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Grins Restaurant

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Mexican, American
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802 N L B J Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666-4666
512-392-4746
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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, Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 25
    Excellent
  • 28
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Out of Towner Perspective during Texas State Freshman Week

We visited Grins Restaurant based on a Texas State alumnus' recommendation. As expected, it was extremely busy because it was Freshman week and our waitress did the best she could to serve us. We sat down at 1:30 and the food didn't come till 2:15. Most of us had burgers but my daughter had the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 18, 2015
Texan_Diner
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Magnolia, Texas
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  • Families with children
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Magnolia, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

We visited Grins Restaurant based on a Texas State alumnus' recommendation. As expected, it was extremely busy because it was Freshman week and our waitress did the best she could to serve us. We sat down at 1:30 and the food didn't come till 2:15. Most of us had burgers but my daughter had the fish tacos (which looked very... More 

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Alamo Heights, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

General American food here. Just average. But very nice deck to sit on and enjoy the day. I am partial to the chicken fried chicken plate with mashed potatoes. You can't go wrong here but don't expect to be wowed. This is a popular spot with the college kids, so don't come during session if you want privacy.

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Marble Falls, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

We have eaten here before and it was good enough to come back. This is another student hangout by the University. This time I had the Cajun catfish abd really enjoyed it. Will return.

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Dallas, Texas
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

We read all the GREAT reviews on this place and planned to have dinner there while in town for a tubing trip. What a HUGE disappointment! It started when we walked in and felt how warm it was inside. People were coming in and leaving because it was so hot, even under their rickety old ceiling fans. We were hungry... More 

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CYPRESS
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Grins has been around for a very long time and is a staple of San Marcos. The food and atmosphere is fun and their Sangria wine coolers are AMAZING! LOVE their hamburgers!!! Sit on the deck have a burger and a Sangria wine cooler. Life is good.

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San Marcos, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

The Pluses....the wait staff are all very, very nice...the food is above average style pub-grub....at least the burgers, the chicken fried steak and the chicken fried chicken. The fries were pretty much average, but the onion rings were excellent!! We had very decent 99 cent Margaritas along with one splurge of a $2 something bloody Mary (nice and spicy). I... More 

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Euless, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The restaurant itself is adorable. Our local friends raved about the salsa and then no one in my group liked it at all. They also brought the wrong order out, but the burger they brought was good so I didn't bother having them correct it. It's definitely a good spot to hang out, and the accommodate large parties!

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

I have been going to Grins since 1982 whenever I was in San Marcos. It increased when my daughter attended Texas State. I can't personally review any thing but their burgers, but they have been and always will be my favorite! The #4 with Cheddar is incredible as are the fries and onion rings (yum). Others that I have gone... More 

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Tomball, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

I have memories of eating excellent burgers at Grins in college over 30 years ago. Some things never change: the burgers are still great. There are a lot of other choices on the menu, and I hear they're all good, but I just can't pass up the burger. The latest one I tried was the 11xxx Hottest Burger in Texas... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

The food and service were both fine, but the drinks are good and cheap! The have great happy hour from 4 to close. The atmosphere is laid back and overall the restaurant is a neat place. I would recommend for a casual meal and drinks with friends.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 802 N L B J Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666-4666
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  San Marcos
  • Phone Number: 512-392-4746

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Mexican, American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
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?