Sit and Stay! Northern Delaware’s Most Dog Friendly Eateries

People visiting the seasonal outdoor beer garden at Constitution Yards enjoying bringing their canines with them

Whether you’re looking to fetch a quick drink or sit and stay, these Delaware eateries provide the best service, food and drinks for you and Fido.

Pet-friendly dining is a trend that is here to stay. As temperatures rise and patio dining becomes a regular occurrence, you might be asking which restaurants will accommodate your furry friend.

Fran Favoroso’s dog Lyla at Taco Tuesday at Bellefonte Brewing (tacos by Bucky’s BBQ). Sunset on the back patio at Bellefonte Brewing.

1. Bellefonte Brewing Company
3605 Old Capitol Trail c8, Wilmington, DE 19808

One of Delaware’s few indoor dog-friendly establishments, Bellefonte Brewing Company is as social for humans as it is for your furry friends. As your pup enjoys the taproom, sip on a “Biggie Smalls,” a not-so-secret blend of the brewery’s Big Wonder and Small Wonder brews. Water bowls are always provided and the grassy area behind the space provides a scenic relief area for your pup.

Bellefonte Brewing features 16 rotating taps, indoor and outdoor dog and kid-friendly space including picnic tables, foosball, board games and coloring books. There’s also a rotation of food trucks and frequent events including tacos & live blues every Tuesday, Harry Potter Quizzo and Sunday brunch. It is also the only brewery in Delaware with Tesla chargers. Bellefonte Brewing recently celebrated its third anniversary and plans to open a second location in northern Wilmington this summer.

Dory, the chocolate lab (in photo on left) is a companion trained pup who behaves well. Taj (right) just turned 15. So the chefs at Centreville Cafe made her a doggie birthday cake with peanut butter icing.

2. Centreville Cafe and Montrachet Fine Foods 
5800 Kennett Pike, Centreville, DE 19807

Owner Susan Teiser says when she opened her take-out establishment at the corner of Owls Nest Road and Route 52 back in 2003, she wanted Centreville Cafe to feel like a European cafe, where dogs accompany their owners just about everywhere. Teiser spent years commuting to Switzerland and France for work (before launching her catering career) where she regularly would see residents taking their dogs on the bus, using other public transportation, and accompanying them to eateries – from casual to Michelin-starred restaurants.

“If you live in France, your dog goes everywhere with you,” she said. Teiser brings her dogs to work, but they hang out upstairs where they have their own doggie beds – above the take-out and catering business.

Just above the glass case full of lots of goodies for adults, Centreville Cafe offers jars of their homemade doggie treats. “It’s a savory muffin recipe for dogs, and we sell a lot of them,” said Teiser. Centreville Cafe also makes cat treats by special order.

3. Grain Craft Bar + Kitchen
270 E Main St, Newark, DE 19711

With UD students officially on summer break, now is your chance to enjoy the quiet on Main Street. At Grain Craft Bar + Kitchen, you and your pup can enjoy food and drinks on their fully covered patio or sit by the fire pit. The dog-friendly patio is chronicled on their Instagram account @dogsofgrain, where they post photos of the pups that visit.

Grain hosts live music daily and also offers “zero proof cocktails” for non-drinkers. Consult the “beer bible” for the expansive beer selection in addition to creative cocktails and award-winning food. They also serve one of the area’s best Bloody Mary’s complete with a piece of house-made jerky. Grain’s second location, Grain H2O, is also a great choice to dine with your pet – on the water!

4. Trolley Tap House
1616 Delaware Ave, Wilmington, DE 19806

Trolley Tap House is another great choice for dining with your dog. You and your pup will be greeted with friendly service, water and the occasional dog biscuit. The fully fenced patio provides great people watching as well as a safe space for you and your pet.

Enjoy a hangover burger as you dine along Trolley Square’s main drag. The tap house also hosts Music Video Bingo every Tuesday and Geeks Who Drink Trivia on Wednesdays. Their taps frequently feature hard to find beers, which pair perfectly with the house signature giant Bavarian soft pretzel and a TTH poke bowl.

 

5. Constitution Yards
308 Justison Street, Wilmington 19801

The life of the pawty of the Wilmington Riverfront, Constitution Yards, is a great option for you and your best friend. Sip on a frosé and snack on waffle fries with beer cheese while your pup plays.

The expansive 30,000 square foot space is not only the largest beer garden in the area but it also includes axe throwing, an arcade, two enormous sandboxes, corn hole, bocce ball and a full-size wiffleball field.

They ask that you keep dogs to the grass and wood chip areas but with over 700 seats, there’s no shortage of quiet corners to relax with your pet. 

Notable mention:  Brew HaHa! Greenville and Trolly Square.

Enjoy long days and beautiful sunsets this summer with your dog at these and other outdoor spots in and around Wilmington. Please remember to closely watch your dog in social situations. 


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About the Contributor

Fran Favoroso

Fran Favoroso

Fran Favoroso is a full-time program manager and part-time food blogger. Fran enjoys cooking, reading, traveling and trying new restaurants. She resides in Wilmington with her husband and two dogs, Lyla and Addie.

2 Comments

  • Thanks so much for the feature! We ran into Ms. Flemming last week at Constitution Yards and I was more than happy to let her get our picture! Robin is actually blind, but he still has a great time on all of our Delaware dog-ventures! –Rachel, Will, and Robin

  • Thank you for sharing that Robin. I don’t think I realized that when I took your picture. Robin has very loving parents!