Top 10 Dog-friendly Restaurants In Nashville, Tennessee

dog friendly restaurants in nashville

A decade ago, it would have been hard to find a business, much less a restaurant, which would welcome your pet pooch with open arms. The world has changed now, and you can take your dog out to a local patio to sip some cocktails and chow down some wings - and enjoy your beloved pet’s company as well. In ‘Music City’ Nashville, today you no longer have to spend happy hour brooding about your furry friend waiting for you at home - they can be sitting right next to you, enjoying the goings-on from the comfort of the patios of the many pooch-friendly restaurants booming up in the city. Here are some of the top dog-friendly restaurants in Nashville, Tennessee.

1. Urban Cookhouse

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

When you glance at the Urban Cookhouse menu, don’t expect to find the run-of-the-mill French fries, chicken wings, or burgers. Be prepared to instead feast on inventive dishes made from freshly sourced local and regional ingredients, all prepared on two Big Green Egg Kamado grills. The menu features chipotle-braised pork, veggie quesadillas, wood-fired shrimp kebabs, rice and lime-marinated steak, sandwiches, wraps, and salads. What’s more, you can sit with your pet pooch in the dog-friendly alfresco seating.

Urban Cookhouse

Address: 1907 Broadway, Nashville

Website: Urban Cookhouse

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 11am - 9pm; Sun: 11am - 8pm

2. Village Pub & Beer Garden

How about guzzling some amazing local Nashville craft beers with your furry friend by your side? That’s what the Village Pub & Beer garden offers. Housed in a 1940s home and featuring a dog-friendly wraparound porch and delectable, one-of-a-kind pretzel-stuffed sandwiches, it’s no wonder that the Village Pub’s popularity is on the rise. A cozy setting with loft ceilings, original hardwood floors, bright windows, and a fireplace, great, prompt service and, of course, they throw their doors open to God’s furry creations and this is why you should visit the Village Pub!

Village Pub & Beer Garden

Address: 1308 McGavock Pk, Nashville

Website: Village Pub & Beer Garden

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 11:30am - 12am; Fri - Sat: 11:30am - 1am (closed on Sun)

3. Von Elrod's Beer Garden and Sausage House

Head to the Music City’s Germantown neighborhood for enjoying a slice of Germany at Von Elrod’s Beer Garden and Sausage House. Pet-friendly outdoor tables plus a wide array of tasty treats and delicious drinks are why Von Elrod’s is a must-visit. Flag off your meal with a cold one, move on to the house-made Buffalo Blue Cheese Chips and the prime ribeye sausage, pickled red onions, and locally sourced bun dish of ‘Gaucho Dog’, and polish off your meal with the Avocado Crunch Salad with creamy lime dressing. What’s more, sit at the pet-friendly outdoor tables with your beloved dog and enjoy a true-blue German meal.

Von Elrod's Beer Garden and Sausage House

Address: 1004, 4th Avenue North, Nashville

Website: Von Elrod’s

Opening hours: Mon - Wed: 4pm - 11pm; Thu: 4pm - 12am; Fri: 11am - 12am; Sat: 8am - 12am; Sun: 9am - 9pm

4. Bartaco

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Bartaco, Nashville’s newest ‘tacos and tequila’ restaurant feels like a slice of the coast has arrived in the Music City. Emanating inimitable coastal vibes, Bartaco whips up deliciously authentic tacos facing the busy 12th Avenue South, lending it the ultimate vacation, people-watching persona. Bright, airy interiors, earthy wicker-basket lighting, a sizable bar, and an outdoor patio which welcomes dogs - now who wouldn’t want to head here?


Address: 2526 12th Ave S, Nashville

Website: Bartaco

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 11am - 11pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 12am

5. Saltine

If you have a hankering for seafood, then Saltine in the West End is where you and your hunger pangs need to be. The newest place to get seafood in West End. The menu of this casual restaurant and bar features a whole array of salads, steaks, fresh seafood, a raw bar (featuring some of the best scallops in Nashville) and Po'boys, which are traditional Louisianian sandwiches. Understated nautical decor radiates a laidback vibe for patrons to relax and enjoy their meals. The highpoint is the dog-friendly outdoor patio, where you can enjoy a seafood meal in the company of your good old furry friend.


