Welcome to Dempseys Brewery, Pub & Restaurant!

​We are the Premier dining experience in Watertown. Founded in 1999 by Bill Dempsey (II) and currently run by his son Sean Dempsey, Dempsey's is currently #1 on Trip Advisor, and #2 on Yelp. We serve a variety of food, and we strive to make as much from scratch as possible. 

Sean attended the ISOP school in San Fran California for Pizza's, and became South Dakota's only certified Pizzaiola. The restaurant features a double decker NY brick oven, a variety of specialized pizzas, and we currently blow through about 350 pizzas a week, or about 600lbs of dough a week!

Our signature house specialty is our Wienerschnitzel & Spatzel, recently featured in the December 2016 issue of 605 Magazine. ( the recipe is from Maria Dempsey (Bill's mother, Seans Oma)  

We also are the 2nd oldest brewery in the State. We brew a variety of beers, and a root-beer (with a cream soda on the way) but we follow the Bavarian purity laws of 1516, the only things allowed in beer ( to be called beer) is water, hops, yeast, barely. ATM, we only sell in house, and in growlers TOGO. 

Our restaurant can comfortably seat 170, not including Bar seating + patio seating. Reservations are generally not required, however big groups are encouraged to call ahead or message us for a reservation, as we can get pretty busy. 

We are a South Dakota Great Service Gold Star winner, and we like to think we have the best staff in the world. 

So, if your coming to Watertown, or just looking for a new place for dinner, drinks, or just a good time, we would love to be your destination. We are open 7 days a week, at 11am, except for Sundays, were we serve brunch at 9am. 




Proudly located in Watertown South Dakota

                          Our 2016 Watertown Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting

Pictured from L to R ( for Dempsey's staff) Jayme Erickson ( left ribbon holder), Paige Dempsey (blue shirt) Sean Dempsey (center, with the oversized shears), Lyne + Bill Dempsey (in the middle, white + blue shirt) Caren Hanten (FOH manager) Purple Shirt, Julie Eckman ( in-between Caren & KT) Trainer, Katie Rukstad (grey shirt) Head Chef Kitchen Manager, Adam Erickson (black shirt ribbon holder) Bar Director, Micheal Bacon (white shirt)

Hours of Operation


11am - 12 am




*Brewery   *Pub   *Restaurant   *Pizza Works