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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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Hours:
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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  • 87
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    Very good
  • 22
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  • 9
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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
The people make this restaurant.

Yes, the food is good and the decorating is very homey and welcoming. All the photos of John Wayne and scenes from True Grit are nice, too. What makes this cafe great are the owner and the employees! Was treated like family by all. Don't hesitate to stop by for a meal, you will be glad you did!

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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68 reviews 68 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Yes, the food is good and the decorating is very homey and welcoming. All the photos of John Wayne and scenes from True Grit are nice, too. What makes this cafe great are the owner and the employees! Was treated like family by all. Don't hesitate to stop by for a meal, you will be glad you did!

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Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Very friendly wait staff greeting you as you enter. Decided on 1/2 lb hamburger & fried onion rings, & wife tried the Mac&Cheese with side salad. Burger & onion rings were excellent & Mac&Cheese large plate full, enough to take some home. Side salad was fresh & very good! Highly recommend this interesting, folksy, friendly atmosphere!

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Great lunch experience for a small town café. Very western setting, very casual, and my meal was yummy. Everyone moves kinda slow, so go when you don't have a plane to catch, and you'll be a happy camper. I really enjoyed the grilled cheese (you can add a selection of various items to the grilled cheese and I chose the... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

My wife and I were staying in Ouray, and decided to have dinner at this restaurant (10 miles away). It is very much a local place, with nice ambience and good food and service. I had meatloaf, which was excellent - made with shredded roast beef. Thought it does not have to do with the desirability of the restaurant, the... More 

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Durango, Colorado
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39 reviews 39 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We have been to the True Grit Restaurant a few times over the past couple years when in the Ridgway area. This is a great place for us to enjoy a burger or a philly cheesesteak. But this recent visit, we tried the onion rings and they were some of the best we have eaten. You have to try them!... More 

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Ridgway, Colorado
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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
7 helpful votes 7 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
9 helpful votes 9 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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2 reviews
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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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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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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: Mexican, American

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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?