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:
Arlington Capital View Renaissance & Residence Inn
Arlington Capital View Renaissance – Illy
California Pizza Kitchen
California Tortilla (Crystal City)
House of Steep
Jay’s Saloon & Grille
La Côte D’Or Café
Mexicali Blues Restaurant & Bar
Nando’s Peri Peri
Rockland BBQ and Grill
Samuel Beckett’s Irish Pub
Sine Irish Pub & Restaurant
Thai at Corner Restaurant
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.