Featured Romantic Restaurants The Woodlands

Indian cuisine meets French technique at this luxe location near the waterway

Amrina

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

🥇 Best Happy Hour
🥇 Best Indian
World-class Indian cuisine from noted chef Jassi Bindra meets French technique in this swanky location near the Woodlands Waterway. GM Giorgio Ferrero has assembled a spectacular wine list (first growth Bordeaux, anyone?) to complement the luxurious, beautifully crafted cuisine. Spare-no-expense interior design is the backdrop for a special night out; those looking for an upscale scene need look no further. Amrina is piling up the awards: Not only have they been recognized by TWTX one of the best restaurants in Texas, but they were Eater Houston’s Restaurant of the Year 2022 for Houston. At this rate, they’re going to need a bigger trophy case.

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$$$ and $$$$ | Indian
Brunch, Family-Run Small Business, Full Bar, Good Desserts, Good for Vegetarians, Happy Hour, HRW2023, Late Night, Live Music, Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Romantic, and Upscale

3 Waterway Square Pl #100 | The Woodlands 77380
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The coastal cuisine of Italy in a romantic, lakeside setting

Azzurro Italian Costal Cuisine

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

🥇 Best Italian
🥇 Best Seafood

Azzurro brings the cuisine of coastal Italy to Texas, and does so with verve and style. From the beautifully appointed lakeside dining room (outside seating is available as well) to the polished, professional service to the skillfully executed cuisine, Azzurro exceeds expectations.

The kitchen sings with fresh seafood preparations. We’d happily make a meal from the stellar Octopus Carpaccio, the soulful House Smoked Salmon, and the lush Pesce Crudo. But don’t miss the handmade pastas; the Mafaldine Braised Beef Cheeks was one of the best pastas we’ve sampled this year.

It’s another hit for the Orioli family, who are spreading their Italian vision across the Woodlands. Upscale casual atmosphere, valet parking.

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$$$ | Italian and Seafood
Family-Run Small Business, Full Bar, Good Desserts, Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Scenic View, and Upscale

1950 Hughes Landing Blvd #1900 | The Woodlands 77381
281-310-6662
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A neighborhood pub in the Grogan's Mill Village Center

Blue Lion Pub

🥇 Best Happy Hour
🥈 Recommended American (Traditional)
🥈 Recommended Burger

Woodlands residents have been clamoring for more spots to relax with a cocktail, and the Blue Lion Pub delivers. Owners Wes Cordova and Kristi Sides have created a cozy, stylish haven for thirsty patrons looking to beat the heat day or night. The food was a pleasant surprise; the tightly-edited menu features a superb Sonora dog that was our favorite bite. Bacon-wrapped all-beef dog topped with fresh veggies and perched on a pretzel bun resulted in one of the best hotdogs we’ve had south of Buldogies. Fresh grilled Brussels sprouts were another great surprise; a beautifully executed version of this healthy snack.

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$$ | American (Traditional)
Family-Run Small Business, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Live Music, Outdoor Dining, and Romantic

2230 Buckthorne Pl Suite 150 | The Woodlands 77380
In the Grogan's Mill Village Center
832-205-0817
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Cozy wine bar with well priced charcuterie

Boardough Vino

🥇 Best Wine Bar
🥈 Recommended Happy Hour
🥈 Recommended Pizza

Research Forest gets a new, tucked-away wine bar offering a peaceful hideaway from the day’s stresses. Boardough Vino offers a curated wine list along with well priced bites ranging from pizza and sandwiches to charcuterie. We were pleasantly surprised by the reasonably priced 18″ pizzas featuring cracker crusts, high quality toppings, and nicely balanced sauces; they’re one of the best thin crusts pizzas in the Woodlands. Expansive bar, comfortable seating, and a cozy patio make for a great happy hour spot or romantic getaway with that special someone. Casual atmosphere, friendly staff.

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$$ | Charcuterie, Pizza, and Wine Bar
Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor Dining, and Romantic

4223 Research Forest Dr Suite #100 | The Woodlands 77381
281-719-8938
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Whiskey and food in a cozy, intimate setting

Bosscat Kitchen & Libations

🌟 — Notable in the Woodlands area.

🥇 Best Brunch
🥇 Best Burger
🥈 Recommended American (New)

Bosscat Kitchen is a restaurant with a focus on pork and a bar with a focus on whiskey. These two American cousins come together in a cozy, intimate setting that’s perfect for happy hour or date night. Food is well executed elevated comfort food; start with the Pig Candy and thank us later.

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$$ and $$$ | American (New) and Burgers
Brunch, Full Bar, Good Desserts, HRW2023, On the Radar, Outdoor Dining, Private Room, and Romantic

9595 Six Pines Dr Unit 250 | The Woodlands 77380
On Market Street near Tiffany's
281-819-6330
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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, HRW2022, HRW2023, 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.

🥇 Best American (Traditional)
🥈 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 (Traditional), Brunch, Seafood, and Steaks
Full Bar, Happy Hour, HRW2020, HRW2021, HRW2022, HRW2023, Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Romantic, Scenic View, and Upscale

1900 Hughes Landing Blvd #500 | The Woodlands 77380
281-465-0300
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Modern American bistro in an upscale park setting

Fielding’s Local Kitchen + Bar

🌟🌟🌟 — Notable on a statewide level.

