Grey Moss Inn
19010 Scenic Loop Rd, Helotes, TX 78023
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Parking: Lot, Private
Bike Parking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Specialties: Business Functions, Conferences, Rehearsal Dinners, Corporate Functions, Seminars, Meetings, Bridal Showers, Bridal Events, Family Weddings, Parties
Pets Allowed: No
My husband and I have not been in the city very long. We recently met a couple to spend time with and show us about the city. We decided it was time for a nice sit down meal. We used Urban Spoon and Yelp and came across the Grey Moss. We did not know the history of the establishment until our wait staff told us the savory background! We seemed to pick the busiest time to dine and yet our wait was short! The wine selection was fantastic and our waiter was beyond helpful in selecting the best bottle for our group. The menu selection is huge and though a bit pricey, you get what you pay for. My steak was tender and cooked perfectly to my standards! The atmosphere is quaint and very welcoming. I am so glad our friends introduced is to the Grey Moss!
08/08/2011Provided by Citysearch -
My husband and I had a terribly disappointing and unpleasant experience with the manager when we tried to use our voucher from Living Social. We both have pleasant memories of The Grey Moss Inn from over the years and are sorry to recommend to people with vouchers to request a refund before wasting their time and money. There are so many wonderful places to eat that really deserve your hard earned dollars.
02/24/2011Provided by Citysearch -
The scenic towering oaks,enhance a romantic setting on the patio; deer roam by on the eight acre wildlife sanctuary of GreyMoss as you drink one of the fine vintages chosen from the wine cellar and appetize on the fresh mushrooms in herbs and cabernet sauce. As you sit by the beautiful candlelight, next you are served the famous olive twists. . . Perhaps you have ordered one of their excellent cuts of meat or the fresh and fabulous oysters. . mmm. . . everyone is served the succulent GreyMoss squash. Definetly, a place you have to experience! Enjoy!!
12/29/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Thought I’d take my wife out for a nice dinner after a movie during the holidays. I had been to the Inn once before and remember a more attentive staff. We set outside since it was a nice evening, it would have been nicer if any one of the many gas heaters had worked. We had to send my wife’s steak back because it was over cooked and looked like it had been cooked about an hour before we got there. I must add the Sam Adams was very cold.
All in all I would say that the place is very quaint, tucked away in a place setup for a lovely evening but the service leaves a lot to be desired, especially for the prices on the menu. Will check out Outback Steakhouse next time.
08/04/2010Provided by Citysearch -
My suggestion is that if you want a unique experience, great food, excellent service in a historic venue...give Grey Moss Inn a shot. I recently stopped by for a quick light dinner.....I ordered the waiters trio salad for my meal and the sausage appetizer ( an exotic mix of sausages and with a dipping sauce. Others with me ordered similar light fare ...the waiter was terrific, service was great....the meal was excellent and quick. I've visited GMI several times over the last 8 years and rank the food and service as top class and a match for anything in the San Antonio area.
07/19/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I took my Mom to Grey Moss for her birthday as she had never been there before. We were sat immediatly and had a great server..he was reserved at first, but opened up and became more informative as the night went on.
I ordered the half chicken which came with the sqaush au gratin and the sour creme potato. The squash was very spicy and between that and the chipotle sauce on my chicken, the plate appeared to be ""swimming"" in sauce.It tastes very similar to the Sonora Cassarole at 410 Diner, but I will say 410's is much better.(maybe its me but when I hear squash au gratin I think of breadcrumbs and cheese topping, not a hot saucy dish). However, the watermelon and watercress salad my mom had was INCREDIBLE. All in all we had a great evening, but you certainly pay for the ambiance, as I did not find the food to be as good as Biga on the Banks, Crumpets, or the Palm.
02/25/2010Provided by Citysearch -
We had dinner on Valentines day, the service was awesome, the food was spectacular! The floor manager was very hospitable! Dont recall his name he had blonde hair. Wine selection is the best I have seen, and I eat out frequently. Its a really nice cozy, historic restaurant. Its worth the price, and the nice hill country drive. I will go again and again..
