As a firm believer in “no pup left behind,” it can be hard to find places that make it easy to spend some quality time with my favorite doggo. Make mealtime a little less stressful with this list of 34 National Chains where you can take your dog out to dinner! ((***The restaurants we’ve listed below allow dogs in their outdoor spaces but rules can differ from manager to manager!*** )
Please note: As a responsible pet owner, it’s important to respect each restaurant’s individual pet policy. It is illegal to bring a dog inside an establishment that serves food to people unless your dog is a service dog. Do not bring a dog into any establishment that’s not dog-friendly (and never, ever claim your dog is a service dog just to get them anywhere!). Additionally, even restaurants with dog-friendly outdoor spaces and policies will leave it up to on-site managers to decide whether to let pups into their individual locations, so your best bet is always to call ahead and get the green light before bringing your dog on your next dining excursion.
1. Shake Shack
Treat your pup to a night on the town with Shake Shack! Lots of outdoor seating and a special menu for your pup makes Shake Shack the perfect place to take your four-legged friend. Shake Shack’s dog menu is available at all Shake Shacks except stadiums, ballparks, airports, and international outposts.
2. Taco Bell
Looking for a dog-friendly Mexican place to take your pup? Lets taco-bought it. While your pupper might not be able to share a booth with you, grab a seat on the patio to enjoy the full Taco Bell experience with your favorite four-legged friend.
3. Joe’s Crab Shack
Help your pup earn his sea legs at one of Joe’s Crab Shack’s various locations. With a large outdoor patio at almost every location Joe’s is the perfect place to take your pup if you’re feeling nautical.
4. Johnny Rockets
Feeling like a burger? Head to Johnny Rockets and grab one for you AND your dog. While most locations are dog-friendly, select locations actually offer 3 menus items for your pup. Let your dog choose a “hamburger,” “lickety-split ice cream,” or even their very own “pupcakes!”
5. Sonic Drive-In
With the option to dine outside or in the confines of your car, Sonic Drive-In is the perfect place to take your pup for a meal. At select Sonics, your pup may even receive his own puppy ice cream or dog treat when your meal is delivered!
6. Dunkin Donuts
Offering a patio and a drive-thru, Dunkin Donuts has your back when it comes to being pet-friendly. Order a pup latte to receive a sweet treat for your dog with your daily coffee run.
7. Blaze Pizza
What do dogs like on their pizza? Puperoni of course. Let your favorite pup sit out with you on the Blaze Pizza patio and watch as they stare down all of the yummy cheese frisbees that pass by.
Grab a table outside this California classic and order a pup patty! This plain patty (no salt, no bun) is the perfect way to grab a hamburger without having to deal with puppy dog eyes – begging for food every time you take a bite.
9. Panera Bread
Is it purebred or purebread? Well at Panera it’s pure bread. Grab a bread bowl (yum) and sit out on the porch with your pup. This dog-friendly company has even been the host of some dog-lover meetups!
10. Rita’s Italian Ice
Tiny cup for a tiny pup (or in this case a not so tiny pup!) Grab a table outside with your pup at one of Rita’s Italian Ice’s various locations and sit an enjoy a frozen custard with your pup. They’ll even include a dog treat on the side!
11. Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt
Get rid of the munchies with Menchies! This dog-friendly brand offers outdoor seating for you and your pup at almost every location. Plus stop inside and get your pup a treat with some of Menchies vegan froyo (an option that’s a little bit easier on your pup’s stomach).
Throw a bone to your pup and take them with you on your next trip to Chik-Fil-A! This dog-friendly chicken shop will have your dog drooling as you pull through the drive-through. Make sure to ask the staff for one of their complementary dog treats as you drive by!
13. Dairy Queen
Next time you head to Dairy Queen, bring your pup and ask for a Pup Cup! A free scoop of vanilla soft serve topped with a crispy dog treat made just for your dog? The perfect snack to cool down on a hot summer day (and a good excuse for you to get ice cream for yourself.)
14. Noodles & Company
Take your pup and sit on the patio of this fast-casual pasta chain. Mention your pup to the cashier and watch as they deliver a bowl for you and your pup! While it might not be pasta, Noodles & Co. will bring out a bowl of water just for your furry friend.
15. Baja Fresh
Let’s taco-bought it! This Tex Mex chain offers outside dining at almost every location making it a must-have stop for you and your four-legged friend after a long day of play.
