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Sylvan Lake

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24572 Sd Highway 87, Custer, Custer State Park, Custer, SD 57730
605.574.2561
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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great food, quaint place

We ate here before doing the trek on the Needle highway. Great food. We ate out side, had bloody Mary's , burgers and patty melts. My only issue was the service was a little slow and we were the only people at the restaurant.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
Leslie C
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Huron, South Dakota
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38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

We were told that the best eating in Custer State Park was found at Sylvan Lake Lodge. The atmosphere was fantastic and the service was excellent but our food was a letdown. Five meals and not one had the specialness we were expecting. The side dishes were not warm and the main dishes (salmon, elk, walleye, a couple of pastas)... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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25 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Amazing food, great staff, salad was fresh and one of the best I have ever had. My husband loved his bison burger. Great kids menu. No view of lake. Upscale, but we went to lunch after hiking and were treated so nicely.

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USA
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

What a beautiful lake! There are rocks that can be jumped off of (despite the signage NOT to do this) - trails to walk......a full day/s could be spent just in this area!

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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

We ate here before doing the trek on the Needle highway. Great food. We ate out side, had bloody Mary's , burgers and patty melts. My only issue was the service was a little slow and we were the only people at the restaurant.

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Tucson, Arizona, United States
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50 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

A great walk-around lake with picnic areas and a swimming area for the kids (if the goose & duck droppings aren't a concern). Beautiful picture taking area that can give you many desktop and wallpaper backgrounds.

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South Dakota
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We stopped in after work Sunday evening. The wait was about 15 minutes. They seemed to be short staffed. There were many open tables but they kept asking the wait staff if they could handle another table. Finally, they had the bar tender seat us & wait on us. The food was OK...nothing exceptional. For the $40 we spent, I... More 

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Stuttgart, Germany
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24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Stunningly beautiful place to spend a day :). We rowed for about an hour and loved every minute of it.

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Fishers, Indiana
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

They prepared a great event for my daughter and new husband. The food was not the typical reception affair. No rubber chicken here. Excellent dishes and execution. Excellent service, great dining/conference hall. The patio just outside had a great view. Thank you for your part in making the wedding a event of a lifetime.

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Chicago, Illinois
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41 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

We stayed at the lodge and had dinner here a couple of nights. The food was good, however, each night they were out of two to three entrees. I think this is poor planning for a quality place

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

IT is so beautiful and peaceful. They have cabins, we did not stay but I think it's a great place to stay especially with children. Differently a place to see.

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Address: 24572 Sd Highway 87, Custer, Custer State Park, Custer, SD 57730
Phone Number: 605.574.2561
Location: United States  >  South Dakota (SD)  >  Custer
Cuisine: American

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  • Address: 24572 Sd Highway 87, Custer, Custer State Park, Custer, SD 57730
  • Location: United States  >  South Dakota (SD)  >  Custer
  • Phone Number: 605.574.2561

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

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