7 Pet-Friendly South Florida Restaurants

By Carissa Chesanek  |  June 16, 2014

Don't confine Man's Best Friend to your house. Take Fido out for a proper meal at one of these pet-friendly restaurants. 

The Stephen Starr Japanese restaurant feels ultra-sophisticated thanks to its location in the Bal Harbour Shops. But the vibe is pretty laid-back, especially when it comes to dogs, who hang on the two tropical-style patios — occasionally even sitting in dining chairs.

The eco-friendly Coconut Grove burger joint not only welcomes pups on its sidewalk patio, it even has a Doggy Menu serving homemade meatloaf, after-dinner mints, and nonalcoholic beer made in Tampa for cool canines.

Overlooking bustling Collins Avenue, this South Beach Italian staple cooks authentic saucy eats, and is happy to host dogs on the large, airy terrace. Bonus: there's plenty of umbrellas, so you and Fido stay cool.

Balans (pictured above)
Lincoln Road is no stranger to animals, from dogs to snakes to parrots — we've seen it all, and this London-based restaurant opens its spacious outdoor area to customers and canines alike. Princess Fluffy Face will enjoy the plush seats and shade. 

The interior of this cozy Downtown spot is humans-only, but out on the massive terrace that overlooks Biscayne Bay, pooches are welcome to hang while you sip signature guava margaritas.

Steak 954
This über-fancy Stephen Starr steakhouse in the W Fort Lauderdale might not have a dining room suitable for animals (except the swarms of jellyfish in its giant tank), but the beachside terrace overlooking the Atlantic is a prime locale for well-behaved four-legged friends. 

Huahua's Taqueria
The tiny South Beach taco shop is all about its sidewalk patio (it only has a couple indoor tables), so bringing a pooch is no problem. Besides serving gauc and margaritas, it shells out free doggie bowls and biscuits (pictured below) to hungry hounds.