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Patio season in Houston is here.
Michael Anthony

24 Houston Patios Perfect for Dining and Drinking Alfresco

Soak in the sun and cooler temps at these outdoor dining destinations

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Patio season in Houston is here.
| Michael Anthony

Houston’s weather may be unpredictable, but there is no denying that the city boasts a pretty solid patio season when the climate is pleasantly cool and less humid. Though the weather will only cooperate for so long (hint: the time is now!), sitting outside with snacks and a cocktail can still be enjoyable.

Luckily, Houston’s patios in different pockets of the city offer a vibe for everyone, and Eater Houston is doing its best to keep track of the best.

So, whether in search of skyline views or a no-frills hideaway to drink beer and eat barbecue at a picnic table, here are 21 options for perfect Houston patios to dine or drink alfresco.

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A beloved spot within the GOOF neighborhood, d’alba boasts a charming backyard-style patio, complete with flat-screen TVs, Adirondack chairs encircling a community fire pit, and a children’s play area. In addition to craft cocktails, wine, and beer, the menu features provisions like Gulf oysters, seafood campechana, and 12-inch wood-fired pies. 

Monkey's Tail

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Since opening in 2019, this Lindale Park hangout has jazzed up its dog-friendly space, adding an enclosed, gravel-filled patio and an outdoor bar. Find frozen libations rimmed with tajin, buckets of beer, and chilled cocktail pouches to pair with Korean barbecue wings and pastor tacos. Looking for a game-day destination? This patio is fitted with oversized fans and flatscreen TVs.

La Lucha

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Ford Fry’s Gulf seafood and fried chicken destination boasts a large enclosed patio peppered with casual seating and picnic tables meant for lingering around for a long while. With its hanging lanterns, the large oak tree, makes for a charming backdrop as you enjoy dishes like its raw or wood-roasted Gulf oysters, its chicken dinner, or crispy shrimp tacos.

Heights Bier Garten

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With nearly 100 beers, meads, and ciders on tap, plus a host of cocktails located at its full bar, this Heights biergarten is the perfect option for basking in Houston’s tolerable weather with the option of both covered and uncovered areas. Indulge in “pub grub” like cheesy burgers, sandwiches, and salads while chilling out in the hammocks, warming up by the fire pits, or playing a game of cornhole.

Casa Nomad

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M-K-T Heights’ Yucatan restaurant brings Tulum-inspired vibes to Houston with its dining area and bar housed entirely on a covered patio. Bedecked with an overhead rope canopy and lined with lush tropical vegetation, the restaurant serves as the ideal backdrop for dining on coastal Mexican plates like fried yucca or lobster tacos and bone-in short rib served over cheesy polenta. With only 28 seats in total, Casa Nomad is one of the hottest patio tickets in town.

Coltivare

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When it comes to dining outdoors, Coltivare’s quaint backyard garden is a classic option with a true neighborhood feel. Down its iconic version of black pepper spaghetti, meatballs, and a wood-fired pizza on the gravel patio, and take in the scents of the plots of herbs while downing a glass of wine.

Mutiny Wine Room

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After sampling wine in the tasting room, opt for a seat on one of Mutiny’s spacious patios for dinner or a nightcap. This upscale Heights concept draws inspiration from the tasting rooms of Napa Valley, and the patio is made up of loungy corners and dining tables — an ideal setting in which to nerd out on wine, bubbly, and charcuterie. On a 70-degree day, it feels just like being in the world-famous wine region.

Daily Gather

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Quality people-watching, cocktails, and heartwarming dishes abound at this CITYCENTRE restaurant. Daily Gather’s patio, which is equipped with heaters in the cooler months, overlooks the development’s courtyard and green space, which means diners get a front-row seat to its calendar of outdoor festivities, including live music in the plaza.

Daily Gather’s patio, which is outfitted with a variety of seating and tables.
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Patterson Park Patio Bar

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Billed an urban “treehouse,” this newly-opened, multi-level watering hole is a spacious getaway befitted with multiple TVs perfect for game day, Ranch Water on tap, fans to keep guests cool, and creative cocktails like a spicy Fantasma, made with Ghost tequila, cassis, lime, and ginger beer. Best of all, visitors get multiple views. Bask in the downtown skyline, best seen from the rooftop deck; people-watch and gawk at the colorful mural in the indoor lounge area, or gaze at the lush greenery that lines the nearby White Oak Bayou Trail.

