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Diners' Choice: Best Overall restaurants in The Woodlands

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best overall restaurants in The Woodlands? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of The Republic Grille -The Woodlands restaurant
4.8
4.8 (615)
$30 and under
Southern
The Woodlands
About the restaurant
Enjoy a relaxed dining experience in a rustic, yet classy setting featuring historical photos on the creation of The Woodlands by oilman George Mitchell. Owners Terry & Jennifer McBurney offer guests a variety of Texan and Southern inspired cuisine complemented by professional and courteous service. Enjoy mouthwatering appetizers such as Crab Cakes, Coconut Shrimp, Jumbo Grilled Wings or Caprese. Entrees include American Wagyu Chicken-Fried Steak, Texas Quail, Certified Angus Steaks, Blackened Flounder unique Pasta dishes and Salads. End your meal with one of many scratch made Desserts including a gluten free Strawberry Shortcake.

Featured on the TV show GoodTaste, it has received rave reviews in the Houston Chronicle, Zagat, Open Table and PKWY Magazine. This restaurant even provides a relaxing patio where guests can enjoy live music depending on the season.
Top review
Jerryvip
Dined 2 days ago
What a great place especially celebrating our grands 11th birthday. Courtney was an awesome server. Clint came to say hello! (The manager). Food was great with exception of chicken fried steak which we were looking forward to. It was overcooked but didn’t stop me from eating it! Sweet birthday card made for our grands along with strawberry short cake.
A photo of Amrina restaurant
4.8
4.8 (383)
$50 and over
Contemporary Indian
The Woodlands
About the restaurant
Located off the beautiful Waterway of The Woodlands, Amrina is a fine-dining eclectic restaurant. The menu is a testament to the artistry of Chef Jassi and his chefs, crafted with an unparalleled devotion to culinary excellence. From the opulence of oysters and caviar to an array of tantalizing vegetarian, meat, and seafood delights, every dish reflects the diversity and richness of Indian gastronomy. Steaks include succulent filet mignon, mouthwatering bone-in ribeye, ever-popular New York strip, and sumptuous A5 Miyazaki ribeye.

The restaurant has been honored Restaurant of the Year 2022 by several publications, including Eater Houston. Alison Cook of the Houston Chronicle, has hailed Amrina “one of Houston’s most exciting restaurants, with destination-worthy dining”. Amrina has also been awarded the Best of Award of Excellence by Wine Spectator.

Enjoy Happy Hour with colleagues, a date on the Patio, business in the Private Dining Room, or intimate experience at the Chef's Table!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Great food, great ambiance and very friendly staff. The owners are also extremely welcoming. We had a great time!
A photo of Porta'Vino - The Woodlands restaurant
4.9
4.9 (527)
$30 and under
Italian
The Woodlands
About the restaurant
Discover delicious modern Italian & incredible wine prices at Porta'Vino in The Woodlands!

Porta'Vino offers an impressive wine list at prices competitive with local discount wine stores! In fact, many guests purchase cases of wine to go, so we consider Porta'Vino part wine store. You are also welcome to BYOB for a corkage fee.

Signature dishes include Calabrese Crispy Shrimp, Balloon Bread, Wild Boar Bolognese, Barramundi Sea Bass & our Double-Cut Smoked Pork Chop! Make sure to save room for our Coconut Cream Pie, Medium Rare Brownie, or Apple Crisp. You can't go wrong with our menu selections.

The restaurant has a welcoming dining room, a spacious patio, and private dining rooms for events. A free parking garage is located behind the restaurant. Park, Dine, then walk to the nearby Woodlands Pavilion.

