Posted in: Dining Posted on: Jul 7th, 2016

Get Some Fresh Air at One of These Al Fresco Restaurants in Midtown

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If you're a lover of the great outdoors, you'll likely be pleased to learn that there are plenty of options when it comes to outdoor dining in Midtown Houston. It’s only right, given that almost every day is warm and sunny in your city. Read on to discover some of the very best outdoor restaurants in Midtown Houston.


Conveniently located next to Luigi's Pizzeria inside the historic Axelrad building is aptly named Axelrad. Here you can grab a craft beer and a slice of pizza, and kick back in one of the hammocks scattered throughout the eatery’s garden. Before it became a restaurant, Axelrad was originally created to be a community-gathering place, and it remains the only hammock grove in all of Midtown Houston. Its lovely atmosphere and popular craft beers, like 8th Wonder Astroturf and Abita, makes it a popular outdoor dining destination. All beers are $10 or less.


Located on West Gray, OPORTO is one of the most beloved outdoor dining destinations in the Midtown Houston area. Serving up culinary delights such as the espetada de carne, which consists of wood-grilled beef tenderloin with bay leaves, sea salt, batatas fritas, grilled vegetables, and bolo do caco potato bread, this is one of the most sophisticated spots in town. That means you should come here when you want to splurge since most dishes cost around $50. But when you want to savor upscale Portuguese cuisine in a villa-inspired outdoor setting, OPORTO is really the only place to go.

Luna Y Sol Mexican Grill

Luna Y Sol Mexican Grill serves up authentic recipes imported from south of the border. Some of the most popular menu items at this restaurant include the enfrijoladas, corn tortillas stuffed with queso fresco and topped with bean sauce, as well as the papa con queso tacos, which feature potatoes and cheese. Enjoy your papa con queso tacos out on the patio surrounded by colorful Mexican accents. The menu at this Mexican restaurant is affordably priced with most dishes costing $10 or less.

Luigi's Pizzeria

Located on Bissonnet Street, Luigi's Pizzeria is known for its quaint tables scattered right across the sidewalk in front of the storefront. They’re the perfect place to enjoy a pie on a warm night. The pizzas are relatively affordable, even large pizzas don’t cost more than $20 apiece. Some of the most popular pizzas here include the white pizza with Luigi's signature alfredo sauce and mushrooms and the margherita pizza with fresh tomatoes and basil.

13 Celsius

13 Celsius is a European wine bar and cafe that is located on Caroline Street. It's open nightly from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., and in addition to its spectacular indoor dining room, it features plenty of lighted tables outside that are perfect for couples. This bar is best known for its list of fine wines and its gourmet cheeses, such as the sottocenere. This cheese is earthy, truffle-flecked, and savory, whereas the gorgonzola is soft, aromatic, and complemented perfectly by a side of honey. Although the cheeses and other snacks are moderately priced at this eatery, the wines can be pricey depending upon the particular pour you pick.

With all the fabulous outdoor dining options available in the Midtown Houston area, there's no need for you to stay cooped up indoors at every meal.