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A canine companion enjoys Labor Day weekend at Claudio’s. (Credit: Courtesy Tanya Doggwiler/Claudio’s)

We’ve all been there — you’re on your way out the door to enjoy a lovely day out on the North Fork when you notice your four-legged companion with literal puppy dog eyes begging, “take me with you.” With plenty of dog-friendly outdoor restaurants, wineries and activities, your dog doesn’t have to sit at the window waiting for your return.

Note that some locations may allow leashed dogs only seasonally or in designated areas — it’s always a good idea to call ahead or check policies online.


Love Lane Kitchen, Mattituck
With ample outdoor seating, Love Lane Kitchen is an ideal place to dine-with-dog, whether it’s for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Love Lane Kitchen’s lobster roll is a lunchtime staple, while Crescent Farm duck with Israeli couscous is an easy dinner recommendation. Love Lane Kitchen is located at 240 Love Lane, Mattituck; 631-298-8989

Other dog-friendly dining options:
Agave Grill & Cantina, Greenport
Buoy One, Riverhead
Claudio’s, Greenport
Front Street Station, Greenport
Grana, Jamesport
Jerry and the Mermaid, Riverhead
Maple Tree BBQ Smokehouse, Riverhead
Stonewalls Restaurant, Riverhead
Tweeds, Riverhead


Palmer Vineyards
This scenic, sustainably farmed vineyard welcomes dogs to its outdoor tasting area. Wine club members can make reservations, while there are walk-ins available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Palmer Vineyards is located at 5120 Sound Avenue, Riverhead; 631-722-9463

Other dog-friendly wineries:
Croteaux Vineyards, Southold
Jason’s Vineyard, Jamesport
Laurel Lake Vineyards, Laurel
Lieb Cellars, Cutchogue
Macari Vineyards, Mattituck
RGNY, Riverhead
Osprey’s Dominion, Peconic
Rose Hill Vineyards, Mattituck
Tap Room at Corey Creek, Southold

Macaroni Noodles checks out the vines at RGNY (Courtesy: macaroninoodlez/Instagram)

Breweries and Cider

Woodside Orchards
Your dog is welcome to relax while you taste hard cider, take the kids apple picking and grab sweets like apple pie and apple cider doughnuts at Woodside Orchards’ Aquebogue and Jamesport locations. Woodside Orchards is located at 729 Main Road, Aquebogue and 116 Manor Lane, Jamesport; 631-722-5770

Other dog-friendly breweries:
Greenport Harbor Brewing Company, Greenport
Jamesport Farm Brewery, Riverhead


Boo the Sammy and Harley the Cocker Spaniel bonding at Lavender by the Bay (Credit: boo.the.sammy/Instagram)

Inlet Pond County Park
Take your fur baby on a 1.5-mile hiking adventure that leads to both Inlet Pond and the Long Island Sound. You’ll notice plenty of wildlife, including bullfrog tadpoles in the freshwater pond, and the park is known for its birdwatching opportunities. Inlet Pond County Park is located at 64795 Route 48, Greenport.

Other dog-friendly outdoor adventures:
Arshamomaque Pond Preserve, Greenport
Goodale Farms, Riverhead
Lavender by the Bay, East Marion

Wherever you take your pooch, remember to call ahead or check online to clarify policies.