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Dogs Now Welcome at 27 Arlington Restaurants

Doggie dining placard (photo via Arlington County)Arlington County has given the go-ahead to 27 restaurants and cafes to host dogs in outdoor dining areas.

The restaurants were approved for variance permits to allow dogs, in a program first announced in April, according to the county’s Public Health Division. Previously, it was against county code to allow pets to hang out in all restaurant dining areas.

“Public Health staff has worked closely with restaurants to ensure that the restaurants’ operating plans comply with all health and safety requirements, and staff will continue to work with restaurants on an ongoing basis,” the county said in a press release. It “is left to the restaurants with variances to decide which outdoor tables are reserved for patrons with dogs.”

Below is the list of restaurants approved for canine dining:

  • American Seafood
  • Arlington Capital View Renaissance & Residence Inn
  • Arlington Capital View Renaissance – Illy
  • Asia Bistro
  • California Pizza Kitchen
  • California Tortilla (Crystal City)
  • Chasin’ Tails
  • Elevation Burger
  • Faccia Luna
  • House of Steep
  • Jay’s Saloon & Grille
  • La Côte D’Or Café
  • Lyon Hall
  • Mexicali Blues Restaurant & Bar
  • Nando’s Peri Peri
  • Rappahannock Coffee
  • Rhodeside Grill
  • Rockland BBQ and Grill
  • Saigon Saigon
  • Samuel Beckett’s Irish Pub
  • Sine Irish Pub & Restaurant
  • Thai at Corner Restaurant
  • THAI Shirlington
  • The Green Turtle
  • The Liberty Tavern
  • William Jeffrey’s Tavern
  • World of Beer

All restaurants that allow dogs on their premises must comply with these public health guidelines:

  • Signs must clearly mark which tables are “dog-friendly”
  • Outdoor dining area must be accessible from a separate entrance, to ensure that pets do not enter through the indoor area
  • Tables may not be pre-set with cutlery, glasses, or plates, but must be set only diners are seated
  • Food may not be prepared in the outdoor dining area — only served there
  • Incidents must be promptly reported
  • Dogs that are disruptive or in poor health must be excluded by restaurant staff
  • Dogs are not allowed on chairs, seats, benches, or tables, and must be on a leash and under control of an adult at all times.

Other restaurants that meet the guidelines and can still apply for the variance to allow dogs.

Photo courtesy Arlington County

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