Wednesday, July 27 2022 10:09

Dining with the Dogs

Written by Gina Mullen

For the summer season, restaurants have opened their patios for outdoor dining. Many outside eateries welcome leashed pets and even offer special pet menus. So, leash your furry friends and bring them along for a meal!

Here are local pet-friendly restaurants to explore during the dog days of summer and beyond.


Chester County

Appetites on Main is a sports bar and grill in Exton, which — more good news — is dog friendly! Their outside patio is the purr-fect place to take your pets. Make sure to ask for a doggie menu, with treats like Italian sausage and pork belly.

The Creamery in Kennett Square prides itself on being family friendly — which includes your pup! Originally the 1902 home to the Eastern Condensed Milk Company, this building transformed into a pop-up beer and community gathering space that welcomes well-behaved pets.

Located right next to the Schuylkill Canal, Phoenixville’s Fitzwater Station takes dinner with a view to a whole new level. Bring your dog along to their courtyard and order from the Yappy Hour menu for a dog-sized snack.

Take a drive with man’s best friend to Four Dogs Tavern on the outskirts of West Chester. Their devotion to dogs is literally in their name! Chow down on the American brasserie menu at the doggie-friendly outside dining area.

Malvern Buttery is a farmhouse-style artisanal bakery, café and coffeehouse located right on King Street in Malvern. Relax in the sunny picnic area complete with tables and benches for you and your four-legged friend to enjoy the day at this gathering spot.

West Chester’s Open-Air Market, where restaurants bring tables out on the street, is generally pet friendly. On weekends through September 5, live it up with your pup at participating restaurants like Iron Hill Brewery, Side Bar and Sedona Taphouse. Make sure to ask for a water bowl.

La Verona Italian Restaurant in Kennett Square is part of the town’s in-street dining every third Thursday of the month. Other days, dine at their Fido-friendly outdoor patio. Bring your furry friend for a taste of traditional Italian cuisine.

Not a dog person? Head to Black Cat Café. This nonprofit cat café in Devon has it all — delicious food, divine atmosphere and delightful kitties. Check out the gift shop for adorable and adoptable cats and kittens.

In Delaware

In the heart of historic Centreville, Buckley’s Tavern invites you to snack on hors d’oeuvres and sip wine in the backyard dining area — open to customers and their pets alike.


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