Two dogs sit under the table at a dog-friendly restaurant in Charlotte

City Guide / Charlotte

7 Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Charlotte

By Bri Hand

Between the tire squeals of a NASCAR race, the bustle of the downtown financial district, and the gorgeous rapids of the Whitewater Center, there’s a culinary scene that’s totally unique to Charlotte. That scene just so happens to be inclusive to dogs, as well as humans.

From seafood to BBQ, this is your list of the seven best dog-friendly restaurants Charlotte has to offer. Whether you’re visiting or moving to Charlotte, NC, there’s definitely something for every palate—and maybe even some dog-friendly treats! So, read on to discover the great locales to spend some quality time with your canine pal:

1. Seoul Food Meat Company

Boasting an unmatched Korean fusion BBQ menu, Seoul Food Meat Company has a dog-friendly patio for you and your pooch to feast on its offerings.

Besides its popular and delicious “12Hr Ribs,” the eatery also offers a variety of meat, poultry, and fish dishes, including its fire chicken, hickory pulled pork, fried tilapia, and smoked beef brisket—which are available in small and large portions for you and your dog (if you so choose).

If you’re in the mood for some less traditional offerings, try its fusion tacos with kimchi pork, or try the eatery’s meatless options, like its tofu wings and soy pork spare ribs.

While you’re there, you might want to check out its four themed karaoke rooms, too,  including:

  • The Hip Hop Room
  • The Rock Star Room
  • The Country Western Room
  • The K-Pop Room

All of its karaoke rooms can be rented hourly, so you can sing your heart out for as long as you want. Although, your canine companion will have to howl along outside.

Seoul Food Meat Company is a pet-friendly restaurant that is open seven days a week and stays open until 2:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Bring your dog, and perhaps they’ll even go home with a spare bone—you are dealing with a meat company, after all!

2. Moo and Brew

Located in the heart of Charlotte, Moo and Brew is a burger joint known for its backyard BBQs and rock-and-roll soundtrack. This is a popular venue for parties and events, so get ready to mingle with friends on the restaurant’s dog-friendly patio. 

Moo and Brew is especially known for:

  • Elevated American classics: Moo and Brew offers a host of delicious classics with a modern spin. Its signature burger includes brew-braised onions, brew chili, brew cheese, and yellow mustard on top of 100 percent Angus beef. If you’re in the mood for something a little lighter, try its Copper River salad topped with Alaskan Salmon.
  • Local craft brews: From lagers to IPAs, there’s a reason the bar has “Brew” in its name. Moo and Brew keeps plenty of local beers on tap and is always updating its seasonal beer menu with a rotation of small-batch favorites. But, if you’re less inclined toward craft beer, the eatery also has a cocktail menu packed with tasty options. 
  • The Moon and Brew Festival: For half a decade, Moo and Brew has orchestrated a springtime backyard bash that includes live music, burger competitions, and a ton of local color. It’s a rollicking good time, and the money raised by the festival supports the Second Harvest Food Bank. 

With a friendly atmosphere and a casual feel, Moo and Brew is the perfect place to unwind, let loose, or share a beer with a fellow dog-lover—that’s certainly something to toast to!

3. The Dog Bar

It’d be remiss not to mention Charlotte’s signature spot for dogs and their owners, The Dog Bar. The Dog Bar is an indoor/outdoor hangout spot for dogs to roam off-leash in a climate-controlled environment, while their dog owner can sit back and enjoy a cold beverage.

A rare spot catered exclusively for dogs, The Dog Bar works as a private club and dog-friendly restaurant with a membership program. The requirements to join are as follows:

  • A membership fee: Don’t worry, it’s only $10 a year per dog. Basically, for the price of two beers, you’ll be a member of your own private dog club.
  • Dogs must be at least one year old: Sorry, but puppies can be a little too much when it comes to socializing with other dogs. The Dog Bar has an age minimum for humans as well (21 years old). And no, that’s not in dog years.
  • Dogs must be spayed/neutered and vaccinated: As long as your dog has a clean bill of health and has been spayed or neutered, they’re clear to join The Dog Bar. Bring documentation from your vet, or just keep the appropriate tags on your dog.

