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1287 Gruene Rd, New Braunfels, TX 78130-3003
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4 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Popular place to eat overlooking the river. It was previously a working gristmill (hence the name). Atmosphere is very casual, conversation is lively and the food is good. A fun place to eat and the good time can be extended by a visit to Gruene Hall for a little music and two-stepping!

Thank Lacey492
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I was at the Gristmill over a early October weekend with my wife, son, and mother-in-law. It was a Saturday so we went for an early dinner/late lunch . It gets crowded during primetime restaurant hours so expect a wait for weekend dinners. It was still crowded with a short wait but not too bad. We have been going to... More 

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New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Outdoor seating, Rustic atmosphere. The wurst was the best I have ever tasted! Great shrimp, large portions. Nice cold beer. What else could you ask for? Very friendly wait staff.

Thank curlygirlNewYork
San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Today (Tues., Oct 18), my wife and I made a repeat visit and had lunch at the Gristmill. Unfortunately, the food today did not favorably compare to our last visit. As someone else reported, the food was good but nothing to write home about. My wife had the chicken/spinach salad and I had their chicken fried steak with fries. My... More 

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Tomball, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

we eat here each time we visit my son who is a student at Texas State University. My daughter and I shared the grilled tuna our last visit and we can't wait to return and order it again. The homemade potato "chips" are our favorite.

Thank Chrystal T
Duncan, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Grist Mill had a room set up to seat over 40 people. They had several waitresses to serve the group, who all ordered and paid individually. That is a lot to put on a waitress, but they handled it well. The food was good, although my meal was a bit late in being served - maybe even forgotten for... More 

Thank Lou B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Good views and lovely service from our host Mia who was very attentive. Large and varied menu and an interesting and historic venue.

Thank _pepper_jackie
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Food and atmosphere, they have it. The onion rings are a must, homemade to perfection. Our service was fast, our waitress delightful, food was great. Definitely worth a stop.

Thank bjcTx
Kamloops, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Texas is hot - it should come with a warning! But if you want to cool off with a lovely view of the river you should check out the Gristmill. The food was flavorful and tasty and the service was excellent. (note when they say something is spicy then you should listen) We went mid week and there was hardly... More 

Thank Claire T
Wimberley, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My wife and I go to the Gristmill a number of times each year. It is a terrific restaurant in a very nice little town. In the summer it is best to sit inside since the Texas sun can get real hot on most days. Our favorite plate is the Beef Tenderloin Salad which is a large salad with a... 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
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, Large groups, Local cuisine, Romantic, Kids, Special occasions
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?