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Blue Bell Lodge - Tantanka Dining

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25453 Sd Highway 87, Custer, SD 57730
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Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Nice lunch stop

Enjoyed having lunch here as we toured the beautiful park. Rustic setting. Bison burger was really good!

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 28, 2015
Palm Harbor, Florida
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virginia, usa
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a very reasonably priced breakfast here, sat at outdoor patio with squirrel companion. Relaxing setting and great wood cabin look to lodge.

Thank spexdr
Saint Cloud, Minnesota
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22 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

TOTAL WASTE of MONEY!!! My family and i were able to see much more by just driving around Custer state park by our selves. Food was lunch room quality at best.

Thank cancunman1
Baltimore, Maryland
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

State side reception staff and Rory, our South African Waiter provided a delightful stay and the meals for the 5 days spent there were enjoyable no matter what time of day or evening.

Thank Jim W
Palm Harbor, Florida
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28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

Enjoyed having lunch here as we toured the beautiful park. Rustic setting. Bison burger was really good!

Thank FLBergie
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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

We ate at the Blue Bell Lodge a few times even though we weren't staying there becuase the food and service is so good. Loved sitting on the patio!

Thank susaninglis
Minneapolis, MN
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96 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

We were staying at Blue Bell Lodge and were tired from traveling to get there so had an early dinner at the on-site restaurant. That was a good decision. I'd been sampling buffalo burgers across Colorado and South Dakota so chose the buffalo “melt” burger (American cheese, caramelized onions, on sourdough) with cowboy beans. Both were delicious and comforting on... More 

Thank Carib0906
Salem, Oregon
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181 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

It was the end of the season and the owner told us that they would be closing in a few days. The dining area was nearly empty and the menu was a bit limited but it was fine. We were seated in the bar area which was interesting because of the 'decorations'. We ordered a light lunch and were given... More 

Thank SueinSalem
Olympia, Washington
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I ate here for lunch while staying in Custer State park as part of our honeymoon road trip. We had already eaten at the Lake Legion Lodge so we decided to stop here on our way to the wild life loop. We both had burgers and they we both enjoyed them. Nothing too fancy or extraordinary but... More 

Thank MandieSunshine86
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37 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

So we were staying at the pricier State Game Lodge but realized we weren't going to make it back for dinner while trying to navigate the wildlife loop. We stopped here instead and are very glad we did. I've already reviewed the Lodge's room, so I'm not going to bother with the food there other than to say it matched... More 

1 Thank MrHoover
Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

Breakfast or dinner fantastic food, exceptional staff. Family friendly providing crayons and coloring book to children. Good selection . My favorite was the cashew crusted walleye entree. The best walleye I have ever tasted!

1 Thank Angela O

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 25453 Sd Highway 87, Custer, SD 57730
  • Location: United States  >  South Dakota (SD)  >  Custer
  • Phone Number: 605.255.4531

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Families with children, Large groups

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