Congratulations, pet parent! You’re considering a trip to pet friendly St. Augustine (sometimes pronounced Saint DOG-gustine)!
You have come to the right place–Chewy.com just named St. Augustine as one of the best places to vacation with your dog!
If you haven’t booked your lodging yet, be sure to check out the pet friendly rooms at the Bayfront Marin House. ALL the first-floor rooms in our downtown location accept dogs, as does the Oceanview Cottage at the beach. Just let us know when you make your reservation that you’ll be bringing a pup, and we’ll have everything ready for both of you. That includes bowls if you need them, extra clean-up bags, and we’re always happy to see if we have any treats or ice cubes for them to enjoy.
Because St. Augustine is so pet-friendly, you have lots of options for things to do with your dog, from beaches to dog parks, to attractions that you will enjoy as much as your puppy. To help you plan your trip, be sure to read our blog on pet friendly things to do in St. Augustine.
Speaking of things to do, one of the most pet-friendly things to do is EAT (which is great, because St. Augustine is a true foodie lover’s dream). There are plenty of pet friendly St. Augustine restaurants and here are some of our favorites:
Pet Friendly Restaurants/Eateries in St. Augustine
Did someone say they’re hungry? St. Augustine is blessed with lots of restaurants with outdoor space, and most of them welcome your well-behaved and leashed four legged friends. (We always recommend checking with the individual businesses to ensure that nothing has changed).
Bone Appetit–to both you and your pup!
Restaurants closest to the Inn:
- OC White’s. Grab a table on the patio and enjoy bay breezes. They have an outdoor pergola for shade, and outdoor fans to help your puppy cool off. Music most nights, and just a five minute walk from the inn. 118 Avenida Menendez
- Gaufre’s and Goods. Also about a five minute walk from the inn and just a hop, skip and a jump from our newest cottage on Aviles Street. Gaufre’s & Goods delicious Polish and Greek options. Like spinach pie (my favorite) and pierogis (the hub’s go-to). Soups and salads are also good–enjoy any of them at the pet-friendly outdoor tables. 212 Charlotte Street
- Hooked on Harry’s. Everyone loves Harry’s light-strewn courtyard, and that includes your pooch! Lots of great Cajun dishes on the menu, but no matter what you get, make sure you save room for the Oreo beignets. 46 Avenida Menendez
On St. George Street:
- Taberna del Caballa is one of our favorite spots on St. George Street. Located inside Colonial Quarter, this Spanish-style bodega is a perfect perch for tapas and a glass of sangria. 37 St. George
- Florida Cracker‘s patio 81 St. George Street
- Pizzalley’s Chianti Room 117 St. George Street
- Bull & Crown Publick House on the porch 53 St. George Street
- The Floridian‘s front patio. 72 Spanish Street
- Catch 27 on their back deck. Located on Charlotte Street, Catch 27 is one of our top picks for seafood in St. Augustine, and their chef is the genius behind my favorite appetizer in town: traditional deviled eggs, nestled in a bed of bacon jam (bacon jam!). Each egg is topped with a perfect fried oyster. 40 Charlotte Street
- Barley Republic patio. A fun watering hole on Spanish Street–and home of one of the best burgers in town. 48 Spanish street
- Scarlett O’Hara’s porch. 70 Hypolita Street
- Prince of Wales‘ porch 57 Cuna Street
- Mojo’s BBQ. Great southern barbecue, served with a row of sauces to customize to your liking. 5 Cordova Street
A Little Further Out:
Best to drive to these options–both have parking on site.
- St. Augustine Fish Camp. One of St. Augustine’s newest restaurants, the Fish Camp is known for great seafood, and a breezy open outdoor space, located right on the water. 142 Riberia Street
- Marina Munch Food Trucks is part of the newly branded “marina district”, and is on Route 1, after the Target. Trucks vary by the day, but outdoor seating right on the water is a constant. If Funkedelic Food Truck is there, don’t miss the fish sandwich of the day, or try the OG Grilled Cheese with crab, full of sweet backfin. If possible, grab a waterfront table before you order your food–all the cool kids are eating here now, and it can be hard to find a seat.
Pet Friendly Restaurants/Eateries on Vilano Beach
We’ve had vacation rentals on this barrier island since 2014, and during that time, we have developed a pretty good list of our favorite restaurants on Vilano Beach. If you’re staying oceanside, our Oceanview Cottage is pet friendly, and sleeps four, with a full kitchen and living room. If you’d rather not cook while on vacation, feel free to take your well behaved dog to one of these pet friendly options:
- 180 Vilano Grill. This casual eatery is our favorite place to grab a bite for lunch. The fish sandwich (we get ours blackened) is out of this world, and so is their thick and crusty hamburger. They’re offering a limited menu with Covid, but we can’t wait until their spaghetti squash with bolognese is an option once again. 180 Vilano Road
- Aunt Kate’s. Located on the Matanzas River, Aunt Kate’s has a storied history with food (it originally opened to feed Henry Flagler’s employees as they passed by on the river). Enjoy their homemade Minorcan chowder (ask for datil pepper sauce to go with it–you’ll look like a local!), and try the pilau (pronounced per-low), a rice-based, tomato-dotted dish with chicken or sausage or fish. 612 Euclid Avenue
- Puccini’s Pizza is located in the Publix Shopping Center. Outdoor seating is pet friendly, but if you’d rather eat in, you can easily pick it up and bring it back to your cottage. 85 Ava Way
- Beaches at Vilano. You can sit right on the sand at this super close restaurant on Vilano. Huge outdoor decks, and beautiful views of the sunset. Don’t miss the fish tacos (we prefer blackened), with a sweet and spicy sauce, and enjoy a frosty fruity drink to complete your mini trip to the Caribbean. 254 Vilano Road