America’s Coolest Dog-Friendly Restaurants
For most of us, dogs deserve as much love and attention as the humans in our family. This, naturally, means we like to take our canine companions wherever we go — and yes, that includes restaurants.
Under the American Disabilities Act, service dogs can accompany owners to any establishment, but it's challenging to find restaurants that allow the family pet at the table. Fortunately, several restaurants around the U.S. are now rolling out the welcome mat for our furry friends. You can even find unique spots that offer canine menus and spacious dog runs for Fido while you sip on a cocktail.
These are the coolest, dog-friendly restaurants in the U.S. that are a pet lover's dream.
30. Cane Rosso for Dog Owners
Location: Carrollton, Texas
The founder of Cane Rosso started the establishment as a dog rescue site for over 300 dogs. Today, the restaurant has a pup-friendly patio ideal for large groups of people who want to bring their canine pal along for a meal. Dogs are also a big part of the numerous events that Cane Rosso hosts outdoors.
29. Macky's Bayside Bar & Grill
Location: Ocean City, Maryland
This popular dining destination in Ocean City has a casual, festive vibe that both locals and tourists enjoy. Macky's open-air bar and restaurant offers bayfront dining, dancing, seafood and happy hour specials. More importantly, they have dog-friendly seating where you and your pooch can sit by the bay and dine on modern American pub food. It's a great place to mix and mingle with other dog lovers.
28. Nauti Dawg Marina Cafe
Location: Lighthouse Point, Florida
This quaint waterfront cafe stands by its motto: "Great people. Great dawgs. Great time." Dogs can join their owners on the outdoor patio and watch the boats pull in. Patrons love the laidback atmosphere and island vibe while dining with their pooch. The cafe hosts a "Yappy Hour" and has a special K9 Cuisine menu that includes scrambled eggs, Mahi, chicken breasts and burgers, all cut into bite-sized pieces for your pup.
27. The Sneaky Beagle
Location: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
This casual, fun restaurant offers a variety of beverages and good eats, such as tacos and fried shrimp. Your canine companion can join you at one of the outdoor tables while you sip on a cold beer and dive into their delicious tacos or fried shrimp. The Sneaky Beagle also has a special doggy menu with options such as peanut butter coco balls, chicken jerky and more.
26. Romero's K9 Club & Taphouse
Location: Lafayette, Colorado
Romero's is an artisan taphouse that offers a large selection of beer along with cider, tea, cold-brew coffee and wine. What's great about this restaurant is that it has an enclosed pavilion section for on-leash dogs and a large, fenced-in outdoor area for off-leash pups to play while you sip your suds. Every Thursday through Sunday, there are also rotating food trucks if you're craving a bite to eat.
25. Pups & Cups
Location: Pullman, Washington
Pups & Cups is a fun place for Fido to play off-leash indoors. Dogs are free to roam and socialize with other dogs and human patrons. The restaurant offers dog snacks for your pup and has hooks installed at every table if you prefer to keep your fur baby on a leash while you eat.
24. Casa de Freds
Location: San Diego, California
Located in the heart of historic Old Town, this vibrant sidewalk cafe next to the Whaley House Museum offers dog-friendly dining with scenic views of San Diego. Order yourself some delicious Baja-inspired food while your dog enjoys their own meal selection from Casa de Fred's special doggy menu.
23. Art and Soul
Location: Washington, D.C.
Art and Soul, located in the nation's capital, provides a beautiful outdoor dining experience with old-fashioned Southern hospitality. Dogs are always welcome to join their owners outdoors and enjoy the restaurant's special pooch menu items. They serve creative doggy meals such as "The Hungry Dawg" and a peanut-banana pupsicle.
22. Moss Beach Distillery
Location: Moss Beach, California
A romantic coastal restaurant, Moss Beach Distillery has a gorgeous ocean view. Dogs can sit by their owners on the patio by a cozy fire while watching a stunning sunset. The restaurant also has a canine menu with items such as the "good dog skirt steak" and mini burger patties that your pup will enjoy.
21. Abbey Road Pub & Restaurant
Location: Virginia Beach, Virginia
This spacious tavern located just a block from the beach offers a wide assortment of beers for customers to sip outdoors on the dog-friendly, covered patio. Every dog is given fresh water in a clean bowl while they hang out with their owner. The Abbey Road is truly a popular watering hole and a great place to meet other dog lovers, but it gets pretty busy on the weekends when the pub hosts live music. If your dog does not mind music and crowds, then this is the perfect place for you to bring them for a fun night out on the town.
