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“Surprising, but pleasantly so.” 4 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 #2 of 200 Restaurants in New Braunfels
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Dessert, 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.
Goshen, Connecticut, United States
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“Surprising, but pleasantly so.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

The Gristmill River Restaurant (not to be confused with the Gristmill Restaurant at 1287 Gruene Road in New Braunfels) is a true find. First of all Gruene is apparently a village within the township of New Braunfels (Population around 60,000). The restaurant is behind Gruene Hall, purportedly the oldest dance hall in Texas, which still hosts live country music entertainers. Gristmill is literally below a water tower and overlooks the Guadalupe River. The building is a semi-restored cotton mill with indoor, outdoor, and under-the-roof dining. Servers are young and eager to please. My appetizer was Caesar salad, with good dressing but without anchovies, which were not available. The entree was steak, perfectly cooked and delicious, accompanied by fresh broccoli cooked al dente and garlic bread. Very satisfying. The atmosphere was friendly and only a little noisy. However, this restaurant has a maximum seating capacity of 1,000, and it may pay to call ahead to avoid trying to have dinner when Gruene Hall is booked for a popular country entertainer.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Lubbock, Texas
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“Great food, greater venue”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

I'm not one for open air dining experiences, but this place is definitely has an essence you can't find elsewhere in Central Texas. We were seated outside on a rainy day and it was very serene! The restaurant was very busy, but the service was fairly speedy for the amount of customers!

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“GRIST MILL GRUB IS GREAT”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

This is one of the premier restaurants in the New Braunfels/Gruene area for a reason. There are ample offerings in a beautiful venue with great service. We especially love the fried shrimp, some of the best we've every had and that is saying something for people who have had access to coastal seafood all of our lives. The steaks and the ribs are wonderful as well. We love the Grist Mill and go there several times a year.

Visited February 2014
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Cypress, Texas
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“Fab Meal!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

I've eaten here several times and have never had a bad meal! The wine is good, the view is nice, lots of outdoor eating, and huge meals. I always end up taking loads of food home for leftovers! Service is good, too! You've just got to give it a try when in Gruene!

Visited April 2014
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Roswell, New Mexico
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“Sausage is horrible”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

The food is good Potatoes are good and steaks. Do Not order any sausage it is not good. Do not order sausage burger either . That sausage is bad. The setting is nice but not that food item.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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