Posted by & filed under Main news

By Amber Evans

Dog FriendlyIt’s February in Charleston and with warm weather just around the corner, kick off the Spring season by checking out 8 dog friendly Charleston restaurants.  Truly, we are gifted with a local climate that allows us to celebrate outdoors nearly year-round. Whether you’re enjoying live music at the Surf Bar, or watching the dolphins frolic in Shem Creek from the patio of Red’s Ice House, we have something for everyone.  And best yet, all of this week’s featured restaurants have outdoor areas where your favorite four-legged friend can join in the festivities.  So come on down and see what we have in store for you!

1. FUEL in Downtown Charleston combines the best of Caribbean cuisine, unique wines, and their signature cocktails to create a truly exceptional Charleston experience.  Whether you’re looking for burgers ground in-house or local fish tacos, you can’t beat the home-grown appeal of the place.  Featuring an indoor/outdoor bar and one of Charleston’s largest outdoor patios, FUEL is certainly among my personal favorite restaurants in the area.

2. Rita’s Seaside Grill has been called the most fun spot on Folly Beach!  Serving lunch, dinner, and drinks in a beautiful location just steps away from the Folly Beach Pier, Rita’s features a large dog-friendly outdoor patio in addition to a comfortable indoor dining space.  Come see what all the fuss is about!

3. Looking for something a bit different or off the beaten track?  Come visit the Angel Oak Restaurant on John’s Island.  A full-service restaurant specializing in the unique Southern cuisine the locals know and love, Angel Oak epitomizes the ideals of Southern hospitality.  Their delicious food is made from scratch using only the freshest local ingredients, and the menu changes as foods come into season.  There’s always something new to try!

4. The Surf Bar is another of Folly Beach’s gems.  The smell of the oak-fired grill mingles with the chorus of falling blocks as someone yells “Jenga!”  From the surf-themed décor and nightly live music, to their burgers and wings and their legendary customer service, the Surf Bar is a neighborhood bar where there are no strangers.  Enjoy a long day running with your dog on the beach, then stop by for dinner and drinks on the patio before heading home.  There is no better way to end the day!

5. Red’s Ice House was built on the dream of Lewis Hughes 'Red' Simmons that it be “a public gathering place at the water’s edge where locals and visitors, regardless of their age, wealth or culture, could gather, watch the boats go by and help celebrate, preserve and protect the rich and storied traditions of Shem Creek.”  That vision is brought to life at this, one of Charleston’s favorite restaurants.  Live music, great food and friendly service combine with their twin waterfront locations to create a truly unforgettable experience.  Come join the party on Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant or see what’s shaking on Kiawah Island.

6. Overlooking the marsh on Folly Road is The Barrel, a sweet little brew pub you would be sorry to overlook!  The dog-friendly patio is well-fenced so that even the smallest four-legged guests remain safely within sight.  Come for the food and the tasty selection of craft beers, stay for the local charm and warm chats with the owner.  This family-friendly establishment features a shuffleboard table and an outdoor firepit for those evenings when the warm Charleston spring days dip down into chilly nights.

7. Folly Beach has no dearth of pup-friendly restaurants.  Among the better known of these is the Lost Dog Café.  Specializing in breakfast burritos, bagel sandwiches and some of the best coffee on the beach, Lost Dog is one of the rare establishments that is both familiar to the tourists, and simply dripping with genuine Southern charm and hospitality.  Try to arrive here during non-peak hours, especially during Spring Break and over the Summer, as seats in this cozy restaurant fill up fast!  You can usually find a great spot on the outdoor patio, which features very comfortable seating.

8.  Perhaps the most dog-friendly restaurant in Charleston is Parson Jack's in West Ashley.  They tend to surpass the expectations of the average guest, revealing themselves to be a cozy neighborhood bar with exceptional food and a genuine love for Charleston's dogs.  Be sure to try their Reuben sandwich or one of their legendary burgers, and pair it up with a basket of their bottomless fries.  There are even dishes for your fur-baby!  Courtesy of All Is Well, gourmet dog food is available so your best friend can join the party.  Be sure to ask about the dollar bills stuck to the ceiling; the explanation will bring a smile to any dog lover's face!


Comments are closed .

Our Services Providing individualized care from head to paw, at one of our locations or in the comfort of your own home.
Current Specials
Pamper Your Pup

Spa Package

Package includes a hand-crafted French lavender and chamomile shampoo and conditioner to calm and invigorate both the skin and coat. This luxurious spa package also includes a soothing Epsom salt PAW-dicure to comfort dry or cracked paws and leave skin feeling silky and soft. Spa services will be finished off with a seasonal bandana! 

Add on to any Full Service Bath or Groom- $25

National Rescue Dog Day!

Celebrate National Rescue Dog Day on May 20th.


National Rescue Dog Day is set aside to bring awareness to the countless loving and amazing dogs in shelters who are eagerly awaiting the day they’ll be adopted into their "furever" homes

May’s Treat of the Month

Treat of the Month

This Creamy Sweet Icy Treat will have your Dogs Drooling!
Ingredients include Frozen Berries and Creamy Yogurt.

Add-On To Any Reservation: $5.00

MAY DAY for MUTTS!

Mayday for Mutts is a day to spread the word about all the great things that mixed breed dogs have to offer, promote adoption from animal shelters, and show everyone that a dog’s individual personality matters more than their pedigree.

Award-Winning Care You Can Trust Since 2009
We are focused on staff training and ongoing education in order to provide the best experience for you and your pet. Our team is trained through Pet Tech CPR & First Aid, PACCC, The Dog Gurus, and more. We're proud to be Charleston's "top choice" for pet care.
View Our Credentials
Latest News

6 Tips to Keep Your Senior Dog Healthy and Happy

Learn More

Pet Poison Prevention Awareness- Tips to Keep Pets Safe

Learn More

Thank You for 13 Years!

Learn More

Stay Up-to-date with Dog Tired Sign up to receive the latest news & happenings!
Pet Sitting (843) 408-1033
Hours Mon - Fri: 7am-6pm Sat - Sun: 7am-10am & 4pm-6pm
Connect With Us