8 Restaurants That Welcome Dogs Inside to “Sit” for a Meal and “Stay” for Dessert

Posted by Lauren Barker

It’s not uncommon for restaurants to welcome four-legged patrons on their outdoor patios. In fact, BringFido lists more than 59,000 establishments with pet-friendly seating areas. What is unique is an eatery that allows furry family members to join you indoors for a meal. At these eight dog-friendly restaurants, you won’t have to leave your pup behind even when the weather isn’t warm and sunny.

1. Backyard

Dallas, TX
“I’m here to ‘pawty!’” Photo by @ridley_thebulldog

It may be called Backyard, but this restaurant and bar is a 12,000-square-foot, open-air space that welcomes all pooches to come inside for dinner and drinks. The walls are decorated with brightly colored dog portraits, the floor is AstroTurf, and more than 30 TVs line the walls. Grab a seat at the bar, picnic tables or on the lounge furniture and play a game of Jenga, cornhole or shuffleboard. Order specialty cocktails like the Blue Heeler Mojito or a Husky Manhattan to go along with drool-worthy burgers or the Local Dog. Brunch is served on weekends. Four-legged patrons are welcome to join their “pawrents” inside until 9 p.m. each night.

Stay just a half-mile away at Hotel Indigo Dallas Downtown. There’s a dog park across the street where Fido can burn off those dinner calories. Two dogs up to 80 lbs are accepted for an additional fee of $75 per night.

2. Toby’s Dog House

Williamsburg, VA
Hot dogs for a haute dog. Photo by Hannah

Toby’s Dog House may be named after an adorable Welsh Corgi, but that’s not the only reason we recommend stopping in. They have 18 canine-themed hot dogs to choose from, like the Great Dane, French Poodle or the Heck of a Gouda Dog. The menu also includes barbecue, chicken, a veggie croquette and more. Best of all, Fido can come in and dine with you in the dog room. He’ll even receive a special treat of his own. Beer and wine are available, and if the weather’s nice you can grab a seat with your pup on the garden patio.

Spend a few nights at Williamsburg Inn and explore all the pet-friendly things to do in Williamsburg. Two dogs are welcome for an additional fee of $50 per pet, per night.

3. Ugly Dog Sports Cafe

Denver, CO
“Are you going to finish that?” Photo by @uglydogsportscafe

Milkbones flow freely at Denver’s Ugly Dog Sports Cafe, where furry friends of all sizes are welcome inside. Humans can catch the big game, order draft beer and dine on favorites like beer-battered fish & chips, while chowhounds can order a bowl of gourmet dog food, bacon or the Ugly Dog signature bowl with a beef patty, eggs and bacon. They can then work it all off while making new friends in the restaurant’s attached dog park.

Explore the northern edge of the Mile High City with your pup and stay at Residence Inn by Marriott Denver North Westminster. Two pets of any size are permitted for an additional fee of $100 per stay.

4. Boris & Horton

New York, NY
“This is my happy place.” Photo by @borisandhorton

Dogs may not be allowed in the cafe at Boris & Horton, but they do get their own separate indoor section of the restaurant where they can relax with their human companions and other furry friends. The trendy eatery serves up an all-vegetarian menu of pastries, cheese plates and grilled cheese sandwiches, including vegan and gluten-free options. Pair your light meal with a flavorful coffee or a wide selection of craft beers and wines. Boris & Horton also hosts dog adoption events and fundraisers to help rescue dogs find their forever homes, and its gift shop is filled with dog merchandise and treats for Fido.

While you’re touring the Big Apple with your pup, stay at The Standard East Village, where pets of any size are welcome for no additional fee.

5. Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant

New Orleans, LA
“I used to hang 10, but now I just hang out.” Photo by Facebook.com/lucysretiredsurfersbar

Calling all surfers to New Orleans’ most beachin’ pet-friendly hangout. Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant brings the sun, sand and sea even when surf conditions are whack. The always-sunny indoor area promotes seriously good vibrations. Sip on a legendary frozen marg’ while your pup enjoys something from the "Sur-Fur Doggie Menu," including burger patties and scrambled eggs. Visit on Waggin' Wednesdays for specials like Lucy's Puppy Popsicle, and keep your ear to the sand for periodical Yappy Hours, too.

Spend the night at Creole Gardens Guesthouse & Inn, a hip and vibrant Louisiana B&B in the heart of the Lower Garden District. One pet of any size is allowed for an additional fee of $50 per stay, and $15 per stay for each additional pet.

6. Norm’s Eatery & Ale House

Seattle, WA
“I’ll have one bacon pupcake, please.” Photo by @lostlokii

Norm’s Eatery & Ale House calls itself “the most dog-friendly bar in Seattle,” and we don’t disagree. Well-behaved, leashed pups are welcome to join you inside as long as they follow a few simple rules: barking is not allowed, no eating off tables or plates, and they must do their business outside before coming in. Bring Fido in for lunch or dinner on weekdays or breakfast on the weekend. Let your furry foodie order cod sticks, bacon nuggets or a bacon pupcake from the dog menu. You can also catch pop-up events for canines like nail trims, or weekly events for humans like karaoke, trivia and Mario Kart racing.

Book a room nearby at Staybridge Suites Seattle - Fremont. One dog up to 60 lbs is accepted for an additional fee of $75 per stay (of 1 to 6 nights) or $150 per stay (for 7 or more nights).

7. Kingfish Pub & Cafe

Oakland, CA
All hail the Kingfish. Photo by @pupsinpubs

Originally opened as a bait shop in 1922, Kingfish Pub & Cafe is one of the oldest bars in Oakland's East Bay. The small neighborhood establishment is the perfect place to bring Fido for a drink and a delicious meal, the latter provided by neighboring restaurant The Red Sea. Help yourself to a bowl of popcorn while you wait for your food to arrive, and make sure to drop a few pieces for your pup. Well-behaved dogs can accompany you inside for dinner, drinks at the bar or to cheer you on in a game of shuffleboard.

Book a room with a view overlooking the Oakland Inner Harbor at Waterfront Hotel. Two pets up to 75 lbs are permitted for an additional fee of $25 every three nights.

8. The Boiler Room Pints & Pies

Garfield, NJ
“Don’t even think about touching my pizza.” Photo by Facebook.com/BoilerRoomNJ

Pints, pies and pups! The Boiler Room Pints & Pies isn’t your typical pizza and pub. This dive bar meets cocktail lounge offers specialty mixed drinks and a menu of pizzas, wings, salads and more. Of course, dogs are allowed to hang out inside. Human visitors can also enjoy pool, sporting events or karaoke. Watch your back, though, because The Boiler Room is also known as New Jersey’s top-rated haunted dive bar.

Garfield is located just 30 minutes outside of Manhattan, but if you plan on partying at The Boiler Room, Uber to nearby La Quinta Inn & Suites Clifton. Two pets of any size are allowed for no additional fee.

What’s your favorite spot to dine indoors with your dog? Leave a comment or tweet us @BringFido!

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