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Ponderosa Restaurant

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12320 Hwy 244, Mt. Rushmore/Hill City KOA Resort, Hill City, SD 57745
+1 605-574-9559
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Kansas City
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182 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2015

We had the best (and most talkative) server of our entire trip here, but she made sure everything was perfect and then some. Menu prices very reasonable given the setting. Only complaint is the inside menu isn't available outside.

Thank lesuerg
Boulder, CO
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73 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2015

Reasonable food, pleasant service. Only restaurant on site at Palmer Gulch. Nice catering folks to work with for our family reunion, and decent value, price-wise, on group meals.

Thank ardentadventurer
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861 reviews
307 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 290 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2015

Had drinks in the bar one day then ate in the restaurant the following day, Staff were all friendly and helpful. Prices were reasonable and food was good. It avoided a drive into Hill City or Keystone so it was an asset to the park.

Thank WeeLuv2Travel2
Hill City, SD, United States
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40 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2015

My wife and I took some guests to the Ponderosa Restaurant on the site of the KOA/Palmer Gulch Lodge. This is not a typical restaurant you may expect at a campground/lodge. It is basically a separate establishment on the premises. It also has a bar/lounge on the lower walk out level and patio. We had the baby back ribs and... More 

Thank Bruce J
Agency, MO
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62 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2015 via mobile

We stayed at KOA and decided we would eat here one evening. It was about 7:45 and was not busy. I had a burger, which was decent. Fries were good. Hubby had the fried taco, which is ginormous and good according to him. Kids had chicken fried steak, which was also large and good. He did not care for the... More 

Thank amerriott
South Jordan, Utah
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118 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2015

We were seated promptly. The waiter was knowledgeable about the menu to help us put together a gluten free meal for our daughter. The food was good with the exception of the mashed potatoes and gravy which tasted like they were instant. The waiter kept our drinks filled and gave good information about the surrounding attractions.

Thank Scarehaircare
Germantown, Wisconsin
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69 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2014 via mobile

We were staying at the koa on site- went here because it was so close. Place was busy, host seemed flustered when we and others entered. Service was extremely slow- at least 45 minutes to get food. They card everyone. I am 43 and certainly don't look under 30 - didnt bring id, so unable to have a beer. I... More 

Thank Gtownmatt
Lenexa, Kansas, United States
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33 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2014

We ate here one night while staying at the Palmer Gulch/ Mount Rushmore KOA. The food was very good and it was NOT overpriced. I had a grilled chicken salad which was excellent. My wife had a burger which she said was excellent.

Thank KC_Scottie
Valrico, Florida
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307 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 210 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2014

We arrived and checked in around 4pm. Apparently it was not the right time for the restaurant which was supposedly open. We announced ourselves but failed to attract any staff attention from the back. After ten minutes we decided to head across the parking lot to have hot wings, pizza, ice cream and espresso.

Thank edge8400
Oakdale, Connecticut
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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2014

Food was burgers and such. Overall ok, not many choices in the area. Service was just ok. Decore was kinda neat.

Thank tourist33878

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 12320 Hwy 244, Mt. Rushmore/Hill City KOA Resort, Hill City, SD 57745
  • Location: United States  >  South Dakota (SD)  >  Hill City
  • Phone Number: +1 605-574-9559

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?