The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Restaurant Patios

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Photo by Vintagemodernquilts
It's hard to beat the terrace at Tiny Boxwood's...only one other patio in Houston managed it.
Patio dining in Houston isn't quite the rage it is in more temperate cities. In fact, even cities like Chicago -- which arguably enjoys the same amount, perhaps even less, of patio-appropriate weather as we do -- seem to clamor for outdoor dining more than Houston does. Despite that fact, we are in the midst of ideal patio weather and Houston has no shortage of enjoyable outdoor space in which you may enjoy the next 17.5 days before we find ourselves in 90 degree-plus weather once again.

With glorious, short-lived patio weather in mind, here are our top 10 (give or take) patios in Houston:

10. The Creeks

Everyone in Houston has thoughts on the Creek family of restaurants -- good, bad or otherwise. Luckily for Houston, we have four to choose from. Since no two Houstonians can seem to agree on which one is best, we lumped all four here. Because all of the Creeks sit within a five-mile radius of one another, we've made it easy for you by picking all of them. For a more laid-back social vibe, we like the simplicity of Onion Creek or the so-called Austin-esque, sprawling hodgepodge that is Cedar Creek. If you prefer to BYOB, Dry Creek's small front patio is the way to go. If you can't be bothered with crushed granite gravel on your nice shoes, Canyon Creek is a far tidier if more stark patio.

9. El Pueblito

Surely you've seen the curious little cabanas and banana trees on Richmond. It's a just another random sight-- this oasis of white and green -- on the patchwork strip of Richmond home to rebuilt Talk of the Town porn shop and just blocks from the Menil. Stepping onto the greenery-draped patio, we wouldn't be surprised if you forgot you were in Montrose at all, even if it is just for a moment.

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Photo Courtesy of Jasper's
8. Jasper's and 1252 Tapas

With shopping, restaurants, bars and even a theater ringing its central green,The Woodlands Market Street offers something for most everyone. That central green area really is the highlight here and to that end, Jasper's and 1252 Tapas both offer enjoyable views on their patios. While we prefer 1252's fare to the curiously stacking-obsessed platings at Jasper's -- seriously, go look at its Facebook page -- you can't deny that Jasper's slate- and steel-lined patio is stellar.

Location Info

Onion Creek

3106 White Oak, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Cedar Creek

1034 W. 20th, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Dry Creek Cafe

544 Yale St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Canyon Creek Cafe

6603 Westcott St., Houston, TX

Category: Music

El Pueblito Place

1423 Richmond Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

El Pueblito Place

1423 Richmond Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Jasper's

9595 Six Pines Drive, Spring, TX

Category: Restaurant

1252 Tapas

9595 Six Pines Drive, Spring, TX

Category: Restaurant

Brooklyn Athletic Club

601 Richmond Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Backstreet Cafe

1103 S. Shepherd Dr., Houston, TX

Category: Music

The Lake House Waterside Cafe

1600 McKinney, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

The Grove

1611 Lamar St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Tasting Room -- Kingwood

1660 W. Lake Houston Pkwy, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Brennan's of Houston

3300 Smith, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Tiny Boxwood's Cafe

3614 W. Alabama St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Monarch Restaurant & Lounge

5701 Main, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


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Jessica
Jessica

What about Brenners on the Bayou and Rainbow Lodge.  When on those patios you don't feel like you're in Houston.  

Jalapeno
Jalapeno

I look forward to this list each time, but some of these have to be eliminated because of inedible food and tragic service.  Escalante's in Town & Country has revamped their patio adding a cover and a fountain.  Tony Mandola has a great patio.  Of course, Niko Niko's....oooh and Ruggles Green at Towne Center has a terrific vast patio overlooking green space.  Lovely place to dine.

nechlaw1
nechlaw1

Cafe  Mawal, 6006 Fairdale, is our favorite. Brenner's on the Buffalo Bayou, Artista, Rainbow Lodge, and Baba Yega's also come to mind.  There are several other restaurants in the same complex as Tasting Room on Lake Houston, and most have better food and the same view

Chris Boyle
Chris Boyle

How can you not include the patio/garden Baba Yega?

Anse
Anse

There are a lot of places that require you to order at the bar, but for some reason I find the "Creek" joints make this proposition particularly unpleasant. I don't know what it is. I'm surprised Cottonwood isn't on here. 

Ken Busch
Ken Busch

Just about any Cafe Express.

Kings-Harbor
Kings-Harbor

Thanks for featuring The Tasting Room Kingwood in Kings Harbor!

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard topcommenter

Brenners on the Bayou & Baba Yega are the most egregious omissions on this list.  Have you been to either?

LupeTortillaAnyone
LupeTortillaAnyone

@AnseThat's not a patio, it's a playground that serves great beer and food for the parents.

ducttaperoses
ducttaperoses

@Anse Agreed.  I *hate* Cedar Creek.  Noisy, crowded, terrible service.  I don't go out to eat to feel ignored and as if I'm an inconvenience to the staff.  It's hard to get anyone's attention at the bar to even place an order.

Anse
Anse

@LupeTortillaAnyone @Anse Cottonwood? That outdoor stage and patio is begging for a good country swing band. Unfortunately the band they had playing there last time I visited was a horrible cover band playing Hall and Oates and whatnot. But it's got potential.

Anse
Anse

@ducttaperoses @Anse Yeah, I end up going there once in a while because I have colleagues who think it's a good happy hour spot. But I don't like it. And the Austin-centric crap gives me gas. 

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