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“Terrible Canned Food”
Review of Cantina del Rio

Cantina del Rio
Ranked #29 of 271 Restaurants in New Braunfels
Cuisines: American, Mexican, Pizza
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Canyon Lake, Texas
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Terrible Canned Food”
Reviewed November 7, 2012

This place is terrible, and surprising to see good reviews. We had the enchilada plate, and figured it couldn't be that hard to make. My wife loves refried beans, enchiladas, and we thought it would be nice to find a new spot. We were way off...The beans were terrible, and they put what tasted like wolf brand chili on the enchiladas as a sauce. It tasted more like a chili cheese coney from sonic. The food overall had that out of the can taste despite the manager saying all of the food was fresh. Additionally it was discouraging to see the drink station outside covered in bees, and the poorly cleaned tables, chairs, and common areas. If the outside looked like that imagine the kitchen.

  • Visited October 2012
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English first
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“BEST VALUE IN GRUENE”
Reviewed October 30, 2012 via mobile

My husband and I spent a weekend in Gruene in Sept. 2012. We had a wonderful time and a truly relaxing couple of days. One of the highlights was a little restaurant named Cantina Del Rio. It's not the fanciest, not the most expensive and not the one that offers the widest variety of dishes. However, it does have two menu items that are exceptional! We split an order of fajitas. OMG! The best! Their green sauce is to die for. While in line to order, several folks mentioned how good their fish tacos are. We thought, what the heck? Why not? This tilapia taco has coleslaw on it. It sounds strange but it is just awesome. The people were great and we had a few piña coladas as well. Great value compared to the other places in Gruene. Don't miss it!

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Thank neveragain100
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New Braunfels, Texas
Level 5 Contributor
45 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Great Margaritas good burgers!”
Reviewed September 27, 2012

My husband and I go to this cantina in the quaint little town of Gruene, Tx about once a week. I like their fish tacos and my husband likes their hamburgers. They have good queso and chips and the best Margaritas around here.

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Thank Tanya U
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Great quality and value”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

Friendly, but basic service at this little cantina located just around the corner from Gruene Hall. Good sized portions and reasonable prices. Great tasting too. Give it a try!

Visited September 2012
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DFW, Texas
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Wow and Yum!”
Reviewed September 12, 2012

The El Rey Burger was one of the best I've ever had and I'm a lifelong Texan. The Green Chile Burger was also very good. Go there for the burgers and beer and stay there for the cool atmosphere of Gruene, Texas! YeeHaw! Service was a little lacking, they forgot part of our order but that may be because we sat at the very bottom section of the restaurant so our daughter could run around and play and we were the only patrons down there. My husband order the enchilada plate which we thought was pretty bland. Just get a burger and be happy!

  • Visited September 2012
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