The 25 Best Brooklyn Restaurants to Dine Out with your Dog


Jillian Blume

August 17th, 2016

Al fresco dining is a three-season affair, and the ability to bring your dog makes the experience even better. The best restaurants offer:

• Friendly service

• Roomy outdoor space

• Adequate shade on hot, sunny days

• Staff that loves dogs

• Extras like bowls of cold water

Since not all places with outdoor space allow dogs (what’s wrong with them?), it’s always best to call ahead. Here’s a list of the best eateries in Brooklyn that welcome dogs of all shapes and sizes—though for a great dining experience, be sure to teach your dog good manners.  

549 Classon Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Though there’s no cover for shade (but great for partly cloudy days or for dinner), the single row of tables gives you and your dog plenty of room to relax and enjoy a seasonal farm-to-table menu with plenty of options for both vegetarians and carnivores. The staff is friendly, and the décor has rustic charm. Brunch plates include Crab Hash and Chorizo Omelette while dinner features dishes like Sullivan County Farm Trout and customizable Mac & Cheese.

535 6th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

With comfortable outdoor seating shaded by an awning, tables with white tablecloths, and bowls of cold water for your pup, this is a great, family-owned place where you can enjoy some hearty Greek and Mediterranean food. Ask the waiter about the daily specials, and dig into dishes like Chicken Mavrodafni Sauteed chicken breast with mushrooms, sweet Mavrodafni wine, veal glaze and truffle oil). Or go lighter and try an appetizer like Sautéed Shrimp in puff pastry with lemon tarragon cream sauce.

411 11th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

The waiters are all dog-lovers and will greet your baby with a bowl of cold water. Tables are roomy and shaded with umbrellas. They get raves for their Cubano Italiano sandwich and the grilled vegetable pizza with prosciutto. Small plates include Polenta (wild mushrooms and gorgonzola fondue) and Toto Hummus (olive tapenade, and grilled flat bread). Good for late night munchies as they’re open until midnight (on Saturdays, until 1am).

64 Frost St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

A taste of the islands in a large partly-covered outdoor area featuring plants, picnic tables, couches, and more intimate tables for two. Indulge in some jerk chicken, fried bananas, Caribbean biscuits and gravy, or a pulled pork sandwich. There’s a party atmosphere, the prices are reasonable, and the frozen Dark & Stormy will make you feel like you’re lounging on a beach.

603 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

This Western-themed local hangout has a popular outdoor patio with well-spaced café tables where humans and their canine babies are welcomed. The staff are hardcore dog lovers and will bring Scout his own water bowl. Try the Branded Fries, Fish & Chips, or Beef Brisket on Texas Toast. Live music keeps the atmosphere pumping until long after midnight.

112 Bond St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Gourmet food and a comfy sidewalk patio that welcomes man’s best friend makes this is a good choice for dog parents and foodies. A single row of tables offers plenty of leg and paw room and an awning provides shade and rain cover. You’ll find a chic industrial vibe in a turn of the century building. Delectables include Flat Iron Steak (with radish, cucumber, and pepper relish), and Charred Kale Salad (with roasted butternut squash and pumpkin seeds).

222 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

With a dog friendly, spacious outdoor space and burgers to die for, this is the place for hardcore carnivores. Their meat is organic and sourced from family owned, humane farms and dairies. Choose from Bison, Turkey, Elk, Ostrich, Wild Boar, and Lamb burgers. For veggie lovers, there are various veggie burgers like the Spicy Vegan Burger with Vegan mozzarella cheese, pico de gallo, sauteed onions, sauteed mushrooms, and chipotle ketchup.

524 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

With a small but comfortably enclosed sidewalk patio, you’ll feel secure and relaxed with your dog at your side as you enjoy some upscale comfort food. This is a popular spot, so it may be crowded, but the excellent service and rich food make it worth waiting for. Try the Pecan Pie French Toast with bourbon, molasses, & toasted pecans. Indulgent dishes include Duck Meatloaf with corn & pepper succotash & blistered Shishito peppers, and Buttermilk Fried Chicken with cheddar waffles & Savoy cabbage slaw.

