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Grins Restaurant

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American, Mexican
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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: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 28
    Excellent
  • 30
    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
Good place to take the family

Kids plates are pretty big. We have 7 kids so that is important to us. Can't go wrong with their burgers, chicken fried steak or fried catfish. The sangria margaritas are yum! And only about a buck or two on certain nights! The kids have a good time here so we have a good time here :)

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Annoymenot
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Kids plates are pretty big. We have 7 kids so that is important to us. Can't go wrong with their burgers, chicken fried steak or fried catfish. The sangria margaritas are yum! And only about a buck or two on certain nights! The kids have a good time here so we have a good time here :)

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Thank Annoymenot
San Marcos, Texas
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31 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015 via mobile

Atmosphere is hill country style. Food is good. Service is awesome. Menu is very versatile. Family and friends place to go. Good drinks too

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Thank Linkay3
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172 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 174 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

Although the menu and the restaurant have expanded over the decades, the food still remains good (especially the cheeseburgers and onion rings) and who can beat a pitcher of Sangria for $6.99 (or a glass for $2)? It was the same quality we have come to expect even though it was homecoming weekend and very busy. Thumbs up!!

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Thank csharp59
San Marcos, Texas, United States
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Great Nachomoles, huge tasty crisp breaded onion rings. Love the Chicken Fried Steak and gravy, Wholey-Mole Cheeseburger, Sauteed-Onion-Bacon-Blue-Cheeseburger. The wine-based frozen margaritas are stiff. Great happy hour.

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Thank JohnMav
Fort Worth, Texas
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58 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

Everything we tried here was off the charts great. We all ordered something different and shared around the table. You can not go wrong.

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Thank Sherri L
Magnolia, Texas
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40 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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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Thank Texan_Diner
Alamo Heights, Texas
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164 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 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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Thank Capt_Wyatt
Canyon Lake, Texas
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119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 via mobile

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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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
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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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: American, Mexican

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?