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True Grit Cafe

$$ - $$$, American,
123 N Lena Street, Ridgway, CO 81432
+1 970-626-5739
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good33%
  • Average13%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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Southwestern, American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
123 N Lena Street, Ridgway, CO 81432
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Playing heavily on the John Wayne theme, the restaurant is always crowded. Staff are efficient and friendly. The menu is large, maybe a bit too over ambitious. I was surprised at my turkey reuben sandwich, no sauerkraut?, cole slaw, and way too much of it....More

Thank herb854
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Our trip to True Grit Cafe was wonderful. Although they were really busy we were given great service from Samantha. Our food was great. The atmosphere awesome. If you live the Movie True Grit you will live this place.

Thank Kpettefer
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We stopped here for lunch on our way back from Telluride. I had the burrito rice bowl which was delicious. I'm a vegetarian and was surprised at how many options I had, vegan ones too. Definitely not expected. Sat outside on their upper deck and...More

Thank mlmcmurray
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a wonderful place to eat and enjoy the friendly staff! The food, as always was very good and the wait staff is so friendly that they make you feel right at home.

Thank Ron W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The feeling/ambiance of the estblishment is obviously unique with a great atmosphere... However my favorite part of my visit here were the amazing staff and the sparkly fun bartenders Carol and Dani. Very glad I stopped in!

Thank Skyler M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love this place. Great food and excellent service. The staff are all very friendly and work hard! Get the mac n cheese. Mmmmm.

Thank Esther H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Super friendly as soon as we walked in the door. Busy place but acknowledged us, welcomed us and found us a table. Has the choice to sit upstairs out on the balcony. Server came quickly and got our drink order and just a few minutes...More

Thank leianneromero
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Meeting old friends for a special book signing, we had a fabulous time. The place is very busy but friendly. A particular cordiality from the folks there in Ridgeway makes the occasion very special along with the pie alamode. The book just released is on...More

Thank Lou C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've visited TGC several times and each dish is super delicious. from burgers to pastas and sandwiches, it's all fresh. prices are most reasonable. staff is friendly and attentive. highly recommend this place for all the good reasons.

Thank Niro B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went to True Grit on a Wednesday for lunch. Ordered a burger and the lunch special roast beef sandwich. Waited over an hour! Sandwich was cold and not on sour dough bread as described. Waitress knew we were not happy, made no attempts to rectify,...More

Thank gcbblev2017
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1 May 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
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
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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