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American, Steakhouse
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Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Table Service, BYOB
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Reviewed April 25, 2022

We can't say enough good things about the steak and chicken we had on our 1st but not last visit to The Leona General Store and we came all the way from across the pond in England to eat here! The steak was perfection, the...chicken melted like butter in your mouth, and the pecan cobbler was heaven in a bowl!! . The service and friendly staff make your visit so welcoming and the country decor is warm and welcoming. We will be back in Texas (my home just an ex-pat for now) visiting family in November and we will be coming back for the fish night on a Thursday and yes, again on a Friday. Thank you for the perfect meal and friendly service.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed November 29, 2021

Visiting family in Centerville and we went Friday night. They accommodated 15 of us. The steaks were amazing!

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed July 10, 2021

The experience is all about the steak, Good ribeye steak and you can pick your size from 10oz up in 2oz increments. Good piece of meat and very tasty, cooked just how we asked for a reasonable price. Service was good and friendly with everyone...pitching in. So nice friendly place and definitely worth a stop. They don't brag about the sides and you don't really get a choice. Potato that night was bland and basic but I heard they have twice baked that are really good. Not offered the night we were there. The salad bar is basic and limited. Only true negative was the peach cobbler. It was very disappointing. We expected cobbler to be better, not sure if it was home made, but didn't taste very good. Also we were lucky and arrived at 5:15 and got in on the first wave / seating of people for dinner. Service was fairly quick and they appear to have a good system to move people in and out. So again worth the visit for steak and experience and what the owners are doing for this small town.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed June 27, 2021 via mobile

The Saturday night wait in line is worth it! The ribeye was delicious! Be there an hour before they open to make sure you are in the first group seated. Our waitress Dorinda was a hoot! She claims to have invented the “Oh baby” dessert...which is a combo of brownie, pecan cobbler and ice cream that is divine! I am a bread lover and would drive there just for the potato rolls, they are that good.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed May 17, 2021 via mobile

The experience and food are very good. We went on steak night and were not disappointed. The line was long when we got there at 5:15 on a Saturday and we do not make the first cut but things move quickly here. It was a...very pleasurable experience and we look forward to returning.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed April 24, 2020

The BEST steaks around! They are cooked to perfection with their special rub you can purchase in the store. The waitstaff is always amazing!!!

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed December 1, 2019

You expect to find good steakhouses in Texas, but more often than not, the best ones are where you least expect them, like in Leona, a wide spot in the road in the middle 'o nowhere. The Leona General Store does steak, and boy, do...they know how to do steak. The meat is a very good quality, the cuts are generous (actually, huge) and they cook it the way you want it, not the way they think you should eat it. Some might prefer a little less salty rub, but to me, that brings out the flavor and makes for an intensely-sensual eating experience. Steak sauces are available for those of you who want to screw up a perfectly good steak :), They do offer chicken, and catfish on Friday nights. Alcohol is BYOB, but they have suitable plastic glasses for wine available. Side dishes are simple, skin-on mashed potatoes, limited salad bar and a vegetable - you are there for the meat, not the other stuff. If you plan on eating here, come early - the line starts forming well before opening and can stretch for a mile down the highway, but service is good, your food arrives in a timely manner and the overall experience is very pleasant. A true winner.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed November 17, 2019

I've been wanting to eat at the Leona General Store for a long time. Finally, last Saturday night we got to go and there were no disappointments. The service was great and I had no idea of just how big this place is. The population...of Leona is 175, and it seemed like every one of them was here. We started with the salad bar and as I've always heard, their hand-cut 10-ounce ribeye steaks are at least 16 onces and wonderfully seasoned and cooked to profection. Also liked their homemade mashed potatoes.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed July 30, 2019

We only get to Leona once a year with a group of high school buddies, but we ALWAYS enjoy the steaks that are cut much larger than what you order or pay for. Grilled to perfection, they always make us want to come back again...and again.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed July 11, 2019

