Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Colorado Springs
Would you like to take your best four-legged friend to a dog-friendly restaurant on your next evening out? The Pikes Peak region has several pro-pet restaurants that love welcoming well-behaved doggos and their super awesome owners. Some restaurants even provide special menu items so your dog can dine with the rest of your group. We’ve created a list of our favorite places for pet-friendly dining so you know where to go next time you and your furry friend are hankering for lunch or dinner.
Pub Dog in Old Colorado City
Pub Dog is the only restaurant in the state of Colorado that allows dogs indoors while dining. Colorado Springs is certainly lucky that the restaurant’s brilliant, dog-loving owners chose this place to call home! Pub Dog has a diverse menu for humans with burgers, sandwiches, salads and snacks. They also have hot coffee and warm boozy libations if you’re trying to warm up on a cold day. Dogs love Pub Dog because it has a huge dog park. Remember when you were a kid and your parents would give you quarters to go play video games while out to dinner? Now imagine your dog is you, the dog park is an arcade and you are your super cool parents munching on great food while your kid runs around having fun. That’s Pub Dog. They have a dog menu with a grain bowl, icy treats and a burger patty. Make sure you review the rules before you go. In order to allow pets indoors, Pub Dog has to follow strict safety and food handling guidelines, so it’s good to know before you go.
Cerberus Brewing Co. in Westside Colorado Springs
When your namesake is a mythical, three-headed hell dog, you should probably be at least a little welcoming to visiting pups, right? Cerberus Brewing certainly agrees! This much-loved local brewery has a sprawling outdoor beer garden and large covered patio that is open to dogs every day of the week. It is not at all surprising to find a dog at every table when walking up to the entrance. In addition to being cool toward dogs and humans, Cerberus also has a spectacular menu. Their chef creates seasonal entrees, weekend specials, holiday specials and much more. Their fries are crisp potato spears (dip them in the aioli). The burgers are always worth your calories and they offer a puppy patty you can share with your dog. Summer weekends feature beer slushies in refreshing flavors and their popular IPAs and stouts are served year-round. Dogs are only allowed outside at this restaurant. Heaters and coverage are provided in some areas.
Lazy Dog in Northern Colorado Springs
Lazy Dog has a huge menu and a pro-dog patio where you and your pup can hang out and chill. All you have to do is ask for a table outside and mention you have a dog when you arrive. You can bring your pup in through a gate next to the parking area and sidewalk. They are known for huge servings of popular comfort foods like pot pie and pot roast, as well as barbeque, burgers and other smokey favorites. One of the coolest things about Lazy Dog might just be their take-out options. If you’re not up for a night out, or if your dog isn’t exactly a fan of going out to eat, you can order up a stack of “TV dinners.” These easy-prep meals are packed with the same wholesome goodness served up at the table. They also include dessert. It’s like the TV dinners of old, except they taste amazing and use far better ingredients. (We can’t really claim healthier when there’s gravy involved.)
Front Range Barbeque in Old Colorado City
This popular barbeque joint has a huge, partially enclosed patio area that welcomes well-behaved dogs. A frequent winner of multiple local “Best of” awards, Front Range has a huge menu of tasty BBQ favorites. They also have all the sides you expect when ordering a rack of ribs or a pile of brisket. Think mashed potatoes, baked beans, green beans and coleslaw. One of their cool newer options are the BBQ bowls. You get all the tastes you love in a warm and filling bowl of goodness. Who doesn’t love it when their food is easier to eat? Take a look at their event calendars for nights that offer live music (typically Wednesday evenings and some weekend evenings). If your dog is sensitive to loud noises and crowds, it might be best to avoid those events.
Pizzeria Rustica in Old Colorado City
It’s probably obvious by now that the Westside is for the dogs and everyone likes it that way. Pizzeria Rustica is another restaurant with a pet-friendly patio in Old Colorado City. The outdoor dining is super charming, with a view of the downtown and a very backyard garden ambience. The staff will happily provide you with water for your dog and the shady patio makes it easy to cool off when the summer weather gets testy. Pizzeria Rustica offers, no surprise, pizza! Dine on wood-fired margherita for a familiar favorite, or branch out and sample the quattro verdure, a pizza loaded with vegetables and house-made mozzarella. The dough is created with flour imported from Italy to give it that extra bit of flair. Since pizza is a food that you can take home and still love the next day, we suggest you also take advantage of their antipasti (the burrata is cheese heaven) and their desserts.
The number of pet-friendly restaurants continues to expand in Colorado Springs, making it easier for dog owners to bring their bestie along for the ride. If you would like to find other places for dog-friendly dining in Colorado Springs, check out BringFido.com. And if you’d like to learn about other places you can bring your pup, check out our article on pet-friendly attractions in the Pikes Peak region.