Are you looking for the best seafood restaurants in the Woodlands? We’ve assembled a guide to the restaurants that serve the best 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.

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

Updated July 2021. Originally published in 2019.)


The Best

Amore Seafood

Chef Ron Nicoletta has struck again with another category-defining restaurant along Highway 105. Chef Ron has departed, but the crowd-pleasing seafood lives on. Amore specializes in expertly prepared seafood that ventures beyond the Gulf and brings in great flavors from the East Coast. Seared tuna steak was a highlight; a slab of beautiful sushi-grade tuna delicately seasoned and seared rare. Fried calamari was among the very best we’ve tried; exquisitely tender, and accented with deep fried red and jalapeño peppers. Standards like fried shrimp are outstanding as well; unique Italian breadcrumb crust compliments the large, tasty shrimp. Don’t let the casual, charming setting fool you; this is serious seafood. (Formerly The Original Tony & Al’s Seafood Shack)

$$ | Seafood
Happy Hour and Outdoor Dining

14860 TX-105 | Montgomery 77356
936-582-1053
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Chef-prepared seafood in a modern strip-center location

Off The Hook Seafood

Rayford Road isn’t a haven for affordable, upscale food, but Off The Hook Seafood is doing its best to change that. Owner Alex Abdulwahab has created a comfortable, casual setting that delights foodies with seafood that goes far beyond the typical fried baskets… although those are present, and very well executed. From the gigantic Nashville Fried Fish Sandwich to the sublime Fried Calimari, with its light breading and cravable sauce, The kitchen demonstrates strong expertise with the fryer. The other dishes are even more delightful; a light, tangy seafood salad had us craving one more bite, the Tuna Poke po boy was another highlight. An entree of Monkfish and mushrooms shows a gift for complex, layered sauces, at a stunningly affordable price. We were even pleasantly surprised by the chef’s excellent cheeseburger, something we wouldn’t expect from a seafood spot.

Woodlands Area Foodies looking for great seafood need to put Off The Hook Seafood on their short list.

$$ | Burgers and Seafood
Catering, Happy Hour, and Outdoor Dining

2222 Rayford Rd Suite 105 | Spring 77386
Across Rayford from Kroger
346-331-2893
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South African Cuisine in an upscale, modern setting

Peli Peli South African Kitchen – Woodlands

The Woodlands now has its own outpost of this incredibly popular Houston-based restaurant. Bringing the interesting (but not scary) cuisine of South Africa, Executive Chef Ryan Stewart’s team presents an intriguing array of grilled meats, seafood, and other dishes designed to please the jaded palate. Beautiful room is comfortable and inviting, slightly upscale but not stuffy. Owners and staff reflect the diversity of Houston.

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

1201 Lake Woodlands Dr., Suite 304 | The Woodlands 77380
On the mall ring road, south side
281-257-9500
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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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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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Recommended

Babin’s Seafood House

This local favorite specializes in New Orleans inspired seafood, steaks, chicken and pasta. Southern Louisiana traditions come alive with authentic recipes, generous helpings, house gumbo and bon temps hospitality. Fresh fish are on display as you walk in; diners can see dishes being prepared. Service is friendly and professional.

$$ and $$$ | Seafood
HRW2020

19529 I-45 | Shenandoah 77385
281-296-8829
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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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Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen

Louisiana-inspired seafood dishes are the draw at this hugely successful local chain. Big portions and good service are the draw, prices can be eye-opening at times.

$$$ | Cajun/Creole and Seafood

18165 Interstate 45 S | Conroe 77385
936-321-4200
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The tastes of New Orleans in an upscale, family-run establishment

Schilleci’s New Orleans Kitchen

Schilleci’s brings Louisiana classics, from seafood gumbo to crawfish étouffée, shrimp creole and red beans & rice to the Woodlands. The family’s goal is to use many New Oreleans staples in the restaurant, including Gambino’s Bread, Blue Plate Mayonnaise, Community Coffee, and Abita Beer. Locals say they’re successful; it’s the closest thing to the French Quarter you’ll find in the Woodlands.

$$$ | Cajun/Creole and Seafood
Outdoor Dining

9595 Six Pines Dr #1120 | The Woodlands 77380
In Market Street Center
281-419-4242
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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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Restaurant Listings

Amore Seafood $$ Seafood   Outside the Bubble: Hwy 105
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Babin’s Seafood House $$ and $$$ Seafood   I-45 Corridor
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Del Frisco’s Grille $$ and $$$ American, Seafood, and Steaks   Hughes Landing
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Landry’s $$$ Seafood   Woodlands Mall
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Ocean Boulevard - closed $$ and $$$ Seafood   Outside the Bubble: Hwy 105
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Off The Hook Seafood $$ Burgers and Seafood   Rayford Road
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Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen $$$ Cajun/Creole and Seafood   I-45 Corridor
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Peli Peli South African Kitchen – Woodlands $$ and $$$ American, Seafood, and Steaks   Woodlands Mall
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Philipose’s Kitchen $$ and $$$ American, Indian, and Seafood   Outside the Bubble: Magnolia
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Robard’s Steakhouse - closed $$$$ Seafood and Steaks   Grogan's Mill
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Schilleci’s New Orleans Kitchen $$$ Cajun/Creole and Seafood   Market Street
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Tommy Bahama $$$ American and Seafood   Market Street
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TRIS $$$ and $$$$ American, Burgers, Seafood, and Steaks   Waterway
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Truluck’s $$$$ American, Seafood, and Steaks   Hughes Landing
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