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13 Perfect Outdoor Dining Destinations In Houston

Don’t be afraid of the heat

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Our great city has no limit on sunshine and heat, but when the weather is just right, Houstonians will furiously scramble to occupy every breezy, umbrella covered patio and shady green garden in sight — even during Houston’s ridiculously hot summers.

This map of excellent outdoor dining destination serves up 13 spots that are perfect for dining and drinking with friends while enjoying a breeze. From pizza to tacos, go forth and enjoy some of the city’s finest fare al fresco.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Presidio

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911 W 11th St
Houston, TX 77008
(832) 740-4574
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Located in the heart of the Heights, Presidio enjoins both a covered patio and backyard dining area in its restaurant space. Enjoy live music and a refreshing cocktail from an inventive list while chowing down on a Texas-style burger and fries, Granny Rose’s grass-fed beef tacos or braised lamb shank.

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2. Eight Row Flint

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1039 Yale St
Houston, TX 77008
(832) 767-4002
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Whiskey, tacos, and a killer patio collide at this Heights mainstay. With a lively crowd of regulars and solid cocktails, it’s an excellent destination for sipping whiskey from a barrel that only Eight Row Flint has while enjoying tostadas, nachos, and Gulf shrimp tacos.

3. Coltivare Pizza & Garden

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3320 White Oak Dr
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 637-4095
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Charming garden and eatery Colitvare churns out piping hot pizza and Italian fare made from fresh vegetables and fruit straight from their 3,000 square foot garden. Enjoy the view of this garden with a meal composed of fresh local meats and seafood served in the form of pastas, pies salads and breads.

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4. The Kitchen at The Dunlavy

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3422 Allen Pkwy
Houston, TX 77019

Consistently one of the most Instagrammed locations in Houston, The Kitchen at The Dunlavy dazzles patrons with its dripping chandeliers and floor to ceiling windows that show off the beautiful Houston bayou. The healthy locale offers quinoa bowls, smoothies, mimosas, artisanal pizzas and the like at the rustic communal tables for the masses.

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5. Brenner's on the Bayou

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1 Birdsall St
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 868-4444
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Under bright blue shaded canopies of the Blue Bar at Brenner’s on the Bayou, enjoy a truly original view — a hodgepodge of cobbled stones, water, super lush foliage and wooden bridges. At night, the outdoor patio is lit by sweeping, diagonally strung lights and fire pits, essentially the perfect locale for downing martinis, mules and margaritas. To beat the heat and still enjoy the view, snag a table inside for prime cut steaks and fresh seafood.

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6. Backstreet Cafe

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1103 S Shepherd Dr
Houston, TX 77019
(713) 521-2239
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On a quaint brick deck, a charming combination of florals, plants, and black umbrellas pop against a backdrop of a River Oaks cottage. These touches conspire to create a sweet and homey atmosphere perfect for enjoying a serene lunch or dinner away from the harrowing Houston traffic. On the menu, find simple and delicious dishes like the seared striped sea bass, a creamy shellfish risotto and seared scallops.

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7. The Grove

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1611 Lamar St
Houston, TX 77010
(713) 337-7321
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The glass paneled walls and outdoor section of The Grove allow eaters to watch the daily activities of adjacent Discovery Green Park without having to actually interact with any screaming toddlers. Dinner includes options like steak frites and salmon filet and the Sunday brunch is full to the brim with classics like french toast and chicken honey butter biscuits.

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8. La Table

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1800 Post Oak Blvd Ste 6110
Houston, TX 77056
(713) 439-1000
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The gorgeous posh interiors at La Table only complement the recently extended outdoor patio section that mimics a serene garden space. La Table’s contemporary French fare consists of pastries, quiches, soups and salads. Enjoy the great outdoors with an option from an extensive cocktail list featuring Bellinis, Screwdrivers, Bloody Mary’s and more.

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9. La Grange

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2517 Ralph St
Houston, TX 77006
(832) 962-4745
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Extensive outdoor seating, an upstairs deck and indoor seating area with large windows that open up to a small garden make La Grange a real contender for outdoor dining. While the food is simple coastal Mexican cuisine, the drinks only add to the sweet scenery from smoky Mezcal margaritas to house made tequila infused juices, there is something for everyone.

