Houston's Top Patios for Dining Outdoors
Some of Houston's tastiest meals can be enjoyed while sitting in the great outdoors. Whether you are looking for a cup of coffee and breakfast, a mid-day lunch, a romantic dinner or just an afterwork cocktail, there are plenty of wonderful patios all throughout the city.
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908 Congress St.
Located in the heart of the city, Batanga exudes elegance at a reasonable price. This modern tapas restaurant includes a 3,600 sq. ft. outdoor patio decorated with brightly colored umbrellas, heaters and fans. With specialty drinks and live music most nights, Batanga is a great spot for dinner or to top off a night out on the town.
2604 Dunlavy St.
Brasil is in an inconspicuous, unmarked building on the bustling corner of Dunlavy and Westheimer with two outdoor eating areas. At the front of the building is a fence-enclosed eating space covered with lush foliage and the second space, behind the building, is canopied with trees and offers a more relaxing atmosphere that has the occasional live music and movie night. The menu varies from freshly made baked goods and quiches, to elegant sandwiches and entrées.
2356 Rice Blvd.
Hungry’s offers one of the biggest outdoor spaces in Rice Village with an expansive two-story patio and bar area. A daily happy hour and flavor-packed menu of pizzas, sandwiches and pastas, makes this eatery a staple for Houstonians.
3614 West Alabama
Tiny Boxwoods is all chic but with no frills. This quiet cafe is a gorgeous, tree-lined patio where you can sip on quality cocktails and munch on dishes that range from fresh avocado toast to the Black and Blue filet with a bleu cheese risotto and a berry balsamic reduction.
Classic Houston Patios
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Brennan’s of Houston
3300 Smith St.
Outdoor dining in Houston doesn’t get much better than at Brennan’s of Houston. Anchored by a striking fountain, shaded oak trees and wrought-iron furniture, the restaurant’s NOLA- inspired, intimate courtyard patio exudes class and refinement, without being stuffy or pretentious. Enjoy the restaurant’s legendary Texas-creole cuisine (the turtle soup is a must-try) during jazz brunch, social hour or a romantic date night out.
1103 South Shepherd Dr.
One of Houston’s most classic patios is still one of the best. Surrounded by large oak trees and a majestic fountain, this River Oaks restaurant serves up Southern dishes like a spicy jalapeno fettuccine, creamy lobster risotto and Texas Gulf shrimp with cheese grits.
Patios for Beer Buffs
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Saint Arnold Beer Garden and Restaurant
2000 Lyons Ave.
This craft brewery’s beer garden and restaurant is an expansive outdoor space offering food and Saint Arnold’s award-winning beers. They are open seven days a week for lunch and dinner with a lot of menu items made in-house including: pizza dough, meats, breads for sandwiches, and sauces.
Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company
2101 Summer St.
There is no better place to enjoy a beer and have the best view of the Houston skyline than at the Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company headquarters. The three-story Brewtopia is the perfect spot for happy hour with friends.
Patios for Lovers
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5512 La Branch St.
Modern Southern restaurant Lucille’s offers an expansive patio in the heart of Houston’s Museum District. The semi-covered space is equipped with both heaters and misting fans for Houston’s ever-changing weather. Live music by jazz ensemble Vanguard Entertainment Group also graces the restaurant’s patio every Thursday and for weekend brunch.
2011 Ella Blvd.
Rainbow Lodge has a reputation for being one of Houston’s most romantic restaurants. The outdoor patio, with picturesque trees and a gentle stream, is a popular wedding venue. The menu of seafood and wild game entrees, like elk, bison and venison, are an appropriate fare for this refined log cabin restaurant.
Cocktails and More
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307 Fairview St.
This sprawling bar and restaurant features an ample amount of booths and patio seating for large groups. A bar located inside offers a wide wine selection, frozen cocktails and a menu consisting of their overloaded Vietnamese fries that will satisfy any hungry patrons.
Eight Row Flint
1039 Yale St.
This Heights-area, open-air bar is a mixture of nostalgia and modern aesthetics. A wide variety of beer and whiskey highlight the menu, with tacos and the occasional food trucks serving up delicious snacks for when you get the munchies.
2517 Ralph St.
La Grange is a casual restaurant and patio bar with craft beer, specialty cocktails and coastal Mexican food in the heart of Montrose. Heated patio seating is available with fire pits and game areas located throughout the 2,000 sq ft. multi-level patio.
642 Yale St. and 805 Pacific
Soak up the sun with a sprinkle of shade beneath the signature yellow umbrellas on Postino’s patio. Thanks to upbeat music and comfy lounge-style seating, guests can enjoy a lively outdoor ambiance. Both locations offer covered and uncovered patio seating with a menu chock-full of flavorful food and vino.