The tropical weather in St. Petersburg is much too nice to leave your pet inside all day. When your stomach starts growling, grab your pet’s leash and visit one of the popular dog friendly restaurants around St. Pete. Whether taking a break from the beach, checking out the local pet-friendly attractions, or walking around downtown, you’ll find some of the best local eateries with outdoor patios for pets to soak up the Florida sun.

Bombshell Tacos

Tick, tick, boom! Bombshell tacos are an explosion of flavor in your mouth. This food truck brings the full restaurant experience to its guests. Located on the other side of Old Tampa Bay, it’s less than a 20-minute journey to Asian fusion-style tacos.

Start the countdown after ordering, and this speedy service will have your food ready before the clock runs out. It has a trendy outdoor dining space within paw’s reach of the front counter. Your pet will feel right at home on the grassy turf, and there are plenty of chairs for you to sit and eat.

Ignite your taste buds with delicious flavors of fusion tacos inspired by Korean cuisine. Order a taco trio to mix and match its menu fusion favorites, including Korean Krush, spicy Korean tacos, and Bulgogi tacos. Quesadillas are easier to handle when playing keep away with your pet—it also comes with fusion flavors like Korean BBQ.

Amenities and More: Outdoor Seating, Offers Military Discount

Address: 5000 S MacDill Ave, Tampa, FL 33611

Mio’s Grill & Café

Many pet owners remember Mio’s Grill & Cafe when it was still Meze 119, a former vegetarian restaurant. And while the restaurant is under new ownership, the mission remains the same to provide healthy eating to the locals in St. Pete. This time, the kitchen focuses on Turkish cuisine.

Ghostly remnants of the former shop’s name are still visible on the storefront, but the new illuminated sign store sign lets its diners see it in a new light. Take a seat on the sidewalk patio to enjoy breezes rolling in from Tampa Bay and shade to keep cool in the Florida sun. Pets are allowed on the patio, where they’ll get lots of compliments from people walking by along the shopping strip.

Wake yourself up with a steaming cup of Turkish coffee because you’ll want to be fully alert for the delicious food that follows. Appetizers are a must, with Mediterranean favorites like grape leaves, hummus, and homemade pistachio baklava. There are plenty more Turkish flavors awaiting in its main dishes, such as lamb gyros, platters, and baba ghanoush.

After you eat, the pet-friendly St. Pete Pier is just a block away. Relax with views of the golden sunset while you digest your meal.

Amenities and More: Takes Reservations, Many Vegetarian Options, Wheelchair Accessible, Waiter Service, Accepts Credit Cards

Address: 119 2nd St. N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Uptown Eats

St. Petersburg’s Historic Uptown district is one of the most fun to explore on foot with your pet. Treat your pet to a dog walk through the neighborhood filled with preserved old houses, colorful artwork, and dog-friendly restaurants like Uptown Eats that fuel you up for another lap around the area.

Uptown Eats is reserved for the pet owners ambitious enough to wake up at 7 AM or 8 AM when it opens—it’s only open until 2 PM, so it’s an excellent breakfast and brunch spot. But you’ll be rewarded for setting your alarm clock after tasting the breakfast specials.

It takes the most important meal of the day seriously with large plates filled with fluffy biscuits, cooked-to-order eggs, fresh fruit, a breakfast sandwich, or a gouda and white cheddar grits bowl.

The outside patio seating lets you catch the day’s first light (and heat) before retreating into the shade when the midday heat wave arrives.

Amenities and More: Vegan Options, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards

Address: 689 Dr. MLK Jr., St N Ste D, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Gateway Subs

Crunch! The sound you’ll make with every bite of the sandwiches at Gateway Subs. This restaurant is a portal to good living as its owners believe the best life is lived with simple yet tasty food. And it even invited pets to dwell in the good life with a dog-friendly patio.

Everything is made fresh at Gateway Subs—from the footlong hoagies to meat cut only after you order it to the refreshing lemonade that keeps you cool while sitting outside. The staff strives to ‘treat people like people’ and pets like pets. It has tables on its covered front patio where dogs are allowed.

Be nice to your Sammy slinger because they’re in charge of crafting you the “Biggest and baddest subs in St. Pete.” Sandwiches are made-to-order, with every detail down to slicing meat fresh to top the hoagie. And the best part—crumbled chips on top for a unique texture when you bite into it.

Popular themed sandwiches include “Funny You Should Ask” for those craving an Italian sub and a “Plain Jane” for those with simple tastes.

Amenities and More: Many Vegetarian Options, Accepts Credit Cards, Wheelchair Accessible

Address: 3112 3rd Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33713

Outer Banks Boil

St. Pete Beach is crawling with pets. You’ll see dogs splashing around the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico at the Pass A Grille Dog Beach area or the St. Pete Beach Dog Park up the road. So, when Outer Banks Boil opened for business, its dog-friendly patio attracted many of these furry beachcombers and their humans to enjoy a good meal.

With the sea just a paw step away, Outer Banks Boil Company was the best source of seafood—direct from the sea! From catering beach parties to providing Pot-to-go meals, their seafood supply feels endless. The TB Pot features crab legs, lobster tails, and shrimp with sides of sweet corn on the cob and red-skin potatoes.

Grab your pot to go and get a taste on the restaurant’s outdoor patio. It has a couple of picnic-style tables for eating on site and also a game of corn hole set up for after-meal fun before returning to the beach.

