What are you craving for eats today? A juicy burger and fries, a couple of fresh sushi rolls, or maybe some authentic Italian? Rapid City provides an abundance of dining options for you to indulge your appetite. From a mysterious speakeasy bar and fine dining with white tablecloths to mobile food trucks and coal-fired pizza, the food scene will not disappoint.
Located just across the parking lot from Comfort Suites is one of Rapid City's best steakhouses. Inspired by local rich, western history of the Black Hills, Dakota Steakhouse is considered fine dining but provides an atmosphere that is casual for gathering with family and friends. Specialties include local game, fish, and the Cowboy Bone-In Rib-eye.
Nearby, at Rushmore Crossing, you will find Fuji Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar. Traditional Japanese cuisine is prepared by chefs in front of the dining guests on hibachi grills. Also at Rushmore Crossing is MacKenzie River Pizza, Grill and Pub, Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que, Longhorn Steakhouse, and Native Grill and Wings. For a quicker dining experience, there’s Panera Bread, Qdoba, Smiling Moose Rocky Mountain Deli, HuHot Mongolian Grill, and Culver’s.
While there are a variety of restaurants around Comfort Suites you can find even more options in our bustling downtown. For a fine dining experience try Delmonico Grill, Tally’s Silver Spoon, or Botticelli Ristorante. Delmonico Grill is a steakhouse where the menu is based on available, fresh seasonal fare. Although they are famous for their steaks, they also have an excellent rack of lamb along with scallops, salmon, and don’t miss their french onion soup. Tally’s Silver Spoon is known for their breakfast menu but they also serve lunch and dinner. Tally’s sources local chicken, fish, and buffalo and also uses regionally grown produce. Make sure and look for the daily specials that are anything but ordinary.
A few other exceptional atmospheres to check out would be the Wine Cellar, which is a mix of European and Californian inspired cuisine; The Firehouse Brewing Company which serves pub grub and house-brewed beers; The Independent ale house specializing in handcrafted pizza and 40 heavily rotated taps. Just a couple blocks from main street square, but still downtown, is Kol, Enigma Restaurant, Que Pasa, and Murphy’s Pub and Grill.
If you’re bold enough for a mysterious adventure, downtown is home to a Prohibition Era Speakeasy called The Blind Lion. Hidden in a top secret location, one can find handcrafted cocktails, ice carved from a sculpture block, and live music. Check out The Blind Lion’s facebook page to learn more about how you can experience this intriguing blast from the past. If you’re lucky enough to get in make sure to ask about the underground tunnel and some of its history.
In addition to a number of small coffee shops and huts around town keep an eye out for multiple food trucks that roam the streets of Rapid City. A couple to consider are Nosh, Beau’s Kickstand, The Good Stuffed, and Eddie’s Taco Truck. Check out each truck on their Facebook pages regarding where they are located on any given day.
So the next time you come and stay with us at Comfort Suites don’t forget to bring your appetite for the numerous cuisines our beautiful area has to offer. Whether you’re wanting to quickly refuel or catch up with friends and family over a nice meal the dining scene in Rapid City will not disappoint.
After a refreshing night of sleep at Comfort Suites you will feel energized and ready for the day ahead. But wait! Did you remember to pack your camera? Did you decide last minute to go out for a nice dinner, but only have casual clothes with you? Or maybe you decided you wanted to hike around the Black Hills and didn’t bring any suitable shoes. Whatever the need or want may be, Rapid City offers three main shopping areas to enhance your visit.
First, we recommend experiencing downtown Rapid City. Downtowns are unique to each and every city or town and give visitors just like you a chance to feel like locals. Roughly 10 minutes away, downtown Rapid City is anything but ordinary as it is composed of about 70 shops and galleries and over 30 restaurants. While many places are locally owned and operated you will find that being greeted with genuine smiles and friendly staff is normal. Rapid City is a popular tourist attraction, and owners love to hear visitor’s stories and what brought them to their beloved city. Some great clothing boutiques to check out are Karma Boutique, Mona Lisa’s, and Vanbachs. A local favorite downtown is Revival, which has products for your closet - such as Free People or BB Dakota - and products for your home, including furniture, art, and, cute knick knacks for yourself or as a fun gift. While you hop from one shop to the next, make sure and view the statues of presidents on each corner or take a stroll down Art Alley to see what local artists have been creating. The most unique place you will find downtown is Prairie Edge which showcases a wide variety of breathtaking Native American artwork, including paintings, sculptures, regalia, jewelry, and much more.
