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Houston’s Best Outdoor Dining Destinations

When the weather is nice, here’s where to sit outside

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Everyone knows that this wonderful city offers unlimited 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.

As such, we’ve compiled this guide to the city’s most coveted outdoor tables. From the porches and patios of the Heights to an open-air rooftop bar in Rice Village, Houston has plenty of breezy options, even during the heat of summer.

Is your favorite patio dining spot missing from this map? Shout it out in the comments, or forever hold your peace.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Presidio

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911 W 11th St
Houston, TX
(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 addition to its dining room. 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. Coltivare Pizza & Garden

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3320 White Oak Dr
Houston, TX
(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 own 3,000 square foot garden. Find a table amongst the plants, and enjoy a bucolic experience without leaving the heart of the city.

Ralph Smith

3. The Kitchen at The Dunlavy

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3422 Allen Pkwy
Houston, TX

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, while offering a little shelter from the heat. The healthy menu offers quinoa bowls, smoothies, mimosas, artisanal pizzas and the like, all of which can be enjoyed alongside the masses at rustic communal tables.

4. Brenner's on the Bayou

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1 Birdsall St
Houston, TX
(713) 868-4444
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The bright blue shaded canopies of the Blue Bar at Brenner’s on the Bayou offer 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.

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5. Il Giardino at Hotel Granduca

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1080 Uptown Park Blvd
Houston, TX
(713) 418-1000
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One’s mind would not immediately leap to Hotel Granduca for their dining needs but the hotel’s new outdoor dining spot, Il Giardino, might be a game changer. The casual poolside eatery features a menu packed with antipasto, paninis, salads, breads and pastas inspired by Executive Chef Enrico Glaudo’s Italian roots.

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6. Backstreet Cafe

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1103 S Shepherd Dr
Houston, TX
(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.

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7. The Grove

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1611 Lamar St
Houston, TX
(713) 337-7321
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The glass paneled walls and outdoor section of The Grove allow diners 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
(713) 439-1000
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Recently revamped, the outdoor patio at La Table mimics a serene garden space. It’s a perfect pairing for the restaurant’s upscale French fare, like quiches, salads, and an extensive list of cocktails and wines. Consider this your most bourgie brunch destination.

Jenny Antill

9. La Grange

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2517 Ralph St
Houston, TX
(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
(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. Enjoy a full meal (the Cubano sandwich is a killer) or simply throw back a few of those perfectly moist and gooey chocolate chip cookies with a glass of rosé for patio perfection.

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11. Beaver’s

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6025 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX
(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 barbecue mac and cheese. Bonus: Enjoy the fire pit (when the time is right) and multiple televisions for catching a game.

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12. Brooklyn Athletic Club

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601 Richmond Ave
Houston, TX
(713) 527-8328
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Though it’s 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. Cafe Azur

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4315 Montrose Blvd
Houston, TX
(713) 524-0070
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If a trip to the French Riviera isn’t in the budget, head to this Montrose gem. Chef Sidney Degaine crafts colorful lunch, brunch and dinner items like a traditional Boullabaise, steak frites, and foie gras for dedicated Francophiles. The atmosphere is equally inspiring, thanks to lush greenery in the courtyard and balcony.

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14. Hungry's Upstairs

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2356 Rice Blvd
Houston, TX

Head up the stairs in Rice Village mainstay Hungry’s for a stellar 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 solid accompaniment to the views.

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1. Presidio

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

Located in the heart of the Heights, Presidio enjoins both a covered patio and backyard dining area in addition to its dining room. 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

2. Coltivare Pizza & Garden

3320 White Oak Dr, Houston, TX
Ralph Smith

Charming garden and eatery Colitvare churns out piping hot pizza and Italian fare made from fresh vegetables and fruit straight from their own 3,000 square foot garden. Find a table amongst the plants, and enjoy a bucolic experience without leaving the heart of the city.

3320 White Oak Dr
Houston, TX

3. The Kitchen at The Dunlavy

3422 Allen Pkwy, Houston, TX

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, while offering a little shelter from the heat. The healthy menu offers quinoa bowls, smoothies, mimosas, artisanal pizzas and the like, all of which can be enjoyed alongside the masses at rustic communal tables.

3422 Allen Pkwy
Houston, TX

4. Brenner's on the Bayou

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

The bright blue shaded canopies of the Blue Bar at Brenner’s on the Bayou offer 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.

1 Birdsall St
Houston, TX

5. Il Giardino at Hotel Granduca

1080 Uptown Park Blvd, Houston, TX
Il Giardino/Facebook

One’s mind would not immediately leap to Hotel Granduca for their dining needs but the hotel’s new outdoor dining spot, Il Giardino, might be a game changer. The casual poolside eatery features a menu packed with antipasto, paninis, salads, breads and pastas inspired by Executive Chef Enrico Glaudo’s Italian roots.

1080 Uptown Park Blvd
Houston, TX

6. Backstreet Cafe

1103 S Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX
Backstreet Cafe/Facebook

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.

1103 S Shepherd Dr
Houston, TX

7. The Grove

1611 Lamar St, Houston, TX
The Grove/Facebook

The glass paneled walls and outdoor section of The Grove allow diners 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

8. La Table

1800 Post Oak Blvd Ste 6110, Houston, TX
Jenny Antill

Recently revamped, the outdoor patio at La Table mimics a serene garden space. It’s a perfect pairing for the restaurant’s upscale French fare, like quiches, salads, and an extensive list of cocktails and wines. Consider this your most bourgie brunch destination.

1800 Post Oak Blvd Ste 6110
Houston, TX

9. La Grange

2517 Ralph St, Houston, TX
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

10. Tiny Boxwoods

3614 W Alabama St, Houston, TX
Tiny Boxwoods/Facebook

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. Enjoy a full meal (the Cubano sandwich is a killer) or simply throw back a few of those perfectly moist and gooey chocolate chip cookies with a glass of rosé for patio perfection.

3614 W Alabama St
Houston, TX

11. Beaver’s

6025 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX
Beaver’s/Facebook

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 barbecue mac and cheese. Bonus: Enjoy the fire pit (when the time is right) and multiple televisions for catching a game.

6025 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX

12. Brooklyn Athletic Club

601 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX
BAC/Facebook

Though it’s 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

13. Cafe Azur

4315 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX
Cafe Azur/Facebook

If a trip to the French Riviera isn’t in the budget, head to this Montrose gem. Chef Sidney Degaine crafts colorful lunch, brunch and dinner items like a traditional Boullabaise, steak frites, and foie gras for dedicated Francophiles. The atmosphere is equally inspiring, thanks to lush greenery in the courtyard and balcony.

4315 Montrose Blvd
Houston, TX

14. Hungry's Upstairs

2356 Rice Blvd, Houston, TX
Hungry’s/Facebook

Head up the stairs in Rice Village mainstay Hungry’s for a stellar 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 solid accompaniment to the views.

2356 Rice Blvd
Houston, TX

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