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True Grit Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Southwestern, American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly
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123 N Lena Street, Ridgway, CO 81432
+1 970-626-5739
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Good place to see the history of ridgeway. Excellent chips and salsa but my hamburger didn't taste good.

Thank Nancy D
Teasdale, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great meal....coupled with the friendly service, this is a place I'll keep on my "gotta do it again list!" Not only was the food great, there was a lot of it. Then to top it off our server asked if we were Veterans ( we both are, and my husband was wearing a service-themed t-shirt); so she gave... More 

Thank Lela773
Arlington, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I love True Grit for being a solid, great meal. Prices are good, quality is good, service is good and atmosphere is good. But they don't have Blueberry Pie everyday. That sucks. If in Ridgway, you're gonna eat here. I mean, come on. Where else? So ask for Blueberry. Let's start a movement. I'll see you in March.

Thank D D
Page, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Busy, but worth the wait and gives time to soak up all the John Wayne decorations, he'd be proud. They dropped the Rueben (that was a namesake!) and some other stuff but still a wide selection. I had the buffalo burger....was okay but obviously from a frozen patty. Lady had vegetarian chili heaped broccoli, she loved it. I also had... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had dinner here and it was very good. There's lots of True Grit memorabilia to look at on the walls. Located right downtown so you can walk around before dinner or afterwards.

Thank Lookylou8
Lake Butler, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a wonderful little place. We went here for dinner while on vacation and were pleasantly surprised. Upon entering you will notice the beautiful stone fireplace, rustic wood floors and plenty of John Wayne memorabilia. Our server was very friendly and and quick. True Grit has some excellent specialty drinks. Ladies try the Pink Panties drink. For dinner ordered the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

True Grit is a "hoot"! Enjoyed all the John Wayne pictures, etc. Good food! Can get very busy, but the staff can "work it". Special are always nice, food hot, & very good!

Thank Pati K
Seattle, Washington
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

This place has the type of food one would expect from a small town cafe, nice hearty portions at decent prices. Would definitely come back.

Thank nbk5276
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

The waitress was fun, and the food was great! The chicken fried steak was huge and perfectly prepared. The beer's cold, and the smiles abound. There are John Wayne photos and memorabilia everywhere. Enjoy!

1 Thank DarcyInCO
Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

What can I say. From the name on the wall, to the photographs in the hall, True Grit Café was definitely worth the bother of the local construction. My brother had eaten there before, but this was my first time. We were waiting to go back to the Dallas Divide for the sunset so arrived a little before the supper... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$4 - $27
Southwestern, American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Large groups, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 123 N Lena Street, Ridgway, CO 81432
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Ridgway
  • Phone Number: +1 970-626-5739
Howdy folks! Welcome to the True Grit Cafe Established in 1985, the "Grit" as it is known has been serving hungry tourists and locals for over 25 years. We offer excellent and tasty 'Cowboy Cuisine' in a comfortable western environment with a friendly staff that will make you feel like you're part of the Grit Family. We take a lot of pride in our homemade fare including the best dang chicken fried steak this side of the Rocky Mountains. Other menu specialties include hand-pattied burgers, mouth watering Tex-Mex Specialties, juicy steaks, house made meatloaf, fresh tempura battered mahi mahi fish and chips, sandwiches and gourmet salads. For the vegetarians we offer lots of tasty choices. We are also gluten-free friendly. Our wide selection of liquors, beer and wine give you a great place to gather round with the locals and visitors alike. We have two full bars, one on the main floor and one upstairs, around which locals and visitors gather to chat or share experiences in the beautiful San Juan Mountains. Our remodeled upstairs with its large private booths will accommodate from two to fourteen people, and don't forget the deck overlooking our beautiful park. The True Grit Cafe was built to honor the filming of the academy award winning movie "True Grit" starring John Wayne. Come sit on the deck and look out at the beautiful background you'll see throughout the movie. Oh, and you'll see a lot of pictures of the great star's film legacy all around.

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