Where to Eat in New Braunfels: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Natalie Tallman

With German names on the street signs, summer bier gartens and the annual Wurstfest, New Braunfels blends the character of its German namesake with the charm and beauty of Texas Hill Country. Old World heritage is abundant in the Historic District of Gruene, featuring the ruins of the original Gristmill and live music at the Gruene Hall. Those in search of more modern fun can check out the Schlitterbahn waterpark, spelunk in the Natural Bridge Caverns or test the waters at Canyon Lake.
Things to do in New Braunfels

1. Alpine Haus Restaurant

251 S Seguin Ave, New Braunfels, TX 78130-5118 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol German, European, Central European, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 18 - SGD 31 +1 830-214-0205
Excellent
76%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 485 reviews

Alpine Haus Restaurant

For a fine dining experience, come to Alpine Haus Restaurant, in New Braunfels, Texas. We specialize in Bavarian style cooking with influences from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. All the traditional Schnitzels, Rinder Rouladen, Sauerbraten, Rinder Goulash , Schweinebraten, Huhnerbrust Geschnetzeltes, and of course many different sausages round out a diverse menu. We also offer an extensive collection of German beers and wine with pairing information to help you make the best complimentary selection for your meal. Bring your friends and family to our restaurant for amazing food and an authentic German experience, located in a 164-year-old historic building in the heart of downtown New Braunfels.

Reviewed By bearbunch1 - Palm Harbor, Florida

We made reservations for Easter Sunday dinner. It was our first visit and we were extremely pleased with everything that all six of us ordered. The restaurant has traditional German decor, efficient friendly service, and superior German foods. There is a good sized menu. Serving portions are generous. They do not have a children's menu, but our two children split a meal and it was perfect.

2. Huisache Grill and Wine Bar

303 W San Antonio St, Behind Duckworth Violin, New Braunfels, TX 78130-7938 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 39 +1 830-620-9001
Excellent
66%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 717 reviews

Huisache Grill and Wine Bar

Reviewed By Caltrac15

Wow nice place for a meal. Lovely spot, nicely decorated, roomy with a warm atmosphere. Food was excellent, service was good. Lots of great items on the menu, good prices. We will return on a sunny day to enjoy the outdoor spaces and check out other items on the menu.

3. Adobe Cafe

124 S Business Ih 35, New Braunfels, TX 78130-4785 Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards Mexican, Southwestern, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 10 - SGD 20 +1 830-620-4433
Excellent
66%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 353 reviews

Adobe Cafe

For 33 years, Adobe Cafe has been serving great tasting food to New Braunfels locals and visitors alike. We use the freshest ingredients to prepare your favorites, and use time-tested recipes so that you enjoy great tasting food each time you visit. Adobe Cafe is the home of the best sizzling Certified Angus Beef Fajitas! You can call ahead and pick up your To Go order at our pick up window or drive up and order. Speedy service provided. We have private rooms that seat up to 60 people available for birthdays, rehearsal dinners and special occasions. Delivery available for large orders, only. We also are available for private catering. Hours of Operation: Monday-Thursday 11:00am-9:00pm Friday & Saturday 11:00am-9:30pm Sunday 10:30am-9:00pm

Reviewed By Lee L - Canyon Lake, Texas

Lot of my clients in San Antonio, drive to New Braunfels to eat here, had to try it. Solid performance by enthusiastic staff. Nia our server made several suggestions that proved to be good choices. Thanks Nia,Nia is an example of one of our many great staff members. We are fortunate to also have a great kitchen staff that can help us execute our menu on a consistent basis. Thank you for your review.

4. Gruene River Grill

1259 Gruene Rd, New Braunfels, TX 78130-3003 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Steakhouse, Southwestern, Seafood, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 13 - SGD 26 +1 830-624-2300
Excellent
60%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Gruene River Grill

Reviewed By spitzy135 - Buffalo, NY

This was an excellent choice for dinner in Gruene. Moderately priced with a nice selection of entrees. If you’re looking for something other than just a steakhouse, this is the place!

In addition to steak entrees, they offer lots of chicken and seafood choices some with a Tex Mex twist. They also have burgers and salads and a kid’s menu. Try the Jalapeno Crawfish Chowder Soup, Delish!

The restaurant is quite large, with a rustic but comfortable atmosphere. You can sit inside or outside with a river view. Just make sure you make reservations if it is a weekend night. This place gets pretty busy.

I had the Grilled Chicken Picatta which was different from the traditional preparation. It had artichokes and mushrooms and was quite tasty. My husband had the Jumbo Fried Shrimp which was equally as good. Just keep in mind, the portions here are large. So this is the perfect place to share an appetizer with friends. The Shrimp Wontons are amazing.

Service was excellent and the quality of food here is equally as good. Everything is freshly prepared. Can’t recommend enough. Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed!

