Skogen Kitchen

4.9
102 reviews
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$30 and under
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Fusion / Eclectic
Welcome to Skogen Kitchen, a chef driven concept, offering innovative breakfast and dinner options. Owners Eliza Raney (General Manager) and Joseph Raney (Executive Chef) have worked and learned from some of the best companies in the food service industry such as Disney and Patina Restaurant group. Together, they bring their experience to Custer, South Dakota.

Skogen means “The Forest” in Norwegian. This name is a nod to our heritage and our surroundings. However, you will see influences on our menu from other cultures. We look forward to seeing you soon!

For the summer, Skogen Kitchen is not accepting dinner reservations through OpenTable. Please contact the restaurant directly or visit their website for reservations.
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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, amazing wine and amazing service! What a wonderful Mother’s Night Dinner!! Can’t wait to go back again! Thanks!!

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RJ
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is amazing! Best restaurant in the Black Hills. Great wine selection. Staff are awesome. That creme brûlée though 🤤 new favorite dessert! Well worth the drive to Custer.

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MM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eliza, Joseph and their team of talented servers knocked it out of the park again. As usual. Delicious. Cozy. Friendly.

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South Dakota
4 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great meal and a fantastic time at Skogen Kitchen. We were lucky enough to be seated at the bar watching the kitchen and it was fascinating. The deviled eggs were amazing and the steaks were perfect. Five stars

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Houston
10 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What an incredible surprise this little gem was. Friendly from the start, our waiter Curtis was among the best we have ever had, anywhere. He was so knowledgeable about the food & wine, as well as the history of how this little establishment came to be in Custer. The food was incredible as well, innovative, fresh, and beautifully presented. Cudos to the chef for that foie gras/rhubarb appetizer. Not enough ooooooo’s to describe it. This will be a must do for us regularly.

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OT
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in the area, well worth the one hour trip!

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JG
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

These native Southern California culinary and hospitality experts bring high-end creative food at a good price point to South Dakota. When I’m back in SD we will plan or vacation on going back to have breakfast at Skogen.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and gracious service.

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LD
South Dakota
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always Outstanding, food, service, love this place

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WC
South Dakota
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Skogen Kitchen is by far one of the best restaurants in the Black Hills area. Eliza is a fabulous hostess and Joseph’s chef skills compare to none. The food is unique, but yet hearty. The staff is always willing to accommodate and turn a normal meal into a culinary experience. We are lucky to have Skogen as part of our Black Hills community!!

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RJ
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite place to eat hands down 🙌🏻. Everything we try we LOVE!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday!!!

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South Dakota
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super personable! Brought my father there for the first time and they did not disappoint. Made him feel like he’s been a regular since the restaurant opened. Thank you guys!

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Denver
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfection! Everyone is always super nice as well
Love it!

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South Dakota
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I dare you to find a place with better lingonberry pancakes. This place will beat it hands down!

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NB
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whether a table for one or more Skogen Kitchen always shines through. I enjoy dining there as a treat to myself sometimes and often with hubs and friends. For small town rural SD Skogen Kitchen has a lovely menu, the best staff and there is no place like it anywhere else. Love it, a very special and delightful dining experience.

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San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another fablious brunch with bottomless mimosas and Bellini’s And the new cappuccino machine .. heaven.. no matter what you choose on the menu the cusine will awaken your taste buds ...

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LE
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was altogether an enjoyable experience. Staff was welcoming and knowledgeable, the food choices were both unusual and usual for the area—you could be adventurous if you wished. Food was served quickly but not rushed, well prepared and delicious, it was attractive on the plate. Portions were just right—not too big! Thank you! It’s a small place, but you didn’t feel packed in; people were enjoying themselves and you seem to have solved the noise issue that was so prevalent in the previous restaurant.

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SM
South Dakota
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is such a cool place to eat! We love their unique menu and excellent service. Wonderful!

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R
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was the start of Restaurant Week in Custer South Dakota and was very excited about the three courses menu that Chef Joseph prepared... he absolutely outdid himself again.… Everything was just mouthwatering scrumptious. The front of the house with Eliza at the helm ran with perfection. Another memorable evening and dining experience at this unique eatery.

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San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

How did this little town of Custer get so privileged to have this Chef Driven Restaurant to call our own!? Breakfast with Chef Joseph always bring a unique dinning experience.. Also, bottomless mimosas and Bellini‘s it’s such a win-win..

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RJ
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been there twice now and food is amazing! The best food in the black hills!

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DO
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Best restaurant in Western South Dakota. Great that it is open all year.

Dave Olsen

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Skogen is always amazing and has never disappointed!

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R
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply.... everything was fabulous!

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TB
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great breakfast. My boyfriend who said he would never go there due to it being to expensive ( I had A coupon for two breakfast so he went) he loved it and we will come again. He has told everyone what a great breakfast it was and how the hostess took time to come over to chat and ask how everyone was doing. This is a great place to din. Thank you for your hospitality.
Terri

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South Dakota
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food were amazing as always! First time having the breakfast walleye and it was fantastic. Thank you!

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San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nothing better than a restaurant that has the ambience and the outstanding staffing and the cuisine to make you want to come back again and again… Chef Joseph imaginative cuisine is a pleasure to the eye and even more to the pallet

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CM
South Dakota
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are always so impressed with the exotic dishes and variety on the menu. The food quality is superb. Service is excellent with friendly staff that are eager to please.

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NW
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun meal! Great service! Fantastic food!

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OT
South Dakota
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down best restaurant in SD!!

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EM
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Skogen! Great food and great service ❤️ I love Sunday brunch. They have amazing bottomless mimosas and the best breakfast food.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I consider ourselves “foodies.” We love to travel in and outside the US. We also enjoy dining at Michelin Star restaurants. I make a point of reserving a spot at those locations when we are traveling to a city that boost a nationally recognized restaurant.
Tonight was the 5th time we have dined at Skogen Kitchen. We live one hour from Custer. I must admit we asked ourselves on our way home why we spend what we do to travel across the country to experience what we experience an hour away.
The food exceeds our expectations. The wine exceeds our expectations. The service more than exceeds our expectations. If you are in the Black Hills area, you must experience Skogen Kitchen.

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Orlando
20 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food in the entire area. Always fabulous food and service.
Skogen has the formula down for a no fail perfect evening.

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DH
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as always. Breakfast menu is outstanding and unique

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WC
South Dakota
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you have taste buds, this is the place to take them. Best restaurant between Chicago and Las Vegas. Including Chicago and Las Vegas. No seriously. That good

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MH
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and atmosphere. So nice to have a local eatery with class.

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BP
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous comfort food! The service was second to none.

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d
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Skogen never disappoints!
The menu is creative and changes to provide new options frequently.
Our favorite place for dinner!

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PM
Detroit
26 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very tiny restaurant, reservations a must but so worth it. The seating is snug but the food is top notch and unexpected in a small town like Custer. Everything we had was spot on and well done.

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