Pup Friendly Dining

The weather has been GORGEOUS in Pittsburgh lately and outdoor seating at restaurants has been POPPIN’. You’ve probably seen a lot of restaurants boast about their outdoor patios and balconies where you can grab a bite, but I’m here to share some outdoor spaces that are pup-friendly as well! Many places have a small number of seats outside of their establishment for pups, but these spots have ample room for your furry friends!

Southern Tier

1. Redfin Blues

Redfin is hands down one of my favorite restaurants in Pittsburgh, nestled right next to the river on Washington’s Landing beneath the 31st bridge. Redfin’s is open seasonally as it is fully outdoor seating. They have the balcony/deck section where dogs are not permitted and then the patio area where dogs are very welcome! If you’re hopping in line via Yelp, make sure to specify you’re bringing your pup along so they will book you in the correct section. Here you will find arguably some of the best seafood in the Burgh. If you want to tire out your pup before being seated, take a walk down the Three Rivers Heritage Trail over the pedestrian bridge.

2. Southern Tier

Southern Tier is a brewery located in the heart of the North Shore. With a large outdoor beer garden, this is the perfect stop for a meal with your pup. Staff always bring out water bowls for the dogs while they lounge around on the turf. While Southern Tier has a huge brewery appeal, they also have bomb food. Over COVID they revamped their menu and the fried chicken sandwich, heirloom tomato BLT, and house-made pretzel are my faves. There is usually a wait here, but don’t be fooled it is almost NEVER as long as they tell you.

Double Wide Grill

3. Shady Grove

Shady Grove is a two-floor eatery on Walnut Street in Shadyside. You can order ANYTHING at this restaurant and I guarantee it will be amazing. I’ve tried things like the Buffalo chicken dip, sweet potato tater tots, Jamaican jerk Mahi Mahi tacos and have absolutely loved every single one! With daily drink specials, Shady Grove is perfect any day, any time. The pup area is located on the sidewalk outside the main doors. The sun peeks through the buildings to this area and makes for a nice afternoon.

4. Double Wide Grill

This restaurant can be found in the Southside neighborhood of Pittsburgh. The menu is your typical American-style food. Bring your pet along to enjoy this colorful patio on East Carson Street! They have a pet-friendly section on their first-come, first-serve patio. They have wine, specialty cocktails, and even frozen ones like their Strawberry Daiquiri and Frozen Mojito.

Southern Tier

5. Walters BBQ

The hot spot in Lawrenceville on Butler Street is Walters. With picnic tables and yard games, this is a fun day or night spot. It has more of a younger crowd vibe, but can be fun for all ages. With the large outdoor turf area, this is a great spot for a nice BBQ meal with your pet.

6. Federal Galley

Federal Galley is a food court-style eatery in the North Side by Allegheny Commons. The current restaurants open here are Provision PGH (burgers & sandwiches), Guapo (Mexican), Shaka (progressive Asian cuisine), and Sultry F&B (comfort food). You order, take your number to your table, and the staff brings your order out to you. Take a seat outside if you’re bringing your furry friend. The outside space is beautiful and lights up with twinkle lights at night. There is a bar inside as well if you’re looking for a happy hour vibe.

Mike’s Beer Bar

7. Mike’s Beer Bar

Mike’s is a bar and restaurant across from PNC Park. Mike’s has over 50 beers on tap not to mention the endless bottles and cans they have in their coolers. Recently this bar has ventured into the food realm and has quite a unique menu! The typical burgers, sandwiches, and small bites can be found here but the real highlight is the “meals on a stone” section. Filets, scallops, Delmonicos, and surf & turf are served up on a hot lava stone. Mike’s has a whole area outside with tents and picnic tables where you can enjoy time with your pup! You will often find live music at Mike’s on the weekends.

Double Wide Grill

8. Bar Louie

This chain has a location in the North Shore right next to Southern Tier and is a great stop for an afternoon bite. Bar Louie’s patio area is filled with low tables, couches, and high tops, perfect for any size group. Walk your puppy pal along the river and stop here for bar bites and a house-mixed sangria pitcher. Bar Louie also is a great stop if you put your name in at Southern Tier and you are expecting an hour+ wait. Pop next door to Bar Louie for a signature martini!

If you want some more cute puppy pics follow Ruby, the pup pictured, on Insta at @cavarubypoo 🙂

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