Aberdeen Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Aberdeen

April 14, 2018 Enriqueta Cusson

Aberdeen (Lakota: Ablíla) is a city in and the county seat of Brown County, South Dakota, United States, about 125 miles (201 km) northeast of Pierre. The city population was 26,091 at the 2010 census, making it the third most populous city in the state after Sioux Falls and Rapid City. Aberdeen is the principal city of the Aberdeen Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Brown and Edmunds counties and has a population of 40,602 in 2010. Aberdeen is considered a college town, being the home of both Northern State University and Presentation College.
Things to do in Aberdeen

1. Mavericks Steak & Cocktails

720 Lamont St S, Aberdeen, SD 57401-5518 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi American, Steakhouse, Bar, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 9 - SGD 25 +1 605-225-1314
Excellent
40%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
7%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 263 reviews

Mavericks Steak & Cocktails

Enjoy a fantastic meal and superb dining service. Maverick's restaurant in Aberdeen, SD provides a clean and casual environment with great service and excellent food. To accompany your dinner we have a wide selection of domestic and imported beer and wine and a full bar stocked with your favorite liquors. Mavericks Steak & Cocktails has a great party room available for groups of 20-40. Please call for more information and openings. We accept reservations for lunch or supper Monday through Thursday; Friday and Saturday reservations are only accepted for times between 11am and 4pm.

Reviewed By jeffeliason - Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Great Food, great service! Met a group of friends for dinner and had the Maverick steak. It was cooked perfect and the sides and salad complimented the steak. Keep up the good work!We’re so pleased to hear you enjoyed your meal! We strive to create entrees and sides our guests will love! Thank you for the review.

2. Palm Garden Cafe & Chocolate Shoppe & Burckhard Bakery

602 S 3rd St, Aberdeen, SD 57401-5903 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol American, Cafe Lunch, Dinner +1 605-725-4240
Excellent
49%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 42 reviews

Palm Garden Cafe & Chocolate Shoppe & Burckhard Bakery

Reviewed By LovesTravel1870 - Aberdeen, South Dakota

The Palm Garden is a favorite amongst Aberdeen residents and visitors. Staff is always friendly and the menu has great variety. Try their homemade soups along with one of their unique sandwiches. The bread was likely baked fresh that day! Don't forget to grab some chocolates on your way out as a treat for someone special or just to enjoy on your own!

3. Red Rooster Coffee House

202 S Main St, Aberdeen, SD 57401-4155 Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible Breakfast, Dinner +1 605-225-6603
Excellent
37%
Good
63%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 16 reviews

Red Rooster Coffee House

Reviewed By Sarah M

Great place to meet with friends, get some work done on your laptop. They don't have much as far as breakfast/food options and aren't open on Sundays which is when I normally get my computer work done. But overall great experience, they also have events at night like live music/poetry which is cool.

4. Roma Ristorante Italiano

104 S Main St, Aberdeen, SD 57401-4137 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 605-725-5757
Excellent
64%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 74 reviews

Roma Ristorante Italiano

Reviewed By gshore - Bismarck, North Dakota

The lasagna was really good and a nice size portion (had half for lunch the next day. The CANOLLIS were fabulous. I've had cannolis in Little Italy NYC and in the North End of Boston and these were great. Nice shell - firm but not too hard and the filling was delicious.

5. Caribou Coffee

604 6th Ave SE, Aberdeen, SD 57401-6249 Cafe +1 605-262-4001
Excellent
40%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 10 reviews

Caribou Coffee

Reviewed By CSSnowshoer - New York City, New York

The Daily Grind has closed, and the Red Rooster was not open at 6:30 on Sunday morning so I found myself checking out the new chain coffee shop in town.
Clean, spacious, well stocked. Very friendly staff. The coffee choices were good. Pasties were kept cold, but the clerk heated my Monkey bread so it was warm but not overdone.
I prefer local institutions but for lack of options, this was not bad at all.
They also have outside seating (in the parking lot) and a drive through.

6. Twist Cone

503 N 3rd St, Aberdeen, SD 57401-2718 Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout American, Fast Food +1 605-225-9047
Excellent
80%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 19 reviews

Twist Cone

Reviewed By SRJMod - Minneapolis

You can't go to Aberdeen and miss Twist Cone, a classic old-school ice cream stand. One of their "twists" is certainly their awesome take on Italian ice -- be sure to get the flavor of the week with a twist of vanilla. So good. They also make a ton of other tasty ice cream treats, so one visit really isn't enough!

7. Minervas Restaurant & Bar

1400 8th Ave NW, Aberdeen, SD 57401-2602 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available American, Steakhouse, Bar, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Late Night +1 605-229-4040
Excellent
50%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
7%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 112 reviews

Minervas Restaurant & Bar

Elegance on the South Dakota Prairie! You'll find Minervas located inside the Best Western Ramkota Hotel in Aberdeen, where you'll enjoy a comfortably elegant atmosphere and an inspired menu. Guests look forward to our hand-cut, in-house aged steaks, fresh seafood, chops, classic pasta dishes, the freshest salads, and house-made desserts.

Reviewed By rschmitt73 - Rochester, Minnesota

Enjoyed the food, the service and the atmosphere. What more can be said. I took the server's advice and had the evenings special: a Bloody Mary Flanksteak. It was marinated in a tangy and somewhat spicy tomato sauce and cooked to a perfect med rare. Served with seasoned broiled green beans, garlic mashed potatoes and a slice of fresh cornbread. It also came with a house salad topped with a tangy and delicious house Italian dressing. Of course you could choose the evenings soup, but I would stick with the salad...wonderful! The server said the flank steak special came with a bottle of beer, but I declined. It all came at a very reasonable price of $20.00. Definitely one of the best restaurant options in Aberdeen!

8. Sammy's Restaurant

212 S Main St, Aberdeen, SD 57401-4138 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 605-229-4753
Excellent
62%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 58 reviews

Sammy's Restaurant

Reviewed By BarbaraSMsd - Faulkton, South Dakota, United States

Was not able to eat here because it was so busy there would have been a long wait. My husband was not willing to wait . This was about 10 AM. The place was packed.

9. Pounders Pub & Grub

1702 6th Ave SE, Aberdeen, SD 57401-6430 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Drinks +1 605-725-2337
Excellent
60%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 87 reviews

Pounders Pub & Grub

Reviewed By R H - Show Low, Arizona

Fun local pub feel with good beer selection and pub food choices. Lots of tvs to catch the sports action. Easy to find on Main Street. Friendly staff.Thank you for your review! I'm glad you enjoyed the atmosphere and service! Make sure you stop in and see us again soon! Cheers!

10. The Flame

2 S Main St, Aberdeen, SD 57401-4136 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television American, Steakhouse Lunch, Dinner +1 605-225-2082
Excellent
50%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 55 reviews

The Flame

Reviewed By Aberdeen401 - Aberdeen, South Dakota

People always look at me funny when I suggest the Flame for lunch or dinner. It seems to have an "old timer" vibe about it, that I've grown to over look. People think it's just for senior citizens. I believe this notion comes from the fact it's been open for over 50 years and many people have been going there for that long. The food is fine; great steaks, salads, sandwiches, etc. The owners are generally in there during the lunch hour so they're fun to talk to about the history of this Aberdeen institution. And, for me, it's only a few blocks from my McQuillen Creative office downtown Aberdeen. I like the Chef Salad or a big steak. I don't particularly like the dark, no-window environment. SO many places in Aberdeen, particular bars, walled off windows to keep things private. It's a bit of a throwback to dreary, smoke-filled lounges of the past, but the Flame is intimate and enjoyed by many.

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