Top 10 Dog-Friendly Date Ideas in Dallas, TX


When you think of cities for lovers, Dallas probably isn’t the first place that springs to mind. But the city is home to all sorts of romantic hidden gems ideal for a Valentine’s Day outing. Make no bones about it, you and your date are sure to find something to do! Texas in general is furrifically Fido-friendly, and Dallas is no exception, so there’s no need to leave your doggo at home on this special evening. We’ve put together a list of ten of the best date options for the three of you.

We’re not suggesting dumping your date if they don’t understand that you and your furry friend are a package deal -- but if they don’t get that Fido comes first, it might be time to hit up the dating apps and check out other options.

Make sure everyone is catered for at Mutts Canine Cantina

Mutts Canine Cantina might just be the most pup-friendly restaurant in the entire state. Part unpretentious food place, part dog park, Mutts is an ideal option if both you and your date have pooches in tow. You can let your furry friends run off-leash while you grab a burger, a beer, or even a cocktail. Keep in mind that there’s a $6 charge per dog.

Catch a classic at the Coyote Drive-In

You’ll need to drive to either Lewisville or Fort Worth to check out the Coyote Drive-In, but if you three are looking for a movie date, you’d be barking mad not to take the trip! This outdoor cinema is fantastically fur-friendly, and shows both classic films and new releases at reasonable prices. There’s also a restaurant, so you can grab dinner at the same time!

Sit inside at K9 Cinemas

Drive-ins are super romantic in a retro way, but what are you three supposed to do if it’s raining? Don’t worry -- K9 Cinemas have you covered. Located just a few miles from Dallas in Plano, this "muttsnificent" movie theater allows you, your date, and your buddy to catch a show inside. However, you’ll have to keep your pupper on-leash and bring a current vaccination record.

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Hop on the McKinney Avenue Trolley

On a budget? Riding the McKinney Avenue Trolley makes for a delightful Dallas experience for the low, low price of free. Each trolley predates the initial cancellation of the service in 1956 and represents a slice of the city’s history. You’ll pass through downtown, the Dallas Arts District, and past all sorts of bars and restaurants, and you can hop on and off wherever you like.

Escape civilization at Cedar Ridge Nature Preserve

A true Dallas gem, Cedar Ridge Nature Preserve is a mutts-visit for the outdoorsy among us. This 600-acre park is located just 20 minutes from downtown, and boasts nine miles of spectacularly scenic trails lined with tall trees and gorgeous wildflowers. The butterfly garden in particular is a grrr-eat place to take your sweetie, and there are plenty of lovely spots for a romantic picnic.

Go for a tasting at Times Ten Cellars

If you’re looking to wine and dine your date, Times Ten Cellars might be the paw-fect spot for you! This atmospheric bar serves up the best in American wines and international small plates, and they welcome wagging tails on their shaded patio. They’ll even put out a bowl of water for your doggo on a hot day. Be sure to try the curried chicken salad!

Dine al fresco with your doggo at Bolsa

For impressive food that won’t break the bank, look no further than Bolsa! Their horseradish smoked salmon is the stuff of local legend, and they cater to canines outside. Their patio is covered, so you three can dine come rain or shine! Gluten-free and vegan options are also available. Bolsa is an understandably paw-pular place, so be sure to make a reservation well in advance.

Experience l'amour at Toulouse

Fancy French fare at reasonable prices? Toulouse proves it’s possible. The surroundings are unpretentious -- think a Parisian sidewalk cafe rather than an upscale restaurant -- but the food is sure to impress, and the wine list is magnifique! You, your date, and your buddy can chow down outside whatever the weather, as the patio is both covered and heated. Be sure to try the cheese plate!

Take a stroll on the Katy Trail

A favorite of Dallas locals, the 3.5-mile Katy Trail is a lovely spot for a long, romantic walk. The tree-lined urban greenway might not seem particularly special at first glance, but look a little closer between the trees and you’ll find all sorts of blooming wildflowers. The trail is pretty popular with cyclists, so watch out for speeding two-wheelers and keep your pupper on their leash.

Wind up your walk at Katy Trail Ice House

After you three have walked up an appetite, why not stop in at the Katy Trail Ice House? Located right on the trail near uptown, this bar and restaurant has a pawesomely pup-friendly beer garden, once voted the best patio in all of Dallas. Craft beer enthusiasts may find themselves sorely tempted by the selection of fifty different brews, and the BBQ menu is excellent.