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True Grit Cafe

) #1 of 14 Restaurants in Ridgway $$ - $$$ , American,
123 N Lena Street, Ridgway, CO 81432
+1 970-626-5739
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good33%
  • Average14%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“burger” (51 reviews)
“fried okra” (9 reviews)
“fries” (16 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 4 days ago

Loved the atmosphere and had one of the best grilled sandwiches I have ever had. Lots of locals seemed to be eating here and I could see it was a favorite place of just about everyone walking in the door. The staff was especially friendly...More

Thank Richard N
Reviewed 4 days ago

After a long weekend cooling off in the mountains I was heading home to Moab, Utah and I was hungry! Burger night was just what I needed to get me home. Ryan at the bar was super friendly and the food was good and also...More

Thank Chris B
Reviewed 1 week ago

You don't have to be a John Wayne fan, like westerns or even wear a cowboy hat to enjoy dining at True Grit. this two-story with indoor/outdoor dining became our new favorite place in Ridgeway. In fact, between Telluride, Ridgeway and Ouray, our entire party...More

Thank SarahGerdes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were so excited to go to the True Grit café. We had heard good things from reviews. It took 15 minutes to get water and another 10 minutes to get a pitcher of beer. The food took another half hour. It was not a...More

Thank d0ckah
Reviewed 1 week ago

Extensive menu with a large variety of choices. Very friendly employees and excellent service. Friday night catfish special is very good (only day they serve catfish). The chicken fried steak, pesto penne pasta and homemade desserts are delicious.

Thank Charles P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our vacationing family was impressed by the reviews on the food, but we found it was just decent. Perhaps relative to other places in the area, it is great, but still it was so-so for us. The Long Island Tea has no kick at all....More

Thank Mark B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We come here every year on vacation. The chicken fried steak is in my top three all time. Everything we ordered was very good. We love the True Grit memorabilia. Great atmosphere

Thank Kenneth727
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had Lunch on Sunday at the True Grit in Ridgway, Colorado. Fantastic home style Chicken Fried Steak with delicious sides. Green beans (my wife had) and black beans (i had) tasted fresh and delicious. The chicken fried steaks were fresh and tender with delicious...More

Thank Chuck S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food is very hit or miss. Tourists love it, check the other reviews. Other places in town offer better menus, fresher ingredients and friendlier staff, but the Grits location is great across from the park.

Thank HereElky
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in on our True Grit tour of Ridgway. My husband ordered the nachos with homemade chili. He gave them a 8 on a scale of 1-10. They were huge and enough for two. I ordered a salad with salmon with a lemon basil vinaigrette...More

Thank SophiethePom
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30 April 2015|
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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
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
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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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