Dog Friendly Spotlight: Heck’s

I’d been excited to visit Heck’s patio with Hunter ever since I called to check if their patio was dog friendly and was told “Yes, we love dogs!” I haven’t got such an enthusiastic response from any other place I called so I figured this must be a really dog friendly place.

Located in Ohio City, Heck’s is known for their burgers, but they also have delicious appetizers and small plates as well as an impressive dessert selection. I’ve been coming here for years, but had yet to bring my dog to sit on the patio.

The patio runs alongside the restaurant and during the summer they have hostesses out there so you can enter with your dog directly onto the patio. We had to wait a bit for a patio table, but I did notice that the patio cleared out fairly quick, so unlike many other patios this is one I’d recommend coming to a little later after dinner hours. By about 7, the patio was pretty clear.


The size of this patio is good for dogs. I had Vinnie, my former foster dog, with me at the time, along with Hunter and they had enough space to be out of each other’s way, as well as out of the way from the servers and other guests on the patio. Although there were no other dogs, the patio has a casual atmosphere and I felt comfortable that no one was bothered by the presence of dogs.

Vinnie on the patio

Verdict: I would definitely recommend Heck’s if you are looking to get out and enjoy a good dinner with your dog on a patio. The patio is spacious enough that you will feel comfortable hanging out with your dog.

Heck’s Café 2927 Bridge Ave., Ohio City (216) 861-5464

Mon – Thu: 11:30 am – 9
Fri: 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
Sat: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sun: 10:30 am – 9:00 pm

Dogs are welcome on the patio any day of the week.

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