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4 Pet-Friendly Restaurants to Celebrate National Dog Day in South Florida

Saturday will provide opportunities to enjoy Man's Best Friend.

Every year on Aug. 26, people worldwide celebrate National Dog Day to honor all dogs. To ensure every South Florida resident can provide their doggy companion a day to enjoy together, we’ve compiled some local pet-friendly restaurants offering an excellent opportunity to celebrate and give furry friends extra love.

Ocean Social by Chef Tristen Epps

Location: 4525 Collins Ave. at the Eden Roc, Miami Beach

Ocean Social by Chef Tristen Epps is the signature restaurant at the iconic Eden Roc Miami Beach. The restaurant offers soulful yet elevated coastal cuisine in a beautiful oceanfront setting where guests and their four-legged friends can enjoy a memorable meal. The seafood-forward menu features locally sourced ingredients that incorporate the flavors of Miami and diverse Caribbean and global influences, which is a hallmark of Chef Epps’ award-winning cuisine. The menu playfully riffs on the idea of “surf and turf” with innovative, visually stunning and delicious dishes. Guests can enjoy comfortable yet upscale dinners, oceanfront lunches and sunset cocktails.

Lona Cocina & Tequileria

Location: 321 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale

Lona Cocina & Tequileria is situated on the A1A strip of Fort Lauderdale Beach, offering a perfect spot for dining and drinking while enjoying the scenic views with your furry companion. The restaurant is located at The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, featuring two open-air, pet-friendly dining areas – an expansive oceanside terrace and a newly constructed Tequila Terrace, both equipped with pet perks such as water bowls and treats to make your four-legged friend feel welcome and comfortable.

R House Wynwood

Location: 2727 NW 2nd Ave., Wynwood

Located in the heart of the Wynwood Arts District, one of Miami’s most culturally rich neighborhoods, R House is a contemporary restaurant and bar celebrated for its flavorful dinner offerings, lively weekend brunch, and evening events that warmly welcome dogs and their owners. This indoor/outdoor destination is renowned for its modern Latin American cuisine, flamboyant drag performances, and lively atmosphere inspired by the vibrant flavors of Miami. Chef Rocco Carulli’s menu is a tribute to Miami, combining the Magic City’s Latin influences, traditional culinary training, and extensive experience with global cuisine.

Vivo!

Location: 11401 NW 12th St., Miami 

Miami’s newest entertainment, nightlife and dining destination is Vivo!, which has recently opened and is located at the entrance of Dolphin Mall. Vivo comprises three distinct entities, including Sports & Social, PBR, and the Plaza!, all of which provide a top-notch entertainment experience for visitors of all ages.

Sports & Social

Sports & Social boasts a unique atmosphere that sets it apart from any other sports bar in South Florida. With its cutting-edge entertainment environment, including three full-service indoor/outdoor bars, a 50-foot LED screen, live fan-cams, an emcee and DJ booth, and industry-leading sound and light effects, patrons will surely have an unforgettable experience. In addition, the establishment offers countless arcade games for guests to enjoy. For those seeking a more exclusive experience, the elevated Copa Room provides a signature bar area perfect for special events and private parties. Visitors can indulge in high-end wines, scotch, whiskey, bourbon, craft cocktails, and beers here. Additionally, Sports & Social features an expansive outdoor patio that offers a view of the inside of the restaurant and the Plaza, making it an ideal spot for a lunch date or a night out with your furry friend.

Vivo Plaza! 

The Vivo Plaza is a massive outdoor venue with a cutting-edge 24′ LED screen, a permanent food truck serving Sergio’s Cuban Cuisine, the very first Crush Bar in South Florida, and various container bars. This venue accommodates up to 2,000 guests, including their furry friends. The Plaza is well-known for its diverse range of live music performances featuring local, regional, and national touring artists on its grand stage.

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