Sea for yourself.
Spring has sprung. Hop to it this breezy season by being outside for the best weather we’ll probably get all year. While there are plenty of fine patios in the city, there are just a few with a waterfront view. Check out our 10 favorite waterfront restaurants in the Houston area below:
The Big Vibe Group has debuted their latest concept in Houston. Located at 3422 Allen Pkwy, in the space formerly occupied by The Dunlavy, Flora offers a breathtaking culinary oasis along the Buffalo Bayou.
Housed in a luxurious 3,800-square-foot space, encased in glass windows, Flora emulates its predecessor’s pristine atmosphere complemented with over 40 suspended chandeliers and sweeping views of Buffalo Bayou while making a variety of interior changes. Additionally, the restaurant features an updated menu.
Brenner’s on the Bayou is a rustic yet elegant bar and restaurant that offers one of the most unique views of the Bayou City. Overlooking a pristinely landscaped garden as well as lush natural greenery along the bayou, Brenner’s provides an idyllic atmosphere in which to enjoy fine dining at its best.
Take a spin out to Pier 6 in San Leon for an unreal 50-cent Happy Hour oyster deal – Tuesdays and Wednesdays only – from 4 – 6:30 pm. Plus, signature cocktails and frozen flights!
Truluck’s is an upscale chain renowned for its quality seafood and top-notch steak. While the restaurant group has multiple locations in the city, only patrons at its outpost on the shore of Lake Woodlands can get a waterfront view. For a deal, the restaurant offers Cocktail Hour from 4 – 5:30 pm Mondays through Friday in the Stone Crab Lounge which features 25% off of all spirits under $25.
For a full beach mode experience, Noah’s Ark Bar and Grill is a massive patio bar based on the sands of Galveston Bay. The bar features all-day Happy Hour, live music and karaoke on Friday and Saturday nights, breakfast buffets on Sundays, as well as all-you-can-eat-fried-catfish on Wednesday and Thursdays.
6. Barge 295
Located just a half-hour drive or so outside of Houston, BARge 295 is a two-story bar and patio anchored off the shores of Clear Lake. Open daily from 11 am to 2 am, BARge 295 is perpetually afloat with cold drinks, cool vibes, and unbeatable lake views.
Harbored out in Kingwood, Raffa’s Waterfront Grill offers contemporary American cuisine with a lakeside view. Furnished with soaring windows overlooking the lake, dappled lighting, and an intimate wine room, the restaurant’s menu features small plates, soups, salads, pastas, main dishes, and sides.
Helmed by culinary-trained chefs, signature items include the Steakhouse Blend Burger complete with smoked cheddar, house pickled red onions, shredded lettuce, house pickles, grilled tomato, and smoked miso aioli served on a potato roll; and the Cioppino made with scallops, calamari, lump crab, mussels, shrimp, potato, and white wine tomato broth.
8. State Fare Kitchen & Bar
Featuring three restaurants across the city, State Fair has recently opened their latest outpost at 1900 Hughes Landing in The Woodlands with a fun atmosphere and waterfront view. The restaurant, placed on the edge of Lake Woodlands, features a robust libation menu as well as over 70 culinary dishes including seafood, steak, and American fare as well as soups, salads, and lighter options.
Nothing compares to the blissful relaxation of floating in the heat of the Texas sun with a cold drink in hand. While lazy rivers are not so easy to come by in Houston, you can now swim over to the Marriot Marquis in Downtown, Houston, where visitors at the hotel can float the Texas border six stories high. If you’re not a guest at the hotel, you can book a day pass ($50) that includes access to food and beverages.
10. Space Cowboy
Space Cowboy is now open inside the Heights House Hotel at 100 Cavalcade for all your poolside bar needs. The bar is a tropical oasis complete with vintage sun-brellas, colorful beach chairs, and a shimmering pool. The Palm Springs-esque watering hole is certainly a vibe, whether its the retro color scheme, vice-like mural, and effervescent lawn-scape.
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