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River House Tea Room

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1617 New Braunfels St Gruene, Texas 78130-3022, United States 830-608-0690 Website

Sun 11:00am – 4:00pm Mon closed Tue 11:00am – 4:00pm Wed 11:00am – 4:00pm Thu 11:00am – 4:00pm Fri 11:00am – 9:00pm Sat 11:00am – 9:00pm

Recent reviews

    • Fazia Rizvi

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      I can't say enough about the food here; it's simply wonderful! Chef Carol Hill obviously loves what she does because it shows. My husband still talks about the potato soup we had there. The quiche du jour is an excellent choice for a weekend brunch before or after shopping in Historic Gruene. Since these visits were in the summer, and we ate outside, I of course had iced tea with my meals. I had a choice of plain, sweetened, or flavored (I don't remember what that was). The sweet tea was brewed with care and not bitter or 'stale' and some place's iced tea can taste. I have not yet tried the 'Afternoon Tea' that includes a choice of hot tea, tea sandwiches, scones, small tarts, cookies and chocolate dipped strawberries, though I certainly plan on it. I'll be sure to provide a separate review of that - and the available teas - when I do. The River House Tea Room is tucked in a corner of Gruene and has a warm, cozy Texas home kind of feel to it when you walk up. I've been there a couple of times on pretty days an always sat outside. Despite being away outside, service was always attentive and friendly and the chef came out on one visit and talked to several of the guests.

    • Debbie Liberton

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      I've never had a meal here that wasn't beyond excellent (and I've been here quite a few times)! Love the small muffins and house tea as well as the quiches and specials. Would recommend in a heartbeat!

    • Jody Thorne

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      I love it here and drop in almost every time I am in the area.

    • W Gardner

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      Rude hostess, Server that does not know that sour cream is made from dairy! Chef and other kitchen help sets out at a table when there are still customers dining. Last but not least, tips are added to your check with out a customer's choice to tip for poor food and poor service. It is a kind of bait and switch. This is done so the employer does not have to make up the difference of wages if the server does not make the wages required by the state. Real Classy? Maybe for the crowd that does not get out much! Will not return.

    • Christi

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      This particular restaurant offers delicious food in a lovely atmosphere. However, it is not a Tea Room. You may order hot tea, just like you can order it any restaurant, however they do not have a tea service. I was extremely disappointed when I went to this establishment because I was very much looking forward to having a cream tea or high tea. If you want a tasty lunch visit this restaurant. If you want Tea, don't bother.

    • Malisa-03-13-08

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      I must admit after reading the reviews for this tea room, I was a bit disappointed. Although the food was quite tasty, Afternoon Tea was not what one would expect. The tea was served with the tea bag remaining in the pot, and we were not informed of this. If you wanted more tea, they poured hot water over the same tea bag in the pot. The choices of tea were limited, and if you wanted to try another, there was an additional charge. For a cafe', this is a wonderful place to visit. For a tea room, it is not exactly what the name would lead one to believe.

    • Patti Smith

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      Best of the best! Friendly staff, great food & even better desserts. Chef Carol even came out to chat with us. I just wish this place was closer to Dallas/Ft. Worth!

    • Christina

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      I have been frequenting this fine establishment for over 4 years. It is the most scrumptious food- and unlike many 'girly' tearooms which husbands won't go to because they'll be hungry when they leave, this is not the case at RHTR- the portions are more than enough and ever bite is delicious. In addition to a good tea selection, they have an excellent wine selection. It is a wonderful place for a romantic dinner or a fun lunch with friends. I love it!!

    • Clarissa

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      What a beautiful place! The pride that goes into the preparation of the food is obvious. The surroundings of the area are much to enjoy as well. Scrumptious breads and tasty soups.

    • Jason

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      This tea room is the best ever! I was originally not excited about a 'tea room', but the food here is so incredible and the portions are huge. Guys - this is a great place to take someone special to earn a few brownie points.

    • Jeane Weir

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      Very comfortable place with freshly prepared food. Nice atmosphere and friendly service. Fantastic desserts too. My husband loves this place so while you'll see lots of ladies lunching here, many couples come for dinner on Friday and Saturday nights also. All around homey kind of place.

    • Loretta Teague

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      A friend told me about this tea room several years ago, now I am bringing other friends and we have never been disappointed. I have ordered many different items and all were wonderful. I wish I lived closer, I would go much more often. Very affordable.

    • jackie

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      this place is so wonderful,the food is very good,such a place for special occasions,like mothers day...is locate in a tourist area and a very close to new braunfels so is always good to call for reservation.

    • Selina Garcia

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      The food is incredible, especially the taste and variety of the quiche and the desserts are homemade fresh and delicious this is a perfect place for a tea room after lunch you can fill your afternoon with antiques and shopping or listening to classic Texas honky tonk at the historic Gruene Hall.

    • D. Antrim

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      As note before - an unexpected treat for lunch etc. Most interesting interior - excellent menu and the preparation of the items is superior. Odd that it is also inexpensive at the same time. Well worth the time to visit and enjoy.

    • Sharon

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      A previous review was right that this is not a 'high tea' kind of tea room. I think the decor is pretty but not overly frilly. It is quiet with a nice ambiance and outstanding food. Although I hate to let out a good secret, try dinner on Friday or Saturday nights with a different menu. Very romantic. The prices are reasonable and I have never had a bad meal. My husband loves it as much as I do and he is an avid hunter and fisherman and man's man.

    • Susan

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      This is really a restaurant oriented to women rather than a tea room in the traditional sense - more of an iced tea and fancy salad place than a hot tea and white glove place. The decor is restaurant-feminine. Men are comfortable here, but it's mostly women. The food is GREAT. In case you're wondering, it DOES make a difference that they have a real chef, and the prices are not hiked accordingly. I'm surprised every time I go that they haven't started charging more. The menu is interesting without being frightening to the cautious, and there's enough variety to suit the whole family.

    • Sue & Milo McMurtray

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      I just called the River House to make a reservation to meet family from San Antonio for lunch on Saturday. We live in PA now & never miss an opportunity to dine at the Tea Room when we come into town. The food is superb, the staff friendly and the Tea Room dining experience a true delight.

    • RKB

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      Chicken salad is wonderful, love the parmesan crackers are the best! Great food for the price.

    • Vanessa Harris

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      We loved the wonderful dining evening we spent there. So much so we are planning our wedding around Chef Carol and her beautiful establishment.

    • Deborah

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      The food was the best I've ever had at a Tea Room. Hats off to the Chef!! My daughter and I will be back--

    • Amber and Brian Harvey

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      Imagine walking into a friendly place where you can get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life...a place where a variety of tea is served alongside flavorful soups, fresh salads, filling sandwiches and topped of with your choice of dessert. The River House Tea Room is one of few places that does everything well. Stay for dinner on Friday and Saturday nights. Not only does Carol and her staff present delicious food, they are also some of the friendliest people that my husband and I met while living in New Braunfels this past year.

    • Chef Carol Hill, CEC

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      A message from the chef: Thank you for your honest opinions of the tea room.I love hearing from customers and will make improvments on scones and loose teas for service. Keep me on my teas so that we will be successful in serving you. Sincerely, Chef Carol Hill, CEC

    • Linda F.

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      My sister and I recently visited for Afternoon Tea. It was lovely. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. The loose tea selection left something to be desired. The service was attentive, but not intrusive. Enjoyed the atmosphere with fabric and mini-lights on a grapevine. Scones could be improved. These criticisms are small in the big picture. I would definitely go back.