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Dining With Dogs: A Guide To Our Area’s Pawsome Patios


The thought of leaving our furry companions behind can put a damper on any outing. But fret no more, pet owners! Sarasota-Manatee Originals has the inside scoop on restaurants in our area with outdoor seating that welcomes your canine companion. These pawsome patios allow you to enjoy a delicious breakfast, lunch, or dinner with your pup by your side. 

Pet-Friendly Restaurants


Bevardi's offers a delightful outdoor dining experience that is perfect for lunching with your dog or enjoying appetizers and dinner. Bevardi’s aims to provide all their guests with delicious dishes and a welcoming atmosphere that will keep you coming back for more.


Birdrock Taco

Seeking a laid-back dining experience with fantastic food and entertainment? Look no further than Birdrock Taco! This is the ideal spot to bring your dog and savor delicious tacos, refreshing drinks, and a chill atmosphere. 

Blue Marlin

Craving fresh seafood and a vibrant atmosphere? Look no further than Blue Marlin on Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach! This friendly, nautical-chic restaurant promises a delightful dining experience. Unwind in their inviting courtyard, aptly named the "Trapyard," and savor delicious dishes featuring the region's finest catches. Blue Marlin goes beyond just food; it's a place to create lasting memories with loved ones – canine companions included, as well-behaved dogs are welcome.

The Breakfast Company

Nobody does breakfast, brunch, and lunch like The Breakfast Company!  Meet up with family and friends to enjoy your favorite menu items or to discover your new favorite menu item.  Bring your sweet pup and enjoy your meal!

Brick’s Smoked Meats

Brick's Smoked Meats serves delicious Central Texas-inspired barbeque that is cooked low and slow. Their menu is so tempting that you won't be able to resist falling in love with everything on it. Additionally, they have live music that will make your experience even more enjoyable. You can bring your family, friends, and even your pup to have an amazing time together.


Café Venice Restaurant & Bar

Treat yourself to lunch or dinner at Café Venice, located in the historic downtown “Venice Island” district. Enjoy delicious food and a fun atmosphere, where even your furry friends are welcome!

Cassariano Italian Eatery

Cassariano Italian Eatery is an exceptional restaurant offering Contemporary Italian Cuisine, the perfect blend of rich bistro flavors, fine wine, and a relaxed atmosphere. It's an ideal place to enjoy a meal, create fond memories, and experience a heightened sense of culinary art and passion. Plus, you can dine with your pup by your side.

Drunken Poet Café 

Discover the Drunken Poet Café, Sarasota's premier destination for sophisticated yet lively dining. Indulge in authentic Thai cuisine and creative sushi dishes amidst a warm and inviting ambiance. Their diverse selection of boutique wines, hard ciders, and sake sourced from around the globe perfectly complements your dining experience. Plus, they’re proud to be a pet-friendly establishment, so you can bring your furry companions along to enjoy the outing too!

Duval’s Fresh. Local. Seafood.

Experience Duval's, a vibrant eatery and bar dedicated to exceptional seafood, fine wines, inventive cocktails, and impeccable service. They are committed to supporting their community by sourcing the finest ingredients from local fishermen and farmers. As a pet-friendly venue, they invite you to bring your furry friends along to enjoy the experience with you! 


El Melvin Cocina Mexicana

Welcome to El Melvin, your new destination for upscale modern Mexican cuisine! Indulge in brunch, express-style lunch, happy hour, and dinner while enjoying live music six times a week. Plus, you can bring your pooch along to join in the festivities!

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Gulf Drive Cafe & The Kokonut Hut

Escape to the beachfront paradise of The Kokonut Hut, Gulf Drive Cafe's expanded bar. Sip on a tropical cocktail while cool breezes carry the scent of the ocean and the island unfolds before you in a breathtaking panorama. Pick your tunes from the Touchtunes jukebox and feel the sand between your toes as you dance the night away. Their bartenders are experts at crafting unique concoctions, and they welcome your furry companions to join the fun. The Kokonut Hut promises generous portions of delicious food, friendly service, and a laid-back beach vibe that's perfect for soaking up the Florida sunshine.

Harry’s Continental Kitchens

Harry’s Continental Kitchens has been a beloved fixture of fine dining on Longboat Key since 1979, earning its reputation as a local landmark. Nestled just steps away from the Gulf of Mexico, Harry’s is a culinary oasis set amidst lush greenery, featuring not only a renowned restaurant but also a gourmet deli and corner store. Best of all, they warmly welcome pets, so feel free to bring your furry companion to enjoy the beautiful surroundings with you!


