Dog Friendly Restaurants in Gastonia, NC

There are 23 pet friendly restaurants in Gastonia that welcome dogs at their outdoor tables. Need help deciding where to eat? Here's a detailed description of each restaurant, along with pictures and reviews from other dog owners. Coming from out of town? Get a discounted rate on pet friendly hotels in Gastonia. Bone appetit!

Pet Friendly Hickory Tavern
Hickory Tavern Hickory Tavern has a large patio where you and your four-legged friends can enjoy a menu of burgers, wings, seafood, and steaks. Always cold beers and delicious desserts available. See Details
Pet Friendly Portofino's Italian Restaurant
Portofino's Italian Restaurant Portofino's Italian Restaurant serves up a variety of menu options including appetizers, salads, pasta, poultry, veal, seafood, baked dishes, pizza, calzones, strombolis, subs, sandwiches, and more. Fido is welcome to join you at one of their four pet-friendly outdoor tables while you enjoy an appetizer of Mozzarella Alla Caprese - fresh buffalo mozzarella and tomato in olive oil and basil. Try the Veal Maria, consisting of tender veal mixed with wild mushrooms in a brandy demi-glaze sauce, and finished with a crabmeat topping. Pizza enthusiasts should try their Pescatore pie, topped with clams, mussels, calamari, octopus, and shrimp. Portofino's Italian Restaurant is open Tuesday through Thursday from 10:30am to 9:00pm, Friday through Saturday from 10:30am to 9:30pm, and Sunday from 11:00am to 9:00pm. See Details
Sake Express Sake Express is an Asian eatery that serves up a wide variety of menu options. Choose from appetizers, soups, salads, teriyaki and hibachi dishes, steak, seafood, teppanyaki noodles, bento boxes, sashimi, sushi, and more. Fido is welcome to join you at one of their five pet-friendly outdoor tables while you enjoy an appetizer of fresh seared tuna with ponzu sauce. Try the entree of Hibachi Steak and Scallops with mushrooms and broccoli, served with your choice of brown or white rice, sweet carrots, and your choice of shrimp sauce or ginger sauce. Sushi lovers should try their Spicy Kanikama Roll with shrimp tempura, cucumber, and avocado, topped with kanikama, spicy sauce, spicy mayo, scallions, and then baked to perfection. Or dig into their signature Dragon G Roll with shrimp tempura, spicy crab mix, cream cheese, and avocado, topped with fresh yellow tail, fresh tuna, and eel sauce. Sake Express is open Monday through Saturday from 11:00am to 10:00pm, and Sunday from 11:00am to 9:00pm. See Details
The Social Vineyard The Social Vineyard, located in Gastonia, NC, is a casual wine bar that serves up a variety of delicious vinos and tasty eats. Fido is welcome to join you at one of their pet-friendly outdoor tables while you enjoy your day. Start off with a glass of wine and an order of the Traditional Hummus served with sliced bell peppers and pita triangles. Or go for a savory Charcuterie Board. The Social Vineyard is open Wednesday through Thursday from 5pm to 10pm, Friday from 5pm to 11pm, Saturday from 2pm to 11pm, and Sunday from 2pm to 6pm. See Details
McAlister's Deli McAlister's Deli is a dog-friendly restaurant on Cox Rd. This deli has four tables outside for dogs and their owners. Their chefs are proud to serve food prepared with fresh ingredients made to order. The crafted sandwiches on the menu are the specialty of the kitchen. Meat eaters can indulge in the McAlister's Club, the King Club, horseradish roast beef and cheddar, garden fresh turkey, or the black cherry and ham sandwich. Vegetarians can indulge in their new veggie sandwich or the four cheese griller, a mom-made favorite prepared their way. If you like the sound of ginormous spuds, you can order one of their topped potatoes instead, like the black Angus roast beef spud. Please note that table service isn't available, so you'll need to tie your dog up while you order inside. See Details
