Are you looking for the best American food in the Woodlands? We’ve assembled a guide to the restaurants that serve the best American food we’ve found in the Woodlands area.

Our criteria is simple: Who makes the most delicious food? Our guide is based around the Woodlands, but we’ll venture outside the immediate area if the food is worth the drive… and we found some that is.

We’ve broken out specialized American cuisines into their own guides: Best Barbecue in the Woodlands, Best Burgers in the Woodlands, and Best Steaks in the Woodlands. Restaurants that are listed here excel in areas beyond those.

In each section, restaurants are listed in alphabetical order; they are not ranked within the section.

Updated July 2021. Originally published in 2021.)


The Best

A broad array of modern comfort food in a sleek setting

Black Walnut Cafe

Update (July 2020): The secret is out: The Masked Chef who’s been making over the menu at Black Walnut is none other than Chef Austin Simmons, mastermind behind the award-winning Tris, Cureight, and the Kitchen. The result: Black Walnut has been seriously upping their culinary game. New menu items are appearing regularly, and they show a new viewpoint and a very skillful touch. We’ve been very pleased to see an established brand elevate their offerings like this, and can’t wait to see what’s next. —- Black Walnut is perhaps the biggest success story for restaurants originating in the Woodlands. Founded by serial restaurateur George Pallotta, the organization has spread statewide under the Black Forest Ventures umbrella. Why? Big portions of chef-created comfort food, served in an upscale, fast-casual setting. Sandwiches are a big deal here, and the broad menu offers something for everyone. We’re especially fond of the terrific pasta dishes; some proven recipes that have been popular for years, and some brand new ones. Don’t skip brunch; it’s very popular. And save room for dessert.

$$ | American, Burgers, and Sandwiches
Outdoor Dining and Private Room

9000 New Trails Drive | The Woodlands 77381
281-362-1678
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Flawlessly Executed Carnival Cuisine

Buldogies

Foodies in search of the best hot dogs around make the hike up to Highway 105 to drop in at Buldogies. Inside they’ll find handcrafted versions of the food that’s found at a state fair… but prepared far better. Huge hot dogs made from quality ingredients and assembled with attention to detail are the centerpiece, but the excellent sandwiches, carnival favorites, and indulgent desserts delight kids and adults alike. Foodies jump right to the City Crafted Dogs or the Outlaws, each of which is a well-balanced dish with expertly layered flavors. This isn’t James Coney Island; you don’t need to order three, although you may want to try them all.

$ | American and Sandwiches

14543 TX 105 #406 | Conroe 77304
936-588-6688
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Modern American bistro in an upscale park setting

Fielding’s Local Kitchen + Bar

Housemade is a term you’ll hear at Fielding’s Local. Owner Cary Attar is passionate about the details, and his customers are the beneficiaries. His partner, Chef Edel Goncalves, has created a tightly edited menu featuring local, all-natural, and organic ingredients. This chef-driven approach to the food delights and surprises, be the dish based on pan-roasted chicken, housemade bacon, or 44 Ranch beef. Steak lovers should put Fielding’s on their short list; their steaks stack up against the best steakhouses in town.

Creekside Park has a genuine destination restaurant. The airy, modern bar doesn’t disappoint, with superb craft cocktails and a rotating selection of beers on tap.

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$$$ | American, Brunch, and Steaks
Happy Hour, HRW2020, and Outdoor Dining

26400 Kuykendahl Rd | Tomball 77375
281-351-2225
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Burgers and American favorites, chef-driven and scratch made

Fielding’s Wood Grill

Gourmet burgers cooked over a wood grill are the centerpiece at Fielding’s Wood Grill, the original member of the Fielding’s family of restaurants. Founder Cary Attar sweats the details, and believes in making everything in-house, from the custom grind of 44 Ranch Beef to the house cured bacon. Culinary Director Edel Goncalves takes these ingredients and creates unique burgers and an evolving menu of appetizers and entrees that keep the regulars coming back for more. The appeal of Fielding’s extends past the burgers; a very popular weekend brunch features creative spins on brunch classics, and the bartenders pull mugs from a great selection of locally brewed beers when they’re not slinging craft cocktails. Service is brisk and efficient.

