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Mount Rushmore National Memorial, 13000 Highway 244, Bldg. 81, Keystone, SD 57751
605.574.2515
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
It was convenient for the off-season

We visited Mt. Rushmore in the off-season of January when we were lucky enough to have a few days off work and a warm spell. The entire town of Keystone was a ghost town and luckily Carver's Cafe was open at the National Park. We were forced to eat here out of necessity and lack of other choices... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed January 27, 2015
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Big Horn, Wyoming
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Big Horn, Wyoming
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

We visited Mt. Rushmore in the off-season of January when we were lucky enough to have a few days off work and a warm spell. The entire town of Keystone was a ghost town and luckily Carver's Cafe was open at the National Park. We were forced to eat here out of necessity and lack of other choices. Unfortunately the... More 

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Universal City, Texas
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17 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

We went the day after Thanksgiving. It wasn't crowded at all. Checked out the Carvers Café and were surprised by the menu. A couple of us had buffalo burgers and the rest had the chicken with sides. My husband thought the burger was fine, but we all loved the chicken. Tender, juicy with great seasoning. We were shocked! The sides,... More 

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Shreveport
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68 reviews 68 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

We ordered the bison burger seemingly getting a somewhat healthy meal, but afterward, to our horror, we watched as the guy was putting on a new batch of meat (our patties were already cooked when we got there so we didn't see the cooking process. Not sure if this is common practice or not). He literally used a half can... More 

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Ogden, Utah
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109 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Now this is National Park food, so don't get crazy here. But for what I expected, this place far exceeded. Try the buffalo burger and a sample of Thomas Jefferson's own Ice Cream recipe.

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New Smyrna, FL
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95 reviews 95 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Decent food served with a smile from a multitude of cafeteria-style stations. Walk around to look at them all, or risk being disappointed by your first choice. Beer and wine is available for the grown-ups and there's a nice ice cream stand next door for the kids. There are some tables with some very nice views. The tables without the... More 

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Augusta, GA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

You can find anything to eat here that you want, but we wished we had waited and just had a grilled hot dog outside. Not to take anything away from the cafe, but the lines were long, the food was very good but expensive and they were out of a few things by the time our group got there. The... More 

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Alma Center, Wisconsin, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

There is a very simple menu that includes burgers and fries. They also had BBQ sandwich special, a chicken sandwich, and hot dogs. The food was fine, no real complaints, just not a lot of variety.

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Denver, Colorado
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74 reviews 74 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Eat among all the flags of the 50 states, pictures of presidents, and some of the best buffalo stew I've ever tried, Grab an ice cream or even a personal bottle of wine! Seriously, this is a fun, funky cafe full of history, a dash of kitsch, and taste-bud worthy faire for a memorial cafe. I'd recommend, and have been... More 

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Firestone, Colorado
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Mt. Rushmore has made an amazing national monument that everyone should go see. It's spectacular. They have a full service cafeteria on site which is very nice inside with huge glass windows that look upon Rushmore and an outdoor patio which is quite scenic. The food is so-so. Nothing great. If you could bring food and sit outside, you'd like... More 

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Lenexa, Kansas
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

This is a decent place to take a break and grab a bite to eat while visiting Mount Rushmore. This is a buffet style restaurant and most entrees cost under $10. The hamburger and hot dog station is located when you first walk into the restaurant. People may not realize other stations are located further back. We missed the buffalo... More 

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  • Address: Mount Rushmore National Memorial, 13000 Highway 244, Bldg. 81, Keystone, SD 57751
  • Location: United States  >  South Dakota (SD)  >  Keystone
  • Phone Number: 605.574.2515

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