Sanford's Grub & Pub

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Type: Bar, Eatery

306 7th St
Rapid City, South Dakota, 57701-5023
United States

(605) 721-1463 | map

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of TooGood
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of rsmith232
4.51/5  rDev +19.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Best place to go for craft beer in Rapid City! They have 2 bars, one has 6 or 8 taps of the regular stuff and the other bar has 66 taps ranging from PBR to SN, Odells, NB, among others that rotate. Pints of the good stuff are only $3! Bottle beer selection is very good, but I prefer the taps.

They have a lot on the food menu, everything from steak, chicken, salads, burgers and they put their own twist on things. My bacon mushroom cheeseburger came out quickly and was cooked med. like I ordered. They broil their burgers which provides a distinct flavor to the meat...very tasty.

Bartender and Gen. manager were friendly and offered a couple samples. The Scottish Ale was so good I had to stay and have a pint after I checked out the first time!

I'll be back!

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
2.42/5  rDev -35.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 1.5

This is not my first time in here nor will it be my last with the fact that they offer $1.00 taps (for domestic. Craft are $2 and inport are $3. Great deal any way you look at it.)

This place is decorated really nicely with a slew of antique collections everywhere. A very ecclectic mix of decor and at least 3-4 TVs everywhere you look.

Service is somewhat under that of a Chili's or Applebee's.

Food isn't great. The nachos are covered in that sticky yellow paste some like to call nacho cheese. Oh, and even though I ignore most of the local rumors about failed health inspections, etc., I couldn't ignore the huge amount of smoke smell eminating from the kitchen (SD has a smoking ban, by the way. Not something I am in favor of but I am also very much not in favor of people cooking my food while smoking. Ridiculous)

The beer selection is okay especially considering the distibutorships we have to deal with out here. And the aforementioned tap prices are a good deal anywhere.

Don't bother going out of your way for this one. And if you do pop in for a few cheap brews, eat before you come at one of the better establishments in the area.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

This was our next stop after Earthman’s wife took off with their children to get them settled in. It had some of the oddest hours that I had ever encountered – 1100 to 2200, seven days a week. It sat in the old Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul Railroad Freight House and as such, the building was extremely lengthy, but not terribly wide. The entryway was at the west end of the building, but once inside, the main bar was at the far east end, which meant that we got to walk the length of the place before we even had a beer. Oh well.

We had to walk up a slatted, wooden porch and transit a short entryway with the front bar to the immediate left. By proceeding straight ahead and turning right down a twisting passageway, one would reach the washrooms, but that was not our purpose in being there, so we moved on. Opposite the front bar was a restaurant area with unique chairs made of molded plastic that were made to resemble an open palm with extended fingers. There was a long passageway headed aft to the back (main) bar and as we pressed on, I noticed seating off to our left with the kitchen off to the right, about halfway back.

Once seated at the main bar, I realized that both bars featured brushed aluminum or stainless steel tops. The menu listed thirty-four (34) taps and fifty (50) bottles. Admittedly, there was a good deal of pedestrian beer, but I figured that if I could overlook it at the Old Chicago locations, then I could certainly overlook it at an independent beer bar that was well of the beaten path in SoDak. Boulevard, O’Dell’s, Yellowstone, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (SNPA), and Big Sky were the standouts, but at least they were available and with a bit of depth per each producer.

Let me finish up by talking about the ambiance in this place. It was seemingly kid-friendly, with lots of children in attendance, which made me feel badly that Earthman had sent his family on. Aside from that, there was plenty to look at. There was probably more memorabilia per square inch than almost anywhere that I had ever encountered. Most of it was sports related, but there were also wheel rims; vintage advertising; vintage beer cans; porcelain statuary; aluminum wash tubs as lamp shades over the bar; and an old Schwinn Cruiser. Yow!

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.58/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Sandfords is the place to go while in Rapid City. Located in downtown Rapid, there is plenty of parking a tourist things to do. Just don’t run over one of those status on the corner.

Inside Sandfords, there is an eclectic and impressive collection of, well junk on the walls. License plates, instruments, car parts, light fixtures, sports paraphernalia, tools, and you guessed it even multiple kitchen sinks. Plenty of distractions none the less. The bar was a very good size and plenty of seating for the sit down crowd as well.

The beer selection is fantastic for South Dakota standards. Their menu noted that they had 100+ beers and I would say at least 30 taps as well. Some names as Odell’s, Leine’s, Grand Tetons, Sierra Nevada among others. A lot of variety there as well. For example they had about 5 different Grand Teton selections. Though there was very many big name selections. I would have liked to see some bigger beers from CO, such as Avery or Great Divide.

The food was mostly American with a good variety of different burgers and options. We tried the fried pickles as well which came with a very good unique sauce. The food was very good. The staff was not the fastest or very informative. But she was just a local kid. Another note to bring down is that I order two beers that they didn’t have at the time. So lost points there.

Overall I thought the food was good and a great selection of beers. A relaxed and crazy atmosphere and a definitely stop for anyone visiting Rapid.

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Photo of elmocoso
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Went here for dinner not knowing what to expect. I though i had read that they had 97 Beers on tap. wha?? Had to check it out.

As other reviewers have said, this place is plastered with all kinds of crazy old beer collectibles and street signs, seed signs and just about anything they could find that had a little charm. It was cool, but i could see how it could get old.

Anyway, the BOTTLED beer list was 97 beers long and although they had quite a selection, there wasn't much that was inspired or unique. The taps were also decent with some Colorado beers, kind of pricey though, so go for the big-boy if your going to have two. If i remember correctly, it is over a half a liter.

The menu was quite interesting, crazy names for crazy concoctions. I had quite a time trying to explain stuff i had never heard of to my German dinner guests. I got a Cesar salad with chicken. it was good and just enough. One of the Germans got a Cheeseburger salad and it was huge with bacon, cheese hamburger, onions and all sorts of hamburger toppings slopped on top of a salad, along with some thousand island dressing in a sort of "secret sauce" finale. You can find some weird shite here on the menu, making it worth another trip. food prices aren't as bad as the beer prices.

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Photo of beertwisted
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I was born and raised in Rapid and this place was new to me when I visited. To those that like a good variety of drinks rather then the usual imports and domestics this is one of the good ones in town. To those that like to drink and smoke this isn't your place, as it is a not smoking bar/restaurant. Nice informal atmosphere with a somewhat early closing time relative to the other bars in town. If you want good food to accompany good drinks this might be your stop as you make your way to Sturgis in August.


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Photo of TastyTaste
4/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A very interesting place. It has the usual bar decor, the only difference is that is is absolutely everywhere. There is hardly a square inch on the awals that is not covered with some old antique sign or breweriana. The food here is excellent and varied. The menu is about the size of a small town phone book, with all sorts of american, cajun, mexican, and italian food. The beer list is surprisingly good for South Dakota. The beer list has 98 bottles, and 34 drafts. Most of these are mid-sized mocro brewrs, or regional selections. Lots of Yellowstone Valley, O'dells, and others. Best beer bar in the area, by my reckoning.

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Sanford's Grub & Pub in Rapid City, SD
Place rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 12 ratings