Alpine Inn – 133 Main St, Hill City, SD 57745
The Alpine Inn is great from a location standpoint being super close to Harney Peak and a ton of other places like Mount Rushmore. It has a long history and is family owned. It’s history dates back to the gold rush. I cannot speak to the lodging, but they keep the stairs to the upstairs area well watched and you have an excellent bar and restaurant right below your feet when you stay here. The prices look reasonable.
Check out their rates and the restaurant menu on their website, Alpine Inn Hill City.
Now let’s discuss the restaurant and bar. Expect to wait for a table in the evening and take advantage of their indoor or outdoor bar area as you wait. The wait is well worth it.
Their lunch menu has a few more items to choose from on it than their dinner menu, but their dinner menu is awesome both the items on it and due to how short it is.
We went for dinner. I enjoyed a nice glass of wine while we sat on the porch. They moved the people through pretty quickly. This is a cash only til so make sure you have cash on you before you go inside. They also have an ATM available to use.
I love the atmosphere inside the restaurant. It seems like a rather large restaurant, but it is divided into many little areas with very low lighting. We ended up in a room with 4 tables and one other set of guests.
Your evening dinner choices basically come down to meat or vegetarian. With a second choice of small cut of meat or large cut of meat. Oh and the meat item is a dirt cheap filet mignon. For those of you who have never heard of filet mignon this particular cut of meat is meant to be eaten medium rare so please do not ask them to burn it to a crisp. The salad was a quarter wedge of lettuce covered in homemade ranch dressing, so good and simple.
I was scared based on the price, but this was a truly amazing meal. Super cheap for what you get, but very good quality.
This place is well known for their desserts. Order one. Just do it.
Everything is great about The Alpine Inn. If you are in the area definitely stop in, this place is worth it.