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Giant City State Park Lodge & Restaurant

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460 Giant City Lodge Rd, Makanda, IL 62958-3218
618-457-4921
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  • 77
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    Very good
  • 16
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  • 6
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    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Always something good to eat

The specials are always worth while and the fried chicken is amazing. Not to mention the interior and exterior scenery you get to enjoy while dining.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
Jeremy C
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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152 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

The specials are always worth while and the fried chicken is amazing. Not to mention the interior and exterior scenery you get to enjoy while dining.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

I am amazed by the amount of negative reviews! I eat at this restaurant maybe 2-3 times a year and have also stayed in the cabins. Please let me respond to those negating the fried chicken meal. The meal is $10.99. You are not going to get fresh "southern illinois corn" for this price. Most all of the corn feilds... More 

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

I have been here on several occasions for fried chicken and their family style sides. It has a very good atmosphere and food. While you are there check out giant city state park.

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Makanda, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Built in the 1930's by the Civilian Conservation Corps, the Giant City Lodge has quite a history. I have visited and enjoyed many a meal there over the years with family and friends, never have been disappointed. The Lodge and cabins were a movie set from the recent movie Gone Girl! If you've seen the movie you'll recognize the shots... More 

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United States
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177 reviews 177 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Moist, juicy and flavorful with a thin, crispy crust. You will not be disappointed. It is served family style with mashed potatoes, gravy, dumplings, beans, corn and biscuits...but who are we kidding, it's all about the Chicken and the view.

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Morris, Illinois
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We stayed in the cabins and I was a little worried because there was no kitchen. However, the food at the lodge was superb!! We enjoyed a breakfast buffet in the morning and the all you can eat chicken in the evening. Never had chicken taste so good!!

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Wataga, IL.
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We were in Makanda and went to Giant City Restaurant for the fried chicken. It was everything we had wanted. The corn, green beans, mashed potatoes and gravy, dumplings and biscuits with apple butter were great. We were in the area four days and ate at the lodge two nights. Great especially if you like friend chicken.

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Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The fried chicken dinner is famous for a reason! Our waitress was not knowledgeable at all and couldn't answer any of the questions we asked, regardless of the subject (food, wine, history of the lodge, etc).

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Nashville, Illinois
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014 via mobile

A group of us went to Giant City Lodge for the fried chicken and dumpling family style meal.The lodge and setting is one of the finest in Southern IL. Service is good and the food is great. When you go make sure to take your appetite along.

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Metropolis, Illinois
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41 reviews 41 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

My husband and I went to the Lodge for his birthday lunch. The waitress first said to us, "I don't know if you are my table but here" and gave us menus. She never made eye contact, looked out the window and seemed either distracted or spaced-out. She came back to tell me there was no spinach for my spinach... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 460 Giant City Lodge Rd, Makanda, IL 62958-3218
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Makanda
  • Phone Number: 618-457-4921

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

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