7 Pet-Friendly Restaurants in San Antonio You Need to Visit

January 27, 2021
GiftYa
jason wolfe

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To some people, their dogs are their whole world. We can’t blame them. Dogs are some of the most loving and fun pets around. But unfortunately, not all restaurants are welcome to having your four-legged friends dine with you. That being said, San Antonio does offer a fine selection of pet-friendly restaurants. In our newest blog post, we’re reviewing some of our favorite spots that we recommend. Check them out now! 

Want to surprise your loved ones with a special gift? Whether you want to purchase a fun and practical birthday present or just show them how much you care, a virtual GiftYa card is always a great option. GiftYa cards can be applied to a number of different restaurants around San Antonio, including the ones we featured below. 

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1. Tycoon Flats

Lively Tex-Mex restaurant offering a beer garden and a full bar for your enjoyment

Enjoy a Fried Avocado Burger alongside your favorite four-legged friend. Image courtesy of Yelp

2926 N Saint Mary’s St. | Tobin Hill | tycoonflats.net

If you’re looking for a casual and laid back place to just enjoy the nice weather with your dog, you’ll love Tycoon Flats. Located in Tobin Hill, Tycoon Flats is a popular Tex-Mex restaurant known for its lively atmosphere, delicious specialties, and savory burgers. 

Some of its most popular burger selections include the Honey BBQ Bacon Burger, Mexican Burger, and Pineapple Bacon Burger. Guests also love the fried mushrooms, jumbo wings, and fish tacos. In addition to its wide selection of Tex-Mex plates, Tycoon Flats also offers a gorgeous beer garden and outdoor patio where you can sit with your pup. 

“I was in San Antonio on a whim and decided to stop by Tycoon's after reading the reviews and I was not disappointed! The red onion rings were amazing! The batter was perfect and had a slight kick. I'd never had fried avocados before so the Fried Avocado burger was definitely a treat. The black bean burger was seasoned and cooked well.” - Yelp Review

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2. The Cove

Casual burger joint that sources its ingredients from local farmers

Guests can enjoy a refreshing glass of beer at The Cove’s outdoor bar. Image courtesy of Yelp

606 W Cypress St. | Five Points | thecove.us

If soul food is what you’re craving, head to The Cove. This charming diamond in the rough serves some of the best food in San Antonio. 

In order to protect employees and guests, The Cove has implemented new safety guidelines. As of now, The Cove’s signature playground is closed and it is maxing out groups at six people. Nonetheless, you can still enjoy a high-quality dining experience here. The Cove is still hosting live music outside on the weekends. Mask required. On the menu, you’ll find shareable plates like the Super Nachos and special dishes such as the Seafood Sampler and SOL Texas Burger. An extensive beer menu is also available for you to peruse. 

“This place is perfect for a lunch date in these COVID conditions. It's outdoor seating, pet friendly, socially distanced with good food and an outdoor bar. You're not able to go to the bar but you can order your drink from your waiter...The food was hot and delicious. Recommend!” - Yelp Review

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3. Two Bros BBQ Market

Casual BBQ joint known for its savory oak-smoked meats

In the mood for some BBQ? Head to Two Bros. Image courtesy of Yelp.

12656 West Ave. | San Antonio | twobrosbbqmarket.com 

San Antonio is a prime destination for enjoying delicious BBQ. You could even argue that Two Bros BBQ Market is a huge reason for that. Located on West Ave., Two Bros is known for offering classic Texas BBQ with a “down home” twist. At Two Bros, all of the meats are smoked low and slow in their custom-made smoke pits. Brisket, cherry-glazed baby back ribs, chicken thighs, and more await you at this popular BBQ joint. 

