People who live in cities of Europe seem to take their pets with them wherever they go, and many Americans would love that luxury. While Pittsburgh isn’t quite welcoming dogs to a chair at the dinner table, it’s getting closer. Pets may not pass the entrance or be near food preparation, but they are welcome in the best area restaurant’s outdoor seating areas. These venues provide a comfortable setting for both owners and pets, and always go that extra mile to help make each visit a pleasant and relaxing experience with treats, water and a dog bowl.
Hartwood Restaurant and Whispers Pub
3400 Harts Run Rd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15116
Nestled in the country off of Route 8 in Glenshaw lies a hidden gem that oozes with ambience, delicious food and drink, and a pet-friendly atmosphere that welcomes the pets at an outside patio. Hartwood Restaurant and Whispers Pub requests that the pets be leashed and under control of their owners when they visit. The extended patio and water by request makes this a relaxing, comfortable place for both pets and their owners. Patrons may read books, grab drinks and delve through the unique menu made from fresh ingredients that includes burgers, soups and salads, sandwiches and myriad delicious selections.
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Atria’s Restaurant & Tavern
103 Federal Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
The crack of the bat and roar of the crowd is not the only thing that can be heard at PNC Park. Owners and their pets are welcome to enjoy the outside tables at the restaurant, and water is available for the pets upon request. Dogs must be leashed and under control of their owners during their visit. Seating is roomy enough to ensure a pleasant dining experience for everyone as they enjoy Atria’s multi-faceted menu. The tradition of the Atria family legacy is highlighted by delectable menu choices that include soups and salads, seafood, pastas, sandwiches and steaks made to perfection. The adjoining bar is a wonderful gathering place to enjoy an array of drinks with friends and family, but the pups must stay outside.
Del’s Bar and Ristorante DelPizzo
4428 Liberty Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Del’s invites leashed pets to its outdoor patio, but encourages owners bring clean-up materials just to keep the space clean and friendly for everyone. The cuisine includes a selection of homemade Italian recipes, promising pastas, pizza, seafood, sandwiches, soups, salads and appetizers anyone can appreciate. This family owned restaurant, open since 1949, offers a casual and neighborhood feel for a relaxing lunch, dinner or brunch with family, friends and pets. Create your own foodie happy hour for the ideal meal for the whole family, and don’t worry if a little hamburger makes it under the table to the pups.
5431 Walnut Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Located in the Shadyside business district Cappy’s fabulous, but small, restaurant serves quality food that is always baked or grilled, never soaked in a fryer. Enjoy outside seating for owners and their pets at five to six tables any day of the week. The staff will bring a water dish if requested. Expect the constant flow of visitors on Walnut Street to stop for a chat and a scratch behind the ears in this high-traffic area. Cappy’s menu includes seasonal beers, soups and chili, salads, fish, sandwiches, and a scrumptious breakfast menu.
Enrico’s Tazza D’Oro Cafe & Espresso Bar
1125 N. Highland Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
If coffee and espresso in a neighborhood coffee shop in Highland Park with your pooch is what the day calls for, enjoy the community and delicious coffee at Enrico’s. Since 1999, Enrico’s has created a comfortable ambiance for patrons to relax and savor the most delicious coffeeshop options in the area. Its reputation for stellar staff and using local distributors who know their stuff means you get the perfect press every time. Its outside tables are pet-friendly and a bowl of water is available upon request. Cycling is huge among the Enrico’s crowd, so be prepared to share space with athletes and pets while you dine on fresh pastries, delicious desserts, panini sandwiches and soups.
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Gerry Cernicky is a retired health and physical education teacher with 36 years of experience. He is a former teacher of the year and a sports writer for the Vandergrift News. He delivers podcasts, and maintains a website and blog. He currently resides in Pittsburgh. His work can be found at Examiner.com.