Local dog-friendly restaurants in Kingston

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As a city on the shores of Lake Ontario, Kingston is a popular destination for tourists as well as a wonderful place to live. Its vibrant, diverse culture means that the city is a wonderful hub for art, music, and great food. If you are out and about with your canine companion in Kingston, it’s only natural that you would want to bring them with you when you go for a bite to eat. Thankfully, there is a range of dog-friendly restaurants that will be happy to welcome you both!

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1. Gaby’s Cafe

Dog friendly Dine in Take out

Primarily a breakfast and brunch spot, Gaby’s Café is a cute and casual spot on Princess Street that offers a range of breakfast classics, such as wraps, panini’s, toasties, and fresh baked goods, as well as fruit smoothies. While there is no outdoor eating space, there are plenty of public benches and parks nearby. So, if you want to grab a bite to go while you explore with your dog, Gaby’s has you covered. They have limited vegetarian options, but are happy to make adjustments to their menu items where possible.

2. Northside Espresso + Kitchen

Dog friendly Multiple outdoor seats Outdoor heating Dine in Take out

The perfect spot for breakfast, brunch, or lunch, Northside Kitchen + Espresso offers Australian style dining options and fresh, quality coffee in a relaxed, chic environment. Their spacious, dog-friendly patio is heated for those colder days, and the staff will be happy to bring you some water for your canine companions. You will find a range of vegetarian options and the staff are happy to make substitutions or changes where they can. You will also find a range of oat milk on offer for those who prefer dairy-free coffee! The eggs benedict and eggs royale are some of the most popular brunch items on the menu.

3. Sand and Pearl Oyster Bar

Dog friendly Multiple outdoor seats Dine in Take out

Located just an hour away from Kingston, ON, in a beautiful natural landscape, the Sand and Pearl Oyster Bar is a seasonal seafood business that offers only the freshest food. As well as their fresh oysters, lobster, shrimp, crab, and scallops, they have a small menu of New England-style classics, such as chowder, lobster rolls, as well as a cheeseburger for those patrons who would rather have something besides seafood. They welcome well-behaved dogs to sit with their owners in their outdoor dining area and will happily bring them some water to enjoy. If you want a true taste of Canadian seafood, this is the place for you and your canine companion. The landscape around the restaurant is also perfect for hikes and exploration with your dog.

4. T’s Chips and More

Dog friendly Multiple outdoor seats Dine in Take out

T’s Chips and More started off as a food truck, and though it has evolved into a brick-and-mortar business since then, this poutinerie has retained that authentic, food truck feel. They serve a range of new Canadian classics, sandwiches, and, of course, poutine. Well-behaved dogs are welcome here. The staff are friendly and will be happy to bring your canine friend a bowl of water to enjoy

5. Pan Chancho Bakery

Dog friendly Multiple outdoor seats Dine in Take out

Pan Chancho Bakery is a favorite with locals and visitors to Kingston because of their friendly atmosphere, varied menu, and fresh, local ingredients. Dog-friendly with an outdoor dining area, they offer a range of brunch and lunch classics, as well as customization options and a selection of fresh pastries every day. Don’t hesitate to ask for some water for your canine companion. The staff will be happy to bring them a drink and ensure they are comfortable.

Dining room tips for dog owners

If you want to make sure that your furry friend is on their best behavior when you go out to eat, here are some tips to keep in mind. First, if you have a young dog or a dog that has a nervous disposition, you should keep them close to you and provide consistent reassurance and correction to make sure they don’t disrupt other diners. Second, a good walk before you arrive at the restaurant allows your dog to burn some energy and arrive happy and calm. Finally, pay attention to their body language. If your dog starts to become very stressed, stepping out of the dining area to give them a few moments to calm down can be helpful.

If you are worried about your dog's behavior, or you are concerned they may have eaten something they shouldn’t while you are out, book a virtual vet appointment with Vetster to get guidance and help.

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