10 Top Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Charlotte

Whether you’re looking for a diner, a dive or something with a little more class, we’ve rounded up some pet-friendly restaurant options for your stay in Charlotte. We’re positive your dog will be excited about the situation as well (table scraps anyone?).

Top Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Charlotte

1. Lucky Dog Bark & Brew

2220 Thrift Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28208

  • Huge patio for pups and their people
  • Dogs must be fixed and up to date on shots to enter facility
  • Separate rubber-floored indoor areas and fenced in outdoor play areas for small & large dogs
  • On Sudsy Saturday you can sip bubbles which your dog gets fresh and clean!
  • Take out options if you’re hungry

2. Zada Jane’s Corner Café

Plaza Midwood
1601 Central Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28205

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  • Large patio
  • Staff will bring dog water
  • Funky building with lots of character!
  • Breakfast is their main squeeze – it’s served all day
  • Shuffleboard, shuffleboard, shuffleboard!

3. VVBGB Beer Hall and Garden

Third Ward
920 Hamilton St.
Charlotte, NC 28206

  • Serving many local beers, but also beers from around the world
  • Charlotte’s largest patio (tented in the cold weather)
  • Kid-friendly too, so bring the whole family
  • DJs spinning on the patio on weekends

4. River’s Edge Bar & Grill

5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
Charlotte, NC 28214

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  • Located at U.S. National Whitewater Center
  • Plenty of trails nearby for wandering with your four-legged friend
  • Water buckets for pups on the porch
  • Great selection of beers and delicious eats!
  • Live music during the warmer months

5. Jack Beagle’s

3213 N Davidson St.
Charlotte, NC 28205

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  • Neighborhood pub with a spacious, dog-friendly patio
  • Music might be a little loud for sensitive dogs
  • Late night menu available until 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays!
  • Friendly and accommodating staff

6. Zapata’s Mexican Restaurant

Ballantyne East
15105 John J Delaney Dr.
Charlotte, NC 28277

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  • Staff loves dogs!
  • Outdoor patio that allows leashed pets
  • Casual and laidback environment
  • Delicious Mexican food
  • Great location – Ballantyne has all the entertainment you’re looking for!

7. Hattie’s Tap & Tavern

Plaza Midwood
2918 The Plaza
Charlotte, NC 28205

  • Located between Plaza Midwood and NoDa
  • 24 rotating drafts
  • The whole place is dog-friendly, enjoy pints with the pooch
  • Cornhole on the porch, plus televisions for watching the game
  • Live entertainment – karaoke, music, bingo

8. The Dog Bar

3307 N Davidson St.
Charlotte, NC 28205

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  • Charlotte’s only off leash dog bar!/li>
  • Dogs can run free – most dog-friendly place around/li>
  • Games for humans/li>
  • Promote adoption agencies/li>
  • No food, but you can easily grab a bite at a neighboring restaurant/li>
  • Can get a little stinky in there

9. Wine Vault

University City North
9009 J M Keynes Dr. #1
Charlotte, NC 28262

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  • People (and puppy) watch from the giant open patio!
  • Lots of other four-legged friends for your dog to bond with
  • Close to lake
  • Live music often
  • Charlotte landmark
  • Bring in food from another establishment if you want

10. Jackalope Jacks

1936 E 7th St.
Charlotte, NC 28204

  • Water for pups on the dog-friendly patio
  • Legendary brunch
  • Sports bar located in the heart of the Elizabeth neighborhood
  • Arcade games and karaoke

Want to spend a romantic evening out, or looking for more cozy, indoor dining options? We’ve got you covered – simply hire a local sitter and give your pup some perfect company.