20. The Wilson
Location: New York, New York
What makes The Wilson a top-notch, pup-friendly restaurant is that it donates a portion of its dog food sales to a pet charity each month. This elegant eatery has a reputation for treating pooches like royalty and offers canine meals created explicitly by the culinary director, who also happens to own several four-legged buddies. Order your fur baby their grilled ribeye with veggies for dogs, and your friend will definitely feel pampered.
19. Park Bench Cafe
Location: Huntington Beach, California
This spot is a popular hangout for dog lovers and pets to enjoy a tasty breakfast or lunch outdoors at the umbrella-covered tables. Park Bench has a full canine menu that includes special treats such as their famous Hot Diggity Dog (an all-beef hot dog cut into bite-sized chunks) served in a custom doggy bowl. There are plenty of doggy treats and water bowls available as well. Park Bench is also an excellent venue for hosting festive birthday parties for furry patrons.
18. Rita's on the River
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Located on the scenic San Antonio River Walk, Rita's is a charming restaurant with outdoor seating by a fountain. Dogs are allowed to move freely on the patio and are served canine meals from the restaurant's special pup menu. Enjoy a margarita while the mariachi band plays and boats drift down the river. You and your pooch will enjoy the laidback, dog-friendly atmosphere.
17. Sail Plaza on the Riverwalk
Location: Tampa, Florida
Sail Plaza is a lovely pet-friendly hotel and restaurant on the waterfront in Tampa. It's perfect for dog owners traveling with canine companions that need a little extra TLC during their trip. This relaxing retreat is equipped with a dog cleaning station, water bowls and a delicious pup menu that offers special doggy treats and smoothies.
16. The Original Crab Shack
Location: Tybee Island, Georgia
Locals love The Original Crab Shack not only because it serves up delicious seafood in a casual atmosphere, but also because the restaurant is very accommodating to dogs. The staff loves pampering the furry patrons seated on a spacious dog-friendly deck overlooking the water. However, plenty of resident cats are roaming freely around the outside area, so your dog must be well-behaved with felines.
15. Shake Shack Dog Restaurant
Location: New York, New York (and numerous other locations)
What started as a hot dog cart in New York City now has more than 130 locations in the U.S. and worldwide. These chain restaurants have pet-friendly outdoor seating and a special canine menu that offers "Bag O' Bones" dog biscuits and "Poochinis" for your pup. And, of course, there are plenty of delicious burgers, fries and sandwiches served with their world-famous shakes.
Location: Asheville, North Carolina
Asheville has a reputation for being a dog-friendly town, so there are plenty of places that will gladly open their doors to you and your fur baby. One of the hit spots that dog lovers frequent is Posana, a restaurant that only serves gluten-free dishes and fresh produce. For its four-legged customers, it has an ideal farm-to-table doggy menu that offers "beefloaf," biscuits and burgers. They even have bacon and soy doggie ice cream worth howling for!
13. Barking Dog Restaurant
Location: New York, New York
A popular dog-friendly restaurant on Manhattan's Upper East Side, Barking Dog is a great spot for Sunday brunch with your pooch. The eatery has a pretty outdoor seating area with cozy booths, a fountain for pups, plus plenty of doggy toys (and a full bar for the humans!). They also provide water bowls and special treats for Fido.
12. Pub Dog Colorado
Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Pub Dog is an amazing eatery with indoor and outdoor seating. Dogs are allowed to roam in the off-leash areas, including a 3,000-square-foot fenced section for pups to play. Its dog-centric menu has cleverly named foods such as puppuccinos and bacon rashers served in large, stainless steel bowls for the canines, but even the humans are served their food in "doggy bowls." The staff really love their four-legged customers and are always happy to celebrate doggy birthdays.
11. The Watering Bowl
Location: Denver, Colorado
This unique restaurant has a colorful outdoor patio on a lawn designed explicitly with pets in mind. There is a spacious dog run next door where your pooch can play off-leash with other dogs. The Watering Bowl is the spot for hosting many dog birthday parties and other special canine events. All proceeds from sales of their branded dog tags go directly to a rescue dog charity.
10. The Dog Bar
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
The Dog Bar is another great hangout for people who cannot leave home without their beloved fur baby. The bar allows dogs indoors (as long as they are neutered, vaccinated and well-behaved) and has an outdoor patio area where pets can roam freely off-leash on astroturf. Doggy birthdays are celebrated regularly at the eatery, which is also jokingly referred to as a "dog park with booze." It has the best that any bar offers — beer, wine, music and dogs!
