Were you looking for dog-friendly activities in Rochester, NY? Are you wondering what the best dog-friendly restaurants with outdoor seating are? Check out our list of the top pet-friendly eateries in Rochester.
Dog-friendly restaurants are all the rage these days. Dog owners think of themselves more and more as pet parents. And as such, they all want to spend as much time with their sweet fur babies as possible. I'm that way, and I'm sure you are too! The great part about this is that restaurants, bars, and breweries across the nation have picked up on that trend and decided to jump on board—Rochester included.
More and more eateries have decided to open up their outdoor patios to well-behaved pets. And others have added outdoor patios just for this reason. So now, when you're walking around town with your pup or out running errands with your dog, you don't have to take them home before grabbing a bite or meeting up with friends. Your sweet dog can be right by your side the entire time. They may even receive a water bowl, doggy treat, or even a special doggy menu to order from.
And you'll occasionally find these new establishments that are a dog park and bar, all in one! Some have both indoor and outdoor spaces for the dogs. And they'll all serve drinks and usually at least appetizers to the humans. It's an excellent way for you and your pup to have fun socializing with new friends.
But if you're looking for traditional dog parks, we can point you in the right direction. Click here to find the best dog parks, dog-friendly parks, and off-leash areas in Rochester, NY. We'll give you a little insider information about each place and what amenities they have to offer.
And if you need to find local pet care, we've got you covered there too. Click here to type in your zip code, and we'll show you the best dog walkers and pet sitters in and around Rochester.
But if you're ready to find your new favorite restaurant or bar, let's check out this list below.
The 9 Best Dog-Friendly Restaurants, Bars, and Breweries in Rochester, NY:
Abbott's Frozen Custard
Better Together Dog Park
Bunga Burger Bar
Equal = Grounds
F.L.X. Wienery at Roc Brewing Co.
The Gate House
Mercantile on Main
Swiftwater Brewing Company
Abbott's Frozen Custard — Sea Breeze
Originally founded in 1926 by the Abbott family, their secret recipes live on and put smiles on customers' faces year after year. Abbott's Frozen Custard is a dog-friendly ice cream shop chain that was once just an ice cream stand. Now you'll find a variety of flavors, types, sizes, and topping options, from your traditional flavors of plain ice cream, to specialty sundaes, splits, milkshakes, flurries, and floats. You'll even find "chip wheels"—a.k.a. chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches. And things like an ice cream cake or pie. This is one dog-friendly joint that you won't want to skip out on.
Better Together Dog Park — North Winton Village
Better Together Dog Park is a 3,000-square-foot dog park and bar combination. You can bring your pup here to run around with the other crazy canines while you have fun hanging out with your friends. Drink a beer after a long day's work, and be entertained by all of the hilarious dog antics. It's all indoors, so you don't have to worry about bad weather.
Better Together Dog Park provides separate sections for small and large dogs to run and play off-leash. You'll also find canine agility equipment and dog toys. Remember to purchase a day pass or pay for a yearly membership. And don't forget about getting yourself a tasty drink or appetizer while you hang out.
And in addition to all of this, you'll find dog training services on their website too! Whether you're looking for online training, in-person one-on-one training, or group training classes… they have it.
Bunga Burger Bar — Strong
Bunga Burger Bar is a dog-friendly restaurant and bar with burgers, booze, and so much more! On Tuesdays, they have a burger special for $7.95. And Happy Hour is Monday through Friday from 3 pm to 6 pm. Try their specialty burgers like cajun buffalo bunga, pineapple jack bunga, or bacon mac & cheese bunga. Or, if you're looking for something else, try some of their wings, wraps, or fish 'n' chips. And don't forget to add on a shake.
Don's Original — Sea Breeze
Don's Original is a dog-friendly restaurant that has been around since 1945. It has the classic diner feel with all of your favorite diner foods. You can get a burger, a sandwich, hot dogs, Italian sausage, ribeye steak, barbeque chicken, Philly cheese steaks, or even a tuna melt. And you can enjoy all of this with your dog on their outdoor pet-friendly patio.
Equal = Grounds — Highland Park
Equal = Grounds is a dog-friendly coffee shop and cafe with an outdoor pet-friendly patio. This place is comfy and a little bit quirky. But definitely a relaxing stop during a busy day. You can get yourself a regular coffee, specialty espresso drink, hot tea, iced coffee, iced tea, or a smoothie. Plus, they serve pastries, breakfast sandwiches, salads, wraps, and large desserts. You and your dog will love making this a new regular hangout.
F.L.X. Wienery at Roc Brewing Co. — Downtown
F.L.X. Wienery at Roc Brewing Co. is the combination of two different establishments working together. Their website says, "Roc Brewing is proud to be partnered with FLX Wienery to bring the best food and hospitality to pair with our beer in our downtown Rochester location." So if you're looking for a dog-friendly restaurant, bar, or brewery, you've got it all right here! FLX Wienery is known for its "wieners, sausages, and burgers." And for drinks, you can enjoy their craft beers on tap or in cans. And don't forget, they have a pet-friendly patio!
The Gate House — Downtown
The Gate House is a dog-friendly burger & wood-fire pizza cafe. On their website, they say, "We believe that food is best in its most natural state, and despite the higher cost, we support humane and organic farm practices by serving cage-free eggs and organic dairy, and we operate 100% on solar and wind power."
Not only do they provide delicious, high-quality food. But they do all of it by using humane, eco-friendly, and organic practices. So you and your pup can enjoy a delicious meal on their outdoor pet-friendly patio and feel good about how it was made.
Mercantile on Main — Downtown
Mercantile on Main is one of those fun urban eateries that actually houses seven different kitchen vendors in a "cashless environment [that] was created with social distancing in the forefront of [the] design." Everyone in your group can order precisely what they want when you come here. There's so much variety; you'll never get bored. And the environment is modern but casual. "The Mercantile on Main is a hub at the corner of Clinton and Main where business gets done, friendships are fueled, and people have fun."
Swiftwater Brewing Company — South Wedge
Swiftwater Brewing Company is a dog-friendly brewery and restaurant. This bar has the most beautiful pet-friendly patio with vine-type plants that crawl above the patio like a string of lights. If you're looking for a relaxing dog-friendly patio space with a planty-vibe, great drinks, and delicious food, this is your place. They put care into every ounce of beer they brew. You can order from a variety of small plates, large plates, sandwiches, and desserts. They even offer vegetarian and vegan menu options.
Best Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Rochester, NY
Rochester is a very dog-friendly city. There are plenty of pet-friendly activities and places to go with your sweet pup. And now that you know a little bit about each of the best and dog-friendliest restaurants in town, which one will you pick first?
For more great articles about dog-friendly activities and pet-parenting advice, check out the Blog at LocalPetCare.com.