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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 these restaurants for the best outdoor dining in Houston.

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Baba Yega American
12/20
2607 Grant St.
Houston, TX 77006
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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...

Brooklyn Athletic Club American Regional
14/20
601 Richmond Ave.
Houston, TX 77006
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American cuisine and the great outdoors go hand in hand at the Brooklyn Athletic Club. 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...

Grace’s American Regional
14/20
3111 Kirby Dr.
Houston, TX 77098

Johnny Carrabba restaurant offering classic Southern and American cuisine. More...

The Grove American Regional
14/20
Dining Room at The Grove, Houston, TX 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...

Last Concert Cafe Tex-Mex
12/20
1403 Nance St.
Houston, TX 77002
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Knock three times on the red door for entry into this funky world of Tex-Mex and live music on the patio. More...

Little Bigs Burgers
Quick Bite
Chelsea Market
4621 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
13/20
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...

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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