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Published Oct 05, 2021 by Megan Broussard
When it comes to patios, Houston has many to choose from across the city. As the weather cools down, now is the perfect time to be outside sipping on your favorite cocktail or enjoying some of Houston’s delicious cuisine. Although the city has countless options to suit just about every taste, we have narrowed down a few of our favorite spots that make Houston a great place for patio season. Of course, with Houston’s mild winters and pleasant spring season, that prime patio period often gets extended.
Lucille’s is a locally-owned restaurant in the heart of Houston's Museum District with delicious, fine southern foods. Chef Chris Williams opened the restaurant in 2012 to pay homage to his great-grandmother who was a culinary entrepreneur well ahead of her time. In addition to great food, Lucille’s also has a great patio with live music on Thursday evenings and Sunday for brunch.
Another great patio destination with live music on Friday evenings is Rainbow Lodge. Known for its succulent wild game and seafood as well as beautiful multi-level deck with views, this is a great spot for any special occasion or date night.
Hungry’s Café is currently celebrating 45 years of service. There are reasons this local favorite continues to attract customers: good service, great outdoor seating and delectable food. Visit either one of their locations in Rice Village or Memorial Drive for lunch, dinner or weekend brunch!
St. Arnolds is Texas' Oldest Craft Brewery with an amazing view of the Downtown Houston skyline from the north side. Open seven days a week, their beer garden is a perfect outdoor spot to enjoy a pint and bar bites (with wine and cider options as well). They also have a large screen to watch sporting events – cheers!
Boheme offers a great, secluded patio experience with a full bar and unique menu, which includes their much-loved Bangkok fries topped with smoked pork shoulder, curry mayo and siracha. The large outdoor space is perfect for a casual outing or a first stop on a night out in Montrose. With fire pits and a largely covered portion of the patio, Boheme is an ideal spot for the approaching cooler weather.
Brenner’s on the Bayou
For an upscale dining experience, visit Brenner’s on the Bayou. This local favorite features breathtaking views of Buffalo Bayou. The deck creates an elegant atmosphere with lush greenery, a waterfall and picturesque gazebo. Come here to enjoy nature, fine dining and specialty cocktails.
New to the scene is Casa Nomad. Escape the hustle and bustle of city life when you visit this restaurant, inspired by the Yucatán paradise of Tulum. The patio has a tropical vibe with artfully-prepared dishes and tasty cocktails; a perfect getaway, without the long flight.
Under the direction of award-winning Executive Chef Hugo Ortego, Backstreet Cafe not only has outstanding food, but a beautiful courtyard patio as well. This charming restaurant is located inside a 30's-era house in River Oaks and has a menu that changes seasonally, ensuring that each visit to Backsreet Cafe is as unique as the city of Houston itself.
These are just a few of the countless patios the great city of Houston has to offer. In fact, Houston is home to over 12,000 food service and drinking establishments covering more than 80 categories of cuisine. As you explore, tag us on Instagram: @LiveWorkHOU or use the hashtag #LiveWorkHOU. We would love to see you at the places mentioned above or any other favorite spot to enjoy Houston’s lovely fall weather!
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