Pet Friendly Dining & Nightlife

If you’re anything like me, your dogs are like a 5th limb.  Thankfully, many restaurants and bars are warming to the idea of establishing pet-friendly areas where their clientele can wine and dine in the company of their best friends, both human and canine.  I was over the moon to find out that our area is home to many pet-friendly establishments and cannot wait for patio season to return!


St. Charles

Dolce Bakery & Café
131 S. 1st Street, St. Charles

Authentic Italian desserts, specialities and café.  Italian bread, panini and gelato.  Dine-in or carry out.  Hours vary by season.


Filling Station Pub & Grill
300 W. Main Street, St. Charles

Family-friendly restaurant and the hottest night spot downtown.  Famous for homemade food, friendly servers, antique décor and shaded patio.


Isacco Kitchen
210 Cedar Street, St. Charles

Modern Northern Italian cuisine serving dinner.


Kimmer’s Ice Cream
1 W. Illinois Street, St. Charles

Classic and gourmet ice cream, homemade with love!  Ice cream cakes, pies, cookie sandwiches, and more.  Home of the Sparkle Cone!  Open year-round.


Ray’s Evergreen Tavern
1400 W. Main Street, St. Charles

Local friendly tavern.  Great homemade food and ice cold beer.


River Rockhouse
106 S. Riverside Avenue, St. Charles

Restaurant, bar, and music venue features live music, food, and drinks.  Enjoy St. Charles’ largest covered patio with a great view of downtown and the river.  Live local and national music acts every Thursday through Sunday.


Salerno’s on the Fox
320 N. 2nd Street, St. Charles

Italian family recipes from four generations.  Prime steaks, fresh seafood, pizza, and homemade sauces.  Open daily at 11am.


Town House Books & Café
105 N. 2nd Avenue, St. Charles
630-584-8600 or 630-584-8603

Food and book lover’s heaven!  Independent community bookstore for 30+ years in an 1853 house with attached café.



Claddagh Irish Pub
1702 Commons Drive, Geneva

Everything you could ask for in a local pub.  Great beer, great food, great atmosphere, and a beautiful shaded patio.


211 James Street, Geneva

Enjoy an exception breakfast or lunch in the heart of downtown Geneva.  This family-friendly establishment also offers an enticing array of adult beverages and has some of the friendliest staff in town.


Potbelly Sandwich Works
1530 Commons Dr., Geneva


Corner Bakery Café
1614 Commons Dr., Geneva



O’Brien’s Pub and Grill
12 N. River Street, Batavia

A relaxing dive-bar near the Fox River,  perfect for enjoying a pint of beer and a bite to eat with friends.  I’ve been told they offer a great Bloody Mary on Sundays.



Heritage Prairie Farm
2N308 Brundige Road, Elburn

Open year-round, this market is home to a variety of products including raw and infused honey, organically grown produce, and fresh local produce such as milk, eggs, meats, and cheeses.  Farmers Market Sat, 9-1pm



Ok, so Naperville is not in The Fox Valley Area; but this outstanding restaurant is a stone’s throw away and too fantastic not to mention.

Meson Sabika
1025 Aurora Ave, Naperville

This restaurant serves an amazing variety of delicious tapas and the beautiful mansion it is located in has an absolutely stunning patio likened to a “garden paradise”.


Quigley’s Irish Pub
43 E. Jefferson Ave, Naperville

Offering live music and a beautiful patio in the heart of downtown Naperville, Quigley’s Pub is a great place to spend a warm Saturday night catching up with friends in the company of man’s best friend.