Dining With Your Dog in Vancouver

There’s nothing like grabbing a bite to eat with your best buddy in the world — your dog! But, it’s not always easy to find a restaurant that allows four-legged guests. With the exception of service dogs, canines aren’t allowed inside most restaurants in Vancouver. Fortunately, the city offers several dog-friendly dining options with outdoor patios where pups can sit along with their people. This ensures the perfect dining experience. Check out these hot spots to enjoy a delicious meal and to spend some time with your pup. Read on to discover where to go when dining with your dog in Vancouver, BC.

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Tap & Barrel

Spend a day in the Olympic Village, one of the most dog-friendly spots in the city before dining with your dog in Vancouver. Located at 1 Athlete’s Way, Tap & Barrel offers customers wine and craft beers produced locally in British Columbia. You’ll also enjoy a lovely waterfront view. Best of all, this eatery has a dog-friendly space adjacent to their huge heated patio. Here, your pup can hang out while you enjoy a drink and some of their Asian-fusion foods.

Most menu items are made with seasonal ingredients that are locally sourced to create fresh, delicious dishes. The restaurant also offers pups water and treats too. Before or after enjoying a drink and meal, stop by nearby Hinge Park, which offers pet parents an off-leash area for Fido to have some fun.

Carlos O’Bryan’s Neighborhood Pub

If you’re looking for some delicious Irish food, look no further than Carlos O’Bryan’s when dining with your dog in Vancouver. This charming pub, located in the heart of Kitsilano at 1774 West 7th Avenue offers diners an eclectic menu. Dishes include several Irish classics and Irish-fusion foods. Here, you’ll enjoy fun twists on Irish classics like their nacho-style waffle fries called “pachos.” Plus, pooches are allowed to hang out with their pet parents in the large open patio area. And, don’t forget to try a Guinness or one of their signature cocktails while hanging out with your furry buddy. Afterwards, take a relaxing stroll along beautiful Kitsilano Beach with your pup.

Provence Marinaside

Want to enjoy a fine dining experience with your pooch? Then Provence Marinaside is the spot for you. Located at 1177 Marinaside Crescent, this French-inspired seafood restaurant offers fine wines and delicious, sustainable fresh seafood dishes. You can enjoy these seafood delights on the sunny patio. Best of all, the restaurant provides a dog-friendly spot where you can leash your pup just off the railing of the patio. Here, there are plenty of fresh water dishes for furry diners.

Right in the heart of historic Yaletown near the seawall, this beautiful location is a great spot to enjoy with your pup. And, you can even enjoy a bit of relaxing jazz during live performances that the restaurant features weekly.

Wicklow Pub

Take the Aquabus Ferry, which is also dog-friendly, to this quaint pub with your canine companion. Here, you’ll enjoy a waterfront view of False Creek. Located at 610 Stamps Landing, this pub offers both land and water access for pet parents because it’s right on the seawall.

Dogs are welcome on the large adjacent patio that offers pups water bowls to drink from. There are also umbrellas to protect them from the elements. Here, you can keep an eye on your pup while you enjoy a drink and some delicious poutine or a tasty Yorkshire pudding bowl.

TAPshack – Burrard Bridge

Another great restaurant that’s right on the seawall is TAPshack. This location has a large dog-friendly patio where your pup can hang out. When dining with your dog in Vancouver, check out this spot located at 1-1012 Beach Ave that offers waterfront views.

At TAPshack, everything is locally sourced including the beer and wine, so you can enjoy the freshest ingredients. Feel free to stop by during happy hour for discounts on drinks and appetizers. You can also host private events here for you and your dog-owning friends.

Chaise

After a day of shopping with your dog, you’ll be hungry for something yummy. Relax and enjoy some classic comfort food at this dog-friendly locale. Found at 4444 Main Street, this casual dining spot allows pups in the outdoor patio area. There are even doggy bowls filled with water available for four-legged diners.

From classic dishes like macaroni and cheese to burgers and flat breads, this restaurant has it all. Plus, you can people watch with your pooch on busy Main Street during your meal. Follow-up your meal with a trip to Queen Elizabeth Park afterwards. This dog-friendly park is a great way to burn off some calories and bond with your pup.

Moonlight Dog Cafe

OK, so this one isn’t technically a restaurant for people, but it is a fun spot to head after dining with your dog in Vancouver. The store is located at 835 Beatty Street. This fun pet store offers a variety of tasty foods, treats, toys and other supplies for your pooch. And, what better way to reward him for being such a good boy while enjoying the sights and sounds of the city? Plus, this shop offers some comfy seating areas where you, your pup and your pup-owning friends can all hang out.

The “cafe” also offers free wi-fi and a mini library of books. This way, you can read or work next to your pup in a pleasantly pet-friendly spot. Best of all, it’s a great spot to host canine birthday parties for your furry friend.

Dining With Your Dog in Vancouver

Etiquette for Dining With Your Dog in Vancouver

When out and about with your pup, there are a few rules to follow that ensure restaurants will continue to serve both two- and four-legged guests. After all, a rude pup can spoil the dining experience for others around you.

  • Always leash your dog when dining. This prevents your pooch from wandering off and from pestering other restaurant guests.
  • Take your pooch for a walk prior to your meal. This way, he’ll be tired before you settle in for a meal and will be more apt to sit contentedly while you dine. He may even enjoy a nap!
  • Teach your dog to be quiet when you’re out. While the occasional bark is acceptable — and adorable — no one wants a pooch who is constantly barking during their meal. A great way to do this is to get him socialized to people from a young age so he’s not so apt to start barking in the presence of strangers.
  • Reward your dog for good behavior with some treats and water. Don’t forget to pack a “doggy bag” of pooch-specific treats and a water bottle before you head for the restaurant. This way, just like you, he’ll be fed and hydrated while you’re out. Plus, he won’t beg for table scraps this way, which can upset his tummy.

Things to Consider When Dining With Your Dog in Vancouver

When dining with your dog in Vancouver, always be aware of the weather. That’s because health regulations dictate that pups in British Columbia have to dine al fresco. This is why dog-friendly restaurants in Vancouver typically have outdoor seating areas. So, if it’s very rainy, it might not be the best time to go out dining. On days when there’s a chill in the air, dress your pup appropriately and pick a restaurant that offers outdoor heating.

If you’re visiting from out-of-town, most dog-friendly hotels in Vancouver can recommend great restaurants where you can bring your dog. So, don’t be afraid to ask the front desk staff for their favorite picks.

Not all dogs like to dine out, but you can still arrange for them to have a fun walk around town while you enjoy a delicious meal. In fact, there’s an app for that! Hop onto GoFetch’s app and arrange for your dog to have a walk while you grab a bite to eat. That way, you will both have a great time.

Do you frequent any dog-friendly dining spots in Vancouver? Tell us all about them below!

By Susan Paretts

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