5. McAdoo's Seafood Company

196 N Castell Ave, New Braunfels, TX 78130-5002 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Private Dining, Free Wifi American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 13 - SGD 59 +1 830-629-3474
Excellent
59%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 589 reviews

McAdoo's Seafood Company

Enjoy Texas Creole Favorites, Authentic Cajun Specialties or our Fresh Fish at McAdoo's Seafood Company, located Downtown New Braunfels, TX in the old Post Office. Find the right atmosphere in our Treasury Bar, indoor dining or newly renovated, fully covered patio with live music.

Reviewed By Anthony T - Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Didn't know where to eat in New Braunsfels. People recommended Gristmill and McAdoo's. We checked out the Gristmill and nixed it it. Too big, too noisy and totally tourist. McAdoo's is the exact opposite. Nice atmosphere, local and relatively quiet. About the same prices either place. Meals at McAdoo's were excellently prepared. We had the Mahi mahi etouffe and char-broiled oysters. Would go back again in an instant.

6. Gristmill

1287 Gruene Rd, New Braunfels, TX 78130-3003 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 26 +1 830-625-0684
Excellent
59%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Gristmill

Situated on a bluff overlooking the Guadalupe River, this spectacular restaurant nestled under the shade of towering oak trees has been the perfect getaway for a unique casual dining experience for thirty years. Located in the historic district of Gruene just beneath the famous Gruene water tower, we opened in 1977, serving steaks and hamburgers from a tiny kitchen in the corner of the building. Our menu still features thick steaks and large hamburgers, but the restaurant also serves up popular South Texas fare like chicken fried steak, fried catfish, grilled chicken, enormous sandwiches, fresh fish and special dishes like tomatillo chicken and bronzed catfish. Fudge pie, the enormous strawberry shortcake and our signature Jack Daniel's Pecan Pie are famous desserts. A full bar with a good wine list and fresh squeezed lime margaritas are also big hits.

Reviewed By Natalie H - Ridgway, Colorado

This is a lovely place to enjoy a meal. It's very popular with locals as well as tourists so don't be put off if your wait-time is 30 to 40 minutes. Grab a seat at a picnic table outside, order some drinks, chips and salsa from the bar and enjoy the pleasant surroundings of this historic mill. Your name goes on a chalkboard outside so keep an eye on that but they do call out your name as well. Seating is varied, you can request inside or outside or you can be inside but with an open view to the river. There is an outside deck that is very pleasant, as well as a few inside areas that still have open access to the outdoors. The brick walls and wood floors and ceiling really give this place a nice feel. Waitstaff are very pleasant and aim to please. Great margarita's, tender and delicious ribs, juicy burgers and lots more to choose from.

7. Clear Springs Cafe

1692 S State Highway 46, New Braunfels, TX 78130-1929 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American, Seafood Lunch, Dinner SGD 10 - SGD 24 +1 830-629-3775
Excellent
55%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 532 reviews

Clear Springs Cafe

This was the very first Clear Springs location. It's actually located in Clear Springs, Texas between Seguin and New Braunfels. The building dates back to 1869 when it was mainly used as a grocery store for the locals. If you are ever in the area, it's worth the trip to check out the history that's behind this popular location. You better come early, standing room only is a common sight here.

Reviewed By thebiscuits - London, United Kingdom

Delicious Food, great prices, nice staff. This place draws the crowds but they are quick to get you a table. Would highly recommend if you are anywhere near the area because you will not be disappointed. This place is casual. Quick fast & efficient service with the best fish and prices you will get in this area. Worth checking out.

8. The Grapevine Texas Wine Bar

1612 Hunter Rd, New Braunfels, TX 78130-3006 Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Wine Bar Drinks +1 830-606-0093
Excellent
53%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 145 reviews

The Grapevine Texas Wine Bar

Reviewed By txtopcat

I'm a local so frequent here mostly on Thursdays to avoid the weekend crowds. Their list of Texas wines and beers is fairly impressive and the venue is typical Gruene. Two of my favorite people to hear live that play here are Tommy Elskes (sort of Van Morrison ish) and Sylvia Kirk (sort of Stevie Nicks ish.) The outdoor seating is amongst the shade trees and spray misters which makes the summer heat bearable. It's still going to be hot folks.... it's South Texas.... in the summer. :)

9. Buttermilk Cafe

1324 Common St, New Braunfels, TX 78130-3565 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 830-625-8700
Excellent
60%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 380 reviews

Buttermilk Cafe

Reviewed By TexasNurseMom35 - Gonzales, Texas

Came in this morning for breakfast. Have been here before so I knew it would be good. Recommend the Shirred Eggs with sourdough toast. If you like your egg yolk a little runny this is a great dish for you. Coffee cup always full and nice homey atmosphere

10. The River House

1617 New Braunfels St, New Braunfels, TX 78130-3022 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout American, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Brunch, Lunch, Dinner +1 830-608-0690
Excellent
69%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 163 reviews

The River House

Reviewed By GGWD - Tampa, Florida

All appetizers and all wines are 50% off during happy hour. Fried green tomatoes and crab cake apps were great. All entrees were excellent, truly great evening with memorable food and wine!

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