Address: 1918 West End Ave, Nashville

Website: Saltine

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 11am - 10pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 11pm

6. Urban Grub

A spunky ambiance and eclectic fare come together in the Urban Grub Southern Fish Pit & Cantina. Located in the 12th South neighborhood of the Music City, the Urban Grub is one of the neighborhood’s largest restaurant yet. A natural wood setting with lots of curved paths and walls in an unusual architectural setup lends a mystical aura to the restaurant. With a bar serving up celebratory shots, well-priced wines, and craft cocktails to be paired with dry-aged steaks and daily seafood and oyster catch, the Urban Grub is heaven for foodies. The plus point - dogs are welcome in the lovely indoor/outdoor bar area!

Urban Grub

Address: 2506 12th Ave S, Nashville

Website: Urban Grub

Opening hours: Tue - Thu: 4pm - 12am; Fri: 4pm - 1am; Sat: 11am - 1am; Sun: 11am - 12am (closed on Mon)

7. Epice

Epice in 12th South is where you need to come for authentic Lebanese cuisine in Nashville. Featuring one of the most elegant restaurant interiors in the neighborhood, the chic Epice is famously doggie-friendly, also boasting of one of the best patios in the neighborhood. Dine on legumes and fresh fish, and traditionally Lebanese offerings such as Batinijan, Mujadara, and Tawook. Mujadara, and Batinjan in a quaint, sophisticated ambiance.


Address: 2902 12th Ave S Nashville

Website: Epice

Opening hours: Tue - Sat: 11am - 10pm; Sun: 11am - 9pm (closed on Mon)

8. Edley's Bar-B-Que

Edley's Bar-B-Que
Source: Photo by Flickr user Jameson Fink used under CC BY 2.0

With a whopping three locations in Nashville alone, Edley’s Bar-B-Que is legendary for its sensational side platters, smoked meats, a plethora of protein-rich dishes, and large, heated patios for dogs and dog owners! Choose from an array of menu options including ribs, burnt ends, wings (in your choice of sauce - White BBQ/BBQ/Walking Bird), catfish, turkey, chicken, pork, sandwiches, tacos, salads, soups, appetizers, and so much more. Try some amazing handcrafted cocktails before ordering lip-smacking delights such as Fried Jalapenos, Pico De Gallo, Bean Salad, Brisket Tacos with White Sauce, Tuck Special Sandwich with Smoked Brisket, house-made spicy Pimiento Cheese, Pickles, White and Red sauces, and an over-easy Egg! P.S: The restaurant doesn’t have table service, so your pet pooch needs to be tied up at your table outside when you go in to order.

Edley's Bar-B-Que

Address: 908 Main Street/2706 12 Ave South/455 Murphy Rd, Nashville

Website: Edley’s Bar-B-Que

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 11am - 10pm; Sat - Sun: 10am - 10pm

9. Fido

The pet-shop-turned-cafe Fido is an establishment that is thoroughly dedicated to man’s best friend, in case the name wasn’t a dead giveaway! Serving up fabulous coffee, delicious cafe-style meals, and inventive dishes as daily specials, Fido sources their organic ingredients locally more than any other Nashville restaurant. Must-eats include the Liberal Salad, the famous Local Burger, whole grain pancakes, and homemade desserts. Feast on all kinds of junk, exotic, and organic foods with your furry friend, who is more than welcome at the front sidewalk tables. What’s more, part of their proceeds is directed to dogs in need!


Address: 1812 21st Ave S, Nashville

Website: Fido

Opening hours: 7am - 11pm (daily)

10. Henley

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

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The modern American brasserie Henley in the Kimpton Aertson Hotel might stick out like a sore thumb on this list due to it being a hotel bar, but it blends right in for being not just a dog-friendly restaurant, but also being located in a dog-friendly hotel! Happy Hour at Henley is truly happy, with eight different Manhattans being served for 8 USD each, with superlative variants such as City Swizzle containing Clear Creek Kirschwasser Brandy and 1870 Old Forrester - America’s first bottled bourbon. Snack on aged hams and oysters and aged hams before moving on to the entrees with beef and chicken. Don’t miss the amazing short rib, which is served with grilled and smoked broccoli.


Address: 2023 Broadway, Nashville

Website: Henley

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 7am - 10am, 4pm - 12am; Sun: 7am - 2:30pm, 4pm - 11pm

Doggy love in Nashville

"Finally, I'm invited to eat inside!"  by Benni Girl
Source: Photo by user Bennilover used under CC BY-ND 2.0

So, you no longer need to fret about your furry friend having to stay home whenever you have a hankering for a cold one, cocktails, seafood, or pub grub. They can sit right next to you, munching and chomping to their heart’s content, and living the life!

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