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

April 14, 2018 Alice Mieles

Hot Springs (Lakota: mni kȟáta; "hot water") is a city in and the county seat of Fall River County, South Dakota, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 3,711. In addition, neighboring Oglala Lakota County contracts the duties of Auditor, Treasurer and Register of Deeds to the Fall River County authority in Hot Springs.
Things to do in Hot Springs

1. Woolly's Grill and Cellar

1648 Us Hwy 18, Hot Springs, SD 57747 Highchairs Available, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, 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, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Steakhouse, American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner SGD 5 - SGD 26 +1 605-745-6414
Excellent
43%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 465 reviews

Woolly's Grill and Cellar

Woolly's Grill and Cellar is located in the Southern Black Hills in Hot Springs, SD, Woolly's is a family owned and operated restaurant, coffee bar, and lounge. We specialize in steaks and grilled foods but also serve up a great variety of fresh dishes! Woolly's caters to just about everyone, from families and couples all the way up to travel busses and special events!

Reviewed By Cherie P - Pahrump, Nevada, United States

This restaurant is located right next to the Mammoth site which we did not have time to visit. We were seated right away and had a friendly nice server. The food was really good and the wait for it was not long. Had a delicious dessert there too. Would return here to eat...we ate there twice.

2. Dairy Queen

645 S 6th St, Hot Springs, SD 57747-2964 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Fast Food Lunch +1 605-745-5777
Excellent
41%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 64 reviews

Dairy Queen

Reviewed By Poland79 - Front Royal, Virginia

I expected a great fudge brownie blizzard when I stopped by this shop on my way out of town, but the friendly smile and personable interaction at the drive-thru window was a great bonus!

3. Hot Spring's Coffee Kiosk

646 Jennings Ave, Hot Springs, SD 57747-1664 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Breakfast +1 605-745-3912
Excellent
64%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
0%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 16 reviews

Hot Spring's Coffee Kiosk

Drive thru. Specialty coffee; lattes, mochas fraps and more. Breakfast; burritos/bagel sandwiches Baked goods; scones, caramel rolls, muffins and coffee cake. Smoothies and much much more!

Reviewed By Jfshakopee - Custer, South Dakota

The perfect stop on the way to Custer Date Park to pick up your morning coffee, espresso or frappe along with your choice of assorted baked goods. Fast friendly service. Owned by the folks who run Wooley's Steakhouse, You can't go wrong!

4. Gus' Best Ice Cream

345 N River St, Hot Springs, SD 57747-1626 Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Seating, Takeout, Accepts Credit Cards American +1 605-745-6506
Excellent
58%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 41 reviews

Gus' Best Ice Cream

Authentic Hawaiian Shave Ice (real shaved ice, not crushed), Huge Ice Cream Scoops on handmade waffle cones

Reviewed By CopperLeah - Loveland, Colorado

This little hole in the wall (or lean to more accurately) has the best ice cream and homemade waffle cones I've had in a long time (also note they plug the bottom of their cones with a chocolate ball so they don't drip on you as the ice cream melts - brilliant!).
We just stopped in looking for wifi somewhere later in the day - no dice on that, just ice cream. So we ordered something anyway - the raspberry with chocolate chunks in a cone was to die for.
Then we sat out front on their patio, hot spotted off our phone and enjoyed the scenery - an overall win!

5. Mornin' Sunshine

509 N River St, Hot Springs, SD 57747-1410 Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Television, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, French, American, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 8 - SGD 12 +1 605-745-5550
Excellent
73%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 70 reviews

Mornin' Sunshine

We are a small family owned business. We provide local coffees and teas and offer light breakfast and lunch options. Open year round and take bookings for meetings/evening events in our "Tall Tales Room"

Reviewed By RoadRunnur - South Dakota

Friendly local coffee/breakfast cafe. Overstuffed chairs in back and fireplace make it a cozy place to hang out. GF bakery options.

