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The restaurants of South Dakota are pleasing to the palate, with dining options for every taste and budget. In addition to budget-friendly chains and fast food establishments, South Dakota also offers hungry travelers fresh, local cuisine and memorable dining experiences that reflect the state’s culture and history.

The crystal clear waters, vast prairies, and open ranges of South Dakota provide excellent fishing, hunting, and livestock opportunities, supplying diners with native trout, walleye, pike, buffalo, pheasant, venison, and fresh American beef. For a truly unique dining experience, enjoy a chuckwagon-style meal featuring cowboy cuisine served beneath a breathtaking sunrise or blanket of stars. Whatever your taste or your budget, South Dakota has a dining establishment that will satisfy your appetite without busting your budget. Bon appétit!

Western Region Dining

Dining in the Western Region of South Dakota focuses on the spirit and adventure of the west.  You can experience the Old West with a chuck wagon dinner, complete with great grub and cowboy crooning while you chow down.  A typical chuckwagon dinner menu might include tender slices of roast beef, buffalo, BBQ chicken, foil wrapped potatoes, cowboy beans, applesauce, homemade biscuits, gingercake, coffee and lemonade.

If you’re looking for a unique South Dakota dining experience, many Western Region restaurants feature local game meats like venison and buffalo, rarely found elsewhere. One popular choice for these delicacies is the Sage Creek Grille in Custer, which has a sister restaurant, the Wild Sage Grille, in Sioux Falls.

Central Region Dining

With some of the state’s best hunting opportunities, the Central Region of South Dakota offers unique dining opportunities, focused on the bounty of the hunt.  If it’s a mouth-watering steak that’s on your mind, the Central Region’s beef is not to be missed.

Eastern Region Dining

South Dakota’s Eastern Region features some outstanding restaurants, and a variety of dining experiences.  Ethnic dining, homemade comfort food, BBQ, and much, much more can be found in South Dakota’s Eastern Region. If it’s fine dining you’re looking for, the Eastern Region features some outstanding fine dining experiences including Foley’s Fish, Chop, and Steakhouse, Minerva’s in Sioux Falls which is a South Dakota institution, and many others.