A romantic dinner for two is a timeless Valentine’s Day tradition, but this year why not book a table for three? Double-date with your pup’s main squeeze at a dog-friendly restaurant or bar. Whether it’s just the three of you, a group of your loved ones or a special occasion for you and your literal puppy love, here are 10 pet-friendly restaurants and bars where you can celebrate on February 14.
Posted by Erin Ballinger
1. The Morrison
Sweep Fido off his paws at The Morrison, a dog-friendly Los Angeles pub that serves items from a special dog menu in bowls on silver platters. Each of its tasty offerings is a mere $6. Hungry hounds can choose from chicken and rice, chopped hamburger and rice, or a cut-up hot dog and rice. Every order comes with free Milk-Bones, too! While your loyal companion chows down on his grub, enjoy a gourmet burger or salad and an ice-cold craft beer with your date. Extend your rendezvous overnight at the pet-friendly W Hollywood and enjoy a nightcap in the lobby bar.
2. Central Standard Bar & Grill
If you’re in the Lonestar State, bring Fido to Central Standard Bar & Grill’s spacious outdoor patio, located at the pet-friendly South Congress Hotel in Austin. Fido doesn’t want flowers this Valentine’s Day. He’d prefer a bite of your steak from the restaurant’s special Valentine’s prix fixe menu, which includes truffled mashed potatoes, grilled broccolini with braised cipollini onions, porcini mushrooms and wagyu ribeye for two for $75. Make reservations early (for the restaurant as well as the hotel), or you may end up in the dog house!
3. Bucktown Pub
Observe Valentine’s Day with your pup and help animals in need at Bucktown Pub in the Windy City. The bar’s Annual Valentine’s Day Party benefits Be Fido’s Friend, a local Chicago rescue, and features festive decorations, goodie bags, a raffle and bobbing for hot dogs for the pooches. The freezing February temperature won’t be a problem because four-legged friends are always welcome inside the pub. Admission to the event is a minimum donation of $10. Book a stay at the Aloft Chicago City Center and spend the holiday weekend in dog-friendly Chicago.
4. Park Tavern
Plan a dog-friendly weekend getaway in Atlanta this Valentine’s Day with dinner and dancing at Park Tavern. Set sail with DJ Captain Love as he spins silky-smooth Yacht Rock love songs from the 70s and 80s that are perfect for slow dancing with your sweetheart. Park Tavern is considered one of Atlanta’s most pet-friendly restaurants, so of course Fido is invited to tag along for a Friday night filled with great music, food and Valentine’s Day-themed drink specials overlooking Piedmont Park and the Midtown skyline. Be sure to buy a $5 ticket in advance for the Tavern’s Silly Love Songs Yacht Rock Show, and indulge in chic pet-friendly overnight accommodations nearby at Loews Atlanta Hotel.
5. The Forge
Spend Valentine’s lunch or dinner at The Forge in Carmel. Linger over a glass of sparkling wine on the lush garden patio while your dog dines on a meal from the Canine Cuisine menu. The restaurant offers several items for pups, from Plain Ol’ Kibble to The Good Dog (8-ounce grilled and sliced NY steak). Treat your human date to Filet Mignon With Green Peppercorn Sauce or Lobster Linguine With Tarragon followed by Crème Brûlée or Chocolate Mousse Cake with Berries. After a romantic meal, retire to your room at the dog-friendly Cypress Inn and fall in love with the quaint seaside town.
6. Lobster Bar Sea Grille
Splurge on your two- and four-legged loved ones this Valentine's weekend in Miami with a stay at The Setai South Beach and reservations at Lobster Bar Sea Grille. This restaurant, located in the SoFi neighborhood of South Beach, is super pup-friendly and offers a Pooches on the Patio menu, “pawfect” for a special night out. Spoil your best bud with a Dirty Dog Martini (filtered water with veal jus) or the refreshing SoFi Dog (filtered water with slices of cucumber) to wash down his main course of Filet Mignon. Other offerings include Beef Short Rib Stew, Grilled Chicken “Chop Chop,” Beef Meatballs or the Vegetable Plate. While Fido chows down, treat yourself and your special someone to the restaurant’s stone crabs, lobsters, seafood dishes or USDA Prime steaks.
7. Moss Beach Distillery
Your good boy will love dining with you on the dog-friendly, heated Seal Cove Patio at Moss Beach Distillery in San Mateo County, California. The restaurant’s Doggie Menu includes mouthwatering items like bacon slices, a grilled hot dog, mini burger patties, scrambled eggs, a chopped grilled chicken breast and skirt steak. While Fido laps up his meal, treat your loved one to a bloody mary and oysters on the half shell. Moss Beach Distillery will even provide Fido with a dog bed! To make the date extra cozy, snuggle up in a blanket beside one of the seaside fire pits and raise a toast to the stunning views of the sun setting over the Pacific.
8. Watering Bowl
Visit this watering hole with an on-site, 7,000-square-foot dog park during a celebratory weekend in dog-friendly Denver. Arrange a Valentine’s doggy playdate at Watering Bowl while you enjoy waiter service for drinks and food items like BBQ chicken wings, mac and cheese bites, and burgers. This popular spot is so committed to celebrating Valentine’s Day with our best friends that it held a Mix & Mingle Speed Dating Event on February 1 so pet owners could find their dream dog-loving date. If Fido meets his match, Watering Bowl can even arrange canine nuptials for your pooch and his furry love. End the magical day with a chaperoned honeymoon at Hotel Teatro, where visiting pups receive treats, a dog bed and bowls at check-in.
9. Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar
With locations across California, Texas, and Nevada, Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar is a canine-themed eatery with dog-friendly outdoor seating where your server will greet your pup a bowl of cold water. There’s a menu filled with tasty vittles just for Fido and one with an eclectic array of hearty American eats for you and your date. Order your pooch a grilled hamburger patty or a grilled chicken breast served with brown rice for a special Valentine's Day treat.
Take your “pupsicle” out for a sweet treat at any one of Bruster’s Real Ice Cream’s 200 locations this Valentine’s Day. The ice cream parlor serves up free Doggy Sundaes made with a scoop of vanilla ice cream topped with a Milk-Bone. Enjoy your own scoop, shake, banana split or sundae made with premium ice cream at an outdoor table with your date and your beloved barker.
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