2018 Top 10 Dog-Friendly Restaurants on James Island and Folly Beach

Charleston has no shortage of dog-friendly restaurants, but we wanted to share our favorites with you! Our list of the top 10 James Island and Folly Beach dog-friendly restaurants has a mix of cuisine ranging from southern seafood to burgers, BBQ, and Mexican. You’re sure to find something for everyone at these tasty laid-back spots a little off the beaten tourist path.

1. Blu Beach Bar & Restaurant

Head to Folly Beach with your pup and stop in at this picturesque oceanfront dog-friendly restaurant that serves upscale seafood! Blu Beach Bar & Restaurant is the perfect place to watch the ocean and relax with your sweet dog. This chic beachfront bar & grill at Tides Hotel draws crowds for its awesome brunch & live music on weekends.

1 Center Street, Folly Beach, SC 29439     (843) 588-6658

2. Taco Boy

This Folly Beach cantina serves creative Mexican street eats and also allows you to bring your dog for seating on their cute outdoor deck! It is also a great choice for Margaritas!

217 Huger Street, Folly Beach, SC 29403     (843) 789-3333

3. Rita’s Seaside Grille

This well-known dog-friendly seaside grille on Folly Beach serves burgers, sandwiches, salads, and wings! They also frequently have live music that you can enjoy with your dog in their outdoor seating area.

2 Center Street, Folly Beach SC 29439     (843) 588-2525

4. Lost Dog Café

It’s a breakfast and lunch only café just a couple blocks from the ocean that is all about dogs and is dog-friendly! You’ll instantly fall in love with the decor of framed Charleston dogs that cover every inch of the wall. They are known for their amazing brunches, but make sure to come early on weekends to avoid long wait times. It’s that good!

106 W Huron Ave, Folly Beach, SC 29439     (843) 588-9669

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5. Smoky Oak Taproom

Stop in to chow down on some of the best BBQ in Charleston. This James Island taproom has 40+ beers on tap, an awesome outdoor covered seating area with games and you can bring along your dog!

1234 Camp Road, Charleston SC 29412     (843) 762-6268

6. Blues Cajun Kitchen

If you want some awesome New Orleans style seafood or a juicy burger, bring your dog out to the delicious Blues Cajun Kitchen! They are a locally owned, family and dog-friendly restaurant with a cool outdoor bar, patio, and deck. You can catch the game on their outdoor TV while enjoying anything from etouffee to cajun fried seafood.

815 Folly Road, Charleston, SC 29412     (854) 999-1055

7. Bohemian Bull

Upscale bar food, including brisket and burgers, join craft beer & bourbon in this funky, plank-walled pub. They have one of the best outdoor dog-friendly seating areas on James Island, complete with cornhole, a bocce ball court, and a fire pit. Stop in for happy hour, dinner, or brunch on Sundays! We highly recommend the shrimp and grits if you’re there for brunch!

1531 Folly Road, Charleston, SC 29412     (843) 225-1817

8. Ellis Creek Fish Camp

Located at the site of the old Boathouse on Ellis Creek, the casual camp-like setting consists of indoor seating as well as outdoor picnic tables, booths and other seating overlooking the marsh and creek. You can enjoy some serene views at this dog-friendly restaurant while munching on some southern fare ranging from an oyster po-boy to fish tacos, or seafood plates.

1243 Harbor View Road, Charleston, SC 29412     (843) 297-8878

9. Maybank Public House

This rustic-chic James Island gastropub serves lunch, dinner & brunch with tap beers amid reclaimed wood & art. Their dog-friendly patio is a hotspot on weekends where you can enjoy burgers, flatbreads and other yummy bar fare.

1970 Maybank Hwy, Charleston, SC 29412     (843) 203-6461

10. The Barrel

This dog-friendly bar on the edge of Secessionville Creek is a hot-spot for dog and beer lovers. They usually have local food trucks on site for tasty meals, live bands, shuffleboard and cornhole for your entertainment. The Barrel does have a fenced area for dogs, as well as a larger “waterfront backyard”, but make sure to watch your dog at all times if you allow them off-leash.

1859 Folly Road, Charleston, SC 29412     (843) 732-2337

Great Dog-Friendly Restaurants

All of these well-known James Island and Folly Beach dog-friendly restaurants are fun spots the locals love to go enjoy some outdoor dining or drinks with their dog. You can’t go wrong choosing one of these 10 restaurants to have a great meal or dessert and relax with your dog in the fabulous Charleston sunshine!

Check out our other dog-friendly Charleston posts for more fun activities to do with your dog around town!

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