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Black Dog Cafe

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229 Lake Ella Dr, Tallahassee, FL 32303-5572
850-224-2518
Today
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat - Sun 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Good for:
Outdoor seating

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  • 9
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  • 8
    Very good
  • 9
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  • 0
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
For those who like the coffee bustle amidst nature

This cafe is by a lake, and has a charming wooden deck beneath an old oak tree. Getting coffee here feels like a treat, without having to bust the bank. Personally love the outdoor seating areas. People will often sit outside with their pets, even if the weather is cold. There are water bowls for... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
Eing M
Good for:
  • Outdoor seating
  • Takeout
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27 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

This cafe is by a lake, and has a charming wooden deck beneath an old oak tree. Getting coffee here feels like a treat, without having to bust the bank. Personally love the outdoor seating areas. People will often sit outside with their pets, even if the weather is cold. There are water bowls for your pets too. Parents, your... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

This place was recommended by some new friends in Tallahassee. It is a wonderful spot on Lake Ella. Great coffee and food. The owner is very sweet and recommended a number of great places for us to visit in the area. We'll be back!

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Midwest USA
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Not your typical Starbucks. The coffee's good and this place has a real college town feel. Located right on the lake, it's full of students, professors and others looking to plug in and get caffeinated. The Wifi code changes daily, so be sure to ask the staff for the day's code. We spent a few hours there in February. Too... More 

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Fleming Island, Florida
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54 reviews 54 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Try this place instead of the "chain" coffee shops...it's truly a local hangout and has a lot more character The menu may not be as large, but they offer what you need for a snack with coffee, tea, and pastries. Sit outside and you have a great atmosphere since you're right on Lake Ella.

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Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Great coffee and other drinks. Plug in the lab top or relax..take a walk around the lake or park my butt on a chair and relax outside. Great place to take your lady or hang with friends or just with your cup of Joe....

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Tallahassee, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The Black Dog makes a good cup of coffee for a great wake me up. The service is ok but not real friendly. The atmosphere is crowded and noisy inside and more spacious outside. The view is pretty with the lake and people watching is an option. I would say the average age is 20-35 yrs. olds.

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Long Beach, Mississippi
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143 reviews 143 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

Nestled next to Lake Ella, the service is adequate and the selection solid. The outdoor seating, along with the selection of books and novelties foods to buy make this a solid 4 star choice.

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Tallahassee, Florida
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55 reviews 55 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

This is a great place to sit outside on a pleasant spring day. Good coffee, beautiful, casual deck. Why go to Starbucks?

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Tallahassee, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

I’ve been going to Black Dog for a while now – never been disappointed. There is a wide variety of coffees and teas – something for everyone. The location, on Lake Ella, is superb on a beautiful fall or spring day. They also have outdoor seating so you can enjoy the walkers/runners at the lake. My personal favorite is the... More 

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Indian Rocks Beach, Florida
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31 reviews 31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

This is one of my favorite Sunday hangouts...a true coffee shop with coffee shop flavor. And great for people watching! The people behind the bar are friendly...and most know their stuff. Enough of a selection to meet most people's needs (even if you are a true coffee snob). Inside seating...but I prefer the big deck outside..which overlooks Lake Ella...a local... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 229 Lake Ella Dr, Tallahassee, FL 32303-5572
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Florida Panhandle  >  Tallahassee
  • Phone Number: 850-224-2518

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 2 - 10
  • Cuisine: Café, Coffee Shop

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Outdoor seating
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm

Questions & Answers

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?