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“Great Service, Great Food, Great View”
Review of Gristmill

Ranked #5 of 262 Restaurants in New Braunfels
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: American, Bar, Pub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Scenic view, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
Beaumont, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Great Service, Great Food, Great View”
Reviewed March 24, 2014

There is very little to dislike about Gristmill. It is perfectly situated with a beautiful view of the river. It is in Gruene, right next door to Gruene Hall so you've always got that incredible feel that only Gruene can provide. The service is consistently prompt and courteous. The food is always hot, fresh, delicious, and reasonably priced.

The restaurant is huge, so if you'd like a good view . . . Let them know. Otherwise, you could end up on a side of the restaurant that isn't as blessed in the view department.

Otherwise, you'll leave the place happy, full, and with some cash left over!

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank Justin H
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Fun place to visit”
Reviewed March 24, 2014

A visit to Gruene is a must! This is the only place I have eaten at but because it is in an old mill it is great atmosphere. Get there early or expect a wait but even that is fun with live music, drinks, big grassy area for kids to run and plan and a chalk board with everybodies name so you can watch to see when you will get a table. Portions are big, saw most everybody leave with to-go boxes. Their onion rings are huge and crisp served with their own sauce that has mustard,mayo,horseradish. Chips are made in house, nice and crispy. Had a special of the day-bbq sandwich that was wonderful. Pasta salad was ok, trout was overcooked. Hamburgers at other tables looked great and green salads did too

Visited March 2014
Thank kariesue
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63 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Missed the Mark”
Reviewed March 21, 2014

Perfect location, great atmosphere, but the cook should be fired.

Cuisines are lackluster and fall short of meeting a 4 or five star restaurant.

Presentation and menu selections are average at best. Vegetables seemed frozen and not fresh, I mean how hard can it be to provide fresh choices and great choice cuts at cost.

We paid way too much for our food, for what we got. We were placed out in the rain, with no apologies.

Our server was good, but he could have been great if he had better leadership.

We will not be going back, of which I don't think they will mind. ;-) Some things don't deserve second chances at my cost.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank persaude
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Houston, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Always pleased”
Reviewed March 21, 2014 via mobile

Been going here for years and always enjoy our meal. Great friendly staff and a fun casual dinning. We always return year after year. Our son loves the queso and burgers.

Visited March 2014
Thank SNCtravelers
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Parsons, Kansas
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88 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Great food and beautiful view”
Reviewed March 19, 2014

Family of 15 ate here on a Monday evening. Great service with even better food. Onion rings are HUGE and delish. Steak, mashed potatoes, grilled chicken, slaw, grilled chicken salad, cheeseburger just to name a few. Everyone thought the food was great. Prices are average for this area. Restaurant has outdoor seating with a beautiful view of the river.

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank Like2GoPlaces
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