We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.


Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
1287 Gruene Rd, New Braunfels, TX 78130-3003
+1 830-625-0684
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

2,407 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 2,381: English reviews
Houston, Texas
Level Contributor
46 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We hadn't been to the Gristmill in years, but thankfully had occasion to visit last weekend. The food and service were both awesome. Long waiting times on the weekends, but well worth it.

Thank freds398
Level Contributor
22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We eat there every time we we visit Gruene. It's a casual dining with expensive views. Perfect place for families, couples or groups. They seat you fast since this place is never ending. The stuff is very friendly and fast. Food is good too, recommend tenderloin sandwich and apple pie !

Thank Dorota M
Pasadena, Texas
Level Contributor
10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

If you're ever in Gruene,TX...this place is a must visit!!! The view is fantastic and the food is great!!!

Thank Monetzky
Prescott Valley, Arizona
Level Contributor
245 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Gristmill is a historic building in a beautiful location atop the hill above the river below. I would recommend sitting on the decks if weather permits. Lots of shade trees and views of the river and land below. Great food and service!

Thank Greg P
San Antonio, Texas
Level Contributor
14 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It was a perfect spring Sunday, sunny, very little wind, temperature in the mid-70s, and the place was packed at noon. I had the special--Fire Roasted Chicken, my friend had the Acapulco Chicken and both of us were pleased with our choices. I was pleasantly surprised by the veggies. I expected the green beans to be overcooked since they were... More 

Thank Laurence B
Level Contributor
8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to the Gristmill for a relaxed lunch and visit. We were seated outdoors with a great view of the river. We found the place to be quiet enough to easily carry on a conversation. The food and service were both good as well. Don't forget to stop by the old dance hall on your way in. We had... More 

Thank William H
Clearwater, Florida
Level Contributor
107 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I had lunch today at the Gristmill. Food and service were excellent. The onion ring starter (6 rings) were huge and very tasty . My wife's chicken quesadillas were excellent as was my burger . Made mistake lasst viisit and ate at the River Grill---Terrible mistake. Gristmill is the place to go.

Thank jslingo
Olympia, Washington
Level Contributor
37 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had lunch at the Gristmill, it was a beautiful day and they tried to seat us inside. We insisted on sitting out on the deck overlooking the river. We were they a little before lunch time so there was not a crowd but the service was very slow. Once we got our food, it was very good. However, we... More 

Thank Karen G
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

With out doubt this restraunt is our favorite go to eatery in Texas. Food and service is excellent, atmosphere is awesome with fireplaces.

Thank Tdkessel
Houston, Texas
Level Contributor
77 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Be prepared for a wait on a Friday-Sunday, but there is a huge area with live music to enjoy while you are waiting. For an appetizer you definitely have to get the onion rings. They are huge and very good. I had the beef tenderloin salad and it was cooked to perfection

Thank Don R

Travellers who viewed Gristmill also viewed


Been to Gristmill? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, View, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1287 Gruene Rd, New Braunfels, TX 78130-3003
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  New Braunfels
  • Phone Number: +1 830-625-0684
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.

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Gristmill and other visitors
11 questions
Ask a question
San Antonio, Texas
10 months ago
9 months ago
9 months ago
San Antonio, Texas
10 months ago

See all questions (11)

Questions? Get answers from Gristmill staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?