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The Gristmill: Then & Now

The Gristmill:
Since 1977

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.

Situated on the banks of the Guadalupe River in New Braunfels
between Austin and San Antonio, the Gruene cotton gin processed
crops raised by area farmers until the wooden structure burned to the
ground in 1922.  All that remains of the water-powered mill today is
the three story brick boiler room – now the Gristmill
River Restaurant & Bar.

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.


The Historical Marker in
front of The Gristmill

The Gristmill was placed on
the National Register of
Historic Places in 1975 as a
part of the Gruene Historic
District
.  These days, the
Gristmill is a destination
restaurant serving thousands of
people per year in our unique,
rustic, river bluff setting.

Our multi-level restaurant
features outdoor and indoor
dining with sweeping views of
the river, special dining rooms
with native stone fireplaces, an
indoor bar with waiting area
and wood burning stove, a
relaxing beer garden and a
merchandise store.  The River
Grove, added in 1998, is a
refreshing open air, bricked patio nestled in a grove of trees
overlooking the river. 

In recent years The Gristmill has played host to many familiar faces
including John Travolta, Robert Duvall, Rob van Winkle (aka Vanilla
Ice), Tiffani Amber Thiessen of 90210 and Saved by the Bell, Erik
McCormack of Will & Grace, Sherman Hemsley of The Jeffersons,
Lou Diamond Phillips, Mary Lou Retton and Dan Rather.

The Gristmill has also served several notable politicians including
former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, former Texas Governer
Ann Richards, Texas Governor Rick Perry, U.S. Senator Kay Bailey
Hutchison.

Notable sports figures include the San Antonio SPURS, former head
coach of the 49ers Bill Walsh and former UT coach Darrell Royal, and
the Gristmill provided food for the X Games at the Alamodome in
San Antonio.

Last but not least, countless music artists have been guests at the
Gristmill including George Strait, Rodney Crowell, John Hiatt, Pat
Green, Bruce Robison, Cody Canada, Robert Earl Keen, Aaron
Neville, Joe Ely, Lyle Lovett, The Smashing Pumpkins and
Evanescence.

 

 
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