“This place is amazing! If you are looking for a real Texas BBQ experience this is a go to! Food was so good! Inside and outside seating with distance which is good especially right now during COVID & staff/employees were all helpful since it was our first time there & they were all so nice which made the experience that much better! We were way too full for dessert but we will be going back soon for some cobbler!” - Yelp Review

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4. Dough Pizzeria Napoletana

Popular pizza restaurant that offers a wide selection of creative and delicious options

Coming with a group? Order two pies for everyone to enjoy. Image courtesy of Yelp

6989 Blanco Rd. | San Antonio | doughpizzeriaonlineorders.com

Who doesn’t enjoy a thick slice of hot pizza taken straight from the oven? At Dough Pizzeria Napoletana, you can find some of the best pizza and Italian dishes in the city. From the Black Truffle Burrata Pizza to the Prosciutto Sugo, Dough offers some of the most creative pies you’ll ever see. Not in the mood for pizza? No worries. Dough Pizzeria offers other classic Italian dishes like the Tuscan Salad and Calabrian Chicken Wings. In addition to its extensive lunch and dinner menus, Dough also offers a wine list for your enjoyment. 

“My family dined here a few days ago and the experience was just great!!  We had a table separated from others with a partition (for COVID reasons) but that worked out perfect for us with our 3 kiddos. Our server made several suggestions and they were all fantastic!  The food was excellent and brought back memories of our time in Italy!! We will definitely be back!” - Yelp Review

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5. The Friendly Spot Icehouse

Popular ice house known for its spacious and colorful outdoor patio

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Soak in a breathtaking sunset during a relaxing dinner out. Image courtesy of Yelp

943 S Alamo St. | King William, Downtown | thefriendlyspot.com

Have you ever been to an ice house? Located in Downtown San Antonio, The Friendly Spot is a popular location for kicking back and enjoying a cold one. Like traditional ice houses, The Friendly Spot is designed to serve as a social destination where you can purchase some beer and hang out with friends. Thanks to its spacious outdoor patio, you can also bring your canine companion with you! While it’s most known for its beer, The Friendly Spot also offers a fine selection of bar food including nachos, fried pickles, and boneless wings. 

“The bartenders were very friendly and extremely knowledgeable about their drink options. They made recommendations based on our favorites that were spot on. We saw people ordering food, but we only had drinks. The atmosphere was so relaxed and laid back. This seems like the perfect place to spend an afternoon. We will definitely be back!” - Yelp Review

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6. Casa Rio

Vibrant and lively Tex-Mex restaurant located near the San Antonio River Walk

Not sure what to get? Try the Casa Rio Botanas Platter. Image courtesy of Yelp

430 E Commerce St. | Downtown San Antonio | casario.com

Located along the famous River Walk, Casa Rio offers classic Mexican staples. Guests can dine inside its colorful and vibrant dining room or enjoy the stunning views of the river outside. Your little pup will love seeing all of the lively and interesting people walking by. Due to the pandemic, Casa Rio is serving a temporary menu. However, you can still find popular options like the Chili Con Queso and Enchilada Platter. Premium margaritas, beer, and wine are also served. 

“We loved our meal down on the River Walk. Ricky was an exceptional waiter. He found hot chocolate for our family and even served them in fancy glasses. The food was very good. We went on a weekday so there would be less people. We ate outside along the water watching the boats go by. We felt very safe at that time. I would highly recommend it.” - Yelp Review

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7. Mellow Mushroom 

Artsy pizzeria offering an enticing selection of craft beer and stone-baked pizzas

Mellow Mushroom is known for its savory and creative pizzas. Image courtesy of Yelp

115 N Loop 1604 E, Suite 2100 | Stone Oak | mellowmushroom.com

Do you consider yourself to be a pizza aficionado? Then head to Mellow Mushroom. This popular pizzeria offers an exciting selection of stone-baked pizzas. Guests can create their own pizza or try one of their specials, such as the Kosmic Karma and the Wild in Havana. Calzones, hoagies, sandwiches, and burgers are also on the menu. If you’d rather dine at home, you can order one of the restaurant’s many meal packages. Some of the packages can feed up to 12 people, making them great for family meals and small gathering with your roommates. 

“We tried the Funky Q barbecue chicken pizza. It was good, with healthy portions of chicken and bacon. I'm still partial to the house special so far, but my picky 10-year-old ate a whole slice, so kudos to MM for no small feat! The pretzel bites were a hit.” - Yelp Review

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Do you enjoy taking your four-legged friend with you when you dine out? What are your go-to places? Let us know! We love hearing about all of your restaurant adventures. 

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