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Jpan99 Apr 21, 2011 06:41 AM

Once the weather gets warmer I'll be out with my dog and looking for places to lunch in and around Boston (metro west). He's a big boy, 100+ pounds so a tiny little patio with no room between tables just won't work for us. He's very well behaved but needs space to lie down next to my chair.

Open to any suggestions, just something casual where my dog is welcome! We've had success at several places in Portland Maine while on vacation so hoping to find some good spots around home.


  1. Jpan99 May 19, 2011 07:37 AM

    Got another reply.

    This applies to Stephanies on Newbury and Stephi's on Tremont
    "We can accommodate dogs when dining outside. Please let the host know at the time you check in so that we can seat you at a table on the railing. The dog will have to be outside of the railing."

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      NahantNative May 18, 2011 07:45 AM

      Has anyone had any experience with bringing dogs to the new restaurants on the Waterfront in South Boston?

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      1. re: NahantNative
        hotoynoodle May 18, 2011 12:59 PM

        none of the patios have been open due to the horrible weather.

      2. Jpan99 May 17, 2011 07:54 AM

        Dining with dogs update: I emailed several of the restaurants mentioned here to see if they allow dogs on the patio. Not all responded but the responses I got were all from restaurant managers or owners. I didn't want to phone the restaurants and get incorrect information from a hostess or whoever might answer the phone.

        I do find it interesting how the health codes are blamed often but wonder why the codes apply to one restaurant and not another. I'm now in search of the actual health codes regarding dogs and outdoor restaurants in Massachusetts. I'll update here when I find any info. Also, if anyone can add anything official to this list, please do.

        I do know that my dog is too big for some of these spots but if you have a smaller dog feel free to visit any of the restaurants that welcome dogs.

        Anyway, I asked all of them the same question, "can I dine with my dog at your outdoor patio?"

        In no particular order:

        "Unfortunately we do not allow dogs directly on the patio. We do have two nearby trees we allow them to be tied up to. They are between 5 and 10 feet away from our patio.'

        Tremont 647
        "We would love to have you and your dog join us on the patio. As per regulation of the Department of Health, your dog must stay on the outside of the patio, but we welcome you both! The patio is a walk-in, first-come first-serve basis, so feel free to join us any clear day you'd like. "

        "The patio is considered part of dining and therefore, pets are not allowed, per health standards."

        Caffe Graffiti
        "To answer your question, we prefer the dog be leashed to the outside of the patio fence, which would most likely be adjacent to your table. I have two dogs myself and wish Boston was more like Europe where you always see pets dining with owners!"

        28 Degrees
        "Unfortunately by law we can not allow animals in the space unless they are required to assist a person."

        Toro Restaurant
        "you are welcome to sit on the patio with your dog"

        Spiga - Needham
        "We welcome happy and well behaved dogs on our patio Monday through Thursday, at lunch and at dinnertime as well. Friday and Saturday it gets too crowded!"

        Henrietta's Table - Cambridge
        "We do allow dogs on the patio. The only requirement is that the table is sat with the dog on the perimeter of the patio. "

        28 Degrees
        1 Appleton St., Boston, MA 02116

        1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

        Tremont 647
        647 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02118

        Henrietta's Table
        One Bennett St., Cambridge, MA 02138

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        1. re: Jpan99
          tamerlanenj May 17, 2011 10:51 AM

          Wow, super helpful compilation! Thanks!

          1. re: Jpan99
            BostonZest May 17, 2011 06:57 PM

            For what it is worth, some restaurant's in Provincetown have managed to get legal permission to have dogs in their outdoor dining areas. I don't know if this is possible in Boston but it is possible in the state of Massachusetts.


          2. rubysdad May 2, 2011 06:08 PM

            Ruby likes to sit out on the deck at the Brickhouse Center Sports Grill in Chelmsford., right on the Bruce Freeman rail trail. Generally she'll stick with draft beer and pizza, but the Thanksgiving in a sandwich option isn't too bad, either, and sometimes Mike (da boss) stops by to hand her a piece of home cooked turkey. Doggie heaven. Sorry, hounds, that link above is incorrect. This place is indeed in Chelmsford Center, right next to The Traveling Rhino.

            Brickhouse Cafe
            314 E Main St, Fall River, MA 02724

            1. opinionatedchef May 1, 2011 11:03 PM

              Today I saw golden retrvr w/ family at outdoor tables of Cafe Graffiti, corner of Salem St.,No.End, and the Greenway.

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              1. re: opinionatedchef
                phatchris May 2, 2011 09:58 AM

                I saw them as well, may have to give it a shot.

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                Otm_Shank Apr 24, 2011 09:43 AM

                We have taken our golden retriever to the patio at Cambridge Brewing Company a few times and have had no problems at all.

                Cambridge Brewing Company
                1 Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA 02139

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                  phatchris Apr 22, 2011 08:17 AM

                  The Liberty Hotel is dog friendly inside and out. Also had great luck at Kingfish Hall, Anthem and The Kinsale. Joes on the water looks pretty dog friendly.

                  Kingfish Hall
                  188 South Market Building, Boston, MA 02109

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                    hotoynoodle Apr 22, 2011 08:46 AM

                    hotels that allow dogs still do not allow dogs in dining room venues, and not always on the patio either.