🥇 Best American (New)
🥇 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 (New), Brunch, Burgers, and Steaks
Brunch, Catering, Family-Run Small Business, 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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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, HRW2022, HRW2023, 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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Serious Steaks from a Master Chef

Killen’s Steakhouse

🌟🌟🌟 — Notable on a statewide level.

🥇 Best Burger
🥇 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. Burger lovers should not skip the outstanding Killen’s Burger; it may be the best steakhouse burger around.

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.

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

1700 Research Forest Dr | Shenandoah 77381
281-323-4004
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Traditional steak house overlooking a small lake near the mall

Kirby’s Steakhouse

🥈 Recommended Steak

Kirby’s Prime Steakhouse has been serving the Woodlands since 2004. They feature Mid-Western, grain fed, aged prime beef. Kirby’s also offers fresh seafood, daily specials, and a collection of New and Old World wine housed in an cellar of over 4,000 bottles. Kirby’s boasts a trendy jazz bar and lounge featuring happy hour nightly.

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$$$ and $$$$ | American (Traditional) and Steaks
Full Bar, Happy Hour, HRW2022, HRW2023, Live Music, Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Romantic, Scenic View, and Upscale

1111 Timberloch Pl | The Woodlands 77830
281-362-1121
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Classic Italian, prepared skillfully from scratch

Nona’s Italian Grill

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

🥇 Best Italian

Foodies in search of outstanding Italian food have a tucked away spot to try. Chef owned and relocated to the Woodlands, Nona’s Italian Grill shows the kind of carefully crafted cuisine that is the hallmark of a memorable restaurant. From classics like the excellent Chicken Parmigiana to creative combinations featuring pastas, seafood, and outstanding steaks, we were impressed by quality of the ingredients, the solid execution, and the classic flavors of the signature sauces.

Located in a strip center on Highway 242 just west of I-45, Nona’s modest yet upscale setting is cozy, quiet, and perfect for date night. Nona’s moving to the Woodlands triggered the Italian food renaissance that totally remade the cuisine’s footprint in our area. Full bar, professional service.

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$$ and $$$ | Italian
Family-Run Small Business, Full Bar, Happy Hour, HRW2022, HRW2023, Live Music, Romantic, and Upscale

3091 College Park Dr #185 | The Woodlands 77384
936-224-3132
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Handmade contemporary Italian cuisine

Papa Amadeos

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

🥇 Best Italian

Don’t be fooled by the modest strip center location. Papa Amadeos crafts some of the finest Italian food in the Woodlands area. Chef Arturo Huerta’s meticulous personal approach delivers delicious results. Everything is handmade in house; from the pastas to the balanced, classic sauces, to the more innovative dishes featured in the evenings. The classics are beautifully executed; we keep getting drawn in by the flawless chicken parmigiana and the light, pillowy gnocchi. Well priced, curated wine list.

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$$ | Italian
Catering, Family-Run Small Business, Live Music, Private Room, Romantic, and Upscale

432 Sawdust Rd. | Spring 77380
Behind Herb & Beet
713-389-5975
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Soufflé's and more from this playfully upscale French cafe and wine bar

Rise

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

🥇 Best French
🥇 Best Sweet Shop

Upscale French cuisine in a relaxed yet elegant setting? That’s Rise, the Dallas import that will have locals lining up at the door. Soufflé’s the the specialty, both the expected sweet and the surprising (but craveable) savory. Chef Cameron Achee and his team are bringing their spin on this classic French cuisine to the western Woodlands, and we’re lucky they are.

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$$ and $$$ | French
Full Bar, Good Desserts, On the Radar, Private Room, and Romantic

26435 Kuykendahl Rd Suite 100 | Tomball 77375
281-809-0742
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Treetop views and a rooftop deck on the Woodlands Waterway

Rose Rooftop

Rose Rooftop is definitely a spot for those who want to see and be seen. Located on the Woodlands Waterway, the establishment features a downstairs lounge and restaurant, complete with a wraparound deck overlooking waterway square. From here, a tightly edited menu of upscale American favorites is served; we were particularly impressed by the flavorful Ceviche and the stunning Tuna Tartare. Lemon Pepper Salmon was another highlight; as was the substantial Rose Burger. On the roof, sceeensters dance the night away and enjoy a taco bar late through the evening. Friendly service.

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$$ and $$$ | American (Traditional) and Burgers
Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Romantic, Scenic View, and Upscale

20 Waterway Ave Ste #200 | The Woodlands 77380
832-341-5142
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Modern Italian in a chic hotel setting

Sorriso Modern Italian Kitchen

This casually ambitious Italian eatery bursts onto the Woodlands Waterway scene with a playful approach to Italian dining. Our first look at his food is promising. Well priced appetizers, pizzas, pastas, and desserts take center stage, and the completely rebuilt dining room is both modern and inviting. Excellent wine list.

