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15 Dog-Friendly Bars and Restaurants in San Francisco

Because sometimes you just don't want to leave your best friend at home

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Jaranita in the Marina is happy to serve those pugnacious pups.
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This map is for those who understand that dogs are the light at the end of life’s many tunnels. And in San Francisco, there are plenty of those in the know. Indeed, the rumor is true: San Francisco is home to more dogs than children, according to the American Community Survey. The reasons behind that stat are likely financial- and housing-based — but, hey, enjoy the silver linings in Karl’s underbelly when you can. These 15 restaurants, bars, and cafes are here to serve dog lovers and their fluffy friends with ample outdoor seating.

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Jaranita SF Peruvian Rotisserie

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The Marina is a wonderful neighborhood to take one’s dog, mere steps from the San Francisco Bay and with bountiful Crissy Fields to frolic through. Jaranita has you covered for that as the Peruvian restaurant and bar keeps things lively with cocktails and cebiches — and is very dog-friendly.

Mattina

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While not everyone would think of chic Italian dining with their dog — though Valencia Street’s Dogue SF is right there for that — Mattina in Pac Heights is happy to fill that niche. The sister restaurant to SPQR around the corner is an all-day cafe with outdoor seating, ideal for pooches.

A table of pastries and coffee. Lauren Saria

Red's Java House

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Strolling San Francisco’s waterfront with a fuzzy pal is a well-known must-do in the city, and there’s hardly a better place to stop for a beer and a burger than this waterfront restaurant. There's ample outdoor seating in the literal shadow of the Bay Bridge so between the views and the crispy fish and chips, you’re guaranteed a good time.

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MoMo's Restaurant

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While MoMo's is not a place you want to take your dog when the Giants are playing at home (too crowded), the patio makes the perfect spot to lunch and day drink with Squeakers pretty much every other time. The food can be a little pricey, but the drinks are reasonable and what's a pricey burger when you're lucky enough to have your best friend next to you?

Hayes Valley has a healthy array of outdoor spaces for dogs, but not too much in the way of robust patios with top-tier cocktails. That’d be where Anina shows up, as the staff at the Hayes Street bar are huge, enormous fans of animals. This is a bar’s bar, as in no food, so plan accordingly.

Anina’s patio Anthony Healy-London

Simple Pleasures Cafe

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In the Outer Richmond Simple Pleasures Cafe keeps large parties buzzing with a big parklet suited for groups of any size — including any amount of animals. The neighborhood institution has served the city since 1978 and, while it’s well-lit parklet is much newer, longtime residents need no instruction to get their morning fix on Balboa Street.

Spark Social SF

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Mission Bay is arguably San Francisco’s most dynamic neighborhood, given Chase Center and its accompanying Thrive City plus all of the walkable spaces throughout the in-construction area. Enter, then, Spark Social, the East Side’s go-to food truck park and cozy firepit hangout. The whole thing, criss-crossing burrito dealers and dumpling purveyors, is dog-friendly.

Outdoor seating at Spark Social SF Frazier Phillips

Park Chalet Coastal Beer Garden

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The lawn at Park Chalet can get a little crowded, but if your dog is friendly, it's the perfect spot to lay out a picnic blanket, drink beer, and listen to live music. Just be prepared for a parade of petting because when dogs and pints are involved, suddenly everyone wants to say hi. Fido wouldn't have it any other way.

Park Chalet Coastal Beer Garden

While you can always bring your dog to one of Zazie's sidewalk tables, on Monday nights "Zazie Goes to the Dogs" and you can dine with your pooch on the heated and covered garden patio. What's crazier is that Zazie actually rewards you for bringing in your dog by providing endless dog treats and $10 off any bottle on the wine list.

Hook Fish Co.

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San Francisco’s west side is probably the best neck of the city for hanging out with your dog, given the residential and spacious Avenues seeing far less car traffic than the rest of San Francisco. Hook Fish Co. (and its infamously long wait times for those equally famous fish burritos) makes a smart choice for dining with the dog. The restaurant’s tremendous parklet is usually busy but very dog-friendly.

Bender's Bar & Grill

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Bender's is a legit neighborhood dive bar with stiff drinks, two pool tables, ample bicycle "parking," a back patio, heavy metal on the jukebox, and some of the wildest “totzz” and hard shell tacos in town. Even better: You can totally bring your dog there and house-made dog treats are available for purchase so Fifi doesn't get too jealous of your food.

Outerlands

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Riley Bartlett took over Judah Street’s Outerlands about a year ago, but the vibes of the Outer Sunset upscale restaurant remain very much the same. This is a terrific option for brunch with your partner and pooch as the tables outdoors are not suited for large parties. Enjoying Dutch pancakes and French toast alfresco, alongside one’s pup, is just wonderful.

Outerlands door with name Patricia Chang

El Rio

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There's nowhere better than El Rio's backyard on a sunny day, but dogs are allowed inside at this Mission dive as well, so it's also a great option when the fog blankets the city or it's raining, er, cats and dogs. And if that weren't enough, there's ping pong, a pool table, shuffleboard, dice games, and the bartenders make a mean margarita.

All Good Pizza

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The Bayview’s go-to outdoor dining space is from the same team behind neighborhood taco outlet Tato and warehouse coffee shop Alma. At All Good Pizza, there’s just so much room for a well-behaved dog to play and romp while one works through a pie, panini, or salad.