JPAN Sushi & Grill

Indulge in authentic Japanese cuisine featuring traditional dishes, mind-blowing sushi, and innovative kitchen creations at their restaurant. Their experienced and innovative chefs are ready to design a magnificent meal for you and your family, all in the company of their lively and hospitable staff. Whether you're in the mood for classic favorites like sushi or tempura, they've got you covered. And the best part? You can bring your dog to JPAN!  

Kore Steakhouse

Craving a unique and interactive dining experience? Look no further than Kore Korean Steakhouse at Waterside Place in Lakewood Ranch. Their focus is on high-quality meats and ingredients, prepared right at your table on smokeless grills. This fun, social experience allows you to cook your food to your perfect preference, while enjoying a variety of flavorful options. With a chef boasting 20 years of experience and a friendly staff dedicated to your enjoyment, Kore promises a delicious and memorable evening. And if you're looking for a pet-friendly option, their outdoor patio welcomes your furry friend to join in on the fun.


Le Colonne Restaurant

Nestled on charming St. Armands Circle, Le Colonne, a family-run Italian gem, beckons you to savor a taste of la dolce vita. Their delectable homemade pasta and rich sauces are sure to tantalize your taste buds, all accompanied by a selection of carefully chosen wines. Insisting on only the freshest ingredients, they craft enticing dishes that will please even the most discerning palate. And the best part? Your furry friend can join the fun on their pet-friendly patio. So come experience true Italian hospitality at Le Colonne!


Lox and Egg Bagel Company

Lox and Egg is a family-owned cafe specializing in fresh breakfast bagels with cream cheese, lox, veggies, and Boar's Head lunch meat. They're pet-friendly and offer Jewish food traditions passed down for generations. Join them for a delicious breakfast!


MADE Restaurant

Enjoy Sarasota's sunshine and fresh air while dining at MADE Restaurant's expansive outdoor patio. Completely shaded by a large awning, the patio offers a comfortable and convenient spot for you to savor delicious food and good company. MADE serves upscale American comfort food with a unique twist, all at reasonable prices. Their commitment to old-fashioned hospitality ensures a memorable dining experience. Even better, MADE sources ingredients from local farms, ensuring freshness and supporting the community. Whether you're a local or just visiting, MADE Restaurant is a Sarasota staple you won't want to miss, and your furry friend can tag along too!

Mattison’s Forty-One 

Their beautiful outdoor dining area welcomes your furry friend to join you for a delicious meal. While you savor fresh Mediterranean dishes prepared with local ingredients, your pup can relax beside your table. Mattison's offers a delightful atmosphere perfect for a memorable lunch, dinner, or even a weekend brunch with your canine companion. 

Mean Dean’s Local Kitchen

In the Bayshore Gardens area of Bradenton, Mean Deans Local Kitchen offers a welcoming atmosphere for a polished-casual dining experience. This neighborhood gem serves up award-winning, homemade recipes like prime rib, cedar plank salmon, and baby back ribs. They also now boast a full liquor bar for those who want to unwind with a drink. If you're looking for a comfortable spot to enjoy a meal outdoors with your furry friend, Mean Deans offers a pet-friendly patio with a few tables. 

mi Pueblo

Located at the Brickyard Plaza, mi Pueblo el Restaurante Mexicano & Cantina in Venice offers a vibrant and authentic Mexican dining experience. Step inside and be transported to a charming Mexican village with colorful décor, enticing aromas, and traditional music filling the air. Savor the taste of fresh ingredients in their classic Mexican dishes like tacos, enchiladas, or steak fajitas. Feeling adventurous? Try their signature Pollo con Mole, a unique combination of chocolate and chiles. For a sweet ending, don't miss their irresistible cream cheese flan. And during pleasant weather, enjoy the picturesque courtyard with dog-friendly outdoor seating – the perfect spot for a delightful al fresco meal.


Ophelia's on the Bay

Ophelia's on the Bay, established in 1988, is more than a restaurant. Their glass-walled dining rooms and open-air patio overlook Little Sarasota Bay, offering stunning views of the natural surroundings. Chef Daniel Olson blends classic American cuisine with international flavors. They use the freshest Florida-grown ingredients and daily flown-in fish to create unforgettable dishes. Ophelia's is an ideal venue for waterfront weddings, brunch, dinner, or catering events with their full mobile kitchen. Plus, they're pet-friendly!


