7 Restaurants to Enjoy Patio-Side with Your Furry Friends

Dog looking at boat near the water

Here on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel, we believe a man’s best friend is best kept next to him. That’s why we put together this list of 7 restaurants that allow patio-side dining with your canine companion.

The Salty Crab Bar & Grill

Located right on Fort Myers Beach, you and your furry pal can dig your toes (or paws) in the sand and enjoy delicious food and drinks, with a waterfront view.

Bonita Bills

This casual waterfront café features special seafood, drinks, live music and water vistas. If you and your pup are up and at ‘em, it’s the perfect place to stop by for a quick bite; the patio offers a perfect view of the Mantanzas Harbor.  

Shoeless Joes

When sports are on, Shoeless Joes is the place to be. This action-packed sports bar offers nightly specials along with an exclusive list of hot happenings like live music, karaoke and more. 

Gator Bites

If you and your four-legged friend are feeling a little adventurous, we recommend the $10 Gator Beer and T-shirt deal. However, if gator ain’t your style, there are plenty of other delicious menu items to try. 


Whether you’re in the mood for some fresh seafood or perhaps a steak, this waterfront restaurant offers a wide variety of dishes to choose from. Head to RumRunners after a relaxing day on the water and enjoy a sunset view with your best furry pal.

Nervous Nellie's

This waterfront eatery is sure to please. Pets are welcome, and the patio is immaculate. Specialties include cocktails, steaks and their one-of-a-kind Sailors Delight sandwich.

Woody’s Surfside Island Rum & Grill

Woody’s is your classic tropical-themed American restaurant and bar. The space is expansive, and the patio is well-furnished. Take your dog to Woody’s and get a fresh taste of Florida comfort food.

After all that, you’re probably drooling like a bulldog at a buffet­- we don’t blame you! Looking for other places to explore with your favorite pup? Check out this list of local spots to visit. 

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