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Best Houston Outdoor Dining


Enjoy dining al fresco?  Let yourself be romanced by the sidewalk sounds of a big city or pampered by the peacefulness of a patio garden. Flock to the terrace, deck or boulevard table and share a bite, under the sun, an oversized patio umbrella or the stars. Be it a brunch in the breeze, sunset supper or long lunch, all of it tastes best outside. Visit a few of these top airy hot spots for the best outdoor dining in Houston.


 

View the Top 10 Outdoor Dining Restaurants in Houston

Baba Yega American
12/20
2607 Grant St.
Houston, TX 77006
Menu
While the Victorian atmosphere is a substantial part of the draw, so is the something-for-everyone menu. More...

Backstreet Cafe American Regional
15/20
Dining Room at Backstreet Cafe, Houston, TX 1103 S. Shepherd Dr.
Houston, TX 77019
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Brunch picks are standouts along with the multitude of appetizers and entrées. More...

El Pueblito Place Mexican
13/20
Dining Room at El Pueblito Place, Houston, TX 1423 Richmond Ave.
Houston, TX 77006
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Central American fusion with killer cocktails. More...

The Grove American Regional
14/20
1611 Lamar St.
Houston, TX 77010
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Dine among the splendor of Houston’s Discovery Green. More...

Killen’s Texas Barbecue Barbecue
Quick Bite
3613 E. Broadway St.
Pearland, TX 77581

Ronnie Killen turns out his popular barbecue in Pearland. More...

Little Bigs Burgers
Quick Bite
2703 Montrose Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006
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Little burgers with big taste. More...

Maria Selma Restaurant Mexican
13/20
1617 Richmond Ave.
Houston, TX 77006

Casual, fun Mexican eatery in the Museum District. More...

Monarch American Regional
14/20
Dining Room at Monarch, Houston, TX Hotel ZaZa Houston
5701 Main St.
Houston, TX 77005
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Great views, prime people-watching and gourmet comfort food at Hotel ZaZa Houston. More...

Rainbow Lodge Seafood
15/20
Dining Room at Rainbow Lodge, Houston, TX 2011 Ella Blvd.
Houston, TX 77008
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A romantic, earthy lodge serving upscale wild game complemented by remarkable wines. More...

60 Degrees Mastercrafted American Regional
14/20
Dining Room at 60 Degrees Mastercrafted, Houston, TX 2300 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77098

It’s ranch-to-table at this high-end River Oaks restaurant. More...

Sparrow Bar + Cookshop American Regional
14/20
Dining Room at Sparrow Bar + Cookshop, Houston, TX 3701 Travis St.
Houston, TX 77002

Chef Monica Pope’s Sparrow flies high in Midtown. More...

Tiny Boxwood’s American
Quick Bite
Thompson + Hanson
3614 W. Alabama St.
Houston, TX 77027

A tasty oasis awaits at Tiny Boxwood’s. More...

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