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“Texas comfort food”
Review of Gristmill

Ranked #6 of 271 Restaurants in New Braunfels
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Description: 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.
Austin, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
252 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
“Texas comfort food”
Reviewed October 15, 2013

Technically located in Gruene TX near New Braunfels, this charming restaurant offers the best comfort food around. And you must start with a BIG appetite and plenty of patience. The place is spacious, but on a weekend - expect a wait - although you can order a frosty cold margarita and sit under the Oaks - so it's not all bad.

Once seated - order the onion rings - do not pass go - do not pause in this decision - just order them! But the portions are large - so bring lots of friends or be extra hungry.

Burgers - chicken fried steak - Beef Tenderloin salad - and the Hill Country cole slaw with jalapeno are my recommendations. I've not had a bad meal here yet and have been visiting for over 20 years!

*Note if you visit in the summer months - there is not air conditioning. It is open air type of place with fans. So if you are dining with someone that is a grump in the heat - go somewhere else and come back in the cooler months.

  • Visited March 2013
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New Albany, MS
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Unique place to eat”
Reviewed October 15, 2013

Was a warm evening but did enjoy sitting out by the river. I ate chicken salad sandwich and my husband ate a filet. It was all delicious. We did have to battle flies, a lizard on the fence by us and a cat rubbing our legs while we ate. Those last 3 made us a little less satisfied. But a unique experience for sure! Loved the town on Gruene though!

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank wpdaniel
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Gristmill w/ the group”
Reviewed October 15, 2013

We go to the Gristmill every year that we go tubing on the Guadalupe. It's kind of a tradition now.. There is a little outside bar while you wait for your table to be ready.. w benches and normally someone is entertaining on the stage too. It's always full.... The environment is fantastic, food is ok and the staff is very friendly.... it's also right next door to the old saloon, that they filmed the movie Michael dancing. kinda neat.. also little shops to pick up souviners. Always fun to go to the Gristmill.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Amy R
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Sutherland Springs, Tx
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great Food”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

Good atmosphere and the food was excellent. Good service also excellent. Outside and inside seating and is especially nice down by river

Visited July 2013
Thank Joe J
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San Antonio, Texas, USA
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed October 14, 2013

Great atmosphere, great people, great food! Enough said! I definitely recommend a visit!! I will be going back myself!

Visited September 2013
Thank Angel R
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