01/27/2010Provided by Citysearch -
One would think a simple party of a dozen (20 max) or so people and a brief (no more than 15-20 minutes) ceremony would not be a big deal. It's really not that big of a deal to us... and as I stated to my sister earlier today, ""Ya know, I don't care if I get married in the hotel parking lot.""
Upon speaking with Nell, the owner, she was initially kind and helpful and indicated that, weather permitting, we would be able to hold our ceremony on the patio and remain on the patio for the evening; however, we'd need to book another space within the restaurant in the event of inclement weather.
In asking questions, trying to gauge our budget against our options (as some of the rooms have a minimum headcount which we didn't want to book if we weren't going to have that many guests), she became increasingly irritated with the discussion. Eventually, her story changed, and three times, as my fiance and I both tried to calmly and reasonably clarify things she had said in the conversation earlier, she backtracked on the original commitment, and said that we WOULD be moved to a different area of the restaurant after the ceremony was over.
Nell HUNG UP on us collectively three times, yelled at us, talking with us as if we were eight year olds - and all either of us were trying to do was clarify our understanding. Apparently, Ms. Nell believed that by asking questions, we were challenging her, when in reality, we merely wanted to understand.
At one point, she put words in my mouth, suggesting that ""If you don't want to be in the cottage because it is old, then you are not going to like any other space in our establishment."" That had absolutely NOTHING to do with it. We like the patio, and wanted to be outside to enjoy a nice Texas spring evening with our families - who are traveling here from Georgia and Indianapolis. No more, no less. It had absolutely NOTHING to do with the interior, which we KNOW is very warm and inviting. It was ENTIRELY about enjoying nice weather ASSUMING the weather cooperated. If it didn't, then FINE, we'd have been happy to move into one of the two spaces.
I find this to be a complete shame for a restauranteur, especially one in TEXAS. Hospitality, and the romantic atmosphere of this place is absolutely RUINED with that type of domineering, won't-let-someone-get-a-word-in-edgewise, personality running the show.
As much as I had my heart set on marrying at the Grey Moss Inn, I'm not sure that I can muster that desire anymore.... One of my guests might drop a piece of food on the ground, and Nell might verbally assault him/her. And my guests are much more important than the Grey Moss Inn.
05/17/2009Provided by Citysearch -
With an exception to its location, there is nothing particularly special about the Grey Moss Inn Restaurant. I attended with a party of 6 at around 7PM on a slow Thursday night. We were celebrating the 50th birthday of two of our lady friends. We started with the restaurant's famous Olive Twists which were absolutely divine. The complementary appetizers were the highlight of the night, as from that point on, the food just got worse, I specifically remember biting into one of the Grey Moss Oysters, a $9 appetizer, and thinking that they tasted absolutely ordinary. One could easily spend a couple bucks at a seafood place for the same quality.
The dinner items are pretty expensive. Expect to spend at least $27-$30 a head, not including beverages. Everyone at the table ordered steak, so I decided to try something different and got an $18 vegetarian plate. To our surprise, the meals didn't come with any soups or salads. Our food arrived about 20 minutes after ordering. No one looked completely satisfied. My friend ordered a $35 steak and had to ask for A1 sauce, as she said it was really bland. My vegetarian plate consisted of roasted vegetables topped with the same exact au gratin stuffing that they use on every side. All of the vegetables tasted the same. Another friend ordered their $50 seafood special. My, was that plate not worth it. I can get better lobster ANYWHERE. It was chewy and overcooked. The slice itself was 5 inches long and on a stick. She looked shocked afterwards. Every plate comes with a half baked potato on the side, with that same au gratin stuffing. I would expect some differentiation and innovation, but it was completely lacking. And, to top everything off, although the server knew we were celebrating two 50th birthdays, he didn't offer any cake. I never expect restaurants to offer such a thing, but with their prices and food, it was the least they could do.
I would not recommend this place. Any mediocre steakhouse could offer the same quality of food for less than half the price. The service was nothing memorable, neither was the atmosphere. Although the location of the Grey Moss Inn Rest. is quite intriguing, it is not worth the drive. It's not even worth trying. I would recommend Crumpets for the same type of menu with better food and prices.