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$$ and $$$ | American, Brunch, and Burgers
Happy Hour, HRW2020, and Outdoor Dining

1699 Research Forest Dr | Shenandoah 77380
832-616-3275
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Serious chef-driven comfort food in a fast casual setting

The Kitchen

Fast casual meets upscale cuisine at The Kitchen, the laid-back cousin of the award-winning Tris. Don’t let the counter service fool you; Chef Austin Simmons has created a serious menu full of creative dishes. We’re especially fond of the Greek Chicken and the new Steak Salad. Burgerphiles love the Kitchen as well; Chef Austin knows his burgers. Wine drinkers rejoice… the Kitchen sells wine at retail prices (not restaurant prices) so you can get a great bottle for as little as $10. Carefully curated craft beer selection. Service surprises for fast casual, GM Austen Goodwin and his team are raising the bar in this segment.

(Formerly Hubbell & Hudson Kitchen)

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$$ | American, Brunch, Burgers, Salads, and Sandwiches
Outdoor Dining

4526 Research Forest Dr | The Woodlands 77381
281-203-5650
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Raising the bar for dining in the Woodlands

TRIS

Update: Tris is currently only open for happy hour and dinner.

Chef-driven restaurants are rare in The Woodlands, but Chef Austin Simmons demonstrates how successful they can be. Formerly known as Hubbell & Hudson Bistro, TRIS features innovative cuisine, and everything from the outstanding burgers to the most elaborate entree shows the kind of attention to detail that is the hallmark of a great restaurant. Chef Austin has the uncanny knack of combining diverse and unique ingredients into dishes that surprise and delight, while maintaining the integrity of the cuisine. Steaks are also a strength; prime, of course, but Akaushi Texas Wagyu and in-house dry aged cuts are offered as well, and Japanese A5 (Miyazaki) is available for the true connoisseur.

TRIS has a bit of a split personality. Upscale and slightly formal at dinner, much more casual at lunch. Happy hour is a great time to sample different dishes (including that incredible burger); the well-priced list of offerings is the perfect way to begin your night out.

Many establishments slip a notch when the name on the door isn’t in the house, but not Tris; Simmons has created a well oiled machine. Chef Courtney helms the kitchen in the maestro’s absence, and we can’t detect any difference at all. That is the mark of an outstanding organization.

 

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$$$ and $$$$ | American, Burgers, Seafood, and Steaks
Catering, Happy Hour, HRW2020, Outdoor Dining, and Private Room

24 Waterway Avenue | The Woodlands 77380
281-203-5641
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Recommended

A neighborhood pub in the Grogan's Mill Village Center

Blue Lion Pub

Woodlands residents have been clamoring for more spots to relax with a cocktail, and the Blue Lion Pub delivers. Owner Wes Cordova has created a cozy, stylish haven for thirsty patrons looking to beat the heat day or night. Craft cocktails are skillfully prepared, and a compact menu and delivery options ensure the guests won’t go hungry.

$$ | American
Happy Hour

2230 Buckthorne Pl Suite 150 | The Woodlands 77380
In the Grogan's Mill Village Center
832-205-0817
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Airy sports bar with surprisingly good food

Buffalo Run

Rayford Road gets a cool new sports bar with the opening of Buffalo Run. The open, airy room features tall ceilings, lots of TVs, and no smoking or vaping. Food surprises; the experienced chef turns out superb buffalo wings, big sandwiches and burgers, and terrific NY strip steak. Buffalo Bills fans congregate here during their games; it’s a little bit of upstate New York in the Woodlands Area.

$ and $$ | American and Burgers
Happy Hour and Outdoor Dining

440 Rayford Road #115 | Spring 77386
832-813-8619
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Boutique bakery and cozy café in a chic, urban setting

Common Bond Café & Bakery

This popular Houston bakery has ventured north to Springwoods Village, and has expanded from their roots of award-winning pastries, breads, and bistro cuisine. Now sporting a full bar, Common Bond is a happy hour destination as well as a great spot for breakfast, lunch, or brunch. Our sneak peek at the new menu was filled with pleasant surprises, like the spicy Nashville Hot Fried Shrimp and the savory Charcuterie Baguette. Beautiful small cakes perfect for special events; call ahead or pick up one that’s already ready.

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$$ | American, Bakery, Breakfast, Brunch, and Burgers
Happy Hour, HRW2020, and Outdoor Dining

1700 City Plaza Drive, Suite 150 | Spring 77389
In CityPlace / Springwoods Village
281-975-2300
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Casual gastropub featuring southern cuisine

Craft Grill

This back-of-the-Woodlands/East Tomball restaurant has become a favorite for locals seeking out hearty Southern comfort food in a relaxed, casual setting. Families love the big burgers and creative favorites, like Shrimp & Grits, Chicken ‘n’ Waffles, and a variety of fried favorites. Beer lovers can get their geek on in the Tap Room, with a wall of craft beers on tap, as well as a good wine list and solid cocktail service.

$$ | American and Burgers
Happy Hour and Outdoor Dining

25219 Kuykendahl Rd Ste G110 | Tomball 77375
281-255-2396
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Quality steaks and seafood in a scenic lakeside location

Del Frisco’s Grille

We love the patio at Del Frisco’s Grille; the view over the lake is perhaps the best in The Woodlands. The food satisfies too; from the legendary Del Frisco steaks, to the enticing flatbreads, cheesesteak egg rolls (believe us, it works), and well executed entrees. At lunch, we’re especially fond of the Grille Prime Cheeseburger, a double-patty creation worthy of any burger lover’s attention.

