Rapid City Restaurants – 4 Unique Restaurants in South Dakota

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Living in Denver, we have now been to Rapid City, South Dakota several times to visit such landmarks as  Mount Rushmore National Monument, Crazy Horse Memorial. and the Badlands National Park. While visiting these attractions are always exciting, another fun part of traveling is trying new restaurants. Thus, we always like to try some non-chain restaurants or at least chains that are not in our area. Of course, we had to hit a few of those while out and about but we were able to find a few unique restaurants. Here are four Rapid City restaurants that I decided I would like to share from some of our visits.  Hope you enjoy reading about these and try them the next time you find yourself in the area.

Pauly’s Pizzeria & Subs

Rapid City Restaurants - Paulys PIzza

One night I was dying for a pizza and we found this in the hotel directory. It sounded good from several online reviews so we decided to check it out. It was extremely tasty.  We had the Perfect Pepperoni and it was, perfect! The crust had a buttery taste and was crispy, just how I like it. I would love to have another one if we ever find ourselves in Rapid City again. Gene had the meatball sub and it looked amazing, which he stated was delicious. We were both very pleased with our choices and had lots of leftovers that next day lol. If you are interested in having a salad, they have those too. One more thing to note, they have a nice bar with many different types of beer and T.V.’s all over to keep up with the current games going on. We set and watched part of a Twins game. I can gladly recommend this place to anyone who wants a great Italian meal.

1624 E Saint Patrick St Ste 101, Rapid City, SD 57703-4207


Currently, their hours are Mon-Fri 10 am – 9 pm.
Closed Sat and Sun for some crazy reason 🙁

Maple Street BBQ

Rapid City Restaurants - Maple Street BBQ

Another night on our last trip I was really wanting to BBQ for some reason and asked several people about a few places. We had several people mention Maple Street so we decided to check it out. It is a cute little place and the food was great. They have traditional brisket (which was yummy), hotlinks (2 kinds), pulled pork, chicken quarters, ribs, and turkey. You can get most in a sandwich or by the pound (or 1/4 lb). This is what we did and shared.  We do that a lot so we can try different meats. All the meats we tried were delicious.

2200 N Maple Ave Suite 330, Rapid City, SD 57701


Mon-Thurs 11-8; Fri-Sat  11-9; Sun 11-7

Firehouse Brewing Company

Rapid City Restaurants - Firehouse Brewing

On our last full night in Rapid City, South Dakota we went out with some friends to this former fire station for dinner.  We set out on the patio, and it was a perfect night to sit out, catch up, and have some great microbrews. I wasn’t feeling too adventurous food-wise that night so I just had the Hawaiian Burger, which was actually pretty good. Everyone loved what they had including Gene who had the gumbo which they call Spontaneous Heating.  Our server was great and made sure we were well taken care of.   I was disappointed that it was our last night in town because I would have loved to have gone back and tried some wings and a steak.  As we love trying different micro brews, this place quickly became one of our favorite Rapid City restaurants.

610 Main St, Rapid City, SD 57701-2736


Sun to Thur 11 am to 10 pm
Fri and Sat 11 am to 11 pm

Mongolian Grill

Rapid City Restaurants - Mongolian Grill

This place is like any typical Mongolian grill and had many of the same things that a lot of them have. I had a couple of small bowls, but Gene really enjoyed it and tried a bunch of different items with different sauces.  The only thing I didn’t like was that I felt like they used too much water while cooking which took away a little bit of the sauce flavor. I did add a little extra to the second bowl which made it much better. It is definitely worth checking out when in Rapid City.

1415 N Lacrosse St Ste 1, Rapid City, SD 57701-6957


Sun-Thurs 11 am to 9 pm
Fri and Sat 11 am – 10 pm

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We had a great time exploring some wonderful Rapid City restaurants that we had never tried. I hope that you can try them someday, and will also enjoy them. Please feel free to comment if you have been to any of these restaurants, and let us know what you think. Please also feel free to leave suggestions for the next time we are in the area. We are always up for new places and experiences. 🙂  Happy travels.


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