Laughing Water Restaurant

Laughing Water Restaurant

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  • It all started with Korczak & Ruth Ziolkowski who often had guests over for dinner here at Crazy Horse Memorial. Today you can dine in casual elegance…at the Laughing Water Restaurant, you will be treated to a spectacular view of the mountain carving, while enjoying some of the area's best cuisine. Our team is dedicated and passionate, taking pride in everything that we do. This passion ensures that you receive the best dining experience possible. Laughing Water Restaurant has something for everyone with a variety of comfort foods. Seating is available for individual travelers, large groups and every size party between. Our portions are generous and if you join us for a meal; coffee is always on us, a tradition from the very beginning of Crazy Horse Memorial.

    Tatanka Stew-

    Made from prime cuts of tender Black Hills buffalo, slow cooked with carrots, sweet peas, green and pearl onions, potatoes, simmered in our own blend of tasty seasonings and served with Indian fry bread.

    Native American Taco-

    Home-made Indian fry bread topped with taco meat, refried beans, lettuce, tomatoes,  cheese, onions and sour cream. Or, try our fry bread with wojapi (warm berry sauce) as a dessert!

    Laughing Water Restaurant takes its name from an area creek with headwaters at the bottom of Crazy Horse mountain. It runs south to the town of Custer where it joins French Creek. During the drought of the 1930s, Laughing Water Creek was one of the few in the area that did not dry up. People from miles around would bring their wagons and barrels to fill them with water.


    Very nice restaurant inside the Indian museum. We had the Tatanka stew and it was delicious. Have a very good menu and they offer a buffet if you like. Good service and very good food. -TexasGunnie


    The food was great nice large portions. Our waitress was very friendly and waited on us as if we were the only ones in the restaurant, which we were not! Would recommend if going to Crazy Horse. - Debbie


    When visiting Crazy Horse, we hope that you can join us for a fantastic meal and enjoy our warm hospitality and excellent service.

    Restaurant Hours of Operation

    January 2 - April 30
    11 am to 4 pm. M-F
    9 am to 4 pm  Sat / Sun.

    May 1 - May 16th 
    11:00 am to 4:00 pm.
    May 17 - May 25th
    11:00 am to 7:00 pm.
    May 26 - Sept 21st 
    11:00 am to 8:00 pm.
    Sept 22 - October 1st 
    11:00 am to 7:30 pm.
    Oct 2 - Oct 10
    11:00 am to 7:00 pm
    Oct 11 - Oct 14 
    11:00 am to 4:00 pm
    Oct 15 - Dec 13 
    11 am to 4 pm. M-F
    9 am to 4 pm  Sat / Sun.
     Dec 14  - Jan 1 
    11 am to 7 pm. M-F
    9 am to 7 pm  Sat / Sun.
    Dec 25 Christmas Day 

    Snack Shop Hours of Operation

    January 2 through March 14
    9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
    March 15 through May 16
    9:00 am to 7:00 pm.
    May 17 through May 25th
    9:00 am to 8:00 pm.
    May 26 through August 17
    8:00 am to 9:00 pm.
    August 18 through Sept 14
    8:00 am to 8:30 pm.
    Sept 15 through Sept 21
    8:00 am to 8:00 pm.
    Sept 22 through October 1
    11:00 am to 7:30 pm.
    October 2 through October 10
    11:00 am to 7:00 pm.
    October 11 through November 1
    9:00 am to 6:00 pm.
    Nov 2 through November 15
    9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
    Nov 16 through December 13
    9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
    December 14 through January 1
    9:00 am to 7:00 pm.
    December 25 Christmas Day

    • “No one is ever wrong who desires to do that which is not required of them to do — and that which is of a noble purpose. The purpose of Crazy Horse is noble.”
      Korczak Ziolkowski / Sculptor
    • “My fellow chiefs and I would like the white man to know that the red man has great heroes also.”
      Chief Henry Standing Bear
    • “When the legends die, the dreams end. When the dreams end, there is no more greatness.”
      Korczak Ziolkowski / Sculptor
    • “The Important thing is that we never stop. That’s the main thing. And if you looked at it as strictly a view of being finished, you could get awfully distracted waiting for that day to come. This way, you’re pleased with every little step of progress that you make.”
      Ruth Ziolkowski / Sculptor's Wife
    • “One does not sell the earth upon which the people walk.”
      Crazy Horse
    • “By carving Crazy Horse, if I can give back to the Indian some of his pride and create a means to keep alive his culture and heritage, my life will have been worthwile.”
      Korczak Ziolkowski / Sculptor
    • “He left everything so we can carry on his work, and that’s just what we’re going to do. We’re dedicated to that. His whole life would be wasted if the mountain carving and the humanitarian goals are not completed.”
      Ruth Ziolkowski / Sculptor's Wife
    • “My lands are where my dead lie buried.”
      Crazy Horse
    • “If it weren’t for each and every one you, whether your gift was small or large monetarily, whether it was friendship and encouragement, without you we wouldn’t be here…”
      Ruth Ziolkowski / Sculptor's Wife
    • “Standing Bear explained that the Indian has a concept of honoring their great heroes that’s totally different from the white man’s. It was difficult for me to understand at first…The Indian uses the direct approach. He says: that man was my ancestor, and he was a great man, so we should honor him-I would not lie or cheat because I am his blood”
      Korczak Ziolkowski / Sculptor

    Crazy Horse Memorial
    12151 Avenue of the Chiefs
    Crazy Horse, SD 57730-8900

    (605) 673-4681


    Upcoming Events

    • Memorial Weekend
      May 25-28

      Memorial Weekend <br />May 26-29,<br /> 2017
      Native American’s across this great nation have served and sacrificed in the United States Military, join us to honor all fallen heroes who fought and protected our freedom. American Indian artists will be featured throughout the Welcome Center. Admission to the Memorial will be waived with 3 cans of food per person.
    • Legends in Light
      May 25-Sep 30

      Legends in Light<br /> May 26-Oct 1<br />
      This spectacular light show tells the story of the Memorial in laser lights projected onto the Mountain. You will be treated to the story of Chief Henry Standing Bear’s invitation to Korczak, Ruth’s contributions and special features of many Native American heroes. This must see show is featured nightly at dark, for sun down times click here:
    • Native Americans’Day
      Oct 8

      Native Americans’ Day  Oct 10, 2016
      Governor George S. Mickelson and the SD legislature declared 1990 as the “Year of Reconciliation”, the day formerly known as Columbus Day became Native American Day. Native American Day at Crazy Horse Memorial is celebrated by planned activities for kids, program and performers, Educator of the Year is awarded and (weather permitting) a mountain blast. Admission is waved to the Memorial with 3 cans of food per person.