10 Best Patios in Clear Lake and Nearby Areas

Summer is just about here. Flip-flops, frozen drinks and patio hopping are on the agendas of many people, especially down here by the bay. To make your hunt for that perfect patio a little easier, the Houston Press has put together a list of ten patios in the Clear Lake and nearby areas that just might help make this summer one to remember.

Noah’s Ark, 4438 Boulevard, Bacliff

Just steps away from the water, Noah’s Ark is a place you’ll want to stay awhile. Bring a hair tie for your long locks, because the gulf breeze likes to dance here. There are several patios and decks to choose from, all overlooking endless views of the bay. Many patios are covered, like the oversized palapa bar upstairs, which is reserved for adults. We recommend the Bloody Mary and the rib eye steak and shrimp.

Kid-friendly (except for the palapa bar), full service, full bar, pet-friendly, and smoking on the patio permitted.

Topwater Grill, 815 Avenue O, San Leon

Located on April Fool Point Marina, the patio at Topwater Grill has a perfect view of the water. It’s a bit of a drive and tucked away in a corner of San Leon, but if you’re looking for a patio on the water, this has one of the best views in the area. Seating is stretched all around the water and includes charming cushioned glider booths. These booths are covered and comfortable and, as the name suggests, glide back and forth. Nothing like being in the shade with a frozen cocktail, swaying in your booth on the bay.

Large pelicans sit over by the outdoor fish fillet station, but don’t worry, they won’t bother you. They just add to the beachy vibe this place radiates. Traditional patio tables line up around the main restaurant, also with full-service and gulf views. Topwater Grill is a seafood restaurant that boasts, “You hook it, we cook it!” So pull up your boat and pull out your fresh catch and relax while they do all the work. Try the tender soft-shell crab and the appetizer of plump Royal Reds.

Kid-friendly, full bar, full service, smoking permitted on the patio, and pet-friendly.

Watch the boats go by while enjoying a Cajun Bloody Mary at Outriggers.EXPAND
Watch the boats go by while enjoying a Cajun Bloody Mary at Outriggers.
Photo by Jennifer Fuller

Outriggers, 101 Bath, Seabrook

Outriggers is located underneath the Kemah bridge, and its patio offers more than just a breathtaking view of Clear Lake. Sit upstairs on one of the weathered wooden picnic tables and watch sailboats and speedboats pass under the towering bridge. This is the pathway that leads watercraft from the calm waters of Clear Lake to the vast waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Check out fishermen on the rocks below reeling in their catch, or watch the young lads in sail school pass by with their class of soon-to-be captains. Jet Skis zip along, and the chaos of the Kemah Boardwalk is a viewable but safe distance away. We recommend the Cajun Bloody Mary topped with spicy boiled shrimp and the blackened catfish tacos.

Kid-friendly, full bar, full service, and smoking on the patio permitted.

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