Pet Friendly OBX Restaurants

 In Food & Dining

For those of you foodies, the best part about being on vacation is hitting up all best local restaurants, and nothing is better than relaxing and enjoying a meal or beverage surrounded by your family. For many of us, our dog is an important member to the family, just as anyone else, so we understand that it’s important for you to bring your furry friend along with you on vacation. Fortunately, there are pet-friendly OBX restaurants! Yes, the Outer Banks is a very dog-friendly place to be. There’s plenty of fun to be had on the beaches and the local dog parks, and most of the rental programs offer rental houses that are welcoming to pets.(For some tips and leash laws click here!)

So whether it’s time for a break from the sun, winding up a beach day, or it’s just time to grab a bite to eat or find a refreshing cocktail, we’ve compiled a list of several OBX Restaurants that allow you to bring your pup along for the fun. Below are some pet-friendly Outer Banks restaurants listed from north to south.

Argyles Restaurant

The owner /chef has been preparing the menu since 1989, has Farm to table goodness, featuring, local seafood, free-range wild game, fresh pasta, grass-fed steaks, free range chicken, gluten-free menu, & our bakery desserts. Argyle’s Restaurant has the areas largest craft bar, craft beers, bottle & tap, daily specials and all day Happy Hours! Family Friendly! They even have outdoor seating & pet-friendly on our patio! Live Music Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

SandTrap Tavern

At SandTrap their porch is always Pooch Friendly!

Shipwrecks Taphouse & Grill

Shipwrecks is a new restaurant to the OBX area. Located in Kitty Hawk in the old BK Shuckers building, Shipwrecks is one-of-a-kind and is an extremely pet-friendly Outer Banks establishment. If you’re ready for a party-going atmosphere, they have all fun you could hope for…from a laid back brunch scene to entertainment by local musicians. And don’t miss Shipwrecks’ backyard inspired outdoor atmosphere. Your pup can hang out right on the patio with you while you enjoy your meal. The best part is, they even offer a K9 cuisine menu!

pet friendly OBX restaurants


Goombays Grille & Raw Bar

Goombays is a casual place with tropical taste and maximum fun…good days and good nights at Goombays Grille and Raw Bar in Kill Devil Hills. Outstanding food and drinks in a family-fun, Caribbean setting. You and Fido can hit up the patio and enjoy their signature drink, the Goombays Smash – delicious on a hot summer day. The cocktail includes a traditional island recipe with a Goombays keeper cup, a blend of rum, juices and coconut.

Jack Brown’s OBX Beer and Burger Joint

Jack Brown’s is also a fairly new Outer Banks restaurant. They just celebrated their one-year anniversary on May 31st.  They offer more than 100 craft beers and an award-winning burger menu, and your four-legged friends are allowed on the front patio. Belly up to the bar, and have one of their staff members guide you through the world of craft beer and crazy burgers. Enjoy the all-around experience with your pup at the joint that is claimed in the name of good beer, good food, and good people!

Tortugas’ Lie

This Nags Head restaurant is not only a locals’ favorite, but the destination for hungry vacationers year after year. Their mouthwatering menu is only the beginning of what makes Tortugas so special. They have a spacious backyard where you can bring your dogs and enjoy a creative cocktail. Tortugas is also known for its sand volleyball court that is open to the public for use from 10am to 8pm in the summer. Grab your pup and a beverage, and head to the backyard just in time for the sunset at Tortugas Lie this summer.

Lucky 12 Tavern

Enjoy a delicious beverage on the shaded outdoor patio at Lucky 12 Tavern. Please keep in mind that your pup must remain on a leash while on the patio, and dogs are only allowed during the day. Lucky 12 features 20 beers on draft, another 90 by the bottle or can, and some of the most current, tastiest craft brews around. They also offer an extensive selection of wines and martini recipes.

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Sooey’s BBQ in Nags Head 

Fun for families all over the Outer Banks! Authentic award-winning Eastern NC hickory-smoked BBQ, beef, chicken, and the biggest racks of ribs on the beach. Dine in or enjoy their outdoor pet-friendly OBX restaurant seating. Enjoy ocean view deck dining at their Nags Head restaurant.

Mulligans Grille in Historic Cottage Row

Mulligans creates a space for everyone. If you prefer to be seated indoors, they offer an upstairs dining area for large parties with its own bar along with comfortable and family-friendly seating areas downstairs. The downstairs bar is a local hangout spot with a big screen TV for catching the game. They feature spaces for everyone, including a doggy dining area outside for you and your furry friends. They even have menu options specially created for your pup. Join Mulligans for an authentic Outer Banks experience.

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Pamlico Jacks

Natural beauty, local lore and delicious island cuisine all come together at Pamlico Jack’s Soundfront Restaurant & Bar, where guests will be immersed in Old World elegance. Take you pup to the back porch and enjoy the view from the open-air sound front deck overlooking the sound while enjoying dinner and a glass of wine, or choosing from a wide selection of beers and microbrews or custom cocktails.  Kick back and enjoy live entertainment to go along with spectacular sunset views this summer at Pamlico Jacks!


Sugar Shack Seafood Market

The Sugar Shack Seafood Market offers sandwiches, baskets & steamed buckets to go! Eat in or take home, fixed your way… fresh, steamed or fried, prepared to order. Seafood sandwiches, boats, fresh-fried “Shack Chips,” seafood by the pound, custom-built steamer buckets, and more… we can handle it! Steam bar seating inside or waterfront dining outside. Bring your furry friend with you and enjoy our outdoor patio area where they even have dog bowls with fresh water waiting for them!


We hope that you and your pup get a chance to experience some of these amazing pet friendly OBX Restaurants. Because leaving your best friend behind is not an option here on the Outer Banks!


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  • James

    Add Pamlico Jacks to your list! Just enjoyed a wonderful dinner on the back porch with my pup this week, and the staff was extremely hospitable to him.

    • 3dog

      Thank you so much James! Just added them to the list. Glad that you and your pup had such a great time at Pamlico Jacks!

  • Peter mascio

    Add saltbox to your list

  • Jessica

    Avenue Grill in Manteo also.

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