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Cantina del Rio

$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern
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1299 Gruene Rd, New Braunfels, TX 78130-3003
+1 830-620-5801
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago

So much in Gruene is really expensive. This is a place where you can wear shorts, have a drink, and taco without breaking the bank. I love the out door seating in the back. You are right next to Gruene Hall and the Gristmill. The staff was great and speedy. I will go back again.

Thank Ruthanne S
North Carolina
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125 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The four of us stopped in for lunch. The menu states that the margaritas have been voted the best for a few years. Two of us ordered them and we both thought they were delicious. I had a soft taco and it was ok. The others all thought their meals were good. We sat outside in the rear, and it... More 

Thank grits4
Freelton, Ontario
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182 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Mexican at its best tasty and fresh. Nacho chips were amazing as they are "puffed" and excellant with the spicy salsa. We had Shrimp tacos and seasoned beef tacos. Both with refried beans and rice. All good and of course top shelf margaritas which were excellant. All good and will probably be back this week as we are staying pretty... More 

Thank Doug G
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42 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Food is average, drinks are good. Service was average, bartenders and wait staff good hostess not so much. It's a easy place to grab a bite on Gruene that is priced reasonably.

Thank John M
Kaukauna, Wisconsin
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86 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

You are greeted with festive lights and surroundings! The hostess was energetic and so was our waitress! She was very cordial and attentive. The food prices seemed reasonable but the quality of the food was poor. My specialty hamburger was dumped on with all the sauces listed on the menu. I couldn't pick it up with my hand due to... More 

Thank stoogeg3
New Braunfels, Texas
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Local New Braunfelite- this is where you go for the stout margs- I highly recommend a patron floater. Food is meh, service is meh, but let's be honest, it's all about the margs. That....and it's kid friendly. Do it.

Thank chtexas2016
Marble Falls, Texas
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293 reviews
232 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

There was a concert at Gruene Hall. Wait times at all of the nearby restaurants was long. The bar drinks were good. The food was good. Had Carne Guisada and Pork Taco Plate. The chips were fresh and crispy. Rice and refried beans were also good.

Thank OWL78654
Austin, Texas
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22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017

Not much else is. The service is spotty, and the food is unpredictable. May be the worst nachos in the area. Have a margarita, some queso & enjoy the view. But skip pretty much everything else.

Thank Kathy S
New Braunfels, Texas
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

The Cantina del Rio is just up the hill from the Guadalupe River at the sharp curve up to Gruene Hall. Most people will drive by and miss the turn into the parking lot...or they just don't want to walk back down to the restaurant. They don't know what they are missing. The "Cantina" has excellent Tex-Mex food, and a... More 

Thank Roger G
New Braunfels, Texas
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

The 1/2 pound Green Chili Burger is a meal in itself especially after you have eaten complimentary chips and salsa. Tables and menus SHOULD be cleaned better.

Thank hornetsc360

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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
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids, Local cuisine
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?