Whether you’re looking for a romantic date night spot, a place to cozy up in the winter, or a top-notch pancake joint, Toledo has plenty of amazing restaurants. But it’s always a bit sad to go out for a bite or a beer and leave your four-legged friend behind — especially when Fido subjects you to those famous puppy eyes. Luckily, our town is home to a few spots that are welcoming to pups, especially when it comes to patio seating. Some even bring out treats or bowls of water to give the dog a dining experience of his or her own!
Next time you’re on a walk with man’s best friend, check out this list of our favorite dog-friendly spots in Toledo — your fluffster will thank you for it.
Ye Olde Durty Bird
2 S St. Clair Street, Toledo, OH
Photo courtesy of Ye Olde Durty Bird
This gastropub in the St. Clair Village has a durty little secret — it has welcomed four-legged friends on the patio since it opened its doors in 2012. Pups will be instantly welcomed with a bowl of water (with ice if it’s a hot day) and an ear scratch. They can lounge in the shade while you sip on a cold beer and enjoy tavern-esque comfort food, like the Durty Pulled Pork sandwich, a classic cheeseburger, calamari fries or lamb sliders.
1842 Woodville Road, Oregon, OH
Photo courtesy of Cousino’s
If you’re hankering for a great steak or juicy burger, Cousino’s might be your spot. The steaks are cooked to preference and served piping hot with a side of good service, and the atmosphere is cozy and welcoming. Sit on the patio during the summer months to enjoy a nice, filling dinner with your favorite pooch (and maybe slip him a few of the leftovers).
106 Louisiana Avenue, Perrysburg, OH
Photo courtesy of Zingo’s Mediterranean
This Perrysburg spot is rumored to be expanding to a new location in Toledo in the coming months, so get excited! Stop by Zingo’s for classic Mediterranean cuisine, including kebobs, falafel, baklava, tabbouli, specialty sandwiches and salads. Bonus: there is also a large quantity of tasty vegetarian dishes for you veggie lovers out there. After exploring the town with your dog, settle into a table out front in the shade. Your pup is welcome to hang out with you while you savor your meal, and might enjoy friendly pats from passersby.
5305 Monroe Street, Toledo, OH
There is one philosophy at Bar 145 — “Understate on the menu and over deliver at the table!” We would say that is accurate. Stop into this swanky hangout for some of the best dang fried cheese curds, tempura green beans, and burgers you’ve ever tasted. You’ll also be able to find some fun twists on fries (sriracha, white truffle, poutine), and specialty dishes like the One-Forty-Five burger with all the fixin’s or the bourbon cookie skillet sundae. And yes, your dog is invited to join in all the fun.
Bonus: Come on Wednesday through Saturday for live music and beats from local bands and djs!
Manhattan’s Pub ‘n’ Cheer
1516 Adams Street, Toledo, OH
Photo courtesy of Manhattan’s
This neighborhood hangout on Adams Street aims to give you the New York experience right here at home, and invites you to “come for the food and stay for the people”. Grab a drink at the wooden wraparound bar, or opt for a tasty, New York-inspired dish such as Union Square Fettuccine Alfredo, beer battered goat cheese curds, a Five Borough Grilled Cheese, or New York Strip (of course) from chef Ian Regent. If you’re looking to bring the pup, you’ll have to sit on the patio. But on a beautiful, sunny Toledo day, that might be preferable anyway.
Blarney’s Irish Pub
601 Monroe Street, Toledo, OH
Blarney’s Irish Pub is a perfect spot to enjoy a Guinness beer, fried pickles and fantastic service. Owner Ed Beczynski visited more than 35 pubs in Ireland before choosing this charming downtown building for his new spot, and it shows. The Irish charm certainly shines through, regardless of what you choose to order. Spot will find a happy home under your feet on the patio while you enjoy the pub fare.
Village Idiot Pizzeria
309 Conant Street, Maumee, OH
Village Idiot boasts some of the best pizza you’ll find in the area — mostly thanks to the incredible toppings. Adorn your pie with items including hand-cut pepperoni, whole meatballs, steak, fresh pineapple, roasted garlic and portobello mushrooms (although maybe not all at once). The place gets packed at night due to the live music, but if you come for lunch or earlier on a weekday, your pup is welcome to accompany you into the restaurant — as long as he’s on a leash.
Looks Like the Dog’s Out of the Bag!
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