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Cueva de Oso

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Mexican, Southwestern
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205 N. El Paso, Balmorhea, TX 79718
+1 432-375-2273
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La Jolla, California
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75 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

La Cueva de Oso is in Balmorhea, Texas, just a few miles South of Interstate 10 and half way between Van Horn and Fort Stockton. This friendly, West Texas town is filled with great people and beautiful landscapes. There are several attractions close by including Balmorhea State Park, Carlsbad Caverns and Big Bend National Park. La Cueva de Oso is... More 

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Dripping Springs, Texas, United States
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27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

We stopped for lunch but weren't in the mood for Mexican. Might have been more impressed if we'd tried it. We had burgers. Flavor wasn't bad but they were the thinnest patties I've ever been served. I had avocado on mine and it was fresh sliced and plenty of it. The onion rings were crispy but were not fresh made-frozen... More 

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7 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

I really like the feel, a very small Mexican restaurant with a beautiful patio. VERY SLOW, not many choices. Closed on Wednesday

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Dallas
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212 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

Well this was the only place left open to eat on a Sunday evening. The food was good, the service a little on the slow side. I had the chicken and cheese enchiladas with red sauce. I am not sure how much hotter the green sauce would have been. But the next time I am in town I will opt... More 

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Thank Patrick O
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18 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

The lodging we stayed at recommend this restaurant, and it was but a short walk to it. We were seated quickly, chips & salsa were good, food was good, soapillas for desert were good too! Very friendly, efficient restaurant. Great place to wind down at the end of a day. We appreciated the little gems like this in Balmorhea!

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Thank Jan K
Dripping Springs, Texas
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47 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

There are few restaurants in Balmorhea... so don't expect 5 star dining. This restaurant is good but not great. The service is very slow (2 servers on a Friday night) but they are absolutely friendly and amazing! The chips, salsa and queso were fantastic! But everything else was just average. I got the rolled tacos and I asked for cheese... More 

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Thank Liz C
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

Don't miss this gem! It's hard to find but worth the effort. Look for a small sign on the side of the road as you drive through town that says "Cutest Restaurant in Town." The Bear Den is 1/2 block on the right down that residential street. Service is slow on Sundays and summer weekends, so expect to wait for... More 

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Texas
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

Three generations of men in family on a West Texas trip. After driving 400 miles and a swim at Balmorhea S.P, we were ready for some good (and hot) Mexican food. This place filled the bill. The food was excellent. They were really busy, so service was slow but worth the wait.

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Waxahachie, Texas
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200 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016

Don't worry about going anywhere else in town for dinner, this is the only place worth it for dinner. Very decent pricing and the food was very tasty. Friendly staff and was very satisfied with our multiple visits in two days. The other restaurants leave a lot to be desired compared to the Bear Den.

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Kerrville, Texas, United States
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2016 via mobile

Good authentic mexican food. Great CLEAN place to eat and relax. Great chip salsa and fajitas. Very well priced

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican, Southwestern
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 205 N. El Paso, Balmorhea, TX 79718
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Balmorhea
  • Phone Number: +1 432-375-2273

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?