Is New Orleans, Louisiana dog-friendly? Looking for dog-friendly restaurants in New Orleans? Keep on sniffing!
Last Updated 10/4/22
ARF, the dog-friendly culture in New Orleans completely took me by surprise! The rowdy, grungy, beads-throwing Bourbon Street isn’t exactly what I would envision as dog-friendly. However, after setting my furry alpha paws inside dog-friendly restaurants, bars, and stores in the most unique city of America, I quickly changed my little BIG Yorkie mind. I’ve found (and was told by locals) that most, if not all bars are dog-friendly and will gladly accept dogs INSIDE. Many restaurants also disregarded their NO DOG policy (as found online) as I walked through their doors with an upright tail.
And, I’ve set my paws into many markets and shops without any nasty glares or questions. Perhaps I was “lucky” throughout my over 2-week stay, but NOLA’s relaxed culture makes me believe that all is quite well for dog travelers. Outside of The Big Easy’s infamous craziness, dogs can surely experience the city’s richly blended French, Spanish, and Creole culture alongside their humans. Sniff out my 12+1 picks for dog-friendly restaurants in New Orleans! Oh yea, unless you’re willing to share those Southern goodies with your furry best friend, don’t forget to pack doggie treats and snacks!
The BEST Dog-Friendly Restaurants & Bars in New Orleans:
#1 The Joint
701 Mazant St
ARF-my-Dog! The Joint is such a fun place to get your grub on, with your dog right next to you! The aromatic smell of slow-smoked barbeque is enough to get my wet nose glued to this place. This is where my wolf instincts come out like there’s no tomorrow – gotta tear up every succulent piece with my almost non-existent canine teeth. Even though The Joint is known for chops-lickin’ barbequed pork ribs, pulled pork, and beef brisket, there are a few vegetarian side dishes like mac n’ cheese and potato salad (although quite hearty) to satisfy those non-carnivores. Located in the Historic Bywater District (just east of Downtown), this bbq joint is a TOP DOG spot that has garnered quite a bit of national attention, from Zagat to Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives.” Outdoor seating is the way to go here, with or without a dog. While there are a few tables outside in the front where your dog can dine, the homey backyard patio is the place to be – it’s supaw cute with plants, shrubbery, and red and white picnic table cloth.
#2 The Camellia Grill
626 S Carrollton Ave
Coined as the most “famous” diner in NOLA, The Camellia Grill is a MUST-TRY with your dog. Opened in 1946, the diner’s bow-tied servers are the happiest I’ve sniffed out in the city. ARF-ter being devastated by Hurricane Katrina, The Camellia Grill failed to reopen and broke the hearts of many locals who left love notes for 20 months, begging it to reopen. It was finally purchased from the third-generation owner by NOLA restaurateur Hicham Khodr who brought the diner back to life in 2007. I got off the St. Charles streetcar, and walked my four paws to this mesmerizing white Greek-revival building. Immediately, the cute resident cat caught my nose as my humans grabbed a table right on the side of the building. With front row seats to the St. Charles streetcar, the dog-friendly outdoor seating is lovely, to bark the least. No frills, no crazy high prices, no pretension. Just ARF-mazing, good ol’ Southern classics served by some supaw sweet gentlemen. I jumped onto the marble table with my two front paws as I smelled gumbo with rice and mashed potatoes with gravy. Still dreamin’ about it to this day. YUM.
#3 Local 718
718 Bourbon St
At the former location of Johnny White’s, Local 718 (or Pour House at Bourbon) is a small dog-friendly dive bar that opened in 2020. Besides serving beers on tap and other ice-cold drinks, they are cookin’ it up with Southern goodies like jambalaya, red beans and rice, and gumbo plus classic American bar fare like hot dogs and sliders. With several big screen TVs, this French Quarter watering hole makes a great place to watch a game. I’ve walked my four paws past this bar at least 4-5 times before actually going in, and every single time, I was lured by their welcome staff that “dogs are welcome.” Since my human is used to getting rejected with the typical “sorry, no dogs,” she sure felt blessed by a nice reversal of roles, for once. Hanging out with your dog here is a MUST if you’re looking for a low-key bar in the French Quarter – as long as it isn’t too loud or rowdy at the time of visit. Although dogs are welcome inside (WOOF HOO, I even sniffed out one sleeping on a dog bed at the bartop), they occasionally have live music performances, DJ spinning loud music, and game nights which can be too much for your dog’s sensitive ears.