151 Montague St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Located on Brooklyn Height’s main strip, the dog-friendly outdoor space is sheltered behind a colorful barrier and shaded by an awning. The service is good and the portions are large. The pasta dishes are recommended, particularly Linguine with lobster and pancetta in a cream sauce and Lobster and Homemade Black Linguine with shrimp, calamari, and scallops in a spicy fra diavolo sauce.

79 Berry St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

The waiters are dog lovers and welcome four-legged patrons to their roomy outdoor patio. Your dog will have plenty of canine company. There’s a friendly, eclectic, neighborhood vibe, and the food is delicious and reasonably priced. Brunch dishes include comfort food like Cheesy Polenta with house made chorizo, salsa verde, sunny egg, and crispy potatoes. For dinner, try a starter of charred octopus or house made gnocchi, or go right to an entrée of Hand Cut Fettuccine Carbonara with pancetta, ramps, and spring garlic.

8801 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209

With a roomy, plant filled outdoor patio, you’ll have room to relax and welcome shade under the awning on hot days. Check out the wine list while the friendly staff brings Scout a bowl of water. The food is consistently good. They’re open for late night bites with a full menu. You may meet the manager as you dig into a bowl of Mac & Cheese, which patrons rave about. There are also a good variety of plates to share and desserts to drool over.

310 Malcolm X Blvd, Brooklyn, NY 11233

A French restaurant with a funky Brooklyn vibe, the outdoor space welcomes dogs with well-spaced tables that wrap around the side of the building, where an awning provides shade on hot, sunny days. With a view of a park across the street, you can indulge in all-you-can-eat mussels on Tuesdays or check out the revered Spicy Lamburger topped with goat cheese.

604 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

A perfect outdoor spot for humans and canines, you’ll find space to stretch out on picnic tables set behind a planted border. They will bring your furbaby a bowl of cold water. There’s a Jurassic Park vibe to this old school BBQ joint where you can enjoy small plates like Drunken Spicy Shrimp Boil and Fried Green Tomatoes and entrées including Bar-B-Que Port Ribs (St. Louis ribs, dry-rubbed & slow-smoked, lightly glazed with our original BBQ Sauce) or Crispy Catfish. There’s even an Allergen and Gluten Free menu.

560 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

A double row of tables with bright red chairs shaded under an awning comfortably welcomes diners and their dogs. They make a mean, spicy Bloody Mary for getting happy while you wait for your order. The menu is heavy on Southern comfort food like fried chicken, pulled pork, and blackened catfish that will leave you satisfied. For lighter fare, try the Peel & Eat Shrimp.

18 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

This neighborhood spot has a small but comfortable sidewalk patio that is popular with the local dogs; once a very cute lamb (yes, a baby sheep!) was spotted resting in the lap of a diner. On sunny or rainy days, you can take refuge under an awning. The food is upscale with dishes like Crispy Hen Of The Woods with chimichurri for dinner and an “Inbetween” lunch and dinner menu serving snacks, sandwiches, and salads.

970 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11206

The expansive yard seating around 70 diners or drinkers on chairs, benches, couches, and even a swing under a partly covered trellis, and friendly, attentive waiters who pamper your dog with bowls of water and lots of love, makes this spot a perfect place for hardcore dog lovers. You’ll dine amid fruit trees, hanging ferns, and potted plants. The menu is eclectic ranging from burgers and Tuna Tartare Tacos to Rock Shrimp Lettuce Wraps, and a Porchetta Sandwich with slow roasted pork, broccoli rabe, caramelized onions, fig and apricot relish.

757 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

There’s an expansive outdoor patio featuring picnic tables under sun umbrellas where families and friends gather for traditional Cuban and Mexican food and dogs relax with cold bowls of water. It’s a party atmosphere with music and spicy grilled corn, chicken and waffle on a stick, Cuban sandwiches, burritos, quesadillas, and hamburgers for the “gringos.”

