If there’s one relationship that’s flourished since the pandemic began, it’s the one with your dog. And after spending months practically attached at the hip, you can’t imagine a meal without them. Thankfully, most SF restaurants with outdoor seating allow you to bring dogs - but some work better than others. Here are a few of our favorite places that have lots of room to eat and drink with your real best friend.
Devil’s Teeth’s locations in the Sunset and the Richmond both bake their own dog treats in-house. So the next time you’re heading to the beach or Golden Gate Park for your doggy play date, swing by the bakery first. They also make fantastic human food, like excellent cookies, pastries, and cakes, and a breakfast sandwich we dream about weekly.
This Castro brunch spot has lots of pancakes, thick slabs of bacon, and copious amounts of mimosas, all of which you’ll most likely end up waiting in line for. But it’s okay, because the outdoor seating is plentiful and your dog will probably end up making friends and/or meeting their soulmate while you wait.
Palm City is a welcoming neighborhood wine shop in the Sunset where families, regulars, and groups of friends all come together to enjoy incredible hoagies and wine from their extension selection. The friendly vibe extends to dogs, too - there’s a designated can of treats by the door and plenty of sidewalk seating if you want to let your furry friend sprawl out while you enjoy your sandwich.
The subterranean garden deck at Del Popolo is open to “well-behaved and potty-trained dogs,” so if yours fits those requirements (and we sincerely hope it does), head right over. The Lower Nob Hill spot specializes in wood-fired pizzas with bubbly, charred crusts that are delicious - and great for sneaking to your dog under the table. Get some of their super creamy soft serve for dessert (less good for sneaking to your dog under the table, but fantastic regardless).
Red’s Java House in the Embarcadero is one of our favorite places to eat and drink outside - there are sweeping views of the bay, plenty of cold drinks on tap, and, in very SF fashion, burgers served on sourdough rolls. Their expansive patio has tons of space for you and your dog to chill, soak in the scenery, and maybe share some fries.
If you happen to be strolling through Noe Valley with your four-legged soulmate and need something to eat, Novy is a great option. Their brunch (especially the omelets and breakfast burritos) is satisfying and hearty, and they have lots of outdoor seating so you can people watch on the sidewalk to your heart’s content.
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This new-ish bar in SoMa is named after owner Kevin Diedrich’s pitbull - so it’s no surprise that the spot is extremely dog-friendly. Their cocktail menu is split into different regions from around the world and highlights ingredients from each - you’ll see ube coconut cream, pandan, and shochu in the “Asia + Pacific” section, or horchata and mezcal under “Americas.” The drinks are strong and refreshing, and if you’re lucky you’ll catch a glimpse of the eponymous dog chilling in a booth.
Hook Fish Co. is only two blocks from the beach, making it the perfect place to swing by before you let your dog loose at their version of the best playground in the world. The seafood spot has tons of outdoor benches where you can get into some fresh fish tacos, burritos, sandwiches, and salads, plus agua frescas, wine, and beer.
Both the Yerba Buena and Marina locations of this Italian spot have outdoor seating areas where you might actually see a French bulldog with a legitimate seat at the table. Settle in with some meatballs and a burrata pizza if you’re here for dinner - or come for brunch, when Delarosa tends to be a little less crowded.
This Lower Haight dive bar allows dogs inside, so it’s a very chill and easy place to swing by for a beer without having to leave your goldendoodle at home alone. Just note that they don’t serve food - but you can bring your own dinner if you get hungry.
The garden patio at this breakfast and lunch spot in the Mission is like the lush, secluded backyard we wish we had. It’s super spacious and shaded by plenty of trees, and is a great place for your dog to take a little afternoon nap while you chill with a book, a latte, and a panini.
Next time you get hungry while you and your puppy are strutting down the street on a morning walk, stop by Nourish Cafe. The vegan cafe has locations in both the Richmond and Nob Hill, both of which have a couple of small-ish tables out on the sidewalk. Grab an acai bowl or a smoothie and enjoy it while you contemplate putting the dog on a plant-based diet, too.
Our concept of an ideal morning always involves heading to The Mill for a cappuccino and a thick-cut piece of toast. Their house-made bread is some of our favorite in the city, and they also have a cute outdoor setup. Tons of dogs always walk past it, so maybe your pup can make a new friend.
If spending your evening surrounded by copious amounts of boozy slushies and a variety of dogs seems like fun, Palm House is the place for you. The Cow Hollow spot will give your dog water bowls and maybe even a lei, which will automatically make them the most popular and well-dressed four-legged creature on Union Street.
Rose’s Cafe in Cow Hollow has tons of outdoor seating and a breakfast pizza with lox that makes it 75% easier for us to get out of bed in the morning. So it’s a great place to come by on a weekday morning while you kick back with some coffee and pretend your to-do list doesn’t exist.
One way to make Monday nights better? Head to Zazie. On Monday nights, the Cole Valley bistro allows dogs on their parklet and back patio, and they give you $10 off a bottle of wine if you bring yours. It’s a win-win: you and all your other dog parent friends can meet up and share dishes like French onion soup, charcuterie, seafood stew, and wine. Plus, they have lots of dog treats.
Since there’s no food at this Hayes Valley bar, they allow dogs to hang out at the bar and in the sofa-filled area in the back. The cocktails are great, but you’re here for the great selection of beers, and to watch whatever game is on the TVs with your best non-human friend.
The Outer Sunset breakfast and lunch spot is a great place to relax and enjoy an excellent mid-day meal of Dutch pancakes or grilled cheeses. Just plop down on one of their outdoor tables, and promise your dog they’ll get a walk along the beach when you’re all done.
Heading to this Mission beer bar for burgers and fries is always a good idea - and if your dog is a fan of being hand-fed French fries under the table, they’ll love it too. Grab a pint of something from their beer list - which is several pages long - and sip on it from one of their heated outdoor tables.
Tacolicious in the Marina has an outdoor setup with lots of space for your dog to try and scavenge for pieces of fallen tortilla chips. They also recently announced that they’ll be starting a dog-specific Happy Hour with a separate puppy menu (plus $8 margaritas and crispy tacos) starting on September 29th.
Lots of the restaurants at the Ferry Building have outdoor seating, but Gott’s has the most spacious patio of them all. Sit at one of their picnic benches and let your dog have a good time scaring off the vicious seagulls that are waiting for your garlic fries to drop. Don’t forget to get some of their thick soft serve, too.