Complete with sandy paws and sun-kissed fur, Tampa, FL, has many restaurants that welcome pets to come as they are. Dog friendly restaurants in Tampa cater to the many popular pet destinations, from strolling the riverwalk to playing on the beach or running around the many off-leash dog parks—giving the owners a place to eat great while keeping up with their pets.

These pet-friendly restaurants accommodate all patrons, regardless of how many legs they have.

Chicago Paulies

From the South Side Chicago to West Tampa, the owner of Chicago Paulies brought a piece of home with him after relocating. Chicago Paulies is a humble hole-in-the-wall whose hot dogs give it all the reason to brag.

Chicago Paulies is located in a gas station lot that coincidentally fills up your belly when you’re running on E. So whether your tank tanks one or two hot dogs, there’s a menu of options to satisfy. It has Chicago and New York-style hot dogs, Italian and Polish sausages, and unique items like the slaw dog. Cool off from the Florida heat with a glass of freshly squeezed lemonade.

The food sliding through the restaurant’s tiny window isn’t the only ‘dogs’ you’ll find here. Balance yourself on the counter-side stools with your pet leashed to the chair because these hot dogs require two hands to eat properly. There’s also the nearby MacFarlane Park, with dog-friendly lawns and shaded picnic tables to eat at.

Amenities and More: Accepts Credit Cards

Address: 1301 N Howard Ave., Tampa, FL 33607

Chanta European Cuisine

Ever since European settlers arrived in Tampa in the 1500s, the European influence has continued to travel across the Atlantic to the sunny shores. Fast forward to 2020, and the owners of Chanta European Cuisine continue the tradition by bringing foods from their native country, Romania, to Tampa and establishing this dog-friendly restaurant for us all to experience.

Chanta European Cuisine is a beautiful building immersing you in its Eastern European flair. Seats on the outdoor patio are set against the building’s wooden exterior, accented with fresh flowers. Friendly waiters make you and your pet feel at home with European hospitality and cooking as if you both are guests in their home.

Taste original recipes from their home and neighboring countries—Romanian Stew with traditional polenta, Romanian cabbage rolls, traditional Hungarian goulash soup, and chicken Wiener schnitzel. Pair these signature dishes with a glass (or bottle) of Romanian wine selected to enrich the flavor of everything.

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

Address: 113 S. Hyde Park Ave., Tampa, FL 33606

Xtreme Tacos

If you’re not in the mood for Eastern European food, the Mexican dishes served at Xtreme Tacos will be a taste you’re well familiar with. Located uptown in Seminole Heights, this restaurant has finally found a place that’s both great for its diners and the pets that come along with them.

Xtreme Tacos was much too extreme for its food truck business and is now in its second storefront location. It was a smart move, thanks to the large lawn for setting up picnic tables for outdoor dining. Don’t be surprised to see your dog sniffing under the table for food left behind by diners before you.

Save your taco cravings until Tuesday, when it has its Taco Tuesday promotion. It’s the best time to try its variety of tacos, such as the Tijuana, birria, or vegan tacos. However, if your Mexican food cravings are too extreme to wait, the Stoner Burrito measures a foot and a half, that’s virtually impossible to finish in just one setting. The menu also has other Mexican dishes, including bowls, elote corn for your side, and churros for dessert.

Amenities and More: Women-Owned, Latinx-Owned, Pescatarian Options, Vegan Options, Accepts Credit Cards, accepts Apple Pay, Wheelchair Accessible

Address: 5609 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa, FL 33604

Fit Bowl

Drive over Davis Islands Bridges with your pet riding shotgun and visit Fit Bowl before spending the day at the off-leash Davis Islands Dog Beach. Keep that beach bod in shape by treating yourself to healthy yet tasty eats at this dog-friendly restaurant shack.

You can already feel the beach vibes as you approach the outdoor walk-up window. It’s a small nook adjacent to DI Coffee Bar, but the customers lined up to eat there are a giveaway to the location.

Customizable Acai bowls are made-to-order using only the freshest ingredients. As a result, you’ll get the perfect nutrition boost and great flavors. Servers mix bowls with fruits ranging from strawberries, blueberries, bananas, raspberries, and more. Get healthy toppings like bee pollen or almond butter, or tease your sweet tooth with Nutella drizzled over the top.

Fit Bowl has outdoor seating in the shade for pets, or take it to go and enjoy the beach just a few paw steps away.

Amenities and More: Accepts Apple Pay, Accepts Credit Cards, Covered Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible

Address: 214 E. David Blvd, Tampa, FL 33606

Farmacy Vegan Kitchen & Bakery

Farmacy Vegan Kitchen & Bakery

Your search for great-tasting vegan food is over! Farmacy Vegan Kitchen and Bakery has everything you need to eat healthy without knowing it. Its imitation dishes play tricks on your mind because it looks like you are eating meat and other non-vegan foods, but it surprises your body with all the nutrition of its plant-based ingredients.

Farmacy Vegan Kitchen is a hidden gem tucked inside the Duckweed convenience store. Wind your way through the food-filled aisles to the back counter, where this restaurant operates as if it’s in a stand-alone venue. And the location is only the first surprise.

The entire menu at Farmacy Vegan Kitchen is plant-based. So, when you see items such as the classic Philly cheesesteak sandwich or Jerk burgers being served, trust that no animals were harmed in the making. As a pet owner, it’s something you can appreciate.

Farmacy Vegan Kitchen has outdoor seating available outside the shop. It provides a handful of tables with umbrella shade so you can dine onsite and go back inside to thank the chef for such a delicious meal when you finish.

