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Laughing Water Restaurant

) #10 of 26 Restaurants in Custer €€ - €€€ American
Avenue of the Chiefs, Crazy Horse Memorial, Custer, SD
+1 605-673-4681
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  • Excellent32%
  • Very good38%
  • Average20%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“fry bread” (25 reviews)
“stew” (19 reviews)
“indian taco” (12 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
€€ - €€€
Avenue of the Chiefs, Crazy Horse Memorial, Custer, SD
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Reviewed 5 April 2017 via mobile

Lunch during low season was fairly quick and the food was good. Tatanka stew came with 4 pieces of the Indian bread. Nice ambiance. Walked out to use the binoculars (25cents) to see the monument while we waited as well, which saved time later.

1  Thank KarynJG
Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

I ate at the restaurant at Crazy Horse Memorial on evening over Christmas vacation and really enjoyed it. It was after dark and the mountain was lite up so the view was great. There weren't a lot of people there that evening so the staff...More

Thank Eric K
Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

I loved our visit to Crazy Horse Monument and the Laughing Water Restaurant. The museum and gift shop in the visitor center were beautiful and interesting. The restaurant was spectacular. My husband had the Tantanka Stew (Buffalo) with fry bread and I had a huge...More

Thank harrisy919
Reviewed 4 November 2016

I had a hard time choosing between the Indian taco or the tatanka stew. Both looked great. And as it turned out, both taste great as well. There are other choices as well. It is all good.

Thank William O
Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

OMG. You have GOT to try the Tatanka Stew. It is so yummy and you also get four pieces of the Indian bread. Simply amazing!

Thank A C
Reviewed 25 October 2016

We had a late lunch following the hike onto Crazy Horse monument and it was tasty, filling and unique. Sitting near the huge windows, we ate with a wonderful view of those continuing to hike up the mountain. We were back to enjoy the buffalo...More

Thank Belva C
Reviewed 17 October 2016

We decided last minute to stay and eat there rather than find a place down the road and we were really glad we did. They had a complete menu and our dinner was great and the prices were very reasonable. It is large and roomy,...More

Thank Mike O
Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Empty nesters who travel off season.. food was good, prices fair, service was average, but they were very busy when we were there and they were short staff.. we recommend saving room for desert the Frey bread was awesome

Thank Mike M
Reviewed 12 October 2016

Located in the Crazy Horse Memorial, this was a good choice for lunch. We were seated with a wonderful view of Crazy Horse. Server was very personable. Had the taco and the Tatanka (buffalo) stew, and both were excellent. Server, Gail, checked on us regularly....More

Reviewed 9 October 2016

Nice sit down place. Friendly and speedy service. The place was clean. Food is good for a tourist site.

Thank JLG72
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Hi! Can you just stop to eat at the restaurant? Or do you have to pay the hefty $22 (to view Crazy Horse Memorial), that I want to avoid, to eat at this restaurant?
27 April 2016|
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Response from Cathie M | Reviewed this property |
Sorry that the other person's reply was so insulting. I am quite sure you would have to pay the entrance fee in order to eat at the restaurant. As well as being able to view the monument from a distance, there are... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
View, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Avenue of the Chiefs, Crazy Horse Memorial, Custer, SD
  • Location: United States  >  South Dakota (SD)  >  Custer
  • Phone Number: +1 605-673-4681
  • E-mail