847a Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

The outdoor space is very small, just two long picnic tables, but dogs are welcome and they will bring a bowl of water. The food is eclectic, influenced by New Zealand cuisine, and consistently earns raves. Small plates include Atlantic Salmon Ceviche with wasabi avocado puree and caviar, and smoked and pickled Green Lip mussels with toast and Anchor butter (if you’ve never tried Green Lips, they are enormous and sweet). For an entree, take a walk on the wild side with the Roasted New Zealand venison with potato cake, silver beet and pickled rhubarb. Even if you’re convinced you hate them, try the Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Apple Cider and Grated Pecorino.

318 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Your dog will enjoy the sidewalk patio enclosed by a barrier with plenty of room between tables for Scout to stretch out — and they will bring him a bowl of water. Tables are partially shaded under an awning. The service is good with staff that is polite and friendly. There are a lot of vegetarian options like excellent Veggie Burgers and Vegan BLTs. Brunch recommendations include the very large portion of French Toast and the Grilled Hanger Steak. Even if you think you don’t like them, the Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Apple Cider and Grated Pecorino just might change your mind.

195 Dekalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205

The restaurant’s name is in honor of Nelson Mandela, the name that South African’s gave to their country’s first elected president. The vibe is a little like a shebeen, the nation’s unlicensed, somewhat ramshackle watering holes. Dogs are welcome on the small but comfortable outdoor patio that’s shaded with sun umbrellas. The menu is spicy, so be prepared. Traditional dishes include Farm Raised Ostrich Carpaccio, Bobotie (Cape Malay curried mince bake with egg-custard topping & crisped almonds, served with yellow rice & raisins), and ‘Isopho’ Cape Seafood Soup (savory saffron based broth with butternut squash, celery, Atlantic salmon, calamari, mussels, & shrimp).

285 Grand Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

The sidewalk patio features well spaced tables that are protected from the sun by large red umbrellas. Dogs are welcome, and they will bring a bowl of cold water. Enjoy Southern staples like Fried Green Tomatoes, Chicory Salad, and Memphis Fried Chicken. The waiters are friendly, the service is good, and the street is peaceful and calm. This is a large restaurant with an intimate atmosphere—it’s a good date spot.

184 N 10th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

The outdoor space here is stellar—spacious and roomy with romantic lights strung against a backdrop of greenery. It’s an excellent date spot. Dogs are welcome, and they will bring a bowl of cold water. Traditional tapas include Gambas al Ajillo (rock shrimp, garlic confit, smoked pimentón, white wine), Pulpo (charred Spanish octopus, Peruvian pee wee potatoes, mojo verde, mojo picón), and Patatas Bravas (Spanish style crispy potatoes, lemon-garlic aïoli, brava sauce). The small plate style means you can order them all.

82 6th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

You’ll find a small but comfy outdoor space with farm and café tables. Dogs are welcome, and they will bring a bowl of cold water. The chicken-based menu offers everything chicken from a Whole Chicken (brined and boned) to Chicken Hand Held Pie (Purbird Chicken braised in Bechamel Sauce with veggies and wrapped in country phyllo). Sides include Jalapeno Mac-n-Cheese and Sweet Potato Fries.

225 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Dogs are welcome on the roomy sidewalk patio, and the waiters will bring Scout a bowl of water. There are two rows of tables, and an awning shades the inner row. If you like to drink, this is the place for brunch as the menu offers unlimited Mimosa, Champagne and Bloody Mary. The service is good, and so is the pasta. Try the ravioli specials or the Fusilli al Salmone (fusilli with smoked salmon and zucchini in a pink sauce). Mangia!

283 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

The sidewalk patio wraps around the side of the building with well-spaced tables behind a barrier. Dogs are allowed, and they will bring a bowl of cold water. An awning shades the tables. The menu has sandwiches including Shawarma (slices of marinated beef and lamb from the rotisserie), burgers including a Goat Burger topped with pepper goat cheese, “Pitzas,” which are baked on pita bread crust and feature choices like the Lahambajin (Mid-Eastern pitza with ground lamb, mozzarella, garlic, and parsley), and platters including an excellent, crunchy Falafel platter.