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Oxbow Restaurant

$$ - $$$
American, Diner
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405 Calumet Ave NE, De Smet, SD 57231
(605) 854-9988
6:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 8:30 pm
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We tried to go to this place 3 different times, but they closed early the first 2 times we tried--on opening weekend of pheasant season when people from all over were coming in to town. Wait staff consisted of a couple attractive young girls. They were dealing with a large party of hunters in the private dining/party room. Nothing seemed... More 

Thank mikenbama
Norfolk, Nebraska
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016

In town to see museum. We were actual recommended this place by a local. Town must have terrible taste. The food here was one of the worst I have ever had. Had the special of chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes and corn. Corn was in warmer to long and out of a can. Potatoes were instant and not mixed well... More 

Thank bigshoe1982
Allen, Texas
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44 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016 via mobile

Disclaimer: There are not a lot of restaurants in De Smet. We found the Oxbow a tasty stop. Simple menu items from hamburgers to cod planks. Pork chops to soup. Ours servers were friendly and eager to help. We are there two of the two nights we were in town

Thank daricelang
Huron, South Dakota
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016 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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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016 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 bubbles 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 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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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44 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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98 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    1.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Kids
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?