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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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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, 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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  • 451
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  • 130
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  • 33
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  • 13
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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
Best dining in Gruene

Love to go eat here with friends and wander about shopping in the great shops of Gruene. You don't wait long at lunch if you don't have a reservation.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
musicalroaam
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La Vernia, Texas
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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La Vernia, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Love to go eat here with friends and wander about shopping in the great shops of Gruene. You don't wait long at lunch if you don't have a reservation.

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New Berlin, Wisconsin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Bobby our server receives 5 stars because he did a fantastic job! It was a super hot and humid day and our group of 8 was very thirsty. My group and I NEVER HAD AN EMPTY CUT OF WATER!! Very happy with his speedy service and hustle. We had a seat by the river and the extra wait for worth... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Our visit was great! Food was good, margarita was fresh and yummy, helpings are generous and staff was friendly. My only negative is that it was a *little* pricey. I would return tho! :)

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Lubbock, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Been here several times and always had a nice experience. This time, not so much. Was seated at 6:45 and didn't get out till 9:10. Food very good (great green beans, excellent fries), service super slow. After an unusually long delay in placing our order, then constantly having to ask for more water we finally got food. Which was very... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Really enjoy visiting Gruene with friends visiting from out of town. And on cooler evenings we always bring them here. The food is very good and the service is always great. There is no a/c in this place which provides a fun open atmosphere but be sure to dress and plan accordingly in the summer.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Great atmosphere, beautiful scenery. You are surrounded by trees and history. The food was delicious. Try the potato salad and cheeseburger!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Went last Friday with two other couples. The wait was a little long but the entertainment kept us occupied. We expected to wait anywhere we went anyway. The food was excellent as well as the service and the atmosphere. Will definitely go back. You must try the salsa, it's awesome!

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Belo Horizonte, MG
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This place is magic. It's close to the Guadalupe River so depending on where you are, you can see/hear the water and it's very relaxing. The place looks very nice and the food is delicious! We were very well-served, the waitresses and waiters are more than ready to help and they will also give you some advice on what to... More 

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Alvarado, Texas
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30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

This is an amazing place to eat! Unique and fun. We sat outside and listened to music before we got our seat to eat. I loved the way the restaurant is decorated, rustic and fun. And the chicken fried steak was huge!!! We took half of it home.

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ABILENE
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

I like the Gristmill, but only in the cooler months. We waited an hour to be seated. Then once we were seated on the 2nd floor, sweat was running down my face and back. No ceiling fan above our table. I couldn't wait to get out of there. The service was sub-par. The menu is average, nothing amazing. Our table... 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: Doing business, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic

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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