Woman and french bulldog at a restaurant in Houston

5 Hot Spots for Dining With Your Dog in Houston

Dogs are social animals, and so are many of their owners. Naturally, once you have found the perfect pet-friendly apartment in Houston, you will want to make sure the surrounding community has plenty to offer for both you and your pooch. If you are out with your pet and you need a bite to eat, several local restaurants offer outdoor dining areas that welcome dogs. Here are the best restaurants for dining with your dog in Houston!

1. The Grove

Conveniently located on Discovery Green (near a dog park, too!), The Grove features local beers and light dishes including fresh seafood.

2. Hugo’s

Accolades abound for Hugo’s. This is a revered local restaurant, and Chef Hugo Ortego even won a 2017 Best Chef Award from the James Beard Foundation for his southwestern cooking. The lovely patio, decorated to evoke the feel of old Mexico, has a quiet water fountain to soothe you and your pet. Dining with your dog at Hugo’s couldn’t be more fun!

3. Backstreet Café

Diverse cuisine and seasonal eating are the main inspirations for the menu at Backstreet Café. The restaurant is in a 1930s-era home, and the garden-like setting of the patio is a popular destination for Sunday brunch.

4. Tiny Boxwoods

Relax with your pet on the shady patio, which overlooks a lush, manicured lawn. Tiny Boxwoods is the perfect place to spend a summer afternoon with your pup. In addition to the lovely garden setting, this café features a signature chocolate chip cookie.

5. Cottonwood

Featuring a large outdoor patio area, Cottonwood offers brunch, snacks, burgers and more. Over 40 taps are ready to quench your thirst for local and artisan beers.


To help keep dogs welcome at these fine local eateries, please be considerate to both the other patrons and your dog. Call ahead to make sure the pet-friendly policy is still in effect. Once there, keep your dog on a short leash so they can stay close to you, and take care that they don’t disturb the other diners with barking or begging. Bring a chew toy to keep them occupied and bring your own water bowl in case they get thirsty.

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