Amenities and More: Vegan Options, Gluten-Free Options, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards, Accepts Apple Pay

Address: 803 N. Tampa St., Tampa, FL 33602

Oak and Ola

Dogs will have a splashing good time with you at Queenie’s Dog Park at Water Works Park. Dry off in the sun while enjoying a meal on the outside patio of Oak and Ola, just a few blocks away. Plan a date night with your pet at one of Tampa’s trendiest foodie destinations for pet lovers.

Oak and Ola is located inside Armature Works, a contemporary food hall with a handful of full-service restaurants inside it, along with other spaces for events and a scenic rooftop. The renovated industrial setting opens into an outdoor patio, where you and your pet can sit, dine, and enjoy Downtown Tampa skyline views.

Waiters flow elegantly between the tables serving contemporary American and European-inspired dishes prepared by the kitchen chefs. Its menu of exquisite cuisine includes entrees like Hanger Steak and Frites and Gulf Fish Amandine; and dessert options like the lemon-almond cake or chocolate pot de crème crème Fraiche dollop.

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

Address: 1910 N. Ola Ave., Tampa, FL 33602

On Swann

Buildings in the Historic Hyde Park North district date back to the late 1800s, but its modern dining establishments, like On Swann, which opened in 2016, continue to usher in a new era for the district. Just be sure to make reservations because it’s quite popular amongst locals and tourists.

Saturdays are the busiest time to eat at On Swann, and for a good reason. It’s open daily but closes mid-day between 2-5 PM to prepare the kitchen for the highly anticipated dinner menu to be served. Thanks to the pet-friendly outdoor patio, your dog doesn’t have to feel like a black swan. In Tampa, even the evenings are warm to sit outside!

A complimentary bread basket holds you over until your main dishes are ready. The dinner menu has many comfort food options. Sink your canine teeth into quality meat, like pork chops or steak frites. Try seafood flavors of tuna crudo or a platter of oysters. Or bite-sized eats like zeppole and saffron arancini.

Amenities and More: Takes Reservations, Vegan Options, Accepts Credit Cards, Waiter Service, Wheelchair Accessible, Covered Outdoor Seating

Address: 1501 W Swann Ave, Tampa, FL 33606

Ebisu Sushi Shack

There are beaches and waterfront views everywhere you look in Tampa. If you can’t beat it, join it by indulging in everyone’s favorite seafood dish: sushi! Ebisu Sushi Shack was inspired by the co-owners background growing up in Kobe, Japan, and preserving her love of cooking once moving to Tampa.

You’ll visit Ebisu Sushi Shack so much that it starts to feel like home. It is an unassuming house-turned-restaurant that converted the front porch into a pet-friendly dining space. So, pull up a seat at the table, drink a sake mule made from imported Japanese sake, and prepare your chopsticks because it will be a dogfight for the last roll.

Ebisu Sushi Shack has many options, from traditional sushi rolls to specialty rolls. Experience flavors of pop culture-inspired rolls like Naruto and Godzilla. The volcano rolls are an explosion in your mouth. The spicy tuna rolls give a ninja kick to the taste buds, and the electric eye will shock you with unbelievable flavor.

Be sure to get there between 5-6:30 to take advantage of early bird specials.

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

Address: 5116 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa, FL 33603

Chez Faby

Bon Appétit! Chez Faby offers a Parisian ambiance in Downtown Tampa that will even have your dog barking in French. Brunch at Chez Faby will become your favorite meal, and who better to enjoy it with than your pet?

Chez Faby sits on a downtown corner with sidewalk seating for watching the city of Tampa wake up in the morning. Tables feature miniature Eiffel Towers and French flags as the centerpieces to get you in the mood for the French delicacies soon to arrive at the table.

Brunch favorites at Chez Faby include avocado toast topped with salmon and eggs, perfectly seasoned eggs Benedict served with crispy potatoes, and Deauville Salad with brie sprinkled on top. Its drinks are also on par with hot cappuccinos of boozy mimosas to start the day.

After eating, walk off your meal on the shady paths through Lakes Gaslight Park, located across the street from Chez Faby.

Amenities and More: Women-owned, Takes Reservations, Happy Hour Specials, Wheelchair Accessible, Waiter Service

Address: 500 N Tampa St, Tampa, FL 33602

Luv Child

Support local by dining at Luv Child, a place of modern eats for Tampa’s trendiest pet parents. This unique restaurant creates an entire experience immersing you and your pet in the Golden Years of #FreeLove and #FlowerPower.

Luv Child has one of the most creative settings full of cool neon lights, fresh flora decorating the walls, and soulful beats reminiscent of the 70-80s that even your pet will groove to. Clear your camera roll because you’ll have a photoshoot with your pet while waiting for your food.

If you think the restaurant is photogenic, wait until your food arrives. White plates serve as the backdrop to colorful food creations—golden brown French toast sprinkled with white powder sugar and plump red strawberries; Aji Verde Chicken with vibrant green lettuce peeking from between the flakey buns; the Luv Burrito decorated with a creamy sauce and a side of yellow rice and black beans. A true work of art no matter what dish you settle on.

The last Saturday of the month is popular for the pet-friendly so-GROOVY Drag Brunch.

Amenities and More: Takes Reservations, Vegan Options, Accepts Credit Cards, Waiter Service, Happy Hour Specials, Wheelchair Accessible, Offers Military Discounts, Heated Outdoor Seating

Address: 516 South Howard Ave, Tampa, FL 33606

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