Heading out on a solo date and want to bring your pup along for the ride? Or perhaps you’re in for a puppy play date with a friend? Here are some dog friendly restaurants in Dublin that will welcome man’s best friend with open arms.
Nutbutter proves to all that healthy food can be the furthest thing from boring. You can have gorgeous colours, a range of textures and all the flavour, with none of the guilt! Grab some tasty tacos or tostadas, a heart bowl of goodness, and a healthy treat for the road – both you and your pup are sure to love this bright and airy spot.
The Lucky Tortoise
This is the spot if you’re looking to share! Modern dim sum is the aim of the game at The Lucky Tortoise – think Bao buns and dumplings, plus a main for yourself if you’re feeling extra hungry. Based in Temple Bar, this is a great central location to bring the pup and enjoy some tasty grub, plus vegans and vegetarians are more than catered for!
Craft beer lovers, fried food and all the cute pups to pet (sure it’s in the name) – BrewDog is certainly cooking up a storm. A massive menu is to be expected here, ranging from monster burgers, to crispy wings and tasty pizzas. Give their loaded fries a whirl while you’re at it! They’ve also got bottomless brunch on weekends, bottomless wings on Wednesdays and vegan Mondays (did we mention how inclusive their vegan menu is?). Bring your pooch, grab your friends and chow down.
Whether you’re on the hunt for a spot to grab drinks and some charcuterie with your pup, or you’re just looking for some tasty food with the good vibes to match, Drury Buildings has it all. Using the finest local ingredients, the food here is top notch – think wild mushroom & tarragon arancini, Josper-grilled Picanha steak and Coolattin cheddar & jalapeño croquettes… table for 2, plus the pooch, stat.
With an outdoor terrace perfectly located just off Grafton Street, and a light, airy design that is perfect for summer, Balfes is a must-visit on a sunny day with your pup! Their brunch menu has several unique dishes that might just have to warrant a second and third visit, like the Italian style eggs with peperonata, crispy kale and basil ricotta on sourdough, the crispy chicken & waffles with pancetta, hot sauce, herbs & yogurt, or their BodyByrne* Breakfast for those who are health conscious but still want to enjoy a delightful brunch. Their signature cocktails are perfect to pair with your dishes, and who can say no to a boozy brunch?
With a view of the canal, there’s nowhere better to be on a sunny day in Dublin. Take in the view of the glistening water as you enjoy some delicious classic brunch dishes alongside your pup at Herbstreet. There’s a reason for all the queues you see coming out of this spot on the weekends – their brunch dishes are some of the best around! Their breakfast of champions is a must-try – spiced cassava rosti, Irish smoked salmon, rocket salad, crushed avocado, chilli flakes and poached eggs… making a booking as we speak.
Family-style, friendly and cosy – Cinnamon is the definition of delightful! A great place to visit for a hearty breakfast or a quick spot of lunch, you’ll always be met with a smile and delicious, hearty dishes. Head there in the evening for more of a classy dinner and drinks vibe – a charcuterie board, a glass of wine, some good chats and a happy pupper.
Tapas lovers, this one’s for you. You can create your own charcuterie and wine evening at Amy Austin, but make it a meal and try out their enticing range of small plates, like the langoustine tail with saffron oil, cardamom, tomato marmalada and Ikura Sake, or the scallop Crudo with tiger milk, burnt corn and wasabi eggs. With plenty of cocktails catching our eye, or the many wine options available on tap, an evening with your dog at Amy Austin is sure to impress.
Baraza at Zanzibar Locke
The definition of chic and stylish, Baraza is the cocktail bar and restaurant in the Zanzibar Locke hotel on Ormond Quay. A space perfect for WFH with your pup by your side, a catch up with a friend over coffee or just for a tasty bite to eat, you’ll certainly be delighted with a visit to this plant-lovers’ dream. An extended breakfast menu runs until 3pm here, so you can get your pancakes or full Irish fix until the early afternoon, but pop back here in the evening for some sharers and small plates to pair with your cocktails.
Lunch, dinner, brunch or cocktails – Isabelle’s has it all. A quaint outdoor terrace is perfect for those warmer days (much to the pup’s delight if a sun spot is to be found!), and you’ll be happy with the delicious offerings too. Their pizzas are simple but impressive, and if you’re looking for weekend brunch spots, the extensive menu is sure to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters – you’ll find everything from avocado toast with crispy bacon, pico de gallo and feta, to blueberry pancakes with candied pecans and caramel sauce… booking a table as we speak!
True ramen lovers know that this isn’t just a dish for colder days… Soup Ramen’s location in Smithfield, Soup 2, is a no fuss, simple spot serving up some hearty ramen bowls. Smithfield on a sunny day is the perfect spot to frequent, and if you’re not much of a ramen lover, you’ll be just as happy with their other offerings – think Korean fried chicken, halloumi burgers and even their take on a spice bag!
Very much a jack of all trades, Urban Brewing is the spot to head to whether you’re looking for lunch, brunch, dinner, or small plates and drinks! With your pup by your side, you can enjoy your meal on their outdoor terrace in the sun, and their brunch menu is certainly catching our eye – Huevos Rancheros, fried chicken french toast, and Moroccan baked eggs… sounds delectable.
