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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%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible7%
Travellers talk about
“chicken dinner” (30 reviews)
“dumplings” (61 reviews)
“mashed potatoes” (39 reviews)
Opens in 18 min
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460 Giant City Lodge Rd, Makanda, IL 62958-3218
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really great homestyle cooking. Service ran a little slow during peak dining hours BUT the staff was very accommodating & friendly. The fried chicken comes out crispy & hot! Yummy! Bring a jacket if you're cold natured. The room temperature was always chilly.

Thank Jlively86
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Big, medium, small all groups are welcome! We have had every thing from s table for 2 all the way to reunion to even our wedding reception. Good food,even better people!

Thank National Carpet C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went on a Sunday afternoon and the food was fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, cole slaw, rolls, dumplings, corn, gravy, drink, and desert was a choice of cobblers or cheese cake. It came out in hot self serving bowls and they brought more...More

Thank ChuckHankKy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were camping at the State Park so went to the Lodge for dinner one night. We had the catfish & chicken. Both were terrific! The sides were tasty as well. Plenty of food, with fast & friendly service. Our friend had the blackberry bourbon...More

Thank Laura S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

the chicken dinner...chicken was good..everything else tasted like it came straight out of a box or can. meh

Thank Donna W
Reviewed 1 June 2018 via mobile

We heard about the great family style chicken dinner at almost every winery we visited. We went to the lodge for our evening meal and it was okay, but certainly not anything we would go back for. The green beans were pretty over cooked, the...More

Thank Jeff C
Reviewed 29 May 2018

What an amazing staff. We didn't stay at the Lodge (this time) but used the grounds and visited the restaurant during our most recent jaunt down south. While the food is pretty typical of what you might except "lodge" food to be - filling, not...More

1  Thank Sue R
Reviewed 28 May 2018 via mobile

All you can eat fried chicken, dumplings, corn, green beans, biscuits, mashed potatoes and gravy served by smiling friendly staff. You can go wrong stopping by this place. Can’t give it enough stars

Thank theparhams
Reviewed 22 April 2018 via mobile

We saw the less than flattering reviews but we forged ahead and we are glad we did. Our meal was fresh and hot and served quickly. We couldn't have asked for better service.

Thank clarson2016
Reviewed 20 February 2018

The Sunday night fried chicken was tasty and the salmon was very good. Prime rib was a disappointment but that was the only thing that didn't satisfy.

Thank jeansteck
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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, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, View, Kids, Child-friendly
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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