35 dog-friendly restaurants and cafes in Toronto

We get it – you like to go out, meet friends, people watch and generally enjoy life. That’s what life’s all about, and why we all love living in Toronto. If you need help finding a place to live here, try this.

And since TorontoRentals loves your dog, we thought we’d put together our list of 36 dog-friendly spots where you can go out, and bring the pooch.

Here’s a few neighbourhoods you can hang around in, and some parks too.

You can walk around Halloween, and show of your pooch’s fancy costume.

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We’ve split the list in half, with 18 restaurants and 18 cafes in total that are pet-friendly and besides giving you a brief description of each one we also created this google map to save you time looking up each location.

Unless otherwise stated, dogs are welcome to hang out with customers on these restaurants’ and cafes’ front patio, but aren’t necessarily welcome inside the establishment, so please be respectful. We’re also trusting Yelp listings to know their stuff when they say dogs are allowed.

Dog Friendly Restaurants In Toronto

1. Sassafraz, 100 Cumberland St.

The trendy yellow-coloured, high-end, French-inspired eatery in Yorkville has a small patio out front where dogs are welcome to hang out with owners.

2. The Longest Yard, 3313 Bloor St. W

It’s a chilled out restaurant/bar with a decent patio out front. Food includes burgers, casual meals and salads, plus alcoholic and non-alcoholic bevvies. They sometimes host sports events and even political gatherings.

3. Le Select Bistro, 432 Wellington St.

Located in the Fashion District, Le Select serves French fare and more than 1,000 wines. The patio out front is cozy and dogs are allowed.

4. Barque Smokehouse, 299 Roncesvalles Ave.

You’d think that dogs wouldn’t work at a BBQ joint, but Barque accomplishes the feat, allowing canines on the patio.

5. Portici Pizzeria, 6 Scollard St.

The patio out front of this modern Italian cafe and restaurant in Yorkville is dog-friendly.

6. Aviv Restaurant, 328 Dupont St.

This Mediterranean restaurant expands the meaning of “Mediterranean” to include Italian and Greek food, as well as what you might traditionally expect.  It’s located in the heart of the Annex, and allows dogs.

7. Toma Burger Addiction, 712 Queen St. W.

Named one of the best burgers in town, each burger comes with their signature “T” branded on the bun.

8. Crepes Club, 49 Baldwin St.

This restaurant specializes in classic Eastern European fare, as well as crepes.

9. Keating Channel Pub and Grill, 2 Villiers St.

Features a pet-friendly patio, and occasional live entertainment.

10. Brownstone Bistro, 603 Yonge St.

Perfect place for casual, Italian-style fine dining. It’s also located in a designated heritage spot.

11. Kasai Grill House, 650 College St.

This may be an unusual choice for a place to bring your dog, but apparently you can do so and enjoy all you can eat Korean BBQ. They also have sushi.

12. Red Castle, 531 Danforth Ave.

This Mediterranean locale apparently serves shawarma poutine. Worth a try!

13. Nom Nom Nom Poutine and Crepes, 707 Dundas St. W.

Technically just a stall in a small food market, but you can bring your furry friend along in any case. The poutine isto die for, so well worth the trip.

14. Dumpling House, 619 Gerrard St. E.

Reasonably priced dumpling and noodle house, where everything is handmade.

15. Hair of The Dog, 425 Church St, Toronto, ON M4Y 2C3

Located a short walk from College station. The food is great and it’s obvious the owner loves dogs as soon as you walk in. You can take your pup there for a brunch date on the patio!

16. Last Temptation, 12 Kensington Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2K1

Smack dab in the middle of Kensington Market. It has regular pub fare but also some Chinese inspired dishes so if you are feeling like a cheeseburger but your partner wants fried rice this is the place. You can sit on the patio with your pooch and take in the sights and sounds of Kensington Market.

17. Caplanksy’s Deli, 356 College St, Toronto, ON M5T 1S6

Beloved in Toronto. While you may already know that they have ‘The best smoked meat in Toronto since 2009’ you may not have known you can bring your pup to their patio! You can go devour a delicious smoked meat sandwich while your dog watches you with wistful eyes.

