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“Nothing outstanding”

Gem Steakhouse & Saloon
Ranked #12 of 58 Restaurants in Deadwood
Price range: $7 - $40
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Description: The Gem Steakhouse is located on the second floor of the Mineral Palace Casino. Serving breakfast from 7 am - 11 am, lunch from 11 am - 4 pm and dinner from 4 pm - 10 pm. Take a walk through history and join us for an excellent meal in the exact location of Al Swearengen's Notorious 1877 Gem Theater.
Reviewed October 6, 2012

Had the Walleye and it was cooked perfectly. This is an average dining experience. The reproductions of old pictures on the walls are fabulous! Staff was welcoming and competent.

Thank Lilypond1000
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

We passed through Deadwood on vacation and decided we wanted to have steak. Based on the good reviews on TripAdvisor, we decided to go to Gem Steakhouse.

We ordered the 32 oz (900 grams) bone-in rib eye dinner for two. (You could also order this for one, but it is definitely enough for two.)

There were four different cabernet sauvignons to choose from on the winelist. Our server could not tell us the difference between them, and the manager could tell us that they were all nice, but the more expensive one was nicer (i.e. not very useful information). So we picked one in the middle and it was fine.

The salad was okay, a bit dry as it clearly was the type of ready to eat salad that you buy at the supermarket.

The Black Angus rib eye had been aged for 21 days and was char-grilled. We had ordered medium rare, but in fact it was well done on the outside and a bit on the rare side on the inside. Sending it back would not make it better and it was definitely good beef and enjoyable enough to eat, but from a steakhouse I would expect that they know better how to grill a steak (i.e. flip more often and let it rest before serving to cook it medium rare throughout, even without using sous-vide). The huge steak knives were a bit ridiculous as they were quite blunt. The french fries were very good and the peas were fine.

The chocolate mousse cake was more sweet than chocolaty.

Our dinner at Gem Steakhouse was okay, but after the good reviews on TripAdvisor I was expecting a bit more than okay. It was great beef, but they don’t really know how to grill it. I hope this is not really one of the best steakhouses in Deadwood, but I don’t know as I haven’t and won’t have the chance to try the other ones since we were only there for a single day.

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Thank Stefan_Boer
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Reviewed September 27, 2012

Chicken Fried Steak and Ground Buffalo Steak - delicious. Tasted like home cooking. Our waiter (from Florida,retired from phone company) was very attentative and interesting without being too chatty. We were there until closing and could not have enjoyed our meal more. The atmosphere is not what you would expect from a Western type restaurant, more upscale continental and minimal, but that was OK as there are plenty of bars and cafes with tons of western stuff to look at.

Thank Valerie S
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Reviewed September 23, 2012

Can't vouch for any of the other dishes here but I had a terrific Walleye dinner at a reasonable price. The location of the restaurant in one of the best casino hotels in Deadwood is a definite plus, also.

Thank Stan E
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Reviewed September 10, 2012

Our waiter was JOHN - he is super. Polite and very organized. There were 24 in our party and he handled everything himself. The steak for 2 was cooked perfect and the garlic mashed potatoes were ever so good.

Thank lange1
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