One question that pops up often in our Facebook group is “Which restaurants are dog friendly?” Though this topic is a bit divisive—some people don’t want to dine with animals around them—there actually are a number of restaurants in Marathon, Florida where they welcome you and your four legged dining companions. They’ll give your pooch a bowl of water with water bones in it (ice cubes, but the name is cute) and some will even provide a treat for your well behaved doggo. The key to this being successful is having an understanding staff, a well behaved dog, and, of course, a respectful dog owner.
Something to note here is that, no matter what a restaurant’s stance on welcoming dogs is, service dogs—that is, dogs that have been trained to perform a specific task for their disabled handlers and should not be pet or interfered with—are given public access rights per the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Businesses are allowed to ask two questions that the handlers must answer: “Is this a service dog required for your disability?” and “what task(s) is it trained to do?” Emotional support dogs and/or therapy dogs are not afforded the same access as service dogs. Dogs should never be placed or seated on tables and should be leashed and under control at all times. For more information and clarification refer to this article.
With the fine print out of the way, if you’re here with your pup and want to enjoy a meal with the whole family, doggo included, here is a list of restaurants and their areas that welcome you and your furry friends.
If you’re a local restaurant or bar owner and you’d like your dog friendly establishment added to this list just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know.