With Houston’s fabulous weather, it’s no wonder that patio dining is a favorite among locals. Because who doesn’t love sipping a refreshing drink and enjoying delicious cuisine under the sun all year round? And the restaurants with the best patios in Houston include:
El Big Bad
Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of downtown from the third-story balcony. Nestled in the historic Market Square historic area, El Big Bad is known for offering a dining experience unlike anything else in downtown Houston. It is a fun place to spend time with friends, and the menu includes chicken tinga tacos, Southwest fiesta salad, and Gulf shrimp.
The flavorful menu at Ibiza has impressed diners for the last fifteen years. The chefs in the open kitchen put on a show. And with its party-like atmosphere, it is no wonder the restaurant is often packed. The service is always friendly, and the casual patio features twinkling lights and tables covered with white cloths. Meals include braised lamb shank, roasted chicken breast, and chili pepper crusted redfish.
Urban Eats is inspired by family and crafted by locals. Diners on the second-floor balcony take in the best views of downtown, and there is a full bar featuring beer, wine, and cocktails. The chefs prepare gourmet fare that’s simple and delicious, and choices include pork pot roast, French onion mac & cheese, and eggplant Napoleon.
And finally, nestled in an 1800s saloon, Batanga is a modern tapas restaurant with a vibrant atmosphere. At 3,600 square feet, its brick patio is the largest in Houston, and features include red umbrellas and string lights. It is where many residents meet friends, and menu favorites are crispy calamari, steamed mussels, and bacon-wrapped dates.