dog friendly restaurants in fort lauderdale

Dog Friendly Restaurants in Fort Lauderdale

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Dog Friendly Restaurants in Fort Lauderdale

Be sure to pack your sunscreen because you’ll spend lots of time outdoors with your pet in Fort Lauderdale. Enjoy pet-friendly attractions like swimming in Canine Beach or playing fetch in the Holiday Park Dog Park. Also, venues like Pampered Pooch let your pet experience its own spa day. And there are tons of pet-friendly accommodations for traveling pet parents. 

Fort Lauderdale is dotted with pet-friendly restaurants catering to all the pet-friendly activities. With menus that make you wag your tail and drool, these are a few of the best places to eat in Fort Lauderdale with your pet.

 

The Rabbit Hole

The Rabbit Hole

It’s time for you and your pet to go down the rabbit hole to see if the vegan dishes at this restaurant are too good to be true. From finger-lickin’ good barbecue to “meats” that seem impossible to be meat, it’s a place where the only way out is by immersing yourself in the delicious flavors. 

If you need a sign for finding the best vegan food in Fort Lauderdale, the glowing “vegan” sign above The Rabbit Hole entrance is as certain as you can get. It’s your gateway to start a dining experience with your pet that will have you returning frequently. 

The menu at The Rabbit Hole will take you deep into the world of tasty vegan food. The Smoke in the Woods Southern BBQ Platter, which comes with ribs and Mac & cheese, will make you rethink everything you know about vegan food. And the Freedom Salad lets you discover even more savory vegan meats with its chopped BBQ wings added to it. 

Amenities and More: Offers Takeout, Covered Outdoor Seating, Black-owned, Wheelchair Accessible 

Address: 2659 E. Atlantic Blvd, Pompano Beach, FL 33062

 

The Etna Rosso

The Etna Rosso

Dining with your pet at The Etna Rosso won’t get you the boot. Instead, this Italian restaurant will give you authentic flavors from the boot-shaped country that’ll have you barking ‘Mama Mia!’ 

Mention you’re bringing your pet when making reservations at The Etna Rosso to get a seat on the front porch, shaded by the building’s awning. Chances are high that you’ll meet the owner, Luca, who gladly tells you about the specials of the day and makes excellent wine recommendations for anything on the menu you’re considering ordering. 

Stick your fork into a bowl of the Bucatini Amatriciana made with homemade pasta and Romano cheese sprinkled on top. The thick noodles of the Rigatoni Bolognese make it easy to get the perfect noodle-to-meat balance with every mouthful. 

As for dessert, the cannoli is served almost too pretty to eat, but you won’t stop after taking the first bite. Also, unique dishes like gelato sitting between powdered brioche buns for an Italian-style ice cream sandwich. 

Amenities and More: Takes Reservations, Many Vegetarian Options, Pescatarian Options, Accepts Android Pay, Accepts Apple Pay, Offers Military Discount, Covered Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible 

Address: 3354 N. Ocean Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

 

Saravá Açaí Café

Saravá Açaí Café

Experience the South American influence on Fort Lauderdale at Saravá Açaí Café. It’s a Brazilian-style “suco” restaurant serving signature acai bowls and fruit juices, all made from fresh ingredients. 

A large palm tree shades the front patio. You’ll find outdoor seating ideal for pet owners to invite their fur pals to enjoy the Florida sun while you cool off with a smoothie. 

Sarava Acai cafe has monthly açaí bowl specials to try its unique creations, or pick from the menu where everything sounds (and tastes) good! You’ll fall in love with the Amor Verde Acai Bowl with its spoonfuls of granola topped with greens like spinach and kale. The Salsa Banana Acai Bowl pairs fruit with peanut butter for a healthy, creamy flavor sensation. Ask to substitute the granola for sliced bananas in either bowl you order. 

Treat yourself to a healthy dessert, or “nosh,” at the end of your meal. You’ll enjoy the tropical flavors of the coconut tapioca cake served with strawberries and pineapple sauce drizzled on top. 

