Hang Out with Your Pup at These Dog-Friendly Patios in Boston

Because there's no better companion for the dog days of summer.

Photo for the Automatic by Andrew Katz.

Don’t leave your doggo all by him- or herself this summer. Instead, bring fluffy friends along for fun in the sun at one of these dog-friendly patios in Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, and beyond. For dinner or drinks, from taprooms to delis, Spot is welcome at these local spots. (Note: Most patios around Boston are seasonal, with prime outdoor season typically ramping up after Marathon Monday. Call ahead if you’re set on dining out with your dog.)

Area Four

Turns out you can enjoy Massachusetts’ most presidential pizza (really, Obama himself has eaten here) with your pup by your side. Both the pizzeria’s Boston and Cambridge locations have dog-friendly decks.

500 Technology Sq., Cambridge, 617-758-4444, 264 East Berkeley St., Boston, 857-317-4805, areafour.com.

Photo for the Automatic by Andrew Katz.

Photo for the Automatic by Andrew Katz.

The Automatic Food & Drink

The Automatic’s laidback vibes make it a perfect spot to chill with your friends and pets. Classic cocktails, a vintage vinyl soundtrack, and binge-worthy bar snacks set the scene for one of Cambridge’s favorite neighborhood locales. Their Instagram is packed with cute dogs loving the bar life—“Some might even call us the ‘ruffest’ bar in town,” says assistant general manager Sam Friedman.

50 Hampshire St., Cambridge, 617-714-5226, theautomaticbar.com.

A pug sits on the terrace at Bar Boulud Boston

While humans dine at Bar Boulud, a pug enjoys the sun. / Photo by Leise Jones

Bar Boulud

Your dog can join you at the Boston restaurant from one of the most revered French chefs in the U.S. The terrace at Daniel Boulud’s Back Bay bistro, in front of the elegant Mandarin Oriental Hotel, is about as pet-welcoming as they come.

776 Boylston St., Boston, 617-535-8800, barboulud.com.

The Bar By The Elevator

Brought to you by the team behind State Park and Mameleh’s, the Bar By The Elevator is the restaurant group’s seasonal, tropical themed venture at One Kendall Square. There is rosé on draft, an exclusive hot-dog menu, and more—and fluffy friends are welcome.

One Kendall Square, Cambridge, thebarbytheelevator.com.

Cambridge Brewing Company

This classic outdoor area offers ample dog-friendly dining, plus a drinks-only standing area, dubbed the “SwigPen,” for those afternoons and evenings when the house-brewed beers call your name.

One Kendall Square, Cambridge, 617-494-1994, cambridgebrewingcompany.com.


This perennial favorite will win your heart with creative Italian small plates you didn’t know you were craving. Try the signature Italian grinder stuffed with salami, prosciutto, mortadella, provolone, and pickled cherry peppers—but be prepared to be greeted with begging, puppy dog eyes.

253 Shawmut Ave., Boston, 617-391-0902, coppaboston.com.

Photo for Daddy Jones Bar by Andrew Hobbs.

Photo for Daddy Jones Bar by Andrew Hobbs

The Back Yard at Daddy Jones Bar

Greek food and ’80s cocktails—some places really can do it all. Craving chicken souvlaki and a Harvey Wallbanger—and on puppy-sitting duty? You got it.

525 Medford St, Somerville, 617-690-9095, daddyjonesbar.combackyardsomerville.com.

Dorchester Brewing Company

Boston’s first contract brewery offers facilities for regional craft brewers to grow their businesses. To get a taste of the magic brewing at DBCo., stop by the taproom for a tasting flight or a full pour, which can also be sipped on their dog-friendly patio. The spot even hosts regular “yappy hours.” 

Dorchester Brewing Company, 1246 Massachusetts Ave., Dorchester, dorchesterbrewing.com.

The Friendly Toast

Craving breakfast for dinner while on dog-sitting duty? Head to either the Cambridge or Back Bay location of this colorful diner—both welcome pups, and both serve Benedicts, hash, doughnut-egg sandwiches, and more all day and night.

