Dine with your Dog!


Author byline: Written by Tracy Vicory-Rosenquest, community member.  Rover is the nation's largest network of 5-star pet sitters and dog walkers.

Whether you’re planning a road trip, day trip, or a vacation getaway with your pup, it’s important to find a dog-friendly place to eat and drink. has a few recommendations for a variety of spots around the country.  Keep in mind that most of these restaurants welcome your pup in their outdoor seating, so plan your trip when the weather is just right! 

Norm’s Eatery & Ale House in Seattle, WA
Norm’s serves brunch, lunch, dinner, and a menu for your furry friends!  They also have a happy hour and late night menu, so you can grab a bite morning, noon, and night.  Enjoy your pub favorites including burgers, sandwiches, and appetizers.  Dogs are welcome inside if they’re on a leash, and they must be well behaved and avoid begging for food at nearby tables. 

Facebook Rating: 4.4 stars with 219 reviews
Sandwiches are awesome
Amazing doggie menu
Great selection of beers on tap
A Seattle treasure

Barking Dog Restaurant in New York City
Barking Dog serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day of the week.  Try a famous barking dog wrap or burger, or go big and get the NY Sirloin Steak or Cape Cod Fish and Chips.  Be prepared--the line for brunch may go around the block.  Make sure you dog hangs out with the other pups at the doggie water fountain!  Dog are welcome at the outside seating area.

Facebook Rating: 4.5 with 65 reviews
Excellent atmosphere
Super caring and attentive staff
Tasty food and excellent menu choices
Family friendly

Tin Fish Restaurant in Oceanside, CA (and other locations)
Tin Fish serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a variety of locations including Oceanside, Minneapolis, San Francisco, and more.  Check out their famous Tin Fish Sandwiches or Tin Fish Tacos.  Their menu also includes grilled fish, salads, and fish platters.  Dogs are welcome in the outdoor seating area.

Facebook Rating: 4.5 stars with 123 reviews
Best fish tacos anywhere and fresh seafood
Great customer service
Large servings for a reasonable price
Love this location by the pier

Zel’s Del Mar in Del Mar, CA
Zel’s serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Enjoy an all American style cuisine with a variety of flatbreads, burgers, salads, and sandwiches.  Larger entrees include Surf and Turf or Braised Short Rib.  For breakfast, choose from a light, sweet, or savory selection with a bottomless mimosa.  Dogs are welcome in the outdoor seating area. 

Facebook Rating: 4.5 stars with 168 reviews
Great service and staff
Fabulous live music and open mic night
Amazing food
Love the character of this place
Reasonably priced

Lili’s Restaurant and Bar on Wilmington Island
Not far from Savannah, GA, Lili’s serves brunch, lunch, or dinner.  Lili’s menu includes international inspired cuisine such as Curries with Saffron rice, Naan Bread Tacos, and Moroccan Lamb Stew.  Plus, your usual upscale options including seared salmon and beef ribeye.  Lili’s serves weekly specials and has been voted best island restaurant for 2015, 2016, and 2017!  Dog can join you in the outdoor seating area.  

Facebook Rating: 4.9 stars with 164 reviews
Inspired menu
Friendly staff and attentive service
Excellent food presentation
Best upscale restaurant on the island
Best brunch

The Dog Bar in Charlotte, NC
After dinner, stop in for a nightcap any night of the week.  This place is part bar, part dog park with an astro turf play area on the patio.  Any breed or size of dog is welcome as long as they behave well off leash, are current on their vaccinations, and are spayed or neutered.  

Facebook Rating: 4.7 stars with 382 reviews
Great staff
Friendly dogs and people
Reasonably priced drinks
Laid back and fun environment

Wherever you land for a meal, make sure you and your pup have all your training commands rehearsed so you can fully enjoy your experience eating out.  Plus, don’t forget to capture a few cute pics with you furry dinner date!

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