Dog-Friendly Downtown

Downtown Norfolk LOVES dogs. Seriously. If you take your doggo on a walk around Downtown, we bet you will find most of the following: dog bowls outside of local establishments filled with water on a hot day, a great little dog walk to romp around in, doggie bag stations (and plenty of trash cans to discard them in after use -- so no excuses on not picking up after your pet, right?), and probably our own staff waiting to ask if your dog is friendly and we can pet them (I mentioned Downtown loves dogs, right?). 


Our residents love dogs too: we have seen a major uptick in the number of puppers calling Downtown Norfolk their home. Our local businesses are doing all they can to accommodate our four-legged compatriots.


Dog-Friendly Downtown Restaurant Patios

Scotty Quixx Baxter's California Pizza Kitchen
Todd Jurich's Bistro Pagoda Restaurant and Tea House Bearded Bird Brewing
Commune 219 American Bistro Granby Bistro & Deli
Granby Street Pizza Brick Anchor Brew-House The Greenhouse Kitchen
Lamia's Crepes Sweet Teas Plaza Azteca
456 Fish Leone's Hokkaido
  Waterside Seafood Company  

Dog-Friendly Places to Live

Resources for Downtown Doggies

Parks & Trails, for taking your favorite furry friend for a long walk, run, or bike ride:


Nearby vets, for when your pooch isn't feeling their peppiest:

Nearby Dog Supplies, Daycare, and Grooming, because everybody needs a bath sometimes:


City of Norfolk Dog Regulations

  • Click here to learn more about city dog regulations.

Dog-Friendly Events

  • Yappy Hour at Waterside District, presented by DogTown. Held every second Thursday in The Yard at Blue Moon TapHouse during the spring and summer, Yappy Hour gives you and and your four-legged bff a chance to mix and mingle with other dogs and their people, too. And all guests who bring their dogs receive happy hour specials and 10% off food purchases!
  • Bark in the Park at Harbor Park. Dogs 60lbs and under are invited to specific dog-friendly games at Harbor Park, making for the cutest crowd EVER. These games only happen a few times a season, so be sure the check the Tide's schedule to and plan to take your pup out to the ball game!
  • Sunday Dog Days at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens. Load up the car and head out to the Norfolk Botanical Gardens on Sundays during the summer to take your dog on the most beautiful walk surrounded by all the fantastic plants that the Norfolk Botanical Gardens have!

To see EVERYTHING going on in Downtown Norfolk, check out our events calendar.

Downtown Norfolk Council's Pet Waste Initiative

Downtown Norfolk Council strives to promote awareness regarding pet waste and how it impacts the Downtown environment while making it easy for our residents to be responsible, courteous pet owners. For more information about this program, click here.

So there you have it! Everything you'll need to be sure you and your little buddy have a happy and healthy time in and around Downtown Norfolk. Happy tails to you!