Don Pedro Don Pedro is a Mexican eatery that serves up delicious, authentic dishes. Choose from menu options like appetizers, soups, salads, tacos, seafood, vegetarian dishes, beef, burritos, enchiladas, chalupas, fajitas, chimichangas, and more. Fido is welcome to join you at one of their five pet-friendly outdoor tables while you enjoy your meal. Try the Chile Relleno - a green chile stuffed with cheese and beef, dipped in egg batter and deep fried to a perfect golden brown. Or try the exclusive Combo Axteca - skirt steak butterflied and flame broiled to perfection, with four prawns seasoned with garlic and grilled, served with rice, beans, cactus salad, and tortillas. Don Pedro is open Sunday through Thursday from 11:00am to 10:00pm, and Friday through Saturday from 11:00am to 11:00pm. See Details
Lily's Italian Bistro Lily's Italian Bistro serves up a variety of Italian dishes with menu options including appetizers, soups, salads, pizza, pasta, burgers, wraps, seafood, pork, beef, poultry, desserts, and more. Your well-behaved pup is welcome to join you at one of their pet-friendly outdoor tables while you enjoy an appetizer of the fried calamari served with marinara and smoked jalapeno aioli for dipping. Next, try the Linguini Frutti di Mare with mussels, clams, shrimp, calamari, and lobster in a spicy marinara sauce. Pizza enthusiasts should try the White Pizza topped with spinach, tomato, ricotta, mozzarella, and parmesan. Lily's Italian Bistro is open Monday through Saturday from 11:00am to 10:00pm. See Details
Chantilly's Tea Room & Restaurant Chantilly's Tea Room is located in Gastonia, NC, and serves up menu options like soups, salads, quiche, and sandwiches, as well as teas, coffees, and more. Let Fido tag along for the day and you can snag a seat at one of their pet-friendly outdoor tables while you enjoy a Chantilly's Choice Salad with marinated grilled chicken on a bed of mixed greens, candied pecans, cranberries, gorgonzola, cucumber, and tomatoes, served with your choice of balsamic vinaigrette, oil and vinegar, Greek vinaigrette, or poppy seed vinaigrette. Or try the classic Rueben sandwich with corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and 1000 Island dressing on grilled rye bread. Don't leave without washing everything down with a cup of hot tea - your choice of flavored tea bag served with fresh lemon and honey. Chantilly's Tea Room is open Monday through Friday from 11:00am to 3:00pm, and Saturday from 9:00am to 3:00pm. See Details
Panera Bread Panera Bread on E Franklin Boulevard has ten pet-friendly outdoor tables, so you can bring your dog along to dine. The popular national chain serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. Stop by early for one of their freshly baked breakfast sandwiches, pastries, or Baked Egg Souffles. Panera Bread is known for their fresh, and clean eating salads, soups, and sandwiches like Bacon Turkey Bravo, Napa Almond Chicken Salad, and Steak and White Cheddar Panini. They have a full espresso and coffee bar where you can get signature drinks like the Hot Chocolate with Chocolate Chip Marshmallows, and Plum Ginger Hibiscus Tea. A drive-thru window is also available if you don't want to tie your dog up outside while you go in to order. See Details
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts This world-famous doughnut shop on E Franklin Boulevard is home to two dog-friendly tables, so Fido can join you for one of their hugely popular glazed doughnuts. Amongst their interesting doughnuts, you'll find a New York Cheesecake, Oreo Cookies and Kreme, and plenty of other tantalizing treats. Although they are most well known for providing seasonal, classic, and specialty doughnuts, their coffee is fast becoming an American breakfast staple as well. Their interesting coffees include frozen pumpkin spice latte, frozen mocha, hazelnut latte, and iced skinny vanilla latte. If you really like their coffee, you can grab a bag and take it home with you. A drive-thru window is also available if you don't want to tie your dog up outside while you go in to order. See Details
Brixx Wood Fired Pizza A fun neighborhood restaurant, Brixx Wood Fired Pizza is a dog-friendly spot to enjoy a range of dishes, fourteen wines by the glass, and twenty-four craft beers on tap. Pizza-loving visitors to Gastonia with Fido in tow can head to one of the pizzeria's eight outdoor tables to enjoy a slice in the sunshine. Brixx's menu includes starters, salads, sandwiches, pasta, and specialty pizzas such as Bourbon Chicken, Hawaiian, Sweet Thai Chicken, Spicy Shrimp, Wood-Roasted Vegetable, and Artichoke. See Details
