If you happen to live in San Francisco, then summer-like weather is just now here and you’re ready to dine outside. And even if your weather is starting to cool, dress warmly, skip the doggie bag and enjoy the fun of dining al fresco with your pooch. Enjoy quality time together and while you’re at it, meet new people (who can resist saying hello to your pup?).
While dogs are not allowed inside any place that serves food, they are typically welcome to accompany you in a restaurant’s outside dining area. You can even find restaurants catering to dogs on special nights with menus just for pups and other amenities just for them.
Before you choose to dine out with your pup, call ahead to ensure dogs are welcome and outside seating is available. Also, your dog should be ready for it, meaning well behaved, particularly around food (counter surfers need not apply), and trained to know “down,” “sit,” and “stay” commands so he or she will not disturb others in the restaurant. Doggie diners should always be on a leash, with the leash tethered to your chair or in your hand, and regardless of how good their manners are, they should not sit in chairs or on the table. Lastly, bring your own dog water and foods bowls. “Bone” appétit!
To find dog-friendly dining locations near you, search online or visit BringFido.com or DogFriendly.com and search by city. Sites that will help you find dining spots in a handful of cities are below, and feel free to post your favorite dog-friendly restaurants and why you love them in the comments section.
San Francisco Bay Area, CA
Bay Area dog owners depend on Dining With Sophie to find dog-friendly restaurants all around the Bay. The website provides listings by neighborhood, complete with address, phone numbers, number of outdoor tables and whether heat lamps are provided, which particularly good to know for San Francisco, even in the summertime!
Check out Austin’s Pet Directory for the scoop on dog-friendly spots in Austin, from casual coffee shops to restaurants of all types, you’ll find them all there.
Visit Chicago Canine for a map and listings of outdoor cafes that allow dogs. Due to a dog-friendly dining ordinance put into place in 2008, Chicago restaurants must have special licenses, may only serve water to its doggie diners and the outdoor dining areas must be accessible from the street only.
Los Angeles and Orange County, CA
With fabulous weather nearly year-round, Los Angeles dogs dine out for brunch, lunch, dinner, and even “yappy” hour. Visit DiningWithDogs.com to find the hot spots all across the Los Angeles area, and OCDogFriendly.com for the top dog restaurants in Orange County.
At Portland Pooch, find local listings on places to dine with your dog or add your own listings to keep other pups and their people in the know.
New York, NY
Get over to BringFido.com and browse the 250+ dog-friendly New York City restaurants the site features. With photos and links to restaurant websites for most listings, you have all of the information to find the perfect outdoor table for you and your dog.
Thank you to Bogart Handsome Devil on flickr for the photo.