The Most Dog-friendly Restaurants in the U.S.
Plenty of restaurants have small patios where you can dine with your dog lying on the floor, but there are a select group of establishments that take “dog friendly” to the next level.
They offer special menu items for dogs, places for pups to play, canine-centered events and an overall “good dog” feeling. Take your dog to these 10 of our favorites on your next trip.
Don’t have a dog? Check them out anyway for some good puppy watching.
Morristown Deli — Morristown, New Jersey
Along with a long menu of breakfast items and sandwiches, diners at this deli can order things like “Fur-Ever Friends” (scrambled eggs, bacon and cheese) or “Licks of Love” (roast beef, vegetables and rice) from the dog menu.
Dogs are also invited to sit at the table in their own doggie high chairs or booster seats (or mats on the floor if they’re too big) and can meet with an on-site dog trainer.
The Morrison Pub — Los Angeles, California
Fancy pups can order dog menu items and then snarf them off a silver platter at this casual dining spot. Dogs are welcome on the enclosed patio, and are treated to water and milk bones whether they’re ordering food or not.
Rita’s on the River — San Antonio, Texas
This 500-seat Mexican restaurant makes half of its tables open to dogs. You can dine with your pup under covered patios or in the outdoor air-conditioned courtyard with umbrella tables. While you sip on a margarita, your dog can have a free water slushy, and order from the dog menu that includes dog-friendly ice cream.
The restaurant also has special “yappy hours” with dog businesses and organizations, and donates a portion of the proceeds from dog menu items to local animal rescues.
Park Bench Cafe — Huntington Beach, California
This is a spot for your dog to earn his brunch. The outdoor portion of this restaurant sits in the middle of a large park, so you can let your furry friend romp and run and then sit down to eat. Of course there’s also a dog menu with hot dogs and peanut butter treats.
Pub Dog Colorado — Colorado Springs, Colorado
This pub claims to be the only restaurant in Colorado where dog owners can legally eat indoors with their dogs. It offers multiple ways for you to exercise your pup — either at the nearby Bear Creek Dog Park or in the 3,000-square-foot off-leash area with artificial turf.
The restaurant features local craft brews on tap for owners and dog treats as well as dog-friendly Bowser Beer. Yes, really.
Stella San Jac — Austin, Texas
This restaurant with a menu full of locally-inspired dishes (gulf shrimp and lump crab rolls, short ribs and sweet potato mash and their signature #16 biscuits) has a special "Yappy Hour" every Sunday evening. Dogs can sip on Bowser beer and munch on treats from local Austin dog bakery Woof Gang while lounging on the turfed patio. Then, they can try on outfits from a full closet of doggy clothes and costumes. On the way out, pick up a map of the city’s best dog-friendly locations and suggested walks nearby.
On the Rocks — Lewes, Delaware
Treat your furry friend to more than just a dinner, but a fun ferry ride too. Dogs ride the Cape May-Lewes Ferry for free between Cape May, New Jersey and Lewes, Delaware and then can eat at the On the Rocks grills on either side.
Sea Glass Restaurant at Inn by the Sea — Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Take your dog to the ocean where he can snack on "Doggie Gumbo" (Angus beef tips, rice and vegetables) or "The Bird Dog" (Grilled chicken, rice and vegetables) either from on the seaside decks or in the Sea Glass fireplace lounge.
If you want to make a night of it, the inn is also dog friendly. The owners also always have a foster dog on site for guests to walk and play with, and take home if they fall in love — more than 90 dogs have been adopted from the inn so far.
Yard Bar — Austin, Texas
Let your pup play in the off-leash dog park while you sip on craft cocktails and beer from the full bar. When everyone is ready for a rest, you can take your dog to the restaurant, where you can munch on sandwiches while she tries "Bones & Co Sliders" (beef, carrots, broccoli, squash, pumpkin and flax seed) or house made doggy ice cream.
The Continental — Naples, Florida
This spot’s outdoor patio allows dogs at all times, but it also hosts a special "Bow Wow Brunch" every year. The event has dog adoptions, a raffle, photo booth and puppy networking, with some proceeds The Continentalbenefitting the Naples Humane Society. The Continental also sells wine by Lucky Dogg winery, which also donates to the Naples Humane Society.