Although we did not complain or send anything back, we all promised each other to blog about it later ;)
11/23/2008Provided by Citysearch -
My wife and I went for our wedding anniversary, approximately 20 years after our first visit. The food was exceptional and well worth the ?above average? prices. We were pleasantly greeted at the front door, seated immediately, and service was superb. We started our meal by splitting the ?Waiters Special salad with the ?White French? dressing. The salad was crisp, fresh and perfectly chilled. The marinated asparagus added an interesting and enjoyable flavor and salad quantity, even split, was ample. My wife had the Ribeye as her entree which she thoroughly enjoyed and I had the Smoked Prime Rib and an added Stuffed Roast Quail. The prime rib was some of the best I have ever eaten (and I am a huge prime rib fan). The flavor of the meat added by the ?witches brew? marinade was wonderful; the smoke was evident, but not overpowering and the meat was cooked exactly to order. The 'Grey Moss Squash' was robust, but a definite and delightful change from the usual bland broccoli or mixed vegetables at other places. The twice-baked potatoes were perhaps a touch overcooked and seemed a little dry, but were certainly edible. We also had wine (some great choices), coffee (dark and strong) and the chocolate cheesecake for dessert. The cheesecake was quite good, although not remarkable, but the real highlight of the evening was the Stuffed Roast Quail. I have loved quail since I was a boy, and this was special. It is stuffed with chorizo which gave the dark meat of the quail a real zest and a wonderful flavor. When I first read the menu, I anticipated that it might be greasy from the chorizo, but it was not at all and I was truly glad I took the gamble. All in all, we had a pleasant trip, a superb meal and a wonderful time for under $125.00 with tip. We plan to be back well before our next anniversary, and will bring friends.
11/10/2008Provided by Citysearch -
My wife and I visited tonight 25 years after our first (and only other visit). We were visiting SA from Houston. Our server (Aaron) was seldom around. The other server in the room made 3-4 passes through the dining room to his tables between one from ours. The first visit was 15-20 minutes after we arrived. There were only about a half dozen tables in use. The special 3-salad combo was very nice, although the 'white french' dressing tasted more like ranch. I had lamb chops, which were pretty good, although very light on the cabernet reduction - I ran out midway through the second of three chops. My wife had a ribeye which was also good.
The signature 'Grey Moss Inn Squash' comes with every meal. It is heavily seasoned with chili powder and got old quickly . Neither of us finished ours. No other vegetables are offered.
The opposite case was the Sour Cream Potato on the Half Shell. It was very bland. Even after adding butter and pepper it had little to offer. It is sad that they want $3 to add jalapeno to this dish. What a ripoff!
All told, we wish we had spent our time and money somewhere else.
02/23/2008Provided by Citysearch -
We had wonderful experiences at Grey Moss Inn prior to tonight. We were there 1 1/2 hrs. before our food came. My husband's steak was bloody so he sent it back. His lobster tail was squishy and raw. Before we knew this, he gave me a bite and I almost got sick. It was like chewing white fat. The squash au gratin, a house favorite, was hot and didn't go with the steak at all. Hy husband's jalapeno half shell potato was not tasty at all. I thought the soup, salad and coffee were very good. The food servers are nice and polite. But it was very hot and humid where we were sitting also. They finally turned on the air. At the end of the meal, I asked for a cup of coffee and the dessert menu. The coffee came, but the dessert menu never did. So we paid and left. I had heard GMI was under new management and the food had suffered as as result, but I didn't want to believe it. Sadly, I do now. We will never go back--especially after paying $100 for a substandard meal.
02/22/2008Provided by Citysearch -
1. ""It's more about the sizzle than the steak."" Menus are rigged. ""We list the item that makes the most profit first so it catches your eye,"" says consultant Linda Lipsky, ""and bury the highest-cost item in the middle.""
2. ""Our markups are ridiculous."" Coffee, tea, and sodas typically cost restaurants 15 to 20 cents per serving, and pasta, which costs pennies, can be dressed up with more expensive fare and sold for $25 a dish or more. Putting a chicken dish on the menu for $21 will make a $15 pasta dish, where the restaurant is making a big profit, seem like a bargain.
3. ""Our specials are anything but."" This is one where I must interject. Here, the features are amazing. And it is sad to say, that besides the service, the features are the only things that bring me back time and again.
