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15 Houston Patios Perfect for Dining and Drinking Al Fresco

Lounge in the sun with a cocktail and snacks at these outdoor dining destinations

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It’s officially patio season, y’all. After a year of being cooped up indoors, pretty much nothing sounds better than sitting outside in a socially distanced space with snacks and a cocktail.

Houston boasts an excellent array of patios that offer a vibe for everyone. Whether you’re in search of skyline views or a casual place to drink beer and eat pizza at a picnic table, these 15 Houston patios will definitely fit the bill.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co

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2101 Summer St
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 714-3335
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The elevated open-air patio at Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company offers sweeping, unobstructed views of the city skyline and serves as a perfect place to kick back with one of their countless craft beers and a 3 Day Pizza, made with the same yeast as the beer.

2. B.B. Lemon

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1809 Washington Ave
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 554-1809
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On pretty patio weather days, the manicured lawn with open-air seating at BB Lemon offers a pristine backdrop for lunch, dinner or weekend brunch. Rattan chairs are often filled with spirited guests, and a few coveted outdoor bar seats allow guests to sneak glances at all of the bar action inside.

3. Secret Garden

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408 Main St
Houston, TX 77002
(832) 350-6595
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Like its name suggests, this charming bar located inside a greenhouse is hidden among Downtown’s many high-rises, within the Bravery Chef Hall. In addition to lush greens and florals adorning the space, attractive cocktails like the vibrant Secret Garden gin and tonic allow for Insta-worthy moments galore.

a tree-lined atrium with a greenhouse, table sand umbrellas
The greenhouse bar at The Secret Garden
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4. Backstreet Cafe

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1103 S Shepherd Dr
Houston, TX 77019
(713) 521-2239
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A Houston institution both for its diverse menu by Hugo Ortega and delightful dining space, Backstreet Café offers the quintessential outdoor patio. The soothing sound of water trickling from a fountain brings peace and tranquility to the sunken courtyard, where tables are spread out across two levels.

5. Truck Yard

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2118 Lamar St
Houston, TX 77003
(713) 855-9666
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Go for drinks on the patio and stay for live music at this sprawling multi-level bar in EaDo, which features an ever-changing line-up of musicians. A brightly lit ferris wheel is a permanent fixture on the grounds, and food trucks like Boom Box Tacos and House of Hoopz BBQ, among many others, are parked inside.

6. Tiny Champions

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2617 McKinney St
Houston, TX 77003
(713) 485-5329
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This new EaDo eatery from the great minds behind Nancy’s Hustle offers casual outdoor dining on its large no-frills patio. Decorated simply with picnic tables, oversized umbrellas and string lighting, the space allows for cozy pizza and wine dining.

7. The Annie Cafe & Bar

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1800 Post Oak Blvd Suite 6170
Houston, TX 77056
(713) 804-1800
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The Annie’s dual-level patio, which is perched high above Post Oak Blvd., 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.

8. Present Company

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1318 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006
(281) 974-4752
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This double decker patio in the heart of Montrose is not easy to miss, thanks in part to its colorful, eye-catching furniture, décor and neon signage. Roomy, wraparound patios, both upstairs and down, boast busy views of Westheimer Road and the surrounding area, while showy cocktails served in cans and topped off with picture-perfect garnishes offer plenty of eye candy.

9. East End Backyard

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1105 Sampson St
Houston, TX 77003
(713) 505-1820
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Former Dynamo Brian Ching’s sprawling East End bar boasts 16,000 square feet of lively outdoor space, complete with lawn games and live music. There’s also a dog park on premises, along with plenty of shaded wooden tables and couches for lounging. Food trucks are on hand serving up snacks, so plan to pull up a colorful Adirondack chair and stay awhile.

10. Toulouse Cafe and Bar River Oaks

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4444 Westheimer Rd Ste E 100
Houston, TX 77027
(713) 871-0768
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Located in the heart of River Oaks District, the expansive patio at Toulouse spills into the main courtyard, where 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 icing on the cake.

11. Local Foods

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2555 Kirby Dr
Houston, TX 77019
(713) 255-4440
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Get all of the vacation vibes while dining on the bright and happy patio at Local Foods in River Oaks, made pretty with sky high palms, white tables and striped umbrellas. Dining with your dog? This patio is pet-friendly.

12. Musaafer

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5115 Westheimer Rd Suite C-3500
Houston, TX 77056
(713) 242-8087
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With its palatial design and décor, Musaafer is arguably one of Houston’s grandest restaurants, and it offers a majestic patio to match. The second level terrace, which looks out at Westheimer and the buzzy Galleria area below, is lined with cabana-like seating areas, vibrant with bright colored cushions and bedecked with sheer white drapes.

13. Tiny Boxwoods

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3614 W Alabama St
Houston, TX 77027
(713) 622-4224
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With its lush grounds and rustic décor, this West U hideaway 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 farm fresh salads, sandwiches, and Tiny’s famed chocolate chip cookies.

14. Lucille's

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5512 La Branch St
Houston, TX 77004
(713) 568-2505
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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 6:30 pm or during weekend brunch starting at 11:30 am and enjoy items like Tennessee hot duck and fried green tomatoes with live jazz.

