Top 10 Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Houston

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Photo by David Miller
Houston is becoming more and more dog-friendly all the time.
Recently, our music blog listed the top ten bars where your dog is welcome, and we thought, hey, why should the bars get all the canine love? Thanks to Paws on Patios, an organization started in 2010 that made it possible for Houston restaurants to get permitting from the city to allow dogs at outdoor tables, more than two dozen restaurants now welcome our canine friends.

And fortunately for those of us who like to enjoy a nice day with our dogs and a delicious meal, there are some truly great Houston eateries with dog-friendly patios. It's no longer just beer joints and the random greasy spoon. These ten places have great food and great spaces in which you and your dog can dine together.

Honorable Mention: Beaver's, Winston's on Washington, Cafe Rabelais and Paulie's all have small but very dog-friendly outdoor seating areas.

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Photo courtesy Tila's
Dogs love the open patio at Tila's.
10. Tila's
Tila Hidalgo's unique Mexican restaurant has imaginative food, strong margaritas and a great, sprawling patio perfect for pooches. It was one of the first restaurants to welcome dogs after the initial Paws on Patios permits were granted back in 2011. Since then, Tila's has been welcoming dogs of all breeds. OK, technically, they aren't supposed to eat there, but there's no harm in sneaking some quesadillas under the table, right?

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Photo by Katharine Shilcutt
Kids and dogs, all are welcome on the patio at Little Bigs.
9. Little Bigs
Little Bigs is known for great sliders and boozy milkshakes, but the patio near the corner of Westheimer and Montrose is also a great place to chill with your dogs. The entire family-friendly outdoor seating area is shaded, and there are almost always kids running around while their parents take a much-needed burger break. (So if your dog doesn't do kids, this might not be the best spot for him.) The shade and available water will keep your canine cool, while The Dude, a white Russian milkshake, will keep you cool as well.

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Location Info

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Boheme Cafe & Wine Bar

307 Fairview, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Hugo's

1600 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Good Dog Houston

903 Studewood St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Cottonwood

3422 N. Shepherd Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Backstreet Cafe

1103 S. Shepherd Dr., Houston, TX

Category: Music

Gratifi Kitchen + Bar

302 Fairview, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

J. Black's Feel Good Lounge

110 S. Heights Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Music

Little Bigs

2703 Montrose, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Tila's

1111 S. Shepherd, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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30 comments
Kendra Kay
Kendra Kay

They would take down the whole place, Jillian.

Jillian Hamblin
Jillian Hamblin

Kendra - do we have to have liability insurance on them? I'm afraid they would take out the tables.

Kendra Kay
Kendra Kay

Jillian, we should take all the furbabies. Lol

j.hilko93
j.hilko93

about time Houston caught up....we love taking our pup 'jack' (little doxie) out & about in Houston to eat. Fredericksburg Texas, another great town that is Patron & Pup friendly @ restr.s

Kleinstadt
Kleinstadt

Dogs have become the new accessory

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Leave your filthy animals at home.

Kacy Padilla
Kacy Padilla

The program is called Paws on Patios. More than 40 restaurants participate :)

Sara Brown
Sara Brown

Let's go with Burrito, Moses Martinez!!

Lothario
Lothario

L'Olivier on the edge of Montrose/Midtown.....Olivier brings his pup and welcomes others on the patio. Not to mention it's a happy place of good food and drinks!

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