Owners are responsible for keeping their dogs on their best behavior and cleaning up after them, but that’s nothing new. It’d be hard to come up with a better place for a dog in all of Charlotte—in fact, it’d be hard to find a place comparable to The Dog Bar in most American cities, so take advantage of this unique gem whenever you have the chance!

4. Zada Jane’s Corner Cafe

If you’re looking for a low-key, dog-friendly place to visit in the early morning, take yourself and your pup to Zada Jane’s Corner Cafe

Established in 2008, Zada Jane’s Corner Cafe has been providing a bohemian flair to Plaza Midwood and crafts culinary delicacies with quality ingredients. The green facade looks out on a pet-friendly patio and out toward Central Avenue, and the atmosphere is always friendly.

The cafe’s menu changes frequently and features items like:

  • The valid spinach salad: A spinach salad with goat cheese, tomato, caramelized onion, roasted pumpkin seeds, and a boiled egg.
  • The hummus frummus wrap: Homemade roasted red pepper hummus, with cucumbers, sprouts, and roasted red peppers.
  • Druther’s Clucke: A twist on a chicken sandwich, featuring basil, onion, mozzarella, sundried-tomato mayo, and grilled chicken on rosemary focaccia bread.

With a creative menu, friendly staff, and diet-specific dining options, Zada Jane’s Corner Cafe could be your new brunch spot. Enjoy a mimosa in the sun with man’s best friend.

5. VBGB Beer Hall and Garden

With one of the largest patios in all of Charlotte, VBGB Beer Hall and Garden offers plenty of space for your dog to roam while you enjoy some old-fashioned pub snacks. 

Located less than 50 yards from the Fillmore and the Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre, VBGB is a frequent spot for pre- and post-concert refreshments. They also offer three different rooms for private parties and free parking.

Take advantage of the beer hall’s house-made snacks like:

  • Grilled steak skewers
  • Pretzel bites with beer cheese
  • Fried pickles
  • Grilled jumbo chicken wings

You may be in a bit of a food coma after dining at VBGB—luckily, you’ll have your dog with you for support.

6. Lucky Dog Bark & Brew

With three locations in Charlotte, Lucky Dog Bark & Brew is a dog park, kennel, and bar all in a single package. It offers doggy boarding and daycare if you’re planning on taking a trip without your pup, as well as dog baths and grooming options to give your dog a little day at the spa.

If you’re looking for a relaxing place for you and your dog to socialize, the park is open seven days a week and offers amenities like:

  • Multiple televisions
  • Heated and covered patio for the winter months
  • Ample seating for humans
  • Bar service inside and out
  • Frequent food truck visitors

The Lucky Dog Bark & Brew offers weekly drink specials, as well as the option to throw a dog birthday party. There’s no reason your dog can’t have their own celebration!

7. Leroy Fox Kitchen & Cocktails

For a little southern flavor, check out the always-dog-friendly Leroy Fox Kitchen & Cocktails. Known for its diverse crowd, Leroy Fox Kitchen & Cocktails values quality service and homespun recipes.

Its lunch and dinner menu offers items such as a 4 Meatloaf Sammie and the Linda Lou Salad, a take on chicken salad with hard-boiled eggs, cheddar cheese, tomato, cucumber, and honey mustard.

The kitchen’s weekend brunch menu also brings its unique spin on classic mid-morning staples, with options like Leroy’s Benny and the Breakfast Sundae with scrambled eggs, maple bacon, green onion, cheddar cheese, hashbrown casserole, local grits, and local sausage gravy.

Leroy Fox also has an extensive cocktail menu and spirits list, including Japanese whiskey and single-malt scotch for those looking for something a little special. You and your dog will feel right at home in this modern setting with a rustic twist. Cheers!

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Bri Hand published on September 13, 2021