Local dog-friendly restaurants in Newport News

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If you’re thinking about new, exciting ways to enjoy time with your dog in Virginia, a dog-friendly restaurant is a great option. Dog-friendly restaurants can be a wonderful way to grab some food on the way home from a dog park or go out at night and bring your dog along with you. No matter why you’re looking for a dog-friendly restaurant, here are a few in and around Newport News that will accept your dog with open arms.

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1. Burger Theory

Dog friendly Multiple outdoor seats Online ordering Take out Dine in

Burger Theory describes itself as the “ultimate burger experience.” There are 28 different toppings available, and you get to choose exactly what you want, leading to a massive 4,000 individual burger combinations. You’ll also find a full menu of local craft beers and classic beer favorites, allowing you to experience a truly delicious meal. Outdoor seating is covered but not heated, so visit any time there’s good weather to have a meal with your furry friend.

2. 185

Dog friendly Dine in Multiple outdoor seats Online ordering Outdoor heating Take out

185, pronounced “one-eighty-five,” is a unique little eatery in Poquoson, just to the east of Newport News. The traditional American food, focused on breakfast and brunch, has made 185 a popular local option. Its inclusion on Yelp’s 2023 “Top 100 Places to Eat” list has only made it even more popular. Visit today to enjoy the heated outdoor seating and have a meal with your dog.

3. The Hound's Tale

Dog friendly Multiple outdoor seats Outdoor heating Online ordering Dogs allowed indoors Dine in Take out

With a name like “The Hound’s Tale,” you would expect this restaurant would be dog-friendly, and it absolutely is. Located just outside Newport News in Williamsburg, this bistro-style restaurant offers high-quality comfort foods, including global flavors, and a full menu of local beer and wine. It’s a truly dog-friendly experience for all.

4. The Deadrise

Dog friendly Multiple outdoor seats Take out Dine in

The Deadrise is a fish house named after a type of traditional fishing boat that has been used by Chesapeake Bay watermen for years. It specializes in fresh seafood, ranging from crab cakes to fish and chips to clam chowder. Plus, there’s lots of outdoor seating on the patio, which is dog-friendly for you and your furry friend. The patio offers great views if you love to see the bay, which this restaurant sits right on.

5. Brown Chicken Brown Cow

Dog friendly Multiple outdoor seats Online ordering Take out Dine in

Brown Chicken Brown Cow is a classic American joint offering high-quality local beers, delicious BBQ options, premium floats, and grass-fed burgers. While the restaurant specializes in meat, it also offers multiple vegan alternatives that have even won some awards for them. The outdoor patio is dog-friendly, and they run a Bow Wow Happy Hour from five in the evening to nine at night on Mondays, so dogs and their owners can all socialize.

Enjoy your time with your furry friend

Dog-friendly restaurants can be a very exciting experience for both you and your dog. However, it’s important that you prepare your dog to visit a restaurant. Restaurants will always request that your dog stay well-behaved during your visit. If you’re worried about whether your dog will be able to behave, consider booking a virtual vet appointment with Vetster for some insight into the various behavioral issues your dog might be dealing with.

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