Outdoors at All Good Pizza. All Good Pizza

7 Mile House Sports Bar & Grill

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7 Mile House is technically just south of San Francisco in Brisbane — it’s an old roadhouse at the seven-mile marker from the heart of the city. Regardless, it’s a classic in its own right, and beyond live music, American and Filipino food, and lots of drinks, the restaurant has a very serious affinity for dogs. See the dog menu and “yappy hour” with snacks for little Bummer and Lazarus, plus “dog beer” — that’s actually just water with some beef juice in it, but they don’t seem to know the difference.

Jaranita SF Peruvian Rotisserie

The Marina is a wonderful neighborhood to take one’s dog, mere steps from the San Francisco Bay and with bountiful Crissy Fields to frolic through. Jaranita has you covered for that as the Peruvian restaurant and bar keeps things lively with cocktails and cebiches — and is very dog-friendly.

Mattina

While not everyone would think of chic Italian dining with their dog — though Valencia Street’s Dogue SF is right there for that — Mattina in Pac Heights is happy to fill that niche. The sister restaurant to SPQR around the corner is an all-day cafe with outdoor seating, ideal for pooches.

A table of pastries and coffee. Lauren Saria

Red's Java House

Strolling San Francisco’s waterfront with a fuzzy pal is a well-known must-do in the city, and there’s hardly a better place to stop for a beer and a burger than this waterfront restaurant. There's ample outdoor seating in the literal shadow of the Bay Bridge so between the views and the crispy fish and chips, you’re guaranteed a good time.

Lauren Saria

MoMo's Restaurant

While MoMo's is not a place you want to take your dog when the Giants are playing at home (too crowded), the patio makes the perfect spot to lunch and day drink with Squeakers pretty much every other time. The food can be a little pricey, but the drinks are reasonable and what's a pricey burger when you're lucky enough to have your best friend next to you?

Anina

Hayes Valley has a healthy array of outdoor spaces for dogs, but not too much in the way of robust patios with top-tier cocktails. That’d be where Anina shows up, as the staff at the Hayes Street bar are huge, enormous fans of animals. This is a bar’s bar, as in no food, so plan accordingly.

Anina’s patio Anthony Healy-London

Simple Pleasures Cafe

In the Outer Richmond Simple Pleasures Cafe keeps large parties buzzing with a big parklet suited for groups of any size — including any amount of animals. The neighborhood institution has served the city since 1978 and, while it’s well-lit parklet is much newer, longtime residents need no instruction to get their morning fix on Balboa Street.

Spark Social SF

Mission Bay is arguably San Francisco’s most dynamic neighborhood, given Chase Center and its accompanying Thrive City plus all of the walkable spaces throughout the in-construction area. Enter, then, Spark Social, the East Side’s go-to food truck park and cozy firepit hangout. The whole thing, criss-crossing burrito dealers and dumpling purveyors, is dog-friendly.

Outdoor seating at Spark Social SF Frazier Phillips

Park Chalet Coastal Beer Garden

The lawn at Park Chalet can get a little crowded, but if your dog is friendly, it's the perfect spot to lay out a picnic blanket, drink beer, and listen to live music. Just be prepared for a parade of petting because when dogs and pints are involved, suddenly everyone wants to say hi. Fido wouldn't have it any other way.

Park Chalet Coastal Beer Garden

Zazie

While you can always bring your dog to one of Zazie's sidewalk tables, on Monday nights "Zazie Goes to the Dogs" and you can dine with your pooch on the heated and covered garden patio. What's crazier is that Zazie actually rewards you for bringing in your dog by providing endless dog treats and $10 off any bottle on the wine list.

Hook Fish Co.

San Francisco’s west side is probably the best neck of the city for hanging out with your dog, given the residential and spacious Avenues seeing far less car traffic than the rest of San Francisco. Hook Fish Co. (and its infamously long wait times for those equally famous fish burritos) makes a smart choice for dining with the dog. The restaurant’s tremendous parklet is usually busy but very dog-friendly.

Bender's Bar & Grill

Bender's is a legit neighborhood dive bar with stiff drinks, two pool tables, ample bicycle "parking," a back patio, heavy metal on the jukebox, and some of the wildest “totzz” and hard shell tacos in town. Even better: You can totally bring your dog there and house-made dog treats are available for purchase so Fifi doesn't get too jealous of your food.

Outerlands

Riley Bartlett took over Judah Street’s Outerlands about a year ago, but the vibes of the Outer Sunset upscale restaurant remain very much the same. This is a terrific option for brunch with your partner and pooch as the tables outdoors are not suited for large parties. Enjoying Dutch pancakes and French toast alfresco, alongside one’s pup, is just wonderful.

Outerlands door with name Patricia Chang

El Rio

There's nowhere better than El Rio's backyard on a sunny day, but dogs are allowed inside at this Mission dive as well, so it's also a great option when the fog blankets the city or it's raining, er, cats and dogs. And if that weren't enough, there's ping pong, a pool table, shuffleboard, dice games, and the bartenders make a mean margarita.

All Good Pizza

The Bayview’s go-to outdoor dining space is from the same team behind neighborhood taco outlet Tato and warehouse coffee shop Alma. At All Good Pizza, there’s just so much room for a well-behaved dog to play and romp while one works through a pie, panini, or salad.

Outdoors at All Good Pizza. All Good Pizza

7 Mile House Sports Bar & Grill

7 Mile House is technically just south of San Francisco in Brisbane — it’s an old roadhouse at the seven-mile marker from the heart of the city. Regardless, it’s a classic in its own right, and beyond live music, American and Filipino food, and lots of drinks, the restaurant has a very serious affinity for dogs. See the dog menu and “yappy hour” with snacks for little Bummer and Lazarus, plus “dog beer” — that’s actually just water with some beef juice in it, but they don’t seem to know the difference.

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