We all relax in different ways. Some of us book a massage at our favorite spa while others grab a drink with friends. For animal lovers, hanging out with their dog does the trick. Here, we’ve rounded up some of the best pup-friendly restaurants in the city—yes, they offer top-notch service for both owners and dogs alike.
White Dog Cafe has been a University City staple since the early ’80s, and it’s only gotten better with time—especially for dog-lovers. This classic restaurant is known for their healthy, organic ingredients and support of local farms—along with the pup-chic art decorating the walls inside. Celebrating them in more ways than one, the café also allows your furry friend to dine with you outside. Plus, every summer the team hosts Dining Out for The Dogs, a fundraiser to help support Alpha Bravo Canine, a non-profit organization which provides service dogs free of charge to veterans who suffer from PTSD. Multiple locations, Tickets for Dining Out for The Dogs $20, whitedog.com.
Uptown Beer Garden in Center City is a great place to stop by after work if you’re looking to relax and sip on some exceptional brews. Canine friends are welcome on a leash anytime except Wednesdays, when Uptown participates in Center City Sips. There’s plenty of space for your dog to roam around the garden while you lounge on some patio furniture. Stop by for extra puppy fun in August and September when the restaurant hosts “Yappy Hours,” where volunteers from the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society showcase adoptable pets. 1735 Market St., 215.397.3308, loc8nearme.com
Both Slice Fishtown and Slice Italian Market offer a perfect neighborhood spot for you and your pet. Water bowls and treats are sold along with melty, cheesy pizza slices. Both locations offer ample outdoor seating, so the whole family can have fun, including our four-legged friends. Multiple locations, slicepa.com
Pizzeria Vetri is the ideal pizza place if you’re looking for a new and breezy spot to dine. Both the Rittenhouse and Art Museum locations offer ample outdoor seating, as well as water bowls for your pup to cool down with. Their signature soft serve is also dog-friendly, except for chocolate, of course. Multiple locations, pizzeriavetri.com
Looking for some prime people and pup-watching? Look no further than Parc. Aside from a complimentary water bowl, Parc makes dog treats year-round for their furry guests, which they also sell by the pint for $8. After you enjoy a delicious meal of Parc’s French offerings, feel free to take a stroll around Rittenhouse Square. 227 S. 18th St., 215.545.2262, parc-restaurant.com
P.J. Clarke’s in Old City offers the works to both you and your pet. You can relax and enjoy unobstructed views of Independence Mall and Washington Square Park while your dog gets the five-star treatment with free water, treats, and even a free bandana. All this paired with their famous raw bar menu and cocktails makes P.J.’s the perfect place for everyone. 601 Walnut St., 215.999.2000, pjclarkes.com
Photography by: White Dog Cafe courtesy of White Dog Cafe; Uptown Beer Garden by Kory Aversa; Slice photo Kory Aversa; Pizzeria Vetri photo courtesy of Brittany Connor; Parc photo courtesy of STARR Restaurants; P.J. Clarke's photo by Deepika Subbiah