There was once a dark, sad time in Philadelphia history when sidewalk seating was prohibited. In 1998, Rouge in Rittenhouse started the trend, fought the bureaucracy, and today the city has, according to Visit Philly, nearly 400 alfresco dining establishments. In this city of dog lovers, restaurants and bars with sidewalk seating or patios cater to furry friends with treats, water bowls, and events to support local animal causes.
Most restaurants with outdoor dining welcome dogs, but these 17 go the extra mile. For more outdoor spaces, check out Philly’s essential rooftops and patios and beer gardens.