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“Tourists are always welcome here!”
Review of Gristmill

Ranked #5 of 262 Restaurants in New Braunfels
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$0 - US$20
Cuisines: American, Bar, Pub
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Good for: Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, View, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Brunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: 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.
Sugar Land
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Tourists are always welcome here!”
Reviewed 24 July 2014

Dined here on July 22, 2014 while on a trip to the Schlitterbahn. Now it was a hot late afternoon, and sitting outside was not that refreshing as drinking a beer while floating on the Comal river. The outdoor restrooms were AC'ed which was odd. This restaurant has grown since I was last there, but the meal was high quality. There were wait staff everywhere, all energetic and quite helpful. We all shared an appetizer of the Texas Polish Wedding Sausage made in Falls City, TX. That had to be the best sausage I have ever eaten, no gristle or fat, yet a wonderful flavor. No BBQ sauce or spicy mustard required. It was just too hot to have a big meal, so I had the cheese burger, medium rare (maybe a little over done), dressed to the hilt. Others had a special, fire-roasted chicken breast. Great seasoning, and the chicken was moist and full of the marinated flavor. I shared some gristmill fries; cooked like a combo soft french fry and potato chip (hard to describe). Others had the green beans with tomato and bacon seasoning. Sorry to say most were left uneaten. However they did not leave any of the mashed potatoes. There was no draft beer, and the one local IPA was sold out. Settled for a St. Arnold's but they need more selection and some draft choices. The tourists were packing the place as we left; get there early. I walked all around to try for some of the view but it was not as scenic as I hoped it would be.

  • Visited July 2014
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Lubbock, Texas
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33 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Incredible atmosphere, great food and service ”
Reviewed 24 July 2014 via mobile

We went early on a Saturday night (5:15pm) and only had a 20 minute wait. The wait was getting longer quickly-so plan to go early or enjoy drinks from the bar while you wait. Most tables are outside with a view of the river. The waitress was great and very helpful with suggestions. The queso and chips were quite tasty. The grapefruit mojito was also quite tasty. All entrees had at our table were delicious. The potato rounds as a side dish is a must!

I would most definitely recommend and would go back (maybe in a cooler month). But overall our experience was excellent. Thank you!

Thank allisonh18
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96 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Don't be intimidated by crowd”
Reviewed 24 July 2014

This restaurant seats almost 1,000 people, mostly outside. The onion ring appetizer is a must do. One or two rings per person is plenty because they are very large. The salads and burgers we ordered came to our table in less than 15 minutes.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank tomtex451
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Last visit. ”
Reviewed 23 July 2014 via mobile

We took first available seating not knowing of the addition out under the trees. We were put behind the bldg with absolutely no chance for any breezes. Hot, stagnant air. Had my hair in a pony tale in minutes after seating. I was miserable, and brought a person for her first visit. Not the atmosphere I wanted her to experience to represent Gristmill.

Thank Kendratx1
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Texas Gulf Coast, Texas
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35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Awesome view, average food and service”
Reviewed 23 July 2014

This is a beautiful restaurant and I went for the ambiance, but the food and service are average. We waited over 10 minutes for the server to greet our table, and she did not check back on our table or offer dessert- just brought the check. The food was hit and miss.

Visited July 2014
Thank brennakis
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