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Cantina del Rio

1299 Gruene Rd, New Braunfels, TX 78130-3003
+1 830-620-5801
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  • Excellent32%
  • Very good41%
  • Average18%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“fish tacos” (31 reviews)
“burger” (33 reviews)
“guacamole” (11 reviews)
Closes in 29 min
All hours
Mexican, Southwestern, Spanish
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1299 Gruene Rd, New Braunfels, TX 78130-3003
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Reviews (203)
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11 - 20 of 203 reviews

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
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....More

Thank Roger G
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
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Try the El Rey. 1/2 pound burger, cooked to order, caramelized onions and tomatoes, cheddar cheese, avacado and jalapeños. Get a top shelf margarita and enjoy!

Thank BBQJunkieTexas2015
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Amazing chips and salsa. Mains were okay. We were a large group, so we waited for a while for a seat (which was fine). Friendly staff.

Thank Erin W
Reviewed 9 February 2017

Our arrival in Gruene was late in the evening around dinner time and we were not in the mood for overpriced food and a long wait time at the Gristmill. We did a quick search on Google maps and discovered this Mexican Cantina in walking...More

Thank Jennifer J
Reviewed 20 January 2017 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...More

Thank Ninevin
Reviewed 10 January 2017

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
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...More

Thank kmsmolen
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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Mexican, Southwestern, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
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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