Next time you’re headed to Starbucks for a little caffeine, grab a pick-me-up for your pup! Ask the barista for a Puppuccino aka a small cup of fluffy deliciousness (whipped cream), hand your pup the treat, and accept all the sweet puppy kisses that follow.
While not every Chipotle is dog-friendly, a fair number are so keep an eye out for outdoor patios at this fast-casual Mexican grill! Order online or in store and sit down for a relaxing evening with your pup.
A dog-friendly company through and through, Culver’s tradition of offering milk bones to dogs will surely make your pups day. If you drive thru the right location, then your dog might just get their milk bone in a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
19. Tim Hortons
Play a game of fetch with some delicious sugar-free Timbits from Tim Hortons! While you’re picking up your afternoon coffee, order your put a Timbit to make his day. Just make sure to ask for a pet-friendly Timbit so they know not to put sugar on it. Limit one per canine customer!
20. Moe’s Southwest Grill
These BarkShop Taco toys have even the bulldog’s stomachs grumbling! Feeling like a burrito? Take your pup out for dinner at a place everyone can enjoy, Moe’s Southwest Tacos. Sit on the patio and enjoy your own fiesta.
21. Le Pain Quotidien
Grab a pastry, take a seat outside on the porch, and relax with your pup! Depending on the location you might find jars of dog treats on the tables outdoors, and if not dog treats are offered by the staff.
22. A&W Resturants
With dogs featured all over their Instagram, it’s no wonder A&W Restaurants is on the list of the top dog-friendly chains! Head through the drive through or sit on the patio for some quality time with your pup.
23. Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar
Don’t be lazy! Take your pup out to eat tonight at the Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar. This special chain offers outdoor seating and even special menu items for your doggo.
24. Voodoo Doughnuts
Add Voodoo Doughnuts to your list of places to stop by this August 26th! These proud supporters of National Dog Day have plenty of spirit for you and your pup. Even their website reps their pride for their pups, “St. Patrick’s Day, Earth Day, Fleet Week, Graduation, National Dog Day — whatever the occasion, we have a doughnut for that!”
25. California Pizza Kitchen
This California-style pizza place has the solution to all your pupper dining troubles. With an expansive patio, CPK is a great choice for dinner that allows your favorite four-legged friend to tag along.
26. Olive Garden
Think your pup is pastably the cutest thing on this planet? Well treat them to an italian dinner at Olive Garden! This casual Italian restaurant has the perfect patio for you and your pup.
27. Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream & Yogurt
We all bark for ice cream! Take your pup to Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream & Yogurt, grab something for you and a mini cone for your pup.
Talk about sweet! Stop by one of Sprinkles Cupcakes various locations and pick up a cupcake for you and a pupcake for the doggo in your life. These pupcakes (cupcakes for your pup) are sugar-free and topped with a yogurt frosting.
29. Potbelly Sandwich Shop
Is a hotdog a sandwich? We don’t know, but a hot dog would certainly want one. Sit on the patio of this all-american sandwich shop (which even provides water bowls for your pup!)
30. Outback Steak House
Your pup doesn’t have to be an Aussie to sit out on the patio of this Australian themed steakhouse. Take your pup and sit out on the porch of an outback near you- just make sure to control the drooling from sniffing all the steak.
31. Five Guys
Are you supposed to throw Five Guys peanut shells on the floor?? We don’t know. Just in case, avoid the potential clutter and sit out on the patio of this American fast-casual restaurant and enjoy a burger with your pupper!
32. Cold Stone Creamery
Coldstone Creamery is another pup friendly ice cream shop that will leave you and your doggo barking for more! This dog-friendly brand loves to share its love of doggos- so take a pic of your pup and share it for a chance to be featured!
33. Qdoba Mexican Grill
Dog puns might just be a little cheesy- but these cheesy quesadillas from Qdoba Mexican Grill will have you and your pup begging for more. Relax with your pup on the porch and enjoy this Mexican style snack.
34. Rock and Brews
Grab a brew (or a few) with your best furry bud and enjoy some tunes at Rock & Brews! This pupper bar offers both drinks and a feast for you and your four-legged friend!
Be a good dog parent and don’t ruin it for the rest of us…
Remember it is illegal to bring a dog inside an establishment that serves food to people unless your dog is a service dog. Do not bring a dog into any establishment that’s not dog-friendly (and never, ever claim your dog is a service dog just to get them anywhere!).