Spring has arrived in Texas, and we’re eager to get outside to enjoy the beautiful weather. We pulled some of our favorite spots around the state offering stunning alfresco dining, as well as superb food and cocktails. Here, 12 must-visit patios for spring.
Palmer’s Restaurant Bar & Courtyard, San Marcos
Discover a lush garden courtyard at Palmer’s Restaurant. Here, everything—and I mean everything—is homemade, even the bourbon at the bar! This gem has souped-up Southern cooking, like a juicy center-cut pork chop brushed with a sweet-and-spicy honey habanero glaze.
The Spot, Galveston
The Spot is the ultimate beachfront dining destination! It’s literally a stone’s throw from the Gulf of Mexico, off of the iconic Seawall Boulevard in Galveston. This is the hottest restaurant, arcade, and tiki bar to keep cool and chill out this spring and summer. Order a burger and relax with a beer or colorful cocktail on the large open-air deck.
Soak up the sun and grab a great bite to eat at Hungry’s in Houston! Both locations boast vibrant greenery and expansive outdoor seating. It’s also the home to one of Tanji’s favorite dishes in the city, the Ahi Tuna Poke Bowl!
La Fogata, San Antonio
Get your fill of Tex-Mex and mega margaritas in a tropical hacienda-style courtyard at La Fogata in San Antonio! Both locations offer beautiful shaded spots to listen to the mariachi music while digging into the fresh fish tacos and guacamole with a not-so-secret-ingredient: tequila!
Anthonie’s Market Grill is an incredible one-of-a-kind find tucked between lazy farm roads and sprawling ranch land in Simonton, near Houston. Here, the cattle and horses far outnumber the people. The beautiful, massive outdoor patio sports a giant firepit, and you’ll find live country music most nights.
Hula Hut, Austin
We’re saying “aloha” to the breezy lakeside Hula Hut in Austin. You’d never guess that this little oasis is nestled right in the middle of the state’s capital. Fresh Tex-Mex gets a Polynesian twist in dishes like Shrimp Chile Rellenos topped with a mango-pineapple salsa and the Crab-Stuffed Deep-Fried Avocado.
Boudro’s Texas Bistro, San Antonio
Enjoy the scenic San Antonio River Walk at one of the Alamo City’s downtown icons, Boudro’s! This is one of Tanji’s favorite restaurants. Grab a coveted seat outside and order their famous frozen Prickly Pear Margarita. Hungry? The Texas filet and tableside guacamole are both a must-order.
B&B Butcher, Houston and Dallas
One of our favorite steakhouses in the state, both locations in Houston and Dallas offer spacious outdoor patios that show off the cities’ downtown skylines. Take in the views and choose from an impressive list of dry-aged cuts, including Texas Wagyu and real Kobe beef from Japan.
188 South, New Braunfels
One the newest patios to hit this Texas town in the Hill Country, 188 South boasts some of the best Italian we’ve tried. Some of their must-order dishes include Tanji’s favorite veal chops parmigiana covered in melty burrata and housemade San Marzano tomato sauce and the super-crispy chicken with a buttery pan sauce.
Enjoy award-winning modern Thai with a Texas twist at Sway in Austin! The chef took his cues from learning Texas barbecue. One must-order dish is the Tiger Cry, char-grilled hanger steak with red chili nahm jim sauce. Don’t miss their refreshing drinking vinegars too. They’re perfect for sipping on the patio.
Fresh organic greens are the center of attention at Vinaigrette, where farm-to-table isn’t just a buzz phrase—it’s a fact! Here, colossal salads steal the show with over 20 unique combinations, such as the Omega Salad. This magnificent mélange of freshly picked green leaf lettuce and crispy kale is tossed with red onion, diced bell pepper, sweet corn, and avocado—all highlighted by a blue cheese vinaigrette and served with zesty cilantro lime shrimp. You could say they’re raising the salad bar!
Branch Neighborhood Grill, Spring Branch
Grab a spot on the expansive patio at the family-friendly Branch Neighborhood Grill. Called simply “The Branch” by those in the know, this American-style grill turns out crispy fried onion chips, cheesy griddled burgers, and Gulf shrimp every which way. Catch live music on the oak tree–shaded patio while the kids tire themselves out on the playground. This spot is the perfect Texas Hill Country getaway.