Dining with Your Best (4-Legged) Friend

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So many of us have a pet that’s a part of the family!  We just love to include our well behaved pets when we can, whether at the Downtown Farmer’s Market, a dog park, and sometimes when we’re out for a bite to eat.  Not only is this enjoyable for us humans, but it helps make your dog relax, and become more social and well behaved when they have repeated experiences around other people and pets.

In some cases, clients of ours have no choice but to bring little Fido when going out to eat.  One of our recent buyers closed on her house late on a Friday afternoon, but her furniture didn’t arrive the next Wednesday, so she and her two dogs were holed up in a hotel for all that time. And that was after driving for three days from Minnesota!  Ugh!  We figured they’d all go stir crazy if they didn’t get out of the hotel for part of the day, so imagine her relief when we were able to give her a short list of a dog-friendly restaurants,  but our knowledge on the subject was limited.

We’re used to seeing pets with their owners enjoying a bite to eat at the outdoor cafes and restaurants along Main Street and the Hillview area, but how tickled were we to learn that some places, like Sam Snead’s American Grill actually have a Doggy Menu?   At Marina Jacks they not only encourage you to include your dog at the outside patio area a beautiful view of the bay front, but they put out a large sign welcoming you and showing you the pet friendly entrance along the marina!

So we were quite happy when Mart discovered Sarasotadog.com, a great source for “all things dog” in Sarasota.  From the best dog parks, vets, groomers, diet tips, adoptable dogs, breed profiles, meet-ups and more, Sarasotadog.com is the place to go for pet lovers.  I wish we’d known about this fabulous website before.

Below is SarasotaDog’s list of dog friendly restaurants in the area.  I haven’t been to all of them, but I’m guessing all the pet-friendly tables are at their outside dining tables, due to health department rules as well as a courtesy to those diners who would rather not dine where pets are present.  Pet owners and their horizontal friends are typically welcome to dine outside while the inside tables are reserved for vertical diners only!

This list below was copied from  http://www.SarasotaDog.com, with a few additions from us.  For more information on SarasotaDog.com, please visit their website.


The Bearded Clam Waterfront Restaurant & Tiki Bar – 7150 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota FL 34243     941-355-2600

Beckham’s Osprey Grill –  1272 Tamiami Trail, South Osprey     941-918-8900

Cafe Americano – 1409 Main Street, Sarasota, FL    941-365-1026

Cha Cha Coconuts –  417 St. Armands Circle, Sarasota     941-388-3300

Cheeseburger Cheeseburger –  4944 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota    941-921-5503

Crab and Fin Restaurant –  420 St. Armands Circle, Sarasota     941-388-3964

Fresh Start Cafe – 630 South Orange Avenue, Sarasota   941-373-1242

Gecko’s on Hillview –  1900 Hillview Street, Sarasota, FL 34239     941-953-2929

MadFish Grill –  4059 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota, FL 34233    941-377-3474

Marina Jacks 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota, FL  34236    941-365-4232

Norma Jean’s  – 1635 US Highway 41 Bypass S., Venice. FL  34293

O’Leary’s Tiki Bar and Grill – Five Bayfront Drive,  Sarasota 941-953-7505

Old Salty Dog I –  5023 Ocean Boulevard, Sarasota     941-349-0158

Old Salty Dog II –  1601 B Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota     941-388-4311

Ophelia’s Pasta House – 1097 A Tamiami Trail, North Nokomis    941-485-6818

Polo Grill and Bar –  10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch     941-561-2001

Saltwater Cafe –  1071 North Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41 & Laurel Road) Nokomis 34275

Sam Snead’s American Grill – 1830 S. Osprey Avenue, Sarasota, FL  34239 (behind Sarasota Memorial)   941- 906-7771

Spanish Pointe Pub & Marina –  135 Bayview Road Osprey, FL     941-966-5746

Tin Fish –  935 N. Beneva Road, Suite 601, Sarasota, FL  34232    941-953-6356

Village Cafe –  5133 Ocean Boulevard, Sarasota      941-349-2822


Know of any other dog friendly restaurants?  Please let us know, and we’ll add them to our blog list!


4 Responses

  1. Jane says:

    My name is Jane and I’m with Dwellable.
    I was looking for blog posts about Nokomis to share on our site and I came across your post…If you’re open to it, shoot me an email at jane(at)dwellable(dot)com.
    Hope to hear from you 🙂

    • jberg says:


      Somehow your email went to my Spam foler. If you would like to share a link to SarasotaFoodies.com on your website, I am open to it.

      Email or call with any questions,

      Jill Berg

  2. Katie says:

    There’s also a restaurant – Norma Jean’s in Venice and they have a doggie menu. The restaurant is located at 41 Bypass and Shamrock just below Center Road.

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