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Pet-Friendly Restaurants in Greater Fort Lauderdale

Greater Fort Lauderdale is a pet-lover’s paradise flush with dog runs, pet-friendly beaches, hiking trails, and public parks. After all that activity, relax over a meal or drink at the many pet-friendly restaurants of Greater Fort Lauderdale, all of which are ready to roll out the red carpet for Rover. With dining and drink options across the culinary spectrum and in every corner of Greater Fort Lauderdale, both pets and owners can be sure to find great food, views, and brews day and night in an animal-friendly setting.

The Name Says It All

Big Dog Station in Oakland Park is ready to make you and your pet feel like locals. A friendly neighborhood sports bar, Big Dog Station also hosts live music and charity events. The kitchen serves up guaranteed crowd-pleasers like fried mac ‘n’ cheese, potato skins, and the Big Dog Burger, a half-pound burger with grilled onions, jalapenos, and cheese. With an easygoing clientele and a wide selection of local and domestic beer on tap, this is the perfect place for you and your big dog to station yourselves for an afternoon to watch the big game.

Doggie Delicacies

While all of the restaurants listed here will welcome your pet with a bowl of fresh water and a pat of the head, Shooters Waterfront actually has an exclusive menu for dogs. Select from Bahia Beef, Boca Chica Chicken, and Ocean Reef Turkey for your dogg and rest assured that all selections contain USDA-certified ingredients and a blend of pet-essential vitamins and minerals. These veterinary-approved fresh meals are sure to earn you a big wet kiss from your canine, while the brunch, lunch, and dinner menus will wow the humans at your table. Both two- and four-legged members of the family will enjoy the views of the Intracoastal Waterway, with valet parking and 340 feet of dockage making arrival by car or boat a breeze.

Seafood Specialties

If the only ships you want to see sailing your way are sushi boats full of fresh fish being delivered to your table, try one of these two pet-friendly Asian-fusion restaurants in Greater Fort Lauderdale: Tee Jay Thai Sushi and Heart Rock Sushi. The waitstaff will be happy to fetch your favorite sushi or temaki rolls, including a few chef’s specialties you won’t find anywhere else. 

For a dash more spice in your seafood and a down-home demeanor that also welcomes four-legged friends, Shuck and Dive is the only restaurant in Greater Fort Lauderdale that flies in certified Louisiana oysters and crawfish. While your pet may not appreciate the Cajun-spice blackened burger or chicken—though you certainly will—Shuck and Dive’s Chef Staz has been known to cook up a plain chicken breast for a hungry pooch or two.

Friendly to Pets and the Pocketbook

One of the best times of the year to get out and enjoy pet-friendly restaurants is during Greater Fort Lauderdale’s Restaurant Month, which occurs in August and September every year. With many of the area’s best pet-friendly restaurants participating, Restaurant Month is an opportunity for both pet and owner to explore new neighborhoods and new culinary frontiers.

Be sure to check out all of the pet-friendly things to do, places to stay, and resources while you're in Greater Fort Lauderdale.

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