15 dog-friendly restaurants in Austin, TX

A hand holding a tray with dog treats and a dog behind it.

Fat City Stacks offers a dog-friendly menu with canine meatballs + peanut butter “ice cream.” | Photo via @fatcitystacks

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If you’re anything like me (hi, City Editor London here 👋), you’re a sucker for any restaurant, coffee shop, or brewery that allows your dog to tag along.

Luckily, Austin is home to several spots that are furry friend-friendly, so I have plenty of places to check out without having to leave my 12-pound pupper Baxter at home. If you’re also looking for pet-friendly restaurants in ATX, here are a few recommendations:

Do you and your pups have your own go-to spots that aren’t on this list? Add them to our map here.

Two dogs on a patio

Banger’s has a large outdoor patio perfect for pup socializing. | Photo via @bangersaustin


Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden | 79 Rainey St.

This Rainey Street spot is famous for its sausages, but its Sunday brunches are also delicious + include vegetarian options. The spot’s outdoor patio is quite large, making it perfect for pup socializing. Pro tip: There are several other dog-friendly patios on Rainey Street, so make a day of it and hit up other spots while you’re there.

Upstairs at Caroline | 621 Congress Ave., #201

The only thing better than having your dog with you at a bar is getting to play giant Jenga while you do it. Upstairs at Caroline is styled after a backyard party, with foosball, corn hole, and other games.

TRACE | 200 Lavaca St.

For a slightly more upscale meal out with your dog, head to TRACE in the W Hotel for food cooked with ingredients sourced from local farms — Pets are welcome on the patio.

East Austin

Sawyer & Co. | 4827 E. Cesar Chavez St.

This retro diner-inspired spot doesn’t just have a picturesque, pet-friendly patio — it also has mouthwatering Southern food, from crawfish etouffee to Creole shrimp and grits.

The VORTEX | 2307 Manor Rd.

You’re likely to catch a live show, trivia night, or even a fitness class at this outdoor patio. Grab a cocktail from The Butterfly Bar or some pasta from Patrizi’s. (Pro tip: Patrizi’s Karah’s Diavolo pasta with honey is one of my favorite dishes in the city.)

Grizzelda’s | 105 Tillery St.

Cute pups on the patio add to the already aesthetically pleasing atmosphere at Grizzelda’s. This eastside spot is known for its weekend brunch, which includes Tex-Mex staples and a substantial drinks menu.

City editor London and her dog Baxter at Loro

Loro is one of City Editor London’s favorite places to bring her dog, Baxter. | Photo via ATXtoday

South Austin

Loro | 2115 S. Lamar Blvd.

You can catch me here about 8 out of every 10 weekends, as Loro is one of my favorite spots in the city. The food, a result of Aaron Franklin’s barbecue skills + Tyson Cole’s Asian food expertise, is the perfect Saturday afternoon feast — the beautiful, tree-covered patio doesn’t hurt.

Café No Sé | 1603 S. Congress Ave.

The chefs at this spot inside the South Congress Hotel have a list of accolades almost as long as the menu. Take in the sights from the patio as you munch on dishes ranging from charred octopus to chicken milanese.

Bouldin Acres | 2027 S. Lamar Blvd.

From a playground to a dog park and lawn games, there’s something for everybody in your group to do at this bar + food truck park. Pro tip: If you missed our roundup of pickleball spots in Austin, add Bouldin Acres to your list of places to get in a quick game before happy hour.

A dog looking at a plate of ribs

The Black family has been serving up barbecue in Central Texas since 1932. | Photo via @blacksbbqaustin

North Austin

Black’s Barbecue | 3110 Guadalupe St.

The Black family has been serving up barbecue in Central Texas since 1932. Stop by for a plate of mouth-watering brisket, spare ribs or turkey breast on the outdoor patio — we bet your pup wouldn’t mind a bite, either.

The Long Play Lounge | 704 W. St. Johns Ave.

Peruse through more than 400 vinyl records inside this bar and brewery — their outdoor patio is a hot spot for dog owners.

Fat City Stacks | 6700 Burnet Rd.

You and your pup can get delicious bites at Fat City Stacks, thanks to the restaurant’s dog-friendly menu featuring canine meatballs + peanut butter “ice cream.” Pro tip: This spot shares a space with Yard Bar, a dog park and bar.

West Austin

Jester King Brewery | 13187 Fitzhugh Rd.

Set on a 165-acre ranch, Jester King features drinks, pizza, beautiful grounds — oh, and a herd of Nigerian dwarf goats.

Vista Brewing | 13551 FM 150 W., Driftwood

Take in the views at this 21-acre brewery with a cheese board and Texas-based draft beer. Live music is also common at this spot, which will be the site of the Driftwood Heritage Festival on April 10.

Beerburg Brewing | 13476 Fitzhugh Rd.

This family-owned Hill Country brewery works toward creating a zero-waste facility that provides its own energy and water. Grab a taco from Taqueria La Violeta + a Juniper IPA for the perfect peaceful afternoon with your pup.

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