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Florida is home to pet-friendly beaches, attractions, and hotels. With a little planning, you and your favorite four-legged friend can even dine together under the Florida sunshine. It’s tough to leave Fido at home when it’s time for a meal, so these Florida restaurants have graciously decided to allow your well-behaved pet a seat at the table. From fine dining to laid-back local joints, read on to discover the best Florida restaurants where you can bring your dog.
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You simply cannot beat the ambiance at Island Way Grill in Clearwater, as you’ll find a combination of waterside seating and gorgeous views. Dine on some of the freshest seafood in town, where continental-pacific rim and island cuisine is blended to create a range of tantalizing dishes. Well known for their wine list, this is the perfect spot to soak in a famous Florida sunset with your best friend.
The only restaurant where a James Beard-nominated chef would take the time to bake your four-legged friend a doggie biscuit, at Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink in Miami your pup is truly spoiled. Enjoy the restaurant’s delicious oysters and lemon ricotta pancakes served from an open kitchen in their courtyard, as your pet is pampered with a serving of organic, artisanal biscuits made by the pastry chef.
Picture yourself dining on grilled jerk wings, lobster rolls, and mahi sandwiches as you enjoy the picturesque water views with your dog. All of this and more are available at Coconuts in Fort Lauderdale, where you’ll find South Florida dining at its best on the Intercoastal. The environment here is laid-back and friendly, with a “be nice” motto found throughout the restaurant.
Perfect for a warm sunny Florida afternoon, the people at Tampa Bay Brewing Company in Tampa allow you to enjoy a cold brew with your dog in tow. Offering a wide selection of local beers, sit outside on the patio and sample some of the ever-changing list of beers on tap while you soak in the lively ambiance at this brewery.
Judging by its name, you may have guessed that Marker 88 is located at marker 88 in Islamorada. What you might not know is that dogs are welcome in their outdoor seating area, where its open terrace overlooks the Florida Bay flats. The view here is so special that the restaurant lists the sunset times on their website, ensuring you don’t miss the fiercely sought after views. Cool off with a Keys Sunset cocktail, made with rum, mango puree, and strawberries as you and Fido enjoy the spectacular views.
Offering visitors unobstructed views of the Intracoastal, Deck 84 in Delray Beach attracts residents and boaters looking to unwind. Adjacent to the Atlantic Avenue Bridge, here you’ll find one-of-a-kind water views paired with signature seafood dishes, such as Jumbo Lump Crab Cake, Seared Ahi Tuna and Baja Fish Tacos. Perfect for those who want to arrive by boat, the restaurant’s easy access to dock space and pet-friendly atmosphere make it a popular weekend getaway.
The oldest microbrewery in Florida, Dunedin Brewery is home to a range of well-crafted brews for you to enjoy, hand-crafted in small batches only 15 barrels at a time. Bring your well-behaved doggie and enjoy the variety of lagers, ales, IPA’s that pair perfectly with their menu of chips and dips, burritos and sandwiches on the laid-back outdoor area.
You won’t have to leave your best friend behind at Sun Garden Cafe in Siesta Key, a restaurant that has topped a variety of “Best of” lists in the area for quite some time. A casual family-friendly restaurant, here you’ll find a lovely garden patio to enjoy a menu of both hearty and healthy options, from fruit smoothies to a fried chicken po-boy wraps.
Located on the beautiful Sanibel Island, Cip’s Place Restaurant welcomes your pooch in its outdoor seating area. A welcoming atmosphere greets guests, where you’ll discover a menu of fresh, succulent seafood dishes and island-style food that highlight the local flavors of the Gulf. Soak in the area’s natural beauty on the garden patio or lounge on the cozy front porch.
A local favorite, Salty Sue’s in Panama City Beach is the place to fix yourself a heaping plate of BBQ with delicious sides such as potato salad, baked beans, and mac & cheese. Bringing the comforts of home into the restaurant, here you can sip on a refreshing brew and listen to the sound of live music as you unwind on their cozy outdoor deck.
Boasting colorful decor and friendly staff, the Over Easy Cafe in Sanibel is an award-winning restaurant that offers a variety of classic breakfast and lunch fare to both locals and visitors alike. Take your pet to the outdoor seating area and indulge in a mimosa or two as you dine on smoked salmon benedict or delicious homemade pancakes, omelets, and stuffed french toast.
Offering small plates alongside live entertainment, Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant in St. Pete is also dog-friendly. Located at the Ponce de Leon Hotel, here you can pull up a seat at their sidewalk tables and dine on tasty tapas, authentic paella, and a range of desserts with your dog as you finish your meal with red, white, and sparkling Cava options.