Top 10 Best Dog Friendly Restaurants in Tampa Bay

Top 10 Best Dog Friendly Restaurants in Tampa Bay

We have so many sunny days here in Florida which allow us to be outdoors with our dogs. Many of us will take our pooch out for a drive, to the park, to a dog-friendly beach, and even when we run errands. Then, while we are out, we get hungry and may want to stop for a bite to eat. Most people might grab something from a convenience store or maybe from a fast food restaurant, or they may wait until they go home to eat.

But since we live in Dog Friendly Florida, we don’t have to eat on the run or wait until we get home.  The reason? Many good restaurants are also dog-friendly restaurants here in the Tampa Bay area.

I have created a list of what I consider the best restaurants in Tampa Bay, or at least my top 10 Best Dog Friendly Restaurants in Tampa Bay.  Number One will be considered one of my favorite restaurants in Tampa Bay.  So enjoy the list. But more importantly, enjoy the time out with your canine companion.

10. Panera Bread

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The reason Panera even made my list, is because their restaurants are not subject to closure between lunch and dinner. That is inevitably the most common time for me to desire lunch. As a result, Panera is a wonderful default restaurant to dine, with your furry buddy, whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner at their outdoor tables. So, enjoy the tasty menu when you are ready to eat while out with your pup.

Visit Panera’s website to find Restaurants Near Me so you may enjoy some additional time out with your dog.

9. Mad Dogs and Englishmenmad dogs

I have been a fan of Mad Dogs and Englishmen for some time now. They serve starters such as Hummus and even Scotch Eggs. There is pizza and also a Goat Cheese Pizza. If you like Pesto, they have a pizza for you as well.  Mad Dogs also serves Rack of Lamb Chicken Tikka Masala too. Bring your dog and sit on the outdoor patio. You can find Mad Dogs and Englishmen at 4115 South MacDill Ave Tampa 33611.

Their website is

8. Parkshore Grill


This Contemporary American Cuisine Restaurant is located at 300 Beach Dr. Ne, St Petersburg Fl 33701. Umbrellaed tables line the area in front of this St Petersburg Restaurant. Feel free to bring your dog as you dine on their tasty menu. Parkshore Grill Menu consists of salads, lobster, chicken, hummus and so much more.

Visit their website to check out the lunch menu and dinner menu.

7. Red Mesa Mercado

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Red Mesa Mercado’s outdoor patio is so pet friendly, that there are dog water bowls available for use. What set’s this place apart is they have a breakfast menu. That’s correct! You can have a Mexican breakfast while sitting with your pup. The breakfast menu consists of Huevos Rancheros, Tacos, Quesadillas and more. For lunch and dinner, you can enjoy a fish or tofu taco and so much more. They are located at 1100 1st Ave N, St Petersburg FL 33705.

Feel free to visit their website for more menu items:

6. Rose’s Bistro off Main


Looking for New Port Richey Pet Friendly Restaurants? Well, I have one for you. Rose’s Bistro off main has a pet-friendly covered patio. Whenever I go here, the staff generally brings water for my fur baby before taking my order. Anyone who does this moves up a notch for my go-to pet-friendly restaurants. Expect to find burgers, salads, sandwiches, soups and so much more. Rose’s Bistro off main is located at 6238 Grand Blvd, New Port Richey Fl 34652.

Visit their website for hours and menu:

5. Costas Restaurant


Costas Restaurant is located in the heart of Tarpon Springs near the Sponge Docks. This popular Tarpon Springs Restaurant offers Authentic Greek Food. Their menu consists of Spanakopita, Dolmades, Gyro (Vegetarian Gyro available), Greek Salad, Home Made Sangria, and so much more. Sit outside with your pup and enjoy a friendly staff, good food and people watching. They are located at 521 Athens St, Tarpon Springs Fl 34689.

Take a look at their website:

4. Cantina Laredo

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Yet, another Mexican Restaurant has made it to my list. This good Tampa Restaurant has a covered outdoor area which is dog friendly. Depending on the wait staff that day, you may or may not have to request a bowl of water for your dog. Either way, the food is tasty, and the staff is welcoming of dog guests. There are good drinks on the menu such as the Cucumber Chili Rita.  If you like guacamole, let the server make a fresh batch for you. You can find them at the Wiregrass Mall – 2000 Piazza Ave, Wesley Chapel FL

Click here to see the hours and the menu:

3. Craft Street Kitchen

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Craft Street Kitchen has 2 locations for your dining experience. Each has outdoor tables where your well-behaved dog is welcome. You will find one in Trinity (New Port Richey area) 3216 Little Rd Trinity, Fl 34655. The other is located in Oldsmar.  3153 Curlew Rd Oldsmar, Fl 34677

Each location has beer on tap, grilled flatbreads, specialty salads, burgers and starters such as Buffalo Cauliflower.

Feel free to visit their website for more information

2. Ella’s Folk Art Cafe


Each and every time I come here for a meal, I am greeted with a bowl of water for my canine companion. The staff at Ella’s Folk Art Cafe is what I consider one of The Best Dog Friendly Restaurants in Tampa. The food is tasty. The décor is wonderful. The outdoor patio is huge. Some nights, they even have live music.  Ella’s Folk Art Café is considered Elevated Comfort Food. I would completely agree with that statement. Their menu consists of a Home Made Veggie Burger, The Mother Clucker (Vegan Chicken Dish), Rasta-Far-Fries (Fried Potato Wedges tossed in Mustard with Cilantro and Sriracha), Pizza, Porkchops, Chicken and more. 5119 N Nebraska Ave, Tampa FL 33603.

Take a peek at their menu. You won’t be disappointed:

1. The Living Room on Main

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Here are a couple of reasons I chose this restaurant as # 1 in the top 10 Best Dog Friendly Restaurants in Tampa Bay.

First, the New American and Small Plates and Shareable menu is wonderful. This menu includes Crispy Brussel Sprouts, Honey Garlic Naked Wings, Mediterranean Meatballs, and even Hummus.

The second reason The Living Room on Main is one of the Best Restaurants in Dunedin:

As quoted from their website


“Enjoy the beautiful central Florida weather while dining on our giant outdoor patio. Do you have a dog? We love dogs! Bring yours to eat with you on the patio, we even have a menu for those furry members of your family.”

They are located in Downtown Dunedin at 487 Main Street, Dunedin Fl 34698. Their website is

I love each of these restaurants and I hope you do too.

Do you want to do more than eat with your pup? Check out this link for “Traveling with your Dog – 4 Easy Tips.

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