• 301 Main St.
    Hill City, SD 57745

  • FRI - SUN

About Us

Desperados is well-loved by locals and tourists alike and has been around for several years. The building was originally the Von Woehrman Building and was built over a century ago in 1885. Camillo Von Woehrman set the log walls for a saloon and sleeping quarters (now the dining room). This met the needs of the increasing flow of prospectors, investors, and ne’er-do-wells. Then in 1890 after South Dakota’s statehood, Camillo closed his tavern and opened the Harney Peak Mining News, which with the help of Carrie Ingalls/Swanzey (yes, think Little House on the Prairie) he operated till 1910.  

Desperados has survived many disasters! Most notable: a fire in 1891; the fire of 1910 which destroyed major portions of Hill City; and, the flood of 2015. In 1977 Desperados was added to the National Registry, listed as the oldest hand-hewn building in continuous use in South Dakota. Over the years the building has housed Dance halls, an Auto Garage, and Retail Shops.

Desperados in 2016 was purchased from Dan Dickey (founder of the Restaurant Desperados) by the present owner Joshua Ripley. With the help of friends and family, Josh has kept this Hill City gem true to the Midwest by “sourcing buffalo that can be seen in our prairies, fresh produce grown in our fields, and trout and walleye that can be found in our rivers and lakes.” Josh is also an avid collector. His carefully curated western art, antiques, and historical firearms adorn the Desperados walls for his guests to enjoy. “They help tell the rich history of our beautiful Black Hills.”

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Quick Draw

Grazier’s Range

Steak Tips

6oz beef tips sautéed with onions, peppers, and mushrooms. 13.00

Chili Cheese Fries

A heaping amount of golden brown French fries topped with our homemade chili and shredded cheese. 7.00

Gravy Cheese Fries

A heaping amount of crispy fries topped with savory homemade gravy and shredded cheese. 7.00

Chip with Dip

Homemade kettle chips with our signature spicy sauce. 4.50

Buck's Drums

A basket of 5 chicken drumsticks sure fired to make you hum. Fried and served with your choice of sauce - barbecue, buffalo or ranch. 12.00

Dressings: Caesar, Honey Mustard, Blue Cheese, Ranch, French, Italian, and 1000 Island

Add: Chicken 4.00 / Bacon 2.50

Chef Salad

Crisp romaine, with ham and turkey, cheddar cheese, hard boiled egg, tomato, cucumber, and home-style croutons. 11.50

Caesar Salad

Crisp romaine, fresh Parmesan cheese, croutons, and our zesty Caesar dressing. 7.50

Garden Salad

Crisp romaine, cheddar cheese, tomato, cucumber, carrots, and croutons. 7.50

Side Salad

Crisp romaine, tomato, carrots, and cucumber. 5.50


Cup 4.50 / Bowl 6.50


Cup 3.50 / Bowl 5.50

Wrangler's Pickins

Served with your choice of Endless fries, kettle chips or garlic mashed potatoes.

Upgrade to sweet potato fries or side salad for 2.50, or onion rings for 4.50

Desperado Burger

Our signature burger with the perfect blend of Buffalo and Elk, topped with bacon and cheddar cheese.

Rustler Burger

1/3 lb ground beef cooked to order, served on brioche bun.

Hot Beef

Tender beef, served on white bread, and covered with our homemade beef gravy.


Ham, bacon, and oven-roasted turkey, with swiss and cheddar cheese, crisp lettuce, tomato and mayo, all served on sourdough.

Chicken Sandwich

Grilled chicken breast on a brioche bun.


Bacon, lettuce, and tomato with mayo on sourdough bread.

BBQ Sandwich

Pulled pork mixed with our tangy BBQ sauce, topped with pickles.

Cowpoke's Preference

With Your Choice of Two Sides: Green Beans | Seasonal Vegetables | Baked Beans | Mashed Potatoes | Baked Potato | Multigrain Rice

Upgrade to sweet potato fries or side salad for 2.50, or onion rings for 4.50
Add Shrimp(5) to Any Entrée for 6.50

New York Strip

10 oz USDA Choice Strip hand cut and trimmed.

Country Fried

Your choice of beef or chicken, lightly breaded, seasoned, and smothered in rich country gravy.

Pork Chop

12 oz Porterhouse chop, seasoned and grilled. This is a tender and moist "other white meat" option.

Pork Brisket

Grilled to perfection, served with a sweet and spicy sauce on the side.


South Dakota’s popular game fish and a Desperado’s favorite! 6-7oz fillet, lightly breaded and grilled.

Dakota Linguine

Al Dente pasta served with Ma's Marinara sauce. 13.00
Add: Grilled Chicken 4.00 / Ma's Meatballs 4.50 / Salad 2.50

Buckaroo’s Corral

Kiddos meals served with chips, French fries, applesauce, or salad

Buckaroo Burger 7.00

Pork Slider 7.00

Chicken Strips 7.00

Mac-n-Cheese 6.00

Mac-n-Cheese with Hot Dog 8.00

Hot Dog 7.00

Kids Spaghetti 6.00

Kids Spaghetti with Meatballs 8.00



Endless Fries 4.00

Sweet Potato Fries 4.00

Onion Rings 5.00

Kettle Chips 4.00

Applesauce 2.50

Cottage Cheese 2.50

Cornbread 2.50

Baked Beans 2.00

Garlic Mashed Potatoes 2.00


Bacon 2.50

Chili 2.50

Fried Egg 2.50

Beef Patty 4.00

Pulled Pork 2.50

Grilled Wild Mushrooms 2.50

Grilled Onions  .80

Grilled Peppers  .80

Grilled Chile  .80

Grilled Jalapenos  .80

Cheese: Cheddar/Swiss/American 1.50

Wet Yer Whistle

All soft drinks are BOTTOMLESS
(Except Milk, Juice & Cocoa)

Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Dr. Pepper, Mello Yellow, Root Beer, Lemonade, Raspberry Tea


Kids Beverage




Apple Juice


Iced Tea


Hot Tea




Hot Cocoa


From the Saloon

Beer by the Bottle 4.00

Bud Lite


Coors Light

Michelob Ultra

Miller Lite

Wine by the Glass 5.50






Walnut Pie


Chocolate Brownie


Fruit Cobbler




Vanilla Ice Cream



"Staff was awesome, food was great. Highly recommend the pulled pork, kettle chips and onion rings!"

Mike M

"Excellent food and service. Our server, Sadie, was kind and attentive. Highly recommend."

Miranda B

"Great ambiance and wait staff. Food was great and the history alone in this little section of town. A must see!"

Thad S

"About 4 years ago we were told by a bank teller in Az that we needed to eat at Desparado's. we have returned three times and have never been disappointed."

Linda M


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