5 Restaurants to Try Before or After Tubing the Guadalupe River

While the Shanty River Center has the best tubing on the Guadalupe River, nearby restaurants offer delicious food and great opportunities to relax with your friends. Make lunch plans or unwind with a cold drink after a day of tubing. Either way, you can find the perfect spot with friendly service in south Texas.


Baja BBQ Shack

Sip on a Texarita while enjoying a beautiful view of Canyon Lake’s north shore from the patio of Baja BBQ Shack. Located near the marina, it’s an awesome spot to enjoy live music after a day of tubing. Start with an order of Don’s Super Nachos with smoked brisket, jalapeno queso and pico de gallo. Take your time to browse the mouthwatering menu. The Texas-sized barbecue sandwiches are a favorite but the half-pound burgers are hard to resist. The homemade side orders include Mexican cream corn, apple slaw, borracho beans and cilantro rice.

The Baja BBQ Shack is located at 280 Marina in Canyon Lake. It is open Monday through Wednesday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Thursday through Sunday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. The bar stays open late. For more information, call 830-935-3122.

Gennaro’s Trattoria

“Che mangia bene, vive bene” is Gennaro’s motto – “who eats well, lives well.” Who doesn’t like to eat well? The family-owned restaurant serves authentic Italian dishes showcasing the flavors of Naples. They offer a wide-range of scrumptious dishes including five pasta specialties. You can also order a gourmet pizza or create your own. Gennaro’s kids menu offers ravioli, chicken tenders and spaghetti.

Gennaro’s Trattoria is located at 10018 Starz Road in Canyon Lake. They are open Wednesday and Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Gristmill River Restaurant and Bar

You know it’s going to be good when the restaurant is a 2014 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Winner. Whether you’re in the mood for a juicy steak, thick burger or fresh fish, the Gristmill is a great place to spend time with your friends. Enjoy outdoor dining with sweeping river views or visit the beer garden to cool off with your favorite brew. The Gristmill has a full bar with fresh-squeezed lime margaritas and an exceptional wine list.

The Gristmill River Restaurant is located at 1287 Gruene Road in New Braunfels. Their summer hours are Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Call 830-625-0684 for more information.

Lucky’s Sports Bar and Grill

Enjoy a cold drink on the outdoor deck or check out your favorite sports team on one of their eight high-definition television screens. Try one of Lucky’s snacks or signature pipeline tacos for starters. The chicken-fried ribeye and fried catfish are just two of the local favorites. Maui slaw, sweet potato fries and green chili rice are a few of the side choices. Don’t miss happy hour for specials on food and drinks. Daily happy hour specials are available from 3 p.m.-6 p.m. and 9 p.m. until close.

Lucky’s Sports Bar and Grill is located at 18100 Farm to Market 306 in Canyon Lake. They are open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily with the bar staying open until midnight Sunday through Friday and 1 a.m. on Saturday. For more information, call 830-935-3115.

Plooky’s Cajun Boiling Pot

With a special down-home vibe, Plooky’s offers Cajun cooking at its best. Pull up a chair and put down the butcher paper. Try the spicy gumbo while you wait for your fresh shrimp and crawfish with corn on the cob. If you can save room for dessert, the key lime pie is divine. Quench your thirst with sweet tea or bring your own beer. Plooky’s will provide the ice bucket.

Plooky’s is located at 20085 Farm to Market 306 in Canyon Lake. They are open Thursday through Monday 3 p.m.-9 p.m. For more information, call 830-935-4452.

Each restaurant’s website offers an online menu.