Dog Days of Summer

Written by CeCe Owens

According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, the unofficial authority on all things folklore and weather-related, the phrase “dog days” refers to the hottest time of the year. However, for those of us in Knoxville, we present a new meaning, a better meaning. Throughout the year, including those hot ones, our furry friends can enjoy the East Tennessee weather and hospitality right along with us. A number of Knoxville businesses cater to the four-legged family members with special seating that includes water and treats.

Dog friendly patios are available in numerous locations throughout the area, over a 100 restaurants welcome dogs at their outdoor tables. Summertime is the best time to treat yourself and your pet to some of Knoxville’s top outdoor dining destinations. Whether it’s a weekend brunch or casual dinner, there are plenty of four-legged friendly spots. Enjoy a delicious array of local flavors and help unleash your pets’ inner social butterfly as you chill out on the patio and catch the cool summer breeze. For help finding the right place, browse the list of our favorite dog friendly restaurants. Bone Appetite!

Knoxville’s Dog Friendly Patios

Tomato Head Market Square

Rita’s Italian Ice

Cool Beans Bar and Grill



Blue Coast Grill & Bar

Barley’s Taproom

Cardin’s Drive-In

The French Market Creperie

Stir Fry Cafe


Calhoun’s On The River

Blue Slip Winery & Bistro

Alliance Brewing Company

Balter Beerworks

Blackhorse Pub

Downtown Grill & Brewery

Elkmont Exchange

Schulz Brau Brewing Company

Smoky Mountain Brewery

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