Laughing Water Restaurant

No reservations needed walk-ins are welcome

Laughing Water Restaurant® is owned by Korczak’s Heritage, Inc., a privately-owned business with royalties to Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation®.

It all started with Korczak and 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® where 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 coffee is always on us, a tradition at Crazy Horse Memorial® from the beginning.

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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.

Native American Taco

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

Native American Taco Dish

Tatanka Stew

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

Tatanka Stew Dish
Laughing Water Restaurant

"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

Dates Time
Tue, Oct 15th - Tue, Dec 10th

11:00 am - 4:00 pm

*Open Weekends for breakfast at 9:00 a.m.

Wed, Dec 11th - Tue, Dec 31st

11:00 am - 7:00 pm
*Open Weekends for breakfast at 9:00 a.m.

Wed, Dec 25th - Wed, Dec 25th

​Christmas Day - Closed

Wed, Jan 1st - Tue, Mar 10th

11:00 am - 4:00 pm

*Open Weekends for breakfast at 9:00 a.m.

Wed, Mar 11th - Tue, May 12th

11:00 am - 4:00 pm

*Open Weekends for breakfast at 9:00 a.m.

Wed, May 13th - Thu, May 21st

​11:00 am - 7:00 pm

Fri, May 22nd - Thu, Sep 10th

​11:00 am - 8:00 pm

Fri, Sep 11th - Thu, Sep 17th

​11:00 am - 7:30 pm

Fri, Sep 18th - Sun, Sep 27th

​11:00 am - 7:00 pm

Mon, Sep 28th - Mon, Oct 12th

​11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Snack Shop Hours of Operation

Dates Time
Tue, Oct 15th - Tue, Oct 29th

​8 am - 6 pm

Wed, Oct 30th - Tue, Nov 12th

​8 am - 5 pm

Wed, Nov 13th - Tue, Dec 10th

​8 am - 4 pm

Wed, Dec 11th - Tue, Dec 31st

​8 am - 4 pm

Wed, Dec 25th - Wed, Dec 25th

​10 am - 4 pm

Wed, Jan 1st - Tue, Mar 10th

​8 am - 5 pm

Wed, Mar 11th - Tue, May 12th

​8 am - 7 pm

Wed, May 13th - Thu, May 21st

​8 am - 8 pm

Fri, May 22nd - Sun, Sep 27th

​8 am - Start of the Laser Light Show

Mon, Sep 28th - Mon, Oct 12th

​8 am - 7 pm