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“Great atmosphere, lovely views... bland, uninspired food” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Gristmill Restaurant

Gristmill Restaurant
1287 Gruene Rd, New Braunfels, TX 78130
+1 830-629-5077
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Ranked #3 of 229 Restaurants in New Braunfels
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romantic, Entertaining clients, Families with children, Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dessert, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
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.
Tomball, Texas
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“Great atmosphere, lovely views... bland, uninspired food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

It almost pains me to write this, because this place holds dear memories for my family, but this is the second year in a row where we feel like we're sacrificing good food for the view.

The jalapeño poppers that we got as an appetizer were a nice start, but everything else was tasteless. The chicken fried chicken was a disappointment, as was the sirloin salad. The bad thing is, after last year's bland hamburgers I had to beg my husband to go back. Let's just say I won't be winning that battle again.

I hate to be the lone dissenter, but until they revamp the menu, we'll be checking out the competition, or just hitting the restaurant for apps and drinks.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Great Atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

This restaurant has great atmosphere and lovely views of the Guadalupe River if you get a table overlooking the river. The restaurant is completely open, so it can be a little hot in the summer and cold in the winter, although they do have fans and outdoor heaters in some locations. The menu is varied and the food is good, but not outstanding.

Visited November 2012
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“Gruene classic”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

You can't visit Gruene without dining at the Grist Mill. The wait is usually no longer than 20 minutes. Live music some evenings. We enjoyed the tortilla soup and the chicken fried chicken. Great Strawberry Shortcake too!

Visited March 2013
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“Live's up to the hype”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013 via mobile

It is always a welcomed surprise when a "tourist" place lives up to the hype. We have been coming here for years. It has always been a great experience even though we have only been seated with a river view once. Servers have always been worth the tip.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Consistently Good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

The food is good and the service is usually very good as well. We have eaten here many times over the years and have never been disappointed. The views can be wonderful at sunset looking over the river.

Visited October 2012
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