Best Restaurants To Dine With Your Dog

August 4, 2011 2:02 AM

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The term “dog-friendly restaurant” can be a bit tricky and deceiving. State and federal health codes restrict pets from “the premises of a food establishment.”

However, many dog owners have discovered a loophole called ‘the outer edge of the patio.’

It’s there, a number of establishments in and around Boston will allow your pet to join you for a bite to eat. Here’s a list of the best places to eat in Boston when you have your dog in tow.

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1704 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 536-4300
website and reviews

Toro serves up some of the best tapas in the city. You may have to wait for one of the outdoor tables, but it’s worth it. If you’re thinking doggy bag, we recommend against Toro’s specialty grilled corn. Alioli typically contains garlic (which some consider dog-unfriendly). And not to mention, once you try the corn, you’re not going to want to share it anyway.

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Cambridge Brewing Company

1 Kendall Sq, Bldg 100
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 494-1994

Cambridge Brewing Company does exactly what you’d expect – they brew great beer. Grab a drink and some of their delicious food. Go easy on the beer, or your pup may end up having to walk you home.

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The Globe Bar & Cafe

555 Boylston Street
Boston, MA
(617) 778-6993
website and reviews

Situated on Boylston Street in the heart of Boston’s Back Bay, the Globe’s patio is perfect for people (and dog) watching. The staff there considers dog owners a vital part of their business, and thus treats dogs like they’re customers.

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Brasserie Jo

120 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02116
Phone: (617) 425-3240

We haven’t seen Jo on too many dog-friendly lists, but if you don’t mind sitting the dog on the other side of the railing, it’s a great spot to kick back. If they don’t offer, don’t hesitate to ask your server for a bowl of water for the pup. While well worth it, the food can be pricey. But if you go during the week, it’s possible to save a little bit of cash.

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Honorable Mention

The Liberty Hotel’s “Yappier Hour”

(weather permitting)
Beacon Hill, 215 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 224-4000

Wednesdays from 5:30pm – 8:00 pm, the dogs hold court in The Yard at Liberty. The Liberty opens up its courtyard to mutts of all sizes, and serves up a menu that includes puptails and muttinis alongside its extensive list of people drinks.

Do you have a favorite place you like to go to dine with your dog? Let us know in the comment section below.

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  • Ashley

    SO COOL!

    • Jake

      If I were in a restaurant and they allowed a dog in, I would never frequent that establishment again. I don’t care how far out on the edge it was.

      • Julie the Jarhead

        I’d rather dine with dogs than with kids who whine and scream and, yes, terrorize other patrons.

        And their parents thinks they’re oh-so-cute.

        Oh, and you can leave ‘Jake’ at home, too.

      • cc

        do you also not eat in peoples home who are dog owners? i’d say you have a much better chance of having some dog touch your food that way… stop being so up tight.

  • Debi

    I had a choclolate lab named Jake….

  • sick of it

    Nice shot of the dogs Bung hole, side view might be a better choice , not hungry anymore .

  • Ashley


  • Dee

    I’d rather dine with dogs than kids too. I’m the mom of three grown boys and there was a time where we had to stay home…the kids wouldn’t behave when we took them out. I didn’t want to be with them in public, why would I want to force others to put up with them. they learned eventually if you want to go out you act right! And fyi…my dog is cleaner than a lot of people I know…and smells better!

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