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Laughing Water Restaurant

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Avenue of the Chiefs, Custer, SD
605 673-4681
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
Good for:
Families with children
Dining on a budget

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  • 29
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  • 37
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Stew on a cold, wet day

We broke our visit with lunch at Laughing Water. We were in the off-season so waiting was not an issue. The Tatanka Stew with buffalo meat and lots of vegetables was flavorful. I love fry bread and that was included with the stew. We were seated where we could look out and up to the monument... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
Kathy_art
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Loveland, Colorado
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  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
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Loveland, Colorado
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

We broke our visit with lunch at Laughing Water. We were in the off-season so waiting was not an issue. The Tatanka Stew with buffalo meat and lots of vegetables was flavorful. I love fry bread and that was included with the stew. We were seated where we could look out and up to the monument. For those looking for... More 

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Foothill Ranch, California
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205 reviews 205 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
384 helpful votes 384 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

The view of the monument outside the restaurant is spectacular. As you await the arrival of your food, you glare out the window and find yourself dreaming of the completion of the monument and it's final likeness to the drawings and miniature sculptures that line the campus. I ordered the Tatanka stew which is made from prime cuts of tender... More 

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Hudson,NH
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238 reviews 238 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

We ate here when we went to Crazy Horse. Save your money and aggravation by not eating here. They ran out of hot dogs, can you believe that one. The wait to sit in the dining area, to be waited on by staff, was a half hour. They were short of help. Good One!!!! Where is the Manager, pitch in... More 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

If one wants to experience the Native American culture, why not have the tantanka stew? I did. It was very tasty and is served with fry bread. The amount served was just right. I would recommend it and choose it again myself. The view from the window of the Crazy Horse sculpture was a bonus. And coffee is always free.... More 

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New york
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39 reviews 39 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Stop here for lunch. The food is good and the service is good. You are in a tourist trap so it will cost a little more than usual, but you are on vacation.

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Houston, Texas
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182 reviews 182 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

very nice restaurant inside the Indian museum. We had the Tatanka stew and it was delicious. Have a very good menu and they offer a buffet if you like. Good service and very good food

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Cape Coral, Florida, United States
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44 reviews 44 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Good food, I had the Taco salad which was very tasty. Great desserts too, prices were reasonable. Table near the window provide a view of the Crazy Horse monument.

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Madera, California
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97 reviews 97 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Very friendly staff, with a nice view of the monument while you dine. The hamburger was ok, but the buffet was mostly poor. The vegetables were mushy, and the Beef seemed rehashed one too many times. The only part that was delicious and fresh were the pies. Great flaky crust. I regret that I did not order the Indian Fry... More 

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Peoria, Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

This restaurant is located right in the Crazy Horse gift shop complex. We were here around lunch time. We were seated immediately. I had a philly chicken and I really liked it

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Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

This restaurant is located right in the Crazy Horse gift shop complex. We were here on Saturday, Sept. 13. We were seated immediately. I had a chicken salad, and it was one of the best I have ever had. It had lots of chicken, walnuts, and crasins. Delicious. My husbad had the shrimp. He is a picky eater and he... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Avenue of the Chiefs, Custer, SD
  • Location: United States  >  South Dakota (SD)  >  Custer
  • Phone Number: 605 673-4681

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget

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