Dog-Friendly Seattle – Tips and Advice
- Dogs must remain leashed in public, but Seattle has 14 designated off-leash dog parks (including one downtown), some with fenced-in areas dedicated to smaller dogs. Marymoor Park in nearby Redmond has a 40-acre off-leash area featuring wooded trails and swimming beaches. If your dog loves the water, check out Off Leash Area Edmonds, a dog-friendly Puget Sound beach located 30 minutes north of the city.
- The best and most scenic places to walk your dog near downtown are the Olympic Sculpture Park and Myrtle Edwards Park, both overlooking Elliott Bay. Other scenic spots for Seattle dog-walking include Gasworks Park (Wallingford) • Golden Gardens Park (Ballard) • Discovery Park (Magnolia) • Magnuson Park (Sand Point) • and the Washington Park Arboretum (Montlake) Note that, per Seattle Municipal Code, dogs are not allowed on organized athletic fields, beaches, or children’s play areas in Seattle parks, so you’ll want to stick to sidewalks and non-sports-field grassy areas.
- Dogs are allowed on Seattle public transit: Metro buses, streetcars, and Water Taxi allow leashed dogs, though they must remain either on the floor or on an owner’s lap (lap and service dogs ride for free). Link light rail technically allows only service animals and small pets in carriers, though I’ve seen many well-behaved and leashed pet dogs on the train, with no issue. On Washington State Ferries, pets in carriers are allowed in interior passenger areas, all other leashed dogs must remain on the auto deck or exterior passenger areas.
- All dogs are allowed on the sidewalks and alleys of Pike Place Market, but only trained service dogs are allowed in Market buildings and the main arcade.
- University Village, northeast of downtown in Seattle’s University District, is an upscale outdoor shopping mall where well-behaved dogs are welcome.
- Craft breweries are often dog-friendly and allow patrons to bring in outside food (many have food trucks parked nearby). The best dog-friendly breweries in Seattle are are Cloudburst Brewing (downtown) • Reuben’s Brews, Stoup, and Bad Jimmy’s (Ballard) • Fremont Brewing and Hale’s Ales (Fremont) • Two Beers and Schooner EXACT (SODO) • Machine House Brewery (Georgetown) • and Standard Brewing (Leschi).
Seattle’s Best Dog-Friendly Hotels
A luxury boutique hotel with an elegant vibe and a great pet policy. Your dog will be greeted by name on arrival, even with a special welcome sign. The Alexis has a dedicated pet concierge, complimentary beds, bowls, leashes, and dog walking bags for the duration of your stay, no size/breed limit, no limit to the number of pets you can bring along, and NO additional pet fee. They even welcome dogs to their hosted evening wine hour – with treats, of course. The Alexis is located near the Seattle Art Museum, an easy six-block walk from Pike Place Market.
Map • Hotel phone: (206) 624-4844
An urban, artsy, luxury boutique hotel that’s incredibly welcoming to pets. Hotel Max provides eco-friendly beds, bowls, toys, and treats, plus a custom dog tag with the hotel’s name and number on it, should Fido get lost downtown. Pet-toting guests are given a comprehensive resource list to accommodate every need – from walking and grooming to vets and even pet psychics. Hungry pups can enjoy gourmet items from their whole-food based pet room service menu. Two pets of any size are allowed, for an additional fee of $45 per stay. Hotel Max is located about five blocks up from Pike Place Market at 7th and Stewart.
Map • Hotel phone: (206) 728-6299
This colorful and trendy boutique hotel is in a prime central downtown location and rolls out the red carpet for both kids and pets. (Kids love that there’s a magic show every Friday and that you can request a pet goldfish for the duration of your stay.) They’ll welcome your furry friend with bed, bowls, bags, and treats – all with no size/breed limit and NO additional pet fee. Hotel Monaco is surrounded by shopping and restaurants and within walking distance to all downtown attractions.
Map • Hotel phone: (206) 621-1770
A warm and modern luxury hotel, tucked into Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. The Pan Pacific has excellent Space Needle views and a great pet policy: two dogs of any size can be accommodated for an additional $50 fee per stay. Canine guests receive not only a plush bed and gourmet treats, but also complimentary walks by hotel staff. Convenient to Seattle Center and great neighborhood restaurants, The Pan Pacific is a 10-minute walk to downtown shopping and 15 minutes to Pike Place Market. Conveniently located near both a Whole Foods and a high-end dog bakery and boutique for easy access to food and souvenirs for your four-legged friend.
Map • Hotel phone: (206) 264-8111
A cozy boutique hotel in Seattle’s dog-friendly Belltown neighborhood, blocks from Pike Place Market and downtown attractions. Guest rooms have a hip, playful vibe, with trendy vintage-modern décor, and there’s a charming old-world lobby bar and daily hosted cocktail hour. Super pet-friendly, The Palladian welcomes any pet of any size or breed, with NO extra fee – bowls, bed, bags, and leash provided.
