If you’re the type of person who won’t go anywhere without your four-legged friend then you’re in the right place, because, same. There's no way I'm leaving my dog at home while I go out and socialise.
You might be wondering where dogs are allowed in Ottawa and the surrounding areas so that you can plan some trips out with them. So, I thought I’d create this post so that you can add some new regulars to your list of patios so that you don’t have to worry about googling ‘dog friendly patios near me’ every time you’re about to walk out of the door!
Make sure to bookmark this or save the link somewhere so that when the weather gets a little warmer, you're prepared!
Here’s where to go:
King Eddy, located in the Byward Market, is famous for its burgers and fresh ingredients. They’re open every day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner which means you can swing by for any meal of the day that you fancy.
It’s family-owned and operated and they have a generous patio at the front of the building where you can bring your dog along. They don’t take reservations, though, so make sure to arrive early if you’re hoping to eat there at busier times.
Byward Market, 47 Clarence St.
Open 7 days a week 8am to 10pm
Another dog friendly patio in the Ottawa ByWard Market is the Earl of Sussex, which has recently undergone a huge renovation and is the second oldest pub in the area. This is a fun spot for a British pub experience, plus a selection of 20 draught beers, many of which are Canadian.
It’s a great place to head to after work or when you’re out and about on the weekend. They are currently open Wednesday to Sunday, so plan your visit accordingly.
431 Sussex Dr., ByWard Market
Wednesday & Sunday noon to 11pm
Thursday to Saturday noon to 1am
Kitchen hours noon to 8pm
Closed: Monday & Tuesday
Voted Ottawa’s best patio in 2021, Tavern on the Hill is definitely worth a visit. Tavern on the Hill & Tavern on the Falls both offer amazing drinks with an even better view and a great place for food, drinks, and catching up with friends. They are both located in parks, so there is lots of opportunity to play and explore before or after your refreshments.
Relax with your doggo while enjoying the stunning views of the Ottawa River, the National Gallery, and Parliament Hill at the Tavern on the Hill or the Rideau Falls at Tavern on the Falls. Both locations are counter service only, so no reservations. Due to their outdoor canteen style, these amazing locations are only open seasonally, so take advantage in the warmer weather!
Tavern on the Hill - 1223 Alexandra Bridge (Major’s Hill Park)
In season - open daily 11am until late
Tavern on the Falls - 1 John St. (Rideau Falls Park)
In season - open Monday to Thursday noon to 9pm and Friday to Sunday 11am to 10pm
If you’re an avid golfer then you probably already know about Mulligans Golf Bar in downtown Ottawa, offering food, drinks, indoor golf, and a dog-friendly patio for your pup to join you!
If you have never tried a golf simulator, this could be a fun afternoon or evening outing for you and your friends to try games and prestigious golf courses without ever having to leave the city!
201 Queen St - across from Parliament Hill
Open 7 days a week from 11:30am to midnight (2am on Friday and Saturday)
Pasta lovers, this one’s for you! As well as offering full-service dining, craft cocktails, and vintage wine (oh, and a dog friendly patio ofc!), they serve the best fresh pasta dishes that you’re going to absolutely love. There’s something for everyone, because who doesn’t like pasta, right?
Filled with colour and warmth, Dreamland Cafe is owned by two sisters serving up classic Italian family recipes in the heart of Ottawa’s Little Italy.
Check it out for some comfort food!
262 Preston St
Wednesday & Thursday 4pm-9pm, Friday & Saturday 4pm-10pm
Closed: Sunday, Monday & Tuesday
Great for people with food allergies & intolerances with an awesome multi-level patio for you and your fur-baby to enjoy.
Feast on steamed buns, noodles, dumplings, wings, and more, and enjoy it with some unique cocktails on the side. Vegetarian, vegan, lactose & gluten-free options are available, so this is a great spot where all of your family and friends can eat!
380 Elgin St.
Monday - Saturday 5pm to 10pm
Tacos and cocktails anyone? What’s better than a Taco Tuesday with your friends and your dog relaxing on a patio!
Enjoy chips, guac, and a variety of traditional and fusion tacos. Some vegetarian options are also available. With two locations - ByWard Market and on Elgin Street - you have no excuse not to grab a taco and a margarita with your pup by your side!
380 Elgin St.
Friday & Saturday 5:30pm to 2am
81A Clarence St.
Tuesday & Wednesday 4pm to midnight
Thursday & Sunday noon to midnight
Friday & Saturday noon to 2am
Looking for a sweet treat to share with your friends and doggo? Merry Derry offers a variety of classic and creative ice creams and desserts. They also have outdoor seating so that your furry companions don’t have to miss out.
All of their ice creams are nut and peanut-free, and they also have vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free options, so everyone can enjoy a yummy dessert!
102 Fairmont Ave.
Tuesday-Saturday noon to 8pm
Closed Sunday & Monday
With three beautiful park locations to choose from, these seasonal NCC patios are wonderful places to relax, have a bite to eat, and spend some time with your dog. All three locations offer drinks, desserts, and lighter menu options great for brunch, lunch, or a snack. All three locations are open in the summer only, so check out the NCC Bistros website for dates.
Looking for something to do before or after your meal? Explore one of these beautiful parks with your dog! Stay out of trouble by keeping them leashed in these three parks.
Remic Rapids Park Bistro
Sir John A. MacDonald Parkway
Open seasonally 7 days a week, 11am to 9pm
Confederation Park Bistro
Elgin St. & Laurier Ave.
Open seasonally 7 days a week, 9:30am to 9pm
Patterson Creek Park Bistro
Open seasonally 7 days a week, 9am to 7pm
Looking for other reasons to visit Confederation Park and Patterson Creek Park in the summer? The Moulin in the Park bistro now features two seasonal locations in these beautiful parks.
Grab your doggo, a coffee, and a sweet treat and enjoy the relaxing scenery at one of their outdoor tables. They also offer sandwiches and alcoholic drinks for later in the day or a weekend jaunt.
Check out their Instagram account in the summer season for their hours
Confederation Park location - Elgin St. & Laurier Ave.
Patterson Creek Park location - Linden Terrace
I would love to hear about other dog friendly patios or restaurants you and your pup have visited so make sure to send me a DM on Instagram or drop me an email if I’ve left anywhere out, or if you have any other recommendations - I would love to expand on this list! I’ve also got a post on dog-friendly breweries in Ottawa if you’re looking for somewhere to have a tasty afternoon pint. Happy food adventures with your fur baby!
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