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

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3. Brennan's

We are suckers for a New Orleans courtyard-style patio, and Brennan's rebuilt patio is a great example. The central oak tree may need another decade or two to fill out, but considering Brennan's stood for over 40 years before succumbing to a fire during Hurricane Ike, we have a feeling that tree will be shading customers for years to come.

2. Tiny Boxwood's

With the addition of chef de cuisine Amanda McGraw in the kitchen, things are looking even brighter for one of Houston's sunniest spaces. Sharing a spot with a nursery and landscape architecture firm, it is with good reason that the restaurant boasts one of the most beautiful and unique outdoor spaces in the city. Nighttime is looking up as well, as Tiny Boxwood's has added dinner service and have begun screening films on the grass terrace every Saturday evening.

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1. Monarch at the Hotel Zaza

Now helmed by executive chef Jonathan Jones, Monarch is still a see-and-be-seen hot spot with tongue-in-cheek decor that is unmatched in Houston. The sweeping canopy patio offers views of Mecom Fountain and the 100-year-old oak trees lining Main Street. At night, the patio is illuminated by strands of red lights, adding to the sex appeal of the already swanky patio.



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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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