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1287 Gruene Rd, New Braunfels, TX 78130-3003
+1 830-625-0684
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Mission, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Went on a Friday expecting a long wait for a table but only took less than 20 minutes. We had the onion rings which were the best. I had the pepper filet which was a little too peppery. The others in my party had steaks which were delicious. The jalapeño margarita was good. Service was excellent.

Thank Andrew S
Georgetown, Texas, United States
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254 reviews
180 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Have not been here in several years, but it wss just as good as I remember. Saturday's are always busy, but we didn't have a problem getting a table during the 11-12 time slot. Food was great and service was excellent. Fun place to visit with a great view of the river. Parking is frequently an issue for all Gruene... More 

Thank Don A
DeSoto, Texas
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35 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is worth the hour wait. We had good food and nice place to view the river. Burger and chicken salad sandwich was very good. Highly recommended

Thank Judd K
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a group of 18. Food was great and service was good. Was cool and we were seated outdoors with no heater nearby.

Thank Alan B
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70 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The food was GREAT.p Please order the Onion Rings wow.. ( be hungry) we got a table outside near the back with a view of the river and saw the sunset.

Thank yrret02
Magnolia, Texas
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Love the Gristmill. We were there recently, sat outside near the river. The special for the day we were there was grilled red snapper. Absolutely wonderful. Burgers are awesome; great service and ample helpings. We plan on a quarterly visit.

Thank jmiazga
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A great meal and very good service in historic Gruene, a must go too! Good live music while we waited on our table with some very good adult beverages. Good Chicken fried steak and husband had the T-Bone, very good and reasonably priced!

Thank Erin L
Santa Clarita, California
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68 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Very popular place with the tourist, Situated along the banks of the river and nice ambiance. Food is a notch above average and service can be spotty. Usually long wait time for table which is hard if you're elderly or handicapped, especially in the long hot summers. Sitting area outside is hot and humid and not enough sitting benches to... More 

Thank Louis R
Ingram, Texas
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289 reviews
207 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My husband and I went for lunch here today and it was good but not as good as I expected. Most of the seating is outside, which is nice but when I was seated by the hostess, I sat on a soaking wet bench. Bad start. The menu offered much more than I expected for a restaurant that serves so... More 

Thank Debbie L
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69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

If you are in the area, it's a must do. Wonderfully designed, open air restaurant on the river. Food is excellent, prepared with a flare. Servers are well trained for a fun dining experience. Good value.

Thank suebruno

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
View, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1287 Gruene Rd, New Braunfels, TX 78130-3003
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  New Braunfels
  • Phone Number: +1 830-625-0684
Situated on a bluff overlooking the Guadalupe River, this spectacular
restaurant nestled under the shade of towering oak trees has been the perfect getaway for a unique casual dining experience for thirty years.

Located in the historic district of Gruene just beneath the famous
Gruene water tower, we opened in 1977, serving steaks and
hamburgers from a tiny kitchen in the corner of the building.
Our menu still features thick steaks and large hamburgers, but the
restaurant also serves up popular South Texas fare like chicken fried
steak, fried catfish, grilled chicken, enormous sandwiches, fresh fish
and special dishes like tomatillo chicken and bronzed catfish. Fudge
pie, the enormous strawberry shortcake and our signature Jack
Daniel's Pecan Pie are famous desserts. A full bar with a good wine
list and fresh squeezed lime margaritas are also big hits.

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