Hooters Hooters, located in Gastonia, is a well-known bar and eatery that offers up an array of tasty pub grub served by the famed Hooters Girls. Choose from menu options including appetizers, wings, salads, sandwiches, tacos, burgers, seafood, and more. Fido is welcome to join you at one of their six pet-friendly outdoor tables while you enjoy your meal. Start off with a cold beer and an order of the Tex Mex Nachos - fresh chips topped with cheese, chili, guacamole, lettuce, pico de gallo, jalapenos, sour cream, and zesty chipotle sauce. Next, chow down on the Baja Fish Tacos with grilled or crispy fish, pico de gallo, fresh cabbage, and special sauce. Or go for the Texas Cheesesteak Sandwich with steak, sauteed onions, green peppers, mushrooms, provolone cheese, queso, Daytona Beach sauce, pico de gallo, and sliced jalapenos! See Details
Sweet Frog Frozen Yogurt Sweet Frog Frozen Yogurt specializes in customizable frozen yogurt with tons of toppings and flavor options. This location in Gastonia offers dog-friendly seating at two tables outside. There are options for fat-free, low-fat, and no sugar added flavors as well as gelato and non-dairy selections. Flavors range from apple pie and cappuccino to toasted marshmallow and strawberry. You can also indulge in the fruity Dole Whip with flavors like pineapple and mango. Top of your treat with fruit, nuts, sauces, candy, and more. Please note that table service isn't available, so Fido will have to wait outside while you're making your yogurt. See Details
Lotus Bar & Eatery Lotus Bar & Eatery, located in Gastonia, NC, is a stylish joint that serves up a variety of delicious modern American fare. Fido is welcome to join you at one of their pet-friendly outdoor tables while you enjoy your meal. Lotus Bar & Eatery is open Monday from 4:30pm to 10pm, Tuesday through Thursday from 11am to 2:30pm, then 4:30pm to 10pm, Friday through Saturday from 11am to 2:30pm, then 4:30pm to 10:30pm, and Sunday from 11am to 3pm, then 4:30pm to 10pm. See Details
On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina on E Franklin Boulevard has three pet-friendly outdoor tables, so you are can bring your pup along. On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina has a huge menu of Tex-Mex dishes from Avocado Fries to Chimichangas. Hand-rolled enchiladas, including Chile Beef, Tomatilla, and Enchiladas Suizas, plus fajitas, burritos, and chimichangas. If you are looking for something a little lighter, On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina offers Grilled Burrito Bowls with your choice of chicken, steak, shrimp or portobello. House specialties include the Hatch Chile Burger and Carribean Mango Grilled Fish. Diners with a sweet tooth may want to save room for one of the restaurant's desserts, like Caramel Churros, Sopapillas, or Tres Leches Cheesecake. See Details
The Smoke Pit The Smoke Pit is a quick-service barbecue restaurant in Gastonia, NC serving protein-laden plates on a dog-friendly patio. Choose from a variety of smoked meats and homemade sides while you and Fido to hang out on the fan-cooled, covered patio. See Details
Schlotzsky's Schlotzsky's, located in Gastonia, is a well-known delicatessen that serves up delicious salads, wraps, flatbreads, sandwiches, pizzas, and more! Fido is welcome to join you at one of their seven pet-friendly outdoor tables while you enjoy your meal. Try the Deluxe Original Sandwich with smoked ham, Genoa and Cotto salami, melted cheddar, mozzarella, parmesan, black olives, red onion, lettuce, tomato, mustard, and signature dressing on a toasted sourdough bun. Or go for the Tuscan Sandwich with hand-carved turkey, provolone, Swiss, bacon, chipotle pesto, cilantro, roasted red peppers, chipotle mayo, avocado, field greens, and tomato on ciabatta. For something a bit lighter, go for the Margherita Artisan Flatbread topped with sundried tomato pesto, fresh basil, roasted tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, parmesan cheese, and balsamic reduction. A drive-thru window is also available if you don't want to tie your dog to the table while you go inside to order. See Details