4. ""Nice tip -- too bad your waiter won't get it."" According to federal law, only employees who customarily receive tips -- wait staff, hosts, bartenders and bussers -- can participate in the tip pool. But sometimes management takes a cut. In 2006, waitstaff from the Hilltop Steak House in Saugus, Mass., won $2.5 million in damages after complaining that managers dipped into their tips.
11/14/2007Provided by Citysearch -
This was my second visit to the Grey Moss Inn, and I enjoyed it even more thoroughly than the first. My first experience was with the food on the standard menu, and the second time my meal was all choices from the daily features. It had been several years between visits, and the decor, ambience, staff, and menu remain consistently exceptional. Our server had a french accent and treated us with utmost respect and was very knowledgeable regarding the 500+ wine list, while not being snooty. I had a seared tuna appetizer, along with a caesar salad wedge, followed by a magnificent grilled stuffed trout. My companion had the peppered ribeye and lobster tail. The lobster was extremely succulent, and the peppered ribeye was cooked to a perfect medium, with just a little bit of red juice from the steak so as to insure the flavors hadn't leaked from it. I'm not sure if the person writing a previous review got another restaurant confused with this one, but the steaks and seafood are far superior to those of the Barn Door or Pappadeaux, and you just can't beat the atmosphere and service!
My girlfriend and I wanted to be "wined and dined", gossip, and relax. Well the Grey Moss pulled out all the stops that night. The meat eaters that we are, my girlfriend ordered the filet while I had the ribeye. We both agreed that it was cooked to perfection, tender, juicy and well proportioned. We also enjoyed some wine from their wonderful wine selection it was paired with the steak wonderfully. We of course had desserts what's a girl���s night out without them and the strawberry supreme topped the night off. My girlfriend and I had a super night filled with great conversation, great company but most of all great food. Thanks Grey Moss Inn you've got us for life.
07/21/2007Provided by Citysearch -
We were looking forward to a special dinner as it was our anniversary... so on the evening of 7 July 2007 we drove the 30 some odd miles from the Northeast side fo San Antonio to Grey Moss Inn. Our previous experiences there had been memorable. I read the reviews and could not believe the negative comments, so off we went! We went early and were greated at the door and immediately taken to our table. The atmosphere and the ambience were really nice. The service was acceptable. My wife order steak and I ordered the steak and the lobster combination. The sides were ok and were of adequate size.... the steak and the lobster were absolutely tasteless! I was shocked, as I remembered the flavor being very nice before. There was no flavor! Bland! Looking back I should have asked for A-1 for the steak. The lobster had no flavor, even with the drawn butter, the butter was the highlight of the lobster! My wife had to send her steak back to have it cooked to medium... it came out with ""red"" on the plate. The wine was very good... I left a nice tip for the waiteress as she did a good job and was apologetic for the steaks! This was my last trip to the Grey Moss Inn... I believe they have lost it.. Next time I will go to Papadeaux for lobster and the Barn Door for steak! To add insult to injury the cost of the meal was outrageous! Never again.
06/21/2007Provided by Citysearch -
My sister and I ended up here by chance one evening. While she had eaten here before, I had not. My sister knew there is a ""daily"" menu much different from the printed one. The printed one I beleive has not changed much over the years and is pretty extensive with most items from the ""grill"". Both of us consider ourselves ""foodies"".
We dined outside on the patio. A herb of deer went through the parking area while we were there. The wooded area is really pretty and I like dining al fresco. The inside was rustic and looked lovely.
We shared everything we ordered as we are grazers who love to try things. All the ""daily"" menu had interesting combinations. We started with a a cream of crab soup that had brie in it. A very good soup. While rich it was not overly rich. We had buffalo and shrimp empinadas with an avacado creme and a cucumber (cold) soup. On to the main course of lamb with mashed tators and hominy. All very good. We topped off the evening with a ""dessert trio"" which contained cannoli, orange creme (fabulous) and a lemon/almond cake with marsala creme. Everything was really very good and more ""gourmet"" then I had had since moving to SA. The entire meal cost us $70. The waiter was very good about us sharing everything and there was no extra ""plate"" charge. The service was friendly and not stuffy which I appreciate. Everyone was attentive and made good suggetions.