The well-trained staff anticipates patrons’ needs and provides excellent service. Chef Brian McNamara serves up outstanding specials; call ahead to see what magic he’s worked today.

$$ and $$$ | American, Seafood, and Steaks
HRW2020, Outdoor Dining, and Private Room

1900 Hughes Landing Blvd #500 | The Woodlands 77380
281-465-0300
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Eclectic Family-Run Cafe

Eden Cafe

This family-run cafe has been making area diners happy with generous portions of eclectic, home-style cuisine. American favorites, Italian, and Cuban entrees are the highlights.

Owner Ulises Larramendi originally hails from Cuba, and he brings a gentle latin twist to American favorites. Service is friendly and reliable, and the family-friendly environment is filled with diners of all ages.

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$$ | American
Private Room

33418 Egypt Ln #16 | Magnolia 77354
832-934-2800
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Breakfast, Lunch, and Baked Goods

Flour-ish

This bright, cheery bakery, located on the main square in Conroe, is a popular spot for breakfast and lunch. A variety of tasty sandwiches and other light offerings are the draw, along with fresh baked goodies that target your sweet tooth. On-street parking may require a walk.

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$$ | American, Breakfast, and Sandwiches

406 N Thompson St | Conroe 77301
Moreland Professional Building, across from courthouse
936-521-1007
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Well-prepared American classics in a comfortable strip center location

The Omega Grill

Modern versions of American classics are the order of the day at the Omega Grill, the sister restaurant of the popular Olive Oil, located a few doors down. The warm, friendly staff serves up big portions to hungry locals, who rave about the chicken-fried steak, pork chops, big burgers, sandwiches, and salads. Their “Twisted Texas” entrees are among our favorites, with Omega’s unique versions of these classic southern favorites. Kids menu brings in the families.

$$ | American, Burgers, Salads, and Sandwiches

399 Sawdust Rd | Spring 77380
832-299-6665
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Contemporary Texas cuisine in a comfortably upscale room

The Republic Grille

The flavors of Texas are served up on a plate at The Republic Grille, a locally-owned bistro located centrally in the Woodlands (with a new, second location on the far west end). Entrees like chicken-fried steak, shrimp & grits, pork chops, and fried chicken satisfy the appetites of hungry Texans, and the upscale casual setting (featuring historic photos of the early days of the Woodlands by noted photographer Ted Washington) serves as a comfortable backdrop for families, couples, and groups of friends. The chicken-fried-steak is getting a bit of a reputation; numerous publications have named it among the Houston area’s best.

$$ and $$$ | American, Burgers, and Salads
Outdoor Dining and Private Room

4775 W. Panther Creek, Suite 490 | The Woodlands 77381
(also 30340 FM 2978 Rd #800 / 281-789-7119)
281-789-7119
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Tommy Bahama

Tommy Bahama’s restaurant brings a tropical oasis to the middle of Market Street. Well prepared seafood (sure bets include ahi tuna tacos, crab bisque, and coconut shrimp) and solid American cuisine are the initial draws. The beautiful setting (complete with gorgeous, shaded patio) and professional service keep the upscale patrons coming back for more. Attached boutique is convenient if you feel underdressed. Bar executes tropical drinks well, and can be a bit of a scene.

$$$ | American and Seafood
Happy Hour, Outdoor Dining, and Private Room

9595 Six Pines Dr | The Woodlands 77380
(in Market Street)
281-292-8669
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Seafood, Crab, and Steaks at Hughes Landing

Truluck’s

The popular seafood and steak chain has landed at Hughes Landing, and locals have already made it a preferred destination. Crabs are front and center, and Truluck’s does them well. Chef Shane Flynn is a master of seafood, and his menu reflects this expertise. Those wanting something less aquatic head for the selection of prime steaks and choice filets. Cocktail Hour at Truluck’s is a scene; the half-priced cocktails and nice selection of seafood appetizers satisfy those looking to see and be seen at the stylish bar.

