There’s no shame in admitting we’re all far more comfortable socializing with dogs than we are with other humans. In fact, you’ve probably started speaking to your dog like an actual human during these months at home (if you hadn’t already). Weird that they never answer when you ask their opinion on the psychological underpinnings of the Air Bud franchise.
Seattle is an extremely pet-friendly city. And now that restaurants have started reopening, you might be interested in eating at one, but wouldn’t want to just desert your dog after not leaving the house for an entire quarter. So we’ve tracked down 13 patio spots that go above and beyond for your best friend (and where you can get a solid meal or a couple of drinks for yourself).
This spot in the Central District serves everything from spicy braised beef cheek noodles to pastrami fried coconut rice with chili jam. And they just reopened their patio. Maybe if your dog is on their best behavior, you’ll even sneak them a little hunk of rockfish.
We’ve all blown off chopping potatoes on Thanksgiving to drink and watch the National Dog Show instead. Going to a brewery is the same thing, only it’s not Thanksgiving and nobody’s asking you to cut up root vegetables. Urban Family’s newest Ballard location with a massive front patio is where to go if you want to drink tasty beer, bring takeout to eat, and make passersby jealous of your cute dog.
You didn’t get a dog just so you could go to brunch without them. You got a dog so you could take them to the picnic table-covered patio at Super Six and have brunch with them. This spot has Hawaiian things like pancakes with macadamia nut butter, french fries topped with kalua pork, and eggs benedict with kimchi hollandaise. There are also bottomless mimosas - but your dog can’t have any, even if they’re 21 in dog years.
So, you agreed to go on a socially-distant dog date with that person you met from the dog park. Go to Mean Sandwich, where the patio’s nice and big for your dogs. The delicious deli creations come out really fast, and their “Buon Appetito” sandwich has enough delicious brined and fried chicken cutlet to tear a little shred off and “accidentally” drop it on the floor.
Whether you’re in the mood for a breakfast burrito and a hard cider or fish and chips with roasted jalapeño tartar, Can Bar is a great pub in White Center for a calm meal outside alongside your four-legged friend. Their patio has a bunch of spaced-out tables, a firepit, string lights, and our favorite piece of patio decor in Seattle - walls made out of different types of doors.
Fiddler’s Inn Pub has the best patio you probably didn’t know about. It’s really just a bunch of umbrella-covered picnic tables in a pleasant backyard, but your pup will love anywhere they can lick artichoke dip off of concrete. Not like you’d notice, on account of being occupied with a tasty plate of nachos.
If you want to drink from a great selection of beer while getting your dog to socialize with someone other than Instacart delivery people, Chuck’s Hop Shop is a great idea. It’s part taphouse, and part convenience store where you can snack on gummy worms and chips while playing board games.
Beer Star is pretty similar to Chuck’s, except instead of ice cream pints and Chex Mix, you can buy cheese, meats, and crackers to go with your beer. Better yet, your dog can chill near you and wait to see if you’re going to fling some salami across the picnic table. You could also grab takeout at Li’l Woody’s or Anju to eat outside too.
Maybe you thought it would be fun to bring your dog to the beach, but found out quickly that they like to howl at the ocean. That’s not great for overall sandcastle productivity. Eating at Bongos, however, is a great consolation prize, because it’s a patio restaurant covered in sand. Your dog gets all of the fun of a beach without any open water or washed-up jellyfish blobs. And you get delicious Caribbean food like spicy shrimp, tostones, and pulled pork sandwiches.
But maybe your dog does well at the beach, and bringing them to run along the shore while you have a meal sounds like a good idea. In that case, Miri’s is perfect. They have a takeout window that sells excellent kebab wraps on homemade flatbread, hummus, virgin Piña Colada slushies, and mini dutch pancakes called poffertjes. Park yourself on a blanket very far from other humans on the sand, or you can grab one of the picnic tables just outside of Miri’s.
As of July 23rd, this incredible Italian restaurant’s patio is open if you and your dog want to have a Lady and the Tramp moment with a bowl of spaghetti (we can’t guarantee you won’t get funny looks though). A deck full of floral tablecloths, a waterfront view, and phenomenal spinach lasagna are all things that make The Pink Door one of the best outdoor spaces in town.
For German beer and a soft pretzel that may or may not be larger than your lhasa apso, Rhein Haus is the place. The bocce court is unavailable for now, but you can still sit in their outdoor biergarten and soak up the sun, snack on meats from their new BBQ menu, and drink glass boots of lager.
The Woods is a great place to bring your dog and drink beer and cider slushies. Spend a few hours here playing darts, shuffleboard, and other games while snacking on burgers, mac and cheese, or fried brussels sprout caesars from Bread & Circuses (the popular food truck that has a brick-and-mortar location in-house).