6. Daily Bread Bakery and Cafe

431 N River St, Hot Springs, SD 57747-1482 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast +1 605-745-7687
Excellent
59%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 51 reviews

Daily Bread Bakery and Cafe

Reviewed By travler1976 - maryland

Worth stopping here for some good homemade food. Everything is made fresh and served hot and delicious. Friendly staff. Only draw back for me was the kitchen staff appeared to be watching us eat our food the entire meal, that was a bit uncomfortable.

7. Dale's Family Restaurant

745 Battle Mountain Ave, Hot Springs, SD 57747-1403 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Diner Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch +1 605-745-3028
Excellent
27%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
7%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 255 reviews

Dale's Family Restaurant

Reviewed By canada777-1207 - Lafayette, Colorado

This is the most interestingl restaurant filled with locals. It is fairly small and very very busy. The servers are friendly and take your order quickly. The food is cooked to order and it takes quite a while to arrive. Do NOT come here if you are in a hurry. But it is worth the wait. Definitely include green chili and hash browns in your order. The pancakes are the best I have ever had. The atmosphere is cute, lots of local stuff for sale and hanging up all around . we really loved it..

8. Big Time Pizza

310 S Chicago St, Hot Springs, SD 57747-2324 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Pizza, American, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 605-745-5399
Excellent
68%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 68 reviews

Big Time Pizza

Reviewed By alibarbaraMilwaukee - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Pizza place with local flavor. It takes awhile for the pizza to be prepared, but worth the wait. The owner gave us a little tour and told us the history while we waited. Love to support hometown businesses like this.

9. The 1891 Steakhouse and Bistro

603 N River St, Hot Springs, SD 57747-1411 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible Steakhouse, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Drinks SGD 18 - SGD 45 +1 605-745-4400
Excellent
75%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 20 reviews

The 1891 Steakhouse and Bistro

The 1891 Steakhouse and Bistro is located in the lobby of the Historic Red Rock River Resort, built in 1891. We opened June 13th, 2017 and welcome back Chef Rebecca from the previous Blue Vervain Restaurant. We feature locally raised beef and South Dakota grown ingedients whenever we can. Chef Rebecca creates many culinary masterpieces and we offer vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options.

Reviewed By amazonquest - Saint Paul, Minnesota

Tucked into Red Rock Hotel, this is an unusual find for South Dakota. Although the service is not professional, it is friendly and welcoming. Our server was extremely courteous and sweet. The food is innovative for this part of the country. Summer peach salad was refreshing yet spicy. Rib eye perfectly done. Thai noodles, although not particularly Thai, had a tasty peanut sauce with fresh vegetables. The shrimp grilled to perfection.

10. The Vault

329 N River St, Hot Springs, SD 57747-1626 Television, Full Bar, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Pub Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 8 - SGD 21 +1 605-745-3342
Excellent
28%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
7%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 175 reviews

The Vault

Coffeehouse, Pub and Grill. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We serve gourmet coffees, espresso's, smoothies, soda's, a large range of draft and bottled beer and a full bar. We open early and stay open late.

Reviewed By LizDeee - Moonachie, New Jersey

Sorry for the odd title - but it captures my impression of this place, which was a positive one. We had dinner here after visiting Mount Rushmore. After eating at many smaller, no-frills local places while on our tour (which I did enjoy immensely), this place was a welcome change of pace. I almost worried it may be too trendy. Living outside of New York City, trendy often blurs like wallpaper to me so I like to avoid too much of it when I travel. The Vault felt trendy enough where I felt more in my comfort zone than in the smaller restaurants where I wondered if I might be called out uncomfortably for being from a big urban area, yet the Vault also felt down to earth and "small" (in a good way!) enough where I still felt like I was on a distant adventure from home. There weren't a lot of people in the place (it was a Thursday evening) but I got the sense that it appealed more to a younger "crowd" which I liked.

I ordered a grilled cheese tower, and based on the description, feared I would receive something so huge I would not be able to finish it. For me (a 5'4'' 115 pound female who loves grilled cheese) it was a good size although I ordered it without any sides. I liked the different flavors of the different types of cheese, blended together.

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