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​Consumer Health Division  |  Dogs on Patios

(ordinance allowing dogs on restaurant patios)

On May 28, 2008 the Dallas City Council amended section 17-10.2 of the Chapter 17 Dallas City Code. This ordinance provides a variance process and establishes criteria to allow dogs on restaurant patios under certain conditions. The frequently asked ques​tions below reflect the recent changes.

City of Dallas Approved Dog Friendly Food Establishments

  1. 8020 Restaurant - 2008 Greenville
  2. Amsterdam Falafel Shop - 2651 Commerce #120
  3. Back Home Barbecue - 5014 Ross
  4. BBBOP - 2023 Greenville #130
  5. Brain Dead Brewing - 2625 Main
  6. Bread Winner's - 5560 W. Lovers #260
  7. Capitol Pub - 2401 Henderson
  8. Dallas Chop House Burger - 1717 Main #100
  9. Dallas Fish Market & Chophouse - 1501 Main
  10. Digg's Taco Shop - 7325 Gaston 
  11. Dodies Reef - 2821 Greenville
  12. Dot's Hop House & Cocktail Courtyard - 2645 Commerce
  13. Eatzi's - 3403 Oak Lawn
  14. Fireside Pies - 2820 N. Henderson
  15. Ginger Man – 2718 Boll
  16. Gloria's – 600 N. Bishop
  17. Good Friend - 1154 Peavy
  18. Greenville Ave Pizza Co - 1923 Greenville
  19. Grub Burger Bar & Grill - 4925 Greenville
  20. Haymaker - 1520 Greenville
  21. Henderson Tap House - 2323 N. Henderson #102
  22. High Five - 1804 McMillan
  23. Houlihan's Restaurant - 5225 Beltline #220
  24. Houndstooth Coffee - 1802 McMillan
  25. IL Cane Rosso - 2612 Commerce
  26. Jakes Hamburgers - 2422 N. Henderson
  27. Little Woodrow's - 3300 Ross
  28. Mattito's - 3102 Oak Lawn
  29. Mi Cocina - 6332 La Vista
  30. Mutt's Canine Cantina - 2889 City Place West
  31. Neo Pizza Napoletana - 2340 Victory Park
  32. Olivella's Lakewood - 6465 E. Mockingbird #525
  33. Pecan Lodge - 2702 Main
  34. Pie Tap Pizza Workshop & Bar - 1212 Oak Lawn #131
  35. Public School #214 - 3700 McKinney #148
  36. Ragin Crab - 2100 Greenville
  37. Rapscallion - 2023 Greenville
  38. Relish - 2000 Woodall Rodgers Frwy
  39. Remedy - 2010 Greenville Suite B
  40. Rusty Taco - 4802 Greenville
  41. Savor - 2000 Woodall Rodgers Frwy
  42. Seven Five Patio Bar - 5600 SMU #120
  43. Society Bakery - 3610 Greenville
  44. St. Pete's Dancing Marlin - 2730 Commerce 
  45. Starbucks Coffee - 8520 Abrams
  46. Starbucks Coffee - 2801 Allen #180
  47. Starbucks Coffee - 5223 Alpha
  48. Starbucks Coffee - 6859 Arapaho 
  49. Starbucks Coffee - 3100 Forest
  50. Starbucks Coffee - 9440 Garland Road
  51. Starbucks Coffee - 7325 Gaston #100
  52. Starbucks Coffee - 12262 Inwood
  53. Starbucks Coffee - 6312 La Vista
  54. Starbucks Coffee - 7995 LBJ
  55. Starbucks Coffee - 3699 McKinney #300C
  56. Starbucks Coffee - 3701 W. Northwest Hwy #410
  57. ​Starbucks Coffee - 102 Preston Royal Shopping Center
  58. Starbucks Coffee - 13556 Preston
  59. Start Restaurant - 4814 Greenville
  60. Sundown At Granada - 3520 Greenville
  61. Sushi Zushi - 3636 McKinney #150
  62. Taco Diner - 3699 McKinney #307
  63. Taco Joint - 6464 E. Mockingbird #101
  64. The Dubliner - 2818 Greenville
  65. The Grill On The Alley - 13270 Dallas Pkwy #1155
  66. The Libertine - 2101 Greenville
  67. The Peoples Last Stand - 5319 E. Mockingbird #210
  68. Toasted Coffee & Kitchen - 5420 Ross 
  69. Truck Yard - 5624 Sears
  70. Veritas - 2323 N Henderson #103
  71. WBC Bottle Room – 2116 Greenville
  72. Whole Foods Market - 2500 McKinney
  73. Wild Salsa - 1800 Main
  74. Yucatan Taco Stand - 2023 Greenville

Frequently Asked Questions about Dogs on Patios

Will all restaurants with outdoor patios allow dogs now?

No, restaurants must choose to apply for a variance to allow dogs on their outdoor patios. Equally important, these establishments must meet certain conditions that protect public health.

How will I know whether a restaurant is permitted to allow dogs on its outdoor patio?

Permitted "dog friendly" businesses will post a sign at their entrance and Dallas will list all permitted "dog friendly" food establishments online at dallascityhall.com.
Dog Friendly Restaurant Sign (PDF, Sample Only)

What are the steps for a restaurant to obtain a variance to allow dogs on their outdoor patio?

  1. Apply at 7901 Goforth Road, Dallas, TX 75238, Monday-Friday, between 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.;
  2. Make payment of $127.00 dollars for a two-year variance;
  3. Inspection of the establishment is scheduled and conducted, and on-site staff is provided regulations on cleanliness and health measures; and
  4. Upon approval by a City sanitarian, a dog-friendly sign is posted at the entrance.

Will dogs enter through the restaurant interior?

No, restaurants approved for this variance must feature a separate, outside entrance to enter the patio, so that dogs will not enter the interior of the food establishment. Further, doors equipped with self-closing devices must be provided at all entrances to the outdoor patio from the interior of the food establishment.

Can food preparation be done in outside patios?

No food preparation, including mixing drinks or serving ice, may be performed in the outdoor patio area.

How will cleanliness be maintained on outside patios?

The outdoor patio must be continuously maintained free of visible dog hair, dog dander, and other dog-related waste or debris. The outdoor patio must be hosed down or mopped at each shift change or every six hours. Waste created from a dog's bodily functions must be cleaned up with animal friendly chemicals within five minutes of occurrence.

Can staff handle the dogs while at the outside patio?

Restaurant staff may not pet or touch the dogs while on-duty.  A dog may not be given any food (including, but not limited to, dog kibbles, biscuits, and edible treats) while in the outdoor patio area, but may be given water in a disposable container.

What other requirements exist for allowing dogs on patios?

  1. Dogs are not allowed on any space that customers use, e.g. tables, chairs, countertops, or play areas.
  2. Owner must maintain control of their dog on a leash.
  3. Dogs must wear current rabies vaccination tags on their collar.

How do I register a health concern or complaint about a particular food establishment?

Dallas residents may call 3-1-1 or submit a Restaurant/Food complaint onli​ne (look under the Code Compliance category) at dallascityhall.com.

For Restaurant/Food Complaint or to a Report Foodborne Illness

Who do I contact for further information about this variance?

Contact the Consumer Health Division at (214) 670-8083.​