Sometimes you just need to bring your dog with you to eat. Maybe he has a fancy little emotional support animal vest (a bold-faced lie) that gets him free rides on BART. At least he’s not an emotional support mini horse, which, according to a Southwest flight attendant we once met, is a real thing.
Anyways, your dog deserves good vibes and food just as much as you do. So when in need of pet-friendly dining, hit up one of these 12 spots. Your dog might even be more excited than you are about burrata at Beretta. Maybe.
Tons of outdoor seats and very friendly staff make Rose’s a go-to for a dog-friendly lunch, brunch, or breakfast. The dinner here is a bit boring so we tend to stick to the daytime meals, which Thor prefers anyway (nighttime is for napping). The granola at breakfast is a good move, but if you’re feeling less virtuous, go for a breakfast pizza.
Very few places let you bring your pet inside. Even fewer give your dog a free treat every time you show up. But Wrecking Ball isn’t most places. This coffee shop is borderline Portlandia in it’s hipsterdom, but the espresso drinks are fantastic and the morning buns and cookies from Marla Bakery are excellent too. There’s only a small bench inside and two tiny tables outside, so this one is more of a grab-and-go situation than a leisurely hang-out spot. But your dog will probably walk you there now that he knows they give him treats.
Our Monday nights usually involve trudging home from work and eating leftovers while trying to gather the courage to face the rest of the week. But Zazie is having none of that. Monday nights they allow dogs on the heated back patio AND $10 off all bottles of wine AND free treats for the pup. On days when you can’t bring Milo to the patio, the front sidewalk tables work well too. There will be a line on the weekends, but the pancakes and french toast are stellar.
Brass Tacks doesn’t seem like an obvious dog-friendly bar - there aren’t any outdoor seats and it’s kind of small. But there’s also no food, which means they’ll let you bring your pup inside to hang at the bar or in the sofa-filled area out back. The cocktails are great, but really, you’re just here to have beers with your best non-human bud.
Parks and dogs go together like avocado and toast. Yes, it’s the most basic combination alive, but that doesn’t mean it’s not right. Duboce Park Cafe is, surprisingly, right next to Duboce Park and has a huge sidewalk patio to eat omelets and sandwiches while your dog stares at you longingly. The whole place feels very low-key and neighborhoody in the best way possible.
Maybe your dog masseuse has an office overlooking the bay to better soothe his customers, which is perhaps the only reason you have your dog downtown. But in any case, if you happen to be near Union Square/FiDi, head over to Plouf. Back on a side street with only pedestrian traffic, it’s ideal for dogs and also for you because their mussels are truly fantastic. The staff will bring you a water bowl for the pup, and we hear dogs like bread baskets just as much as humans.
One of the best midday meals in the Sunset, Outerlands is both very relaxed and very pup-friendly. Due to the location, it can be pretty chilly, so bring some layers, eat some delicious grilled cheese, and then treat yourselves with a walk on the beach. (And by treat we mean trying to prevent your dog from eating seaweed and dead crabs.)
Afternoon beers and burgers are even better when you’re hand-feeding your dog french fries. Monk’s Kettle in the Mission has way better food than it needs to and a bunch of outdoor tables where your dog is welcome. The beer list is several pages of all the types of beer you can imagine, so you may need a few orders of fries to tide you and Baxter over while you make your way through it.
While most of the time in the Mission you need to be watching your dog so they don’t inhale a small bag of weed off the sidewalk, at Beretta you just need to keep vigilant over your meat and cheese. Lots of outdoor tables and a very pet-friendly vibe make Beretta one of our go-tos for dinner or brunch with the BFF. You know the drill, order the burrata.
The new-ish corner location of Tacolicious in the Marina has double the outdoor tables, which means double the space for dogs to roam underneath trying to eat fallen chips that are too flat for them to actually get in their mouths. Or maybe that’s just our dog. Brunch is under- appreciated at Tacolicious and should be on your radar.
A big deck with heaters means you can hit Sessions with your dog for either lunch or dinner (or both if your pooch is particularly patient). The service is a bit slow, but the food is good (get involved with the cheese plate) and the beer list is top-notch. If you can teach your dog to go fetch you a drink menu from inside, you’ve been there too long.
Gott’s Roadside1 Ferry Building Ste 6
While lots of restaurants in the Ferry Building have outdoor seating, Gott’s is the mother of them all. It has the most seats and the most space, plus being on the street side means fewer seagulls. (This might not seem like a big deal until you’ve been personally victimized by the Regina George of seagulls.) At Gott’s, the odds are lower that a bird will viciously attack you and your lunch until you cower under the table whimpering for mercy. It will also help that you have your dog to scare them away. The tuna burger is our current favorite, but pretty much everything is good.