Best Dog Friendly Restaurants with Yappy Hours

By Barbara Ann Kelley, CBSTampa.com
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Most dogs are not only their owner’s best friend but also a beloved member of the family and constant companion. To help find the right place for you and your four-legged family member to grab a bite to eat we tracked down the restaurants that love dogs just as much as you do.

PINELLAS AND THE BEACHES

The Brown Boxer Pub and Grille
15000 Madeira Way / Madeira Beach 33708
(727) 391-1704 / Website: www.brownboxer.com

The Brown Boxer has two pet friendly locations in Clearwater Beach and Madeira Beach both have large shaded patios that are Fido and owner friendly. The Madeira Beach

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location hosts Dogs on the Deck every 2nd Tuesday of the month from 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM. Great thing about the Brown boxer is on Friday and Saturday nights they serve until 2 a.m. and are open until 3 in the morning. The Clearwater location is open 11am – 3am 7 days a week and always serve until 2 in the morning. The ribs and burgers are great and they have a children’s menu.

Clearwater Wine Bar & Bistro
483 Mandalay Ave, Suite 113 / Clearwater Beach 33767
(727) 446-8805 / Website: www.clearwaterwinecompany.com 

This dog friendly restaurant is a European-inspired wine bar, bistro & retail wine shop located on the north end of Clearwater Beach. Dogs are always welcomed on their shaded courtyard patio. The wine menu is extensive and they serve by the glass or bottle. This charming wine bistro has a monthly canine Yappy Hour fundraiser hosted by local rescue groups. Check their website for times and dates.

Sweet Sage Cafe
16725 Gulf Blvd / North Redington Beach 33708
(727) 391-0453  / Website: http://www.sweetsagecafe.com

You and Fido can always eat together at Sweet Sage Cafe in North Redington Beach. Well behaved pets on leases are always welcomed at the N. Redington Beach café. You and your pooch can spend quality time bonding over a relaxing meal and shooting the breeze with other pets and their owners. The Sweet Sage Cafe has human and canine food guaranteed to make both of you drool. Their dog menu is almost as big as their human. Go to it with this link. Open 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. 7 days a week. Free Wi-Fi.

TAMPA

Gaspar’s Grotto
1805 E. 7th Avenue / Tampa/Ybor City 33605
(813) 248-5900 / Website: www.gasparsgrotto.com

The extensive outdoor patio includes a stage, outdoor bar with lots of shade and numerous fountains. Their daily Doggy special is made fresh daily and has ground chicken, rice with organic veggies. This canine meal can be purchase for $2.00 per 1/2 pound. For humans try their pulled pork quesadillas, Cubans, wood-fired pizzas, Cajun fried oysters or crispy mojo half chicken. There are many giant screen TV’s on site to view your favorite sporting events. Gasper’s Grotto has musical entertainment and magicians, stilt walkers, statue men, contortionists and mimes that you and your pooch will be amazed by. Gaspar’s is famous for their large selection of fine rum and cigars.

GrillSmith
1108 South Dale Mabry Highway / Tampa 33629
(813) 250-3850 / Website: http://www.grillsmith.com

GrillSmith on Dale Mabry is a great restaurant that also loves pets. They have water bowls and dog biscuits available for all canines. Grillsmith even has a doggy wall of fame where they take a picture of your dog and place it on the patio billboard for all to enjoy. They have a ‘Yappy Hour’ on the third Tuesday of every month with  15-20 friendly dogs and their owners at this event.

Did we miss a restaurant that welcomes you and your dog? In the comment section below let us know of Tampa Bay’s best dog friendly restaurants. We value your comments and opinions.

DOG BEACHES AND PARKS

Tampa has more pet friendly wide open spaces than you realize. For a list of the best beaches and parks that are perfect for active dogs and their owners go to this link.

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