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

Seafood by Lake Conroe

Amore Seafood

🥇 Best 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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Serious Steaks from a Master Chef

Killen’s Steakhouse

🌟🌟🌟 — Notable on a statewide level.

🥇 Best Seafood
🥇 Best Steak

When Ronnie Killen announced he was coming to the Woodlands, locals stood up and took notice. Why? Because this Cordon Bleu trained chef has developed a reputation for serving some of the best beef in Texas – wet aged and dry aged, and sourced from the US, Australia, and Japan.

Classic steakhouse vibe packs in hungry carnivores. Service is polished and professional, but approachable. Ronnie Killen’s reputation brings foodies in the door, and the expertly prepared steaks and seafood bring ’em back for more.

$$$ and $$$$ | Steaks
Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Romantic, and Upscale

1700 Research Forest Dr | Shenandoah 77381
281-323-4004
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Chef-prepared seafood in a modern strip-center location

Off The Hook Seafood

🌟 — Notable in the Woodlands area.

🥇 Best Burger
🥇 Best 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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Raising the bar for dining in the Woodlands

TRIS

🌟🌟🌟🌟 — Among the best restaurants in Texas.

🥇 Best American
🥇 Best Burger
🥇 Best Happy Hour
🥇 Best Seafood
🥇 Best Steak

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.

Not only does Tris butcher their own beef, but they’ve created their own hybrid breed of cattle (Gyulais, a wagyu/charolais hybrid) that meets the chef’s exacting standards.. 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 a strength; from USDA prime to Texas wagyu to their own Gyulais herd to Japanese A5 (Miyazaki) for the true connoisseur. Each is cooked with the technique that will bring out the unique flavor of the breed and cut of beef. Seafood is another specialty, and it’s handled superbly. A deep dive into the appetizers can bring great rewards, from the now-iconic Korean butter-poached crab to the ethereal hamachi sashimi.

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, and Tris exemplifies just how good a restaurant can be with a great team and a creative genius at the helm.

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$$$ and $$$$ | American, Burgers, Seafood, and Steaks
Catering, Full Bar, Good for Vegetarians, Happy Hour, HRW2020, HRW2021, Outdoor Dining, Private Room, and Upscale

24 Waterway Avenue | The Woodlands 77380
281-203-5641
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Seafood, Crab, and Steaks at Hughes Landing

Truluck’s

🌟🌟 — Among the best restaurants in the Woodlands area.

🥇 Best Seafood
🥈 Recommended American
🥈 Recommended Steak

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
Full Bar, Happy Hour, Live Music, Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Romantic, Scenic View, and Upscale

1900 Hughes Landing Blvd, Suite 600 | The Woodlands 77380
281-465-7000
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Recommended

Babin’s Seafood House

🥈 Recommended Seafood
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
Full Bar, HRW2020, HRW2021, and Upscale

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

🌟 — Notable in the Woodlands area.

🥈 Recommended American
🥈 Recommended Burger
🥈 Recommended Seafood
🥈 Recommended Steak

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, Brunch, Seafood, and Steaks
Full Bar, Happy Hour, HRW2020, HRW2021, Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Romantic, Scenic View, and Upscale

1900 Hughes Landing Blvd #500 | The Woodlands 77380
281-465-0300
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Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen

🥈 Recommended Seafood

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
Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, and Upscale

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

🌟 — Notable in the Woodlands area.

🥈 Recommended Seafood

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
Full Bar, Outdoor Dining, and Upscale

9595 Six Pines Dr #1120 | The Woodlands 77380
In Market Street Center
281-419-4242
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Casual Upscale overlooking Market Street's Green

Tommy Bahama

🌟 — Notable in the Woodlands area.

🥈 Recommended American
🥈 Recommended Seafood

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
Full Bar, Happy Hour, Live Music, Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Romantic, Scenic View, and Upscale

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 $$$ American, Brunch, Seafood, and Steaks   Hughes Landing
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Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse $$$ and $$$$ American, Seafood, and Steaks   Woodlands Mall
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Landry’s $$$ Seafood   Woodlands Mall
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Mozambik $$ and $$$ Seafood, South African, and Steaks   Woodlands Mall
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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 - closed $$ and $$$ American, Brunch, 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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The Chef’s Table $$$ Seafood, South African, and Steaks   Outside the Bubble: Vintage
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Tommy Bahama $$$ 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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