Houston’s Best Places to Eat Outside

Nothing beats a cold drink and a great patio in summer!  In Houston, we have our fair share of terrific ways to eat outside.  From Tex-Mex to Burgers, seafood or home cooking, here’s 10 of our favorites!

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1. Cedar Creek, Houston

I love the Heights Neighborhood, and this fun, outdoor restaurant offers a huge dining area, great burgers, and a creek where the kids can watch the fish and play!  Click HERE to read more!

Dog Friendly = Yes!

papas on the lake

2.  Papas on the Lake, Montgomery

Located North of Houston in Conroe, this fun restaurant is worth the drive!  Great food (I love their muffeletas) served lakeside, with a sand volleyball court and a waterfall area for kids and a pool for those 21 and over!  Click HERE to visit their website.

Dog Friendly = Nope

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3.  The Don’key, Pasadena

I’m a Pasadena girl, so I may be biased, but I love this fun little Tex-Mex restaurant!  Grab a table on the patio, a skillet of hot fajitas, a Don’keyrita and a designated driver!  Click HERE to see what the fuss is all about.

Dog Friendly = Nope


4.  LaGrange, Houston

This fun outdoor restaurant offers coastal Mexican fare.

Dog Friendly = No

Top Water Grill in San Leon


5.  Top Water Grill, San Leon

Possibly my favorite seafood restaurant in the Houston Bay Area, we love Top Water Grill’s food, but the outdoor swinging tables are wonderful!  Click HERE to visit their website.

Dog Friendly = Yes

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6.  Flying Dutchman, Kemah Boardwalk

There’s no shortage of restaurants on the Kemah Boardwalk, but the Flying Dutchman is my favorite, with a great view of the water and boardwalk, plus a terrific menu!  My go-to is their Oysters Chimichurri and Fried Shrimp, while my husband loves the Coconut Shrimp with plum ginger sauce, followed by their Tropical Kemah Lime Pie with coconut whipped cream, mango compote and fresh blackberries!  Click HERE to visit their website.

Dog Friendly = No

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7.  Hubcap Grill, The Heights

I love the Hubcap Grill’s location in the Heights, which is unfortunate because it’s just around the corner from Cedar Creek, our family favorite!  Luckily, the Hubcap also has locations in Downtown Houston, Galveston, Seabrook and out by Bush Airport!  I always stick with the Hubcap Cheeseburger, but my kids rotate between the Triple-Heart Clogger and the Sticky Monkey Burger, with 1/3 lb. beef patty, bacon, crunchy peanut butter, American cheese and grilled bananas!  Click HERE to see their menu of more specialty burgers!

Dog Friendly = Yes

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8.  Brenner’s on the Bayou

Aside from their incredible brunch menu, the lure to Brenners on the Bayou is their incredible garden, which features winding trails and a waterfall!  Stroll the gardens and to dine outside, all seating is first come-first serve, no reservations necessary!  Click HERE for more information!

Dog Friendly = No

natachee's supper and punch

9.  Natachee’s Supper and Punch, Midtown Main St. 

As casual as casual can get, Natachee’s Supper and Punch is such a great restaurant.  I love the patio, but the kids love the old Westerns playing on the televisions inside.  Get anything you want on the menu, it’s all good, but the pork chops are my favorite!  Click HERE to visit their website.

Dog Friendly = Nope

live oak10.  Live Oak Grill, Sugarland

The Pecan-Crusted Chicken at Live Oak is worth the drive to Sugarland!  We love their homey patio under the trees!  Click HERE to see their menu!

Dog Friendly = Yes!

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