The advent of warmer weather brings with it a sense of adventure, an invitation to bask in nature, and enjoy some sun. It is also a season of dining in lovely patios—sipping refreshing cocktails or iced lattes, savoring meals while admiring the open skies, listening to live music—and even tagging your furry buddies along!

It’s no secret—the R+F team loves dogs. With Fort Wayne being a highly pet friendly city, we love how we can fully relish this season with our paw pals. There are a variety of restaurants offering dog-friendly patios where you and your pup will surely have the best time. We rounded up some local favorites.


1. Three Rivers Distilling

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Aside from an excellent menu and exquisite hand-crafted beverages, Three Rivers Distilling boasts of having one of the most spacious dog-friendly patios in Fort Wayne. Choose your spot—there is an open courtyard with sun sails and table umbrellas, and two covered areas. Your pups will be greeted with treats and water.


2. The Friendly Fox

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The Friendly Fox is easily one of our team’s favorite local hangouts. We love their gourmet coffee, delectable sandwiches, pastries, salads, and homemade soups. Their patio has a charming ambiance that is perfect for having hearty conversations, and spending time with your fur pal.


3. Proximo

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Relish an amazing breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals at Proximo while witnessing the charm of downtown. Latin food takes center stage here—and dogs are very much welcome in their beautiful patio.


4. The Black Dog Pub

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Come, sit, and stay at The Black Dog Pub. They offer cocktails, wines and beers, luscious homemade food, and an inviting atmosphere that will make you and your four-legged buddy right at home.


5. Firefly Coffee House

Fall in love with this locally owned coffee house and bakery’s specialty coffee and tea, homemade baked goods, cured meats, and light breakfast and lunch. They have homemade dog biscuits, too! Perfectly complementing the delightful food is a peaceful and eclectic outdoor seating.


6. Pedal City Beer Garden

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Pause and unwind at Pedal City’s beer garden. They feature fascinating cocktails, beers, wine slushees, and flavorful appetizers such as onion rings and mac & cheese bites. Dogs are also welcome in the outdoor area. With available doggie basket treats, they are sure to have a fun time, and full bellies, too! Watch out for scheduled doggie date nights, and fundraisers for animals.


7. Shigs in Pit Barbecue

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Savor mouthwatering championship style barbecue, smoked meats, and side dishes at Shigs in Pit. Dog-friendly patios are open at their Maplecrest and Illinois Road locations. Outdoor lights make their patios extra adorable at night.


8. Summit City Brewerks

Over 30 taps of unique breaks made on site, and enticing dishes await you at Summit City Brewerks. Darts, board games, and a new patio are available, as wellpromising fun for the entire family, including your paw pals.


9. Curly’s Village Inn

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Famed for the beautiful vistas of St. Mary’s River and Foster Park, Curly’s Village Inn is another local favorite. Some of their must-try food include onion rings, chicken wraps, hand-breaded classic Indiana Pork Tenderloin, and a lot more. Summer cookouts on their patio with your pets is something to look forward to.


10. Baker Street Steakhouse

You are in for a culinary delight featuring the best steaks, seafood dishes, and a selection of the choicest wines and craft brewery amid an elegant ambiance at the Baker Street Steakhouse. Its big city atmosphere and amenities such as an expansive patio are impressive.


11. Trubble Brewing

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Head on to Trubble Brewing for some great tasting handcrafted cider, wine, and mead. Dogs are welcome to sit at their front beer patio, and enjoy some treats.


12. Ruth’s Chris Steak House

A family-friendly, fine dining atmosphere will greet you here. They offer the best steakhouse experience, special sizzling plates, and award-winning wines. It’s the perfect venue for romantic dinners with a special someone (or special pet), private parties, business meeting, or have a drink for relaxation.


It is heartwarming how simple dining is elevated from good to superb, and how extra festive our community becomes every patio season. With our pets, each experience is made even more special. Go ahead and take your pup to the best patios in town.