Dog Friendly Restaurants in Houston

As the largest city in Texas, it’s easy to lose yourself in Houston’s wave of pet-friendly activities. Whether you’re one of the two million residents or 22+ million visitors that arrive annually, there are plenty of things to do that include your pets as part of the fun. 

Your goal is to tire out your pet by the end of the day. Go for a leisure walk around Discovery Green, surrounded by downtown skyscrapers. Attend the Houston World Series of Dog Shows. Unhook their leash at the Congress Bill Archer Dog Park for a game of fetch. 

By now, they’ll be ready to relax, and you’ll be prepared to eat. Check out some of Houston’s top pet-friendly restaurants where you can accomplish both.

The Gypsy Poet

“Life tastes better with pizza.” A slogan steering the fate of The Gypsy Poet on its mission to be the best pet-friendly pizza shop in Houston. Each pie is a masterpiece, made to order with artisan craft. It achieves the ideal crisp in the wood-fired oven. 

Feel the free-spirited vibes surrounding the outdoor patio space at The Gypsy Poet. Pets are welcome to roll around the turf ground and roam beneath the picnic-style tables. Hanging string lights turn on at night until as late as 10 PM for a fun late night with your pet. 

Your choice of pizza says more about you than you realize. Craving classics will land you face-deep in a pie of Pepperoni Madness. A slice of the Dream Catcher pie makes you feel like you’ve arrived in paradise. And while Houston isn’t the cheapest place to visit, a Fancy Backpacker pie lets you ball on a budget. 

In addition to pizza, it also serves traditional Italian dishes such as cinque formaggi and tiramisu. 

Amenities and More: Offers Takeout, Accepts Apple Pay, Vegan Options, Women-owned, Wheelchair Accessible, Happy Hour Specials 

Address: 2404 Austin St., Houston, TX 77004

Craft Pita


Galleria, the largest mall in Houston, is a retail center with more than 350 shops and restaurants. After a day of checking out the various pet service shops and Pet Supermarket, stop by Craft Pita for a healthy lunch to fuel your second session of retail therapy. The scent of authentic Mediterranean food sizzling in the kitchen will make you wag your tail. 

There are enough fresh blooming flowers outside the doors of Craft Pita is a good sign that its ingredients are just as fresh. It has several tables for sidewalk seating where having your pet is never a bother. 

Pita wraps are the kitchen specialty at Craft Pita. Order the chicken or beef pita, which stuffs the flatbread with veggies and meat. A batch of Lebanese Tacos surprises you with Middle Eastern Flavors for a traditional Latin dish. 

If your pet is third-wheeling a larger gathering, Craft Pita is great for group dining. Menu items like the Falafel Shared Plate ensure everyone gets a taste before it runs out. 

Amenities and More: Women-owned, Offers Military Discount, Covered Outdoor Seating, Accepts Apple Pay, Accepts Android Pay, Many Vegetarian Options 

Address: 1920 Fountain View Dr., Houston, TX 77057

The Cookshack

While some restaurants focus on making their meals look pretty ‘for the gram,’ other restaurants like The Cookshack simply pile the food high for an all-out feast! From crunch bites to juicy meats, it mastered the craft of frying foods. 

“Drop the fries!” “Order Up!” Appreciate the busy cooks that keep the kitchen operating daily from 11 AM to 10 PM. The menu gives you all the classic chicken dishes to fit any mood. Create your own viral moment when you taste the Chicken Sandwich. Turn up for brunch with the signature chicken and waffles. Or turn up the heat in your mouth when you bite into the hot chicken tacos. 

Hidden beneath the chicken crumbs are a few healthier items like the Shack salad and Chicken Kale Salad. 

The Cookshack has a spacious outdoor pet-friendly patio. The large umbrellas keep the scorching sun off your neck and keep your pet cool while you eat. 

Amenities and More: Offers Takeout, Accepts Credit Cards, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating 

Address: 4015 Washington Ave., Houston, TX 77007

Yoyo’s Hot Dog

The irony of taking your pet to Yoyo’s Hot Dog is knowing it has a pet-friendly dining space that encourages pets to come. They’re also in for a treat if hot dogs are a part of their diet. Walk across the lot towards the Yoyo’s Hot Dog stand, and you’ll see the line wrapped around the curb. Having your pet makes the line go by quickly, and you’ll be at the counter in no time. 

The iconic yellow trays from Yoyo’s Hot Dog have held countless tasty hot dogs. Yours is next as your order gets called for the Classic dog “all the way” drizzled with special sauce. The stand also has famous dogs like the New York and Chicago styles. Substitute meat for the veggie dog. Don’t forget to order a dog for your pet. The restaurant will give it a chopped Weiner just off the grill.

Enjoy the atmosphere by dining at the nearby picnic tables just a few paw steps away from the hot dog cart. 

Amenities and More: Accepts Credit Cards, Accepts Apple Pay, Accepts Android Pay, Wheelchair Accessible 

Address: 2504 Amherst St., Houston, TX 77005

Brass Tacks

You’re working from home while pet sitting and need a change of scenery. Houston’s warehouse district is a trendy area with surprises hidden inside the unassuming warehouses. Explore with your pet to discover Brass Tacks, a place for work/life balance for pet owners. 

The open dining hall design on the inside has plenty of workstations. Step out in the backyard and let your pet pick its favorite picnic table. Connect to the Wi-Fi, set up your laptop for work, and play with your pet during your work breaks. 

Brass Tacks has an all-day menu, so it’s easy to pass the time at this restaurant. A breakfast taco is a delicious way to start your day. You’ll hit the main food groups with egg, potatoes, and cheese wrapped inside the corn tortilla. Two or three is usually enough to get full. Satisfy afternoon hunger with classic sandwiches like the Cuban and clubs. The must-try Jack Daniels will be the best bread pudding you’ve tasted. 

