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Gristmill Restaurant

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1287 Gruene Rd, New Braunfels, TX 78130
+1 830-629-5077
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Dessert, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Situated on a bluff overlooking the Guadalupe River, this...
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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  • 721
    Excellent
  • 379
    Very good
  • 113
    Average
  • 29
    Poor
  • 10
    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
Gristmill in Gruene on the River

Most tourist love this place, but as a local I usually avoid. There are much better spots for the money spent, and it is always very crowded, due to the tourist influx. I am not saying they are not any good by any means. My wife loves them, but I try not to go there very often. I know some... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
Howard A
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New Braunfels, Texas
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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New Braunfels, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Most tourist love this place, but as a local I usually avoid. There are much better spots for the money spent, and it is always very crowded, due to the tourist influx. I am not saying they are not any good by any means. My wife loves them, but I try not to go there very often. I know some... More 

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Hiawatha, Kansas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Great food. Very busy but has a quick turn over, so if the waiting list is long you still do not have to wait too long. The food is great and service excellent. If in the area do not miss the Gristmill!

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New Braunfels, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Good food, great view if you are outside next to the river, very nice casual dining. They have a lot of outside dining (quite a bit inside also) that can get very warm during the day in the summer.

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New Braunfels, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

This restaurant has been in Gruene for years and indeed, is a old Gristmill. Food is great, scenery terrific and service excellent. Summertime is very crowded, so be prepared to wait. This restaurant overlooks the Guadalupe River.

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Ellijay
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

The setting was very pleasant late on a rainy night in the middle of the week. Portions were large enough so that we had no room for dessert. They serve some Texas wines and a few beers from the Lone Star state as well. My traveling companion declared the catfish to be flaky and hot, and I raved about those... More 

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Livingston, Texas
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55 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Don't let the long lines deter you; they'll get you seated quickly. The wait is well worth it. The food is great, the setting is beautiful. Portions are large. Indoor as well as outdoor seating is available. When in Gruene, don't miss the The Gristmill! Highly recommend it.

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Galveston Island, Texas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

It was a quite relaxing atmosphere. The live music was great. Although it took a while to get seated and took a while to get our food, it was still an awesome experience.

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Houston, Texas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

This restaurant is a great place to go to when you have a small party not on a holiday. The line was to long on Mothers day. Will be back on a regular weekend.

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Georgia
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59 reviews 59 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Great place for large groups, couples, and families alike. Very open, outdoor-meets-inside setting with great service and great food. The onion rings were a huge hit, while their famous fries needed a bit of extra seasoning and condiment use to make them taste special. Salad, sandwich, side, and entree portions are truly Texas-sized (aka huge!). If you haven't been to... More 

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Bellville, Texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

We have heard great things about gristmill. We have eaten here three times in the past year. 2 out of 3 times it did not meet our expectations. One time was okay but that was just a visit for appetizers. We are not quite sure how this gets such a high rating. We are a starting to think it may... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1287 Gruene Rd, New Braunfels, TX 78130
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  New Braunfels
  • Phone Number: +1 830-629-5077

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Entertaining clients, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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