When summer ends, restaurants in chilly states call time on patio season. Reserve a table with your doggy dining partner on these pet-friendly patios before they close. And don’t worry if you miss out, you can always dine indoors with your pup at these fine eateries.
Posted by Billy Francis
Spend a weekend in dog-friendly Chicago and eat like Kings and Queens during Waggin’ Weekends at 312 Chicago. The Italian restaurant offers a “Cagnolino Menu” on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 2pm, including mains like chicken and pasta, salmon and white rice, plus treats like a beefsicle and peanut butter biscuit. After your meal, take your pup for a guided tour by water with Mercury's Canine Cruise. The pet-friendly patio at 312 Chicago is open during the summer months.
Sandbar at Jetties Beach
Sandbar at Jetties Beach is the quintessential Nantucket experience. Pick a spot on the sand and enjoy items from the fresh raw bar, sip on a colorful cocktail, and take in the epic views of Nantucket Sound. After dinner, go for a walk along Jetties Beach or hit the trails at nearby Tupancy Links. The pet-friendly patio at Sandbar at Jetties Beach is open May through October.
Chow down with your Chow Chow on the welcoming summer patio at Nottingham's Tavern in Big Bear Lake. While you enjoy a flatbread or steak from the Californian comfort food menu, Fido can sink his teeth into items from his own menu like Remi’s Beef Patty, Molly’s Chicken Breast and Pepsi’s Scrambled Eggs. As soon as his food has settled, head to Big Bear Marina and charter a boat for the afternoon to explore the lake together. The pet-friendly patio at Nottingham’s Tavern is open May through October.
Carmel’s Restaurant and Bar
Carmel's Restaurant and Bar in downtown Asheville is a relaxed eatery that serves creative cuisine inspired by southern home cooking. The menu includes crab cakes, chicken and waffle sandwich, and more. Dogs can enjoy a refreshing bowl of water and a treat while you eat. The restaurant’s great location makes it easy to explore one of the most pet-friendly cities in the U.S. after you eat. Around the corner, Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar will feed your intellectual side and your pup’s insatiable appetite with even more treats. The pet-friendly patio at Carmel’s Restaurant and Bar is open during the summer months.
Hit the motherload with your mutt at Motherloaded Tavern in Breckenridge, CO. Gather on the welcoming patio with your pooch for nibbles, sandwiches and more accompanied by a house-infused, mason jar cocktail. Visitors to the tavern at lunchtime can ride the Breckenridge "BreckConnect" Gondola in the afternoon to see the mountain town from above. The pet-friendly patio at Motherloaded Tavern is open from Memorial Day through October 1st.
Round Island Bar and Grill
If you and your pooch are on a day trip to Mackinac Island, stop by Round Island Bar and Grill for a bite to eat on the beautiful patio. The view of Lake Huron from the covered tables is the cherry on top of the classic comfort food menu. Pick up a Burley trailer and bicycle from Mackinac Wheels and explore more of the island together after lunch. The pet-friendly patio at Round Island Bar and Grill is open April through October.
Wasatch Brew Pub
Sample fruity brews in the hip Sugar House neighborhood of Salt Lake City at Wasatch Brew Pub. Dogs will be treated to ice cold water on the “pupular” patio, and you can try a flight of some of the best beers in town. Sugar House Park is a nice place for a stroll with your pooch afterwards. The pet-friendly patio at Wasatch Brew Pub is open from spring until mid-October.
Covered Bridge Farm Table
Overlooking the scenic Pemigewasset River and Historic Blair Covered Bridge, Covered Bridge Farm Table is a unique New Hampshire restaurant for a shady late-summer meal with your mutt. Fido doesn’t have to miss out when it comes to Sunday brunch, lunch or dinner. He can order his own doggy burger to devour while you enjoy fresh haddock, scallops and more. Before you leave, take a stroll across the bridge with your best friend. The pet-friendly patio at Covered Bridge Farm Table is open during the summer months.
Paradise Tropical Restaurant & Bar
Refuel and rehydrate at Paradise Tropical Restaurant & Bar in Sunrise Beach, MO. Lake-loving Labs are welcome to join their owners on the expansive deck that overlooks the winding Lake of the Ozarks. Grab Fido a bite from the doggy menu, including a half-pounder with dry dog food, grilled chicken with dry dog food or a pooch-sized cup of vanilla ice cream. The pet-friendly patio at Paradise Tropical Restaurant & Bar is open April through October.
Redfin Blues is Pittsburgh’s only North Shore waterfront grill. Famous for the convergence of The Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio rivers, you and your pooch can enjoy riverside seats at this bustling seasonal restaurant. The menu includes seafood classics like crispy shrimp, Ahi tuna and fish tacos, plus a whole lot more for those who prefer food from the land. Take an after-dinner stroll together by the water to North Shore Riverfront Park. The pet-friendly patio at Redfin Blues is open from April through October.
Jordan Pond House
Located inside Acadia National Park, Jordan Pond House is one of the most scenic restaurants in the country. Patrons have been dining at this historic spot since 1893, when Nellie McIntire began serving her now-famous popovers. Bring your leashed dog along, sit at a table on the luscious grass and enjoy incredible views of the pond and the surrounding mountain peaks, plus a menu that still includes popovers. You and your pooch will find even more epic views when you continue to explore the most pet-friendly National Park in the country afterwards. The patio at Jordan Pond House is open June through October.
The Lookout Tavern
The Lookout Tavern is home to a beautiful seasonal patio that offers incredible views of the Coolidge Mountain Range and a tasty American menu. When your bowl is clean, pay a visit to nearby Base Camp Outfitters for a game of disc golf or a hike on the trails with your pooch. The pet-friendly patio at The Lookout Tavern is open during the summer months.