Local Fare’s top 10 favorite dog-friendly patios in Chattanooga

Chattanooga is full of scenic locales, but our favorites are the ones that allow our best four-legged friends to join in on the fun! As warmer weather approaches, we’ve put together a list of our favorite restaurants that allow leashed pets to enjoy a meal al fresco with their humans.

3rd Deck Burger Bar 
Burgers + views + dogs = a tough combination to beat. 3rd Deck Burger Bar is part of The Southern Belle, Chattanooga’s riverboat that cruises the Tennessee River. The restaurant is part of the barge that remains stationary. There is a large dining room and bar as well as a patio overlooking the water, Tennessee Aquarium and Ross’s Landing. 3rd Deck Burger Bar is very pet-friendly, also hosting many fundraisers for Chattanooga’s animal shelters!
3rd Deck Burger Bar

Cafe 7 atop Lookout Mountain.

Rock City’s Cafe 7
Did you know Rock City is dog-friendly? We love that you’re able to bring your dog along on your adventure atop Lookout Mountain. Pets are also welcome at their annual celebrations including Enchanted Garden of Lights and Rocktoberfest Fall Festival! Cafe 7, the restaurant near Lover’s Leap and the overlook to “See 7 States” allows pets in their outdoor dining area. Their menu is full of twists on classic Southern fare.
Cafe 7 

Hair of the Dog Pub 
This restaurant obviously makes our list – “dog” is in their name! Hair of the Dog Pub is well-known for their Bavarian Pretzels and famous Beer Cheese Soup (yum!) as well as lengthy list of seasonal brews. The back of their restaurant is a covered patio for pets to dine with their owners. There’s also a small ground-level patio that is fenced in for customers to enjoy a warm evening outside. We love that they’ll bring a bowl of water for your beloved pet as soon as you’re seated!
Hair of the Dog Pub

UJ is located in a former gas station.

Universal Joint
Chances are, if you’re a dog owner, you’ve already enjoyed a meal at Universal Joint with a dog or two. However, we can’t leave it off our list because we enjoy it so much! It’s located in the old Farrow’s Service Station at the corner of Vine Street and Georgia Avenue. They serve a variety of sandwiches, burgers, salads, tacos and bar snacks. The patio is very large, but dog owners will need to keep a close eye on their pet as the patio is not enclosed.
Universal Joint 

FEED Table & Tavern
FEED has one of our very favorite patios in the city. Located in the center of historic Southside, FEED’s covered patio is large and often has live music and entertainment. We especially love how secure this patio is for our pets. FEED servers often bring full bowls of fresh water and even spoil our pets with a kind word and scratch behind the ears. In addition to their smoked wings, burgers and sides (the Brussel Sprouts with Bacon are amazing), there are even TVs outdoors so you won’t miss a minute of the game!
FEED Table & Tavern

Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom – Hixson 
Old Chicago is one of our favorite options outside downtown. The restaurant is part of Northgate Mall but has an ample patio that is often filled with pets. Old Chicago has an expansive menu including pizza (obviously), sandwiches, nachos and bar snacks, as well as a wide array of salads. You’ll be impressed by their huge assortment of bottled and draft beers. The patio is not as large as others we’ve mentioned in this article, so you may have to wait a few minutes to be seated outdoors.
Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom

We love Blue Plate’s fried chicken.

Blue Plate
Another Ross’s Landing favorite made our list! Blue Plate overlooks a large lawn and a clear view of the Tennessee River. It’s a Chattanooga favorite for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and Local 191 next door has you covered for happy hour and snacks. Both spots have ample patio space to bring your dog along on your riverfront adventure. Any menu item including fried chicken is our favorite!
Blue Plate 

Jefferson’s
Jefferson’s is a Chattanooga staple located on Georgia Avenue, across from Universal Joint. Well-known around town for their cold beer and variety of chicken wing sauces and rubs, Jefferson’s is a great place to grab dinner with your pup. They’ll also bring a fresh bowl of water to your table! The patio is not covered or as large as others mentioned in this article, but still a great place to enjoy hot wings and a cold beer when you don’t want to leave your pet at home.
Jefferson’s 

FoodWorks
FoodWorks is one of Chattanooga’s favorite restaurants for brunch, lunch and dinner. They are located in Chattanooga’s North Shore, situated in the renovated and historic Signal Knitting Mill. They have a variety of items to choose from focusing on “progressive southern” cuisine. We love their small patio overlooking vibrant North Shore that allows leashed pets, especially for brunch!
FoodWorks

Brewhaus
Brewhaus is Chattanooga’s only German-American gastro pub with a nearly unbeatable location overlooking the Walnut Street Bridge. The restaurant has a large patio on either side of the restaurant. the front patio overlooking Frazier Avenue is open to leashed pets! It’s an awesome location to enjoy a cold beer and snack after a walk across the bridge.
Brewhaus

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