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Dog Friendly Cafes In Toronto

1. Red Rocket Coffee, 1364 Danforth Ave.

The patio out front of the Red Rocket allows dogs, which is great because it’s a pretty nice spot to sit on the Danforth.

2. Thor Espresso Bar, 35 Bathurst St.

Casual and cozy, Thor Espresso, located in the Fashion District, serves coffee and snacks in a Scandiavian-inspired setting. Dogs are welcome on the front patio.

3. Williams Fresh Cafe, 245 Queens Quay W.

This particular branch of Williams Fresh Cafe is located in the Purina PawsWay building, so there is a whole world of pet-friendly activities to enjoy after grabbing a quick bite.

4. Rooster Coffee House, 479 Broadview Ave.

There’s all sorts of seating, and a charming atmosphere.

5. Merchants of Green Coffee, 2 Matilda St.

A little out of the way for those who rely on transit, but transit is not the most dog-friendly method of transportation anyhow. They give out free dog treats!

6. Black Cat Espresso Bar, 1104 College St.

Black Cat Espresso Bar serves top-notch breakfast sandwiches, and apparently also offer wine and beer along with their caffeinated options. Though their logo features a cat, dogs are allowed according to Yelp.

7. Death in Venice Gelato, 536 Queen St. W.

A unique spot for interesting gelato flavours. Also offers savoury meal options.

8. Sharetea Waterfront, 89 Queens Quay W.

Located at the Waterfront, Sharetea Waterfront is a good place to stop by if you get a hankering for bubble tea while walking the dog.

9. Marvel Coffee Company, 6 Donlands Ave.

Said to make great tasting coffee!

10. Haute Coffee, 153 Dupont St.

Cozy location with abundant electrical outlets.

11. Presse Cafe, 875 Bay St.

Not only are dogs allowed, but they have a discount for students.

12. Oakwood Espresso, 342-B Oakwood Ave.

A coffee shop with adorable decor and amazing coffee.

13. Soohyang, 7051 Yonge St.

Cool place to have traditional Korean tea and snacks.

14. Lau Sun Mou Tea, 4400 Sheppard Ave. E.

A traditional Chinese tea house in Scarborough, where you can go if you’ve ever wanted to enjoy traditional Chinese tea with your dog.

15. Café Novo, 254 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2L7

Offers delicious treats and drinks for you, but also your dog! Located near Kensington Market, the café has a lot of delicious coffee and drink options, as well delicious pastries that include vegan and gluten free options. Sit on the patio with your dog while you both enjoy a delicious treat.

16. Yellow Cup Café, 225 The East Mall, Etobicoke, ON M9B 6J1

A small café serving Italian fare. It’s a bit further out since it is located in Etobicoke but worth it! If you find yourself local, it’s a great spot to go with your dog.

17. Jimmy’s Coffee, 107 Portland St, Toronto, ON M5V 3N8

A hip little café located on King Street West. The drinks and pastries are great, but if that isn’t enough to sway you perhaps the cool art décor will? And of course that fact that you can bring your dog to the cute patio!

18. Mad Dog Café, 817 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1Y8

A neighbourhood favorite in Leslieville. Open only till 6pm, you can grab brunch and lunch here a long with a huge assortment of baked goods. It can get really busy, but at least you can have your pooch with you while you wait for a seat on the patio!

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Do you know of other dog-friendly patios, bars and restaurants in Toronto?

Born on the Prairies, Erin Cardone grew up knowing there was more to life than canola fields and AAA Alberta Angus. So she escaped, living in Europe and Australia, white-knuckling it through plates of calf brains and raw horse meat, and learning languages she can't remember anymore. After a stint as a jaded, skeptical journalist, she changed tack and began writing rather awesome blogs and showing businesses that advertising is dead, so long live social media, with her businesses Legendary Social Media. She now splits her time between various Canadian cities, Costa Rica and wherever else the wind blows.

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