Best Pet-Friendly Restaurants, Bars & Hotels to celebrate National Dog Day in SoFlo, Saturday, August 26, 2023  

Pet-Friendly Restaurants & Bars

Ocean Social by Chef Tristen Epps

Images: Ocean Social by Chef Tristen Epps  

As Miami heads into the dog days of August, it’s time to experience a tail-waggin’ good time at Ocean Social by Chef Tristen Epps, the signature restaurant at the iconic Eden Roc Miami Beach. Perfectly perched where the sea meets the sky, Ocean Social delivers soulful yet elevated coastal cuisine in an unparalleled oceanfront setting for you and your four-legged friends to enjoy. Two-legged guests can feast on the seafood -forward menu that features the freshest locally sourced ingredients and incorporates the flavors of Miami while embracing diverse Caribbean and global influences, a trademark of Chef Epps’ award-winning cuisine. The menu riffs playfully on the idea of “surf and turf” with innovative dishes that are beautiful to behold and even better to eat. For a comfortable yet upscale dinner, oceanfront lunch, and sunset cocktails, Ocean Social by Tristen Epps delivers unrivaled human and pet-friendly experiences. Ocean Social by Chef Tristen Epps is located at 4525 Collins Avenue at the Eden Roc Miami Beach. For more information, visit; Telephone: (786) 961-6043.

Lona Cocina & Tequileria

Images: Lona Cocina & Tequileria

Located on the stunning A1A strip of Fort Lauderdale Beach, Lona Cocina & Tequileria is the ultimate destination for dining and imbibing with your four-legged friend. Situated oceanside at The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, Lona’s expansive oceanside terrace and newly constructed Tequila Terrace offer two open-air, pet-friendly dining locations with pet perks including water bowls and treats. Lona is located at 321 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd. For more information, visit; Telephone: (954) 245-3069. Follow on Instagram @lonarestaurantfll

R House Wynwood

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Situated in the heart of the Wynwood Arts District, one of Miami’s most culturally dense neighborhoods, R House is a contemporary restaurant & bar heralded for its soulful dinner offerings, as well as its bustling weekend brunch and evening programming that welcome all dogs and their owners. The indoor/outdoor Wynwood destination is known best for its modern Latin American plates, extravagant drag performances, and lively atmosphere inspired by the vivacious flavors of Miami. Chef Rocco Carulli’s menu is nothing short of a love letter to Miami – mixing the flavors of the Magic City’s Latin flair, his classic culinary training, and deep experience with global cuisine. R House, located at 2727 NW 2nd Avenue in Wynwood. Telephone: (305) 576-0201;


Images: Vivo! Miami

Recently opened and located at the entrance of Dolphin Mall is Vivo!, Miami’s newest entertainment, nightlife and dining destination. Vivo is divided into three separate entities – Sports & Social, PBR and the Plaza!, offering a premium entertainment experience for guests of all ages. 


Sports & Social is not like any sports bar in South Florida with its state-of-the-art entertainment environment including three full-service indoor/outdoor bars, a 50-foot LED screen in addition to several flat screens, live fan-cams, emcee and DJ booth, industry-leading sound and light effects, and countless arcade games. Steps away from the main dining space is the elevated Copa Room – a signature bar area perfect for special events and private parties offering high end wines, scotch, whiskey and bourbon, craft cocktails, and beers. S&S has an expansive outdoor patio with a view of the inside of the restaurant and the Plaza! – perfect for a lunch-date or night out with your pup.


Vivo Plaza! is a sprawling outdoor venue complete with a state-of-the-art 24’ LED screen, a permanent Sergio's Cuban Cuisine food truck, the first-ever Crush Bar in SoFlo, and additional container bars. Fit for up to 2,000 guests and their furry friends, the Plaza showcases a wide range of live music that celebrates local, regional, and national touring artists on its expansive stage.


Pet-Friendly Hotels 

InterContinental Miami

Images: InterContinental Miami - (Photo Credit: Lorena Cora Photography)

InterContinental Miami, already a well-established haven for dog lovers already offers the Pets & Points package which includes an additional 2000 IHG bonus points per stay, discounted pet fee and amenities including plush dog bed on loan, complimentary food and water bowls, mats and snacks.  Now, the hotel has partnered with two local female-owned businesses — YumPup!  and Hola from Lola. Stays will include an 8oz cup of YumPup!, a quality dog food crafted with fresh ingredients like beef, quinoa and sweet potatoes, and Hola from Lola has designed and created an adorable adjustable double-sided logo bandana that fits right over existing dog collars as well. Both items will be distributed to guests upon check-in. A spacious dog park and walking path are situated just steps from the hotel entrance where guests and their pets can enjoy the fresh air and breathtaking views of Biscayne Bay. Dogs and their owners ready to mingle, need look no further than the InterContinental’s Bayside Terrace, which becomes Paws Patio every Wednesday evening from 5PM to 7PM. The open-air event is free and open to the public. Water bowls are on hand for all canines, while adults can enjoy Dirty Dog Martinis, Mutt Mules and other libations from the cash bar. For more information on ICM’s pet-friendly services, visit InterContinental Miami is located at 100 Chopin Plaza in downtown Miami.

The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort

Images: The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort

Treat your furry companion to the ultimate beach vacation at The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, located on the stunning A1A strip on Fort Lauderdale beach. The hotel allows guests and their pets to travel in comfort with plush beds and close proximity to several walking paths along the beach. When it comes time to dine, resort guests can treat their pooch to stunning ocean views at Lona Cocina & Tequileria, the iconic Mexican eatery located on the lobby level of the property. The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort is located at 321 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd in Fort Lauderdale. For more information, visit 


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