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The 20 Best Restaurant Patios in Houston

When the weather is blessedly mild, Houstonians go running, not for the hills but for the best restaurant patios in the city. We've gathered 20 of Houston's best and ranked them not just for their good looks but for the food and service as well. Take a look, and be sure to make reservations for the ones that are fine-dining establishments. You won't be the only one wanting to secure a place in the sun.

20. Sparrow Bar + Cookshop, 3701 Travis

Chef Monica Pope's restaurant has been a haven within Midtown for years, even when it was previously T'afia. Choose sun or shade on the partially covered patio adorned in lush greenery. Some of that greenery is functional, as the restaurant grows its own small selection of fresh herbs. The Garden Gin & Tonic, with dill, bay, lemon rosemary cubes and cucumber-infused Texas gin, seems like the perfect drink to match the outdoor setting. There's a vegan- and vegetarian-friendly menu that doesn't forget about meat lovers, either.