OUTDOOR RESTAURANTS IN HOUSTON
There are no better conditions for eating outdoors than in H-Town.
Open-air restaurants offer perfect moments: a patio table, a drink in hand, fabulous food and the divine climate of Houston. There are better able to enjoy dining in the open air in H-Town and our city is full of places where you can enjoy good food fresh. When you can not resist the desire to eat outdoors, visit one of the restaurants that we recommend below.
FLAVORED LATIN FLAVOR
A favorite among those who frequent the theater, the Artista restaurant is located on the second level of the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. Offering a sophisticated menu of South American influence, ranging from steak to seafood paella, Artista's dishes compete with the panoramic view of the Theater District that can be seen from its huge windows. For a true city experience we recommend that you sit on the balcony.
In late March 2013, restaurateur Brian Fasthoff opened Batanga , a Latin American-flavored restaurant near Market Square Park in downtown Houston. Located next to the Original OKRA Charity Saloon, Batanga's 9,000-square-foot store serves Latin American tapas, exotic drinks, and dishes from various Latin American regions, such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, and Peru, in addition to Spain and Portugal.
THOSE WITH A RELAXED ATMOSPHERE
Are you looking for a relaxed place to eat? Head to the BB's Café in Heights , where you find favorites inspired by the Gulf Coast and New Orleans cuisine with a Texan twist, for example, alligator tacos and fried shrimp sandwiches. This store, the third of BB's, is larger than its predecessors and boasts a bright and airy dining room as well as a patio that overlooks the section of bars and restaurants on White Oak Street.
The Boheme Cafe is better known for being a laid-back wine bar and lounge than a restaurant. Still, the food doesn't disappoint. Handmade pizzas (with lamb, arugula, and goat cheese), empanadas with chimichurri, and chili chicken curry are just some of the options on the menu. There is plenty of seating outside, both in the front patio facing Taft Street and in the huge backyard with its own bar and projector that plays old movies.
With its lighted patio and element-weathered exterior, Cedar Creek Heights has a rather casual demeanor. Its style is similar to its sister establishments Dry Creek, Canyon Creek and Onion Creek . Keeping the same focus, the Cedar is a popular place to go on free afternoons and watch a sports game or just relax with friends under one of their umbrellas while enjoying a basket of fried shrimp or spicy wings.
Overlooking a busy stretch of Westheimer Street, the courtyard of the Empire Café is always crowded, but even more so on Sundays when knowledgeable locals frequent it for brunch . Its loyal customers visit the Empire every day of the week to enjoy its mushroom paninis and stuffed chicken. It is worth mentioning that this restaurant is frequented by people of all ages and backgrounds, so you will feel good any time you visit it.
Housed in a former home that has been transformed on Shepherd and West Gray Streets, the Backstreet Café is a new American cuisine café serving an eclectic variety of dishes created by acclaimed chef Hugo Ortega (the tower of " meat loaf "is a favorite for both lunch and dinner). Those who know the place well ask for one of the umbrella-covered tables on the front terrace, so they can enjoy watching people go by. For a more elegant and intimate experience it is recommended that you ask to sit on the back terrace.
Facing the heart of Washington Avenue's entertainment district, Benjy's second-level patio is the perfect place to watch the sunsets. In this casual neighborhood restaurant, you enjoy a Latin and Asian inspired menu that is always changing. Beyond its selection of tasty cocktails is an award-winning wine list featuring hard-to-find vintage varieties .
SOPHISTICATED AND ELEGANT
Looking for somewhere a little more refined? Brennan's of Houston probably has the most elegant restaurant patio in the city with its New Orleans-style architecture and striking gardens. With dishes like cherry turtle soup, roasted oysters and duck with fois gras , you are certainly not going to make a mistake when ordering. Brennan's is also an excellent place to enjoy a good sazerac.
When it comes to good views, Brenner's on the Bayou is in a separate league. By sitting on the back deck of the restaurant, customers can enjoy the panoramic scenery of the Buffalo Bayou and the manicured gardens of the restaurant. There's also a trendy patio bar called Blue, perfect for enjoying cocktails during happy hour.
Very few would think that the busy stretch of Shepherd Drive between the Southwest Freeway and Westheimer Street is a quiet place. But that's exactly what makes Triniti's tree-lined courtyard so enigmatic. Separated from the street by a wall and natural shade, the courtyard, designed by James Burnett, is adorned with three fountains. The menu of local ingredients changes very often, depending on what is available on the farms in the area.
WITH INFLUENCES FROM OTHER LANDS
Coltivare is a new Italian American food restaurant that has opened in the Heights area. Its owners, Ryan Pera and Morgan Weber, are the same chefs at the helm of Revival Market. The restaurant emphasizes locally produced ingredients and boasts a novel menu of salads, small dishes, pastas, pizzas, entrees, and desserts. Many of Coltivare's ingredients are extracted from the restaurant's own garden. It is almost always full and does not accept reservations. Waits could be long but trying chef Ryan Pera's unique Italian-influenced dishes is well worth it.
Chef Kiran Verma prepares authentic North Indian dishes, fused with American and French influences at her Kiran's restaurant. If you sit on the front terrace you will have an al fresco experience. The restaurant's wine cellar houses more than 300 selections and the service staff gladly recommends to their customers the wine that should be paired with each dish.
FOR GOOD DRINKS
Para disfrutar de bocados y cervezas pocos lugares le hacen la competencia a The Hay Merchant sobre la calle Westheimer. Este bar de cervezas lo tiene todo: desde docenas de cervezas artesanales hasta un novedoso menú de comida (por ejemplo, los pasteles de carne estilo cajun). El patio es buen lugar para ver a la gente pasar por la calle Westheimer y sus pantallas grandes son ideales para ver juegos deportivos. Underbelly, su vecino, tiene un patio igual de atractivo, bueno para beber una copa de vino o disfrutar de platillos únicos, que sólo se encuentran en Houston.
Albert Huerta set out to create a quintessential southern cocktail bar on the historic stretch of Washington Avenue. Many agree that with its handcrafted cocktails, polished interior, and sprawling patio, Julep (which means "julepe" in Spanish) fulfills Huerta's purpose. You can savor different styles of mint julep and other favorite drinks from the region, or from the menu offerings, among which are the very southern "hush puppies".
The Rainbow Lodge , located in a historic cabin, is considered one of the most romantic restaurants in Houston. Its decades-old structure is charming and intimate, with fireplaces and a winding deck that overlooks a nearby stream. Offering regional cuisine from the Gulf Coast, the Rainbow Lodge has received great national recognition for both its menu and its wine cellar. In addition to earning the "Excellence Award" for ten consecutive years, its "Grand Food and Wine Pairing" has been named the 'Best Grocery and Beverage Showcase' by the Houston Chronicle .
Tiny Boxwood's , located in the Upper Kirby area, used to be an unoccupied metal warehouse, but has been transformed into a cozy, rustic café, similar to those found in southern France. On the menu you will find simple and homemade dishes, made with the highest quality ingredients. It is the ideal place to have lunch or brunch . Its large green patio is considered very romantic.