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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in The Woodlands

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes 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 Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar - The Woodlands restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2755)
$31 to $50
Seafood
The Woodlands
About the restaurant
Tommy Bahama combines a tranquil environment and good food with an emphasis on hospitality to make for the perfect place to recharge or unwind while indulging in a unique dining experience. The experience is sure to feel like a getaway, whether you’re on vacation or looking for a vacation from your everyday life. For more information: www.tommybahama.com.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Always love it here! Amazing service, exquisite food, the ambience is one of a kind. Love, Tommy’s.
A photo of Del Frisco's Grille - Woodlands restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2556)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
The Woodlands
About the restaurant
Del Frisco's Grille is a modern and stylish spin on the classic bar and grill, drawing inspiration from bold flavors and market-fresh ingredients. Our menu is a tempting mix of prime steaks, fresh seafood and twists on American comfort cuisine.
Top review
SusieHvip
Dined 3 days ago
One of my favorite places - waitstaff are excellent. The music is always too loud so it feels like we yelled at each other the whole meal. Always delicious. Thank you!!
A photo of Whiskey Cake - The Woodlands restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1866)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
The Woodlands
About the restaurant
We’re serving up tasty farm-to-kitchen dishes & cocktails out of our from-scratch-only kitchen and bar. Microwave? Never heard of it. We use slow-cooking methods on our live-wood grill, smoker, and spit because food just tastes better that way.
We believe that local is a place as much as it is a way of eating. Everything on our menu is infused with and inspired by the local ingredients available each season. All of this goodness is served to you as you kick your feet up in our rocking chairs, dine at a fancy table, or relax out on our porch.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Great place!!!!! Awesome Food!!!!! Incredible list of Whiskeys!!!!
A photo of Xalisko Cocina Mexicana restaurant
4.7
4.7 (387)
$31 to $50
Mexican
The Woodlands
About the restaurant
Chef Beatriz Martines
When ideas, hard work and talent meet, there's only one thing to look forward to...
~XALISKO~
A new Mexican gastronomy experience has been created with thought of heritage and the ingredients of your life experience.
Tradition pasted down for generations accompanied by years of cultivating a personal touch to this amazing cuisine. You will see signs of utilizing the most important crops of the Xalisko area: rice, corn, avocados, etc... traditional dessert from the area of Jalisco, Michoacan and Nayarit, and smart seleccion of Mexican, Mexican Spirits and artisanal beer.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Our whole family enjoyed trying every dish that we ordered. Margaritas were spectacular. We have gone during the day when it was quieter atmosphere and at night when the venue was lively and we thoroughly enjoyed it both ways. The food is delicious authentic Mexican cuisine and we loved trying new things we haven’t heard of before. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking to enjoy a unique experience.
A photo of The Republic Grille - Magnolia restaurant
4.6
4.6 (270)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 30, 2024
The food was absolutely delicious! Our waiter was super nice! The restaurant is so cute! The lava cake was to die for!!!!
A photo of Cru Food and Wine Bar-The Woodlands restaurant
4.6
4.6 (108)
$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 2 days ago
Back here again for a second time (last time was June 20); this time for brunch. We got the Cru Crab Cake Benedict, Avocado Toast & Fried Egg, Napa Burger and Tiramisu (one each and one to go 😃). AND, we’ll be back in a few days for the Halibut specials (hey, it’s my birthday week)! Hubby and I love the ambiance, good food and spirits!
A photo of Bosscat Kitchen - The Woodlands restaurant
4.6
4.6 (526)
$31 to $50
American
The Woodlands
About the restaurant
Bosscat Kitchen & Libations perfectly meshes upscale and casual dining with an expansive whiskey selection and unique offering of American comfort food. It offers high energy, open spaced concepts to promote a lively dining experience. With the rustic industrial aesthetic, brick metal and barrels are prevalent in the space. One of its best attractions is the famous whiskey room, that houses hundreds of whiskies from several countries. From high end whiskies like Pappy Van Winkle, to a shot of Jameson & Coors Light, there is something here for everyone's taste; and Bosscat prides itself on being this type of environment. New flavors and recipes are often brought into the kitchen. All cooks on staff are encouraged to brainstorm and eat with the executive chef, Peter Petro. This collaborative process is the foundation of their culinary art. Encouraging and fostering new ideas with seasonal produce, meats and spices fosters the fun and unique dining experience they so strongly emulate.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Great place with friends and family. Good place for a date.
A photo of Uni Sushi restaurant
4.4
4.4 (358)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 28, 2024
My sister and I celebrated my birthday here. I have to say it was very nice but it was a bit too crowded and loud for my taste.
A photo of Sakekawa restaurant
4.3
4.3 (101)
$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
JulieDvip
Dined 6 days ago
Fun Hibachi experience, servers a bit hard to waive down for refiills. verygood overall
A photo of Johnny's Italian Steakhouse - The Woodlands restaurant
3.8
3.8 (655)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
The Woodlands
About the restaurant
Johnny’s is uniquely positioned between casual and fine dining concepts. The restaurant is located inside the new Crowne Plaza Shenandoah.

The ambiance at Johnny’s is reminiscent of the classic supper clubs of the ‘40s and ‘50s, creatively blending the sophistication of the past with a modern edge. Our guests can enjoy music by Frank Sinatra, Diana Krall or Michael Buble. Johnny's Blue Bar™ provides guests with a lively lounge atmosphere where cell phones take a backseat to conversation.

At Johnny’s, our steaks take center stage, and are complemented by a gourmet assortment of Italian cuisine and seafood. With new-fashioned luxuries and old-fashioned service and hospitality, Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse brings the Rat Pack era to the 21st Century.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 29, 2024
Excellent food for an affordable price. Outstanding service.
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