Savannah is pet-friendly to the max, so I've rounded up a handy list of dog-friendly restaurants and the top “must-try” dishes at each location. (And since I'm here to make your life easier, I also created a printable checklist and included a map to help you find your way around.) Be sure to read to the end, because I listed my top 3 suggestions for hotels that cater to 4-legged friends.
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Dog-Friendly Restaurants | Savannah
This isn't a comprehensive list, but it's pretty close! These are some of the most notoriously pet-friendly restaurants in the city.
I've made sure to include info about whether or not the outdoor spaces are covered, because it's really important to give your pets a break from the heat. Savannah's temps reach well into the 90s & 100s from May to October, and it's very humid!
I highly recommend picking up this lightweight collapsible doggie bowl to carry with you during your travels, too.
B. Matthew's Eatery
They have limited outdoor seating with only 3 or 4 tables, but the area is covered so your pups can get a break from the mid-day sun. They're very good about bringing water to the table right away!
The restaurant borders Bay Street, which is very busy, but the outdoor seating is on Habersham Street, which is much less-trafficked. Still, expect some road noise.
B. Matthew's Eatery | Must-Try Dish: The Fried-Green Tomatoes Eggs Benedict + a giant, flaky biscuit
Belford's Seafood & Steaks Savannah
Belford's is located in City Market, which is a busy, touristy area filled with live music, shops, and artists. However, the restaurant is far enough removed from the bands that the music won't bother sensitive puppy ears!
Their patio space is fully covered from the sun and even has ceiling fans. (Bless!) They have at least 15 – 20 tables on the patio, so it's a nice spot to relax and enjoy a glass of sweet tea. They're quick about bringing out cold water for fur babies as soon as you're seated.
Belford's Seafood & Steaks | Must-Try Dish: The Fried Green Tomatoes
Bull Street Taco
This fun little restaurant is located in the Starland District south of Forsyth Park, so it's away from the touristy area and in a spot where you're more likely to find locals hanging out.
They have a side patio that's fully covered and lit with festive stringlights. The space can be fully closed off during the winter months to keep the cold out, just FYI. It's a very dog friendly restaurant, and they're quick to offer water to both pets and pet owners.
Bull Street Taco | Must-Try Dish: The Cauliflower Tacos. Y'all…they're so good.
One of my all-time favorite restaurants in Savannah, Café M is also a pet-friendly spot! They have limited outdoor seating where you can sit and relax while taking in the view over Factor's Walk. The only downside is that you won't find a lot of shade. That means this location is better when it's not blazing hot.
Café M | Must-Try Dish: Every item on the menu is good! Wash it all down with bottomless mimosas.
Clary's is located in a quiet, residential area on Jones Street, and the restaurant is a local staple. The cast and crew from Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil liked to hang out at the location, and you'll find lots of movie memorabilia on the walls inside.
There are 5 or 6 tables outside and you can get a little bit of shade, but it's better if you go earlier. However, the area is nice and quiet, and your pets will have plenty of room to stretch out without feeling like they're in danger of being stepped on.
Clary's Café | Must-Try Dish: Go for a hearty breakfast! Clary's has my heart; it's my go-to breakfast spot.
El Coyote Savannah
This is another restaurant located in the Starland District, which is on the southern end of downtown. Pets are allowed on the lower level picnic area, but not on the second-level outdoor deck. Look for parking in the SCAD garage behind the building; you can't park on Victory!
El Coyote | Must-Try Dish: I've only tried the ramen. It's good!
Fox & Fig Café
Most of the “Fox” spots in town are pet-friendly. This is an ideal location for true animal lovers, because it also happens to be a true vegan restaurant.
Fox & Fig is located in a very quiet residential area on the east side of Savannah's Historic District. It overlooks Troup Square, which has a doggie fountain to keep pups hydrated.
There are approximately 5 tables outside, and they each have umbrellas for shade during the summer months and heaters to provide warmth when it's cold out.
Fox & Fig Café | Must-Try Dish: I can only vouch for the cinnamon rolls, which are delish!
Foxy Loxy Café
This coffee shop/eatery has the same owner as Fox & Fig. It's located in the Starland District and is an extremely popular hangout for SCAD students. If you visit during one of the class breaks from nearby Arnold Hall, your dog is guaranteed lots of attention.