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$$ and $$$ | Brunch, Italian, and Pizza
Full Bar, Happy Hour, HRW2022, Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Romantic, Scenic View, and Upscale

2 Waterway Square Place | The Woodlands 77380
In the Westin Waterway hotel
281-419-4300
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Upscale dining with an attached theater

The Audrey

🥈 Recommended American (New)

Market Street has gained a a stylish, modern restaurant with an attached movie theater; The Audrey. The establishment focuses on contemporary American cuisine, with the flair of Old Hollywood. Offerings include seafood, meats, and pasta, several of which are prepared tableside. Lunch, dinner, and brunch are all served in the swanky, upscale setting. Dinner and a movie in one stop has never been more convenient.

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$$$ and $$$$ | American (New)
Brunch, Full Bar, On the Radar, and Romantic

9595 Six Pines | The Woodlands 77380
832-924-8500
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Casual Upscale overlooking Market Street's Green

Tommy Bahama

🌟 — Notable in the Woodlands area.

🥈 Recommended American (New)
🥈 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.

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$$$ | American (New) 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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Seafood, Crab, and Steaks at Hughes Landing

Truluck’s

🌟 — Notable in the Woodlands area.

🥇 Best American (Traditional)
🥇 Best Seafood
🥈 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 (Traditional), 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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Upscale Italian in a cozy, romantic setting

Via Emilia

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

🥇 Best Italian

Great upscale Italian food can be tough to come by in the Woodlands, but Via Emilia is an exception to this rule. Tucked away in a strip center on Kuykendahl and Woodlands Parkway, Via Emilia prepares northern Italian specialities with verve and aplomb, and the gracious staff provides flawless service in the lovely dining room. Skillfully prepared seafood, meats, and pastas are great choices, and be sure to save room for the stellar limoncello cake.

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$$$ | Italian
Full Bar, Happy Hour, Live Music, Private Room, Romantic, and Upscale

10700 Kuykendahl Rd | The Woodlands 77381
281-465-9555
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Destination Mexican Dining from an accomplished team

Xalisko

🌟🌟🌟 — Notable on a statewide level.

🥇 Best Mexican
🥇 Best Tacos

Chef Beatriz Martines and her husband Juan have brought a destination Mexican restaurant to the Woodlands. Chef Beatriz bring world-class experience (from Hugo Ortega’s kitchens to the legendary Can Roca in Spain) and it shows in her cuisine. We were seriously impressed by her tableside trompo service of Tacos al Pastor; these are easily the best version we’ve found in the Houston area. Modern, upscale setting with numerous touches that reference Mexican culture. This isn’t your dad’s favorite Tex-Mex spot; its something far more interesting.

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$$$ | Mexican
Catering, Family-Run Small Business, Full Bar, Good Desserts, Happy Hour, HRW2023, On the Radar, Private Room, Romantic, and Upscale

1335 Lake Woodlands Dr | The Woodlands 77380
281-323-4092
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All Romantic Restaurants in the Woodlands

Amerigo’s Grill $$$ Italian   Sawdust
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Amrina $$$ and $$$$ Indian   Waterway
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Azzurro Italian Costal Cuisine $$$ Italian and Seafood   Hughes Landing
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Blue Lion Pub $$ American (Traditional)   Grogan's Mill
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Boardough Vino $$ Charcuterie, Pizza, and Wine Bar   Research East
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Bosscat Kitchen & Libations $$ and $$$ American (New) and Burgers   Market Street
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Churrascos $$$ Brunch, Latin American, and Steaks   Waterway
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Del Frisco’s Grille $$ and $$$ American (Traditional), Brunch, Seafood, and Steaks   Hughes Landing
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Fielding’s Local Kitchen + Bar $$$ and $$$$ American (New), Brunch, Burgers, and Steaks   Creekside Forest West
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Johnny’s Italian Steak House $$ and $$$ Italian and Steaks   I-45 Corridor
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Killen’s Steakhouse $$$ and $$$$ Burgers, Seafood, and Steaks   Research East
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Kirby’s Steakhouse $$$ and $$$$ American (Traditional) and Steaks   I-45 Corridor and Woodlands Mall
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Nona’s Italian Grill $$ and $$$ Italian   College Park
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Papa Amadeos $$ Italian   Sawdust
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Perry’s Steakhouse & Grill $$$ and $$$$ American (Traditional) and Steaks   Sterling Ridge
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Red Brick Tavern $$ American (Traditional)   Outside the Bubble: Conroe
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Rise $$ and $$$ French   Creekside Forest West
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Rose Rooftop $$ and $$$ American (Traditional) and Burgers   Waterway
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Sorriso Modern Italian Kitchen $$ and $$$ Brunch, Italian, and Pizza   Waterway
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The Audrey $$$ and $$$$ American (New)   Market Street
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Tommy Bahama $$$ American (New) and Seafood   Market Street
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Truluck’s $$$$ American (Traditional), Seafood, and Steaks   Hughes Landing
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Via Emilia $$$ Italian   Indian Springs
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Xalisko $$$ Mexican   Woodlands Mall
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