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Cantina del Rio

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Mexican, Southwestern, American, Latin, Spanish
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1299 Gruene Rd, New Braunfels, TX 78130-3003
+1 830-620-5801
11:00 - 21:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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New Braunfels, Texas
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

Thank 107nan2010
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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!

Thank Dawn C
Zurich, Switzerland
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This cozy little restaurant is directly in the wonderful town of Gruene. We ate lunch there, after we walked trough town. The restaurant itself reminds me of a treehouse. It's all wooden and not too large. Service is alright, food is very good. They brang as so many Nachos with delicious sauce! We also liked the main courses and it... More 

Thank Andrew_Zurich
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61 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

We stopped here for some tequila then decided to eat a late dinner. Their fajitas were very good! My wife had their fish tacos and loved them too.

Thank Brook F
Dallas, Texas
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170 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

I'm not really sure why anyone from Texas would eat Tex-Mex here. Really below average food. The chips and salsa and my margarita were OK, which is the only reason they are getting 2 stars. The service was average to slightly below average. There is nothing special about this place at all. I would try about anywhere else next time... More 

Thank FemaleTraveler85
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30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

Being a local I frequent Gruene on a regular basis. Cantina del Rio has been improving over the years in both food quality and service. Hopefully it will continue to do so.

Thank txtopcat
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45 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

My wife ordered a burger and said nothing either good or bad. I ordered the sizzlin fajitas. They were good with the typical plethora of grilled onions. The service was not good. The server was missing for long periods, did not check on us, never brought an item we asked for and we had to ask another employee for the... More 

Thank viperdiver
Fort Worth, Texas
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30 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

Fun little place to hop into while shopping in Gruene. Delicious margaritas in an open air restaurant.

Thank FWTraveler04
Lubbock, Texas
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79 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

The food was typical for this part of the country. The location was really very unique and that along with the service made this a location I would consider again. Not a must do but if you are in the area for several days you would want to consider eating here. Prices were reasonable for the food.

Thank blandis2016
New Braunfels, Texas
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

This is a good place to eat- mostly outside dining. They have good margaritas, burgers, fajitas and great chips.

Thank Becky B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern, American, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
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?