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5 Fab Patios

By Robin Barr Sussman

10.25.16

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Patio season—defined as outdoor temperatures below 80 degrees—has finally returned to H-Town! Here are five spectacular perches for fall dining and imbibing.
Brenner’s Steakhouse new patio
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1. Brenner's Steakhouse
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Founded by Herman and Lorene Brenner in 1936 but now owned by Landry’s, Houston landmark Brenner’s Steakhouse celebrates 80 years with a gorgeous new patio and all-new brunch menu. The picturesque backyard garden is lush with cascading waterfalls and modern light fixtures, while the romantic patio flaunts posh new furniture. 10911 Katy Fairway, 713.465.2901, brennerssteakhouse.com

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2. B&B Butchers
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Come to B&B Butchers & Restaurant for the dry aged beef but stay for the patio. Climb up the red brick stairs to the second story shaded rooftop terrace which sports clear views of the Downtown skyline. It’s a fine place to catch a crisp fall breeze and enjoy happy hour specials before a dinner at sunset. 1814 Washington Ave., 713.862.1814, bbbutchers.com 

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3. Hunky Dory Tavern or Bernadine's
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Take a break under the huge shady oak tree on the cool deck at Hunky Dory Tavern. Optionally, hit seafood savvy Bernadine’s right next door for the 100-seat private patio and Gulf Coast cuisine by chef Graham Laborde. 1801 N. Shepherd Drive, 713.864.2450, treadsack.com/hunkydory; 1801-B N. Shepherd Drive, 713.864.2565, treadsack.com/bernadines

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4. La Table
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Tucked away from bustling Post Oak Boulevard, La Table’s charming side patio channels a sidewalk cafe in Paris. Grab a cushy Provence-style chair or banquette and enjoy an espresso, French pastry, cocktail or an entire meal alfresco. 1800 Post Oak Blvd., 713.439.1000, latablehouston.com

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5. The Dunlavy
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It’s hard to break away from the enchanting glass paved interiors and dozens of dangling chandeliers at The Dunlavy, but the space is also decked out with a shaded terrace that seats 40, complete with views of Buffalo Bayou Park. Try the popular avocado toast or Chinese chicken salad. 3422 Allen Parkway, 713.360.6477, thedunlavy.com