Here at All The Food, we’re fans of cafes and restaurants that can accommodate families of all shapes and sizes, including members of the four feet and waggy tail variety. While Covid continues to dominate the ways that restaurants are operating, we’ve updated our list of dog-friendly spots, but would always suggest that you check directly with the venue if you’re hoping to eat-in, as some are understandably restricting access day to day due to social distancing demands. We’ve also highlighted some that aren’t open for eat-in just yet, but recommend putting them on your list for when they’re back in action.
Happy Out, Bull Island
Serving coffee, toasties and treats from their beach-side container with ample outdoor seating, Happy Out is the perfect spot to get a bite before a brisk walk with your furry friend.
Bread 41, Pearse Street
Croissants + great coffee + that bread + pizza + custardos + dogs = the ultimate café. While dogs are normally welcome inside, Bread 41 hasn’t open its indoor area yet, but it’s nice to have some fluffy company in the Saturday morning queue before grabbing an outdoor bench.
Bear Market, Various Locations
Bear Market was set-up by two architects and you can feel it the second you walk in to any of their locations. The shops are beautifully decked out with hardwood flooring, exposed copper pipes, and lots of light. What’s more beautiful though is how you have a really good chance of finding a dog to chat to, from a distance, while waiting for your coffee. While not all Bears are out of hibernation yet, they’re keeping Instagram updated as they reemerge. Note: The IFSC location gets really busy so doesn’t let dogs in for now.
The Orange Goat, Ballsbridge
Located on Serpentine Avenue, The Orange Goat has indoor and outdoor seating and a warm welcome for those visiting with their dogs. It’s also right near the DART, for dogs on the go.
Gaillot et Grey, Clanbrassil Street
While you can’t currently bring your dog to Gaillot et Gray on Clanbrassil Street to sit-in, they are doing delicious wood-fired pizzas and lunches to go. We’re looking forward to seeing them back open in full, and would suggest you put it on your list when it does. You’ll also be a very short walk from dog-friendly pub MVP if your party animal wants to go out-out.
The Old Spot, Dublin 4
There’s nothing nicer than the whole family around the table for dinner with the dog snoozing at your feet. Thanks to The Old Spot, you can do this without having to be the one to cook or wash-up afterwards. Dogs are allowed in the bar at the front so be sure to ask for a table there when booking if you’re bringing the pooch along.
Blas, Kings Inns Street
Fresh and seasonal food is the focus in Blas and your dog can join you for breakfast, lunch, or weekend brunch; plenty of pupportunity (sorry) for some bonding time. It’s a big spot so we’re hoping that well-spaced tables mean that dogs can be accommodated as easily as they were before, but there are external benches and lots of grab-and-go food options if you want some fresh air.
Some dog-friendly spots fall into the “look, we’re letting your dog in so don’t expect too much from the food” category, but Storyboard is very much not one of those thanks to their seasonal food and great coffee. Currently, they’re operating take-out only plus have lots of lovely dips, cheeses, and pastries on sale, so pop in before hitting the Phoenix Park and head for a picnic with your pooch instead.
Great for groups thanks to a menu with plenty of meat, vegetarian, and vegan options, your dog won’t go hungry for food or attention thanks to the treats and puppy love dispensed generously by staff at Urbanity. Plus there's plenty of lovely shaded outdoor seating.
Click here for more dog friendly spots, as picked by Taurean Coughlan from Two Boys Brew.
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