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Giant City State Park Lodge & Restaurant

460 Giant City Lodge Rd, Makanda, IL 62958-3218
618-457-4921
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Ranked #2 of 3 Restaurants in Makanda
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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English first
Little Rock, Arkansas
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109 reviews 109 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

We ate here on a Sunday afternoon and the family-style fried chicken meal with various, unlimited sides was really good. The fried chicken, biscuits, dumplings, corn, potatoes and gravy, green beans, and coleslaw was enjoyable. The setting was in this very unique historic building. The setting is a large dining room, but it was quiet and relaxing...maybe that's because of... More

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illinois
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

This is my favorite place to go to eat when I visit family in Marion. I love the chicken, dumplings, green beans, mashed potatoes, and white gravy. I have been going there for years and have never been disappointed. I always get the family style fried chicken. LOVE LOVE LOVE The staff was wonderful.

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Milan, Illinois
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We didn't stay at the Lodge but ate lunch in the restaurant on August 5th. Our family was in the area to do some hiking and the really awesome zip line at Shawnee Park. We had asked a park ranger a good place to grab a bite to eat and he had suggested the Giant Lodge dining room. We arrived... More

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Fairview, North Carolina
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I need ate at the lodge after a day hiking and biking Giant City State Park. The food and portion sizes were both very good! Eating at the lodge was well worth it!

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De Soto, Missouri
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

The service at this location was extremely slow. There were hardly any visitors in the lodge and the wait for drinks or food was ridiculous. I would not be back. The lodge was very beautiful though.

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Decatur, Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Great fried chicken meals served family style! My friends and I like to ride the motorcycles down to Giant City State Park at least once a year to visit the park and eat fried chicken at the lodge! It's great!

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Top Contributor
119 reviews 119 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Very good chicken with all the fixin's. We ate Sunday afternoon. Nice lodge with scenic views all around. I would definitely recommend.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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51 reviews 51 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Clean and beautiful! Helpful and friendly staff for trails and information on where to go and park. Great food BUFFET on Sundays, call and find out times, pricing. LOVE LOVE

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We ate breakfast, lunch & dinner there during a 5 day group trip with a dozen people, some of whom had very specific dietary requirements. Never heard anything but high praise from every participant at every meal. By special request, they even packed a fabulous 8-piece cold fried chicken picnic with potato salad, coleslaw & large bag of cut up... More

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Harrisburg, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Our reservation for 14 was on time and the drink orders were immediate......chicken was hot and fresh......The dining room was nice and cool.....

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