Amenities and More: Offers Takeout, Accepts Credit Cards, Heated Outdoor Seating, Happy Hour Specials, Full Bar, Women-owned 

Address: 612 Live Oak St., Houston, TX 77003

Tio Trompo

It’s Taco Tuesday! And it’s your night to take your pet out. You’ll stumble upon Tio Trompo in the Washington Corridor, which gives you a reason to celebrate the weekly holiday. Experience the sights, sounds, and smells of an authentic taqueria. Spy on butchers carving the slap of meat, cooks barking orders in Spanish, and the savory scent of tacos served at your table. 

All tables get complimentary chips and guacamole to nibble while awaiting their entrees. It has street-style tacos topped with barbacoa or pastor meat. Get the Los Tres Compadres for one of each meat! The torta is a light sandwich with meat and vegetables. Enhance the flavor of the tostadas with parmesan cheese sprinkled on top of them. 

Pets are allowed inside Tio Trompo. It’s the only way to stay immersed in the Mexican-inspired atmosphere that makes you forget you’re not actually south of the Texas border. 

Amenities and More: Latinx-owned, Women-owned, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards 

Address: 316 Shepherd Dr., Houston, TX 77007

Postino Montrose

Of the handful of Postino locations in Houston, the Montrose location is the most pet-friendly. The trendy patio setting and extensive wine menu give this spot a lively atmosphere for the hip pet parents. 

Cool off in the shade covering the outdoor patio. You and your pet can move to the sounds of live DJs while eating. There is also counter-side seating outdoors in case you’re dropping by for a quick bite en route to one of Houston’s pet-friendly attractions. 

Postino is a popular wine bar with Spanish-style tapas to share with your table. Each bite delivers edgy flavors that pair exceptionally with your choice of wine or cocktail drinks. 

Diversify your meal with the half-half offers. Get a half sandwich—favorites include the chicken mozzarella, nine iron, or vegetarian panini. Pair it with a half salad—mixed green, Caesar salad, or Brussel sprouts salad. The combination is an all-around healthy and scrumptious meal. Complete your meal with healthy-alternative sides like crispy cauliflower and sweet potato wedges.

Amenities and More: Takes Reservations, Vegan Options, Heated Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Waiter Service

Address: 805 Pacific St., Houston, TX 77006

Local Poke

The eight-hour flight between Houston and Hawaii will leave any pet feeling antsy. So, eliminate the extensive trip and say Aloha to Local Poke! Finish one of the fresh, tropical poke bowls, and you’ll feel like you’ve been to Hawaii and back. 

The hard flooring inside is pet-proof. Well-behaved pets can sit in the indoor dining hall with their owners. However, it’s hard to contain their excitement once they see your colorful poke bowls being served. 

The myriad of ingredients used to make poke bowls will make you an expert at using chopsticks by the end of your meal. Scoop up the sweet slippery mango and timid tuna in the crab salad poke bowl. Or taste the kick of the spicy salmon bowl. The marinated tuna and shrimp add seasoned flavor to the healthy bowls.

The quality of ingredients makes each poke bowl fresh and only prepared once you order it. Marinated meats are prepped ahead of time, so it always packs a flavorful punch.

Amenities and More: Accepts Apple Pay, Accepts Android Pay, Many Vegetarian Options, Wheelchair Accessible, Offers Military Discount

Address: 4500 Washington Ave. Ste 350, Houston, TX 77007

Ember & Greens

Refreshing sips from the pomegranate Paloma at Ember and Greens will feel sensational once you’re out of the heat. Its menu of comfort food favorites will give you a homely Houston welcome. It’s a place that lets its flavors do the barking, and you’ll hear it loud and clear.

Ask the locals, and most can point out the famous Memorial neighborhood eatery. It has contemporary American cuisine, healthy food options, and a wine bar to take off the edge. Sit on the chic outdoor patio with your pet. Let them watch cars driving past the shopping plaza while you sneak bites of your food—unless you want them begging for a bite with their tongues out!

Ember & Greens serves fine dining meals in a casual setting. Lunch favorites include the wagyu burger or beef/chicken skewers. Dinner entrees include Blackened Salmon with sweet chili Brussels. Your waiter will happily share details about a dish you’re considering.

Amenities and More: Offers Takeout, Takes Reservations, Vegan Options, Happy Hour Specials, Waiter Service, Heated Outdoor Seating, Women-Owned, Wheelchair Accessible

Address: 94038 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77024

The Breakfast Klub

Pets and their owners become honorary members of The Breakfast Klub when eating at this pet-friendly breakfast spot. Your membership grants you access to a curated menu of southern classics. The black-owned restaurant draws from its roots of unforgettable soul food that will have you passing down your own stories about it long after finishing your meal.

The only way to skip the line at The Breakfast Klub is by making reservations. Otherwise, get comfortable in the line wrapped around the building while snapping photos of your pet in front of the Afro-centric murals.

Wake up to a southern-style breakfast served Texas-style with big meats and hefty portions. Pour syrup over the fluffy French toast slices served adjacent to a mountain of scrambled eggs. Experience the textures of the crunchy fried chicken wings paired with the soft, buttery waffles. True southern specialties emerge with favorite duos like the Katfish and Grits, or pork chops and cheese eggs.

Amenities and More: Offers Takeout, Limited Vegetarian Options, Accepts Apple Pay, Accepts Android Pay, Wheelchair Accessible, Black-owned, Covered Outdoor Seating

Address: 3711 Travis St., Houston, TX 77002

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