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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
Dining options: Takeout
Good for:
Outdoor seating
Takeout

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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
Unique!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 15, 2015
RuningMan1
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Midwest USA
Good for:
  • Outdoor seating
  • Takeout
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Midwest USA
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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48 reviews 48 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
91 helpful votes 91 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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50 reviews 50 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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Winter Haven, Florida
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187 reviews 187 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

A group of about 12 like to do morning walks around the beautiful little lake on which this place overlooks. Afterwards we get coffee (or other drinks), sit outside and relax. The place is small, but has a good variety of coffee fixed like you would like. They also have a good variety of breakfast items. It's a great little... More 

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Tallahassee, Florida
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134 reviews 134 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013 via mobile

The best thing about the Black Dog Cafe is outside the four walls of this establishment. Hugging a beautiful corner of Lake Ella, Black Dog offers very little besides the "same ole same ole". Too bad they wasted such a perfect spot. The inside is cramped and I unimaginative and the offerings are nothing special.

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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: Coffee Shop, Café

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

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