Amenities and More: Offers Takeout, Vegan Options, Accepts Apple Pay, Accepts Android Pay, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible 

Address: 2213 N. Dixie Hwy, Wilton Manors, FL 33305

 

Amy’s Fresh Bakery & Bistro

Amy’s Fresh Bakery & Bistro

The scent of fresh bread baking in the morning can’t hide from your dog’s keen sense of smell as it leads the way into the front doors of Amy’s Fresh Bakery & Bistro. Start your day off bright and early with the 7:30 AM call time to be the first to try the pastries baked daily or breakfast platters for the most important meal of the day. 

The French toast breakfast is a full meal to fuel up for an exciting day in Fort Lauderdale with your pet. Alternatively, start the day off light with a croissant, which comes in flavors like chocolate, Nutella, almond, or served as a ham and cheese croissant sandwich. Brunch favorites like the Croque Monsieur, a turkey sandwich dish served with eggs, are also on the menu. 

Amy’s French Bakery & Bistro is only open Monday-Friday, so you’ll never encounter a weekend brunch crowd. 

Amenities and More: Offers Takeout, Women-owned, Covered Outdoor Seating, Waiter Service, Vegan Options, Accepts Apple Pay 

Address: 1441 S. Dixie Hwy W, Pompano Beach, FL 33060

 

Hot Diggity Dog and More

Hot Diggity Dog and More

Not even weenie dogs have to get jealous when joining you for lunch at Hot Diggity Dog because it has its own weenies to serve. However, they’ll likely give you a weird look when placing your order, thinking you’re talking about another pet. It’s a small roadside pet-friendly shack that cooks up big flavor inside its kitchen. 

Dance along with the restaurant’s hot dog logo to the occasional live music hosted on the patio. The owners make you and your pet feel like part of the family when you arrive. It has picnic tables to relish in the moment outdoors with your pet. 

Get your hands dirty with signature hot dogs like the Chicago-style dog or the Chili dog coated with a layer of melted cheese. And it’s always an accomplishment balancing the diced onions on the all beef hot dog from the plate to your mouth. As for the restaurant’s “and more,” you can also order fried fish, Philly cheesesteak, or an Italian beef sandwich from the menu. 

Hot Diggity Dog and More is cash only, so don’t forget to bring some greenbacks. 

Amenities and More: Offers Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating 

Address: 2641 Griffin Rd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

 

El Guanaco

El Guanaco

Fort Lauderdale is a popular layover destination when traveling from the US to countries in Latin America. However, places like El Guanaco bring one of the region’s favorite exports across the border—the cuisine! It’s a pet-friendly restaurant specializing in traditional dishes from Mexico and El Salvador. 

It’s no coincidence that the outdoor patio at El Guanaco reflects the colors of the Mexican flag—white umbrellas hovering over green tables and comfy red cushions to sit on. Pets are more than welcome in this newly remodeled outdoor patio space. 

Great things come in threes, and El Guanaco makes sure to fill each dish with the perfect amount. Such as placing an order for the steak, beef tongue, or chipotle chicken tacos, served in an authentic Mexican street style. Also, the plate of three Mexican-style quesadillas that’s sure to fill you up. Even desserts follow suit with specialties like the tres leches—Spanish for “three milks.” 

Amenities and More: Takes Reservations, Offers Takeout, Pescatarian Options, Latinx-owned, LGBTQ-owned Heated Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Waiter Service 

Address: 331 NE 44th St., Oakland Park, FL 33334

 

Kousine Fort Lauderdale

Kousine Fort Lauderdale

Peru is a South American country famous for its diversity in food. You’ll experience firsthand what makes the food so special when dining at Kousine Fort Lauderdale. It maintains all the traits of Peruvian food, which fuses Latin traditions with Asian and Spanish dishes. 

Kousine is located across the street from Fort Lauderdale Canine Beach. You’ll work up an appetite playing in the sand and water with your pet, so you’ll thankfully be just a few paw steps away from this restaurant. 

