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May 18, 2008 06:56 AM

Seattle: Outdoor Dining with Dog?

We took our dog to the dog park last evening, and on our way home, we realized we were hungry and wanted to eat out before heading home. While we could have left her in the car while we ate, since it was so hot out, we didn't want to do that.

So that got me thinking - I have definitely seen places around town that let dogs sit with you (either at sidewalk tables or deck/patios), but couldn't remember any of them. Anyone have suggestions?

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  1. Norm's in fremont has a couple of sidewalk tables; very dog friendly.

    there are other places I have heard of as well, but have not tried them yet. looking forward to seeing others suggestions from this thread.

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    1. re: broksonic

      we've eaten inside norm's with our dog..

      also, the Islander is dog friendly on the patio. in the summers, they have a Doggie Brunch , with reservations taken at 3 dog bakery.

    2. We've eaten outside at Tutta Bella in Wallingford with our dog before. They were clearly used to this and had a metal water bowl for the pooch.

      1. People are always eating outside at Volunteer Park Cafe with their doggies.

        1. there's a discussion at as well. Note: it digresses into "should dogs be at Restaurants" pretty quickly, but a few places are named.

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          1. re: broksonic

            I am a dog owner, so I am not trying to be a jerk (really, I am not), but it is illegal to have dogs in any restaurant anywhere in Washington.

            it is allowed (and i have done this) at outdoor places with dogs along the perimiter. they must be outside a fence or boundry.

            1. re: bluedog67

              What if there isn't a fence? Seems very strange not to allow dogs at cafe tables outside.

              1. re: Kenyon

                Yes, I think that if you don't raise any big commotion with your dog at an outside table and it's not bothering other people, then it's up to the restaurant staff to either turn their head, or ask you to leave. Really, if you go asking for permission, then someone here in the 'Nanny State' will more than likely recite some rule or coded legislation in detail regarding your obvious ignorance of the law - most likely in a passive-aggressive, third person persona...

                I'm not a dog advocate, but I do own a mild-mannered dog, and think that people should lighten up. I hardly think a dog is any more obnoxious than a screaming baby or a toddler tantrum at a restaurant.


                1. re: Papa Kip Chee

                  yay! someone finally said it. I'll second that I'd rather have a dozen well mannered doggies around at a restaurant than most of the children you see nowadays (screaming/crying and the parents doing nothing since they are too busy looking the other way).

                  1. re: nseattlefoodie

                    love kids, love dogs ... bet if you cultured a petri dish with swipes from both it would probably be a tie!

                  2. re: Papa Kip Chee

                    Well said!

                    The Dog and Pony in downtown Renton, just south of Boeing on Park allows well behaved dogs on their patio outback and even provide a water dish. I have seen many dogs in there and there has never been a problem. Most lay quietly at their owners feet.

                    As with both dogs and children, I feel if they can't behave you need to leave the restaurant with them. Just FYI, I love dogs and do have one, well-behaved older dog and do love children and although I don't have any of my own, I have lots of children who are part of my life.

                2. re: bluedog67

                  Yeah, so's driving over the speed limit and I do that all the time ;).

                  Seriously, I'm not a dog owner and even I think it's a ridiculous law.

                  1. re: Lauren

                    In all fairnes--and I love dogs, and would love to have them in all restaurants. Much more than having children around (sorry, parents).

                    But, I do have family that is pretty allergic to dogs, so if it were a poodle, then it would be no big deal, but if there is a fluffy dog at the table next to my father, he is going to have a less comfortable dinner than he otherwise would. I don't know enough about allergies to know if there are people more allergic than he is, but if it were a cat, we would not be able to eat at that restaurant. Something to think about.

                    Sorry to be the party pooper...