The Gruene Door
The Gruene Door

The Gruene Door

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thegruenedoor.com/
  • Phone: (830) 629-2600
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch and Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 11:00am -9:00pm
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am -3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Our private dining room can seat up to 50 people. We host rehearsal dinners, business functions, and other private gatherings.
  • Private Party Contact: David Cinotto 8306292600
  • Entertainment: Our Wine Cellar across the street offers free live music on Saturday nights beginning at 8pm.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Gruene Road
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: A large private lot is located behind the restaurant as well as additional parking across the street.
A word from The Gruene Door
The Gruene Door Restaurant is located in beautiful Gruene Lake Village in New Braunfels, Texas. We are Gruene’s only casual, fine dining restaurant combining the best in food, service, and atmosphere. Every menu item is prepared 100% in house by our chefs.

Open for lunch and dinner, we are the perfect destination for a romantic dinner, birthday celebration, private party, lunch with friends, or just a casual night out.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
The Gruene Door reviews from OpenTable diners
43 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (22)neighborhood gem (19)fit for foodies (18)good for groups (14)romantic (13)notable wine list (11)great for lunch (9)great for outdoor dining (6)great for brunch (4)late-night find (2)hot spot (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Another great meal, again.
    sspinach
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Celebrated our 50th Anniversary with friends and had a wonderful meal. Justin, our server was helpful and cheerfully made sure our modifications of menu items were accommodated. The fried spinach is a culinary gem. We look forward to many more dinners at the Gruene Door.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as usual.
    Sheila
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Rack of lamb was excellent. Try the fried spinach. .. That's right! Fried spinach. It is great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 60th Birthday for the Twins
    2happycats
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    We discovered this place because of the good reviews. We were very pleased with everything about the place and will go back. Gruene is a standard meeting place for people who live in Austin and San Antonio and want to meet halfway. We'll add this to our list of Gruene establishments to frequent. We'd like to go back in the daytime because there are quite a few interesting shops and other restaurants around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Was not very exciting. Not much to choose from. Only two egg dishes. No muffins, bread or pastry. just a plain scramble hich I got. Okay but not much for $12. Please expand this to include omelets, etc.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice place in Gruene
    Honeymooner
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    When I think Gruene I think of The Gristmill. This was a nice alternative. Small intimate menu with some nice selections. Will be sure to return sometime.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Gruene Door
    enjoygoodfood
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Everything about this restaurant was wonderful. I highly recommend it and would definitely go there again. It is outside of the main area of Gruene, away from the noise, but close enough to visit as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food and service
    David
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We (six of us) enjoyed both a dinner and a lunch at The Gruene Door during a recent stay in New Braunfels. Food, atmosphere and service were all excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful experience
    Mindy
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Excellent service, delicious food, wonderful ambiance, will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious
    tuthfaeri2
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I highly recommend The Gruene Door. It's a lovely restaurant, friendly staff, attentive servers. The food is off the chain, perfectly prepared with the highest quality ingredients. The prices are very fair considering the quality, flavor and presentation of the entrees. I can't wait to go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy 80th Birthday!
    Foodaholic
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We had a large group and they were very accommodating. The food was all delicious and the management and server were very welcoming. It was a little noisy, but there were several groups. Beautiful little restaurant with a lot of charm!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I have been to the Gruene door 3 other times. The food is great. The atmosphere is nice. It was a little loud, but there was a birthday party going on in our room. The wine by the the glass list is a little limited. The flash fried spinach is very good! I will definitely go back. The Gruene door is a nice change from the usual dining experience in Gruene.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful!
    HappyChicklet
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Everything was amazing! Our server, Michael, could not have been more perfect. He was attentive but not the least bit pesky or intrusive. He made are evening that much more enjoyable. Every bite was delectable and the portions very generous.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service can't be beat!
    ScottJRealtor
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Our server was the best I've experienced in New Braunfels. He timed everything extremely well, we never waited nor felt rushed for food or beverage. His recommendations for food and wine were both spot on. The food was very good (we both had chicken dishes) and the environment was very comfortable. We will definitely be back over and over again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best food in Gruene
    CTinTX
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Gruene has lots of "good" food, but this was "great" food. Down side would be if you are doing a weekend in historic Gruene, this restaurant isn't in walking distance (at least not in summer) of the heart of the old downtown, but it worth the very short drive and they have ample parking. I recommend the salmon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great lunch, and gathering place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We had a large group - over 13 - and the room and the food was fabulous. The meal was served very timely and was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flash Fried Spinach
    sspinach
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    "Eat your vegetables !" It's a pleasure when its flash fried spinach at the Gruene Door
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We will be back<3
    PJVineyard
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Great food, service and atmosphere. Highly recommend! FYI: closed on Mondays
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    trekkievet
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We stopped here for lunch on the way to Natural Bridge Caverns and were very pleased. My husband thoroughly enjoyed his Reuben and beer, and our teenage daughter found out she loves chicken picatta. As a vegetarian, I had two starters - the bruschetta and mushroom risotto. The smokey flavor of the tomatoes on the bruschetta was outstanding, and made the dish a true stand-out. The staff were fabulous and really wanted to make sure everything was great. The next time we are in the area we will definitely be visiting again!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Service from Devon was extraordinary. He was extremely helpful with recommendations on food selection and was very knowledgeable about the wine choices. The crab cakes were excellent as well as the wedge salad. The pork tenderloin was delicious, but slightly dry. The desserts were wonderful. However, the noise level was seriously distracting to the point of giving me a headache trying to converse. I would still recommend it to others. Overall, a great experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chef must have had an off night.
