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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
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Mt. Rushmore food

For a National Monument, pretty good food can be found here. Wide selection of food choices available. My wife and I had buffalo stew that was really tasty. Be sure and eat out on the patio. Try some of their ice cream also!

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
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Enid, Oklahoma
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18 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

For a National Monument, pretty good food can be found here. Wide selection of food choices available. My wife and I had buffalo stew that was really tasty. Be sure and eat out on the patio. Try some of their ice cream also!

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Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Carver's Cafe is the only place to eat on the grounds of Mount Rushmore, but that's okay because unless you are the type of person who only likes McD's or Kraft Mac & Cheese, you will find something here to satisfy you. The restaurant is set up cafeteria style, so you grab a tray and go along picking what you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

We ate dinner here and the pot roast was delicious! It was tender and very tasty. It was no more expensive than any other restaurant and much better than most.

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Had breakfast and lunch here. Everything was delicious. They serve beer and wine. There are a few outlets scattered around the dining room if you need to charge your phone.

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Watertown, South Dakota, United States
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23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Cafeteria style restaurant with a lot of options. Food is nothing special but is convenient and something for every taste. Very convenient if you stay for the evening program.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

If you are into watching your calories, this is NOT the place to eat. The ice cream servings are absolutely enormous. Three, even four people could share a single cone/cup. There are very limited offerings, but enough that everyone in the party should find something they would like. Breakfast was hearty, but much like eating out of the freezer section... More 

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West Haven, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

I ate the roasted chicken with mashed potatoes and mixed veggies. Who knew a cafeteria would serve decent food? And the people working there were so friendly! The mashed potatoes were the best I've had in a long time! Also DO NOT MISS the Thomas Jefferson vanilla ice cream! It's very good and one cup is 3 giant scoops! We... More 

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North Branch, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

We arrived about an hour before the lighting ceremony. We found Carvers to be a great opportunity for dinner so we could get-to, and stay-at, the monument. It is a cafeteria style, which is why I only gave a "very good" rating because I figure most would expect an excellent rating to include a hostess and wait staff. The buffet... More 

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White Bear Lake, MN
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Set up like your going through a food court. Different types of food, drinks, etc... Get your tray,etc... Then large area of tables inside or outside. So reasonable! Can sit and relax.

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Cumberland, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Carvers Cafe is set up cafeteria style. There's a grill area that serves up hot dogs, hamburgers, bison burgers, pizza, and chicken fingers and a hot entree line where you can order up items like roast chicken, bison stew, and bison chili. The food was tasty, but a dollar or two more expensive than a typical family restaurant. We had... 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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