Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Houston to Check Out

Grab a beer with your dog at Platypus Brewing or, head to a play date at Barkley’s.

By Geneva Diaz

Resident Houstonia pup, Prada, enjoying a tasty Good Boy dog beer at Barkley's in Midtown.

Houston, and its booming culinary scene is not just amplifying for humans, but dogs too. Places like Barkley’s and Barnaby’s Cafe have specially curated menus that include ground beef over rice bowls, doggy ice cream, and even a Good Boy Dog BeerWhile some eateries in the city only allow pups on a leash, others go the extra mile with full-blown playpens, toys and free treats to keep your pup entertained and happy. Gone are the days of leaving your dog at home while going out on a dinner date. 

Here are 7 dog-friendly restaurants your furry best friend will enjoy.

Axelrad Beer Garden

With an expansive outdoor area and weekly outdoor activities and events, it’s no surprise that Axelrad Beer Garden makes the list. While you still need to have your dogs leashed and are required to be spayed, neutered and well-behaved, there are dog bowls and milk bone treats available. The bar also has two clean up stations in the garden area and pets allowed in and outside the establishment. Relax in the hammocks for happy hour and grab a pizza at Luigi’s,or one of the many rotating food vendors available while enjoying live music and your dog's company. 

1517 Alabama St., (713) 597-8800


This midtown eatery takes “pet-friendly” to new heights, with a spacious and shady patio and an off-leash dog park where your dog can roam and play freely with other dogs. As a full-service bar and kitchen for pet owners, Barkley’s also offers a dog menu, locally-made treats, CBD products, water bowls, and even a “Good Boy Dog'' beer. Enjoy the patio with live music on Thursday’s at 7 p.m. while eating a savory burger. Be sure to check out the events calendar for “Yappy Hour” and weekend “Puppies and Bubbles” brunch.

2300 Louisiana St., (713) 752-2275

Barnaby’s Cafe

Named after a pup, every location of Barnaby’s is dog-friendly. Not only do they offer a great selection of salads and burgers for dog owners, but also have a special dog menu featuring $5 meals such as ground beef and garlic, sliced chicken breast, and scrambled eggs, all served over brown rice. Splurge for National Pet Day and order the Doggie Ice cream for $1, while having lunch on the dog-friendly, shady patio. Since there’s a special menu and water bowls just for your four-legged friend, dogs are restricted from eating off of your plate or drinking from your glass. With a combination of comfort Tex-Mex style food, covered spaces to eat, and your most loyal companion, this cafe makes for a great spot. 

Multiple locations


Bohemeo’s, or better known as “Bos” to the regulars, is an eclectic cafe located in the historic Eastwood neighborhood. Enjoy the covered patio while eating their famous diablo tacos, or enjoy the open patio surrounded by plants while your dog takes a nap in the grass. Be sure to be on the lookout for resident cat, Sadie, known as “Queen of Bohemeo’s.” Plus, they host monthly bike rides and sometimes you can catch local musicians playing on the weekends. 

708 Telephone Rd., (713) 923-4277

Onion Creek Cafe

Located in the Heights on the lively street of White Oak Dr. is Onion Creek Cafe. This restaurant features a large covered patio with plenty of space for the whole family to enjoy–including your pets. Both you and your dog can quench your thirst during happy hour, with a water bowl for the pup, and a Frosé for you. Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. and has weekly specials such as; Wednesday steak night and Thursday burgers. Weekend brunch is until 2 p.m. and features a DJ. 

3106 White Oak Dr., (713) 880-0706

Platypus Brewing 

This craft brewery is located in the Lower Heights area and has the perfect Australian-inspired comfort food designed to pair perfectly with its beers– aka tinnie– and crafted cocktails. Show off your dog on the shaded deck while indulging in happy hour Tuesday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. If you ask for their staff member Brew Dog Roxy, you may get a greeting from Platypus Brew’s four-legged friend. Water bowls are available by the water cooler on the deck.

1902 Washington Ave Suite E, (832) 742-5503

The Pit Room 

Whether you’re in the mood for some classic BBQ or some delicious crawfish, The Pit Room has you covered. BBQ is served everyday and Crawfish is available from Thursday to Sunday. Sink your teeth into some mouth watering breakfast tacos from 7 to 10:30 a.m, and bring your dogs to keep you company. But beware, for your dog's nose may instinctively start hunting for fallen bites on the ground. All dogs must be leashed. 

1201 Richmond Ave, (281) 888-1929


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