Looking for outdoor spaces the whole family can enjoy? Enjoy the summer weather with your little ones and pup in tow with these kid and dog-friendly patios from Mooresville to Fort Mill:



The Cowfish
4310 Sharon Rd.

What to expect: A kids menu that serves double-duty as a coloring sheet with games. Kids bento boxes with options ranging from a PB & J “sushi” roll to mini-burgers, all served with two sides (carrots, apples, oranges, edamame or house fries). Plus, a fun mascot and photo opp.


JJ’s Red Hots ( Dilworth and Ballantyne locations)

What to expect: Plenty of hot dog choices, picnic tables and a rooftop patio at their Dilworth location and a covered patio in Ballantyne. If your little one hasn’t ventured out into JJ’s full menu of delicious and unique toppings, pick from the kid’s menu.


Pike’s Old Fashioned Soda Shop
1930 Camden Rd.

What to expect: A never-ending menu of classic diner fare – like grilled cheese and burgers – to enjoy on their lively South End patio dotted with colorful umbrellas. Kids will love coloring at the table and slurping up one of Pike’s famous malts, shakes or ice cream floats.


Bad Daddy’s (Multiple locations)

What to expect: Endless options for burger and fry combinations, topped off with hands-on milkshakes. Build-your-own options make this area favorite popular for adults and kids alike.


Big View Diner
16637 Lancaster Hwy.

What to expect: A menu with something for everyone, including even the pickiest eaters. The experience isn’t complete without homemade ice cream, sundaes and milk shakes.


Midwood Smokehouse(Multiple locations)

What to expect: All four Charlotte-area locations offer kid-friendly fare in a relaxed atmosphere. Kids menu options include chicken tenders, grilled cheese or a BBQ chopped pork sandwich, served with a side and a kids drink.


Rooster’s Kitchen (SouthPark)

What to expect: A more refined option for families celebrating a special night out. While mom and dad enjoy the family-style chef’s offerings, kids can enjoy a special menu just for them.


Ninety’s Ice Cream & Sandwiches
9009 J M Keynes Dr.

What to expect: A full menu of cold cut and hot pressed sandwiches and salads are available at the deli, but what kids (and adults) will really love are the inventive, colorful and unique frozen treats. Try milkshakes, ice cream sandwiches or classic scoops with a twist on the patio.


Duckworth’s Grill & Taphouse (Multiple locations)

What to expect: This tried and true Charlotte favorite offers covered and uncovered patio offerings at their locations, along with  kids eat free options on various nights.


The Flying Biscuit (multiple locations)

What to expect: The Flying Biscuit is a kid’s paradise! Little flyers can order from a special kids menu that doubles as a coloring sheet and word-finder game while dining on patios at both Charlotte locations. On Wednesdays, kids ages 12 and under eat for $1.99.


Verde Mexican Nuevo Latin Fusion
9818 Gilead Road, Huntersville

What to expect: Enjoy the sunny patio while little ones munch on kid-friendly fare, from quesadillas to mac-and-cheese.



Shake Shack
1605 E Woodlawn Rd.

What to expect: Dive into one of charlotte’s most coveted burgers on the patio, where Shake Shack offers water bowls and even ice cream for the pups.


Seoul Food Meat Company
1400 S Church St.

What to expect: The patio at Seoul Food isn’t just an adult playground, it’s a doggie one too! Your pup can run around in the gated dog park and play area while you grab a frozen cocktail.


3213 N Davidson St.

What to expect: Head to the back patio to mingle with new friend (dog and human alike) while enjoying beer and pub fare, like their almost-famous Mac-and-cheese.


Moo & Brew
1300 Central Ave.

What to expect: Mouth-watering burgers and beer (as the name suggests) are the perfect complements to a laid-back atmosphere and popular dog-friendly patio.


Kid Cashew
1608 East Blvd.

What to expect: Dogs are welcome on the beautiful patio at Kid Cashew. Bring them to people watch along East Boulevard or enjoy live music on select nights.


Inizio Pizza Napoletana
2230 Park Rd.

What to expect: Inizio has a soft spot for man’s best friend. Bring them to your next family or date night dinner on the patio.


The Suffolk Punch
2911 Griffith St.

What to expect: Take a break along your rail trail walk at The Suffolk Punch, where a sprawling patio is frequently visited by pups and humans alike.


Legal Remedy Brewing
129 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill

What to expect: Leashed dogs are more than welcome on the huge patio at Legal Remedy Brewing, previously a vacant auto dealership. Grab a flight and food from their impressively large menu to enjoy the summer sun.


Divine Barrel Brewing
3701 N Davidson St.

What to expect: Purchase dog treats inside at the bar, then head to the outside patio to enjoy this growing and bustling area of NoDa.


Hattie’s Tap & Tavern
2918 The Plaza

What to expect: A very dog-friendly dive with a plethora of rotating beer options, games like cornhole and giant Jenga.


The Dog Bar
3307 N Davidson St.

What to expect: Dogs are allowed off leash at this fenced-in bar made for dogs and humans alike. Your pup will enjoy running around the park area complete with obstacles while you grab a beer and compete in a game of giant Jenga.


Lucky Dog Bark & Brew
Three area locations

What to expect: The name says it all. Lucky Dog’s 25,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor playground for pets pairs perfectly with a bar area for humans. They also offer doggie day care, boarding and baths.


Sycamore Brewing
2161 Hawkins St.

What to expect: Pups abound at Sycamore Brewing, where their grassy and paved patio welcomes both two and four-legged friends.


The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
4150 Yancey Rd.

What to expect: Dog-lovers flock to OMB to enjoy their sprawling outdoor Biergarten.


NoDa Brewing Company
2921 N Tryon St.

What to expect: NoDa is a great, dog-friendly place to grab a brew. They’re also launching a dog walking program in July.


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