In addition to being known for its excellent coffee and lots of gorgeous, green space, Seattle is also a great place to be if you’re a dog lover. Considered one of the most pet-friendly cities in America, Seattle offers a lot to both you and your pooch, including restaurants that welcome Fido.
If you’re looking for a place to dine when out with your four-legged buddy, check out this list of the top 14 dog-friendly restaurants in Seattle. This list is in no particular order. And keep in mind that “dog-friendly” means that only well-behaved and supervised dogs are allowed, so always have your pup on a leash and be courteous to fellow diners.
460 N 36th St.
How dog-friendly is Norm’s? Well, for starters, Norm is a dog himself! You’ll see his picture all over the walls as you lounge in one of the comfy couches. Order your pup a “Doggie Bowl,” which is a nightly food special (the menu enigmatically states “please ask your server” for details, but at least one reviewer said she received a hamburger bowl on the particular night she visited.) Dogs who love to socialize will find plenty of friends in attendance — this is a spot where you may be in the minority if you don’t bring a dog.
4354 Leary Way NW
If you’re looking for a gastro-pub experience (i.e., a great pub menu that’s a touch higher-end than typical bar food), file this place is under “must visit.” The sweet potato fries and veggie sliders get high marks, as do the breakfast and brunch specials.
3. Belltown Pub
2322 1st Ave.
Order your pup a snack from the special dog menu while you catch a Seahawks game or enjoy yummy happy hour specials in a friendly, neighborhood pub atmosphere. If you’re with friends, reach for the Trivial Pursuit cards at each table or head to the game area that features shuffleboard and foosball.
6413 California Ave. SW
Featuring a huge selection of craft beer, a sitting area with board games, and a fantastic “great hall” vibe, this pub will feel like your “home away from home” right away. There’s no food service, but they do allow you to take in your own food or have a pizza, Thai food, or other cuisines delivered from area eateries. Bring your dog inside to hang out with your and your friends while you enjoy the cozy, kick-back-in-your-living room vibe.
5. The Station
2533 16th Ave. South
If you’re looking for a hot beverage and a pup-friendly atmosphere, this is your place. Coffee, tea and Mexican hot chocolate (try it; you’ll be glad you did!) will warm your hands while a decidedly dog-loving group of patrons warm your heart. Be prepared to be interrupted regularly by strangers looking to give your dog a pat on the head or swap pet stories with you.Photo courtesy Flickr / Josh.
6. Olde 99 Pub
7305 Aurora Ave. North
Come for the weekly trivia nights, stay for the good, cheap food and a round of ping pong doubles with other patrons. You might enter this sports bar with just your canine buddy, but chances you’ll leave only after having made a mess of new friends.
7. The Dray
708 NW 65th St.
Beer aficionados will love The Dray’s extensive list of craft beers, and anyone who likes good conversation will love the intimate atmosphere and the patrons kind to four-legged friends. The menu features munchies, such as sandwiches, flatbread pizzas and appetizers.
8. Kiss Cafe
2817 NW Market St.
True to its name, Kiss Café likes to “keep it simple,” offering a great selection of bottled beers and some of the best sandwiches in the area in a casual, laid-back setting. Custom touches, including a jar of pickles for every table and Hershey’s Kisses with the check, make it quirky and memorable. And of course, you can bring your dog inside.
5225 Ballard Ave. NW
Great burgers, happy hour “pitcher” specials and skeeball make for a fun night out with your pup. This place can get packed during peak hours, so make sure your four-legged friend is good with crowds.Photo courtesy Flickr / epSos .de
3909 18th Ave. West
If you’re looking for great seafood or the best wings in the city, this is the spot. A friendly staff, good beer selection and quality happy hour specials keep the humans happy while dogs get their own treats and water bowls for refreshment. Hang around long enough and you’ll probably meet a local fisherman with a boat moored at a marina nearby.
11. Auto Battery
1009 E Union St.
Located in an old auto body shop, this sports bar boasts a fun atmosphere for watching a game or playing a game (shuffleboard, pool, darts, etc.).
Auto Battery is a sports bar that serves beer, shows the football and basketball on TV, and offers a variety of games like shuffleboard. Bring your dog inside while you catch up on the latest NFL scores. There’s no kitchen, but you can get PoDog’s gourmet hotdogs here, sent from next door.
12. The Blu Grouse
412 S Orca St.
Whether you’re into fresh kale chips or fish tacos, you’ll find something to love here. The spacious outdoor patio with fire pit is the best spot for you and your four-legged friend to relax on warm summer nights.
13. Duchess Tavern
2827 NE 55th St.
If you’re looking for something simple, this pub ranks high on the beloved “college dive bar” list. Nothing terribly fancy here, just a good place to have a beer and a burger, and take in a Huskies game. Dogs are welcome to hang out and mingle; in fact, the website Dog Gone Seattle applauds Duchess Tavern as one of the Top 5 dog-friendly shuffleboard bars.
14. Nollie’s Cafe
1165 Harrison St.
In the mood for breakfast or brunch? With a wide selection of fresh baked goods, breakfast sandwiches, eggs benedict, and homemade dog biscuits for Rover, you won’t want to miss this cafe. A steady stream of neighborhood “regulars” (both dog and human) give it a homey, family-run feel.Cover photo courtesy Flickr / jespahjoy.