By Mel Lee-Smith
Published: 11/25/2020, edited: 10/06/2021
You’ll find hundreds of dog-friendly restaurants in Washington DC offering just about anything a pack could want. From sophisticated sit-down joints to hole-in-the-wall hidden gems, Washington DC is sure to fill any craving you could think of. In no “pawticular” order, here are 10 of our favorite dog-friendly eateries in DC!
Chef Geoff's looks like a typical drive-in from the outside, but its upscale fusion menu and jazz brunches make this place truly one-of-a-kind. Doggy diners can often be spotted on the shaded pup-friendly patio or sticking their heads out of their parents’ cars to sniff the scrumptiously scented air. Chef Geoff's culinary creations are bound to inspire you, using classic techniques to elevate ingredients from around the world.
If you're up to splurging on some decadent fare, Circa Bistro is the place to do it. This DC-area chain boasts 3 locations with dog-friendly outdoor tables to ensure pups get a taste of the finer things. Circa Bistro has a mouthwatering mix of salads, appetizers, pasta, roasted meats, and cocktails to make sure your pack leaves satisfied.
If you're on the hunt for a "furrific" breakfast joint, check out Jacob's Coffee & Cafe on 8th street. This quaint brunch spot has several outdoor tables where pups can hang out and enjoy piled-high bagel sandwiches, cheesy omelets, and hot-pressed paninis. Jacob's has an incredible beverage selection with a range of hot and cold lattes, teas, and fruit smoothies. You should definitely "pup" into Jacob's for a bite before you leave the capital city!
If you haven't heard of the Hard Rock Cafe, you've probably been living under a rock yourself. This American favorite has been around since the '70s and has been serving up fantastic bar food ever since. No, seriously — their steakburgers are phenomenal! However, it's the abundance of music memorabilia covering every surface that makes this one of the coolest dog-friendly restaurants in DC.
Art and Soul is arguably the most dog-friendly chain restaurant in DC. Customers rave about the pet-friendly patio service, which is essential when dining out with dogs. Fido will have a fit over the dog menu, featuring reasonably-priced delights like rice and gravy and frosty frozen treats. Don't worry, humans. There's a menu for you too! Art and Soul specializes in sophisticated Southern dishes and creative cocktails — need we say more?
Baked and Wired is a "furrific" spot for a snack or a quick breakfast with your fur-baby. Enjoy homemade pies, cakecups (yes, you read that right!), dog treats, pastries, and granola baked from scratch daily. Your pup will love all the dog treat flavors, with ingredients like parmesan, peanut butter, and barbecue bacon — so paw-licking good, you’ll want to share them!
With its impressive menu and friendly staff, Logan Tavern will have even the harshest canine critics raving. The tavern's outdoor seating area the "pawfect" place for dinner any time of the year. The covered patio and large heaters allow packs to stay cozy and enjoy meals together even when the weather is bad. The menu features brunch, appetizers, large plates, and vegetarian options, fusing flavors from many different cuisines. Your pup will be begging for a doggy bag for later!
The Commissary on P Street has a healthy mix of light and decadent menu items to suit any foodie. From fried fish to salads and smoothies, the Commissary only uses the freshest seasonal ingredients. The cafe's four-legged regulars love lapping up ice water and sharing entrees with their parents on the dog-friendly patio.
Hit up Shake Shake for American classics done right. Juicy burgers, hand-breaded chicken, and a variety of hand-spun shakes will surely scratch your fast-food itch! Pups are welcome to nibble alongside their parents at any of the Shack's outdoor tables at three DC locations.
Last but certainly not least is Teaism. Teaism is a chain of DC-area Asian-style teahouses serving up specialty teas and authentic oriental cuisine that won't break the bank. Snag a table on the dog-friendly patio and enjoy noodle dishes, glazed meats, and curries while you sip your favorite oolong tea blend.
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