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Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in The Woodlands

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems 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 Porta'Vino - The Woodlands restaurant
4.9
4.9 (531)
$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
LeslieTvip
Dined 2 days ago
Great restaurant. The food is delicious. Great to buy wine at reasonable prices. Highly recommend the Sea Bass! We will be back!
A photo of Schilleci's New Orleans Kitchen restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2692)
$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 5 days ago
Reliably excellent food and good service from competent and friendly staff
A photo of Via Emilia - The Woodlands restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2450)
$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
Gregermomvip
Dined 2 days ago
Once again we had excellent service and food. The staff is so nice and accommodating. We never have a bad meal or dish
A photo of The Republic Grille -The Woodlands restaurant
4.8
4.8 (622)
$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
WilliamMvip
Dined 2 days ago
Great food as always & excellent service. Wait staff very attentive & friendly
A photo of Costa Fina Latin Cuisine restaurant
4.8
4.8 (82)
$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.
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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 3 days ago
Great ambience, friendly service, and one of a kind menu. We enjoyed everything they served us. Great deserts as well! You must try this hidden gem out.
A photo of The Republic Grille - Magnolia restaurant
4.7
4.7 (269)
$30 and under
Southern
The Woodlands
About the restaurant
Enjoy a relaxed dining experience in a rustic, yet classy setting featuring historical photos of Montgomery County. 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
NJHWB
Dined 5 days ago
Have dined at Republic Grill (Magnolia) several times. As usual, the food was good and it was priced well. (We did take advantage of the $10 off a bottle of wine over $30 offered on Wednesday night). Our server, Leo, was efficient, attentive and knowledgeable. We will be back.
A photo of Marcoza Trattoria restaurant
4.7
4.7 (671)
$30 and under
Italian
The Woodlands
About the restaurant
Marcoza Trattoria by Orioli Restaurant Group offers contemporary Italian fare in an elegant and intimate setting. Inspired by the coastline of Italy, the menu takes you on an epicurean journey with an array of house-made pastas, fresh seafood, daily baked focaccia, and creatively decadent desserts. Refresh along the way with craft cocktails and an expansive selection of wines from around the globe.
Top review
LydiaT
Dined 4 days ago
We went out for date night! Marcoza Trattoria , formerly Avanti, in Creekside, was a lovely night out. We started with Arancini (fried rice balls) with Marinara, then had the Marcoza Pizza (Italian meat pizza), it was excellent!! Also Marcoza salads 🥗. They also have a great wine 🍷 by the glass selection. A fun night out!
A photo of Cru Food and Wine Bar-The Woodlands restaurant
4.6
4.6 (105)
$30 and under
Wine Bar
The Woodlands
About the restaurant
CRÚ Woodlands is around the corner from the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion and South Regional Library, just off I-45. We’re also a stone’s throw from the Woodlands Mall, and all the shopping, art, fun, and vibrant entertainment that the Woodlands has to offer. Recurring events at this location include Happy Hour, Sunday Brunch, Bottle + Pizza Monday and Half Off Bubbles Thursday. Drop on by, and let us take care of you!
Top review
AlwaysNawlins
Dined 3 days ago
Great ambiance; great service; great food (potstickers, Allen Brothers filet mignon, tiramisu (OMG, the best ever), flatbread)! Can’t wait to go back again!
A photo of Uni Sushi restaurant
4.4
4.4 (355)
$31 to $50
Sushi
The Woodlands
About the restaurant
Uni Sushi excels in what is most attributed to Asian cuisine, Sushi. From the best quality of sushi, to some of the largest selections, and to the greatest eye appeal: Uni Sushi has it all!

Uni Sushi is a sophisticated Japanese/European fusion experience that’s not all about fish. You can cozy up to your dining partner over such delicacies as the Chilean Sea Bass, Kobe Beef Hibachi, Firecracker Chicken, and the ever popular Rib-Eye Beef Rolls.

Uni Sushi also offers an extensive drink list from domestic and imported beers to the finest sakes. The bar is the perfect place to enjoy a selection of fine wines as well as creative and calming martinis.
Top review
Heather
Dined on May 25, 2024
Uni sushi has some of the best sushi we have ever had! Already can’t wait to go back.
A photo of Sakekawa restaurant
4.4
4.4 (100)
$30 and under
Sushi
The Woodlands
About the restaurant
Discover the best Japanese cuisine you have ever tasted at Sakekawa Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar.
Our restaurants boast a wide selection of delicious sushi and hibachi dishes, as well as a full service bar where you can enjoy our impressive selection of fine wines, saké, and specialty drinks.

Top review
AlanO
Dined 3 days ago
The Food and service was excellent our server Francisco was Excellent He was very attentive, caring, and knowledgeable about the dishes that we had questions about. We will definitely return and ask for Francisco We were celebrating our 38th anniversary. We were not disappointed
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