The weather is warm and the sun is out to play! It feels like such a shame to leave your dog indoors while you soak up the summer fun and try new food. You want to take your friend everywhere! Pittsburghers love their dogs, and so do restaurant owners. Sometimes it seems like there are new dog-friendly restaurants at every corner that offers a patio.
As June kicks off, The Dog Spot wants to share some its favorite bites around the ‘Burgh. With spots like these to try with your four-legged friend, you can spend more time enjoying the weather together!
For Brunch: Coca Café. In the heart of Lower Lawrenceville, Coca Café is known for their original brunches and cozy atmosphere. With small outdoor seating options, they welcome your pups to join you when the weather is nice. Picking from American classics or savory new fares, Coca Café offers breakfast and lunch Tuesday through Sunday.
Lawrenceville, 3811 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201
For the Tried and True: The Double Wide Grill. A favorite among Pittsburgh dog owners in the South Side Flats, The Double Wide Grill has their own dog patio dedicated to your next doggie date. Offering water bowls to all furry guests, Double Wide goes above and beyond to provide a special pup menu that also caters to different dietary needs! Keep an eye out next year for the annual Lucky’s Dog Festivals hosted at all of the Double Wide locations (Southside, Irwin/North Huntington, and Mars/Cranberry).
Southside, 2339 E Carson St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203
For Higher End Eats: Nine on Nine. On the corner of Penn and Ninth in the Cultural District of Pittsburgh, this stylish dining option offers custom-feel food experiences with a variety of menu selections. Nine on Nine has an outdoor table space that happily welcomes your pup to join you. Water bowls and treats are some of your furry friend’s dining options as you choose your own plate combinations.
Cultural District, 900 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
For Thai Food: The Smiling Banana Leaf. If you’re looking for a fresh, laid-back Thai kitchen, The Smiling Banana Leaf is calling! It’s the perfect lunch spot after having a long walk in Highland Park nearby. Outdoor table spaces are there for relaxing with your pooch while you try their specialty vegetarian options and flavorful noodles.
Highland Park, 5901 Bryant Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
For Homegrown: Village Tavern and Trattoria. The casual and classic eatery offers a hearty mix of Italian and American dishes. Village Tavern and Trattoria is in the West End Village of Pittsburgh and offers both an outdoor seating option and a patio occasionally hosting live music. The patio bar and garden of the Village Tavern will have everything you need for taking it easy this summer with your furry friend.
West End, 424 S Main Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15220
For Brews: Bierport. Another Butler Street standout in Lawrenceville, Bierport is known for their collection of beers and unique shop. While you cannot take your pup with you to the attached movie theatre, they are very welcome to join you while you try out a new brew or two. And with their taproom being in a cool, spacious basement, it’s the perfect summer spot for paws and pints.
Lawrenceville, 4115 Butler Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201
For Italian Food: Osteria 2350. The Strip District offers a variety of restaurants and shops that welcome your pup to explore with you. For classic Italian fare and a lovely drink menu, Osteria 2350 is your next summer dining destination! They also have a dog-friendly patio that is perfect for when the weather is warm.
Strip District, 2350 Railroad Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
For Pub Grub: Hitchhiker Brewing Taproom. Hearty cheese boards, small plates, and inventive beers are found at Hitchhiker Brewing Company’s pub-style location in Mt. Lebanon. Furry friends are welcome to relax with you at their outdoor patio space. Their Sharpsburg brewing house locations is also a roomy area for your dog to explore and has rotating food truck options throughout the week!
Mt. Lebanon, 190 Castle Shannon Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15228
For Coffee: Big Dog Coffee. The name says it all. Big Dog Coffee is another Southside favorite with an artsy interior, a variety of coffees, refreshing tea selection, plenty of pastry options, and even an oatmeal bar! They also have outdoor tables in the front or a garden space for greener seating options. With water bowls and treats at the ready, this will be your next favorite coffee hangout spot for both you and your pooch.
Southside, 2717 Sarah Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203
For a Hotel Stay: Wallace’s Whiskey Room and Kitchen at the Hotel Indigo. If you’re traveling with your four-legged friend, the Hotel Indigo in East Liberty offers a pet-friendly stay! Wallace’s Whiskey Room and Kitchen is the hotel’s dog-friendly restaurant that includes spacious outdoor seating, upscale comfort foods, and an extensive drink list.
East Liberty, 123 N. Highland Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Honorable Mentions of Pittsburgh Classics:
- Pamela’s P&G Diner the popular Pittsburgh diner allows your pups to join you at any of their locations with outdoor seating.
- Primanti Brothers similar to Pamela’s, the classic sandwich chain has a number of locations with patios for pooches!
- Jerome Bettis’ Grille 36 – Owned by one of Pittsburgh’s own Steelers, Grille 36 in the North Shore gladly host you and your dog on their outdoor deck looking out at the river.