Dairy Queen Dairy Queen is a dog-friendly quick-service food concept serving frozen sweet treats to Gastonia locals and tourists alike. three outdoor tables are available to dog owners with a sweet tooth wanting to indulge alongside Fido. Dairy Queen's menu is comprised of Grillburgers, artisan-style sandwiches, hot dogs, chicken strip baskets, snacks such as Pretzel Sticks with Zesty Queso, Potato Skins, and chicken snack melts, salads, and sides such as fries, onion rings, and cheese curds. Its menu also includes blizzards, hot desserts a la mode, dipped cones, sundaes, cold and blended coffees, shakes, malts, and Orange Julius drinks. A drive-thru window is also available if you don't want to tie your dog up outside while you go in to order. See Details
Pita Wheel Pita Wheel is an American eatery in Gastonia, NC serving pitas, burgers, salads, wraps and daily specials along with a full-service bar. Dogs are welcome to join you at picnic tables on the patio. See Details
Cook Out Cook Out is a dog-friendly restaurant serving fresh, never frozen hamburgers to Gastonia locals and tourists alike. Visitors to Cook Out can head to one of its six outdoor tables to indulge in a milkshake alongside Fido. The restaurant's menu is made up of hot dogs, bbq, burgers, chicken dishes, corn dogs, quesadillas, hushpuppies, fries, and more. Forty plus premium milkshakes are available to top off your meal in flavors such as Peanut Butter Banana, Hi-C Punch, Chocolate Cobbler, and Reese's Cup. A drive-thru window is also available if you don't want to tie your dog up outside while you go in to order. See Details
Sonic Drive-In This fast food restaurant on S New Hope Road offers carhop service and a handful of pet-friendly tables. At Sonic Drive-In you can get burgers and hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, plus fries, tater tots, and mozzarella sticks. Sonic Drive-In is known for their vast selection of drinks, like Frozen Lemonade, Strawberry Limeade, and Grape Sluch with Rainbow Candy. There is also a selection of milkshakes, Sonic Blasts, waffle cone sundaes, and ice cream slushes. See Details
HoneyBaked Ham HoneyBaked Ham, located in Gastonia, is a well-known eatery that serves up delicatessen-style dishes. Choose from menu options including soups, salads, sandwiches, and more. Fido is welcome to join you at one of their pet-friendly outdoor tables while you enjoy your meal. Try the Ham and Turkey Pesto Sandwich with ham, roasted turkey, provolone, lettuce, tomato, red onion, and pesto aioli on multigrain flatbread. Or go for the Ham Classic with ham, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, savory mayo, and hickory honey mustard on a flaky croissant. Please note that table service isn't available, so your dog will need to be tied up outside while you go in to order. See Details
Firehouse Subs Firehouse Subs, located in Gastonia, is a popular deli-style eatery that serves up a variety of tasty subs and salads. Fido is welcome to join you at one of their pet-friendly outdoor tables while you enjoy your meal. Try the Hook and Ladder Sub with smoked turkey, Virginia honey ham, and melted Monterey jack cheese. Order it Fully Involved to get mayo, deli mustard, lettuce, tomato, and onion! Or try the New York Steamer Sub with USDA corned beef brisket, pastrami, melted provolone, deli mustard, mayo, and Italian dressing. For something a bit lighter, try the Firehouse Salad with romaine, tomato, bell pepper, cucumber, mozzarella, pepperoncini peppers, and dressing, with your choice of smoked turkey, grilled chicken, or Virginia honey ham. Please note that table service isn't available, so your dog will need to be tied up outside while you go in to order. See Details
River's Edge Bar and Grill Located at the United States National Whitewater Center, River's Edge allows you to watch kayakers, listen to live bands, enjoy festivals, and eat delicious food. Dogs are welcome, but not on the upper deck. See Details