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

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

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

Originally published in 2021.)

The Best

The best steaks in the Woodlands area, in alphabetical order

Modern American bistro in an upscale park setting

Fielding’s Local Kitchen + Bar

🌟🌟🌟 — Notable on a statewide level.

🥇 Best American
🥇 Best Brunch
🥇 Best Burger
🥇 Best Happy Hour
🥇 Best Steak
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. Chef Edel’s creativity always impresses, be it a vibrant starter with shimmering flavors and textures or a soulful entree with a clever surprise. His European outlook and mastery of classic technique is reflected on every plate. But Local is not pretentious; steak lovers will be pleased to discover that the steaks stack up against the best steakhouses in town, and there’s always a killer burger on the menu. The airy, modern bar doesn’t disappoint, with their talented staff concocting superb craft cocktails from an impressive collection of spirits. Beers are sourced locally and internationally to stock the rotating selection of taps, and featured bar menus are created on a regular basis. This is easily the top bar in the Woodlands. Service is professional and friendly. The building is stunning, with glass overlooking the expansive patio and Creekside green beyond. Fielding’s Local is a true destination restaurant, and worth a spot on any foodie’s short list.

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$$$ and $$$$ | American, Brunch, Burgers, and Steaks
Brunch, Catering, Full Bar, Happy Hour, HRW2020, HRW2021, Live Music, Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Scenic View, and Upscale

26400 Kuykendahl Rd | Tomball 77375
281-351-2225
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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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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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Recommended

Recommended steaks in the Woodlands area, in alphabetical order

A casual, chef-driven steakhouse with a solid wine list

Burgers & Bordeaux

🥈 Recommended Steak

Don’t be fooled by the name; this neighborhood steakhouse has offerings that go far beyond burgers, and a sophisticated, well-curated wine list to match. Chef Charlie Watkins (Café Toulouse, Sierra Grill) takes his Inner Loop sensibilities to the Magnolia area, and locals can’t get enough of his well-executed, French-influenced cuisine. Appetizers are a particular strength; from the rich and bold Spicy Bacon Plate to the elegantly savory Warm Goat Cheese (with addictive basil tomato coulis), these small plates are perfect with a well-priced bottle of Old World or California wine. The eponymous burgers are thoughtfully conceived, and the house aged steaks are also quite good. Our only issue has been inconsistency as of late, but hopefully that will be addressed.

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$$ and $$$ | Brunch, Burgers, and Steaks
Full Bar, Happy Hour, and Live Music

4900 Farm to Market Rd 1488 | Conroe 77384
Marcel Town Center, 545 Woodland Square Blvd
936-242-1373
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Latin cuisine with a Texas flair

Churrascos

🥈 Recommended Steak

The Woodands outpost of Michael Cordua’s successful empire has hit its stride in the scenic waterway district. Delicious latin-influenced cuisine including Cordua favorites like the chimichurri-topped churrasco steak and the iconic tres leches are present and accounted for. New lighter options are available as well, all are skillfully executed by the well-managed staff.

Beautiful waterfront location with one of the most scenic patios in the Woodlands is perfect for happy hour; the bar is a hotspot after work. Well priced brunch is also turning heads.

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$$$ | Brunch, Latin American, and Steaks
Brunch, Catering, Full Bar, Happy Hour, HRW2020, HRW2021, Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Romantic, Scenic View, and Upscale

21 Waterway Avenue | The Woodlands 77380
281-367-1492
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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.

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$$ and $$$ | 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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Prime steaks and seafood

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse

🥈 Recommended Steak

Quality service is the draw at the Woodlands outpost of this popular steakhouse chain. The professional staff goes beyond the expected to make every visit special, and they pull out the stops on special occasions. Food is above average steakhouse fare; the tomahawk steak is an impressive favorite.

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$$$ and $$$$ | American, Seafood, and Steaks
Full Bar, Live Music, Private Room, and Upscale

1201 Lake Woodlands Dr Suite 305 | The Woodlands 77380
281-362-0103
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Brazilian Steakhouse on Lake Woodlands

Fogo de Chao

🥈 Recommended Steak

Fogo de Chao is a carnivore’s delight. Bands of roaming gauchos patrol the dining room, offering diners slices from expertly roasted cuts of beef, pork, chicken, and more. But you won’t want to pass up the epic Market Table, an expansive display of charcuterie, cheeses, vegetables, and prepared creations. (It’s a filling meal by itself, and a bargain for lunch during the week.)

The Hughes Landing setting is upscale, airy, and comfortable. Service is professional without being stuffy.

