With warmer weather ahead (maybe), we’re slowly moving our activities outdoors and enjoying more of the sunshine. But people shouldn’t be the only ones having all the fun – our furry companions crave outdoor action, too. We poked our noses around some spots in Reno to find dog-friendly places where you and your best friend can eat, drink and chill together.

Need to get your shop on? The Summit Mall, an outdoor mall at the intersection of Mount Rose Highway and U.S. 395, lists itself as pet-friendly and leashed dogs are welcome to frolic in designated “Pet Places.”

In fact, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, the mall will host Fido Fest at the Summit Mall Center Plaza, with live music, food trucks, pet adoptions and a marketplace to benefit the Nevada Humane Society.


Many restaurants in Reno are also pet-friendly, welcoming leashed dogs on their outdoor patios. Here’s just a sampling, from hearty brunches to fine dinners.

  • 4th St. Bistro: 3065 W. Fourth St. Leashed, well-mannered pups are welcome at the outside tables.
  • Peg’s Glorified Ham & Eggs: 420 S. Sierra St. Dogs are welcome outside.
  • The Squeeze In, various locations: Dogs welcome on the patio, servers will also bring your pup a bowl of water.
  • Walden’s Coffeehouse: 3940 Mayberry Drive. Pets welcome outside and are given water and a treat or two.


A pup-friendly story wouldn’t be complete without a listing of local dog parks, of which there are many.

Rancho San Rafael Regional Park on North Sierra Street near the University of Nevada, Reno campus, has an off-leash area for dogs at the west side of the park. The area was temporarily closed during the winter of 2015-16, but a portion has reopened.

Link Piazzo Dog Park at Hidden Valley Regional Park, at 4740 Parkway Drive, has two separate fenced areas, one for large dogs and one for small dogs 30 pounds or smaller (stick to the size recommendations, they prevent dog fights and injury). There’s a double-gated entrance to prevent puppy escapees, as well as water fountains, benches, shade structures and restrooms nearby. Along with the off-leash area at Rancho San Rafael, the park is maintained by Washoe County.

Additional dog parks in the area, but not maintained by the county, include:

  • Virginia Lake Park Dog Park, 1980 Lakeside Drive
  • Whitaker Park Dog Park, 550 University Terrace
  • Sparks Marina Park Dog Park, 300 Howard Drive, Sparks

And if you do take your furry friend to one of our local dog parks, here’s a few things to remember: Dogs must be leashed as they enter and exit the park; dog owners are responsible for their dog’s behavior; all dogs must have current licenses and vaccination tags; dogs younger than 4 months old are not permitted; and dogs that are ill, injured or in heat are not permitted.

Where’s your favorite pet-friendly place in town? Share the fun in the comments.


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