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Cantina del Rio

$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern, American
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1299 Gruene Rd, New Braunfels, TX 78130-3003
+1 830-620-5801
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Canyon Lake, Texas
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40 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My cousin and I had lunch at this restaurant this week. I had been wanting to try it for a long time but during the summer tourist season all the restaurants in Gruene are very crowded with long wait times. Fortunately since it was mid January we were shown right to a table in their cozy dining room. Since this... More 

Thank Ninevin
New Braunfels, Texas
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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

They coin themselves on great fajitas and margaritas - a great margarita is FRESH ingredients. They could not make me a skinny margarita because they "use a mix" Had fajitas here a few time and every time they are super dry. Not impressed

Thank Chris_and_Krissy
Crestview, Florida
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284 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed the enclosed patio seating, with an open feeling, but not cold on a chilly evening. The chips are unusual, not regular corn tortilla chips, but very crispy and bubbly, with some seasoning. One of us can't have gluten, and they happily brought her some regular corn chips which were also good. The special house hamburger was delicious. Everyone else... More 

Thank kmsmolen
New Braunfels, Texas
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

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 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

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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85 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

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_Swiss
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89 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 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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171 reviews
67 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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32 reviews
25 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 11 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

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