Memorial Trail Ice House

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This neighborhood spot masters a cozy patio drinking atmosphere, with plenty tables, fire pits, warm string lights for moody evenings, and rotating food trucks. Drinks are also plentiful here, with a variety of cocktails, creative frozens, including its cereal-inspired Frosie Rosie, which is mixed with Fruit Loop vodka and topped with Fruity Pebbles. The ice house is already readying itself for cooler weather, with its menu of hot drinks, with hot toddys, holiday hot teas, and spiked hot chocolates.

B.B. Lemon

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On pretty patio weather days, the manicured lawn with open-air seating at B.B. Lemon offers a pristine backdrop for lunch, dinner, or weekend brunch. Rattan chairs and a few coveted outdoor bar seats allow guests to sneak glances at all of the action inside.

Bludorn

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The back patio at Bludorn is just as festive and cozy as the restaurant’s main dining room and bar. The covered space is fitted with banquet seating, string lighting, and plenty of lush greenery, plus the area boasts permanent fans and heaters to accommodate guests in Houston’s unpredictable climate.

Backstreet Cafe

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A Houston institution both for its diverse menu by Hugo Ortega and its unique dining space inside a 1930s-era home, Backstreet Café offers the quintessential outdoor patio. A sunken courtyard boasts picturesque views at every turn with tables peppered across two levels. On excellent weather days, a table in the courtyard is highly sought after — luckily, the restaurant offers a number of tables on the front patio, too.

The Annie Cafe & Bar

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The Annie’s dual-level patio perched high above Post Oak Boulevard is a welcoming extension of the swanky restaurant. Oversized green umbrellas offer solace from the sun, and walls of ivy surround the large space, creating a cozy atmosphere.

J-Bar-M Barbecue

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Here at this EaDo joint, barbecue and brews can be enjoyed with sweeping views of the Downtown skyline, which is especially beautiful after sunset. Tuesday through Friday, catch their happy hour, hosted from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., plus live music by local artists on Fridays from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Toulouse Cafe and Bar River Oaks

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Located in the heart of River Oaks District, Toulouse’s endearing patio is reminiscent of the alfresco dining and drinking options you’ll find in Europe. With seating spilling into the main courtyard, diners can take in all of the ritzy retail center action from the table while sipping wine and snacking on butter-drenched escargot. Live music on weekends is the icing on the cake.

Tiny Boxwoods

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With its lush grounds filled with flowers and rustic décor, this West U standout is home to one of the best outdoor dining spaces in the city. People-watch from a table or comfy couch lounger on the patio while dining on salads, sandwiches, and Tiny’s famed chocolate chip cookies. 

Bistro Menil

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Steps from the famed Menil Collection, the minimalistic patio at Bistro Menil allows the sweeping views of the surrounding Menil Park to take center stage. Walk the grounds before settling in on the patio with a bottle of vino and a charcuterie board. 

Kirby Ice House

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This Houston drinking institution now boasts two outposts in Houston and its largest location in the Woodlands, with a record-breaking bar that reaches 141 feet. Its 18,000-square-foot patio is also something to behold, with plenty of picnic tables, a 300-inch jumbo screen, perfect for watching your favorite team, and a 30-foot oak tree providing a picturesque shade.

Axelrad Beer Garden

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With a beer selection that changes daily, a rotation of food trucks, and a full calendar of events, Axelrad is a no-brainer when partaking in patio season. Patio-goers can also grab a slice of pizza from Luigis next door, and chill out in the grove of hammocks, where tunes are bound to be playing.

Goode Company Armadillo Palace

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This restaurant and live music destination is as much a good time on an off night in part because of its large, fully enclosed patio. Aside from the larger-than-life metal armadillo that greets guests at the main entrance, there are plenty of places to get in a photo op — and Tex-Mex eats like the campechana and carne asada are photogenic, too.

Lucille's

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This Museum District gem offers a semi-covered patio with spacious seating via picnic tables and high-tops, and is equipped with both heaters and misting fans to accommodate Houston’s unpredictable weather. Visit on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. or during weekend brunch starting to enjoy live music by the Vanguard Group starting at 11:30 a.m.

Gratify

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Rice Village is home to patio restaurants galore, and Gratify is a standout among them. This trendy eating and drinking place from restaurateur Grant Cooper boasts a covered wraparound patio with dining tables and comfortable lounge seating overlooking a community green space.

