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Pierre: A Dining Experience

by | Nov 29, 2021 | Visit Pierre Blog

Pierre, South Dakota, is known for being the state capital, but there is a surprising fact not many are aware of. Pierre is host to a unique dining experience every day of the year.

If the most important facet of real estate is “location, location, location,” diners will be pleased to know there are restaurants located all over town. No matter the event or the attraction that brings you to Pierre, you can bet there’s a memorable food and drink experience to be had nearby.

Along with more than its fair share of fast-food dining availability, Pierre is home to many unique and memorable dining amenities that will suit any taste, any craving, and any vacation dining desire.

In the mood for a river view? Drifters has the best view in town, and their menu changes to accommodate their locally sourced ingredients. Outdoor dining is available during the summer, mere feet from the shoreline. Indoor dining year-round, however, has the advantage of the large windows which give a picturesque view of the river in all of its glory.

If you’re looking for a more cosmopolitan experience, historic downtown Pierre has a host of bars and restaurants to choose from. The unique atmosphere of Mad Mary’s Steakhouse takes you back in time while serving up flavorful, traditional steakhouse meals. LaMinestra, right next door, offers a peaceful, yet sophisticated atmosphere in which you can enjoy the family-owned feel of delicious, authentic Italian food. You can polish off your evening downtown with a nightcap from The Longbranch or a sweet-or-savory specialty treat from South Dakota Popcorn.

Along other bustling parts of town, you’ll find RedRossa, Guadalajara’s, Richie Z’s, and Tom’s Diner. All of them are unique from one another, but none of them will leave you dissatisfied.

Just on the outskirts of town with a country view and old-fashioned atmosphere, the Cattleman’s Club Steakhouse serves up a menu full of savor and nostalgia.

Dinners aren’t the only draw to dine in town. Lighter eating and dessert have a special niche locally with homemade flair from Branding Iron Bistro and Pure Bliss Bakery. The small-town local feel of these eateries is as comforting as the food is delicious.

Have time for a meal between shopping errands? Northridge Plaza hosts Japanese Cuisine and Gator’s Pizza, both guaranteed to please the palate depending on your taste for the day.

Just about every restaurant in town provides meals to go if you’re in the mood for a meal along the river while fishing, or a quiet picnic in a local park.

As your eventful visit to Pierre draws to a close, on your way out to the airport, you can stop in at Bickering Brother’s Brewery for a sampling of South Dakota’s first state-made liquor.

These are only a few of the many wonderful dining venues in Pierre, each embracing its own atmosphere, menu specialty, and dining experience. With friendly service, tasty food, and a plethora of options, Pierre doesn’t disappoint when it comes to dining out.

For more information on Pierre’s dining options, visit our listings here.