We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
$25 Amazon.com Gift Card Get yours when you book a hotel on TripAdvisor and review your stay!
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Mount Rushmore National Memorial, 13000 Highway 244, Bldg. 81, Keystone, SD 57751
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

158 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 149: English reviews
Muskogee, Oklahoma
Level Contributor
77 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The cafe is conveniently located at the Mt Rushmore Memorial. We had a late breakfast of scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, potatoes and bacon or sausage. It was pretty standard cafeteria quality food.

Thank Karli036
Grand Forks
Level Contributor
18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Burgers were sitting around a while. Dry and rubbery, lots of fries. For a location like this prices weren't bad, food not great. Ice cream section next door seemed much better than restaurant.

Thank 28BrianM
Spooner, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
66 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The lunch at the Carvers was included in our tour which was really nice because the cafe was a little pricey. They were busy but it didn't take long at all and the food was tasty. You could get a regular home cooked dinner entree or a sandwich or burger. They have a veggie burger or you could have vegetables... More 

Thank amarh725
Level Contributor
33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a very busy cafe with high traffic. We tried the buffalo burgers which were drier than beef, it was ok but pricy. Nothing to write home about . It did have the option to add condiments and lettuce which was after going thru the cashiers, which made the burgers better. I didn't like the youth servers, they were... More 

Thank beenice
Level Contributor
104 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

After we had finished the trail walk we visited here for lunch. Service, food and cleanliness was excellent.

Thank LIL32Brisbane
Houston, Texas
Level Contributor
62 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant is on the Mount Rushmore premises. They have a buffet and a sandwich station. I had baked chicken and vegetables from the buffet line, which was very good.

Thank Beverly M
Rapid City, South Dakota
Level Contributor
56 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We finished sightseeing around Mount Rushmore and decided to come in for lunch. They were really busy and securing a table took a little while. The food set is cafeteria style. You go through and you have choices such burgers (Buffalo meat patties too), pre packaged sandwiches pre-packaged salads, pre- packaged desserts and so on. They also had what I... More 

Thank J H
valley city, United States
Level Contributor
50 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was not expecting much from the café but it ended up being a pretty good bison burger. It was obviously close to Mt Rushmore and the staff was very friendly and helpful. I would recommend for those dining alone or families

Thank Gary P
raleigh nc
Level Contributor
110 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had breakfast and between the 6.50 for a good breakfast and the VIEW, it was great. We got a kick out of being the dining room where North By Northwest was filmed too, but in all reality, floor to ceiling windows, good food and ice cream...happy experience

Thank lauren624
Level Contributor
180 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After visiting the monument, we decided to share an ice cream. Couldn't resist the Thomas Jefferson recipe.

Thank J H

Travelers who viewed Carvers Cafe also viewed


Been to Carvers Cafe? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
American, Cafe
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Scenic view, Large groups, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Mount Rushmore National Memorial, 13000 Highway 244, Bldg. 81, Keystone, SD 57751
  • Location: United States  >  South Dakota (SD)  >  Keystone
  • Phone Number: 605.574.2515

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Carvers Cafe and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question
Buffalo, New York
over a year ago
over a year ago

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from Carvers Cafe staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?