Did you know that some of America’s biggest restaurant chains welcome the whole family, including the family dog?
That’s right! Some of your favorite chains invite Fido to join for dinner out on the patio! Check out the list below for some popular chains who boast a dog-friendly label at most of their locations that offer patio seating. Remember though -- it’s always a good idea to call ahead and double check with your local establishment!
- Johnny Rockets
- Sonic Drive-In
- Olive Garden
- Lazy Dog Restaurant and Bar
- Shake Shack (they even have a doggy-menu!)
- Outback Steakhouse
- Panera Bread
- Joe’s Crab Shack
- Baja Fresh
Locally Owned Restaurants
If you’re anything like us, you might enjoy supporting local businesses over industry giants whenever possible. Depending on where you live, finding family-owned, dog-friendly restaurants near you may take a bit more research, but we’re confident you can find something not too far from home. Below are a few tools to help you find some local options.
Google is your best friend when it comes to all things research. Although “dog-friendly restaurant near me” might not pull up too many results, try widening your search a bit with something like “restaurants near me with outdoor seating.” Most food-serving establishments won’t allow pets inside, so finding a restaurant with patio seating is a better place to start.
Once you find something that sounds good, check out the establishment’s Google Overview. Here you will find their website, phone number, location, reviews, and user questions. If you’re lucky, sometimes other people have already asked if they are dog-friendly. If not, give them a quick call to find out.
Foursquare is a free app that uses your location to find nearby restaurants. You can filter by type of food, operating hours, price, and even if they have outdoor seating!
If you’re looking for a place for you and the pup to eat, filter by places with outdoor seating. Check if there is any mention of dogs being welcome and if not just give them a ring to find out if their patio is open to dogs.
BringFido.com just might be a dog owner’s favorite website. Not only can you search by your location to find dog-friendly restaurants near you, but you can find dog-friendly hotels, activities, and events!
Most places on the website have reviews and ratings from other dog owners. This makes it easy to find out if an establishment is a good fit for you and the dog before you head out!
Found Somewhere Great?
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