With more dogs than kids in the City limits, Seattle is a pretty dog friendly City. We have over 20 dog parks and several dog friendly restaurants…or at least restaurants that claim do be dog friendly.
I have found that some restaurants are more dog friendly than others. I have been to “dog friendly” restaurants that are more “you can bring your dog to our restaurant if they don’t ever make a peep and you keep them under the table so other patrons don’t see them.” I have also been to restaurants where it meant “we will love and kiss on your dog, bring them water, maybe have a special treat on the menu for them and, although your dog should be well behaved, the occasional bark is tolerated.”
We took a road trip to Bend, Oregon for vacation a couple of weeks ago. Part of the draw was that we heard it was super dog friendly. We did see dogs everywhere when we were there but based on our restaurant experience alone, this is wins as the most dog friendly town I have every been to. We certainly experienced the latter of the two scenarios above at the restaurants we visited.
We ate at three different dog friendly restaurants while were there. All get 5 stars in my book.
10 Barrel Brewing Company
We ate here with our new friends from Ruffwear. The place was filling up fast with the lunch-time crowd when we got there but we were able to grab a seat on their patio near the entrance.
Unfortunately, being by the entrance meant that Chester and Gretel barked every time someone else walked in with a dog. The other dogs on the patio barked too so they weren’t alone. Neither the staff or other people eating batted an eye. In fact, it felt kind of like Norm’s where everybody knows your dog. People started chatting and talking to each other about their dogs.
I had the lamb burger – ground lamb with sun=dried cranberries, feta cheese, artichoke tapenade and a balsamic reduction – that was to die for. I love me a good burger and I think this burger beat every beef burger I have every had.
Cascade Lakes Brewing Company
We ate here on the way back from a hike and drive up the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway. A thunderstorm moved in but they had seat for us under an umbrella on the back patio.
It rained so hard we did get a little wet from the backsplash but it was nothing like our waitress who had to jaunt back and forth several times in the rain between the dry restaurant and our table. She didn’t even bat and eye. She even said she liked coming outside to the quiet patio to see Chester and Gretel because it was loud and crazy inside. We loved the ski gondola sitting outside and wished they had a table in there to eat. It would have been drier and way cooler 🙂
This place was really cool. It’s located in and old catholic schoolhouse turned hotel, brewery, movie theater and soaking pool. There were seats out front along a downtown street but when we asked about sitting with the dogs they ushered us around the side to a garden patio.
There were plenty of other people there but it felt secluded. Chester and Gretel must have felt it too because they were nice and calm. Gretel actually laid down on the warm bricks.
I had a burger with a gluten-free bun. It was by far one of the best gluten-free buns I have ever eaten. The whole burger was delicious. The server was great and was really nice to Chester and Gretel.
I really can’t say enough about dog-friendly Bend. There were so many parks in town, so many places to hike, the hotel we stayed in – the Red Lion – was great (for many reasons but especially because they only charge a $15 pet cleaning fee PER STAY with no number or weight limit on pets) and we had a good experience at every restaurant we ate at with Chester and Gretel.
We definitely plan to go back. We will want to try new dog-friendly restaurants when we do but will will definitely hit one of these up again. The hard part will be deciding which one.