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The patio at Backstreet Cafe is the perfect spot to enjoy fall weather.
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20 Houston Patios Perfect for Dining and Drinking Al Fresco

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

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The patio at Backstreet Cafe is the perfect spot to enjoy fall weather.
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Houston’s weather may be unpredictable, but there is no denying that the city boasts a pretty solid patio season. 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.

Patios in different pockets of the city offer a vibe for everyone. Whether you’re in search of skyline views or a no-frills hideaway to drink beer and eat pizza at a picnic table, these 20 Houston patios will definitely fit the bill.

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1. d'Alba

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3715 Alba Rd
Houston, TX 77018
(346) 319-5790
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New to the GOOF neighborhood, D’alba boasts an attractive backyard-style patio, complete with flat-screen TVs and Adirondack chairs encircling a community fire pit. In addition to craft cocktails, wine, and beer, the menu features provisions like Gulf oysters, seafood campechana, and 12-inch wood-fired pies.  

2. Monkey's Tail

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5802 Fulton St
Houston, TX 77009
(713) 842-7188
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Since opening in 2019, this Lindale Park hangout has jazzed up its space, adding an enclosed, gravel-filled patio and an outdoor bar. Find frozens rimmed with tajin, buckets of beer, and chilled cocktail pouches to pair with Korean barbecue wings and pastor tacos. Kick back and drink awhile — this patio is lined with picnic tables and fitted with oversized fans and flatscreen TVs.

3. Casa Nomad

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600 N Shepherd Dr Suite 499
Houston, TX 77007

The latest addition to M-K-T Heights 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 tuna crudo tostadas, skirt steak with salsa matcha, and coconut panna cotta. With only 28 seats in total, Casa Nomad is the hottest patio ticket in town.

4. Mutiny Wine Room

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1124 Usener St
Houston, TX 77009
(832) 618-1233
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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.

5. 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.

6. 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 B.B. 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 action inside.

7. 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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8. Urbe

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1101 Uptown Park Blvd Suite 12
Houston, TX 77056
(713) 726-8273
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Situated in the heart of Uptown Park, Hugo Ortega’s hip new concept spotlighting Mexican street food offers plenty of open-air patio seating and views of the neatly-kept retail center. Pull up a seat shaded by one of the patio’s oversized umbrellas and settle in with a pambazo torta and Mexican cold brew coffee.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. Tiny Champions

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2617 McKinney St
Houston, TX 77003
(713) 485-5329
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This EaDo eatery from the 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.

12. 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 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.

13. East End Backyard

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1105 Sampson St
Houston, TX 77003
(713) 505-1820
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Former Dynamo forward 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.

14. 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.

15. 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.

16. Brasil

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Brasil, 2604 Dunlavy St
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 528-1993
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The serene back patio at this longstanding coffee bar and restaurant is an oasis within the city. Fully enclosed, the sprawling space is shaded by overgrown trees and offers solace from the bustling Montrose neighborhood. The days bring coffee drinkers looking to park with their laptops or books, while the evenings are more amped up with live DJ-mixing and visuals projected on a large-scale screen.

17. 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 brightly-colored cushions and bedecked with sheer white drapes.

18. 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.

19. 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 live jazz along with dishes like Tennessee hot duck and fried green tomatoes.

20. 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. d'Alba

3715 Alba Rd, Houston, TX 77018

New to the GOOF neighborhood, D’alba boasts an attractive backyard-style patio, complete with flat-screen TVs and Adirondack chairs encircling a community fire pit. In addition to craft cocktails, wine, and beer, the menu features provisions like Gulf oysters, seafood campechana, and 12-inch wood-fired pies.  

3715 Alba Rd
Houston, TX 77018

2. Monkey's Tail

5802 Fulton St, Houston, TX 77009

Since opening in 2019, this Lindale Park hangout has jazzed up its space, adding an enclosed, gravel-filled patio and an outdoor bar. Find frozens rimmed with tajin, buckets of beer, and chilled cocktail pouches to pair with Korean barbecue wings and pastor tacos. Kick back and drink awhile — this patio is lined with picnic tables and fitted with oversized fans and flatscreen TVs.

5802 Fulton St
Houston, TX 77009

3. Casa Nomad

600 N Shepherd Dr Suite 499, Houston, TX 77007

The latest addition to M-K-T Heights 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 tuna crudo tostadas, skirt steak with salsa matcha, and coconut panna cotta. With only 28 seats in total, Casa Nomad is the hottest patio ticket in town.

600 N Shepherd Dr Suite 499
Houston, TX 77007

4. Mutiny Wine Room

1124 Usener St, Houston, TX 77009

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.

1124 Usener St
Houston, TX 77009

5. 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

6. B.B. Lemon

1809 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007

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 are often filled with spirited guests, and a few coveted outdoor bar seats allow guests to sneak glances at all of the action inside.

1809 Washington Ave
Houston, TX 77007

7. 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

8. Urbe

1101 Uptown Park Blvd Suite 12, Houston, TX 77056

Situated in the heart of Uptown Park, Hugo Ortega’s hip new concept spotlighting Mexican street food offers plenty of open-air patio seating and views of the neatly-kept retail center. Pull up a seat shaded by one of the patio’s oversized umbrellas and settle in with a pambazo torta and Mexican cold brew coffee.

1101 Uptown Park Blvd Suite 12
Houston, TX 77056

9. 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

10. 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

11. Tiny Champions

2617 McKinney St, Houston, TX 77003

This EaDo eatery from the 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

12. 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 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.

1800 Post Oak Blvd Suite 6170
Houston, TX 77056

13. East End Backyard

1105 Sampson St, Houston, TX 77003

Former Dynamo forward 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

14. 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

15. 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

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16. Brasil

Brasil, 2604 Dunlavy St, Houston, TX 77006

The serene back patio at this longstanding coffee bar and restaurant is an oasis within the city. Fully enclosed, the sprawling space is shaded by overgrown trees and offers solace from the bustling Montrose neighborhood. The days bring coffee drinkers looking to park with their laptops or books, while the evenings are more amped up with live DJ-mixing and visuals projected on a large-scale screen.

Brasil, 2604 Dunlavy St
Houston, TX 77006

17. 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 brightly-colored cushions and bedecked with sheer white drapes.

5115 Westheimer Rd Suite C-3500
Houston, TX 77056

18. 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

19. 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 live jazz along with dishes like Tennessee hot duck and fried green tomatoes.

5512 La Branch St
Houston, TX 77004

20. Hungry's

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

2356 Rice Boulevard
Houston, TX 77005

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