Pets are permitted in the outdoor patio space, where you’ll have Atlantic Ocean views while eating. Take in the smells of the ocean while enjoying the restaurant’s signature seafood dishes and other specialties. 

Try the signature Cebiche Kousine, a colorful paella-style dish hailing from the land of the Incas. The Arroz con mariscos is a house favorite, served with shrimp and oysters resting on a bed of seasoned rice. Steak chunks swim in a pool of marinade in the Lomo Saltado dish. 

Amenities and More: Takes Reservations, Offers Takeout, Many Vegetarian Options, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Waiter Service 

Address: 841 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale 33304

 

Twice Removed

Twice Removed

Bringing your pet along to dine at Twice Removed won’t get you removed. Instead, you’ll end up with the best seat in the house at the outdoor patio space to enjoy the fresh air while eating. 

Designed with distinct Spanish-style architecture, Twice Removed is a popular restaurant for pet owners who want to indulge in spirits and gastropub eats with pets at their feet. Order hand-craft cocktails at the bar and vibe out to live music playing every Wednesday while the kitchen whips up your order. 

Twice Removed has several bite-sized eats like the Bourbon nuts and conch fritters to tide you over until your entree arrives. The restaurant serves a tasty rendition of the Ropa Vieja. This traditional Spanish dish translates to ‘old clothes,’ but the hodge-podge of flavors is much more flavorful—trust us! Forget about a classic American burger because the Oaxaca Burger tops its toasted brioche buns with flavors that remind you of Mexico. 

Amenities and More: Offers Takeout, Vegan Options, Full Bar, Happy Hour Specials, Wheelchair Accessible 

Address: 3301 NE 33rd St., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

 

La Crepe

La Crepe

La Crepe is the king of crepes in Fort Lauderdale. Not only has it perfected the technique of making the flattest crepes you’ve ever seen, but it stuffs them with unique ingredients catering to everyone’s tastes. With meal and dessert crepes available, anytime is great to stop by until it closes at 4 PM (2 PM on Sundays). 

For example, seafood lovers can dive into the smoked salmon crepe. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you can sink your teeth into the strawberry Nutella crepe. If you’re feeling naughty, meet your match with the ‘Bad Girl’ crepe. Early risers can kickstart the day with a breakfast crepe or stop by during lunch hours to try the chicken pesto crepe. And not to sound cliche, but there’s only one word to describe the ‘Wow’ crepe! 

Sit on the front patio of La Crepe with a water fountain providing both a scenic view and a tranquil background sound to your crepe-filled dining experience. 

Amenities and More: Waiter Service, Vegan Options, Offers Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible 

Address: 6250 N. Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

 

Bubbles and Pearls

Bubbles and Pearls

Pop some bubbly and celebrate dinner night with your pet at Bubbles and Pearls. Located in the Wilton Manors Plaza, this restaurant is the brainchild of chef Josie Smith Malave from Bravo’s Top Chef fame. 

Wilton Manors Plaza has several places to eat and shop, but Bubbles and Pearls always has a buzz on its outdoor patio. The evening is a popular time to visit for candle-lit tables, and when the weather is slightly cooler for a more pleasant to eat outdoors. 

Bubbles and Pearls derives its name from the signature combo of champagne and oysters. It’s an excellent pair to pre-game for the restaurant’s unique entrees. The menu exhibits the best of New American cuisine. Order dishes like the miso cauliflower steak plate, a popular vegetarian option. Choose the Off The chain Rib Eye Plate for meat lovers and cooked to your preferences. Also, it has seafood specialties heating up the kitchen, like the 500 degree mussels and steamed clams. 

Amenities and More: Takes Reservations, Many Vegetarian Options, Waiter Service, Wheelchair Accessible, Latinx-owned, Women-owned, LGBTQ-owned 

Address: 2037 Wilton Dr., Wilton Manors, FL 33305