Hungry's

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This decades-old restaurant is a popular stop among Rice Village visitors, namely for its enormous, family-friendly patio that’s equipped with heaters, fans, and large tables so to enjoy the views of the shopping district. Weekend brunch finds pops of color at various tables with mimosa flights featuring fresh OJ, raspberry, strawberry, or grapefruit juices, while evenings reel in the crowds for long, wine-fueled dinners.

d'Alba

A beloved spot within the GOOF neighborhood, d’alba boasts a charming backyard-style patio, complete with flat-screen TVs, Adirondack chairs encircling a community fire pit, and a children’s play area. In addition to craft cocktails, wine, and beer, the menu features provisions like Gulf oysters, seafood campechana, and 12-inch wood-fired pies. 

Monkey's Tail

Since opening in 2019, this Lindale Park hangout has jazzed up its dog-friendly space, adding an enclosed, gravel-filled patio and an outdoor bar. Find frozen libations rimmed with tajin, buckets of beer, and chilled cocktail pouches to pair with Korean barbecue wings and pastor tacos. Looking for a game-day destination? This patio is fitted with oversized fans and flatscreen TVs.

La Lucha

Ford Fry’s Gulf seafood and fried chicken destination boasts a large enclosed patio peppered with casual seating and picnic tables meant for lingering around for a long while. With its hanging lanterns, the large oak tree, makes for a charming backdrop as you enjoy dishes like its raw or wood-roasted Gulf oysters, its chicken dinner, or crispy shrimp tacos.

Heights Bier Garten

With nearly 100 beers, meads, and ciders on tap, plus a host of cocktails located at its full bar, this Heights biergarten is the perfect option for basking in Houston’s tolerable weather with the option of both covered and uncovered areas. Indulge in “pub grub” like cheesy burgers, sandwiches, and salads while chilling out in the hammocks, warming up by the fire pits, or playing a game of cornhole.

Casa Nomad

M-K-T Heights’ Yucatan restaurant brings Tulum-inspired vibes to Houston with its dining area and bar housed entirely on a covered patio. Bedecked with an overhead rope canopy and lined with lush tropical vegetation, the restaurant serves as the ideal backdrop for dining on coastal Mexican plates like fried yucca or lobster tacos and bone-in short rib served over cheesy polenta. With only 28 seats in total, Casa Nomad is one of the hottest patio tickets in town.

Coltivare

When it comes to dining outdoors, Coltivare’s quaint backyard garden is a classic option with a true neighborhood feel. Down its iconic version of black pepper spaghetti, meatballs, and a wood-fired pizza on the gravel patio, and take in the scents of the plots of herbs while downing a glass of wine.

Mutiny Wine Room

After sampling wine in the tasting room, opt for a seat on one of Mutiny’s spacious patios for dinner or a nightcap. This upscale Heights concept draws inspiration from the tasting rooms of Napa Valley, and the patio is made up of loungy corners and dining tables — an ideal setting in which to nerd out on wine, bubbly, and charcuterie. On a 70-degree day, it feels just like being in the world-famous wine region.

Daily Gather

Quality people-watching, cocktails, and heartwarming dishes abound at this CITYCENTRE restaurant. Daily Gather’s patio, which is equipped with heaters in the cooler months, overlooks the development’s courtyard and green space, which means diners get a front-row seat to its calendar of outdoor festivities, including live music in the plaza.

Daily Gather’s patio, which is outfitted with a variety of seating and tables.
Daily Gather.
Claudia Casbarian

Patterson Park Patio Bar

Billed an urban “treehouse,” this newly-opened, multi-level watering hole is a spacious getaway befitted with multiple TVs perfect for game day, Ranch Water on tap, fans to keep guests cool, and creative cocktails like a spicy Fantasma, made with Ghost tequila, cassis, lime, and ginger beer. Best of all, visitors get multiple views. Bask in the downtown skyline, best seen from the rooftop deck; people-watch and gawk at the colorful mural in the indoor lounge area, or gaze at the lush greenery that lines the nearby White Oak Bayou Trail.

Memorial Trail Ice House

This neighborhood spot masters a cozy patio drinking atmosphere, with plenty tables, fire pits, warm string lights for moody evenings, and rotating food trucks. Drinks are also plentiful here, with a variety of cocktails, creative frozens, including its cereal-inspired Frosie Rosie, which is mixed with Fruit Loop vodka and topped with Fruity Pebbles. The ice house is already readying itself for cooler weather, with its menu of hot drinks, with hot toddys, holiday hot teas, and spiked hot chocolates.