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10. Tiny Boxwoods

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3614 W Alabama St
Houston, TX 77027
(713) 622-4224
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The launchpad of many a boozy Sunday Funday, Tiny Boxwoods has been enchanting patrons for years with its rustic interior, outdoor dining overlooking an expansive manicured lawn, and adjoining nursery. Its hard to beat the delicious breakfast and lunch fare with options like the Tiny’s Buffalo Burger delightfully composed of organic meat, basil pesto aioli and blue cheese and Cubano sandwich made with slow roasted pork and house made sriracha aioli. Pro-tip: don’t forget to grab a few of Tiny’s famous moist and gooey chocolate chip cookies for the road.

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11. Beaver’s

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6025 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77057
(713) 714-4111
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Dare to venture outside the loop into the Briargrove/Tangle-hood with the Beaver’s on Westheimer. The 5,000 square foot outdoor deck is ideal for group dinners and comfort fare like the barbecue mac and cheese, brisket queso, and philly cheese steak po-boy. Bonus: Enjoy the fire pit (though this might be a slightly unnecessary addition in Houston) and multiple televisions for watching sports.

12. Brooklyn Athletic Club

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601 Richmond Ave
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 527-8328
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Though its been open for several years now, kid-friendly Brooklyn Athletic Club remains a standard outdoor favorite with its bocce courts and beer bar. The retreat for outdoor game enthusiasts combines play with upscale comfort foods like crab cakes, buffalo sliders, honey bourbon chicken sandwiches and beef short rib mac and cheese.

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13. Hungry's

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2356 Rice Blvd
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 523-8652
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Head up the stairs in Rice Village mainstay Hungry’s for an overhead view of Houston’s scenic oak trees. Though the food is nothing out of the ordinary, the extensive wine and cocktail list and bar bites menu is a great way to take in the scene.

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1. Presidio

911 W 11th St, Houston, TX 77008
Presidio/Facebook

Located in the heart of the Heights, Presidio enjoins both a covered patio and backyard dining area in its restaurant space. Enjoy live music and a refreshing cocktail from an inventive list while chowing down on a Texas-style burger and fries, Granny Rose’s grass-fed beef tacos or braised lamb shank.

911 W 11th St
Houston, TX 77008

2. Eight Row Flint

1039 Yale St, Houston, TX 77008

Whiskey, tacos, and a killer patio collide at this Heights mainstay. With a lively crowd of regulars and solid cocktails, it’s an excellent destination for sipping whiskey from a barrel that only Eight Row Flint has while enjoying tostadas, nachos, and Gulf shrimp tacos.

1039 Yale St
Houston, TX 77008

3. Coltivare Pizza & Garden

3320 White Oak Dr, Houston, TX 77007
Coltivare/Facebook

Charming garden and eatery Colitvare churns out piping hot pizza and Italian fare made from fresh vegetables and fruit straight from their 3,000 square foot garden. Enjoy the view of this garden with a meal composed of fresh local meats and seafood served in the form of pastas, pies salads and breads.

3320 White Oak Dr
Houston, TX 77007

4. The Kitchen at The Dunlavy

3422 Allen Pkwy, Houston, TX 77019
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The Kitchen at Dunlavy
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Consistently one of the most Instagrammed locations in Houston, The Kitchen at The Dunlavy dazzles patrons with its dripping chandeliers and floor to ceiling windows that show off the beautiful Houston bayou. The healthy locale offers quinoa bowls, smoothies, mimosas, artisanal pizzas and the like at the rustic communal tables for the masses.

3422 Allen Pkwy
Houston, TX 77019

5. Brenner's on the Bayou

1 Birdsall St, Houston, TX 77007
Brenner’s/Facebook

Under bright blue shaded canopies of the Blue Bar at Brenner’s on the Bayou, enjoy a truly original view — a hodgepodge of cobbled stones, water, super lush foliage and wooden bridges. At night, the outdoor patio is lit by sweeping, diagonally strung lights and fire pits, essentially the perfect locale for downing martinis, mules and margaritas. To beat the heat and still enjoy the view, snag a table inside for prime cut steaks and fresh seafood.

