When walking down Beach Drive, Central Avenue, or really anywhere indowntown St. Petersburg, you’ll notice doggy water bowls outside of almost every shop. Why? Because DTSP loves dogs! The restaurants downtown are no different. Most restaurants downtown that have any kind of outside seating, usually allow and welcome dogs. While servers cannot really handle or pet your dog, you can be assured that he or she probably wants to.
I consider myself a “dog person” because one, I’m allergic to cats and two, dogs are just awesome. If you’re a dog person as well, then you can probably relate. Unfortunately, I do not have a dog, mainly because I’m a college student and I don’t have the proper funds or space for one, and I feel dogs deserve so much more than I can offer right now. But one day, I shall have a dog and we will be the best of friends.
But to those who do have dogs, there many great places to take them in downtown St. Pete! Here is my list of Top 10 dog-friendly restaurants in downtown St. Pete! My list is ranked by the best experience I think your dog will receive, and by the staff members’ genuine love of dogs.
Don’t be too upset if you and your dog’s favorite place isn’t listed. This list is ever-growing so feel free to comment and tell us any other dog friendly restaurants in DTSP!
1. Bella Brava
204 Beach Drive NE
One of the only downtown restaurants that have a full patio completely open to customers’ dog companions. Bella Brava, an Italian and seafood restaurant, prides themselves on being dog friendly. Servers bring out water bowls and have dog bones with the Bella Brava logo available. Abbie Grant, manager for 5 years, says the staff is full of dog lovers and all have fur babies of their own.
2. The Avenue
330 1st Avenue South
“We want people to bring their families, and sometimes that includes dogs. Dogs are family too,” owner Stephen Schrutt says about the Avenue being dog friendly. Both the front and back patios at the Avenue are available for your furry family members! Mostly American food, the Avenue serves burgers, wings, and sandwiches.
3. The Chattaway
358 22nd Ave S
Family owned and operated for more than 90 years, The Chattaway is mostly an outdoor restaurant and very dog friendly. The menu features options from burgers to chili, with many daily specials. ‘Lady Chattaway,’ the owner, and her daughter, Winona, say that they really try to raise awareness to rescue dogs. Heads up: The Chattaway is cash only, but don’t stress, there is an ATM inside if you forget!
4. The Kitchen
26 1st Avenue North
The Kitchen welcomes all customers and their furry family members. Yappy Hour from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. includes a separate dog friendly menu, featuring items like veal bones, ground beef, and rice, provides a great place for dogs and their owners! Servers will also bring water and treats are available.
5. Café Alma
260 1st Ave S #100
A Mediterranean seafood restaurant, Café Alma allows dogs on their patio and will bring them water bowls. Servers and staff are all dog lovers and welcome all types of dogs. Heads up: They’re closed on Mondays!
6. Three Birds Tavern
1492 Fourth St. N
Servers at Three Birds Tavern bring out water bowls for doggy customers and have treats available. Even better, owners can get a plain chicken breast for only $4 for their dog!
10 Beach Dr NE
Dog friendly since they first opened, Ceviche allows dogs at all of their outside tables on the sidewalk. Known for their Tapas Tuesday special featuring $4 tapas and $4 sangria, Ceviche will provide water for your dog and sometimes even treats.
8. Lucky Dill Deli
277 Central Avenue
With breakfast served until 11 a.m. and featuring deli sandwiches, wraps, burgers and Cubans, Lucky Dill’s outside seating is completely dog friendly. Owner Ken O’Bannon says he noticed how many people in St. Pete had dogs so he got a Dog Dining license ensuring Lucky Dill customers could bring their dogs.
9. 400 Beach
400 Beach Dr NE
“400 Beach loves our canine friends,” Scott Long, manager, says. With several outside tables available for owners and their pups, 400 Beach also provides water bowls for every dog.
10. Parkshore Grill
300 Beach Dr NE
Parkshore Grill has a designated Doggy Dining area and servers will welcome dogs with water bowls.
So there is no need to stress about getting a bite to eat and having Spot come along with you. With these places, among many others, being right in the heart of downtown, you won’t ever have to worry about leaving your furry friend at home!