#4 Cajun Mike’s Pub & Grub
116 Baronne St
When my humans called ahead of time to ask if dogs are allowed, the friendly staff at Cajun Mike’s responded that dogs are welcome inside bars in the city. As barked in its name, this laid-back local watering hole is the spot to drink up and GRUB. Not far from the touristy Bourbon Street craze, Cajun Mike’s is no trendy or pretentious bar. And, that’s what I love about it. It sets off a cool yet humbling divey vibe where regulars and visitors can drink up and devour greasy yet tasty Southern bar food at fair prices. Heck, I can even sit on a stool at the bar right next to my humans and get a chomp of that juicy muffuletta. Even if indoor dining doesn’t work out somehow, you and your dog can chill right outside on their sidewalk seating.
#5 Ugly Dog Saloon & BBQ
401 Andrew Higgins Blvd
ARF, any establishment with the words “ugly dog” doesn’t fail to tilt my little Yorkie head. AWOOO, I must mark it up! In the heart of the Warehouse District, this pawtastic bbq joint serves up some paw-lickin’ ribs, burgers, wings, and grilled sandwiches. And, don’t forget their daily drink specials! Depending on their event calendar, it can get pretty rowdy here, so be sure to find a relaxing spot for your dog to chill. I love the upbeat vibe, chalked menus on walls, and wooden tables; it’s casual, fun, and far from ugly. And, did I bark non-touristy? ARF course, you can experience Ugly Dog with your dog, who is welcome both inside and outside. WOOF-HOO! Even their IG promotes dog-friendliness with furry patrons. Water bowls are happily delivered upon request, usually by a dog-lovin’ waiter.
#6 Auction House Market
801 Magazine St
WOOF, my humans were so glad that my little wet nose stumbled upon this posh market in the Warehouse District. The decor is lovely to bark the least – natural lighting, white marble countertops, hanging potted plants, and healthy green foliage. As you can guess, Auction House MKT is no ordinary food court; it’s an aesthetically pleasing place to eat, drink, AND be sniffed (oops, I mean SEEN). With a variety of local food and drink vendors and M-F happy hours, this fancy “food hall” is one happening pawty to take your dog. Despite a no dog policy on Yelp, I hung out here until closing on a Friday night and sniffed out two furry cuties inside.
#7 Cafe Amelie
912 Royal St
Located on Royal Street in the French Quarter, Cafe Amelie is a popular cafe/restaurant resting in the 150-year-old Princess of Monaco Courtyard and Carriage House. Since they have a dog-friendly courtyard, I didn’t attempt to dine indoors (and nor did I want to). As you can only imagine, their historical “royal” courtyard is so lush and serene that I snoozed effortlessly after my meal. I love their flavorful shrimp and grits, tender bourbon chicken, succulent seared salmon, and tasty muffuletta. WOOF, it’s a mouthful when barking out all my favorite Southern meals here!
#8 Three Legged Dog
400 Burgundy St
Paws down, one of the coolest dog-friendly bars in the city! After all, it is called the “three legged dog”! A local spot located on the outer edge of the French Quarter, Three Legged Dog is a family-run dive bar known for its crawfish boil, cheesy tater tots, and cheap drink specials. If you’re into crawfish, this is the spot! But don’t forget to call ahead to see if crawfish is in season. With ultra-friendly, dog-loving bartenders, I dined at the table with an upright tail and open mouth smiley face here. It’s also open 24 hours, perfect for late-night grubbing – with your dog. 🙂
#9 & 10 Cochon & Cochon Butcher
930 Tchoupitoulas St (2 restaurants right next to each other)
Situated in the Warehouse/Lower Garden District, Cochon and its adjacent sister restaurant Cochon Butcher are two MUST-TRY eateries in New Orleans…with your dog. While Cochon is the main establishment with trendy and upscale energy, Cochon Butcher is their hipster-ish, casual sandwich shop sidekick. At Cochon, there’s dog-friendly outdoor seating on the sidewalk brick overlay. As for Cochon Butcher, I even dined indoors and became twinsies with the resident life-sized Chewbacca. Regardless of their NO DOG policy on Yelp, I did NOT have any issues setting my furry paws into both restaurants. Although pork is their specialty (as found in the name), they also offer an array of other meats, seafood, veggies, and Southern treats. Hence, even if you don’t want to eat pork like my humans, you’ve got plenty of other goodies to stuff your tummy.
