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Blue Bell Lodge - Tantanka Dining

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25453 Sd Highway 87, Custer, SD 57730
605.255.4531
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Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Delicious

We arrived on an unusually cold rainy day. I had a nice serving of buffalo stew that hit the spot. My husband had the buffalo meatloaf and said it was great. They had a nice selection of local brews. Our server, Ray, was super. Cozy lodge like atmosphere, very comfortable.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
  • Families with children
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Greenfield, Indiana
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88 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

We had 1 breakfast and 1 dinner at the Blue Bell Lodge while staying at the State Game Lodge. The wait staff was friendly and efficient during both visits. Breakfast first-- I had biscuits and gravy served in a cast iron skillet and the biscuits were some of the best I've ever eaten. My husband had pancakes, sausage, and eggs... More 

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Schenectady, New York
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Dinner at the Tatanka dining room was a treat. Service was prompt. The room itself is a classic western lodge, so the atmosphere was great. Our family of four all enjoyed our dinners. The buffalo meat loaf was tasty and filling. The rabbit & rattlesnake sausage appetizer was large enough for everyone to have a taste. Pricing was fair, especially... More 

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Ephrata, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

We stopped here hoping we would be able to have a little lunch. I went to ask if we had to be staying at the lodge to eat in the restaurant and learned it was open to anyone. After having a poor experience with a buffalo steak at a different restaurant, we decided to try the pulled buffalo and it... More 

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Forest City, North Carolina
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

While in Custer State Park we stopped here for dinner. The buffalo quesadillas were amazing! Also the cornbread was mouth watering delicious.

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Golden, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Comfort food, nice setting. Wait was a little long due to staffing shortage but we sat outside and enjoyed the surroundings.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We arrived on an unusually cold rainy day. I had a nice serving of buffalo stew that hit the spot. My husband had the buffalo meatloaf and said it was great. They had a nice selection of local brews. Our server, Ray, was super. Cozy lodge like atmosphere, very comfortable.

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49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Stayed in blue bell cabins so had a few meals at lodge; just when it would have been too onerous to travel somewhere. Breakfasts were fine, very heavy but well made. Service was only so-so, don't plan on a second cup of coffee unless you get lucky. All the juices come with ice in them, but when we asked for... More 

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Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Had lunch at Blue Bell Lodge dining room. Good service and good food Good selection of menu items. We both ordered sandwiches and they were large and had a good taste.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We had dinner here one night. The lodge is very picturesque, the food is just average. Convenient if you're staying in the park but not something to go out of your way for.

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Prospect CT
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

As we were leaving the area, one friend remember stopping here. At first we were going to have the outdoor BBQ which included buffalo burgers and brisket, we opted for the indoor dining. We had a great waiter, (Thanks Rory from South Africa) who made our dining a pleasure. Casual rustic setting.

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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: Local cuisine, Romantic, Families with children

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