1 Birdsall St
Houston, TX 77007

6. Backstreet Cafe

1103 S Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77019
Backstreet Cafe
Backstreet Cafe

On a quaint brick deck, a charming combination of florals, plants, and black umbrellas pop against a backdrop of a River Oaks cottage. These touches conspire to create a sweet and homey atmosphere perfect for enjoying a serene lunch or dinner away from the harrowing Houston traffic. On the menu, find simple and delicious dishes like the seared striped sea bass, a creamy shellfish risotto and seared scallops.

1103 S Shepherd Dr
Houston, TX 77019

7. The Grove

1611 Lamar St, Houston, TX 77010
The Grove/Facebook

The glass paneled walls and outdoor section of The Grove allow eaters to watch the daily activities of adjacent Discovery Green Park without having to actually interact with any screaming toddlers. Dinner includes options like steak frites and salmon filet and the Sunday brunch is full to the brim with classics like french toast and chicken honey butter biscuits.

1611 Lamar St
Houston, TX 77010

8. La Table

1800 Post Oak Blvd Ste 6110, Houston, TX 77056
La Table/Facebook

The gorgeous posh interiors at La Table only complement the recently extended outdoor patio section that mimics a serene garden space. La Table’s contemporary French fare consists of pastries, quiches, soups and salads. Enjoy the great outdoors with an option from an extensive cocktail list featuring Bellinis, Screwdrivers, Bloody Mary’s and more.

1800 Post Oak Blvd Ste 6110
Houston, TX 77056

9. La Grange

2517 Ralph St, Houston, TX 77006
La Grange La Grange/Facebook

Extensive outdoor seating, an upstairs deck and indoor seating area with large windows that open up to a small garden make La Grange a real contender for outdoor dining. While the food is simple coastal Mexican cuisine, the drinks only add to the sweet scenery from smoky Mezcal margaritas to house made tequila infused juices, there is something for everyone.

2517 Ralph St
Houston, TX 77006

10. Tiny Boxwoods

3614 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77027
Eater Austin

The launchpad of many a boozy Sunday Funday, Tiny Boxwoods has been enchanting patrons for years with its rustic interior, outdoor dining overlooking an expansive manicured lawn, and adjoining nursery. Its hard to beat the delicious breakfast and lunch fare with options like the Tiny’s Buffalo Burger delightfully composed of organic meat, basil pesto aioli and blue cheese and Cubano sandwich made with slow roasted pork and house made sriracha aioli. Pro-tip: don’t forget to grab a few of Tiny’s famous moist and gooey chocolate chip cookies for the road.

3614 W Alabama St
Houston, TX 77027

11. Beaver’s

6025 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77057

Dare to venture outside the loop into the Briargrove/Tangle-hood with the Beaver’s on Westheimer. The 5,000 square foot outdoor deck is ideal for group dinners and comfort fare like the barbecue mac and cheese, brisket queso, and philly cheese steak po-boy. Bonus: Enjoy the fire pit (though this might be a slightly unnecessary addition in Houston) and multiple televisions for watching sports.

6025 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77057

12. Brooklyn Athletic Club

601 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77006
Brooklyn Athletic Club

Though its been open for several years now, kid-friendly Brooklyn Athletic Club remains a standard outdoor favorite with its bocce courts and beer bar. The retreat for outdoor game enthusiasts combines play with upscale comfort foods like crab cakes, buffalo sliders, honey bourbon chicken sandwiches and beef short rib mac and cheese.

601 Richmond Ave
Houston, TX 77006

13. Hungry's

2356 Rice Blvd, Houston, TX 77005
hungry's

Head up the stairs in Rice Village mainstay Hungry’s for an overhead view of Houston’s scenic oak trees. Though the food is nothing out of the ordinary, the extensive wine and cocktail list and bar bites menu is a great way to take in the scene.

2356 Rice Blvd
Houston, TX 77005

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