Calling all lovers of authentic Italian! Ortygia, a hidden gem nestled in Bradenton's Village of The Arts, is currently enjoying their annual Italian Culinary Tour. But fear not, for they'll be back on July 11th to tantalize your taste buds with the finest Sicilian cuisine this side of the Atlantic. Savor the exquisite flavors of true Sicilian fare, a secret Bradenton has been holding close. Whether you choose to dine indoors or on their dog-friendly Garden Patio, Ortygia promises an unforgettable culinary adventure you won't find anywhere else.



Pacific Rim

Enjoy Asian fusion flavors with your furry friend at Pacific Rim on Hillview.  This spot offers a number of pet-friendly tables on its covered front patio, perfect for an evening with Fido. Their menu boasts a variety of Asian influences, from sushi and sashimi to curries and noodles. If you're not in the mood for Asian fare, they also have steak and other options. They even have a full bar for those who want to unwind with a drink. Pacific Rim prides itself on using fresh ingredients to create innovative dishes in a welcoming atmosphere.


Paradise Grill in Nokomis offers a taste of paradise on your plate. Their menu boasts fresh, locally sourced ingredients, from Gulf-to-table seafood to juicy burgers. Snack on classics like oysters and fish tacos, or dive into something more adventurous like their melt-in-your-mouth Mexican pulled pork tacos. They even feature the daily catch, ensuring the freshest seafood possible. Owner Mary Beth promises that "food is fresh, locally sourced, and cooked to order," and with a casual ambiance that welcomes pups, Paradise Grill is the perfect spot for a relaxed and delicious meal.


Reyna’s Taqueria

Reyna's Taqueria is a locally-owned Mexican restaurant located in Sarasota Commons, Sarasota. Their top priority is to use fresh and locally sourced ingredients in their traditional recipes that have been passed down through generations. In addition, they are proud to be a pet-friendly establishment, where your furry companions are welcome to join you as you enjoy their authentic Mexican dishes. 


Riverhouse Waterfront Restaurant

Experience waterfront dining at the Riverhouse in Palmetto's historic district with three dining options under one roof. The Reef & Grill and the Snook Deck are on the ground level, while the Second Floor offers stunning views. Bring your pup along to enjoy the coastal charm and sunset vistas.

Station 400

Discover Station 400 – the perfect brunch destination! With two locations in downtown Sarasota and Lakewood Ranch, this family-owned restaurant offers a unique, chef-driven menu using locally sourced ingredients. Bring your pet along to enjoy the warm, welcoming atmosphere and exceptional service. Indulge in creative twists on traditional brunch favorites or try something new. Don't miss out on a memorable brunch experience at Station 400!


Stottlemyer’s Smokehouse

Craving some slow-smoked BBQ and a lively atmosphere? Look no further than Stottlemyer's Smokehouse in Sarasota, FL. This casual, open-air restaurant offers a taste of old Florida with its tiki bar vibes. Whether you're in the mood for classic BBQ meats like brisket, ribs, and pulled pork, or something different like award-winning fried chicken or pizza, their extensive menu has something for everyone. They also serve sandwiches, po-boys, and a variety of sides and salads to round out your meal. Live music adds to the fun atmosphere, and well-behaved, leashed pups are welcome to join you at the outdoor tables by the bar for a truly Sarasota dining experience.



Explore Tsunami Sushi and Hibachi Grill for fresh and creative sushi, innovative Asian fusion dishes, and unbeatable prices. Their team is dedicated to surpassing your dining expectations, and they are proud to be a pet-friendly establishment. Bring your furry companions along to experience our unique flavors and warm ambiance.

Village Café

Visit the Village Café in Siesta Village for a relaxing, beachy atmosphere and delightful American cuisine. Enjoy fresh, flavorful meals served with great hospitality, just a short stroll away from the beach. They're also pet-friendly, so bring your furry friend along for a memorable dining experience that captures the essence of Siesta Key living! 


At Sarasota-Manatee Originals, our primary goal is to connect the members of our community, including visitors, to local restaurants that care about our community. These restaurants not only aim to provide exceptional dining experiences but also support other businesses and individuals in the community. By working together, we can all grow stronger and create a more vibrant community.

As Always, Eat Like A Local!