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Giant City State Park Lodge & Restaurant

460 Giant City Lodge Rd, Makanda, IL 62958-3218
+1 618-457-4921
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good26%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible8%
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460 Giant City Lodge Rd, Makanda, IL 62958-3218
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nasty napkins, nasty silverware, and a really sad excuse for a Cobb Salad. Don't bother complaining, management is protected by a long term lease of a beautiful state properly.

Thank Elaine A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is one of my husband's favorite fried chicken dinners (except mine of course)! Love everything from the food to the atmosphere.

Thank Diana H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great fried chicken, family style, great scenic views in a log cabin built years ago. cocktails available

Thank Linda Piper L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Giant City Lodge is a building built by the WPA during the Great Depression. (That's the one in the 1930's, not the recent recession.) It has the atmosphere of the hotels one finds in the big national parks out west, but it's not a...More

Thank Barbara W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We ate here on our last night. As other reviews have stated the chicken is awesome. Family style however was way too much food and much food was wasted. Grilled and fried catfish were both excellent. All in all a good meal except for the...More

Thank william f
Reviewed 12 June 2017

The Fried Chicken dinner is family style and fantastic! The lodge is very nice and picturesque and is well worth the drive from Carbondale...the rest of the menu is just so-so, but the chicken is to die for!

Thank irvingpenn
Reviewed 7 June 2017 via mobile

Came there after Church for some fried chicken. The Kelley's are awesome, they make sure everything is top notch. Everything is reasonably priced, considering how much food you get, fried chicken, dumplings, mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, and dinner rolls.

Thank Nicholas H
Reviewed 30 May 2017 via mobile

We actually stayed at the campground however all the cabins look well cared for. During our stay we ate at the lodge 3 times! The fried chicken was great and seems to be what they are known for. I want to add how great the...More

Thank Dlldaddy
Reviewed 29 May 2017

This Lodge is so picturesque. The dining experience is heightened by the interesting architecture of a Lodge built during the Great Depression. The food is good. We always get the fried chicken which is served family style but there are other choices such as chicken...More

Thank Marla3212
Reviewed 24 May 2017 via mobile

The park is beautiful and a must see with the trails and such but this restaurant needs a complete revamp. I came in from Florida visiting family local to the area and was hoping to enjoy a good family style meal but instead were given...More

Thank Brandon P
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9 December 2016|
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Response from Tara C | Reviewed this property |
The website says they are closed mid-December to the 1st Friday in February. After December 1st they will take reservations for the up coming season. YES! They do have prime rib, buffalo & are famous for their fried chicken... More
Mary W
27 August 2016|
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Response from Butterflydays | Reviewed this property |
I don't think they allow pets. I am providing you with their phone number just to be sure. (618) 457-4921. They are there on the weekends, so you should get a response, if you call today.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, View, Business meetings
Open Hours
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:30
08:00 - 20:30
08:00 - 20:30
08:00 - 20:30
08:00 - 20:30
08:00 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 460 Giant City Lodge Rd, Makanda, IL 62958-3218
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Makanda
  • Phone Number: +1 618-457-4921
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