As the weather starts cooling down, there’s no better way to enjoy time outdoors than to hang out on a patio with friends. It’s even better if you can find a restaurant where you can bring along your four legged friends. We’ve sniffed out a few dog friendly patios to meet up with friends just beyond the Houston area.

Bakkhus Taverna 

Bakkhus reflects a small Greek family style restaurant that serves Greek and American fare with a southern twist. They offer a diverse menu and nothing but the best spices and the freshest local produce all while putting a new twist on classic Greek recipes. The breezy patio is in the heart of Kemah and has a covered patio area for dogs.

Stuttgarden Tavern 

Located on the second floor of the Toucan Alley Shops in Bay Area Houston, Stuttgarden Tavern Kemah offers a large rooftop patio featuring lawn games for the whole family and beautiful views of Galveston Bay. Dogs are always welcome on the patio. Stuttgarden serves nightly specials and offers live music, karaoke and trivia nights. 

Pssttt... Stuttgarden also has locations in Galveston, Texas City and The Heights!

Pier 21 

In Galveston, all of the restaurants on Pier 21 have patios and are pet friendly. Restaurants at Pier 21 like Olympia Grill, Willie G’s or Fisherman’s Wharf offer views of Galveston’s historic working harbor. While dining, visitors will often see cruise ships, harbor tours, shrimp boats, and tug boats hard at work as well as frequent dolphin and marine wildlife sightings.

Yucatan Taco Stand

Yucatan  Taco  Stand  features  the  freshest  Latin  fusion  cuisine  and  some  of  the  best cocktails in The Woodlands with more than 75  tequilas on hand for you to try. The atmosphere offers a fun environment for casual dinners on the patio with friends and pets. Yucatan also offers frequent live music on the patio and a walk-up bar.

Live Oak Grill 

With its award-winning food, laid-back atmosphere and a dash of Texas charm included at no charge - Live Oak Grill has been a Sugar Land favorite for years. They are open daily for lunch and dinner and serve brunch on the weekends. The patio area is covered and pet friendly.

Red Brick Tavern 

The Red Brick Tavern in Conroe has three pet-friendly outdoor tables where you are welcome to sit with your dog. Serving upscale comfort food, you'll find a large menu of options like Salmon Sliders, Italian Sausage & Pepper Penne, and Pistachio Crusted Chicken Breast. They also have a variety of burgers and sandwiches and wood-fired pizzas including the Ring of Fire and the Filet Mignon pizza. Stop by for brunch on Sunday and enjoy and Tavern Chilaquiles or Brioche French Toast plus live music.

Craft Grill

Craft Grill is a casual, friendly restaurant in Tomball that serves regional southern cuisine such as Nashville hot wings, South Carolina pork sliders, Kentucky ribeye steaks, and Mississippi catfish and hush puppies. There’s also more than 30 beers on tap and a dog friendly outdoor patio!

Luke's Icehouse

If you are looking for a chill place that is dog-friendly and has great burgers, stop by Luke’s Icehouse in Beaumont. There’s a wide selection of beer and there’s often live music concerts on the patio. Luke’s is also known for a tasty “Hangover Brunch” that runs from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm on the weekends.