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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: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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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Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Large groups
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 665
    Excellent
  • 345
    Very good
  • 107
    Average
  • 29
    Poor
  • 9
    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
Birthday dinner

We love this place. Great food, great view. Just get here early on weekends as it is very busy, and seating may take up to a couple if hours !

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
sooner21
via mobile
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

We love this place. Great food, great view. Just get here early on weekends as it is very busy, and seating may take up to a couple if hours !

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Helotes, Texas
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64 reviews 64 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

The food was perfection.....the asperagus tips were sautéed to perfection, the filet of catfish was perfect, the mashed potatoes were delicious, the fried shrimp and broccoli was super tasty. The greeter was super friendly and the waiter was polite and came around enough times to be attentive but not bothersome. We got a table by the huge fireplace and it... More 

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San Antonio
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81 reviews 81 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Inside or out, the food is always great. I had their ribs (winter only entree) and my wife had her usual rib-eye, each with salad and side veg. My wife is always calorie conscious, but as usual helped herself to my fries (version of American fries). The only setback to this establishment's offerings is that during the non-winter seasons, the... More 

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Union, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

This place was really neat. You couldn't tell from the walk in, but it's so huge. The wait seems like it's going to be forever, but it is so quick because of all the tables/servers they have. Partially inside, partially outside (we sat outside and loved it). Some tables have views overlooking the river. The food was AMAZING. Highly recommend... More 

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McAllen, Texas
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74 reviews 74 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

If you are near San Antonio do drop in. This quaint place on the river is perfect for friends, families, kids. Good is yummy but atmosphere is even better.

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Plano, Texas
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336 reviews 336 reviews
220 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

On a cold February evening. it was nice to have a table very close to a hot, real wood fireplace. The service was excellent throughout. The redfish and the trout were both perfect as were the salads. In the summer, the ideal seating is on the outdoor patio overlooking the Guadalupe River but not this evening. Althou there are a... More 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Nothing says you've arrived in the Texas Hill Country better than a visit to the Gristmill Restaurant. The restaurant is a popular stop in Gruene, TX near New Braunfels and is right next door to what is arguably the most famous dancehall in the state, Gruene Hall. The food is what you would expect for Texas cuisine. A mix of... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

After being in town we decided to stop by for a late lunch. We had heard about this place from a couple of friends. Wait time was very short since we opted to sit outside for the view on a cold day. It was a cold and windy; though, they had the outside heaters on, so it didn't feel too... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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32 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

or maybe when you're not in the area! Not real close to San Antonio although well worth the trip to hit this one. Have been here a number of times and have never been disappointed. During the warmer months the outside seating is excellent. From our table overlooking the hill to the river there was a deer and raccoon right... More 

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New Braunfels, Texas, United States
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

In the winter you could sit by one of three fire places and enjoy the ambiance and wonderful food of the restaurant! In the summer you can sit on a deck or by huge open windows to experience the Guadalupe River and often hear the squeals of the tubers below! We love the ribs, the chicken acapulco, the home cut... 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 0 - 20
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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