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                      phatchris Apr 22, 2011 02:40 PM

                      They allow dogs at the hotel lobby bar as well as the outside patio. They even have a yappy hour with special cocktails for your pooch.


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                        hotoynoodle Apr 24, 2011 08:35 AM

                        i know the boston harbor hotel allows dogs as guests, but they are not welcome in the bar. was in there one night and some lady brought in 3 yappers and the bartender nearly had an embolism trying to get them out politely.

                  2. L2k Apr 22, 2011 06:37 AM

                    I've seen dogs just outside the fence, but with their masters, at Stephanie's and Charlie's, both on Newbury Street

                    1. Jpan99 Apr 22, 2011 06:34 AM

                      I found this link to dog friendly restaurants in Boston but I have it feeling it's out of date. Can anyone recommend anything from this list?


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                      1. re: Jpan99
                        robwat36 Apr 22, 2011 07:02 AM

                        The Dish, Rocca, Garden of Eden, and that location of Joe's are all defunct.

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                          hotoynoodle Apr 22, 2011 07:56 AM

                          i would call ahead wherever you want to visit. especially with such a large dog, it's not like you're toting around one of those tiny teacup dogs. :)

                          the place i work was listed on some website as being dog-friendly and the owner of our building will ABSOLUTELY NOT allow dogs on our patio. we had to turn away a number of pissed-off dog owners last summer.

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                          twentyoystahs Apr 21, 2011 11:39 AM

                          Pretty much EVERY place that has a patio in the South End allows you to bring your pup along. (The exception being spots like B & G where the patio isn't right on the street but is a secluded area attached to the restaurant) T
                          Places we have brought our dog include Coppa, Toro, Stella, Stephanie's, Pops, House Of Siam (on Tremont), and Masa. It's because SO many of our residents have dogs.
                          Back Bay and other areas around the city tend to get a little bit more strict, saying you have to leave the dog on the "outside" of the patio area/fence, which can be a drag if your dog likes to seat near you and there isn't a table available.

                          1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

                          439 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116

                          348A Cambridge Rd, Woburn, MA 01801

                          Tremont Cafe
                          418 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116

                          253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

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                            hotoynoodle Apr 21, 2011 07:13 PM

                            as for the south end, i know sibling rivalry and hammersley's will not allow dogs "on" the patio.

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                              twentyoystahs Apr 22, 2011 03:12 PM

                              Yeah, well when I'm dropping over $100 on dinner for two I tend not to bring the pup along anyway.....

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                            loper Apr 21, 2011 11:21 AM

                            Taberna de Haro often shows up on searches for dog-friendly dining. We haven't tried it with our pup yet, but I love the idea of bringing her there. Will have to call and confirm.

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                              teezeetoo Apr 21, 2011 01:06 PM

                              love taberna but the patio area is quite small and crowded. not too sure a 100 pound dog would be welcome, but you can always call and check.

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                              hoohah Apr 21, 2011 10:19 AM

                              The Lobster Shanty in Salem is very dog-friendly and even has a doggie menu. Fun place, great people watching and very low key.

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                                robwat36 Apr 21, 2011 07:09 AM

                                My first thoughts were Geoffrey's in Roslindale and Scup's, then I realized how much has changed since last summer.

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                                  gourmaniac Apr 21, 2011 07:43 AM

                                  Geoffrey's has moved to Back Bay, but their previous locations have been very dog friendly for patio use as our 90 lb white German Shepherd can attest.

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                                    Jpan99 Apr 21, 2011 07:55 AM

                                    Do you know if the new place has a patio?

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                                      hotoynoodle Apr 21, 2011 08:15 AM

                                      the new place does not have a patio.

                                      tremont 647 might be worth a shot, but many places in boston simply do not allow dogs "on" the patio. they may let you leash him right outside the fence, if there is space, but it's not a dog-friendly city as far as dining goes.

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                                        opinionatedchef Apr 21, 2011 11:35 AM

                                        i am a dog fanatic; always looking to meet beautiful ones when out and about. Met a dog under a table at Tremont 647 last summer. can't imagine Tr647 turning away a dog, even a bigger one; get a corner table (more room for the dog under the roping.)

                                        Tremont 647
                                        647 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02118

                                      2. re: Jpan99
                                        robwat36 Apr 21, 2011 08:16 AM

                                        It doesn't.

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                                          teezeetoo Apr 21, 2011 08:29 AM

                                          i have brought my dog to the Beacon Street Grill. You might check with them whether they still allow this.

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                                    Gabatta Apr 21, 2011 06:59 AM

                                    I will be interested to hear any tips here as well. Boston is pretty weak on this front unfortunately. The Beehive in the South End is one that accommodates dogs, unfortunately I don't like eating there. There are a few others in the SE I believe, maybe others will chime in.

                                    Bartley's welcomes our dog at their outdoor tables, however that is a fairly high traffic area. Other than that, Cambridge is suprisingly void of dog friendly spots.

                                    Not in the city, but the Lobster Pool is Rockport is a great place to go with your dog (and it is byob).

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