$$$$ | American, Seafood, and Steaks
Happy Hour, Outdoor Dining, and Private Room

1900 Hughes Landing Blvd, Suite 600 | The Woodlands 77380
281-465-7000
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Dallas-based chain specializing in upscale comfort food and whiskey

Whiskey Cake

Whiskey Cake packs ’em in with locally-sourced comfort food in a trendy, upscale setting. The big room fills with families and groups enjoying upscale spins on classic dishes. Whiskey selection is impressive, and the signature Whiskey Cake dessert should not be missed.

$$ and $$$ | American, Brunch, and Burgers
Brunch, Happy Hour, Outdoor Dining, and Private Room

27800 N Fwy Service Rd | Oak Ridge North 77385
346-209-5577
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Restaurant Listings

1836 Steakhouse - closed $$$ American and Steaks   Outside the Bubble: Huntsville
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403 Eats $ and $$ American   Outside the Bubble: Tomball
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Baker St. Pub & Grill $$ American   Waterway
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Bar Louie $$ American and Burgers   Waterway
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BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse $$ American, Burgers, and Pizza   I-45 Corridor
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Black Sheep Bistro $$$ American   Outside the Bubble: Spring
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Black Walnut Cafe $$ American, Burgers, and Sandwiches   Research East
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Blue Lion Pub $$ American   Grogan's Mill
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BonFire Grill $$ and $$$ American and Pizza   Outside the Bubble: Tomball
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Brooklyn Cafe $ and $$ American and Breakfast   Panther Creek
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Buffalo Run $ and $$ American and Burgers   Rayford Road
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Buldogies $ American and Sandwiches   Outside the Bubble: Hwy 105
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Citizen’s Grill $$ American and Burgers   1488 West
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Common Bond Café & Bakery $$ American, Bakery, Breakfast, Brunch, and Burgers   Outside the Bubble: Spring
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Craft Grill $$ American and Burgers   Creekside Forest West
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Cureight - closed $$$$ American   Waterway
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Del Frisco’s Grille $$ and $$$ American, Seafood, and Steaks   Hughes Landing
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Eden Cafe $$ American   1488 West
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Fielding’s Local Kitchen + Bar $$$ American, Brunch, and Steaks   Creekside Forest West
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Fielding’s Wood Grill $$ and $$$ American, Brunch, and Burgers   Research East
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Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse $$$ and $$$$ American and Steaks   Woodlands Mall
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Flour-ish $$ American, Breakfast, and Sandwiches   Outside the Bubble: Conroe
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Hearsay on the Waterway $$ and $$$ American   Waterway
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Herb & Beet $$ American, BBQ, Salads, and Sandwiches   Sawdust
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Jasper’s $$$ American   Market Street
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Kirby’s Steakhouse $$$ and $$$$ American and Steaks   I-45 Corridor
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Mia’s Table $$ American and Burgers   I-45 Corridor
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Morton’s Grille $$$ and $$$$ American and Steaks   Waterway
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Pacific Yard House $$ American   Outside the Bubble: Conroe
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Peli Peli South African Kitchen – Woodlands $$ and $$$ American, Seafood, and Steaks   Woodlands Mall
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Perry’s Steakhouse & Grill $$$ and $$$$ American and Steaks   Sterling Ridge
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Philipose’s Kitchen $$ and $$$ American, Indian, and Seafood   Outside the Bubble: Magnolia
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Refuge Bar & Bistro $$ American   Waterway
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Ronny G’s $$ American and Burgers   Sawdust
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Rose Rooftop $$ and $$$ American   Waterway
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Tewbeleaux’s $$ American and Burgers   Rayford Road
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The Goose’s Acre $$ American and Burgers   Waterway
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The Kitchen $$ American, Brunch, Burgers, Salads, and Sandwiches   Research East
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The Omega Grill $$ American, Burgers, Salads, and Sandwiches   Sawdust
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The Republic Grille $$ and $$$ American, Burgers, and Salads   Panther Creek and Woodlands Parkway West
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Tommy Bahama $$$ American and Seafood   Market Street
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Treehouse Cafe $$ American   1488 West
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TRIS $$$ and $$$$ American, Burgers, Seafood, and Steaks   Waterway
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True Food Kitchen $$ American   Market Street
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Truluck’s $$$$ American, Seafood, and Steaks   Hughes Landing
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Whiskey Cake $$ and $$$ American, Brunch, and Burgers   I-45 Corridor
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Woodson’s Local Tap $$ American and Burgers   1488 West
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