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Bay Leaf Cafe

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126 W Hudson St, Spearfish, SD 57783-2356
+1 605-642-5462
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We travel often and our first choice is always locally owned businesses. While visiting Spearfish for Apple Festival we had a great lunch here. Husband had stew, I had the German Plate. Both were exceptional and just the right portions. Atmosphere very nice, staff very friendly and helpful. A perfect lunch for a fall day.

Thank LuKCMO
Abilene, Kansas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

After all the hype we had read about the Bay Leaf, I guess we expected too much. Really nice place, interesting old building, and atmosphere was very nice. Menu had a lot of nice offerings. We chose the "local" Walleye and was really disappointed. Have had much better on this trip. Was overcooked and the crusting dried it out too... More 

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Buford, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We were driving through on our way home and stopped here for lunch. The menu is varied has seems to have something for everyone. The service is excellent and the staff explains the food is always fresh and the menu changes to offer only the freshest foods. The food arrives hot and is excellent. I don't eat a huge lunch... More 

Thank GregSummers
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I am a local and I go to the bay leaf for food quite often! It's always fresh and usually something different because their menu changes to offer the freshest foods🙌🏼 The wait can be a little longer some days, but the food quality is always too notch👌 I would absolutely recommend this restaurant

Thank Cassidy B
Rapid City, South Dakota
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The menu is varied and the walls very well decorated. My fish taco tasted wonderful, with excellent salsa, but didn't come with any sides. Everyone in our group finished off their meal and casted covetous glances at the toddler's leftovers. For a $12 taco, I wasn't expecting to leave hungry. We also left thirsty, as no-one offered to refill our... More 

Thank RuffedGrouse
Spearfish, South Dakota
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

After living in a large city with many options I was so happy to find the Bay Leaf Cafe here in Spearfish, SD. Their food is always fresh and desserts are some of the best I've ever had! Given many options of where to go again I would make a point to visit them for lunch and have never been... More 

Thank Jess_Gravity
Lincoln, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This small, eclectic cafe is a real gem! The menu is varied and interesting. The cafe has artwork on the wall and a funky paint scheme which gave it a lot of charm. The food was outstanding and then there was dessert. I had one the best pieces of apple pie I've ever eaten and I've had a lot of... More 

Thank Thauder
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went here on a suggestion by local. We both had the walleye but agreed it did not have much flavor. Needed a spice. Like the art work done by local artist.

Thank advisegirl
Regina, Canada
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great meal of seafood dish. Able to accommodate gluten free needs. Had the best gluten free bun ever. Service was excellent. Meal, decor, especially art on wall are all inviting. Would recommend to anyone.

Thank 50somethingscanada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We travel through Spearfish every 3 years especially to dine at the Bay Leaf Cafe which is located downtown in a building from the 1890s. The food is fresh and delicious. The menu offers interesting choices from bison to trout. Great desserts too! The wide selection of wine is reasonably priced. Artwork covers the walls - it's a warm, inviting... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$7 - $20
American, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 126 W Hudson St, Spearfish, SD 57783-2356
  • Location: United States  >  South Dakota (SD)  >  Spearfish
  • Phone Number: +1 605-642-5462
Locally owned restaurant with fresh, flavorful, locally produced food, sparkling clean, friendly, supporting the arts in a renovated historical building. Serving wine, beer, espresso, lunch and dinner, some outdoor dining during summer months. We have WiFi. Tell your server if you have specialty dietary needs... we happily accommodate.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?