Top Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Tampa, Florida

Tampa, Florida is known as one of the best places to live, work and play in the Sunshine State. Not only because of its award-winning beaches, exciting downtown lifestyle and perfect year-round weather, but because it’s a place for everyone of all ages to enjoy.

From those relishing retirement in paradise to the students at the University of Tampa, everyone loves the area – including our furry-friends. That’s right, even dogs love the tropical location that is Tampa, Florida.

If you’re enjoying the area with your four-legged best friend, and like to have them around when you’re sharing a meal, here are the Top Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Tampa, Florida.

Mad Dogs & Englishmen

One of the best dog-friendly restaurants in Tampa, Florida is Mad Dogs & Englishmen in the Bayshore area. Mad Dogs has been an iconic pub-style restaurant for more than 30 years where locals and their dogs, often find themselves enjoying live music and a good drink. With an array of draft beer, London-inspired dishes, and plenty of outdoor seating, Mad Dogs is the perfect place to enjoy a meal with your dog by your side.

Cru Cellars Palma Ceia

For wine connoisseurs and dog lovers, Cru Cellars Palma Ceia is an exciting winery and restaurant to enjoy a glass of wine with your pooch at your feet. Cru Cellars was voted Tampa’s “Best Wine Bar,” three years in a row, making it a “must visit” for you and your dog.

When enjoying the breezes on the patio, you can choose between more than 25 wines by-the-glass, seven different wine flights, and over 30 craft beers. Pair stunning appetizers, “farmer’s platters,” and chef-inspired entrees with your favorite drink at Cru Cellars, one of the most enjoyable dog-friendly restaurants in the area.

Bella’s Italian Cafe

Bella’s Italian Cafe brings Italian flavors and classic dishes to South Tampa and is the perfect dinner spot for you and your canine. With homemade pasta, artistic pizzas and signature cocktails, locals love adding Bella’s Italian Cafe to their weekend plans.

Bella’s Italian Cafe is just steps away from Bayshore Boulevard, meaning if you want to take your dog for a water-front walk along Hillsborough Bay, you can end your stroll with drinks and a delicious Italian meal on their dog-friendly outdoor patio.

Soho Backyard

Soho Backyard is a local favorite in Tampa, Florida and has a beautiful outdoor seating area for your four-legged date. With an appetizing brunch menu, inspired dinner menu and even a Taco Thursday themed-night, Soho Backyard is a treat for everyone.

Located in the Soho District of South Tampa, an evening of entertainment, boutique shopping and dog walking can always end at Soho Backyard. Plus, this dog-friendly restaurant is open past midnight every night so you can fulfill your late-night cravings after a day spent in the Tampa sun.

Live in Altura Bayshore

For those looking to live in the Sunshine State, Altura Bayshore is the newest pet-friendly residential high-rise in South Tampa. Located in the Bayshore area, these luxury condominiums are just minutes away from all the previously mentioned dining destinations.


Not only will residents of Altura enjoy close proximity to all the pet-friendly restaurants, but they also have access to the onsite dog park, allowing owners to enjoy all the benefits of high-rise living with their furry friend.

In addition to the dog park, Altura is designed with resort-style amenities including a rooftop pool, rooftop clubroom, fitness center, pickleball courts, bocce courts, fire pit, BBQ grill areas – and much more.

And for walking your dog, Altura is just steps away from Bayshore Boulevard, the longest waterfront sidewalk in the country.

When it’s time to come home, Altura Bayshore offers 67 pet-friendly condominiums and 6 penthouses ranging from 2,176 to 3,794 A/C square feet, perfect for enjoying spacious living.

For more information on Altura Bayshore, call the sales office today at (813) 492-2420 or visit