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“A Great Place for Fish & More!”
Review of Clear Springs Cafe

Clear Springs Cafe
Ranked #5 of 273 Restaurants in New Braunfels
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $18
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Description: This was the very first Clear Springs location. It's actually located in Clear Springs, Texas between Seguin and New Braunfels. The building dates back to 1869 when it was mainly used as a grocery store for the locals. If you are ever in the area, it's worth the trip to check out the history that's behind this popular location. You better come early, standing room only is a common sight here.
Reviewed December 31, 2013 via mobile

After picking up a sister-in-law at the Austin airport my wife and I, along with her brother, decided we needed to eat before traveling on to Ingelside,TX. My brother-in-law suggested we stop at Clear Springs Restaurant in New Braunfels, TX for some really great fried shrimp & fish. This restaurant has a wonderful ambience and the service was great! We were not disappointed as the combination plates with fried fish & Gulf shrimp were delicious! The portions were very large and the Gulf shrimp were huge & fresh! Of course the onion rings are a house specialty and a half order satisfied all four of us! This is a must for enjoying great seafood and fish in true Southern style!

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1  Thank Keith H
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Reviewed December 22, 2013

Located in a historic old dance hall just east of downtown. Friendly, efficient service. We had fried fish, shrimp & oysters. Food was ok, nothing special but a little dry and overcooked. Served with fries, coleslaw & hush puppies.. Second visit but wouldn't go out of the way to go back.

1  Thank DallasBchbum
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Reviewed October 22, 2013

A MAGNIFICENT experience where the atmosphere will blow your socks off, the service is exceptional, and the food is the best you can ever expect. We LOVED this place. From the time you enter you are looking around at all the mementos and antiques around you. The catfish was the best I have ever eaten, fresh, well spiced, tasty, and not at all "muddy" in taste. It was EXCEPTIONAL. The shrimp was equally delicious. DO NOT FORGET ONION RINGS! I truly believe they are the best anywhere. Be careful not to order the Texas Size unless you have over 4 people at your table. It is ENORMOUS! OVERALL, A WONDERFUL RESTAURANT and EXPERIENCE!

Thank Michael E
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Reviewed October 20, 2013

Went as a large group 20+ people and they sat us on a Saturday night no problem. Ordered the onion rings as an appetizer and they were great! Catfish meal was very good as well. Service was a bit slow but with a large group it is expected. Overall a great place to eat

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Thank RegularPerson78701
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

I will say up front that I went in July with a big group of family (~12 people). We were hot, sweaty, and tired after floating the Comal River that afternoon. We waited outside in the heat for a table, but there are picnic benches, live music, and cold beer for sale while you wait. When we were finally let in, we were relieved to be in the air conditioning, but they led us through the huge main part of the restaurant into a smaller side room where long tables were crammed in very close together, and it was very warm. Eventually we took it upon ourselves to turn on the ceiling fans in the room. Our table was right next to the wall, just off the main road (like < 10 feet away), so it was also very loud and a bit worrisome when big trucks went by. Being a busy Saturday night, and a big group, we understood service was likely to be slow, and it was. We had plenty of time to look around and notice the decor, which featured dusty pipes and dusty animal heads better left ignored. We ordered a heaping plate of the famous onion rings (of course) which were very good. Most of the menu is fried, but I did find cornmeal crusted trout on the menu, which came with vegetables, rice, and hush puppies, and was very good. This place is good for groups, because it's huge, but I think a visit here with a smaller number of people would have been more enjoyable.

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Thank Kristen D
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