There are usually 3 tables out front, but the back patio area has more space and lots of shade. If you need someone to watch your pet while you go inside to order, trust me — you won't have any trouble finding willing volunteers here!
They're open all day and stay open late at night. Parking is free, and there's more out back if you can't find a spot on Bull Street.
Foxy Loxy Café | Must-Try Dish: I LIVE for their Chicken Chipotle Tacos.
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Goose Feathers Café
Goose Feathers is primarily a breakfast/brunch place. It's located on the busy west side of the Historic District, near City Market. While they don't have a ton of outdoor seating, they do have at least 3 or 4 tables under a covered awning that's large enough to provide shade throughout the day.
Goose Feathers Café | Must-Try Dish: I'll let you know once I've been! (Hey, I haven't been to all.the.places. I'm on a budget.)
This is another good breakfast/brunch/lunch spot. They love pets so much at J. Christopher's that they even have doggie bowls on the menu!
The restaurant is located in a fairly busy area in the central portion of downtown Savannah, but the sidewalks are really wide so there's plenty of room for pets to stretch out. One section is covered by an awning and there's also a large tree that provides ample shade.
J. Christopher's | Must-Try Dish: I don't know; I haven't eaten there. (Yet!)
Kayak Kafé has multiple locations, but the one on Broughton Street is most-frequented by tourists. The restaurant has a tiny storefront that's easy to miss, but there are 2 or 3 tables outside where you and your pet can relax. Seating is limited!
Broughton Street in general doesn't offer much shade, but luckily most of the restaurants that provide outdoor seating also have awnings. At Kayak Kafé, the prices are good and the food is healthy, but the parking is hard to come by. They offer lots of vegan/vegetarian options.
Kayak Kafé | Must-Try Dish: Any healthy dish topped with fresh Wild Georgia Shrimp.
Leopold's Ice Cream
Ok, ok…I know it's more of an ice cream shop than a restaurant, but they do serve food and they're one of the most pet-friendly places in town. Leopold's has to be on my list!
When you visit Leopold's you can order a Doggie Sunday for your furry friend while enjoying your own treat. They're famous for their Tutti Frutti option made with rum ice cream, Georgia pecans, and candied fruit.
It's the perfect spot to cool down in Savannah's heat! If you're the Instagram type, they'll regram both you and your pets on their IG account.
Leopold's Ice Cream | Must-Try Dish: Tutti Frutti, Butter Pecan, or Rum Bisque
Moon River Brewing
Moon River is located on Bay Street (very close to River Street) and has a large beer garden area filled with picnic tables. It gets crowded at times, but dog's can tuck under the table to avoid foot traffic and enjoy the shade!
Moon River Brewing | Must-Try Dish: I'm gonna have to go with beer.
Savannah Coffee Roasters
This coffee shop has a few oversized awnings, as well as some larger sized tables on their front sidewalk. They happily provide fresh, cold water for your pets.
They also have an amazing selection of sweets, and they know how to make good coffee. The menu options are surprisingly vast for a coffee shop.
Savannah Coffee Roasters | Must-Try Dish: Every single item in the sweets display counter — beginning with the fruit tartlets.
Six Pence Pub
You'll find 4 or 5 rather large outdoor tables shaded by umbrellas at Six Pence Pub. It's located on Bull Street just steps away from Chippewa Square, which is also known by tourists as the Forrest Gump Square.
Six Pence is located in the “To-Go” zone, so you can eat a hearty meal and then grab a beer to go. Take your pup for a stroll through the squares and the pretty residential zones nearby.
Six Pence Pub | Must-Try Dish: I can only vouch for the crab cakes, which are delish.
The Collins Quarter
Easily one of my favorite dining spots in the Historic District, The Collins Quarter is also a very dog-friendly restaurant in Savannah! They'll happily provide a fresh bowl of cold water for your pup as soon as you sit down.
Their small outdoor tables are covered by large umbrellas that provide lots of shade. Try to at least peek through the window to see the interior of the restaurant, because it's really pretty! The food is also amazing. My current favorite is the avocado smash with beet hummus, but I don't think you can go wrong with any option.
The Collins Quarter | Must-Try Dish: Avocado Smash with Beet Hummus
The Olde Pink House
This classic spot is one of the most well-known restaurants in all of Savannah. It's more upscale than many of the options on this list, but they're definitely not too snooty to welcome your pups to the outdoor seating area!