Views of the canal on a sunny day with your pooch by your side, what could be more fabulous? A spot of lunch or brunch at Angelina’s is always a good idea! Whether it’s their classic brunch dishes, tasty pizzas or a crisp caesar salad, whatever you choose, you’ll certainly be pleased. Pair with a drink or two from their enticing cocktail menu and you’ll be in for a grand ol’ time.
Crispy, golden falafel in a warm pita and some spicy potato wedges… we’re already excited! Umi Falafel can be spotted across a range of locations in Dublin and you can bring your (small) pooches along for the ride. Their Palestinian falafel is the most popular for a reason – tahini and chilli sauce, fried aubergine, pickles and all the fresh falafel… nothing sounds better right now! With plenty of lunch deals on for you to enjoy and some fresh juices to brighten up your meal, Umi Falafel is a no brainer for a visit as one of the many dog friendly restaurants in Dublin.
Get transported to New York at this deli-style cafe! Tasty sandwiches, enticing weekend brunches and the ultimate fun vibes, Juniors is the spot to head to with your pup by your side. Their brunch menu is a must try, serving everything from fried chicken and waffles to a potato and chorizo hash. Make it a boozy brunch with a spritz or cocktail and your visit will definitely be a memorable one!
The Old Spot
A gastropub like The Old Spot is great to frequent on lazy weekends, eating delicious food and enjoying a few drinks with your dog by your side. Let your pup mingle with the other furry friends here as you dine on a chargrilled ribeye and sip on a glass of red, or head here on a Sunday for one of their famous Sunday roasts without worrying about rushing home to your pup.
Like many Press Up venues, Mackenzie’s welcomes your fur friend with open arms. Expect a crowd pleasing menu full of tasty dishes, ranging from pizza, to fresh salads, to some enticing sandwiches (who doesn’t love the sound of a smoked brisket reuben?) Famous for their brunch platters (available Friday-Sunday), you can opt for the pancake or french toast platter, and if you can’t pick between them, you can go half and half! You and your pup will be delighted at Mackenzie’s.
Although the Fourth Corner is a pub, the food here is certainly worth ordering. Some intriguing burgers are available to try, like the Mango Habanero smash burger, plus you can get wings with Nduja ketchup – sounds like a right treat! With a number of cocktails and mocktails to choose from, we’ll certainly be bringing the pupper along for the ride.
Pub grub always hits the spot, and if you’re out and about with your pup, head to The Bath. Pizza for dinner is always a good idea, and with a range of options to choose from here, you’re sure to be impressed. In for more of a brunch vibe? Whether it’s avo toast, an indulgent full Irish or some fried chicken french toast, The Bath has it all, and paired with your favourite brunch cocktail and staff who will spoil your pooch? Weekend plans, sorted.
57 The Headline
Whether you’re looking for classic, hearty meals, a Sunday roast or a couple of tasty tacos, you’ll find it all (plus some tasty drinks) at 57 The Headline. On Tuesday evenings, El Milagro takes over this spot with their delectable tacos, so bring your pup and enjoy some authentic Mexican food. If you’re looking for some comforting, cosy meals paired with an ice cold beer, they have you covered too! Great for a doggy play date, head to 57 The Headline and you won’t be disappointed.
Lucky’s may be a bar, but the pizza served here (by Coke Lane) is certainly worth bringing the pup and giving a try! You’ll find a number of house special pizzas on offer here – the Locard and the Luciano sound like a bit of us… Peruse their extensive drinks menu to pair with your pizza pies – perhaps a cocktail or two are on the horizon?
Make your way to Stoneybatter to this Irish bar and restaurant. With traditional live music and delicious pub grub, your dog is sure to make a few new furry friends during your visit to Nancy Hands! You’ll be impressed with the selection of dishes on offer here – think fish and chips, halloumi burgers, and even a spice bag! Make sure to give them a visit with your pup for a guaranteed good time.
At Note, you’ll find unique dishes that make the use of Irish ingredients shine. With a simple but mighty menu, this spot is a must try, and the best part is that you can bring your pup along for the ride. Whatever you order here is sure to impress, and their extensive drinks menu will certainly have you ordering a couple to try!
Small plates are taken to the next level at the Hen’s Teeth! This spot has it all – delicious coffee, cool art, tasty food and refreshing drinks, and you can bring your furry friend along to experience it all. You’ll find an ever-changing menu here, so come back regularly so you can try all of their new dishes.
The Cheeky Piglet
A delicious brunch is served daily at The Cheeky Piglet, ranging from American pancakes to their famous Cheeky Piglet Sambo. Dublin 8 is just one of the many areas with dog friendly restaurants in Dublin, and for a morning catch up with your friends and a puppy play date, The Cheeky Piglet is one to try!
I’m a Palestinian who grew up in Cyprus and moved to Dublin in 2013, so I’ve had a mishmash of different cultures and cuisines surrounding me my whole life. I’m an avid foodie, and after realising that life as a lawyer was not for me, I studied media and became a radio host for Dublin City FM. I’m now writing for TheTaste full time, but I also have my own food blog where you can find a mixture of restaurant reviews and the occasional recipe. I talk a lot about being Palestinian; to be honest, I talk a lot in general. That’s why I did radio!
Get Wined and Dined With Your Pup – Dog Friendly Restaurants in Dublin