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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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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good26%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible7%
Travellers talk about
“chicken dinner” (27 reviews)
“dumplings” (55 reviews)
“mashed potatoes” (37 reviews)
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8:00 AM - 8:30 PMAll hours
$$ - $$$
460 Giant City Lodge Rd, Makanda, IL 62958-3218
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We were staying in the area and read so many good reviews about the family style chicken we had to go. The stone lodge itself is lovely and loved the great dining room. The chicken did not disappoint. We did pay a little extra for...More

Thank lynn s
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very nice restaurant settled within Giant City State Park. Their specialty is their family style fried chicken dinner. They provide serving bowls (proper size for your party) of mash potatoes, gravy, dumplings, corn, green beans, coleslaw, dinner rolls and a platter of...More

Thank William M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My brother and I had the Fried Chicken for lunch while taking a break from fishing. The chicken is crisp and well seasoned. All the sides were great.

Thank Terry F
Reviewed 15 September 2017

Don't miss this culinary experience in a beautiful Civilian Conservation Corp era lodge. Very extensive menu with highlights like family style all you can eat fried chicken and buffalo steaks and burgers. You won't be disappointed.

Thank Michael W
Reviewed 14 September 2017

Love going here for the family style chicken dinners. Sorry to say I've never ate anything else on menu. The staff is always friendly and nice,The lodge is beautiful and you will want to go for a walk before or after you eat.. You will...More

Thank gary d
Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

This beautiful lodge and restaurant was built in the 1930s, and then expanded over the years. There is an outdoor pool (but bring your own towels). Quaint cabins are available for rent. We only saw one mouse. Wi-Fi is limited to the lodge building. Great...More

Thank Ace J
Reviewed 23 August 2017 via mobile

A beautiful lodge dining experience. The fried chicken and pulled pork sandwich is fabulous. We had excellent service and prices were reasonable for the quality and quantity of food. I recommend giving it a try. They serve some of the best fried chicken I ever...More

Thank Bob S
Reviewed 23 August 2017 via mobile

My husband, son, his girlfriend and I ate the best family style fried chicken dinner. It was the only offering that night, and it isn't something we would have ordered, but it sure hit the spot after sipping wine all afternoon at a local winery....More

Thank Debra G
Reviewed 22 August 2017

We were visiting for the weekend to see the eclipse, and after seeing this place online, thought it looked like a really nice place to have dinner. Plus after reading the reviews, was really looking forward to the family style chicken dinner. I was disappointed....More

Thank cruisin*tigger
Reviewed 17 August 2017

Friends told us were taking a trip to Giant City to eat fried chicken at the lodge. Asked us to come along. Honestly I went for the ride more than the chicken. I had been to the park and didn't realize that the lodge had...More

Thank Jack C
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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
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Kids, View, 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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