    Sister
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This was my first experience at Gruene Door - had heard rave reviews from the two I dined with. Unfortunately, the chef must have had an off night. My pork tenderloin was dry and tough; the halibut was dry; and the ribeye was extremely tough.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 23 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 259 reviews are from the The Gruene Door reviews archive.
  • Great anniversary dinner
    Anniversary
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    My wife and I had our 43rd anniversary dinner there We started out with the cheese appetizer and it was amazing. My wife has a Salmon and I had to tenderloin and both meals were just wonderful. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and attentive to our needs. The only complaint I had was the noise level was very loud because the way the building is made with all the concrete and nothing to absorb the sound. It wasn't for the noise level I would have given the restaurant a five star rating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Extremely noisy
    SkibumVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I have to start by saying the food was excellent. The problem we had is that out of four orders the waiter got one wrong and admitted that he had entered the wrong selection. It then took over 30 minutes for the screwed up order to come out. Another rather strange thing was a shortage of menu's. We probably waited 10 minutes to get menu's.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful food, but very noisy.
    Pablo
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The salmon and the crabcakes were delicious and the service was outstanding. We did mention the noise level to the owner who apologized.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 4 adults 4 great meals
    MistoffoleVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Took my inlaws to the Gruene Door and we had a fabulous time enjoying champagne and perfectly cooked entrees. I had the chicken piccata with extra shrimp and it was very tasty. We also had the pork tenderloin, shrimp and grits, and special of the night. The curry soup du jour with smoked salmon on top was amzing....definitely order this...ur taste buds will jump for joy.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BEST of New Braunfels fine dining!
    NiceVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    The menu is creative and regional with a seasonal farm to table perspective... and short and to the point. The food is front in center and the attention to detail is quite impressive.... if you haven't enjoyed the experience than I must say you have missed the best dining experience in the New Braunfels area!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best kept secret!
    NiceVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Most diverse and upscale menu in the Hill Country area! Great bar and intimate dining ambiance.... Chef Collin has the best farm to market and seasonal fresh to table comfort food you have tasted in quite some time! I'll be taking my honey back for a special occasion soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • kenandlor
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Great food and service, as well as, they went out of their way to accommodate ond member of our party who was a vegan.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good at Gruene
    dineinTX1
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Great service. Best waiter ever! Food was good, not great. Overall enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • something different
    travellerr
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The palenta fritters were excellent. The kids from a nearby table running around the restaurant not so much. The service was truly excellent - thanks Tod. The main course was fine but not outstanding.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently Superior
    TwoRiversDiner
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We would drive a half-hour to come to the Gruene Door, but, fortunately, we are only ten minutes away. This gem is almost walking distance from Gruene. The setting is quiet and graced by a lovely outdoor patio courtyard. The food is exceptional and consistent. The chicken piccata is delicious, as are most all the main courses. (I have tried about all.). A nice lighter fare is the salad with steak strips.... Yum. I almost don't want to write a review fear too many will discover my favorite restaurant...but they deserve it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grammy
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We really enjoy the Gruene Door and often take special friends there. Last night we were celebrating my birthday.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • delicious but a bit loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The food and service was wonderful, as well as the look of the restaurant. However, the concrete floors do not absorb any sound and there were several loud groups around us. It was difficult to have an intimate conversation because of one loud mouth in particular. The cuisine was phenomenal however and we greatly enjoyed the recommended wine by our server.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The hidden jem of new braunfels!!!!! The food and selection are fantastic. My lunch portion of chicken picata was just 10 dollars! Cute village type shopping center.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Extremely good
    gumibehren
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Beautifully alive flavors and a lovely, quiet atmosphere. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • BnB frm Houston
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    My wife and I came here to celebrate her birthday. From out of town we relied on the on line reviews to decide our evening. It was everything we were hoping for. Good food, atmosphere and service. Thank you
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Myself
    myslf
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Excellent food choices, presentation, and taste. Exceptional service. Good prices. Good ambiance and decorations.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Very Good
    GroundHog
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    The restaurant is a GEM in the Gruene area. Good brunch, Excellent food!! Good prices, Great wait staff!! I will be back again and with a larger group!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We frequent this spot because we can make reservations and usually no wait. This particular time it took much longer than expected for food to arrive. Which was odd because the restaurant wasnt even half full - reservation wasn't till around 8:00. We will go back though. Request Devon as your server. (This was his night off -- maybe that was our problem!)
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    newmothertobe14
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Went here for my 26th birthday and to announce with my Husband to our families that we are pregnant with our first child. The service was the best I've ever had, and the food was phenomenal! My aunt, who has IBS and is very picky about food, loved that the chef came out to speak with her personally about any changes to her food prep that he could make and how to best please her. I will absolutely be returning to this place again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner
    Love31
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The service was amazing as well as the dinner! It made out to be a wonderful prom dinner. Thank you so much!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.