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Giant City State Park Lodge & Restaurant

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460 Giant City Lodge Rd, Makanda, IL 62958-3218
+1 618-457-4921
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good26%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible7%
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460 Giant City Lodge Rd, Makanda, IL 62958-3218
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Fried Chicken dinner is family style and fantastic! The lodge is very nice and picturesque and is well worth the drive from Carbondale...the rest of the menu is just so-so, but the chicken is to die for!

Thank irvingpenn
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came there after Church for some fried chicken. The Kelley's are awesome, they make sure everything is top notch. Everything is reasonably priced, considering how much food you get, fried chicken, dumplings, mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, and dinner rolls.

Thank Nicholas H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We actually stayed at the campground however all the cabins look well cared for. During our stay we ate at the lodge 3 times! The fried chicken was great and seems to be what they are known for. I want to add how great the...More

Thank Dlldaddy
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This Lodge is so picturesque. The dining experience is heightened by the interesting architecture of a Lodge built during the Great Depression. The food is good. We always get the fried chicken which is served family style but there are other choices such as chicken...More

Thank Marla3212
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The park is beautiful and a must see with the trails and such but this restaurant needs a complete revamp. I came in from Florida visiting family local to the area and was hoping to enjoy a good family style meal but instead were given...More

Thank Brandon P
Reviewed May 22, 2017 via mobile

My husband and I enjoy the Shawnee wine trails and stayed 2 days in Makanda, IL to celebrate our anniversary. We decided to try this place for late breakfast/lunch the day we left. It didn't seem to be by anything else and was kind of...More

Thank SJojo128
Reviewed May 16, 2017 via mobile

We had dinner her for Mothers Day. The lodge and park are beautiful. Hiking here is really great. We had the all you can eat family style dinner as that was all they were serving on Mothers Day. It was really not that good. Fried...More

Thank siestaclaud
Reviewed April 20, 2017

The family style dinner you can get here is one of the best things. It is all you can eat and it is brought to your table! You don't have to wait in lines and fight the crowds. It is fresh made and on the...More

Thank CChester0808
Reviewed April 16, 2017

The lodge is very rustic and beautiful. Ate here for dinner and we opted for the "all you can eat fried chicken". It came with all the fixins'..of coleslaw, mashed potatoes, dumplings, biscuits, gravy, corn and grean beans. We were stuffed when we left. Reasonably...More

Thank happyfamilyMacomb_Il
Reviewed April 11, 2017 via mobile

We went to dinner on a Monday night while camped in the park. We were surprised by how many people were there. Mostly families with several family groups. It's a big place and well staffed, so no waits and great service. We had the family...More

1  Thank Kathy W
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Do you serve Prime Rib? and what are your Winter hours?
December 9, 2016|
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Response from Tara C | Reviewed this property |
The website says they are closed mid-December to the 1st Friday in February. After December 1st they will take reservations for the up coming season. YES! They do have prime rib, buffalo & are famous for their fried chicken... More
Mary W
Pet friendly?
August 27, 2016|
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Response from Butterflydays | Reviewed this property |
I don't think they allow pets. I am providing you with their phone number just to be sure. (618) 457-4921. They are there on the weekends, so you should get a response, if you call today.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids, Scenic view
Open Hours
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
8:00 am - 8:30 pm
8:00 am - 8:30 pm
8:00 am - 8:30 pm
8:00 am - 8:30 pm
8:00 am - 8:30 pm
8:00 am - 8:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 460 Giant City Lodge Rd, Makanda, IL 62958-3218
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Makanda
  • Phone Number: +1 618-457-4921
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