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

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Photo by Katharine Shilcutt
The shady, New Orleans-style patio at Backstreet Cafe
2. Backstreet Cafe
The inspiration behind Backstreet Cafe's patio was a verdant New Orleans garden, and within the confines of the vine-covered walls and beneath the tall trees, you can almost imagine that you're sitting pretty in the Big Easy. Even near the busy intersection of Shepard and Allen Parkway, the patio behind the 1930s-era bungalow provides a reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the city--and wonderful, carefully crafted food and cocktails to boot.

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Photo courtesy El Pueblito
One drink in a cozy cabana at El Pueblito and you'll never want to leave.
1. El Pueblito
The patio at El Pueblito is like an outdoor oasis in the Houston heat, all white awnings and white cabana curtains that billow in the wind. The atmosphere can make you believe--if only for a few hours--that you're not in the heart of Houston, but rather a tropical paradise filled with palm trees and margaritas. The whole effect is cooling, even in the heat of summer, and the combined effect of the great patio and great food and drinks will offer up a mini vacation of sorts, even if, unfortunately, you have to go back to work the next day.

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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