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Cantina del Rio

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Mexican, Southwestern, American
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1299 Gruene Rd, New Braunfels, TX 78130-3003
+1 830-620-5801
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11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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New Braunfels, Texas
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Cantina del Rio is just up the hill from the Guadalupe River at the sharp curve up to Gruene Hall. Most people will drive by and miss the turn into the parking lot...or they just don't want to walk back down to the restaurant. They don't know what they are missing. The "Cantina" has excellent Tex-Mex food, and a... More 

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Thank Roger G
New Braunfels, Texas
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The 1/2 pound Green Chili Burger is a meal in itself especially after you have eaten complimentary chips and salsa. Tables and menus SHOULD be cleaned better.

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Thank hornetsc360
New Braunfels, Texas
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Try the El Rey. 1/2 pound burger, cooked to order, caramelized onions and tomatoes, cheddar cheese, avacado and jalapeños. Get a top shelf margarita and enjoy!

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Thank BBQJunkieTexas2015
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing chips and salsa. Mains were okay. We were a large group, so we waited for a while for a seat (which was fine). Friendly staff.

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Thank Erin W
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our arrival in Gruene was late in the evening around dinner time and we were not in the mood for overpriced food and a long wait time at the Gristmill. We did a quick search on Google maps and discovered this Mexican Cantina in walking distance from the center of town. We easily walked to the Cantina with no more... More 

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Thank Jennifer J
Canyon Lake, Texas
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44 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My cousin and I had lunch at this restaurant this week. I had been wanting to try it for a long time but during the summer tourist season all the restaurants in Gruene are very crowded with long wait times. Fortunately since it was mid January we were shown right to a table in their cozy dining room. Since this... More 

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Thank Ninevin
New Braunfels, Texas
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38 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

They coin themselves on great fajitas and margaritas - a great margarita is FRESH ingredients. They could not make me a skinny margarita because they "use a mix" Had fajitas here a few time and every time they are super dry. Not impressed

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Thank Chris_and_Krissy
Crestview, Florida
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326 reviews
162 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed the enclosed patio seating, with an open feeling, but not cold on a chilly evening. The chips are unusual, not regular corn tortilla chips, but very crispy and bubbly, with some seasoning. One of us can't have gluten, and they happily brought her some regular corn chips which were also good. The special house hamburger was delicious. Everyone else... More 

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Thank kmsmolen
New Braunfels, Texas
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

Ordered the shrimp tacos. Had been told they were good. My first question when my plate arrived....where's the shrimp. I had three small (very small) shrimp in each taco. Disappointed. I will say, the chips and salsa were good. My husband did like the enchiladas.

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Thank 107nan2010
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

The service was good, the margaritas were good, the chips and salsa were REALLY good! The beef fajita nachos were not good. They literally had a tiny piece of fajita meat in a mound of refried beans and cheese on top of chewy stale chip. I do not recommend the nachos at all. And, there are lots of bees!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican, Southwestern, American
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1299 Gruene Rd, New Braunfels, TX 78130-3003
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  New Braunfels
  • Phone Number: +1 830-620-5801

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?