Map • Hotel phone: (206) 448-1111
Centrally-located luxury hotel, great for an adults getaway. They’ve got modern-styled guest rooms with deep, ceiling-fill tubs big enough for two, full-service spa, virtual driving range, and champagne upon check-in. Not very kid-friendly but great for pets: they’ll welcome your dog with a bed, bowls, and treats for a $40 once-per-stay fee. Easy walking distance to stadiums, shopping, restaurants, museums, Pioneer Square, and Pike Place Market.
Map • Hotel phone: (206) 957-1000
A wine-themed luxury boutique hotel, close to shopping and restaurants, and so pet-friendly that they even have a front-desk dog. Decor is contemporary chic, guest rooms are named for local wineries. There’s a complimentary wine hour each evening, and a great in-house Italian restaurant. Hotel Vintage charges NO additional pet fee and will provide a dog bed, treats, bowls, and maps to dog parks and a list of pet-friendly bars and restaurants.
Map • Hotel phone: (206) 624-8000
Seattle’s best luxury hotel, with impeccable service, stunning views, and a fantastic restaurant. Their full spa and beautiful outdoor heated infinity pool overlook Elliott Bay. The Four Seasons welcomes one small dog (under 20 lbs) per room for an additional fee of $50 per stay. Dog bed, bowls, and treat provided. Located near Pike Place Market, the Seattle Art Museum, and loads of downtown restaurants.
Map • Hotel phone: (206) 749-7000
A lovely, Scandinavian-chic boutique hotel set on the border of downtown and Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood. Hotel Andra is surrounded by great restaurants, and is home to local chef Tom Douglas’ famed cooking school. If you’re traveling with your pet, they’ll provide you with a dog mat, bowl, and blanket, and all breeds and sizes are welcome with NO additional pet fee. You can’t beat the location – besides restaurants, Andra is close to Pike Place Market, shopping, and nightlife.
Map • Hotel phone: (206) 448-8600
One of the Seattle’s most charming hotels, located just uphill from downtown. This old world boutique hotel has a gorgeous wood-paneled lobby, designer suites, and spacious guest rooms with period details and white marble bathrooms. Hotel Sorrento welcomes dogs of all sizes and breeds, and provides bedding and bowls. An additional $50 pet fee is charged per stay, plus a $200 refundable damage deposit.
Map • Hotel phone: (206) 622-6400
This lodge-themed luxury hotel sits right on Seattle’s waterfront. There’s a fantastic restaurant and cozy lounge area with terrific views, and every guest room has a gas fireplace. The Edgewater is also pet-friendly, allowing up to two animals per guestroom, with no weight/breed limit. A $100 pet fee (plus 14.5% tax) is charged per room, per pet, per stay. Walkable to waterfront attractions, Pike Place Market, Seattle Center, and the Olympic Sculpture Park – downtown Seattle’s best and most scenic dog-walking spot.
Map • Hotel phone: (206) 728-7000
Seattle’s Most Dog-Friendly Restaurants
The Innkeeper • $$-$$$ • Belltown
Latin/International fusion cuisine with a fantastic happy hour and patio seating in the spring and summer months. 21+
Flatstick Pub • $$ • Pioneer Square
Super fun spot for beer, mini-golf, and bar games. $1 off pints when you bring in your dog during “yappy hour,” 6-7pm M-F and all day Sunday. 21+
Norm’s Eatery and Alehouse • $$-$$$ • Fremont
Burgers, pasta, and weekend brunch – they’ve even got a dog menu, so Fido can enjoy a meal out, as well. Happy hour 4-7pm every day.
Le Pichet • $$-$$$ • Pike Place Market
Classic French Bistro that feels like your favorite little spot in Paris. Dogs are welcome at outdoor tables.
The Pink Door • $$-$$$ • Pike Place Market
Charming Italian restaurant in Pike Place Market’s Post Alley with nightly entertainment. Dogs are welcome on the outdoor patio overlooking the ferries on Elliott Bay.
The Leary Traveler • $$ • Ballard
Cozy and low key gastropub, with well-behaved dogs allowed inside. Great beer selection and cocktails; solid lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch menus. (Don’t miss the yam fries!) 21+
Bandits Bar • $ • Belltown
Hole-in-the-wall dog-friendly Belltown tavern with cheap drinks, tasty tamales, darts, and pinball. Leashed dogs allowed inside. 21+
The Blarney Stone • $ • Downtown
Fun Irish pub just across the street from Pike Place Market. Pool tables, seasonal patio seating, and daily happy hour from 4-7pm. Dogs are allowed both inside and out. 21+
Biscuit Bitch • $ • Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square, Belltown
Small, dog-friendly, un-fancy yet excellent breakfast and brunch spot specializing in biscuit sandwiches and biscuits & gravy. Gluten free available, too!
Fadó Irish Pub • $$-$$$ • Pioneer Square
This Pioneer Square pub features a solid “upscale Irish” menu, friendly staff, and usually soccer or rugby on the television. Pets are welcome at outdoor tables.