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$$$ and $$$$ | Latin American and Steaks
Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Scenic View, and Upscale

1900 Hughes Landing Blvd #400 | The Woodlands 77380
In Hughes Landing's Restaurant Row
281-498-4200
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Steaks and Italian in a surprisingly fashionable hideaway

Johnny’s Italian Steak House

🌟 — Notable in the Woodlands area.

🥈 Recommended Italian
🥈 Recommended Steak

We never expected to find good food in a hotel off Research east of I-45. So we were pleasantly surprised by Johnny’s Italian Steak House, a mid-priced steakhouse that also features some very good Italian dishes. We’re particularly fond of their happy hour offerings – well priced appetizers perfect for sharing.

Chef Brittany Briden’s kitchen does an outstanding job turning out steaks that won’t break the budget; the result is a wonderfully upscale meal without the upscale prices.

Service is attentive without being intrusive and the room is beautiful and cozy, making it perfect for a getaway with that special someone. Johnny’s demonstrates that you don’t have to pay a lot to enjoy a quality steak in a beautiful setting.

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$$ and $$$ | Italian and Steaks
Catering, Full Bar, Happy Hour, HRW2021, Live Music, Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Romantic, and Upscale

19333 David Memorial Dr. | Shenandoah 77385
(Inside the Crown Plaza Shenandoah)
346-331-2060
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🌟 — Notable in the Woodlands area.

🥈 Recommended Steak

This Houston-area chain is known for quality steaks, but even more for its phenomenal pork chop. In a state known for beef, Perry’s has made a name for itself serving what is perhaps the best pork chop in the city. It’s a big deal, and easily enough for a second meal the next day.

Sterling Ridge location means no trip to the front of the Woodlands for those living in the western villages. Upscale room, professional service.

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$$$ and $$$$ | American and Steaks
Full Bar, Happy Hour, HRW2020, HRW2021, Private Room, Romantic, and Upscale

6700 Woodlands Pkwy | The Woodlands 77382
281-362-0569
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Prime steaks in a comfortable suburban setting.

Red Flame Steak & Grill

🌟 — Notable in the Woodlands area.

🥈 Recommended Steak

Serial restauranteur Julio Amer (Julio’s Mexican Grill, Julio’s Mexican Grill Sawdust) has another hit on his hands with Red Flame Steak & Grill. Brining top-quality steaks to the Magnolia area is an idea long overdue; locals pack in to the beautiful bar and casual dining room to enjoy flame-grilled prime steaks and other enticing entrees. Service is reliable, good wine selection and cocktails.

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$$$ | Steaks
Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor Dining, and Upscale

7214 Farm to Market Rd 1488 | Magnolia 77354
281-521-5066
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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.

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$$$$ | 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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Restaurant Listings

Avenida Brazil $$$ Steaks  
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Burgers & Bordeaux $$ and $$$ Brunch, Burgers, and Steaks   1488 West
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Churrascos $$$ Brunch, Latin American, and Steaks   Waterway
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Del Frisco’s Grille $$ and $$$ American, Brunch, Seafood, and Steaks   Hughes Landing
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Fielding’s Local Kitchen + Bar $$$ and $$$$ American, Brunch, Burgers, and Steaks   Creekside Forest West
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Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse $$$ and $$$$ American, Seafood, and Steaks   Woodlands Mall
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Fogo de Chao $$$ and $$$$ Latin American and Steaks   Hughes Landing
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Johnny’s Italian Steak House $$ and $$$ Italian and Steaks   I-45 Corridor
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Killen’s Steakhouse $$$ and $$$$ Steaks   Research East
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Kirby’s Steakhouse $$$ and $$$$ American and Steaks   I-45 Corridor and Woodlands Mall
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Morton’s Grille $$$ and $$$$ American, Brunch, and Steaks   Waterway
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Mozambik $$ and $$$ Seafood, South African, and Steaks   Woodlands Mall
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Peli Peli South African Kitchen – Woodlands - closed $$ and $$$ American, Brunch, Seafood, and Steaks   Woodlands Mall
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Perry’s Steakhouse & Grill $$$ and $$$$ American and Steaks   Sterling Ridge
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Red Flame Steak & Grill $$$ Steaks   1488 West
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Refuge Steak House & Bourbon Bar $$$ and $$$$ Steaks   Creekside Forest West
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Robard’s Steakhouse - closed $$$$ Seafood and Steaks   Grogan's Mill
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Saltgrass American and Steaks   I-45 Corridor
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The Chef’s Table $$$ Seafood, South African, and Steaks   Outside the Bubble: Vintage
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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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