The Friendly Toast, 1 Kendall Square, Cambridge, 617-621-1200; 35 Stanhope St., Boston, 617-456-7849, thefriendlytoast.com.

The Frogmore

The Southern hospitality inspired by this eatery’s Carolina cuisine extends not just to human customers, but also to their four-legged friends. Sip on she-crab soup, snack on fried green tomatoes, and try one of their craft beers on tap—this Jamaica Plain restaurant might as well be called the “Dogmore” thanks to its canine-friendly outdoor seating situation.

365 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, 857-203-9462, thefrogmore.com.

The Hourly Oyster House

This brick-lined, arched space is tucked away from the bustle of Harvard Square. It’s also accessed separately from the restaurant, so dogs can join without a problem. Underneath bistro lights strung above, the romantic setting looks like a scene out of Lady and the Tramp.

15 Dunster St., Cambridge, 617-765-2342, thehourlycambridge.com.

Photo provided by Loyal Nine

Photo provided by Loyal Nine

Loyal Nine

There are dog-friendly restaurant patios serving up cuisine beyond barbecue and house-brewed beer, and Loyal Nine is one of them. The menu here is different for sure, featuring eats like poached Rhode Island squid on the dinner menu and a lobster popover at brunch. It’s also a café-by-day.

660 Cambridge St., Cambridge, 617-945-2576, loyalninecambridge.com.

Mamaleh’s Delicatessen

This Jewish deli offers modern takes on the staples, from potato latkes to noodle kugel. Enjoy the ultimate brunch with a wide range of house-made breads and bagels—outdoors, with your dog by your side.

One Kendall Square, Cambridge, 617-958-3354, mamalehs.com.

Photo for Night Shift Brewing by Tim Oxton.

Photo for Night Shift Brewing by Tim Oxton.

Night Shift Brewing Co.

This Everett craft brewery is a huge production—it has a 30,000 square feet of space, featuring a considerably sizable taproom. Choose from one of the 20-something beers on tap, and take it outside to sip with your pup.

87 Santilli Highway, Everett, 617-294-4233, nightshiftbrewing.com.

OAK Long Bar + Kitchen

The Fairmont Copley Plaza is well-known for its canine concierge, Carly Copley. Swing by the hotel to meet her, and stay for drinks and snacks on the hotel bar’s dog-friendly patio.

138 St. James Ave., Boston, 617-585-7222, oaklongbarkitchen.com.

Short Path Distillery

This distillery has a year-round patio so you have a place to sample small-batch spirits and creative cocktails with your dog by your side, no matter the weather.

71 Kelvin St., Everett; 857-417-2396, shortpathdistillery.com.

State Park

The all-American eatery and dive-ish bar at One Kendall Square is heralded for its creative and delicious takes on classic comfort foods, and of course its satisfying beer list and cocktails. Now you know that your dog can join you on the patio.

One Kendall Square, Cambridge, 617-848-4355, statepark.is.

Toro Boston

This South End tapas joint serves up Barcelona-inspired small plates made with locally sourced ingredients—it’s a dog-friendly must-visit.

1704 Washington St., Boston, 617-536-4300, toro-restaurant.com.

The Garden on the Greenway

The open-air beer garden on the Greenway is the perfect spot to chill with your pets and friends on a summer night. Stay tuned for details about this season’s plans.

Across from Rowes Wharf, 617-453-8745, trilliumbrewing.com.

Photo by Jacqueline Cain.

Turtle Swamp Brewing

This brewery offers a welcoming seating area and food truck site outside a funky refurbished garage. Stay for a while and enjoy the laid-back vibes (and many puppy patrons) over some Jamaica Plain-brewed beer.

3377 Washington St., Jamaica Plain, Boston, 617-522-0030, turtleswampbrewing.com.


This post was updated Tuesday, April 30, 2019.