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True Grit Cafe

) #3 of 13 Restaurants in Ridgway $$ - $$$ , American,
123 N Lena Street, Ridgway, CO 81432
+1 970-626-5739
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good34%
  • Average13%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“burger” (50 reviews)
“fried okra” (8 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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1 - 10 of 419 reviews

Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Went here for a late lunch today. Chicken fried steak was very good, and I would recommend that for sure. Hamburgers were okay, but oddly they had no american cheese. The kids macaroni was awful, using noodles with cheddar over the top. So annoying that...More

Thank Gary M
Reviewed yesterday

This is a great little place in Ridgway. We stopped here for lunch. Our hostess was so friendly telling us all about John Wayne's movie True Grit and the wall in the cafe that was in the movie. Love these little places you find in...More

Thank Carol J
Reviewed 6 days ago

We were a traveling group of nine men, and we had a little difficulty finding a place we wanted to eat in Ouray (where we were staying) that would take reservations on a Saturday night. But True Grit did, and we made the short but...More

Thank Beekeeperjudge
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great burgers, Great service. Place is always busy. Always have had a burger here, although the rest of the menu looks great as well

1  Thank Tundra970
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

While visiting the Ouray/Ridgway area, we stopped at the True Grit Cafe. We called ahead to see if we could bring our dog and eat at an outside table on the porch. Ali, one of the sweet servers, said, "Of course!" It so happened, she...More

Thank Gail S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Driving through on our way to Telluride. Neat place with quite a bit of room. Staff was very busy. Food was ok...nothing spectacular. If you're a John Wayne fan...you'll love it!

Thank Steve J
Reviewed 1 week ago

Being as how this place is named after the John Wayne movie of the same name, it sure has a lot of memorabilia and wild stuffed animals on the walls. If you are ever on your way to Ouray or Telluride, Ridgway is at the...More

Thank KiKiBug
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

An unexpected delight, especially for John Wayne fans, tons of memorabilia, Tammy, the manager has passion for the place, and it shows. Thank you!

Thank Dean J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was very good but could tell they were having problems in the kitchen and very reasonable. Staff was very apologetic.

Thank rainbowape
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had been told multiple times to check out Ridgway and True Grit. After being seated, no one brought us menus until the waitress came to take our order. When ordering, the waitress asked if I wanted my salad with my meal or before, and...More

Thank danielleliz12
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Is the green chile spicy? Is it like chile from New Mexico? Thanks
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
USD 4 - USD 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
Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
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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