Top 10 Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Houston

Recently, our music blog listed the top ten bars where your dog is welcome, and we thought, hey, why should the bars get all the canine love? Thanks to Paws on Patios, an organization started in 2010 that made it possible for Houston restaurants to get permitting from the city to allow dogs at outdoor tables, more than two dozen restaurants now welcome our canine friends.

And fortunately for those of us who like to enjoy a nice day with our dogs and a delicious meal, there are some truly great Houston eateries with dog-friendly patios. It's no longer just beer joints and the random greasy spoon. These ten places have great food and great spaces in which you and your dog can dine together.

Honorable Mention: Beaver's, Winston's on Washington, Cafe Rabelais and Paulie's all have small but very dog-friendly outdoor seating areas.

10. Tila's Tila Hidalgo's unique Mexican restaurant has imaginative food, strong margaritas and a great, sprawling patio perfect for pooches. It was one of the first restaurants to welcome dogs after the initial Paws on Patios permits were granted back in 2011. Since then, Tila's has been welcoming dogs of all breeds. OK, technically, they aren't supposed to eat there, but there's no harm in sneaking some quesadillas under the table, right?

9. Little Bigs Little Bigs is known for great sliders and boozy milkshakes, but the patio near the corner of Westheimer and Montrose is also a great place to chill with your dogs. The entire family-friendly outdoor seating area is shaded, and there are almost always kids running around while their parents take a much-needed burger break. (So if your dog doesn't do kids, this might not be the best spot for him.) The shade and available water will keep your canine cool, while The Dude, a white Russian milkshake, will keep you cool as well.

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Kaitlin Steinberg