Porta'Vino also hosts a Winemaker Dinner Series. To receive invitations to these special events, please email events@portavino.com.
Top review
SydneyS
Dined 4 days ago
They went over and above. Food was amazing cooked to perfection. The wine and the dessert was spectacular atmosphere amazing our waitress was a 10.
A photo of Truluck's - Ocean's Finest Seafood & Crab - The Woodlands restaurant
4.8
4.8 (4392)
$31 to $50
Seafood
The Woodlands
About the restaurant
Located at Hughes Landing on the shore of Lake Woodlands, Truluck’s sits just off I-45, amid tall pines and upscale shops. Indulge in Prime Seafood & Crab. Our chefs honor and elevate with superior ingredients, precise execution, and classic presentation. Truluck’s maintains an unwavering commitment to serving the highest quality, sustainable products that make sense for the plate, the palate, and the planet. We strive to serve only the best ingredients and are dedicated to serving exceptional seafood and fresh Florida Stone crab, from the traps to your table in less than 24 hours. Delight in the ocean’s finest seafood and crab, remarkable cocktails and wines, captivating ambience, live entertainment, and the service you deserve. Your table is waiting.
Top review
TaylorB
Dined 2 days ago
From the service to the food, everything was amazing. We had oysters, crab cakes and calamari to start and it was mouth watering. Lobster for the meal, melted in my mouth and dessert hit the spot! Cocktails were refreshing and smooth! Loved it all
A photo of Terra Vino Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (554)
$30 and under
Italian
The Woodlands
About the restaurant
Terra Vino Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar is a contemporary scratch Italian kitchen featuring a creative line-up of delectable antipasti dishes, hand-made pasta, and traditional artisanal pizzas, alongside handcrafted cocktails, wine flights, and an impressive wine list. Most of the dishes found on the menu have been passed down over generations, along with a deep love and appreciation for food and family.
Top review
AverageJoe
Dined 4 days ago
Another amazing experience! Went with another couple to celebrate Father’s Day and had an incredible brunch. A live saxophonist was also there which put the whole experience over the top.
A photo of Via Emilia - The Woodlands restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2449)
$31 to $50
Italian
The Woodlands
About the restaurant
Named after an ancient Roman road that spans from Rimini to Piacenza, Via Emilia Italian Restaurant is known for their house-made pastas, braised meats, seafood specialties, and delicious desserts. The family-owned restaurant served Houston diners for over 13 years before moving to their current location in the Woodlands. We welcome you to experience the most authentic northern Italian cuisine in the Woodlands - no passport required.
Top review
Debivip
Dined 5 days ago
We love Via Emilia’s!! So happy to be closer so we can enjoy great Italian again …….and to see our favorite Bar Manager, Estavan.
A photo of Costa Fina Latin Cuisine restaurant
4.8
4.8 (79)
$30 and under
Latin American
The Woodlands
About the restaurant
Costa Fina brings a contemporary twist to culinary methods infused with Latin-coastal flavors. Visitors are welcomed to embark on a gastronomic adventure through Latin America within an elegant tropical ambiance. Complemented by a varied wine selection, artisanal cocktails, and an extensive range of tequila and mezcal, these offerings perfectly complement the freshly prepared Latin dishes.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 11, 2024
Lost for work words food, waiter, atmosphere best the waiter and chef were perfect  they made something they did not have in made it froom, scratch  for my mom
A photo of TRIS restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2007)
$50 and over
American
The Woodlands
About the restaurant
Chef Austin Simmons combines worldly flavors with classic culinary techniques presented in familiar, yet sophisticated dishes at TRIS.
Top review
DianeL
Dined 2 days ago
Presentation of food was amazing . Portions were much larger than you usually get at a fine dining establishment. Service was spot on. Everything we ordered was delicious.
A photo of Goode Co. Fish Camp restaurant
4.7
4.7 (399)
$31 to $50
Seafood
The Woodlands
About the restaurant
Inspired by the time Levi and his father spent on Christmas Bay in search of speckled trout, flounder and redfish, Goode Co. Fish Camp & Oyster Bar is a tribute to the excitement of the catch, the satisfaction of harvesting and cooking freshly-caught food, and the ritual of coming together to enjoy a homemade, hard-earned meal.

With recognizable elements of other Goode Co. concepts here – signature dishes like seafood Campechana, a curated bar featuring handcrafted cocktails and wines, and a vibrant yet comfortable feel – Fish Camp showcases limited-time seasonal offerings that change throughout the year.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Manager reset our reservation from 2 people to 7!! For us for my birthday. Drinks were great, food better than ever and lots more choices! Server was probably the best we’ve ever had and it was all so great! It was my birthday and everyone was so accommodating. We had so much fun and we love the vibe of this restaurant! One of our favs for sure! Oh and the desserts were amazing to top off a great evening!
A photo of Schilleci's New Orleans Kitchen restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2688)
$31 to $50
Seafood
The Woodlands
About the restaurant
Schilleci's New Orleans Kitchen is an intimate, elegant French Quarter-style restaurant in Market Street. Schilleci's is proud to offer a menu consisting of Louisiana classics like seafood gumbo and bread pudding along with a variety of fresh fish from around the word, steaks, and lamb chops. Voted 'Best of The Woodlands' every year since our 2010 opening, Schilleci's is owned and operated by the Schilleci family. This New Orleans fine dining restaurant specializes in Creole and Cajun regional cooking with authentic family recipes handed down over generations. Enjoy off-menu chef specials, outdoor patio dining, and an expansive wine and beer selection. The French Quarter decor provides the perfect relaxing dining experience. Come in for a taste of New Orleans and "Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez!"
Top review
JimK
Dined 1 day ago
Reliably excellent food and good service from competent and friendly staff
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