When happy hour hits and its time to relax on your favorite patio, do you find yourself thinking of your furry friend waiting for you at home? No need to fret! Nashville is booming with pooch-friendly places that let Spot partake in all the fun!
Known for an extensive selection of craft beer and great burgers, M.L. Rose has a large patio decorated with picnic tables, lawn chairs, and bar games. It’s the perfect place to hang with your pooch and enjoy a cold pour!
The beloved bar on Murphy Road is always packed on game days, and for good reason. The service at Neighbors is fabulous and the smoked brisket tacos are mighty tasty. Outdoor seating is limited, but dogs always make a strong showing.
The Local Taco
The popular taqueria is a favored place for fresh margaritas and house-made guacamole. The Local Taco has a great tacos, but we go wild over their fresh salads. Their patio is always packed with kids, couples, and canines of course.
It may not be your first instinct to take your dog to an elegant French bistro, but Miel has a fabulous patio that is ideal for happy hour drinks and casual dining. This hidden gem of a space is a great place to bring your pup and enjoy quality food with rich flavors. Their generous staff even provides water bowls!
If the name alone didn’t give you a clue, Fido is a place devoted to man’s best friend. The former pet shop turned cafe serves fabulous coffee and boasts delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. And a part of their proceeds goes to dogs in need!
If burgers and bratwursts don’t pique your interests, hop on over to Zumi’s porch for great sushi. The chic eatery has great cocktails, stellar rolls and lots of Asian-inspired appetizers and entrees to enjoy in the company of your pups.
Belmont Boulevard is lined with dog-friendly patios and Chago’s Cantina is one of them. The Mexican fusion restaurant is known for its queso con chorizo and happy hour cocktails, but our favorite time to go is brunch. The build-your-own Bloody Mary bar has us hooked!
As one of the oldest and most beloved coffee houses on Belmont, Bongo Java is always crowded with students, musicians, and other creatives. Their signature roasts are stellar and their breakfast is served all day long! Who wouldn’t want to spend a Saturday afternoon with plates of fried eggs and the company of their furry friend?
Known for bold java, great sandwiches, and sensational salads, this coffee shop is popular for weekend brunching. We are thrilled that Frothy Monkey now has venues downtown and in Franklin, but we remain regular patrons of the 12th Avenue location for its pooch-friendly porch!
This popular barbecue joint has two locations, in 12South and East Nashville, both with generous outdoor seating. Edley’s is known for its smoked meats and sensational sides.We love to take our BBQ platters to the porch with friends, kids and dogs in tow.
We were thrilled to learn that this chic Lebanese bistro is dog friendly. With one of the most elegant interiors in 12South, Epice also boasts one of the best patios in the neighborhood. Next time you’d like to lunch on fresh fish and legumes, head to Epice and linger with your hound.
The boutique delicatessen opened its doors in 2008 and has been busting since. Adorned with a fabulous covered patio, Mitchell’s Deli is the perfect place take your dog to enjoy a hearty sandwich stuffed with the finest gourmet ingredients.
The intimate restaurant serves up an eclectic menu where flavor abounds. Known for its great happy hour, Eastland Cafe is an ideal spot to enjoy great wines and nibble on bar bites with your pals and your pup.
Two Ten Jack
This hip Japanese pub is outfitted with stellar interior furnishings and a beautiful bar. Two Ten Jack has killer cocktails, great sashimi and other innovative fare. But for casual dining, we love sitting on the porch to sip sake and ramen with friends, family and dogs.
East Nashville is dotted with global eateries, but when we crave pizza and pasta, we run to Pomodoro East. The contemporary Italian bistro has a great covered porch that lends itself to family-friendly dining–dogs included, of course!
The Southern Steak & Oyster
Known for quality meat and seafood, this Southern brasserie has become a landmark for downtown dining. As one of the few places in the area to have a patio, The Southern is always packed, especially during brunch and happy hour. And be forewarned, your dog will be begging for a bite of your burger.
Puckett’s Grocery and Restaurant
Downtown Nashville is the place to embrace your Southern roots. And no place serves up country cuisine quite like Puckett’s Grocery. Touted for a great breakfast and brunch, Puckett’s is the place to gather friends, family and dogs over fried chicken and biscuits.
The colorful eatery on Thompson Lane serves up super fresh Mexican fare featuring tacos, salads and a burrito bar with homemade toppings and salsas. Baja Burrito‘s outdoor patio is a festive place to perch with your furry friend and a generous serving of chip and dip.
This quaint restaurant in Berry Hill puts veggies at center stage. Sunflower Cafe specializes in vegetarian and vegan fare. Their delectable menu features daily hot and cold specials and sides. We love taking dogs to the patio for weekly live music while we snack on healthy grub.
The rustic bistro features farm-to-table fare with contemporary technique. Elegant but approachable, Silo is a place to savor a craft cocktail with bourbon, a shared plate of deviled eggs, and shrimp and grits. The Germantown eatery has a small stretch of outdoor seating that encourages dining with your dog.
flour.sugar.eggs. (update: this is now closed)
In the mood for a freshly baked pastry, an artisan sandwich or perhaps a slice of quiche? Flour. sugar. eggs is a neighborhood bakery that creates its food from only the highest quality ingredients. Take your dog and friends and enjoy a light lunch al fresco!
The Red Bicycle
If you haven’t had your fill of French pastries, head down the road to The Red Bicycle. The cafe and coffee shop specializes in crepes. Stuffed with savory, sweet, and even gluten-free ingredients, these crepes can be enjoyed at breakfast, lunch and dinner (or in between meals)! Outdoor seating at The Red Bicycle is cozy but canines are always welcome.
This is merely a taste of Nashville’s dog-friendly restaurant options. For more dining ideas, visit SB Guide!