We were visiting family in Madisonville and asked someone where to get dinner. This was the only answer to that question. They told us that this is the best steak you will get in all of Texas. They were right! Go! Its an experience and...a great dinner. Here is the locals tip: Get there early and be ready to wait in line. We got there at 4:15 and there were already people waiting. By the time it opened, the line was so long that we couldn't even see the end of it. I have no idea where these people even parked. Order the 10 oz. It is HUGE and by no means really a 10 oz. Also, we discovered once we were already in line that the restaurant is BYOB and you can enjoy your drinks in line.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed June 11, 2019

We live in College Station...very pretty drive to Leona. Atmosphere and food is fantastic. The owners are great people and usually in the restaurant/store working. Save room for dessert!

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed May 26, 2019 via mobile

Best Steak you’ve had in Texas at Any Price! Yes, we’ve eaten at all of fancy high dollar places in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio & Austin. However, you haven’t had the best steak until you’ve found The Leona General Store. It’s only open Friday &...Saturday (5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.). The 10 oz. steak goes for $24.00 & increases by $2.50 / 2 oz. i.e. 12 oz = $26.50. The big SECRET is that you get a lot more steak than you pay for so it’s really worth it. The other big secret is that you are allowed to share plates & the outstanding staff will bring you an extra plate & you buy extra sides & salad bar if you want or not. You’ll only be offered 1 side which were delicious mashed potatoes (skin on) & salad bar & fresh hot rolls. However, remember you’re there for the steaks which remind me of steaks in Argentina. Yes, TEXANS! The steaks in Argentina are the best in the world! The only drawback is that you must start lining up +1 hour before doors open. We arrived at 4:15 p.m. & we were 6th -10th in line. Our children ordered chicken breast dinners ($14.00) with the same sides. They were delicious! My kids ate everything which is a huge statement. However, the line is eased because there’s an ice cream parlor & wine shop next door. It’s BYOB at Leona’s do come prepared or load up at the wine shop next door. Do yourself & Family a favor & discover the best steaks in Texas!More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed March 22, 2019 via mobile

We have heard so much about the steakhouse in Leona, we had to try it. Went on a Friday in March, crowd was big but we were seated within 10 minutes. Friendly waiststaff, but hurried. We ordered steaks medium rare. After about 20 minutes put...steaks arrived, big and juicy, cooked perfectly. But so salty. We don't typically eat heavily salted food, so the steaks were not the best we've ever had, like so many other diners say. Just a heads up, if you're not a big salt eater, you may not like the steaks. We went back a few weeks later on catfish night (Thursday) and got the all you can eat catfish. Again, believing what so many had said, that it was "the best" catfish ever. Well....for us, the catfish was worse than the salty steaks. Way over cooked and under seasoned. All I tasted was heavy cornmeal breading and grease. The tartar sauce tasted like mayonnaise...no other flavor. I saw pickle chunks but did not taste them. I can honestly say it was the worst catfish I'd eaten in years. Save your tastebuds and drive on down to Madisonville to the place in the rv park. You'll thank me.More

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed March 8, 2019 via mobile

Great tasting steak if you can get past the salt... Potatoes and rolls however are fantastic! Staff is fantastic..although it took a while to get our food...we did have to ask if they forgot about us!

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed February 12, 2019 via mobile

You know how you hear all the hype on so many places, you hear rave reviews on everything from the tea to the dessert, and then you visit and it’s disgusting? That is NOT the Leona General Store! It lives up to every bit of...its reputation and then some. Great atmosphere, friendly staff, and amazing food! We went on steak night and on fried fish night and both were unbelievable. The food is fresh, delicious and served at all the right temps. It’s out in the country a bit off I45, but that’s not stopping anyone! On steak night, we got there before they opened and there were at least 40 people ahead of us in line and more piling in behind. I thought it might be a problem, but they have plenty of room. I guess you can bring your own beer as well - lots of people had coolers. All in all, totally worth the visit!More

Date of visit: October 2018
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The Leona General Store is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4