As a pet owner, it is a devastating sight when you see your puppy’s face as you head for the door, without their leash. They instantly give you these puppy eyes that scream, “Why are you leaving me?!” The feeling of guilt for leaving them in a sad state then haunts you. If only there were pet-friendly places that welcomed your four-legged friend!
Well you are in luck, because Tampa’s got a ton of them that happen to be pretty darn good.
Below is a list of 20 Tampa Bay area restaurants that allow your beloved K-9 to join:
2616 S MacDill Ave, Tampa, FL 33629
At Datz it is bacon that is their religion. It is worshipped like the god of flavor that it is — a treat your K-9 will surely appreciate. You can find anything from sweet to savory on their menu. Dine here for breakfast, lunch or dinner, the food is so good you’re going to want to stay all day.
170 Beach Dr NE, St Petersburg, FL 33701
You don’t have to cross the Atlantic to appreciate French cuisine. Cassis understands the importance of excellent service, even when it comes to waiting on your furry companion. Your dog gets it’s own water bowl and has many food options on their very own dog menu. Your dog will have plenty of choices, such as the Mutt Loaf or the Arrf El Tower. This is a guarantee treat so sit back, relax with a cocktail and Bone Appétit.
483 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater, FL, 33767
This pub offers a great atmosphere for you and your pet. Enjoy a cold beer while watching sports on one of their many flatscreen TVs. This is also a great place for your pet to mingle with other dogs. Try the ribs, but just a warning that your dog might want to jump up on the table for a delicious slab of meat. The Brown Boxer Pub is also a host to many good causes for non-profits such as the Suncoast Animal League and the Florida Boxer Rescue.
1805 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605
Bring out your inner pirate at this Ybor City bar and restaurant. Enjoy the various Cuban cuisines while chilling on the patio with your K-9 and friends. Fun is always guaranteed at this location since they offer many activities such as digging for pirate treasure in a sandbox or entering a free raffle every Friday during Happy Hour. Ladies… you do not want to miss out on an opportunity to win a Michael Kors purse.
483 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater, FL 33767
If the gods of wine, Bacchus and Dionysus, existed you could expect to find them here. Pet owners can expect a nice and laid-back ambience. Outdoor seating for your pet will not be on the concrete, as this location has laid out the faux grass carpet to offer your pet comfort. This is definitely a spot to wine down.
16725 Gulf Blvd, North Redington Beach, FL 33708
Sweet Sage Café is your home away from home. This isn’t your typical restaurant, instead expect to dine in a quirky, green cottage. Sit outside with your four-legged friend to enjoy the yellow flowers and shady trees. Order the strawberry and banana waffles — you won’t regret it.
1833 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605
Opa! At this Ybor City location, you and your dog will be transported to the welcoming Greek culture. Enjoy delicious Mediterranean plates such as hummus and grilled octopus. Finish off your meal with hookah, greek music and watch belly dancers perform. The Greek gods would approve.
1102 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33607
The perfect place to enjoy a Sunday afternoon on a nice outdoor patio with a beer in hand and watching the game. Monday – Friday is “Happiness Hour” from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m so you don’t have to use that “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere” excuse. Menu items include tradition sandwiches and burgers, but expand your palate with the crispy duck wings slathered in man cave sauce. Mm-mm.
707 Harbour Post Dr, Tampa, FL 33602
Organic foodies will be at ease at this comforting, waterfront location. Plus, your dog will not feel the Florida heat with the climate controlled outdoor patios. Food selections contain the best quality ingredients and alcohol enthusiasts have a wide selection of craft beers and wine. They don’t call it “waterfront gourmet” for nothing.
1202 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602(813)
Gotta stay fly, right? Well Fly Bar and Restaurant has you and your K-9 covered. Feast like royalty with decadent plates like Duck Confit Toast or Pork Belly Cassoulet. Enjoy the rooftop patio bar by ordering specialty cocktails that takes mixology to a whole other level.
5210 W Tyson Ave, Tampa, FL 33611
This waterfront location offers more than the enjoyment of staring out at the horizon. Fun is the theme here. You and your dog have the opportunity to not only dine on delicious tropical Florida cuisine, but also enjoy live music, boating and swimming in Hula Bay Club’s very own pool.
5016 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33603
Whatever brings you to the Independent Bar and Café, you will feel the community atmosphere. Tasty craft beer and gourmet pub food are on the menu. Local musicians play live, but don’t expect to find televisions in this place, it’s a spot where attention to conversation is encouraged. The “Indie” is the definition of a neighborhood bar, so bring your dog along to mingle with your neighbors and their pets.
601 S Harbour Island Blvd, Tampa, FL 33602
Jackson’s is another favorite waterfront restaurant of downtown Tampa that allows for a nice outing with your K-9. Jackson’s prides themselves on not just playing host to event planning, but creating experiences that your group will never forget. A variety of cocktails, sushi and seafood are on their menu. They also offer sushi classes for those who are curious to learn the skills of sushi master.
516 S Howard Ave, Tampa, FL 33606
The lodge is THE place to party. You can even celebrate your dog’s birthday with a party. The Lodge has a variety of food items and alcoholic beverages to enjoy. A hot menu item to try is the mac ‘n cheese. Who can say no to mac ‘n cheese?
3701 Henderson Boulevard, Tampa, Florida 33609
There isn’t anything more American than a good juicy hamburger. Burgers may be the American tradition, but here they offer specialty hamburgers like the “Rise and Shine.” Enjoy the covered, outdoor patio with your pup.
10103 Montague St, Tampa, FL 33626
This Westchase location offers the bay area’s best seafood. The restaurant also offers their patrons the opportunity to buy seafood and meat to take home and prepare for themselves. It could save you a trip to the grocery store and it’s restaurant quality.
14303 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, FL 33618
GrillSmith offers covered outdoor seating for guests and their pets. Opened for lunch and dinner, they cater to a variety of food and wine preferences. A favorite is the Chimichurri Steak.
2202 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33606
The Bungalow is a great hangout for you and your pet. On Wednesday nights, test your knowledge in the latest pop culture gossip by playing “TrashMag Trivia.” Not only will you have fun, but you will enjoy the specialty cocktails and the gourmet bar food. Try the Bora Bora Bowl.
Turn the usual Happy Hour into Yappy Hour. Share a special meal with your pet by treating them to a dining experience. Let the waiters do the preparations. Just sit back and watch your dog appreciate the opportunity of being spoiled.