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1287 Gruene Rd, New Braunfels, TX 78130-3003
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Anyone from Texas knows that when you are in the New Braunfels area, you MUST eat at the Gristmill. It is located in the center of Gruene (pronounced Green) and it is a landmark. It is located right next door to Gruene Hall which is an old old dance hall. You could make a day of it and have dinner... More 

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Lubbock, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Looking for a phenomenal place to eat with great food at a very reasonable cost this is the place for you. You will get a very large portion in every meal you get, so come hungry. You may want to be aware of the weather conditions - the best seating is outside and it could be a bit hot in... More 

Thank blandis2016
Baytown, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This restaurant is usually great. I ordered the tortilla soup. Very spicy and it was suppose to have chicken in it but none. My daughter ordered the pork tenderloin and it was spicy. The wait for our food was an hour. I understand your busy but when your waitress doesn't bother to come by but twice...very disappointed

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Heidelberg, Germany
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This time, I returned with my family and, again, it was a great evening. The food is great, the staff excellent. We had an awesome place with a view to the river on a beautiful summer evening. Especially the waiting zone is a great idea, to sit in the garden with a beer and wait for your time to go... More 

Thank thoschdo
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

steak had an awful taste, vinegar ? was not cooked to order, even after 2nd trip to kitchen, and still had a taste I couldn't identify , just gave up

Thank Randy W
Burleson, Texas
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77 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Friendliest people. Best service. Food & drinks superb! I had Cajun catfish w lime butter sauce. My husband had the chicken fried steak, both awesome. he also got real mashed potatoes with gravy - to die for. We both had a salad with blue cheese & both agree "this is way salad should be made".

Thank foxgardener
Seattle, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Wonderful place to have a meal surrounded by trees. The old grist mill has a menu to satisfy every palate from dinner items to lighter fare. The barbecued baby back special was large enough to split. Monster onion rings that are crunch good. Ultra-Thin fried potato chips (skins on) were huge and delicious.Fresh green beans with bacon and tomato sauté.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very nice and pleasant meal but just know this is an all outdoors eating. It is under roof with a lot of fans One of the many rivers just below from your eating area Food was excellent and prompt. Staff was very attentive. We had the Caesar salad with fire roasted chicken and chicken fried steak and fried potatoes Very... More 

Thank Pamj2603
Canyon Lake, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a destination restaurant located in historic Gruene,Texas just outside New Braunfels. Nestled into the riverbank overlooking the beautiful Guadalupe River, this place has served great food for many years and is a tourist draw all from over Central Texas. My most recent visit was yesterday when I met my cousin for a birthday lunch. Although the menu has... More 

Thank Ninevin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Seriously good food. I ordered the NY Strip, but from where I come from it is called a KC Strp. I typically find in Texas I have to order my steaks more done than what I do elsewhere. Not this place. A medium steak was what I'd get in KC. Pink center and grey about 1/3 through on each side.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Scenic view, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups, Dining on a budget, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1287 Gruene Rd, New Braunfels, TX 78130-3003
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  New Braunfels
  • Phone Number: 830-625-0684
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.

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