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12320 Hwy 244, Mt. Rushmore/Hill City KOA Resort, Hill City, SD 57745
605-574-9559
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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
OK Meal, Nothing Special

The food here is just average. Nothing to write home about, but it's not bad either. It was convenient, as we were staying at the KOA. The service was fast and friendly, and if we were ever camping here again, we'd probably eat there just for the location.

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

The food here is just average. Nothing to write home about, but it's not bad either. It was convenient, as we were staying at the KOA. The service was fast and friendly, and if we were ever camping here again, we'd probably eat there just for the location.

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Bozeman, Montana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

We decided to try the restaurant on the last night of our stay at Palmer Gulch. My pulled pork sandwich was alright. Once the pieces with BBQ sauce on them were eaten it was just a hoagie roll full of flavorless meat. My mom ordered a club sandwich. Her tomato was literally rotten. When she told the waiter it was... More 

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Ephrata, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

The food was decent (nothing earth shattering) and not too expensive. The biggest thing is location! We stopped to check out the campground for a future stay and had lunch. We had the Black and Bleu burger which was good, not great and I had fries while my wife had homemade chips. The chips were bland with hardly any flavor... More 

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Ocala
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

The first time we ate there our service was great. the food was average We returned two nights later, the service was poor, our bill was wrong and our waitress wanted to argue about it. The manager corrected the bill. Wait staff really makes a difference!

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Jacksonville, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

We were staying at the KOA Campground so this place was very convenient. The food was ok, nothing remarkable. The salad was fresh and the chicken fingers were hot and crispy.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Stopped here for breakfast on the way between the above mentioned sights. The food was tasty and the waitress very attentive. Unfortunately there were no tables left in the shade but they kept the cold drinks coming. This was good value considering where it is situated - just off the main road and on the edge of a campsite.

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Kansas City
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

We had the best (and most talkative) server of our entire trip here, but she made sure everything was perfect and then some. Menu prices very reasonable given the setting. Only complaint is the inside menu isn't available outside.

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Boulder, CO
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Reasonable food, pleasant service. Only restaurant on site at Palmer Gulch. Nice catering folks to work with for our family reunion, and decent value, price-wise, on group meals.

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Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Had drinks in the bar one day then ate in the restaurant the following day, Staff were all friendly and helpful. Prices were reasonable and food was good. It avoided a drive into Hill City or Keystone so it was an asset to the park.

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Hill City, SD, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

My wife and I took some guests to the Ponderosa Restaurant on the site of the KOA/Palmer Gulch Lodge. This is not a typical restaurant you may expect at a campground/lodge. It is basically a separate establishment on the premises. It also has a bar/lounge on the lower walk out level and patio. We had the baby back ribs and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 12320 Hwy 244, Mt. Rushmore/Hill City KOA Resort, Hill City, SD 57745
  • Location: United States  >  South Dakota (SD)  >  Hill City
  • Phone Number: 605-574-9559

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  • Cuisine: American

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