Summatime Scoop. What are the Best Kid & Pet Friendly Patios in Charlotte?

Looking for outdoor spaces that the whole family can enjoy? We’ve got you covered! Enjoy the summer weather with your little ones and pup in tow with these kid and dog-friendly patios from Mooresville to Indian Land.

For The Little Ones

Optimist Hall
1115 N. Brevard St.

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What to expect: Order from your favorite food stall (there’s a lot to choose from!) then grab a table outside on the bright and sunny patio. Kids options include sweet and savory empanadas, wood-fired pizza, gelato and more.

Piedmont Social House
2135 Ayrsley Town Blvd.

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What to expect: With kid’s menu options like mini corn dog bites and an ice cream wafflewich for dessert, Piedmont Social House is a great outdoor spot for kids and adults alike. Grab a bite to eat on their lively patio then head inside for bowling and games.

Fat Cat Burgers + Bakeshop
2410 Park Rd

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What to expect: Recently opened- Fat Cat Burgers & Bakeshop is a concept and menu reimagined of the former Fran’s Filling Station, with some of your old favorites, but also a new a walk-up donut window along with a handcrafted array of burgers, fried chicken, salads and more.

Harpers SouthPark
6518 Fairview Rd.

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What to expect: At Harper’s, don’t expect your everyday kids menu. Diners 12 and under can enjoy healthy options like veggies or grilled salmon, plus creative takes like PB & J sushi. Enjoy lunch or dinner on their refreshed patio.

JJ’s Red Hots
( Dilworth and Ballantyne locations)

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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.

Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar (Multiple locations)

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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. Enjoy your creation on their sunny patio.

Big View Diner
16637 Lancaster Hwy.

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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. Relax on their patio with your favorite dish and dessert.

Midwood Smokehouse (Multiple locations)

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What to expect: Dad might love this one the most, but all four Charlotte-area locations offer kid-friendly fare in a relaxed atmosphere for the whole family to enjoy. Kids menu options include chicken tenders, cheeseburger slider or a BBQ pulled pork sandwich, served with a side and a kids drink. Don’t forget about dessert. like the Campfire Blondie, or Nutty Pecan Cobbler.

Rooster’s Kitchen (SouthPark)

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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. Sit on the back terrace for this view.

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

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What to expect: Expect the kids to ask for dessert! Ninety’s has a full menu of hot and cold sandwiches and salads available at their deli. After lunch, grab a colorful and unique sweet treat – we’re talking milkshakes, ice cream sandwiches, or classic scoops with a twist – and enjoy 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)

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What to expect: A kids paradise! Kids can order from a special kids menu that double as a coloring sheet and word-finder game while dining on patios at both Charlotte locations. Parents, don’t forget kids eat free during lunch on Tuesday and Thursday.

Verde Mexican Nuevo Latin Fusion
9818 Gilead Road, Huntersville

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

For The Pups

Charlotte Beer Garden
1300 S Tryon St.

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What to expect: A spacious patio that the pups are sure to love. Not only is Charlotte Beer Garden a perfect spot to discover a new beer favorite (they have more than 400 brews on tap), but it’s also great for pups. Their first floor patio is dog-friendly.

Shake Shack
1605 E Woodlawn Rd., 9824 Rea Rd., 1930 Camden Rd.

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What to expect: Expect to share some fries with your furry friend on Shake Shack’s patio, where they water bowls and even ice cream for the pups.

The Cowfish
4310 Sharon Rd.

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What to expect: Sushi and a burger bar all in one. Take the kids and the pup outside on the patio and enjoy a kids menu that serves double-duty as a coloring sheet with games. What’s on the menu? Kids bento boxes and mini-burgers, served with two sides.

Camp North End
1824 Statesville Ave.

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What to expect: Plenty of food stalls and shopping, making Camp North End is a perfect spot to head on the weekends with the pup in tow.

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 in lively South End.

JackBeagle’s NoDa
3213 N Davidson St.

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What to expect: Grab a beer and head to the back patio with your furry friend to mingle. Don’t forget to order some pub fare, like their almost-famous Mac-and-cheese.

Moo & Brew
1300 Central Ave.

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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.

Common Market South End
235 W. Tremont Street Suite 103

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What to expect: A popular hangout spot for people and pets alike, Common Market’s huge patio is the perfect place to gather for beer or your favorite deli creation. Check their page for updates on live music nights.

Brewers at 4001 Yancey
4001-A Yancey Rd.

What to expect: This LoSo brewery offers multiple dog-friendly spaces where you can enjoy beer and a full food menu.

Kid Cashew
1608 East Blvd.

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What to expect: Dogs are welcome on the lively patio at Kid Cashew. Bring them to people-watch along East Boulevard while you enjoy delicious Mediterranean food and daily specials.

Inizio Pizza Napoletana
2230 Park Rd.

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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.

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What to expect: The patio is where to be in this South End favorite. Bring along your furry friend for a relaxed summer evening filled with brews and eats from their scratch kitchen.

VBGB Beer Hall & Garden
920 Hamilton St.

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What to expect: A spacious patio for you and your pup to hang. There’s games for humans and plenty of space for pups to relax and mingle.

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: Fun for both you and your pup. Hattie’s is a very dog-friendly dive with a plethora of rotating beer options, and games like cornhole and giant Jenga.

The Dog Bar 
3307 N Davidson St.

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What to expect: 100% off-leash, dog-friendly bar! The Dog Bar welcomes any breed and size of dog as long as they are vaccinated, well-behaved, and spayed or neutered. Bring your pup to mingle as you enjoy a beer on the patio.

Lucky Dog Bark & Brew
Multiple area locations

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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 for your furry friend. While you’re there, try their new “Lucky Cocktails” such as a Muttgarita, The Ap-Paw-Rol Spritz, and Classy Mother Pupper.

Sycamore Brewing
2161 Hawkins St.

What to expect: All pups are welcome at Sycamore Brewing, where their grassy and paved patio welcomes both our four-legged friends.

The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
4150 Yancey Rd.

What to expectDog-lovers flock to OMB to enjoy their sprawling outdoor beer garden.

NoDa Brewing Company
2921 N Tryon St.

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What to expect: NoDa is a great, dog-friendly place to grab a brew. Grab the pups and head down for a pint and live music.

Cabarrus Brewing Company
329 McGill Ave NW, Concord

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What to expect: The perfect spot to sit outside and enjoy a fresh local craft brew. Cabarrus has an ever-changing assortment of brews and small-batch beer coming from their 48 taps, along with wine. Grab a pint and head to the patio for food trucks and live music on select nights.

Legal Remedy Brewing
129 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill

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

Farm Haus
9762 Charlotte Hwy, Indian Land, SC

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What to expect: Just slightly over the border, this butcher and beer garden sits at the edge of Indian Land, SC. Grab one of their handcrafted sausages and a refreshing cocktail and head to the patio with your pup. Be sure to check out their daily specials and events, like live music on Thursdays and Trivia Tuesdays.



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