Los Angeles may very well be the country’s mecca for dog lovers, thanks to the wide availability of warm weather days and ample open spaces. And with plenty of patios throughout the city, dog owners can even bring their furry companions along for a meal or a beer. From dog-friendly hotspots that offer a doggie bandana to places within walking distance of dog-friendly beaches, here are 17 places to happily bring pups and humans alike around Southern California.Read More
17 Delightfully Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Los Angeles
Where to dine with four-legged best friends
Even though Pedalers Fork has deep roots in Los Angeles’s bike culture, it’s also an ideal spot to bring pups. The Calabasas space can provide options if there for a quick coffee stop, or with a full sit-down meal including brisket, maple chili chicken wings, and a hot chicken sandwich.
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Chef Sandra Cordero’s Woodland Hills restaurant has an entire side dedicated to covered outdoor dining, so taking in her jamon-wrapped dates, croquetas, and pan con tomate is a comfortable and enjoyable spot for both owners and their pups.
Tallula’s in Santa Monica was always one of Los Angeles’s more dog-friendly spaces (maybe even friendlier than most, with employees consistently coming over to give dog-friends ample treats and love). But with the addition of its new-ish Sunday dog brunch, now a full-time dog menu offered seven days a week, it’s reached a new tier. Dogs can feast on watermelon bites, chicken tacos, and the “wolf’s feast,” a bowl of raw grass-fed hanger steak with steamed vegetables.
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The Viceroy in Santa Monica is as pet-friendly as it comes, and recently launched an actual pet menu on Saturdays and Sundays from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. That includes a puppy scramble with eggs, spinach, and shredded chicken, or the Snoop Doggy Dog with CBD oil, almond milk, peanut butter, and banana.
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That covered patio at Birdie G’s is sizable, and the perfect spot for dogs to cool down while waiting for the humans to enjoy chef Jeremy Fox’s matzo ball soup or the corned beef short ribs.
Sawtelle’s best dog-friendly spot is Hermanito: The owner converted the side driveway and rear parking lot into new dining areas (including doggy doors for the “perros”), and it’s something to behold. The tables keep ample space between them, leaving plenty of room to bring dogs while eating the five-spice duck with a cocktail.
The Terrace at the Maybourne
The Maybourne’s restaurant in Beverly Hills may have had several iterations in years past, from Scarpetta to Georgie to its current iteration as the Terrace, but one thing hasn’t changed: it has a relaxed outdoor dining patio that does more than accommodate dogs. The Terrace has a spacious patio looking out to the overly manicured 90210 lawn, where your pup can take a quick stroll before settling into the restaurant. Once there, the Terrace might even offer comfortable beds for your dog to rest on while you dig into plates of fresh pasta or seared Colorado rack of lamb.
Etta Culver City
As soon as any diner with a four-legged friend sits down at Etta, staff will bring over a bowl of water and a doggie bandana emblazoned with the restaurant’s name. Attached to the Shay Hotel — which is equally pet-friendly — Etta’s an ideal spot to make sure all visitors are comfortable while trying the dry-aged branzino or one of the housemade pasta.
The Fat Dog
It’s no surprise that this dog-themed gastropub is very pooch-friendly, with its large airy patio that many four-legged best friends love to frequent. The owners have pups of their own, so it’s an ideal stop for those looking to dine out with their dogs.
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Highly Likely Café
This all-day cafe in West Adams is the platonic ideal for unrushed, unequivocally easy weekday and weekend breakfasts. Dogs will appreciate the love and attention from staff members, who are highly likely to pet them or pass on treats as they walk by to drop off squishy-roll bodega breakfast sandwiches and flaky chocolate croissants.
Momed boasts its very own mascot, Piper, who is often roaming the grounds of this Middle Eastern hot spot in Atwater Village. Bring friends to keep her company on the spacious shaded patio, and enjoy some of mezze, cocktails, and kabobs to boot.
Lady Byrd Cafe
There are ample and cozy nooks nestled throughout Lady Byrd Cafe, from the private greenhouse rooms to the multiple patios. It’s easy to find a space for all to get comfortable while tasting pastas, brunch, kids meals, salads, burgers, or something from the fresh juice menu.
Bike Shed Moto Co.
Bike Shed Moto Co. is a fantastic indoor-outdoor space (though mostly indoor) that opens up with huge doors on the street side, giving it an airy feel during good weather. This open-air situation makes it fully dog-friendly, especially in the expansive lounge seating areas, where pups on leashes are welcome to hang out all day long while owners talk about motorcycles and take down juicy burgers.
The Arts District’s Manuela is extra pup-friendly with 5,000 square feet that extends into the Hauser & Wirth gallery’s courtyard/garden. Staff are always quick to bring water, and it’s a gorgeous spot to take in a meal (and a couple of really good cocktails) with a dog or two.
Head to Eagle Rock’s neighborhood arcade bar that’s got ample outdoor seating, whether on a stool or under one of the umbrellas with a local beer, wine, tuna melt, or a German pretzel. Dog-friends will enjoy the bright, airy patio as much as their owners.
While most of HomeState’s patios are welcoming to dogs, the Pasadena and Highland Park locations are the most ideal. The Highland Park space is wide and covered, while bright umbrellas are packed together in Pasadena to ensure the sun doesn’t get through, making it comfortable for dogs to lay down on concrete while diners to snack on brisket quesadillas.
Chuck's Coffee Shop
Chuck’s has the perfect location for those hoping to spend a full dog day at the beach. Not only is Chuck’s walking distance from Rosie’s Dog Beach, it’s also two doors away from a self-service dog wash. Order the hot cakes, but also try Chuck’s weasel, a classic dish from the 52-year-old restaurant that features eggs topped with house-made chili, potatoes, onions, and cheese.