Our Favorite Dog Friendly Restaurants in Traverse City

May: One of my favorite months of the year. We are in that sweet spot when the weather is nice, but the summer season hasn’t arrived, so our tourist season hasn’t hit its usual craziness. I try to be pretty active in the winter, but J comes out of hibernation as soon as it’s above 50 degrees.

Our walks typically turn into something we call “a family date”, which is basically the three of us going on a walk, and somehow end up getting dinner or drinks. If you are coming up north this summer, be sure to bring your fur babies, and check out some of our favorite dog friendly restaurants in Traverse City.


Little Fleet: We live super close TLF, so we are there quite a bit. It’s one of Luna’s favorite spots; so much so, she has a favorite couch.

Jeremiah’s Must Try: Rockwich, when they are part of the fleet,  “Look Who’s Stalking,” a celery cocktail, or whatever IPA they have on tap.

Sarah’s Must Try: The Daily Blend, when they are part of the fleet, “Local’s Only,” a cherry cocktail.

The Filling Station: The Filling Station is by far one of our favorite restaurants.  The owners are so nice, and they are dog people. The Children’s Garden is next door, so you can bring the non fur babies too.

Jeremiah’s Must Try: The Wolverine Flatbread and The Walla Walla IPA.

Sarah’s Must Try: The Silver Fern Vegan Flatbread (but customized) and The Ironwood Amber.

The Dish: The Dish has been one my favorite lunch spots for years, but when they added a full bar, they became another family date destination.

Jeremiah’s Must Try: Honey Mustard Turkey Sandwich, and one of their rotating taps.

Sarah’s Must Try: Crunchy Asian Noodle Salad, and one of their rotating taps.

The Towne Plaza: They have a surprising amount of veggie options, and their outdoor seating is amazing!

Jeremiah’s Must Try: Arancini and The Cheese Plate.

Sarah’s Must Try: Smoked Tomato Soup and Veggie Gratin.

Taproot Cider House: One of the best cider houses in Northern Michigan, hands down. Luna likes to sit on the benches, and people watch as we sip and eat.

Jeremiah’s Must Try: The veggie burger and El Chavo Cider from Blake’s.

Sarah’s Must Try: The Thai Noodle Bowl and Sidre De Tapache from Uncle John’s.

Hop Lot : When you are strolling through Leelanau County, be sure to make a stop at Hop Lot for some craft beer with your pup!

Jeremiah’s Must Try: Uncle Green Guy IPA

Sarah’s Must Try: Rough Sawn Amber Ale

Short’s: After taking a dip in Torch Lake, head over to Short’s, where you and your fur baby can sit on the patio.

Jeremiah’s Must Try: Controversial Ale

Sarah’s Must Try: Soft Parade (pro tip: be cautious, many tales have started with “it was a soft parade night…”)

The Village Cheese Shanty: Grab a couple sandwiches and beers, and walk in historic Fishtown with your pup!

Jeremiah’s Must Try: Third Coast

Sarah’s Must Try: Manitou

Grand Traverse Commons: The commons is completely dog friendly! In the winter, we will  take Luna for walks in the buildings, if the temperatures are too cold for her paws.

Old Mission Lighthouse: Drive up Old Mission Peninsula, and walk around the light house and waterfront.

Crystal River: Pack a cooler, get  your pup, and head to Crystal for a day on the river.

Amazing photos by Allen-Kent Photography 

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