If you’re planning on spending the day in downtown we would recommend checking out the latest events happening in Main Street Square. With an interactive water fountain in the summer and an ice rink in the winter, this fun filled event area always provides entertainment. Need to refuel or take a few moments to relax? Head over to Tally’s Silver Spoon, which is a local hot spot for brunch, or Independent Ale House for craft beers and pizza.
The second and newest shopping area we recommend visiting is Rushmore Crossing. Conveniently located only 10 minutes away, this outdoor mall comprises 40 shops, restaurants and services. Within this shopping district you will find large brand stores such as Target, Scheels Sporting Goods, and TJ Maxx. As you browse top brands and styles at Gap, Shoe Carnival, and Bed Bath & Beyond, you will be pleasantly surprised to find sales and events consistently occurring throughout the various stores. If you’re not in the mood for retail therapy but would still like to feel pampered, treat yourself at Classic Nails, Perfect 10 Mani & Massage Bar, or Ulta which offers a variety of beauty services and products. If your goal is to shop until you drop, Rushmore Crossing is the place to be. With all the food and beverage options in the area you can either quickly refuel with a smoothie or take your time to enjoy a nice sit down meal at one of the many surrounding restaurants. However, if your trunk is full of shopping bags and you want to sneak away from the crowds head back to Comfort Suites. The best place to dine in Rapid City is located right next door to the hotel. Featuring local game and fish, Dakotah Steakhouse is sure to satisfy your taste buds and exceed your expectations. Inspired by the history of the Black Hills region, Dakotah Steakhouse has mastered the balance between a casual atmosphere and fine dining where the entire family is welcome.
Last but not least, the third spot we recommend visiting is the Rushmore Mall. Originally built in 1978, the Rushmore Mall, also a quick 10 minute drive, offers a wide range of current local shops to nationally known department stores. Apparel, shoes, souvenirs, and salons, Rushmore Mall has something for every occasion. Some of the best known stores are Sears, JCPenney, Bath & Body Works, Eddie Bauer, and Victoria's Secret. If inspiration occurs and you want to step out of your comfort zone we recommend checking out popular spots like Bohme, which is a bohemian boutique like chain store, and Torrid, which has lady fashion for sizes 10-30. Other shops you can find classic styles and trendy pieces at would be Chicos, Francesca’s, Buckle, American Eagle, and rue21, just to name a few. Unique to Rapid City, make sure and stop into Dakota Best, the largest South Dakota made product retailer in the state, or Riddle’s Jewelry who has a wide selection of Black Hills gold jewelry. As Black Hills gold received its name based on the finding and production right here in the Black Hills there’s no better way to remember Rapid City than an exquisite piece of Black Hills gold jewelry.
Bringing the whole family along? No problem! Located throughout the mall you will find a play park, kiddie rides, and Time Out Amusement arcade. A favorite among locals is Bounce Around which is equipped with bounce houses, for ages 11 and under, and animal scooter rides. An activity the entire family might enjoy is catching one of the latest movies at the AMC movie theater located just outside of Sears. The Rushmore Mall has a food court with a variety of options from sushi and chinese to burgers and shakes. However, there are also surrounding restaurants such as Olive Garden and Texas Roadhouse located just across the parking lot.
So as you finish your free hot breakfast buffet at Comfort Suites and are ready to take on the day just remember you have three fantastic shopping areas all within a quick 10 minute drive. And don’t worry, we won’t blame you if next time you visit Rapid City you “accidentally” forget something and need to go shopping!