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Ponderosa Restaurant

) #16 of 20 Restaurants in Hill City ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ American
12320 Hwy 244, Mt. Rushmore/Hill City KOA Resort, Hill City, SD 57745
+1 605-574-9559
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  • Excellent10%
  • Very good42%
  • Average36%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible7%
Travellers talk about
“tacos” (7 reviews)
“wraps” (2 reviews)
“burger” (8 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
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12320 Hwy 244, Mt. Rushmore/Hill City KOA Resort, Hill City, SD 57745
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21 - 30 of 68 reviews

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
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
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
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...More

Thank Bruce J
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...More

Thank amerriott
Reviewed 20 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...More

Thank Scarehaircare
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...More

Thank Gtownmatt
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
Reviewed 25 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...More

Thank edge8400
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
  • Value
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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