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Laughing Water Restaurant

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Avenue of the Chiefs, Crazy Horse Memorial, Custer, SD
605 673-4681
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 46
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  • 54
    Very good
  • 31
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
For a tourist diner it is good.

Even though a recommendation for a food outlet lasts only about a week, I found the service here to be first class on the day we visited. While the food was diner style, the servings were generous and delivered in a timely manner.

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 14, 2015
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Bli Bli, Australia
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190 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

Even though a recommendation for a food outlet lasts only about a week, I found the service here to be first class on the day we visited. While the food was diner style, the servings were generous and delivered in a timely manner.

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Denver, Colorado
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38 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

Items were well priced. Service was great. Loved the veggie burger option as well. Enjoyed our lunch here.

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Thank Autumn W
Chico, California
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197 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

My husband and I shared the Tatanka Stew and Indian Fry Bread. Then ordered the Indian Fry Bread with honey for dessert. There were chunks of Buffalo, carrots, and potatoes in the stews. The meat was really tender. The fry bread was cooked perfectly. The service was quick and friendly. We had a wonderful view of the monument while we... More 

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Cottonwood Idaho
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50 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

After several hours hiking to & from Crazy Horse Mountain on a Volksmarch we were ready for some food and a sit down. Although the wait for a table was about 20 minutes the wait was worth it as we were given a table at the front of the restaurant with an unobstructed view of Crazy Horse. Food was excellent;... More 

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Thank FrancesinIdaho
Fresno
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30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

I was a single and they seated me with some group. For my lunch I decided to have the salad bar plus(skip the 2 hot item plus). Salad bar has your basic everyday items and 2 2soups to pick from. They added the tip to my check odd. Would I do it again, no, would grab a hot dog at... More 

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1 Thank fatkoalabear
New Boston, Michigan, United States
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27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

It is not the only place to eat here, but if you want a good sit down, it pretty much is. The salad bar (my main feed) was well stocked.

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1 Thank Matthew C
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015 via mobile

Had lunch here while visiting Crazy Horse Memorial. Dined on the buffalo stew and fry bread. I'm not a fan of fry bead, but the stew was tasty. Enjoyed the fantastic view of the memorial while dining.

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1 Thank Rboone58
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76 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015 via mobile

Went here for lunch while visiting the Crazy Horse Memorial. We had the buffalo stew with fry bread and native American tacos. Reasonable prices and generous portions. The food was delicious and nicely presented.

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Thank jolyblonde
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70 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015 via mobile

The best way I can describe the taste of the food is....cafeteria style. Not the freshest. Tasted reheated. Several of us ordered the Native American tacos. The fry bread didn't taste fresh, the refried beans were dry, and the meat tasted like the taco seasoning you buy in the little packets at the store. Not very authentic. We ordered a... More 

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Colts Neck, New Jersey
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133 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

While visiting the Crazy Horse Memorial we opted to eat lunch at this restaurant. After checking out the buffet, we opted to stay with the menu. My rating is average because the food was just that. Not bad not great. Service was quick and attentive. Being the only option at the memorial there really isn't another option.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Avenue of the Chiefs, Crazy Horse Memorial, Custer, SD
  • Location: United States  >  South Dakota (SD)  >  Custer
  • Phone Number: 605 673-4681

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget, Large groups, Scenic view

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