When it comes to finding a dog-friendly restaurant during a day out and about, the search can be more of a challenge than you might think. To make it easier, bookmark this list so it’s easy to pull up the next time hunger strikes while you have your pet in tow. Your stomach will thank you, and Fido will be happy to tag along.
With some of the best pizza around, a river view, and a four-legged friend to keep you company, dinner at the Pizza Shop means no one has to get left at home. Go big with the Meatster (pepperoni, smoked ham, sausage, bacon, and mozzarella-provolone blend), or keep it simple with the balanced Pizza Rustica (basil, oregano, pecorino). Our favorite is Garden Veggie, a colorful pie with zucchini, peppers, roasted red onion, and mushrooms. Tons of Italian staples also available here.
Newburgh — 27 South Water St, 845.565.7467
A past Best of Hudson Valley pick for “Best Place to Eat With a Pet,” Armadillo has been a Kingston fixture for more than 30 years. Salvador Castillo, who was previously Armadillo’s chef for over two decades, has taken over as owner of the restaurant. The eatery’s southwest menu is full of popular dishes like chicken tostadas and steak fajitas, but the real deals might be on Wednesdays, when tacos an beer are half off, and Thursdays, when frozen margs are half off.
Kingston — 97 Abeel St, 845.339.1550
A Rhinebeck mainstay since 1998, Terrapin repeatedly wins Best of Hudson Valley in numerous categories. Located in a bewitching 200-plus-year-old church in the center of town, Chef Josh Kroner turns out global dishes like a Caribbean-inspired tempeh bowl with queso frito and sauteed kale, Toussaint cheese-crusted chicken breasts with a whole-grain mustard sauce, and seafood risotto. There are also substitutions for those with dietary restrictions, as well as dining options depending on your budget and mood: white linen cloths in the dining room; casual, light fare at Red Bistro; or the dog-friendly patio to people-watch.
Rhinebeck — 6426 Montgomery St, 845.876.3330
Probably the first place that comes to mind when thinking about places to dine with your pooch, Fetch is so dog-friendly that the entire restaurant is designed after man’s best friend. Painted portraits of pooches adorn the walls, as do photos of diners’ pets. Fundraisers for animal welfare organizations are a regular occurrence. At dinner, get your pick of the litter with mouthwatering entrées like cracked black pepper-crusted yellowfin tuna and mushroom ravioli. After, be sure to try one of the mixed drinks, otherwise known as The Mutts. From Arnold’s Palmeranian, a sweet tea vodka with lemon and club soda, to Golden Apple Doodle, a blend of cinnamon-infused vodka and apple cider, there’s something for everyone here.
Warwick — 48 Main St, 845.987.8200
Beloved for its swath of gluten-free baked goods and lazy Sunday atmosphere, Kitchen & Coffee is a haven unto itself. Sure, coffee shops are a dime a dozen nowadays — but tons of pastries, cakes, and pies baked in-house ensure this isn’t your average caffeine cove. In case you can’t bring yourself to leave before lunch, order one of the rotating selections of toasts, sweet bowls, savory bowls, and plates. P.S. This spot is an excellent pitstop for lunch before or after a hike up Mount Beacon.
Beacon — 382 Main St, 845.765.0778
Barbecue with your four-legged friend seated alongside you? That’s precisely what you can get at Smoky Rock BBQ in Rhinebeck. The dog-friendly restaurant’s patio is an ideal spot for dining with your pet, and the menu is yap-worthy, too. Fido would approve of an order of the Ultimate BBQ Burger or brisket sandwich alongside a cold brew to wash it all down. If you can handle dessert after all that, go for the maple bourbon pecan pie. Dreamy is an understatement.
Rhinebeck — 6367 Mill St, 845.876.5232
More than just a restaurant, Subversive Malting & Brewing prides itself on producing its own in-house malts using the traditional practice of floor malting. Subversive centers its eatery around the local charm of the Hudson Valley, and the beer is no exception, as it is 100-percent sourced from the foot of the Catskills. Try one of the Subversive smash burgers like the bacon barbecue or, for a lighter meal, opt for the Greek salad. Furry friends are allowed out on the restaurant’s well-lit patio as well as the heated tents.
Catskill — 96 West Bridge St, 518.303.1270
Right in the heart of historic Woodstock lies Garden Cafe, a place that bursts with love, community, and good food. Everyone is welcome, and that includes Fido. The cafe’s ingredients are 100-percent organic and GMO-free. Owner Lea Haas strives to make food that is fresh, high-quality, and simultaneously supports local producers. Order the spinach basil pesto pasta that comes with a side of simple salad and garlic bread or, for a heartier dish, try the Mediterranean chickpea wrap with olives, cherry tomatoes, and roasted potatoes.
Woodstock — 6 Old Forge Rd, 845.679.3600
With breathtaking views of the Hudson and cuisine that’s made from local ingredients, the River Pavilion will not disappoint in scenery or food. Whether it’s date night, an elevated night out with friends, or quality time with Fido, you will leave satisfied. Try one of the wood-fired pizzas like di parma (prosciutto, arugula, mozzarella, and shaved parm) or, if you’re in a seafood mood, order the mussels, which are sourced from Prince Edward Island and served with a confit of tomato, garlic, and shallots. Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are recommended at this dog-friendly restaurant.
Kingston — 200 North St, 845.444.5231
This French-inspired café will seamlessly transport you and your dog to a little corner of France. With a soft green exterior and cozy seating both indoors and outdoors, Le Gamin aims to create an authentic French experience. From sweet and savory crepes to a variety of pastries and sandwiches, there are so many enticing options on the menu. The café is cash-only.
Hudson — 609 Warren St, 518.828.2885
This eclectic eatery serves breakfast all day and offers lunch and dinner options as well. Various tropical and colorful paintings adorn the walls so, as customers walk in, they are immersed in an environment that screams summer. Be sure to try one of the fruit and vegetable juice combos like citrus tonic, an orange and lemon juice blend with garlic, olive oil, and cayenne, or grapefruit cooler, a refreshing mixture of grapefruit juice, blueberries, and mint. The café offers dog-friendly outdoor seating.
Tannersville — 6000 Main St, 518.589.6101