaurant is located in the oldest hand-hewn building in continuous use in South Dakota. Here, you’ll find an atmosphere with a Western flair and, of course, tasty entrees you’ll absolutely rave over.
301 Main St, Hill City, SD 57745
6. Tally’s Silver Spoon
Even though you might have to wait to be seated, it will be completely worth it as you’re enjoying tasty dishes including Tally’s Fajita Steak Salad or their popular
Buffalo Peru. Yum!
530 6th St, Rapid City, SD 57701
7. Grille 26
From the Chicken Tikka Tacos to the Teriyaki Steak Stir Fry, Grille 26’s entrees are simply sensational. They recently released their limited time A Taste of New Orleans menu featuring Chef Patrick’s favorite recipes including Fried Shrimp Po Boy and Peach Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce.
1716 S Western Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57105
8. Teddy’s Deli
This sandwich shop is super popular because it's SUPER delicious. Come here for the absolute best Reuben Sandwich you’ve ever had.
236 Winter St, Keystone, SD 57751
9. Dempseys Brewery Pub & Restaurant
This business may be known for their great brews, but they also serve amazing food made from scratch that completely blows patrons away. Choose between homemade sandwiches, smoked prime rib, juicy burgers, pizza, chislic and so much more.
127 N Broadway, Watertown, SD 57201
10. The Landing
From Baked Salmon and Fish Tacos to delicious burger and sandwich toppers, The Landing has it all, including spectacular river front views of the Missouri River.
104 Capital St, Yankton, SD 57078
Have you ever dined at any of these restaurants before? What other places in South Dakota can be hard to get into but are totally worth it anyway?