Best Dog Friendly Bar or Restaurant (2016)


Just because it's dinner time doesn't mean your four-legged traveling companion has to stay in the hotel.

  • Sail Pavilion

    Sail Pavilion

    Situated on the Tampa Riverwalk, open air Sail Pavilion offers water bowls for pups, cleanup stations, complimentary doggie treats and a special menu for four-legged friends, with items like smoothies.
    Photo courtesy of Sail Pavilion

  • The Dog Bar

    The Dog Bar

    The aptly named Dog Bar, located in Charlotte's NoDa Arts District, serves beer, wine and liquor to humans, who can bring their dogs to play off-leash in the 1,500-square-foot outdoor play area (complete with splash pools) or to sit inside in the bar area. The Dog Bar hosts numerous fundraising events throughout the year benefiting local animal rescues.
    Photo courtesy of The Dog Bar

  • Rita's on the River

    Rita's on the River
    San Antonio

    More than half of the tables at Rita's on the River in San Antonio are dog-friendly, and a pet-centric menu features locally made dog treats, puppy-approved ice cream and much more. Every visiting put gets a free water slushy, and a portion of proceeds go toward a local animal rescue.
    Photo courtesy of Rita's on the River

  • The Crab Shack

    The Crab Shack
    Tybee Island, Ga.

    While humans feast on fresh crabs, doggie visitors to The Crab Shack on Tybee Island can laze on the spacious deck overlooking the water.
    Photo courtesy of The Crab Shack

  • Park Bench Cafe

    Park Bench Cafe
    Huntington Beach, Calif.

    Situated in Huntington Beach Central Park, Park Bench Cafe serves breakfast and lunch to humans and a full Canine Cuisine menu for four-legged friends. Puppy approved items include peanut butter dog-shaped cookies, chicken breast, ground turkey, scrambled eggs, ground beef or all-beef hot dog cut into bite sized pieces.
    Photo courtesy of Park Bench Cafe

  • The Watering Bowl

    The Watering Bowl

    Resident and visitor dogs in Denver can swing by The Watering Bowl to enjoy a 7000-square-foot fenced in area that's part dog park and part tavern. 
    Photo courtesy of The Watering Bowl

  • Morristown Deli

    Morristown Deli
    Morristown, N.J.

    Doggie high chairs and booster seats allow pets to eat at the table with their owners at Morristown Deli in New Jersey. Each dog visiting the outdoor patio gets their own bowl of water, and the Doggie Menu features seasonal treats and doggie desserts.
    Photo courtesy of Morristown Deli

  • Norm's Eatery & Ale House

    Norm's Eatery & Ale House

    An institution in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood, Norm's Eatery & Ale House is named after a pup whose picture adorns the walls. The nightly food special (for humans) is called the Doggie Bowl.
    Photo courtesy of Norm's Eatery & Ale House

  • Mutts Canine Cantina

    Mutts Canine Cantina

    Mutts Canine Cantina in Dallas welcomes on-leash dogs to the outdoor patio and beer garden and offers a one acre off-leash dog park for Mutts Members, with special areas for large and small dogs to play. Menu items especially for furry friends include bite size beef franks or vanilla custard with peanut butter.
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  • The Morrison Pub

    The Morrison Pub
    Los Angeles

    Items from the Doggy Menu at The Morrison Pub in Los Angeles are literally served on a silver platter with a side of milk bones. Doggy diners munch on ground beef, chicken or chopped hot dogs with rice.
    Photo courtesy of The Morrison Pub

These 10 restaurants across the U.S., nominated by the team at BringFido and voted as the most dog-friendly in the country by USA TODAY 10Best readers, cater to pooches with special services like fresh water bowls, doggie menus and even off-leash play areas. 

The top 10 winners in the category Best Dog Friendly Bar or Restaurant are as follows:

  1. Sail Pavilion - Tampa
  2. The Dog Bar - Charlotte
  3. Rita's on the River - San Antonio
  4. The Crab Shack - Tybee Island, Ga.
  5. Park Bench Cafe - Huntington Beach, Calif.
  6. The Watering Bowl - Denver
  7. Morristown Deli - Morristown, N.J.
  8. Norm's Eatery & Ale House - Seattle
  9. Mutts Canine Cantina - Dallas
  10. The Morrison Pub - Los Angeles

Congrats to all these amazing dog friendly establishments!

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