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True Grit Cafe

€€ - €€€, American,
123 N Lena Street, Ridgway, CO 81432
+1 970-626-5739
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good32%
  • Average13%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“mud pie” (11 reviews)
“burgers” (32 reviews)
Open Now
09:00 - 21:00All hours
Southwestern, American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
123 N Lena Street, Ridgway, CO 81432
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have been fortunate enough to hunt elk near here with a great bunch of guys for several years now. We always stop in for at least one lunch and dinner during our week. We have never been disapointed in the staff or any of...More

Thank Dale B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Ryan, our waiter was very nice and very helpful. Large portions and lots of space so even when a lot of people were there, it didn't feel crowded.

Thank Evon S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Food was wonderful. We were staying in Ouray and were in Ridgway and stopped for lunch. We liked it so much we went back for dinner. We highly recommend.

Thank Brian S
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

1. Philly steak sandwich bread was so saturated it could not hold the contents Tasty otherwise. 2. Computerized bill overcharged us over what the menu specified for the wife’s meal. 3. Paid in cash and the waiter rounded up the bill and short changed me....More

Thank Tom G
Reviewed 4 December 2017

Really good food. Interesting history. They said it was built for the original True Grit movie that starred John Wayne. They had some John Wayne memorabilia.

Thank ksm0
Reviewed 3 December 2017

A fun place to see where a classic was filmed coupled wth super burgers and wonderful drinks, on a scenic road.

Thank Tom C
Reviewed 14 November 2017

My wife and I stopped in for lunch and ordered the fried catfish special (and it was special). This was the best catfish I have had in several years. I also appreciated there spirits.

Thank haleschnm
Reviewed 12 November 2017

We visited the Ridgeway area in August. After a long day of touring the area, we didn't feel like cooking back at our campsite, so decided to have dinner at True Grit Cafe. We're so glad we did! Our server was very friendly and engaging,...More

Thank Trish C
Reviewed 11 November 2017

Cute bar/restaurant in Ridgeway Colorado. It's where some of True Grit movie was filmed. A really cute town. The service is great and so is the food. We had great fries and burgers. The drinks were nice. We sat outside on the patio and enjoyed...More

Thank animalsrock2016
Reviewed 7 November 2017

We stopped in for lunch this past Saturday and were highly disappointed. We are from the area and have eaten there many times before but this time will be our last. The 'Elk Burger' was the greasiest thing I have ever had. Tasted like the...More

Thank ritag1985
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Response from truegritcafe | Property representative |
Hi. Our Pork Green Chili is not very spicy but that answer is based on how spicy you like your food. It is different than New Mexico Chili as we add different spices than most New Mexico Green Chili recipes. You are only... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$27
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 123 N Lena Street, Ridgway, CO 81432
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Ridgway
  • Phone Number: +1 970-626-5739
  • E-mail
Howdy folks! Welcome to the True Grit Cafe Established in 1985, the "Grit" as it is known has been serving hungry tourists and locals for over 25 years. We offer excellent and tasty 'Cowboy Cuisine' in a comfortable western environment with a friendly staff that will make you feel like you're part of the Grit Family. We take a lot of pride in our homemade fare including the best dang chicken fried steak this side of the Rocky Mountains. Other menu specialties include hand-pattied burgers, mouth watering Tex-Mex Specialties, juicy steaks, house made meatloaf, fresh tempura battered mahi mahi fish and chips, sandwiches and gourmet salads. For the vegetarians we offer lots of tasty choices. We are also gluten-free friendly. Our wide selection of liquors, beer and wine give you a great place to gather round with the locals and visitors alike. We have two full bars, one on the main floor and one upstairs, around which locals and visitors gather to chat or share experiences in the beautiful San Juan Mountains. Our remodeled upstairs with its large private booths will accommodate from two to fourteen people, and don't forget the deck overlooking our beautiful park. The True Grit Cafe was built to honor the filming of the academy award winning movie "True Grit" starring John Wayne. Come sit on the deck and look out at the beautiful background you'll see throughout the movie. Oh, and you'll see a lot of pictures of the great star's film legacy all around.
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