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True Grit Cafe

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123 N Lena Street, Ridgway, CO 81432
(970) 626-5739
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night
Description: Howdy folks! Welcome to the True Grit Cafe Established in 1985, the...
Howdy folks! Welcome to the True Grit Cafe Established in 1985, the "Grit" as it is known has been serving hungry tourists and locals for over 25 years. We offer excellent and tasty 'Cowboy Cuisine' in a comfortable western environment with a friendly staff that will make you feel like you're part of the Grit Family. We take a lot of pride in our homemade fare including the best dang chicken fried steak this side of the Rocky Mountains. Other menu specialties include hand-pattied burgers, mouth watering Tex-Mex Specialties, juicy steaks, house made meatloaf, fresh tempura battered mahi mahi fish and chips, sandwiches and gourmet salads. For the vegetarians we offer lots of tasty choices. We are also gluten-free friendly. Our wide selection of liquors, beer and wine give you a great place to gather round with the locals and visitors alike. We have two full bars, one on the main floor and one upstairs, around which locals and visitors gather to chat or share experiences in the beautiful San Juan Mountains. Our remodeled upstairs with its large private booths will accommodate from two to fourteen people, and don't forget the deck overlooking our beautiful park. The True Grit Cafe was built to honor the filming of the academy award winning movie "True Grit" starring John Wayne. Come sit on the deck and look out at the beautiful background you'll see throughout the movie. Oh, and you'll see a lot of pictures of the great star's film legacy all around.
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  • 86
    Excellent
  • 67
    Very good
  • 23
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Breakfast on the weekends!

Absolutely the best breakfast around. My fav is the Huevos with a side of green chili grits. My husband prefers the chicken fried steak. Big portions for the hungry fellow.

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 31, 2015
Funkytown19
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Ridgway, Colorado
Good for:
  • Late Night
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Ridgway, Colorado
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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

Absolutely the best breakfast around. My fav is the Huevos with a side of green chili grits. My husband prefers the chicken fried steak. Big portions for the hungry fellow.

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Greensburg, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Oh my goodness....large amounts of WONDERFUL food!!! The service is OUTSTANDING! Each person who goes by waits on you, their table or not. A real treat as the food is sooooo good! I had turkey. It was real turkey not lunch meat. If you have a chance eat here. Well worth it and beautiful area.

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PHOENIX, ARIZONA
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Wonderful bar/restaurant in old town Ridgway. The menu is diverse, and the service excellent. While dining with another couple we were able to sample each other's plates. Everything was excellent, but it was unanimous, the meatloaf was the best. What ever you order here is sure to please.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

What a fun place! The food was excellent and tbe waitresses were so friendly. Great selection of regional beers on tap as well. The John Wayne memorabilia was an added bonus. We will definitely be back.

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Montrose, Colorado
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

We live 20 miles away from Ridgway, CO, and have been eating at this friendly and historic restaurant for nearly 18 years. We came initially because of its namesake,True Grit, the movie, starring John Wayne. The walls are loaded with memorabilia from the film, made in part just across the street in a beautiful tree -filled park. The food is... More 

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Ridgway, Colorado
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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

Tested the huevos with chili cheese grits. It was excellent. Hubby had the biscuits and gravy which was also good. Everyone must be out Christmas shopping because we were only ones there.

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jacksonville, alabama
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We ate here based on a recommendation made by one of the ladies working at Ridgway State Park. This restaurant has an interesting history, and the food was very good! We fell in love with the little town of Ridgway (many scenes from the original True Grit movie were filmed in this town). This restaurant is a good choice for... More 

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Ouray, Colorado
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Fun place. The food is good and so is the staff. Great view from upstairs. Nice menu. Friendly place to meet friends and be with family.

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Silverthorne, Colorado
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Great atmosphere, good food and friendly service. The drink choices were excellent also. Good venue for lunch and dinner.

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Sedona, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Received a warm welcome as we walked in the door, and were seated in a large booth on the upper floor that provided plenty of room for our laptop to make hotel reservations for the night. Lots of memorabilia from John Wayne movies, the main reason for our stop. Food and service were great. We enjoyed trying both their red... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 123 N Lena Street, Ridgway, CO 81432
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Ridgway
  • Phone Number: (970) 626-5739

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 4 - 27
  • Cuisine: American, Mexican

Description

Howdy folks! Welcome to the True Grit Cafe Established in 1985, the "Grit" as it is known has been serving hungry tourists and locals for over 25 years. We offer excellent and tasty 'Cowboy Cuisine' in a comfortable western environment with a friendly staff that will make you feel like you're part of the Grit Family. We take a lot of pride in our homemade fare including the best dang chicken fried steak this side of the Rocky Mountains. Other menu specialties include hand-pattied burgers, mouth watering Tex-Mex Specialties, juicy steaks, house made meatloaf, fresh tempura battered mahi mahi fish and chips, sandwiches and gourmet salads. For the vegetarians we offer lots of tasty choices. We are also gluten-free friendly. Our wide selection of liquors, beer and wine give you a great place to gather round with the locals and visitors alike. We have two full bars, one on the main floor and one upstairs, around which locals and visitors gather to chat or share experiences in the beautiful San Juan Mountains. Our remodeled upstairs with its large private booths will accommodate from two to fourteen people, and don't forget the deck overlooking our beautiful park. The True Grit Cafe was built to honor the filming of the academy award winning movie "True Grit" starring John Wayne. Come sit on the deck and look out at the beautiful background you'll see throughout the movie. Oh, and you'll see a lot of pictures of the great star's film legacy all around.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?