You'll find plenty of shade at The Olde Pink House in the summertime, and they provide heaters during the cooler months. The restaurant overlooks Reynolds Square and also has a nice view of the historic Lucas Theatre.
The Olde Pink House | Must-Try Dish: Crab Beignets or the BLT Salad
The Public Kitchen & Bar
The Public has lots of outdoor seating and the entire street level section is very dog-friendly. They also have rooftop seating, but pets aren't allowed on that second level.
At street level, you'll find large tables, oversized awnings, and enough space on the sidewalk for pups to feel comfortable. Make note: It's first come, first serve at this restaurant! They don't take reservations at all.
The Public Kitchen & Bar | Must-Try Dish: I don't know. This one's on my list; I really need to go!
Although Wyld is slightly outside of town, I wanted to include it because it's both pet and family friendly. The food is delicious and the restaurant has beautiful sunset views overlooking the marsh. If you head out to Wormsloe to walk your dog on one of their trails, I highly recommend stopping by after you've worked up an appetite.
The Wyld serves lunch and dinner only, and they're closed on Monday. If you're visiting by boat, you can pull right up to the dock. Try their key lime pie, which is one of my favorites in Savannah.
The Wyld | Must-Try Dish: Scallop Fritters and the Key Lime Pie
Ahhh, Treylor Park. What can I say? I love this spot. Their menu is quirky and the place is always packed (often with annoyingly loud bachelorette parties), but it's totally worth it for their PB&J wings or the chicken and pancake tacos covered in strawberries.
If you have dogs with you, you'll want to enter on E. Bay Lane (vs. E. Bay Street) and sit in the back patio area. It's quieter than the rest of the restaurant and has very little street noise. They provide water bowls for your pets, and it's a nice, casual spot to dine after a day of exploring.
Treylor Park | Must-Try Dish: Every single thing on the menu.
Vinnie Van Go Go's
The pizza slices at Vinnie's are bigger than the plates, plus they're cheap and GOOD (an excellent combo). The establishment is cash-only, but they do have an ATM on site.
The outdoor patio space is covered and has about 10 tables, but it's often difficult to find a spot because it's such a popular restaurant. It's located in City Market and is adjacent to the road, so expect some street noise.
Overall, this is the place to go for a very casual atmosphere and the best pizza in town. Parking is hard to come by, but it's in a very touristy area that's easy to walk to from many of the Historic District hotels.
Vinnie Van Go Go's | Must-Try Dish: I'm addicted to the ham and pineapple-topped slices. (Don't hate.)
At Zunzi's you'll order at the counter and eat in the cozy outdoor patio space located in the parking lot. You'll find plenty of room for your pets to stretch out. The seating area isn't too crowded, since many patrons prefer to take their food to nearby Oglethorpe Square. The parking lot seating offers umbrellas for shade at each table.
My favorite sandwich at Zunzi's is the Conquistador. Make note, though: it's huge and very filling! It's a sub sandwich loaded with chicken chunks covered in their mildly spicy “Sh*t Yeah” sauce.
Zunzi's | Must-Try Dish: The Conquistador
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Dog-Friendly Hotels in Savannah, GA
If you haven't guessed by now, Savannah is a very pet-friendly city. You shouldn't have any trouble finding a hotel to accept your pets, but these are my top recommendations:
The Kimpton Brice Hotel – The entire first two floors are reserved for pet owners. There is NO pet deposit. (Can I get an amen?!) They even have a Canine Concierge!
The Thunderbird Inn – This is my favorite budget-friendly hotel in Savannah. It earned my love due to its great location, fantastic rates, and fun retro decor. Their $50 pet fee includes four pets up to 150 pounds, plus access to a fenced-in area where dogs can exercise. They provide pet beds, stainless steel dishes, doggie treats, “Doggie Business Bags” for poo pickups, and a souvenir Thunderbird Inn dog tag to commemorate your visit.
The Mansion on Forsyth – This is one of my top 5 favorite hotels in Savannah; it's filled with the most incredible art! It faces Forsyth Park, which is the perfect place to take puppies if you want to toss a frisbee around or meet lots of other pets and their owners. The pet fee at The Mansion is $150 for one dog up to 60 pounds.
Before you go, here's a fun fact: Did you know Disney recently shot a live-action remake of Lady and the Tramp here in Savannah? The current working title is “Goodbye Stranger”, and you can see a shot of Lady's House on my post about the homes in Savannah's Victorian District.
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