In South Dakota, you’ll find a variety of eateries serving up authentic French cuisine, ranging from sweet patisseries to charming bistros. Find all of the brie on baguette, crepes, and croissants your heart desires at these nine excellent French restaurants in Mount Rushmore.
This downtown Sioux Falls deli specializes in not only French cuisine, but Spanish and Mediterranean as well. M.B. Haskett uses only freshest, locally-sourced ingredients. French foods served include the savory crepe with ham, gruyere, and spinach, sweet crepe with raspberry, apricot, strawberry, or Nutella, quiche with green salad, brie on baguette, and green salad with truffle vinaigrette. On Friday and Saturday evenings, a prix fixe (“fixed price”) meal with be served, and various French food items may be available. For the special dinner, call ahead to note any dietary restrictions.
CH Patisserie is another downtown Sioux Falls gem! This pastry shop has gourmet candies, gift items, pastries, and French press coffee. Macarons, the famous French dessert, can be ordered here in flavors like Nutella, chocolate pretzel, salted caramel, cake frosting, fruity cereal, s’mores, and more. Other menu favorites include classic and flavored croissants, beignets, brioche au caramel, cookies, and brownies. The chef, Chris Hanmer, is one of the top 10 pastry chefs in America and was top chef on season two of Bravo’s “Top Chef: Just Desserts.”
Spearfish’s Bay Leaf Cafe serves up a healthy menu with cuisines from around the world. The restaurant has a cozy, friendly atmosphere and artwork from local artists hangs on the walls. French items include the French onion soup, chicken cordon bleu, quiche, profiterole, and creme brule. The menu features a wide variety of Mediterranean, American, and Italian dishes, in addition to the French items. This cute cafe has a large selection of vegetarian dishes.
Enigma is located in the heart of downtown Rapid City and is a local favorite. The dining room is elegant and the service is excellent. There are several French-inspired dishes such as the Monte Cristo sandwich, coq au vin, salmon papillote, breakfast croissants, and more. The menu also includes plenty of Italian and American cuisine. Gluten-free options are available and organic selections are used whenever possible. From the high-class atmosphere to the sophisticated dishes, you’ll never want to leave Enigma!
Tally’s Silver Spoon serves innovative and exciting dishes from around the globe. Local food sources are utilized to maintain their high standards. French foods include crepes, French omelettes, truffle tremor salad, Foie Gras of the Moment, mushrooms d’jour, curried mussels rouille, and Kaluga caviar. Join in on the fun for “Pork and Pinot Tuesdays!”
From the locally-sourced food to the walls decorated with work from regional artists, Bros Brasserie Americano supports South Dakota through and through. The menu has several French-inspired dishes as well as more traditional fare. Choose from a diverse list of choices like duck tacos, calamari, mushroom polenta, andouille & chicken gumbo, pumpkin ravioli, quail & waffles, and so much more. The flavor combinations concocted by the innovative chefs make dining here an experience to remember!
Specializing in European and American fare, the Wine Cellar Restaurant is a classy establishment that has the vibe of a classic European restaurant. Local French favorites on the menu are the lasagna with mushroom béchamel and poulet en croute. Whether you order French or American cuisine, this downtown Rapid City restaurant has the best of both worlds!
Delmonico Grill is one of Rapid City’s premier fine dining experiences. The elegant atmosphere sets the scene for the creative dishes! For the best possible flavors, classic techniques are used, such as in-house dry aging and a wood-fire grill. French-inspired menu selections include the foie gras of the moment, bruschetta, and the prime rib French onion dip. Other interesting options include the bison tartare, lobster mac and cheese, truffle parmesan fries, falafel burger, and herb crusted rack of lamb.
While it is not necessarily a restaurant, Sioux Fall’s Queen City Bakery creates some of the state’s best French pastries! These treats are made from scratch daily, with as much locally-sourced food used as possible. The selection includes cupcakes, pies, tarts, quiche, breakfast bars, and cookies. Some local favorites include the croissant, gougere, biscotti, and quiche.