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True Grit Cafe

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$$ - $$$
Southwestern, American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly
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123 N Lena Street, Ridgway, CO 81432
+1 970-626-5739
09:00 - 21:00
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Grand Junction, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Amazing chicken fried steak! Not frozen, made in house! Best I have ever had! Hubby had the shrimp tacos and said they were fantastic!! Will definitely be back!

Thank Hazlanomi
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71 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We gave eaten here a couple times and have always either waited for a table or for our food. This place has better food than average and has a very big local and tourist following. There are John Wayne posters everywhere. When my husband wanted to eat here again I groaned. I thought we should try some of the other... More 

1 Thank FlyingNNP
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lunch at true grit was good, I had the fish tacos they were a little fishy but that's to be expected. The smashed potatoes are really mashed potatoes. They're a little dry without the gravy. Ty liked his French dip

Thank LWLinCO
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36 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

Very average bar and restaurant. We ate there several times and found the service impersonal and uninterested. Their menu is basic restaurant fare. They continue to trade on their reputation from John Wayne and Kim Darby days.

Thank MontanaBunkhouse
Ridgway, Colorado
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9 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017

True Grit is a great place to eat in Ridgway. Really good Chicken Fried Steak! Yum! It is a good locals hang-out and the memorabilia on the walls is interesting and fun. Who doesn't like John Wayne???

Thank naughtyoranch2
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116 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017

Great food and hard working staff so tip well. Food quality and friendliness very good. Would go many times if in the area. Movie history interesting but it is just a good place to eat. Love the outside western look and the small adjacent park.

Thank djkeys
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

We really liked this place. The food was good, reasonably priced and the service was good. It is easy to find and parking is adequate.

Thank Anthony R
Ridgway, Colorado
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

The menu offers many choices. Alcohol is served. Has many pictures from the movie and one of John Wayne's hats.

Thank Pat F
Ridgway, Colorado
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10 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

This place has friendly staff, good food and tourist appeal. The food is generally better and less expensive than what you will find in the resort town of Ouray a few miles south of Ridgway. Lots of John Wayne and Dennis Weaver memorabilia. If you are in Ouray and looking for a good meal wait until the True Grit!

Thank lizzylou2015
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

The food and drinks was excellent . The service was good waitress friendly. Lots of movie memorabilia . We will eat here again .

Thank moonpieindiana

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$4 - US$27
Southwestern, American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Groups
Open Hours
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 123 N Lena Street, Ridgway, CO 81432
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Ridgway
  • Phone Number: +1 970-626-5739
Howdy folks! Welcome to the True Grit Cafe Established in 1985, the "Grit" as it is known has been serving hungry tourists and locals for over 25 years. We offer excellent and tasty 'Cowboy Cuisine' in a comfortable western environment with a friendly staff that will make you feel like you're part of the Grit Family. We take a lot of pride in our homemade fare including the best dang chicken fried steak this side of the Rocky Mountains. Other menu specialties include hand-pattied burgers, mouth watering Tex-Mex Specialties, juicy steaks, house made meatloaf, fresh tempura battered mahi mahi fish and chips, sandwiches and gourmet salads. For the vegetarians we offer lots of tasty choices. We are also gluten-free friendly. Our wide selection of liquors, beer and wine give you a great place to gather round with the locals and visitors alike. We have two full bars, one on the main floor and one upstairs, around which locals and visitors gather to chat or share experiences in the beautiful San Juan Mountains. Our remodeled upstairs with its large private booths will accommodate from two to fourteen people, and don't forget the deck overlooking our beautiful park. The True Grit Cafe was built to honor the filming of the academy award winning movie "True Grit" starring John Wayne. Come sit on the deck and look out at the beautiful background you'll see throughout the movie. Oh, and you'll see a lot of pictures of the great star's film legacy all around.

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