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Apr 21, 2011 06:41 AM

Dog friendly outdoor dining

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.


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  1. 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).

    1. 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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      1. re: robwat36

        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.

        1. re: gourmaniac

          Do you know if the new place has a patio?

          1. re: Jpan99

            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.

            1. re: hotoynoodle

              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

              1. re: robwat36

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

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

          1. 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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            1. re: loper

              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.

            2. 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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              1. re: twentyoystahs

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

                1. re: hotoynoodle

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