Dog owners rejoice, whether you’re in the mood for great pizza, steak, a juicy burger or would instead prefer a plate of pasta, there’s a Philadelphia restaurant to suit every taste — and more than 150 of them are dog friendly. These eateries all offer outdoor seating for you and your pup, and roll out those welcome mats daily with delectable doggy dining that’s just to die for.
D’Angelo’s Ristorante Italiano
256 S. 20th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
This family owned and operated Rittenhouse-area restaurant is touted as one of the best in the city year after year with good reason. Along with its offerings of fine foods based on family recipes, there’s also a children’s menu sporting such favorites as chicken fingers and spaghetti and meatballs. Not only are kids welcome, but so is your dog, who will be given a water bowl to enjoy as you dine in the sunshine.
15 S. 3rd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Known for its organic fare, this popular Old City restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch on weekends. The eatery’s drinks receive rave reviews, as well, and during happy hours, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, they’re all half-priced. There’s even a Saturday and Sunday brunch happy hour, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you prefer, though, you can bring your own bottle of wine and, of course, your dog, too. A water bowl will be provided as you enjoy a meal outdoors at one of the FARMiCiA’s sidewalk tables.
420 S. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
This singular Stephen Starr Society Hill pizzeria boasts a wood stove and such toppings as black truffles, kale, capicola and Italian bacon. Along with beer and wine, drinks include Italian soda and home-made lemonade, all perfectly paired with what some say is the best pizza in town. So head to one of the many sidewalk tables, place your order, get in some great people watching, and enjoy. Your dog will, too, as he’s treated to water and a biscuit to munch on.
Rembrandt’s Restaurant & Bar
741 N. 23rd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Only a short walk from the Philadelphia Art Museum and Azalea Garden, Rembrandt’s has been in business since 1981 and is a Fairmount-area favorite. Expect award-winning pizza and a turkey burger like no other, the Alterna-Burger. This one comes with brie, avocado, tomato, romaine and curry Dijon aioli, and many patrons like it even better than its beefy relative. It’s not just the good food and drinks that bring folks back time and time again, though. It’s also the romantic but casual, kid-friendly atmosphere where even dogs are welcome all year-round at its awning-covered outdoor tables.
The White Dog Café
3420 Sansom St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
This environmentally friendly eatery has been in business for more than 25 years and offers lunch, brunch, dinner and Monday through Thursday happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Using only locally grown, organic produce, poultry and meats, along with the freshest fish, the menu boasts such specialties as dandelion salad, Thai shrimp club sandwiches, porcini-dusted tofu and yellowfin tuna tartare. You’ll be in for a dining experience you won’t soon forget, so put the White Dog on your to-do list and when you come, bring your pooch. A water bowl will be provided for him as you dine under the skies at on outdoor table.
Carol Josel, a Blue Bell, PA resident, is a learning specialist, author of three books, and examiner.com contributor. Her work can be found here