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“Should have kept on driving” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Al's Oasis

Al's Oasis
I-90 Exit 260, Oacoma, SD 57365
605-234-6054
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Ranked #2 of 4 Restaurants in Oacoma
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Breakfast
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Dining options: Breakfast
Connecticut
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107 reviews 107 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 53 cities Reviews in 53 cities
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
“Should have kept on driving”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013 via mobile

Obviously this place is in the middle of nowhere, and it was one of the few places open on the Sunday we went. However in the end we would have been better off getting fast food. Rather than being a relaxing 'oasis', Al's was a negative experience of terrible service and mediocre food, and I would have rather stayed hungry than stop and let this be our first impression of South Dakota on our way to the Black Hills. Our server was completely rude, almost yelling at us as she brought our silverware. This rudeness was not limited to just her though, but included the other staff in the restaurant with whom we interacted. We were shocked that people who work in the service industry could act in such a way, really too shocked to react and tired from driving as well. The food is nothing to mention, and rather than linger and try the dessert, we got out of there as fast as we could. We wanted to leave the place and our experience there in the dust, but felt we should warn future travelers to not waste time or expect to have a decent break at Al's Oasis.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Daniel57365, Manager at Al's Oasis, responded to this review, July 28, 2013
Thank you for taking time to post a review here on tripadvisor. I am so sorry your experience here at Al's didn't live up to your expectations. We are always interested in hearing feedback good or bad about our facility. I will take your comments into consideration and implement them in further training for the staff. Once again thank you for your time and business.
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“Slow roadside stop”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

This is a nice place to stop for and hour or so and get an average meal. I tried the Bison burger, my wife had the single pork chop. Her peas seemed frozen not fresh, the mashed potatoes were possibly processed, but the pork chop was first rate.

The Bison burger was similar to all the others I have tried, again nothing wrong but nothing particulate right. The fries were institutional.

We finished it all off with the bread pudding which was much better than expected.

I do need to add a comment about our server Stephan, excellent. Just the right amount of attention without becoming bothersome.

To really enjoy this stop walk around the shops, pick up a road treat for later, stretch your legs, and have an average meal in clean, interesting, surroundings.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Daniel57365, Manager at Al's Oasis, responded to this review, July 28, 2013
Thank you so much for taking time to write a review here on tripadvisor. I am glad you enjoyed your visit to Al's Oasis and it sounds like Stephan took good care of you! We hope the rest of your trip was just as pleasant! We appreciate the feedback and your business!
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“Good comfort food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

This isn't a place to get a quick bit to eat and get back on the road. It's the place to eat when you have stopped driving for the day or are in no great hurry. We ordered the Liver and Onions with Salad Bar. Best meal of our week long trip to Glacier National Park. Atmosphere western themed. Waitress helpful, courteous and efficient serving us. Bonus gift shop and grocery store. The gift shop has the usual souvenirs plus more upscale and unique items, worth walking through too. We would stop again if driving I 90 in South Dakota.

Visited July 2013
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Daniel57365, Manager at Al's Oasis, responded to this review, July 20, 2013
Dear Linda
Thank you so much for your response on TripAdvisor! We are so glad you had a nice visit to Al's Oasis! We hope to see you again!
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“Not Bad”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

If your traveling to the black hills its your last chance at decent food till Wall. If you are traveling east from the Hills its still ok. Next good stops won't be till Mitchell about an hour east. Had the burger and fires, it was ok, not great. The pie is very good.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Daniel57365, Manager at Al's Oasis, responded to this review, July 20, 2013
Dear Robert

We appreciate you taking time to post here on Tripadvisor! Thank you so much for the feedback! Hope to see you again!
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“Not bad”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

There is not much around and we were happy to find somewhere to stop on a long road trip. We had the buffet plus salad bar and thought the ribs were really pretty good. The buffet seemed to be the way to go for speed to get back on the highway and not a bad value. Would come again.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Daniel57365, Manager at Al's Oasis, responded to this review, July 20, 2013
Thank you so much for your review here on Tripadvisor! We are glad you had nice visit to Al's Oasis! We appreciate your business and hope to you again when you are passing through!
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