Amenities and More: Takes Reservations, Accepts Apple Pay, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wi-Fi

Address: 4615 Gulf Blvd Ste 111, St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

German Knodle

German Knodle is one of the favorite cultural cuisines in St. Pete. From its famous homemade German sausages to imported German beer, it feels like Oktoberfest every day (except when it closes on Monday).

Central Ave is one of the popular walking strips in the Downtown St. Petersburg Edge District. German Knodle joins its neighboring eateries in attracting the busy foot traffic with a vibrant sidewalk patio. The European-style space catches your eye with its striped awning and umbrellas, providing plenty of shade for the tables. Bonus points for bringing your German Shepard to German Knodle, but it’s a place welcoming all dog species to enjoy the outdoor patio.

The menu at German Knodle features only the tastiest of German dishes that have the local pet owners crawling back often for another round. Its most popular dish is the Jager Schnitzel, a traditional meal of breaded pork smothered with mushroom gravy. It makes German food vegan friendly, with curry vegan sausage available. And the German chocolate cake is a must-try for dessert. Wash it all down with a cold glass of Krombacher Pilsner.

Amenities and More: Women-Owned, Accepts Apple Pay, Accepts Credit Cards, Waiter Service, Wheelchair Accessible

Address: 951 Central Ave, Saint Petersburg, FL 33706

Brooklyn South

Brooklyn South is located just two blocks from Tropicana Field, where you can hear fans cheering for the Tampa Bay Rays while eating on the outdoor patio. And this modern deli hits a home run with its irresistible sandwiches.

Lunchtime is the best time to eat at Brooklyn South. Sit with your pet on the sidewalk patio seats amongst the timely crowd of locals on a lunch break or people getting ready for the game. If the umbrellas don’t give you enough shade, the leafy palm trees towering over them will do the trick.

Brooklyn South specializes in pressed focaccia bread sandwiches. Bite into the crispy outer crust before reaching the inside stuffed with jerk chicken, pulled pork, rosemary chicken, beef brisket, and other meat options.

A unique experience at Brooklyn South is trying the signature charcuterie boards. The restaurant doubles as a cheese and meat shop, serving premium cuts paired with a glass of wine.

Amenities and More: Vegan Options, Accepts Android Pay, Accepts Apple Pay, Wheelchair Accessible

Address: 1437 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33705

Roe’s Deli Station

Local business owner Olivia was born and raised in St. Petersburg and comes from a long line of business owners in her family. So, it’s only fitting that she continues the tradition in her hometown. Her business of choice? Roe’s Deli Station, a dog-friendly sandwich shop located in the Park Station Building.

Roe’s Deli Station shares its prominent address with the local chamber of commerce, art, and historical society. But as the only restaurant inside, it’s a hotspot for eaters on lunch break and pet owners looking for a delicious bite.

The owner’s culinary background is put to use daily by making everything in-house. Roe’s Deli Station serves various sandwiches, salads, and soups; all made in-house. Don’t forget to ask about the daily specials. Take your food to-go and step outside Park Station to eat at one of the shaded picnic tables with your pet.

Amenities and More: Women-Owned, Offers Military Discount, Wheelchair Accessible, Covered Outdoor Seating, Accepts Apple Pay, Accepts Android Pay, Vegan Options

Address: 5851 Park Blvd, Pinellas Park, FL 33781

The Half Baked Potato

When the munchies kick in, The Half Baked Potato will satisfy your cravings. So, hightail your way to midtown St. Pete for an out-of-this-world dining experience.

The Half Baked Potato merges food, art, and pop culture. This restaurant is reserved for St. Pete’s hippest dog owners, who can appreciate the thoughtful elements that went into creating it. The outdoor patio is a dog-friendly area letting you enjoy the creative art decorating the building. However, this exterior facade is only the beginning of what to expect.

Customers must order inside. Step into the colorful space with art for sale hanging up and bright geometric shapes decorating the walls. Even the bathrooms are worth peeking into to see neon colors and strobe lights fluttering about.

The eclectic restaurant is a preview to the exotic meals it serves. It specializes in loaded potatoes, with unique items such as the drunken cowboy, reverse cowgirl, and a Mac and cheese stuffed potato. Cool down with one of the colorful slushies characterized by playful names such as “The Everlasting Gobstopper,” “Bruce Banner,” and “Mango Haze.”

Amenities and More: Vegan Options, Accepts Credit Cards

Address: 1626 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33712

Latin Bowl Restaurant

Dogs are already accustomed to eating from a bowl. And now you get to walk in their paws by eating at Latin Bowl Restaurant. But no need to stick your snout in the bowl because a fork and spoon will suffice for these dishes.

Latin Bowl is the second Latin restaurant from the owners, giving them a chance to show off their culinary skills in a healthier fashion. The open kitchen design behind the counter lets you see the cooks at work overloading each bowl with fresh ingredients that you can personally select.

Make the perfect bowl to suit your taste. Start with a rice bowl or salad bowl for your phase, and add protein options, including steak and chicken. Now is the fun part when you can request all your favorite items tossed in—sweet plantains, cilantro, shredded cheddar, spinach, and more.

Latin Bowl has a covered outdoor patio with picnic tables, allowing pets to hang out. Let your food digest with a walk through the dog-friendly Florida Botanical Gardens nearby.

Amenities and More: Takes Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Many Vegetarian Options, Free Wi-Fi, Accepts Apple Pay, Accepts Android Pay

Address: 11500 Walsingham Rd., Largo, FL 33778

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