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Outdoor Dining Delights

Discover New Braunfels' vibrant dining scene with enchanting outdoor settings

Article by Sarah Mottu

Photography by Alan Michnoff, Christelle Chalmers, Joshua Munoz

Originally published in NBTX City Lifestyle

Krause's Cafe, established in 1959, is a New Braunfels icon! With a rich history rooted in community and tradition, the lively Biergarten offers a perfect setting for outdoor dining. As a cornerstone of German heritage, Krause's proudly serves classic Deutsche dishes with a Texan twist, ranging from schnitzel and bratwurst to pretzels and hearty soups. It remains a cherished gathering spot where history, camaraderie, and flavorful meals come together, honoring both local roots and the Lone Star spirit.

The Gristmill River Restaurant & Bar, overlooking the Guadalupe River in Historic Gruene, offers multi-level patio dining as well as indoor dining. Featuring scratch-made American classics with a comfort-food spin, such as award-winning Chicken Fried Steak, Onion Rings, and Ribs, the Gristmill is the perfect spot for a family outing, date night, or a casual lunch with friends.

Cantina del Rio sits perched just up the hill from the Guadalupe River and offers a spacious, shady outdoor space perfect for enjoying Gruene’s best Tex-Mex fare. Awarded New Braunfels’ Best Margarita distinction for 12 years (and counting!), Cantina del Rio’s made-from-scratch Tex-Mex staples, as well as their distinctive burgers, keep locals and visitors coming back for more.

Situated in charming Gruene Lake Village, The Gruene Door Restaurant offers upscale yet casual dining. The courtyard seating, and culinary excellence, showcase a true fine dining experience. Embracing elegant Texas flavors, their menu features dishes like Smoked Salmon Tacos and a delectable Rack of Lamb. Don't miss their rich Crème Brûlée, a creamy delight with caramelized sugar topping.

Discover a unique winemaking experience at the Winery on the Gruene. With over 30 wine varieties crafted in-house, enjoy relaxing with friends in the intimate courtyard or indulging in tastings. Create your batch of wine with a custom label, perfect for special occasions. Explore the finest wines, uniquely tailored by you. 

Indulge in a culinary voyage at The Golden Pineapple, where a fusion of Caribbean, Haitian, and Korean flavors unfolds. Chef Christelle Chalmers curates distinctive dishes using top-notch organic ingredients. Evolving from a modest cook to a creative chef, the dedication to global cuisine is evident in each plate. Explore these exceptional tastes within the stunning and relaxing outdoor space at 444 Tubing!

The Birdhouse, a casual dining gem, seamlessly combines warm hospitality with the reminiscent comfort of a family Sunday supper. Relish the feeling of shared meals around the table with their mouth-watering fried chicken and scratch-made sides. Amidst southern nostalgia, unwind on the patio with friends and family, savoring both delightful dishes and a well-curated wine list.

La Cosecha proudly presents an interior Mexican menu featuring fresh ingredients and distinct flavors. Experience our vibrant spaces and relish the best Texas fajitas - Highlights include wagyu fajitas, lively patio dining, and a delectable Sunday brunch. From creative queso and guacamole to oysters divorciado and a signature red bell pepper margarita, each dish is a culinary adventure. Discover the best darn fajitas in Texas firsthand!