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Dog-Friendly Restaurants and Cafés

Tips for dining out with your doggie

San Diego is a great place for dogs to dine out, with many great dining experiences for both you and your furry friend! Well-behaved, leashed dogs are allowed at the following restaurants and cafés.

Four-Legged Family Members Are Welcome Here

We know your pup would much rather be out on the town with you than watching TV alone at home. Here are just a few of our favorites:

Note: As policies allowing dogs may change, please call the restaurant to confirm they are still pet-friendly. 

Tips for dining with your doggie at a restaurant or café

  • Only take a well-trained dog that socializes well with people and other dogs.
  • Always keep your dog leashed and at a safe distance from other diners.
  • Bring your own food and portable water bowls in case the restaurant doesn't provide them.
  • Keep your dog content by providing special treats and chew toys.

Dog-friendly eateries in San Diego by region

Downtown and Gaslamp Quarter

Union Kitchen and Tap
Inspired by San Diego's appreciation for craft beer and fresh, creative cuisine, Union Kitchen & Tap is uniquely suited to provide guests with the best of both worlds. 

Knotty Barrel
Featuring fine, locally sourced food and a selection of over 100 local, domestic and imported beers from around the world, including over 20 craft beers on tap. During football season, the Knotty Barrel opens earlier on Sunday, at 9 a.m. for breakfast.

Sally's Fish House & Bar
Located on the Harbor at Seaport Village, this restaurant is part of the Manchester Grand Hyatt and offers fresh seafood in an upscale atmosphere. Pets are welcome on the patio.

Hillcrest and Uptown

Baja Betty's
Located in the historic Hillcrest community, Baja Betty's is famous for their Sunday brunch with bottomless mimosas.

The Regal Beagle
A quaint bar located just off Interstate 5 at India Street, the Regal Beagle offers a good selection of craft beer, grilled sausages and appetizers. Pooches are welcome on the patio.

The Prado at Balboa Park
Located in the heart of Balboa Park, the Prado is a San Diego favorite. Owned by San Diego's famous Cohn Restaurant Group, the restaurant features upscale California cuisine in a beautiful setting. Bring your dog for brunch on the patio — you won't be disappointed.

Parkhouse Eatery
Neighborhood hipster eatery in University Heights with good food, relaxed atmosphere and open arms to furry friends.

La Jolla

The Public House
This historic house turned diner features indoor and outdoor seating and hundreds of beers, with over 40 on draft. For the truly ambitious, join the "80 beers in 80 days" club to receive a personalized gift and be entered to win prizes.

Mission Bay and Beaches

Backyard Kitchen and Tap
Backyard Kitchen & Tap is a chic, yet cozily coastal American eatery and natural fit for the laid-back vibe of Pacific Beach. Dogs are allowed in the outdoor areas, which are outfitted with three cabanas, fire pits and an indoor/outdoor bar. For a tasty brunch, lunch or dinner, Backyard satisfies every palate with scrumptious American favorites and spirits.

Bayside Landing
Bayside Landing features quality food and local craft beers. All along the streetside is a large bay window and counter where dogs are welcomed.

The Local Pacific Beach
The Local brand was born over a decade ago with the opening of The Local in downtown San Diego. This recent addition by the beach features local musicians, craft cocktails and beer, and great food. Dogs are allowed downstairs on the patio.

Fig Tree Café
The café inhabits an old cottage with a dog-friendly patio, surrounded by a garden-like setting just off beachgoers' beaten path. According to local lore, the flagship locale even includes an old putting green, left intact underneath the deck.

Mission Valley and Old Town

Cosmopolitan Hotel Restaurant
This historic setting in Old Town offers contemporary cuisine and welcomes pets on its beautiful patio.

Lazy Dog
All dogs are welcome here — it's right in the name! Lazy dog has a cozy open-air patio with a fire pit and a great happy hour. Brunch is served Saturdays and Sundays.

Bunz Burger Joint
Incorporating the finest ingredients, including local organic produce and natural beef, Bunz Burger joint is energetic, modern, upbeat, fun and most important, delicious!

Casa de Freds Tacos y Tequila
Charming café in the heart of Old Town, Fred's offers traditional Mexican food and drinks, and welcomes furry friends "no problema." On Tuesdays, canine companions can enjoy a doggie menu featuring chicken and fries, scrambled eggs and sliced carne asada.

North County Coastal

Pipes Cafe
Hit the surf early, shred some gnar, get pitted, then head to Pipes for a post-shred session rejuvenation. Named after the nearby surf break, Pipes is the perfect followup to an epic morning of surfing. Afterward, head across the street to Seaside Market for some Cardiff Crack.

Honey's Bistro and Bakery
A family-owned restaurant, Honey's combines a unique menu, great atmosphere and friendly staff to create an excellent dining experience.

Point Loma, Harbor Island and Shelter Island

Pizza Port
About as San Diego as San Diego itself, Pizza Port has been around since 1987 and is widely considered some of the best pizza in San Diego. To top it off, they brew their own delicious craft beer. Stop in with your dog and enjoy a pie, a pint and the ocean breeze on the large outdoor patio.

Slater's 50/50 Liberty Station
Football specials and more than 100 craft and local beers on tap. Dogs are welcome on the patio. They also have a special menu just for dogs.

East County

Anthony's Fish Grotto La Mesa
A San Diego landmark. Come on in and try delicious lobster, fresh seasonal catches, salads, pastas, Mama's famous clam chowders and crispy fish & chips.

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