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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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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good27%
  • Average9%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible7%
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“chicken dinner” (32 reviews)
“dumplings” (64 reviews)
“mashed potatoes” (40 reviews)
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460 Giant City Lodge Rd, Makanda, IL 62958-3218
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Reviewed 12 November 2018

Although I'd been here many years ago we visited for an anniversary dinner while staying at the comfort cabins. It was comfortable and cozy with good food. Given the eatery choices for dinner in the area, this is a very good choice.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank mrjlsee
Reviewed 12 November 2018 via mobile

We were lucky to get the last available cabin on a busy Saturday night; an easy check-in with super friendly people. The food in the dining room was excellent, served with profession and smiles. The missing last star is for the rather high prices and...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Jelln431
Reviewed 11 November 2018 via mobile

Just like mom used to make! The fired chicken was perfect and fried catfish the best I have ever had.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Roger F
Reviewed 7 November 2018

We only ate at the restaurant, but the service was friendly and quick. the food was yummy and there was plenty of it.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank 827terit
Reviewed 4 November 2018

While there are several GF items on the menu, one cannot order from the menu on Sundays until dinner time. Prior to dinner, the only thing served is the family style fried chicken meal. The fried chicken is okay, but earns more raves in the...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Debbi H
Reviewed 29 October 2018 via mobile

Went for a long road trip to come eat All you can eat Chicken Dinner Home style. 5 of us went. All enjoyed this dinner. Great service. All sides very good. Already recommended to family to plan a day trip here!

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank 789SharonS
Reviewed 26 October 2018

Ate here on a Sunday on the advise of a friend. Excellent fried chicken with all the sides. Service was a little slow, but not bad. Lodge is really cool.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank LuvRoadTrippin
Reviewed 19 October 2018

We were traveling through Makanda, Illinois, and just had to stop in to see this historic place. If you get a chance to go, this is a must see, and their food is simply awesome, too!

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank Butterflydays
Reviewed 26 September 2018 via mobile

One of these days I will try something other than the all you can eat fried chicken or Friday fish fry dinner. Both the chicken and fish are good but it is the sides that are truly fantastic, especially the dumplings. Service has always been...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank jipsy7497
Reviewed 12 September 2018

The Lodge has been a favorite go-to place in our family for YEARS. So, when I was home visiting the area over Labor Day and my nephew suggested we meet there, I was thrilled. Everything was exactly as I remembered. Slaw served up as soon...More

Date of visit: September 2018
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Lindee S
14 March 2018|
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Response from gary d | Reviewed this property |
closes early. Around 1000pm. Restaurant is main business, note noted for its bar.
10 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
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
8:00 AM - 8:30 PM
8:00 AM - 8:30 PM
8:00 AM - 8:30 PM
8:00 AM - 8:30 PM
8:00 AM - 8:30 PM
8:00 AM - 8:30 PM
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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