Minneapolis-area restaurants not only accommodate pets, they go out of their way to assure that you and your four-legged friend receive the best service possible. Enjoy everything from a solid slice of pizza to coffee and people watching, all with that fur baby by your side.
5557 Xerxes Ave. South
Minneapolis, MN 55410
Named after owner Ann Kim’s beloved Weimaraner Lola, Pizzeria Lola is the perfect venue for you and your pet. This joint serves up tasty wood-fired artisan pizza for you, and offers homemade pizza-inspired dog treats for your four-legged friend. Its patio is dog-friendly, and the staff is very accommodating, providing water bowls for thirsty pets. Just a head’s up: Pizzeria Lola is a small eatery with tables that typically seat only up to six people at a time.
The Galaxy Drive-In
3712 Quebec Ave. South
Minneapolis, MN, US 55426
The Galaxy Drive-In is a retrofuturistic eatery that prides itself on catering to humans, aliens and all four-legged furries in between. In true drive-in fashion, customers drive up, order through the speaker and enjoy made-to-order burgers and fries on a window tray. You can eat your meal in the car or out in the sunshine with your furry friend, then take him out for a stroll amidst the scenic surroundings. The Galaxy Drive-In offers free small ice cream cones to each pet and even boasts a canine cuisine menu so you can order your hungry buddy a pup-friendly treat as well.
1610 Harmon Pl.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
If downtown is where you and your dog are headed for a bite to eat, Joe’s Garage is worth checking out. With outdoor, street-side tables and a rooftop patio, Joe’s Garage offers two pet-friendly seating options. Staff here truly accommodates, offering water dishes and complimentary treats to thirsty and famished pets. Because Joe’s is near Loring Park, a short stroll offers a lovely place perfect for a post-dinner romp. Locals also love happy hour at Joe’s, which offers 25 percent off tap beers, house wines, rail drinks and selected appetizers, and runs from 4 to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.
125 S.E. Main St.
Minneapolis, MN 55414
This locally owned, independently operated eatery is raved about by patrons for its delectable local and organically grown offerings. As an added bonus, the Aster Cafe is also one of the few restaurants located at historic St. Anthony Main that is dog friendly. Dogs are not only accommodated, they are welcomed on Aster’s lovely garden patio, with staff providing water and ice for hot, thirsty pets. Located along the Mississippi River, a post-meal stroll provides a beautiful, scenic view for you and your pet. If you are simply looking to enjoy a quick snack or sip a cocktail whilst out walking your furry friend, Aster’s happy hour from 3 p.m. to 6 pm. satisfies for less.
1839 E 42nd St
Minneapolis, MN, US 55407
A quaint neighborhood joint, the Colossal Cafe is known for serving up scrumptious made-from-scratch breakfast options, which are available all day long and as a to-go option. Enjoy an early morning breakfast or a late brunch with your pooch in tow, as its patio is pet-friendly. Water bowls are available upon request. The Colossal Cafe also has a St. Paul location, but be forewarned before hitting up the Minneapolis location as it currently does not accept credit cards. Bring your checkbook (local checks only) or have cash handy to settle the bill.
822 W. 36th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Gigi’s, a daytime coffeehouse and nighttime dinner option, offers a casual, pet-friendly atmosphere. Whether you are just passing by and looking to grab a quick coffee, or plan to stay a while and enjoy dinner and drinks, there is no need to leave your dog at home. Gigi’s encourages dogs to hang with their owners on the patio, and the staff indulges pets, providing water in bowls and complimentary dog treats that are made in-house. For a date that includes the dogs, check out Gigi’s cheap date night (available Saturdays), at which you and your companion may purchase two entrees and your choice of either a bottle of wine or a couple of beers for $28.
A Minnesota native that was born and raised Up North, Minneapolis is where Christina Kalinowski currently calls home. Christina appreciates irony, loves bacon, enjoys a hearty libation (drink responsibly, folks), and is an avid proponent of the Swanson Pyramid of Greatness. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.