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Oxbow Restaurant

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405 Calumet Ave NE, De Smet, SD 57231
(605) 854-9988
6:00 am - 8:30 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Huron, South Dakota
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Stopped by for lunch. Shared the combo appettizer. Hubby had deluxe burger. ..I had pizza burger. Could have used some pizza sauce but good. Hubby loved his burger. Will stop again. Table next to us had a hot hamburger combo....looked really good.

Thank Rachel05311971
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Choices aren't many in DeSmet for meals and The Oxbow is a solid diner with the expected array of options for adults and kids, which it delivers solidly -- but do not expect anything exceptional. The staff clearly are used to tourists and are polite and reservedly friendly but not more than that. The place feels old and tired but... More 

Thank Sandra R
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13 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016 via mobile

A pleasant stop for fans of the Little house on the prairie books. Not flash -- just real cooking in old booths -- best homemade Strawberry Rhubarb pie for miles & miles. The staff is friendly and gives you a sense of small town america.

Thank Helen N
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352 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016 via mobile

We ate here after a long day of sightseeing and we stopped just before they closed for they day. The waitress was professional and polite and the owner even came over and spoke with us and told us some history of the town and the restaurant also. The food was filling and delicious and very reasonable. Easy to find ample... More 

Thank tanyasm
McLean, Virginia
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40 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

Dining options are pretty limited in De Smet. Keep in mind that the population of the entire town is a little over 1,000 people, and those spread out quickly from the charming little downtown. If planning a visit to the town, plan on average, fairly unimaginative restaurant food or plan on eating at Subway or DQ. There is also a... More 

1 Thank HistoryGirl1649
Huntsville, AL
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39 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

This is the kind of dump that give small town restaurants a bad name. The service was slow and the food was pretty terrible. They couldn't even make decent fried chicken, which is sad. Getting refills or even the check took forever. The vibe of the place is sad and worn-out, like the owners are just waiting to close it... More 

2 Thank BTGIV
Deocrah, Iowa
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96 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016 via mobile

This place could be a wonderful hometown restaurant if only the folks in charge would CARE a little more! It so desperately needs a deep clean and a change or update in decor. Food wasn't terrible, but it just seems like everyone (cook, waitstaff, etc) has given up. Ugh.

Thank fox4cefive
Newton, Iowa
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75 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016

When we travel, I plan the attractions, my wife is in charge of where we eat for the most part. After spending most of the day touring the Laura Ingalls-Wilder attractions throughout the city, we decided to get a bite to eat before heading out of town. My wife Googled our choices and we decided to stop here. Upon parking... More 

1 Thank MALaehn
Council Bluffs, Iowa
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82 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016 via mobile

Two of us had an omelette and we both thought it was very good. My daughter had the sizzler with scrambled eggs and she said it was delicious. The waitress was very nice and efficient. The total for the three of us was $23 which is the cheapest Mrs we've had so far. We are all leaving full and satisfied.

Thank LS679
Marietta, Minnesota
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147 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

The serve was so the food was good. The staff was friendly but not the fastest serve. The prices are good and the food is homemade and fresh.

Thank Jodi56257

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    2.5 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
    1.5 of 5 stars
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
6:00 am - 8:30 pm
6:00 am - 8:30 pm
6:00 am - 8:30 pm
6:00 am - 8:30 pm
6:00 am - 8:30 pm
6:00 am - 8:30 pm
6:00 am - 8:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 405 Calumet Ave NE, De Smet, SD 57231
  • Location: United States  >  South Dakota (SD)  >  De Smet
  • Phone Number: (605) 854-9988

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?