Want to bring Rover or Kiki along for a bite to eat but not sure what restaurants in Florida are pet friendly? You’ll be glad to know that more and more Florida restaurants are beginning to open their doors to pets.
Many of Florida’s pet friendly restaurants are clustered near the metropolitan areas and cities which cater to tourists. While your chances of finding a pet-friendly restaurant are generally greatest in cities around the Tampa Bay Area, Orlando, Miami, Southwest Florida, and Panama City – along the Gulf Coast beaches in the Panhandle – you can find at least one or two pet-friendly restaurants in most every large city in Florida.
Fortunately for those who want to dine with their furry friends, there are simply too many pet-friendly restaurants in Florida to list in just one article. So here’s a small, diverse sampling of some of the pet-friendly restaurants you can expect to find in The Sunshine State:
*All information is current as of this writing.
Five Guys Burger at 700 Pier Park Drive Suite 100 in Panama City Beach is part of a Washington D.C.-area-based chain that has become one of the most popular burger joints in the country. Five Guys’ made-to-order hamburgers, copious French fry servings, and handfuls of peanuts given out to patrons to munch on while waiting for their hot, custom orders.
The Bagels Plus restaurant at 2706 E. Fletcher Avenue in Tampa is convenient to Busch Gardens, University of South Florida, and University Mall.
Mama’s Greek Cuisine at 735 Dodecanese Boulevard in Tarpon Springs is blocks from the Gulf Coast and in the heart of an historic Greek-American community full of old-world Greek-style restaurants, shops, and bakeries. The sponge docks that have made Tarpon Springs a hit with tourists for decades are located literally yards away.
Panera Bread at 329 N. Park Avenue in Winter Park offers familiar dining in a name brand restaurant where you can pick up delicious baked goods; Panera Bread is located close to Orlando and theme parks like Universal, Islands of Adventure, SeaWorld, and Disney World.
Fresco’s Waterfront Bistro in Downtown St. Petersburg at 300 2nd Avenue N.E. puts you close to Tampa Bay Rays baseball, The Pier, Mahaffey Theater, The Salvadore Dali Museum, and numerous other hotspots thriving in the core of this major Gulf Coast city. Offering brunch, lunch, and dinner at moderate prices. Outdoor dining is available.
Clearwater Wine Company at 483 Mandalay Avenue is steps from the famous white sands of Clearwater Beach.
Bonnie Bakes is located in The Village of the Arts in Bradenton. Offering a diverse array of baked goods, Bonnie Bakes is located less than 1 hour from Sarasota, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, and Tampa.
This list is growing and changing all the time! Be sure to stay up to date with all the pet-friendly choices available to you online, for the State of Florida is leaving local governments to enforce and oversee pet-friendly restaurant codes and legal documentation of such establishments. Official approval is being granted to many applicant restaurants who seek to expand their clientele to those who want to bring along their dogs.