Cities like San Francisco, Denver and Chicago have long-standing reputations as pet-friendly destinations. Recently even more municipalities have passed legislation to allow doggy dining on restaurant patios. In honor of National Dog Week and the upcoming Adopt-a-Shelter-Pet Month in October, the online restaurant reservation service, Open Table has released their choices for the most dog-friendly eateries across the nation.
The 15 restaurants on this list go far above-and-beyond simply allowing pups on their patios. They feature decadent doggy menus, “Yappy Hour” specials, social events for pooch parents, and even fundraisers and adoption events to benefit area shelters.
Oh, and we hear some of the human cuisine isn’t bad either!
1. Ray’s and Stark, Los Angeles, California
Executive chef Fernando Darin was inspired to create Ray’s and Stark’s gourmet doggy dinners by his own two pups. He cooks their meals each evening and decided to create an array of dishes for the canine customers at the restaurant’s Barky Brunch. The “Man’s Best Friend” menu, available every Sunday from 10AM-3PM, features indulgences like Pizza Crust, Steamed Chicken & Broccoli Bowl, Watermelon Sorbet, Chicken Liver & Brown Rice Cookies, and “Pupsicles”.
2. Bistro Chat Noir, New York, New York
Just a block away from Central Park, Bistro Chat Noir is considered one of the city’s most dog-friendly restaurants. The outdoor patio is packed with dog treats and toys. If you’d prefer to have a pup picnic in the park, the staff will prepare a gourmet basket to-go, complete with a dog treat!
3. Miss Ricky’s, Chicago, Illinois
Miss Ricky’s diner at Virgin Hotels Chicago offers a scenic pup-friendly patio and hosts weekly Yappy Hours on Wednesdays. Humans get a complimentary cocktail and dogs are treated to a special snack on the house.
4. Cane Rosso, Carrollton, Texas
Cane Rosso means “red dog” in Italian, in honor of owner, Jay Jerrier’s first rescue dog. Jerrier started his own 501©(3) charity called Cane Rosso Rescue in 2014 that has rescued more than 300 dogs and counting. All restaurant locations feature dog-friendly patios where they host frequent Pups on the Patio events in the spring and fall. Area rescue groups are invited to bring their adoptable dogs “for an evening of fundraising, pet adoptions, and pizza.”
5. Del Frisco’s Grille, New York, New York
Del Frisco’s Grille in Rockefeller Center offers a lush, shady patio to enjoy with your pup. The restaurant’s Dog Days of Summer program that featured dog-inspired cocktails like the New Yorkie for humans and housemade treats for dogs has just come to an end for the season. But Del Frisco’s is still a popular hotspot for pawrents year ’round – follow them on social media to find out about special events!
6. 312 Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Every Saturday and Sunday, 312 Chicago hosts their wildly popular Waggin’ Weekends happy hour and brunch. From 11AM-2PM, they offer complimentary chef-made dog treats with any purchase. Doggie Menu items are just $7 and feature such decadent entrees as Salmon & White Rice; Carrots, Celery, and Cheese; and Chicken and Pasta. For dessert, your pooch can indulge in a Peanut Butter Biscuit or a Beefsicle for $4.
7. Radiator, Washington, D.C.
The patio at D.C.’s automotive-inspired restaurant, Radiator is always open to dogs. This year for National Dog Day they hosted an adoption event/fundraiser for City Dogs Rescue. The bartenders served special dog-themed drinks for the humans, while the culinary team created unique dog treats for the adoptable pups and canine event guests.
8. Sally’s Fish House & Bar, San Diego, California
Enjoy gorgeous views of the San Diego Bay with your pup in tow on the recently expanded deck at Sally’s Fish House. Canine menu items include Sally’s Famous Pupcakes, Chicken and Rice, Peanut Butter Cookies, rawhide bones, and more. They also host a quarterly Yappy Hour, featuring games, snacks, treats, and a dog-friendly beer called Your Best Buzz Brew.
9. 20 East, Chicago, Illinois
20 East at Chicago’s Talbott Hotel boasts a pet-friendly patio and hosts an annual Doggy Fashion Show & Pet Adoption Event to celebrate National Dog Day. Proceeds from the event benefit local rescue, One Tail at a Time. During the event, the restaurant also features an extra-special menu for the canine guests.
10. TRACE at The W, Austin, Texas
Austin is a young, up-and-coming city with a dog-friendly reputation. The W Hotel – which is adjacent to family-favorite Lady Bird Lake, as well as hiking trails and a dog park – welcomes pet travelers. One of the many ways that the W caters to their canine lodgers and local pup patrons is TRACE restaurant. They serve homemade dog treats and dog ice cream on their beautiful outdoor patio.
11. Precita Park Café, San Francisco, California
San Francisco’s Park Café Group consists of Duboce Park Café, Dolores Park Café and Precita Park Café, all of which are dog-friendly. Precita Park in Bernal Heights is the largest of the three locations and in close proximity to several dog-friendly parks, so adding some pup-centric menu items was a no-brainer. Precita Park serves housemade veggie dog treats and leftover hamburger to their pup patrons.
12. Filini, Chicago, Illinois
Chicago’s Filini has really gone to the dogs! They offer a special menu packed with delicious items like The Wagging Tail (grilled boneless chicken breast and chopped carrots); Bad to the Bone Burger (burger topped with cheese and bacon); and Lost Me Lucky Charms (two meatballs); all served with brown rice and sweet potatoes. If your pooch is panting on the patio, order a Frosty Paws Ice Cream cup to cool him down. Best of all, each doggy dish is just $5!
13. Beatrix, Chicago, Illinois
If you are looking for a caffeine fix in the Fulton Market, Streeterville, or River North sections of Chicago, head to Beatrix. You can enjoy your coffee on the patio while your pup indulges in some house-made treats! They also have a full bar, food menu and lots of baked goods!
14. Citizen, Beverly Hills, California
Citizen Beverly Hills lures in dog-loving drinkers by offering any $100-and-under bottle of wine for 50% off to any patron dining with their pooch. Named the “Best Restaurant That Opened in LA in 2016” by CBS LA, they also feature fabulous cocktails and a large patio dotted with open fire pits.
15. Eli’s Table, Charleston, South Carolina
Eli’s Table is the only dog-friendly patio of its kind for non-service dogs in downtown Charleston, according to Open Table. The outdoor courtyard is true to the city’s Old South feel with ivy-covered walls, banana leaves and flowers. Dog-loving staff members cater to their canine customers with made-to-order meals.
H/T to Open Table
Featured Image via Facebook/Sally’s Fish House & Bar