#11 Corporation Bar & Grill
931 S Peters St
Gosh, I love a place where I can march in with an upright tail, perk up my ears, and sit my tiny furry butt on a human chair like I belong. But, I guess there are a few tables outside even if I couldn’t make my grand entrance. This corner bar in the Warehouse/Lower Garden District is almost like a hidden gem in New Orleans. Unlike its name, Corporation Bar & Grill is far from formal so you ought to leave any pretension and flashiness at the door. This is a low-key, neighborhood spot to cheer for the Saints, catch up with friends over some cold drafts, and stuff your mouth with shrimp po’boys with your furry best friend by your side. Without waiter service, you can simply grab your drinks at the bar and order food in the back. Their menu offers 8-inch po’boys, sandwiches, salads, gumbo, and jambalaya.
#12 Creole House Restaurant & Oyster Bar
509 Canal St
Residing in the oldest building on Canal Street, Creole House serves up mouthwatering Cajun and Creole cuisine in an authentic atmosphere. Their Southern food is to-beg-for and makes me want to lick every single plate clean. And, of course, the best part is that dogs are welcome to dine with humans on their roof-covered sidewalk seating. Even if you’re not into oysters, you can stick your nose into other New Orleans classics like jambalaya pasta, Gulf shrimp and grits, crawfish, po’boys, and muffulettas. If you have trouble deciding like my humans, try the “Taste of New Orleans,” where you can choose three or four of the city’s most famous dishes: chicken & andouille gumbo, crawfish etouffée, red beans & rice, and cajun chicken & andouille jambalaya.
#13 Cafe Du Monde (BONUS)
800 Decatur St
ARF, I made this a “bonus” because taking your dog to this tourist spot is almost a no brainer for dog travelers! Grab beignets and cafe au lait at the ARF-so-famous Cafe Du Monde with your dog. With abundant al fresco seating on Decatur Street in the French Quarter, this cafe is a fun touristy spot to check off the list with your furry traveler – well, only if it’s not crowded with long lines. Originated in France, beignets have become household desserts in NOLA. Equivalent to the English fritters, beignets are square-shaped French deep-fried pastries made from bread flour and powdered sugar. Enjoy them alone or with a cup of their renowned cafe au lait (coffee with chicory). As this popular spot can get pretty crowded, it’s best to come with your dog during off-hours – in the morning or evening.
A BARK OF CAUTION: The two following spots were dog-friendly during my first visit, but may not be dog-friendly anymore.
Daisy Duke’s Express
123 Carondelet St.
Since this no-frills, authentic Cajun-Southern joint boasts seven locations throughout the city, your dog-friendly experience may differ from location to location. My go-to Daisy Duke’s is their 24-hour Express location, which is located only a few blocks from my apartment in the French Quarter. Dog, did I quickly become their frequent furry late-night diner! I can’t complain about my experience here since the warm and dog-welcoming servers never fail to offer me water without my request. With its relaxed atmosphere, Daisy Duke’s is far from a tourist trap, even with its two prime locations in the French Quarter. I love their local feel, affordable prices, tasty Southern food, and again, stellar doggie service. Whether you get your paws on a crispy po’boy or lick your chops to a bowl of seafood gumbo, you and your dog will be happy diners.
10/4/22 Update: During my last NOLA visit, I walked past their French Quarter location and inquired if dogs were allowed, and the staff outside politely said NO.
345 Baronne St
The food here is ARF-MAZING. P&G is a local restaurant that serves up the most paw-lickin’ home-cooked meals in the city. With a warm and cozy ambiance, I felt right at home even though their Yelp profile stated no dogs allowed. As my four paws roamed inside, it just looked like an ordinary cafeteria with basic counter service and a modest interior. Upon the first few sniffs, it has an old-school feel and design as if the last renovation happened back in the 80s or 90s. However, the ordinariness is what makes this local spot so spectacular. Because it has been around since 1981, P&G doesn’t have to show for anything as their food speaks for itself. From crab cakes to shrimp creole rice to fried catfish, this place hooks it up with their hot plate portions and fair prices!
10/4/22 Update: This spot may no longer be dog-friendly. Check with the staff before walking in with your dog.
WOOF, hope you and your dog enjoy my picks for dog-friendly restaurants and bars in New Orleans!
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