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Spring Into Patio Season with Six Houston Favorites

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Springtime is here, and in Houston, that means one thing: Patio season. Patios make everything better—the fresh air and convivial atmosphere are the ultimate harbingers of relaxation. Besides, everything tastes better under blue skies. So grab a few friends, order your signature drink, and soak in a dose of “Vitamin P” this season—here are a few of the best patios in Houston.

Cafe Annie

Chef Robert Del Grande has been cooking up classics at Cafe Annie for years, and the restaurant retains its reputation as one of Bayou City’s finest. Hit the second floor patio with an order of Gulf Crab Tostadas or Bacon-Wrapped Quail. As you enjoy the view, try the can’t-miss Cafe Annie Margarita, one of the freshest (and strongest) in town.

1800 Post Oak Blvd

Photo by Shannon Ohara, Courtesy of Fig & Olive
Photo by Shannon Ohara, Courtesy of Fig & Olive

Fig & Olive

These Houston newcomers understand the magic of a good patio. Their luxurious 40-seat terrace overlooks the hubbub of Westheimer Road, with ample greenery serving as a calming counterpoint. Fig & Olive’s Coastal Mediterranean cuisine pairs well with a glass of wine from a deep and diverse cellar. Or, freshen up with a Cucumber Cosmo, with cucumber vodka, elderflower liqueur, and cucumber puree.

5115 Westheimer Rd

Photo courtesy of Goode Company Armadillo Palace
Photo courtesy of Goode Company Armadillo Palace

Goode Company Armadillo Palace

Kick back and grab a local craft beer at this beloved family favorite. A regular schedule of live music creates a festive, laid-back vibe in the spacious backyard patio, while Texas-themed decorations delight locals and out-of-towners alike. Snack-worthy comfort food like Fried Pork Skins and Cornmeal-Crusted Oysters make ordering another round an easy decision.

5015 Kirby Dr

Hotel Granduca

Indulge your senses at Hotel Granduca’s Il Giardino, a classy on-site eatery offering light Italian bites. Overlooking the hotel’s swoon-worthy saltwater pool and nestled inside a vibrant garden, this casual-yet-refined restaurant is the perfect place to lounge and laugh with an excellent bottle of wine.

1080 Uptown Park Blvd

Photo courtesy of Raven Tower
Photo courtesy of Raven Tower

Raven Tower

Before catching a show at White Oak Music Hall, head to Raven Tower for a hand-crafted cocktail (don’t miss the house-made ginger beer), a selection of dozens of beers on tap, or a glass of your favorite wine. The 3,000 square foot patio is one of the best you’ll find—it offers stunning views of downtown Houston and comes with its own on-site food truck.

310 North St

Photo courtesy of Treebeards
Photo courtesy of Treebeards

Treebeards on Market Square

Housed in the historic Baker Travis Building, Treebeards is a time-honored lunch-only spot known for its classic Southern favorites—think jambalaya, shrimp etouffee, or succulent fried chicken. A second-floor balcony patio overlooks scenic Market Square Park, while a ground-floor patio lets guests enjoy the bustle of Travis Street.

315 Travis St

Noah is a Houston-based writer and photographer. You can find him exploring Houston's restaurant and museum scenes with his wife or catching a game at Minute Maid Park. He and his wife serve local businesses through their digital content company, Two Cats Communications.

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