9. Banger's Sausage House and Beer Garden
Location: Austin, Texas
Known for being an extremely dog-friendly place, Banger's Sausage House has a large outdoor seating area in the beer garden. It serves homemade sausage, pig roasts, beef jerky and pickled veggies for the humans and makes doggy sausages for your canine pal. Be sure to stop by on "Mega-Mutt" Monday when Banger's hosts special events featuring dog shelters and vendors.
8. Mutts Canine Cantina
Location: Dallas, Texas
Located in Uptown Dallas, Mutt's Canine Cantina is the perfect place for a friendly outing with your pooch. This place is unique because of its beer garden and 2-acre, fenced-in dog park where pups can run free. They also have a doggy menu and pupsicles for your canine bestie. Mutt's is a terrific choice for those who love to go out and socialize and involve their pet wherever they go.
7. Norm's Eatery and Ale House
Location: Seattle, Washington
The interior decor of Norm's Eatery and Ale House is completely dog-centric and has a welcoming environment for both humans and four-legged friends. Order your pup a "bow-wow bowl" while you dine on delicious pub grub. Norm's is a popular destination in Seattle and always busy — especially on trivia and bingo nights. If your dog likes to be in the center of the town's activities, this eatery is perfect for you two.
6. The Morrison Pub
Location: Los Angeles, California
A unique, Scottish-themed pub in Atwater Village, The Morrison Pub has a covered patio where you can sit with your dog and enjoy an excellent selection of beers and whiskies. It, too, has a doggy menu that includes milk bones, hot dogs chopped into bite-sized pieces, or chicken and hamburger meat served with rice. The staff will even spoil your pup by serving their dinner on a silver platter.
5. O.H.S.O. Eatery & Nano Brewery
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
O.H.S.O. (Outrageous Home-Brewer's Social Outpost) is Phoenix's premier dog hangout. Canines are welcome inside the cozy brewery or outside on its two patios, where all the action is. The eatery features a "Barking Bar" where dogs can get water bowl refills and biscuits to snack on. There are also plenty of fans and misters to keep everyone cool when the weather turns warm. Locals love O.H.S.O because of the pup-friendly staff and fun, laidback dog owners who frequent the place.
4. Creekside American Bistro
Location: Sedona, Arizona
With a beautiful view of Sedona's Red Rocks, Creekside American Bistro has a reputation for being the most pet-friendly, gourmet restaurant in Arizona. It has delicious food, which is served for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as a full bar. With two serene outdoor patios for you and your pup to enjoy, you'll find a variety of food for Fido on the Creekside doggy menu. They offer items such as cheese omelets, venison and dog-friendly cookies that your pooch will love.
3. Sea Glass Restaurant at Inn by the Sea
Location: Cape Elizabeth, Maine
A gourmet restaurant that offers amazing Argentinian and American cuisine, the Sea Glass Restaurant has a gorgeous outdoor section with panoramic views of the ocean for you and your furry friend to enjoy. The special pup menu features meals such as "doggy gumbo" and "The Bird Dog." Even better, canines are invited to spend the night with their owners at the inn. But what is really cool about Sea Glass is that people who foster dogs bring these pets (who are up for adoption) to the restaurant for anyone looking to give a new fur baby a forever home.
2. Lazy Dog Restaurant and Bar
With more than 30 locations in the U.S., this entirely dog-themed restaurant is one of the top choices for dog lovers in Southern California (where a large amount of the restaurants are located). Each branch offers a wide variety of delicious food, pet-friendly dining outdoors and a canine menu that includes grilled hamburger patties, chicken, veggies and brown rice. Dogs must be on a leash, and only service animals are allowed inside the eatery.
1. Tin Shed Garden Cafe
Location: Portland, Oregon
The Tin Shed Garden Cafe is a quirky little eatery known for its fabulous breakfast and cute menu just for its four-legged patrons. The covered and heated patio section is in a lovely garden setting where canines are welcome to join their owners for a tasty meal. There are several selections for your pooch, including chicken and sweet potatoes or peanut butter banana ice cream. In addition, the Tin Shed sells adorable doggy bandanas, and all proceeds from sales are donated to Puplandia Dog Rescue. Plus, your dog gets their meal half off if they return to the restaurant wearing their new bandana. And every Tuesday night is "Doggie Love Night" when every human meal ordered gets one dog meal for free. Fido will love this deal!