15. Hungry's

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2356 Rice Boulevard
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 523-8652
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This decades-old restaurant is a popular stop among Rice Village visitors, namely for its enormous patio featuring views of the shopping district. Weekend brunch finds pops of color at various tables with mimosa flights made with fresh OJ, raspberry, strawberry or grapefruit juices.

a flight of mimosas made with different brightly-colored juices
Mimosa flights at Hungry’s
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1. Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co

2101 Summer St, Houston, TX 77007

The elevated open-air patio at Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company offers sweeping, unobstructed views of the city skyline and serves as a perfect place to kick back with one of their countless craft beers and a 3 Day Pizza, made with the same yeast as the beer.

2101 Summer St
Houston, TX 77007

2. B.B. Lemon

1809 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007

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

1809 Washington Ave
Houston, TX 77007

3. Secret Garden

408 Main St, Houston, TX 77002
a tree-lined atrium with a greenhouse, table sand umbrellas
The greenhouse bar at The Secret Garden
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Like its name suggests, this charming bar located inside a greenhouse is hidden among Downtown’s many high-rises, within the Bravery Chef Hall. In addition to lush greens and florals adorning the space, attractive cocktails like the vibrant Secret Garden gin and tonic allow for Insta-worthy moments galore.

408 Main St
Houston, TX 77002

4. Backstreet Cafe

1103 S Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77019

A Houston institution both for its diverse menu by Hugo Ortega and delightful dining space, Backstreet Café offers the quintessential outdoor patio. The soothing sound of water trickling from a fountain brings peace and tranquility to the sunken courtyard, where tables are spread out across two levels.

1103 S Shepherd Dr
Houston, TX 77019

5. Truck Yard

2118 Lamar St, Houston, TX 77003

Go for drinks on the patio and stay for live music at this sprawling multi-level bar in EaDo, which features an ever-changing line-up of musicians. A brightly lit ferris wheel is a permanent fixture on the grounds, and food trucks like Boom Box Tacos and House of Hoopz BBQ, among many others, are parked inside.

2118 Lamar St
Houston, TX 77003

6. Tiny Champions

2617 McKinney St, Houston, TX 77003

This new EaDo eatery from the great minds behind Nancy’s Hustle offers casual outdoor dining on its large no-frills patio. Decorated simply with picnic tables, oversized umbrellas and string lighting, the space allows for cozy pizza and wine dining.

2617 McKinney St
Houston, TX 77003

7. The Annie Cafe & Bar

1800 Post Oak Blvd Suite 6170, Houston, TX 77056

The Annie’s dual-level patio, which is perched high above Post Oak Blvd., 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.

1800 Post Oak Blvd Suite 6170
Houston, TX 77056

8. Present Company

1318 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006

This double decker patio in the heart of Montrose is not easy to miss, thanks in part to its colorful, eye-catching furniture, décor and neon signage. Roomy, wraparound patios, both upstairs and down, boast busy views of Westheimer Road and the surrounding area, while showy cocktails served in cans and topped off with picture-perfect garnishes offer plenty of eye candy.

1318 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006

9. East End Backyard

1105 Sampson St, Houston, TX 77003

Former Dynamo Brian Ching’s sprawling East End bar boasts 16,000 square feet of lively outdoor space, complete with lawn games and live music. There’s also a dog park on premises, along with plenty of shaded wooden tables and couches for lounging. Food trucks are on hand serving up snacks, so plan to pull up a colorful Adirondack chair and stay awhile.

1105 Sampson St
Houston, TX 77003

10. Toulouse Cafe and Bar River Oaks

4444 Westheimer Rd Ste E 100, Houston, TX 77027

Located in the heart of River Oaks District, the expansive patio at Toulouse spills into the main courtyard, where 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 icing on the cake.

4444 Westheimer Rd Ste E 100
Houston, TX 77027

11. Local Foods

2555 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77019

Get all of the vacation vibes while dining on the bright and happy patio at Local Foods in River Oaks, made pretty with sky high palms, white tables and striped umbrellas. Dining with your dog? This patio is pet-friendly.

2555 Kirby Dr
Houston, TX 77019

12. Musaafer

5115 Westheimer Rd Suite C-3500, Houston, TX 77056

With its palatial design and décor, Musaafer is arguably one of Houston’s grandest restaurants, and it offers a majestic patio to match. The second level terrace, which looks out at Westheimer and the buzzy Galleria area below, is lined with cabana-like seating areas, vibrant with bright colored cushions and bedecked with sheer white drapes.

5115 Westheimer Rd Suite C-3500
Houston, TX 77056

13. Tiny Boxwoods

3614 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77027

With its lush grounds and rustic décor, this West U hideaway 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 farm fresh salads, sandwiches, and Tiny’s famed chocolate chip cookies.

3614 W Alabama St
Houston, TX 77027

14. Lucille's

5512 La Branch St, Houston, TX 77004

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 6:30 pm or during weekend brunch starting at 11:30 am and enjoy items like Tennessee hot duck and fried green tomatoes with live jazz.

5512 La Branch St
Houston, TX 77004

15. Hungry's

2356 Rice Boulevard, Houston, TX 77005
a flight of mimosas made with different brightly-colored juices
Mimosa flights at Hungry’s
Hungry’s/Facebook

This decades-old restaurant is a popular stop among Rice Village visitors, namely for its enormous patio featuring views of the shopping district. Weekend brunch finds pops of color at various tables with mimosa flights made with fresh OJ, raspberry, strawberry or grapefruit juices.

2356 Rice Boulevard
Houston, TX 77005

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