B.B. Lemon

On pretty patio weather days, the manicured lawn with open-air seating at B.B. Lemon offers a pristine backdrop for lunch, dinner, or weekend brunch. Rattan chairs and a few coveted outdoor bar seats allow guests to sneak glances at all of the action inside.

Bludorn

The back patio at Bludorn is just as festive and cozy as the restaurant’s main dining room and bar. The covered space is fitted with banquet seating, string lighting, and plenty of lush greenery, plus the area boasts permanent fans and heaters to accommodate guests in Houston’s unpredictable climate.

Backstreet Cafe

A Houston institution both for its diverse menu by Hugo Ortega and its unique dining space inside a 1930s-era home, Backstreet Café offers the quintessential outdoor patio. A sunken courtyard boasts picturesque views at every turn with tables peppered across two levels. On excellent weather days, a table in the courtyard is highly sought after — luckily, the restaurant offers a number of tables on the front patio, too.

The Annie Cafe & Bar

The Annie’s dual-level patio perched high above Post Oak Boulevard is a welcoming extension of the swanky restaurant. Oversized green umbrellas offer solace from the sun, and walls of ivy surround the large space, creating a cozy atmosphere.

J-Bar-M Barbecue

Here at this EaDo joint, barbecue and brews can be enjoyed with sweeping views of the Downtown skyline, which is especially beautiful after sunset. Tuesday through Friday, catch their happy hour, hosted from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., plus live music by local artists on Fridays from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

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Toulouse Cafe and Bar River Oaks

Located in the heart of River Oaks District, Toulouse’s endearing patio is reminiscent of the alfresco dining and drinking options you’ll find in Europe. With seating spilling into the main courtyard, diners can take in all of the ritzy retail center action from the table while sipping wine and snacking on butter-drenched escargot. Live music on weekends is the icing on the cake.

Tiny Boxwoods

With its lush grounds filled with flowers and rustic décor, this West U standout is home to one of the best outdoor dining spaces in the city. People-watch from a table or comfy couch lounger on the patio while dining on salads, sandwiches, and Tiny’s famed chocolate chip cookies. 

Bistro Menil

Steps from the famed Menil Collection, the minimalistic patio at Bistro Menil allows the sweeping views of the surrounding Menil Park to take center stage. Walk the grounds before settling in on the patio with a bottle of vino and a charcuterie board. 

Kirby Ice House

This Houston drinking institution now boasts two outposts in Houston and its largest location in the Woodlands, with a record-breaking bar that reaches 141 feet. Its 18,000-square-foot patio is also something to behold, with plenty of picnic tables, a 300-inch jumbo screen, perfect for watching your favorite team, and a 30-foot oak tree providing a picturesque shade.

Axelrad Beer Garden

With a beer selection that changes daily, a rotation of food trucks, and a full calendar of events, Axelrad is a no-brainer when partaking in patio season. Patio-goers can also grab a slice of pizza from Luigis next door, and chill out in the grove of hammocks, where tunes are bound to be playing.

Goode Company Armadillo Palace

This restaurant and live music destination is as much a good time on an off night in part because of its large, fully enclosed patio. Aside from the larger-than-life metal armadillo that greets guests at the main entrance, there are plenty of places to get in a photo op — and Tex-Mex eats like the campechana and carne asada are photogenic, too.

Lucille's

This Museum District gem offers a semi-covered patio with spacious seating via picnic tables and high-tops, and is equipped with both heaters and misting fans to accommodate Houston’s unpredictable weather. Visit on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. or during weekend brunch starting to enjoy live music by the Vanguard Group starting at 11:30 a.m.

Gratify

Rice Village is home to patio restaurants galore, and Gratify is a standout among them. This trendy eating and drinking place from restaurateur Grant Cooper boasts a covered wraparound patio with dining tables and comfortable lounge seating overlooking a community green space.

Hungry's

This decades-old restaurant is a popular stop among Rice Village visitors, namely for its enormous, family-friendly patio that’s equipped with heaters, fans, and large tables so to enjoy the views of the shopping district. Weekend brunch finds pops of color at various tables with mimosa flights featuring fresh OJ, raspberry, strawberry, or grapefruit juices, while evenings reel in the crowds for long, wine-fueled dinners.

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