Rest of the Best 2014: Houston's Top 10 Patios

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Photo courtesy Brenner's on the Bayou
Bayou view? Check. Comfy seating? Check. Great drinks? Check.

With unusually cool and sunny April weather, who can resist lunching on a patio and soaking up some sun? This time of year, it's usually getting too hot to bear, but we've been incredibly lucky to have had sunshine and cooler temperatures the past few weeks.

For me, better weather means lunch under the shade of an umbrella, dinner under the stars and possibly some bocce and stiff drinks at one of these spots, which feature the ten best patios in the city.

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Photo courtesy The Grove
With great views of both nature and the urban jungle, the Grove has something for everyone.
10. The Grove
Nestled in the heart of Downtown in Discovery Green, The Grove is an ideal place to take in trees and skyscrapers alike. It's a popular wedding and party venue, thanks to the many private rooms available and the first- and second-floor patios with views of the park and Downtown Houston. The second-floor patio houses an herb garden for the restaurant, which serves distinctively Houstonian food with an emphasis on Southern cuisine and products from local purveyors.

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Photo courtesy Cedar Creek
A little bit of the Hill Country in Houston at Cedar Creek.
9. Cedar Creek
The sign above the entrance reads "Welcome to the Hill Country," and the vibe on the sprawling patio in the Heights is definitely one of Hill Country cool, with live music, local beer and a little bit of that funky devil-may-care attitude that makes Austin and the surrounding areas so fun. It's a little bit country and a little bit city all rolled into one great party locale where folks come out to celebrate everything from Halloween to crawfish season.

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Location Info

Backstreet Cafe

1103 S. Shepherd Dr., Houston, TX

Category: Music

El Pueblito Place

1423 Richmond Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Brenner's on the Bayou

1 Birdsall St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Brooklyn Athletic Club

601 Richmond Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Batanga

908 Congress Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Tasting Room -- Kingwood

1660 W. Lake Houston Pkwy, Houston, TX

Category: Music

The Grove

1611 Lamar St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Boheme Cafe & Wine Bar

307 Fairview, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Cottonwood

3422 N. Shepherd Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Cedar Creek

1034 W. 20th, Houston, TX

Category: Music

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16 comments
kapatsaki
kapatsaki

Byzantio has a beautiful open air patio

m2m310
m2m310

Are you serious!!! The best outdoor patio is the West Alabama Icehouse!

Earnest Bush
Earnest Bush

Tiffany Pinkston, Tosca Davis: We need to find a happy hour!

Sydney Toubman
Sydney Toubman

Natalie Gamez, I've been to 4 already but let's do all 10 this summer :)

Natalie Gamez
Natalie Gamez

Sydney Toubman let's start checking these off the list!!

Cris19
Cris19

I wish there was a way to view this whole list on one page.. Or is there one, and I'm just missing it?

Valerina
Valerina

These are good but I like the quaint, honeysuckle-scented goodness of Dolce Vita's patio.


And then there is the amazing Rainbow Lodge patio overlooking the gardens

KaitlinS
KaitlinS topcommenter

@m2m310  Haha I do love that patio, but this list is all restaurants or bar/restaurants. West Alabama doesn't serve food of its own.

KaitlinS
KaitlinS topcommenter

@Cris19  Click on "Print Article" right under the box telling you to subscribe to the dining newsletter :)

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